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Temple and Tiger Tour
(16 Days / 15 Nights)
(including Periyar National Park)
(Chennai - Bangalore - Mysore - Belur - Coonoor - Cochin - Kumarakom - Periyar - Madurai - Trichy - Tanjore - Mahabalipuram - Chennai)

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In the Temple and Tiger Tour we will visit the National Parks and Sanctuaries of South India like Periyar National Park and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary as well as some temples of South India. Temple & Tiger Tour covers 16 Days and 15 Nights. During this tour we will visit some of the finest temple which South India has to offer like the cave temples in Mahabalipuram and the most outstanding examples of Vijayanagar temple architecture in the Meenakshi Temple of Madurai.

Day 01: Flight to India (Chennai)
Around midnight arrival in Chennai. The cosmopolitan city and capital of Tamil Nadu is the main gateway for travellers to South India. Upon arrival, you will be met by an Indo Vacations representative and transferred to the hotel.

Day 02: Chennai - Bangalore (by air)
In the morning we have a flight to Bangalore. Bangalore is the capital city of the Indian state Karnataka. This former "Garden city" Bangalore is known today as "computer city" of India. In the afternoon we drive through the garden city with its numerous avenues of Jacaranda, Gulmohar and Cassia. We will visit the Bull temple, which is built in the Dravidian style of architecture. This temple has a huge Nandi Bull carved out of a single grey granite and famous Gowda Fort, which was built by Tipu Sultan. We will also visit the Vidhan Sabha and downtown commercial centre. This Vidhana Sabha, which is built after independence, stands out by its imposing architecture in the neo Dravidian style.

Day 03: Bangalore - Mysore
In the morning after having our breakfast we will drive to Mysore via Srirangapatnam, once the capital of Mysore. Visit fort, Tipu Sultan's palace, Maharaja Palace and the Gombaz and Chamundi Hill to visit Chamundeshwari temple and to see a giant Nandi (buffalo god) and enjoy the view of the surroundings form the hilltop. Evening at leisure to visit the beautiful Brindavan gardens.

Day 04: Mysore - Halebid - Belur
Today we will visit the most impressive and one of the largest city palaces in India. The City Palace of Mysore "Ambar Vilas" is built in the Indo-Saracenic style. Mysore is world famous for Silk and Sandalwood. Mysore is also a centre of producing saris, which is a common dress of woman in India. After the Sightseeing of Mysore we proceed through picturesque hilly landscape and arrive in Halebid, which is the ancient capital of Hoysala empire. In Halebid we visit the Hoysalesvara Temple of 12th century where we see half- life size statues of Hindu deities, with minute details of each, all around the temple. After the visit in Halebid we proceed to Belur. In Belur we visit the group of Chennakesava Temple, which are famous for its architecture and sculptures.

Day 05: Belur - Coonoor
In the morning after breakfast, we will drive to Coonoor. In the south's gentle Blue Hills, the Nilgris, is the little town of Coonoor - 1858 meters high. Check in the hotel. Rest of day at leisure to visit Sims Park, and enjoy cool walks through tea estates or drive to Lamds Rock for a view of the plains. Relax in the picturesque surroundings of Coonoor.

Day 06: Coonoor - Cochin
After the breakfast, we drive to Cochin. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 07: Cochin
After having breakfast, we visit full day tour of Mattancherry Palace, Jewish Synagogue and a back-water cruise to Bolghatty palace. We will also see the Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church and Santa Cruz Church. In the evening we will view traditional Kathakali classical dance recital.

Day 08: Cochin - Kumarakom
In the morning we drive through the mountains, which are full of Cardamom and pass through the tea and coffee plantations and proceed to Kumarakom. In Kumarakom we enjoy the Boat ride trip through the tropical vegetation on the backwaters.

Day 09: Kumarakom
The whole day is today at leisure.

