Classical South India

Kerala & South India ToursClassical South India

Exotic Flora and Fauna, Lush Vegetation, Miles of beautiful beaches, the delicate scent of spices and the sound of Temple Bells all characterize the South of India. Following the Old European trade routes, this tour takes you from the cosmopolitan city of Bangalore to Hassan, known for its Musical Pillars, Stone dancers, Elephant stables, Monuments, Temples, Mosques, Forts, Ruins…
 
Feel them. Re-live them. Be touched by their magic and their mystery, their splendour and their glory. From the middle of the journey we enter to the historical land of pure bliss that can never base its emerald virginity. Kerala her beauty pampers you into an eternal trance. Her exeberate subjects you to a sublime catharsis. Travel through the Northern, Central and Southern part of Kerala, drink from her being and you float through a kaleidoscope of emotions.
 
From here you travel towards Chennai, home to some of the country’s oldest British Monuments. On the way you can visit one of India’s most famous temples in Madurai, explore French colony and also coromadel coast of Mahabalipuram.

 

  • Days: 21 nights / 22 days
  • Cost: Please enquire
Day 01: Arrive Bangalore
 
Day 02: Bangalore - Hassan (187kms/ 5hrs) 
 
Day 03: Hassan
 
Day 04: Hassan - Mysore (120kms/ 3hrs)
 
Day 05: Mysore - Calicut (217kms/ 5hrs) 
 
Day 06: Calicut - Shornur (125kms/ 3Hrs)
 
Day 07: Calicut - Cochin (115kms/ 2Hrs)
 
Day 08: Cochin
 
Day 09: Cochin - Kumarakom (90Kms/ 2Hrs)
 
Day 10: Alleppey - Kumarakom 
 
Day 11: Kumarakom - Thekkady (137kms/ 3hrs) 
 
Day 12: Thekkady
 
Day 13: Thekkady - Madurai (160Kms/ 4hrs)
 
Day 14: Madurai - Trichy (142kms/ 4Hrs)
 
Day 15: Trichy - Thanjavur (60kms/ 1hrs)
 
Day 16: Thanjavur - Pondicherry (225kms/ 5hrs)
 
Day 17: Pondicherry  
 
Day 18: Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram (134kms/ 4hrs)
 
Day 19: Mahabalipuram  
 
Day 20: Mahabalipuram - Chennai (80kms/ 02hrs)
 
Day 21: Chennai - Home Country
 

 

Day 01: Arrive Bangalore
 
Arrive Bangalore airport from your home country. Garland welcome, assistance and transfer to the hotel.
 
Afternoon we make a short visit of Bangalore City. Visit the Vidan Soudha, Fort, Tipu Sultan’s Palace and Bull Temple. O/n Hotel.
 
 
Day 02: Bangalore - Hassan (187kms/ 5hrs)
 
Morning after breakfast drive to Hassan via Sravanabelagola, visit the Statue of Gommatheshwara, sacred of Jains, stands on Vindhyagiri. The 17 metres high statue is nude. Check into the hotel. The rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.
 
 
Day 03:  Hassan
 
Morning after breakfast drive to Belur & Halebid the ancient capital of the Hoysala Kings.
 
Visit the Chennakesava Temple at Belur, the exquisite sculptors cover the exterior with the friezes. The line of 650 elephants surrounds the base, with of rows of figures and foliage above. The detail of 38 female figures is perfect. Later on proceed to Halebid to visit the Hoysalesvara Temple, set in lawns, has two shrines dedicated to Siva with a Nandi Bull facing each. The largest of the Hoysala temples, it was started in 1121 but remained unfinished 86 years later, also visit the Jain bastis. O/n Hotel.
 
 
Day 04: Hassan - Mysore (120kms/ 3hrs)
 
Morning after breakfast drive to Mysore. Check into the hotel. Afternoon visit the Mysore Palace and nearby Chamundi Hills. O/n Hotel.
 
 
Day 05: Mysore - Calicut (217kms/ 5hrs)
 
Morning after breakfast drive to Calicut. A drive through a picturesque journey over the Western Ghats to Calicut. Explore the beautiful places on the way.  Check into the hotel. Evening we make a short drive to Kappad Beach, where Vasco-da-Gama set foot on the sands of India. O/n Hotel.
 
 
Day 06:  Calicut - Shornur (125kms/ 3Hrs)
 
Morning after b/f drive to Shornur, a place famous for art and literature. Check into the Hotel River Retreat, a heritage hotel that situated on the banks of river Barathapuzha.
 
Home of the renowned repository of the tradition of the Kathakali dance form. It is in this academy that the best of Kerala’s Kathakali performers get their rigorous training. The institution also offers training in music, drama, and other dance form including Mohiniyattam, Koodiyattam and Ottam Thullal. Evening we visit this institution (Kerala Kala Mandalam) on the riverbank. You can watch training session from 0830 – 1200hrs and 1530 – 1730hrs. O/n Hotel.
 
 
Day 07: Calicut - Cochin (115kms/ 2Hrs)
 
Morning after breakfast drive to Cochin – the commercial capital of Kerala and the most cosmopolitan of the State’s cities, Kochi has long been eulogised in tourist literature as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea”. It has a fascinating blend of cultures.
 
