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Temples & Treasures of South India: Bangalore to Chennai

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Duration

19 Nights / 20 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Explore the rich tapestry of South India’s cultural heritage on our “Temples & Treasures of South India” tour from Bangalore to Chennai. Delve into ancient history as you visit exquisite temples, forts, and palaces, each revealing the region’s architectural grandeur and spiritual significance. Experience the serene beauty of backwaters, the charm of coastal towns, and the bustling streets of vibrant cities. Immerse yourself in the diverse traditions, art, and cuisine that make South India a captivating destination. This journey is a unique blend of spirituality, history, and natural beauty, showcasing the timeless treasures of the southern peninsula.

Highlights

  • Immerse in Bangalore's cultural gems, from Lal Bagh Garden to the Bull Temple.
  • Admire the opulence of Mysore Palace and explore its historic landmarks.
  • Unearth the ancient wonders of Hampi's temple complexes and ruins.
  • Journey through the architectural marvels of Badami, Aihole, and Pattadakkal.
  • Experience the unique blend of culture and nature in Kerala, from Cochin to the tranquil backwaters of Alleppey.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 42.8%
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 41.1%
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 51.9%
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 49.0%
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 55.0%
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 52.5%
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 57.6%

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Bangalore

Arrival at Bangalore airport, transfer to the hotel, and check-in. Free time to relax. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Bangalore

After breakfast, explore Bangalore with visits to Lal Bagh Garden, Cubbon Park, Bangalore Fort, Tippu Summer Palace, Bull Temple, and drive past Vidhana Soudha & Secretariat. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Bangalore - Mysore (150kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Mysore, visiting Shri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangapatna en route. Check-in at the hotel and later visit Mysore Palace, Chamundeswari Temple, Nandi Bull Temple, City Palace, and St. Philomena's Church. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Mysore - Shravanabelagola - Hassan (140kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to Chennakesava Temple at Somanathapura, then drive to Hassan. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 5: Hassan - Hampi (330kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Hampi, visiting Chennakeshava Temple in Belur and Hoysaleshwara Temple in Halebidu en route. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: Hampi

Breakfast at the hotel. Explore Hampi with visits to various temple complexes, Hazara Rama Temple, Kings Balance, Mahanavami Dibba, Royal Enclosures, Statue of Ugra Narasimha Temple, Virupaksha Temple, Vithala and Lotus Mahal, Vithala Temple Complex, and ASI Museum. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 7: Hampi - Lakkundi - Gadag - Badami (150kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Badami, visiting Trikuteshwara Temple and other temples in Gadag and Mallikarjuna, Virabhadra, Manikeshwara, Nanneshwara, Lakshminarayana, Someshwara, Nilakanteshwara temples in Lakkundi en route. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 8: Badami, Aihole & Pattadakkal

Breakfast at the hotel. Excursion to Aihole and Pattadakal to explore historical temples and monuments. Return to Badami to visit cave temples, Badami Fort, and Agastya Lake. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: Badami - Hubli (110kms)/ Cochin (Flight)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Hubli airport to board a flight for Cochin. Arrival in Cochin and check-in at the hotel. Enjoy a Kathakali dance show in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Cochin - Alleppey (60kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Morning city tour of Cochin with visits to Fort Cochin, St. Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Dutch Palace, and Chinese fishing nets. Later, transfer to Alleppey boat jetty to board a houseboat for a backwater cruise. Overnight in the houseboat.

Day 11: Alleppey - Thekkady (160kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Disembark from the houseboat and drive to Thekkady. Check-in at the hotel. Enjoy a Martial Arts & Kathakali Dance show in the evening. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Thekkady

Breakfast at the hotel. Explore the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary on a boat ride and visit a spice plantation to see various crops. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Thekkady - Munnar (100kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Munnar, visiting Ramakkalmedu, Frog Rock, Turtle Rock, and Kuravan & Kurathi Twin Statues en route. Check-in at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Munnar

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit Pothamedu, Mattupetty Dam, Rajamala Hill, Eravikulam National Park, Mattupedi Dairy Farm, Echo Point, and Tea Museum. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15: Munnar - Madurai (160kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Madurai and check-in at the hotel. Later, visit Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayakar Palace, Alagar Koil, Tiruparankundram Murugan Temple, and Palamuthirsolai Murugan Temple. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16: Madurai - Trichy - Thanjavur (190kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Thanjavur, visiting Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, Rock Fort Temple, and Jambukeshwara Temple in Trichy en route. Check-in at the hotel and visit Brihadeshwara Temple, Thanjavur Palace, and Museum. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 17: Thanjavur - Darasuram - Gangaikondacholapuram - Chidambaram - Pondicherry (180kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Pondicherry, visiting Darasuram, Gangaikondacholapuram, and Chidambaram temples en route. Arrival in Pondicherry, check-in at the hotel, and explore Auroville and Pondicherry Museum. Enjoy a walk through the French Quarters. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 18: Pondicherry

Breakfast at the hotel. Visit the French Quarters, St. Frances Church, Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Dutch Palace, and Chinese fishing nets in Pondicherry. Relax on the beach. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 19: Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Chennai (240kms)

Breakfast at the hotel. Drive to Chennai, visiting Mahabalipuram Monolithic Temples, Five Rathas, Krishna Butterball, Cave Temples, Shore Temple, and Arjuna's Penance en route. Continue to Kanchipuram to visit temples and arrive in Chennai. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 20: Chennai - Departure (Flight)

Breakfast at hotel. City tour of Chennai visit Fort St. George, St Mary's Church inside the fortress, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Vadapalani Murugan Temple, Government Museum, Dakshinachitra Museum, Santhome Cathedral & Marina Beach. Later as per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 19 Night's accommodation in 5-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast at hotels.
  • 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.
  • Hubli - Cochin flight ticket approx. ₹5500 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

FAQs

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 Mysore - Radisson Blu Plaza Hotel/ Royal Orchid Brindavan Garden Hassan - Hosyala Village Resort Hampi - Hyatt Place/ Hampi Boulders Badami - Badami Court/ Krishna Heritage Cochin - Xandari Harbour/ Le Meridien Alleppey - Luxury Houseboat (Xandari Riverscapes/ Lakes & Lagoons) Thekkady - Spice Village/ Carmelia Haven Resort Munnar - Chandys Windy Woods/ Tea County Madurai - Courtyard by Marriott/ The Gateway Hotel Pasumalai Thanjavur - Svatma Pondicherry - Palais De Mahe/ La Villa Chennai - ITC Grand Chola/ The Leela Palace

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