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Soulful South India: Temples, Palaces, and More



18 Nights / 19 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people




Soulful South India: Temples, Palaces, and More” is a captivating journey through the heart of the Deccan, where history and spirituality intertwine seamlessly. Explore ancient temples adorned with intricate carvings, witness the grandeur of majestic palaces, and immerse yourself in the rich cultural tapestry of the region. From the breathtaking architecture of Hampi to the serene ambiance of Chettinad’s mansions, this tour offers a deep dive into the soul-stirring heritage of South India. Join us on this enchanting expedition to uncover the hidden treasures and timeless traditions of the southern part of the Indian subcontinent.


  • Embark on a cultural and historical journey through Southern India, starting in Bangalore and exploring its iconic landmarks.
  • Visit exquisite temples, forts, and museums in Vellore and Chennai, witnessing the rich heritage of South India.
  • Explore the coastal charm of Pondicherry and delve into its unique blend of French and Indian culture.
  • Discover the architectural marvels of Thanjavur and the opulent mansions of Chettinad.
  • Conclude your adventure with visits to the majestic Meenakshi Temple in Madurai, historic sites in Hyderabad, and the architectural wonders of Bijapur and Badami before arriving in the UNESCO-listed ruins of Hampi.

Bulk discount (by percent)

Bulk diccount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 44%
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 44%
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 54%
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 53%
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 58%
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 56%
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 61%


Day 1: Arrive Bangalore
Arrive at Bangalore airport, transfer to the hotel, and check-in. Rest of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Bangalore
Explore Lal Bagh Garden, Cubbon Park, Bangalore Fort, Tippu's Summer Palace, Bangalore Palace, Bull Temple, and pass by Government buildings.

Day 3: Bangalore - Vellore (220km)
Drive to Vellore, visit Sri Lakshmi Narayani Golden Temple and Vellore Fort with Jalakandeswarar Temple.

Day 4: Vellore - Chennai (145km)
Drive to Chennai via Kanchipuram temples. Explore Fort St. George, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Vadapalani Murugan Temple, Government Museum, Dakshinachitra Museum, Santhome Cathedral, and pass by Marina Beach.

Day 5: Chennai - Pondicherry (160km)
Drive to Pondicherry via Mahabalipuram. Visit Monolithic Temples, Krishna's Butterball, Cave Temples, Shore Temple, and Arjuna's Penance. Explore Auroville, Pondicherry Museum, and French Quarters.

Day 6: Pondicherry - Thanjavur (180km)
Drive to Thanjavur via Chidambaram, Gangaikonda Cholapuram Temple, and Darasuram. Visit Brihadeshwara Temple, Vijayanagar Fort, Thanjavur Art Gallery, and Saraswathi Mahal Library.

Day 7: Thanjavur - Chettinad (140km)
Explore Brihadeshwara Temple, Vijayanagar Fort, and other attractions in Thanjavur. Drive to Chettinad, known for its historic mansions.

Day 8: Chettinad - Madurai (90km)
Visit Chettinad's grand mansions, then drive to Madurai. Explore Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Palace, Alagar Koil, Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple, and Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple.

Day 9: Madurai - Hyderabad
Continue exploring Madurai with visits to Alagar Koil, Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple, and Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple. Later, fly to Hyderabad and check-in at the hotel.

Day 10: Hyderabad
Discover Golconda Fort, Qutub Shahi Tombs, Charminar, Salar Jung Museum, Chowmahalla Palace, Birla Mandir, and pass by Hussain Sagar Lake.

Day 11: Hyderabad - Gulbarga (260km)
Drive to Gulbarga, visiting Bidar Fort, Bahmani Tombs, Rangeen Mahal, and Narasimha Jhira en route.

Day 12: Gulbarga - Bijapur (170km)
Explore Gulbarga Fort, Jama Masjid, Sharana Basaveshwara Temple, Tomb of Sufi mystic Khwaja Bande Nawaz, and then drive to Bijapur.

Day 13: Bijapur - Badami (120km)
Visit Bijapur's historical sites, including the Bijapur Fort, Asar Mahal, Bara Kaman, Gol Gumbaz, and more. Later, drive to Badami.

Day 14: Badami
Excursion to Aihole and Pattadakal, known for their beautiful Chalukyan temples. Explore Badami's cave temples, fort, and Agastya Lake.

Day 15: Badami - Hampi (180km)
Drive to Hampi, stopping to explore Gadag's temples and Lakkundi's ruins. Arrive in Hampi and check-in.

Day 16: Hampi
Discover Hampi's UNESCO World Heritage sites, including Hazara Rama Temple, Kings Balance, Mahanavami Dibba, Virupaksha Temple, Vithala Temple Complex, and more.

Day 17: Hampi - Hassan (330km)
Drive to Hassan via Belur, Halebidu, and visit temples and monuments. Arrive in Hassan and check-in.

Day 18: Hassan - Mysore (140km)
Explore Shravanabelagola, then drive to Mysore. Visit Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, City Palace, St. Philomena's Church, and more.

Day 19: Mysore - Bangalore (140km)
Drive back to Bangalore and drop off at the airport for your onward journey.


  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 18 Nights' accommodation in 5-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Madurai - Hyderabad flight fare approx. INR 5,500 per person in economy class.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

Tour's Location


What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?
5 Star hotels used or similar
Bangalore - ITC Gardenia, a Luxury Collection/ ITC Windsor a Luxury Collection
Vellore - Regency Sameera Vellore by GRT Hotels/ Fortune Park
Chennai - ITC Grand Chola/ The Leela Palace
Pondicherry - Palais De Mahe/ La Villa
Thnjore - Svatma
Chettinad - Visalam Cgh Earth
Madurai - Courtyard by Marriott/ The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai
Hyderabad - ITC Kakatiya, a Luxury Collection/ Trident Hotel
Gulbarga - Hotel Heritage Inn
Bijapur - Sun Hotel/ Hotel Mayura Adilshahi
Badami - Krishna Heritage
Hampi - Hyatt Place/ Hampi Boulders
Hassan - Hosyala Village Resort
Mysore - Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel/ Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden


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