About South India :
The South India’s coastal plains are backed by the mountains rimming the wedge of the Deccan plateau. On these plains lie the best beaches in South India. On the rimming mountains, the western and eastern ghats are the tea, coffee and spice lands. Beyond these mountains, in the wedge shaped plateau, are great old cities supported by rich farm lands and a culture that has its roots in the almost historical Kumari Continent from where, they claim, civilization spread across the world. The south is gracious, graceful, Old India.
South India is made up of the 4 states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu. They all lie in the southern part of the Indian Peninsula and famous for its natural beauty and a rich cultural heritage thus providing visitors a stimulating experience.
Detailed Itinerary for Best of South India Tour :
Best of South India:: Day 01. Flight to India
Arrival in Chennai (formerly called Madras). The cosmopolitan City and capital of Tamilnadu is the main gateway for travellers to South India. There you’ll met an Virtual Tours representative and transferred to your Hotel.
Best of South India:: Day 02. Chennai Excursion (about 64 km)
Today we drive through the coastal route to Mahabalipuram. In Mahabalipuram we visit some of the 14 cave temples and 9 monolithic rathas (temple chariots) Pallavamala was the ruler who made the port famous in the 7th century and was largely responsible for building the temples. In the afternoon we visit the St. George Fort which is near the harbour area of Chennai. This fort was built by British during their presence in 17th century.
Best of South India:: : Day 03. Chennai – Chidambaram – Trichy Visit (about 320 km)
Today we drive to Trichy (Tiruchirappali). Trichy is the heart of Tamilnadu, laying in the delta of kaveri river. On the way to Trichy we visit chidambaram. Chidambaram is regarded as holy town of great importance among Hindus. We visit here the famous Natraja Temple which is dedicated to the dancing Lord Shiva, a favourite deity of the chola kings.
Best of South India:: Day 04. Trichy – Srirangam – Tanjore – Madurai Tour (130 km)
Trichy the land near the delta is very fertile and productive. This town Trichy is so ancient that it was mentioned by Ptolemy in the 2nd century BC by Alexandrian geographer. We climb the stairs to the famous Rock Fort which was built on 84 m high rock in the centre of town in about 1660. After the visit of Rock Fort we drive to Srirangam and visit the Ranganathasvami Temple which is one of the largest temples in India dedicated to god Vishnu. After the visit of Ranganathasvami Temple we proceed to Tanjore (Thanjavur). We visit here one of the world heritage monument, Brihasdisvara Temple (11th century), which is also known as big temple. After the visit of Brihadeeswara Temple we proceed to Madurai.
Best of South India:: Day 05. Madurai – Periyar Tour (about 140 km)
Madurai, situated on the bank of river Vaigai is also referred to as the Athens of the East. Madurai has the most outstanding examples of Vijayanagar temple architecture in the Minakshi Temple. After the visit of Minakshi Temple we visit Tirumalai Nayaka Palace which was built in the 1636 in the Indo-Mughal style. After the visit we proceed to Periyar.
Best of South India:: Day 06. Periyar – Kumarakom (about 120 km)
We start our day by having a Boat ride on the lake of Periyar. The lake of Periyar is the central point of the famous 780 sq.2 Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary which was designated as a part of project Tiger in 1973. After the Boat ride we drive through the Park and observe the elephants, bison, sambar, wild oxen, wild boar and spotted deer which are common here. In the afternoon 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.
Best of South India:: Day 07. Kumarakom Tour
The whole day is today at leisure. One can enjoy the Ayurveda massage in the hotel or have a walk in the nice tropical surroundings. Swimming Pool of the hotel will be happy to welcome you for swimming and relaxing.
Best of South India:: Day 08. Kumarakom – Kottayam – Alleppey – Cochin Tour (about 80 km)
Today we enjoy a Boat trip for two hours through the narrow channels of famous backwaters of Kottayam and arrive in Alleppey from where we proceed further in a bus to Cochin. Cochin is the most interesting town in South India at Malabar Coast and is also known as Venice of south. In Cochin we visit St. Francis church, the oldest European church in India in which the grave of famous sailor Vasco da gama can be visited. After the visit of St. Francis Church we have a walk through the Jewish area of mattancherry.
Best of South India:: Day 09. Cochin – Ooty Tour (about 280 km)
From the tropical coast of Kerala we drive on the serpent road and pass through the Tea plantation and eucalyptus forests of mountains of Nilgiri and arrive in the city Ooty (Vdhagammandulam). Ooty which was developed as hill station by British, lies at an altitude of 2300 m. and still has British flair.
Best of South India:: Day 10. Ooty – Mysore Tour (about 160 km)
Ooty (also known as the queen of the blue mountains) is famous for its rolling hills covered in pine and eucalyptus forests. Ooty has also a penalty of coffee and tea plantations. We visit the famous and most beautiful botanical Garden of Ooty which covers an area over 20 hectares and is planted with more than a thousand varieties of plants, shrubs and trees including orchids, fern and alpine. In the afternoon we pass through the betel nut and pepper plantation and proceed to Mysore.
Best of South India:: Day 11. Mysore – Chennai Tour (about 470 km)
Today we 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 famous for its Silk and Sandalwood. We have an opportunity to see how incense is made and how silk saris are woven by the local weavers. In the afternoon we leave Mysore by train for Chennai.
Best of South India:: Day 12. Flight to Home
Transfer to the airport for onward destination.