Day 10: Kumarakom - Periyar
Today we leave the "Coconut Lagoons" and drive to the Periyar National Park. We start our sightseeing by having a Boat ride on the lake of Periyar. The lake of Periyar is the central point of the famous 780 square km. Periyar National Park was designated a part of project Tiger in 1973 and forms a part of the high mountain ranges, the Western Ghat. After the Boat ride we drive through the Park and observe the Elephants, Tiger, Bison, Sambars, Leopards, Wild oxen, Wild Boar and Spotted deer which are common here.

Day 11: Periyar - Madurai
Today we leave Periyar and drive to Madurai. Madurai is situated on the bank of river Vaigai is also referred to as the Athens of the East. Madurai has the most outstanding example of Vijayanagar temple architecture in the Minakshi Temple, a standing monument to the temple builders of the 16th and 17th century. We spend enough time in Minakshi Temple and afterwards have a walk through the bazaars of this 2500 years old town before we drive back to the hotel.

Day 12: Madurai - Trichy
Today we will visit Tirumalai Nayaka Palace, which was built in the 1636 and represent the Indo-Mughal style famous for the Stucco work on its domes and arches. A visit to Gandhi Museum is also included in our program. In Gandhi Museum we get the information about the life of Gandhi and freedom movement during the presence of British in India. In the afternoon we will drive to Tanjore. Enroute we will visit Trichy. Trichy, the land near the delta is very fertile and productive. This town is so ancient that Ptolemy Alexandrian geographer mentioned it in the 2nd century BC. We climb stairs to the famous Rock Fort, which was built on 84 m high rock in the centre of town in about 1660. We also visit a Shiva and Ganesha temple and enjoy a wonderful view of the surroundings from the top. We have an overnight stay in Trichy.

Day 13: Trichy - Tanjore
In the morning we will drive to the city Tanjore (Thanjavur). Tanjore was the capital of great Chola Empire who built more than 70 temples between 10th and 14th century. We will visit here one of the world heritage monument, Brihasdisvara Temple (11th century), which is also known as big temple. We will drive further to Srirangam and visit the Ranganathasvami Temple, which is one of the largest temples in India dedicated to God Vishnu.

Day 14: Tanjore - Mahabalipuram
Today we drive through the coastal route to Mahabalipuram. Enroute visit Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Chidambaram Natraja (Dancing Shiva) temples. Mahabalipuram is famous for the seven pagodas. In Mahabalipuram we visit some of the 14 cave temples and 9 monolithic rathas (temple chariots). The sculptors are more than 1200 years old. There are five chariots cut out of rock in individual pieces and carved out intricately. We will also see the world's largest and finest stone Bas-relief 27 meters long and 9 meters wide depicting Arjuna's penance. Pallavamala was the ruler who made the port famous in the 7th century and was largely responsible for building the temples
.

Day 15: Mahabalipuram - Chennai
In the morning we will drive to Chennai
. In the afternoon we will have city tour and visit the Fort of St. George, High Court, Fort Museum, Marina Beach and Snake Park and the St. Mary's church. The British built the Fort of Saint George in the 17th century. The Saint Mary's church was the first English church in India. Rest of the day at leisure. After dinner we leave the hotel for the airport.

Day 16: Chennai
Around midnight flight to home destination.

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Our Services Include:
      Accommodation in double rooms on twin sharing basis with bath and WC in the chosen category. 
     
American/continental Breakfast.
     
Jungle Safari in Periyar National Park.
     
Services of qualified local guides (English speaking or languages of your choice) at every place of
          sightseeing.
     
All Transfers and departures on arrival and departure by Indo Vacations representative.
     
All Transfers and Sightseeing throughout the tour by an air-conditioned Car with driver. For groups
          an individual air-conditioned bus (Except Standard Hotels) will be provided.

Exclusions:
     
Any Kind of Personal Expenses such as Tips, Laundry, Telephone Bills and Alcoholic beverages.
     
Camera Fees (Still or Movie).
     
Any Flight Charges.
     
Monument Entrances.
     
Unspecified Meals etc.

 

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