Enroute visit the Punnathur Kotta – elephant camp at Guruvayoor. Arrive and check into the hotel. The rest of the day free. O/n Hotel
 
 
Day 08: Cochin
 
Morning after breakfast we visit the Mattancherry Palace – also called the Dutch Palace, The Clock Tower, The Synagogue built in the 18th century and the St.Francis Church, where Vasco da Gama was buried in 1524. Evening move to Fort Kochi Beach, spend the hours to explore the huge Chinese Fishing Nets, enjoy watching sunset. O/n Hotel.
 
 
Day 09: Cochin - Alleppey (60Kms/ 2Hrs)
 
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Alleppey, also called the Venice of East, interlocked with a large number of canals and bridges. Board a houseboat from Alleppey and enjoy the cruise through the enchanting backwaters. Houseboat comprises twin bed room, with attached bathrooms, running water, and a lounge area in which to relax and enjoy the sights on the shore. Start our sail through scenic backwaters, passing through one of the few areas in the world where farming is done below sea level. The houseboat will cruise through the Chambakulam area by mid-morning and anchor to explore the boat yard, which displays the traditional long snake boats used in races. Visit St. Mary’s Church, established by St. Thomas in 1721. In the evening, catch a glimpse of village life along the backwaters and experience a way of life unique to this region. The boat will pass through picturesque stretches of the backwaters of Alleppey and moor up for overnight in Vemabanadu Lake. Overnight at Houseboat.            
 
 
Day 10: Alleppey - Kumarakom (50Kms/ 1Hrs)
 
Morning after breakfast drive to Kumarakom - A small strip of land based on the bank of Vembanadu Lake.Check into the hotel.
 
Explore the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary known for local varieties like the water fowl, cuckoo, owl and the water duck as well as migratory Siberian Storks. The rest of the day for leisure. O/n Hotel.
Day 11: Kumarakom - Thekkady (137kms/ 3hrs)
 
Morning we drive to Thekkady, the roads which winds on the Western Ghats takes you through the plantation of rubber, tea, coffee and pepper. On arrival, check into the hotel. Afternoon we do a small Spice Walk. O/n Hotel.
 
 
Day 12:  Thekkady
 
Morning after b/f explore the Periyar Wild Life Sanctuary, know as Periyar Tiger Reserve. Afternoon cruise in Periyar Lake surrounded by hills to see the natural beauty and wild animals, mainly elephants fetching water from the lake. O/n Hotel.
 
 
Day 13: Thekkady - Madurai (160Kms/ 4hrs)
 
Morning drive to the 6th century built temple town of Madurai Arrive and transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit the Meenakshi temple – an outstanding example of the 14th century Vijaynagar architecture and nearby Thirumalai Naikar Palace. O/n Hotel.
 
 
Day 14: Madurai - Trichy (142kms/ 4Hrs)
 
Morning after breakfast drive to Trichy, check into the hotel. Afternoon visit the St. Joseph’s Church, the Siva Temple and the Temple of Srirangam. O/n Hotel.
 
 
Day 15:  Trichy - Thanjavur (60kms/ 1hrs)
 
Late Morning drive to Thanjavur  – the ancient capital of the great Chola Empire.
 
Afternoon visit the magnificent Brihadisvara Temple, known as the ‘Big Temple’. The main temple has a 62 metres high vimana (the tallest in India), topped by a dome carved from an 80 ton block of granite. We can see an enormous Nandi, carved out of a single block of granite six metres long. O/n Hotel.
 
 
Day 16: Thanjavur - Pondicherry (225kms/ 5hrs)
 
Morning drive to Pondicherry, with its distinct French colonial atmosphere.
 
Enroute visit Chidambaram, the Nataraj temple dedicated to the dancing God. Proceed and check into the hotel. Evening stroll through the French colonies and avenues and enjoy the sunset of Bay of Bengal. O/n Hotel.
 
 
Day 17: Pondicherry 
 
Morning we make a short visit to Aurobindo Ashram, visit the Ashram. The rest of the day free to relax. O/n Hotel.
 
 
Day 18:  Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram (134kms/ 4hrs)
 
Morning after breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram via Kancheepuram. Visit the Kailasanad Temple and EkambaraNadh Temple. Proceed to Mahabalipuram - The ancient 7th century port famous for its magnificent rock temples & carvings. Check into the hotel. The rest of the day enjoy in the beautiful beach. O/n Hotel.
 
 
Day 19:  Mahabalipuram 
 
Morning after breakfast we make a short trip to visit the Arjuna’s Penance, is a bas relief sculpted on the face of two enormous adjacent rocks, 29 metres long and seven metres high, the Mandapas – are fairly shallow pillared halls or porticos excavated out of the rocky hillside, The Rathas – these mid seventh century monolithic temples were influenced by Buddhist architecture as they resemble the monastery, The Shore Temple by the sea is surrounded by gardens designed according to descriptions of the original layout from ancient texts. The temple was built at the end of the seventh century by King Rajasimha, is unusual for its shrines to both Siva and Vishnu. Evening enjoy the beautiful sunset. O/n Hotel.
 
 
Day 20:  Mahabalipuram - Chennai (80kms/ 02hrs)
 
You are at the southern tip of India in the state of Tamil Nadu, and Chennai – or Madras as it was known earlier – is its capital city. Ending with Chennai as the gateway will put you in memory with a different face of India – classical, ancient, and gentle. Definitely touched by colonialism but not ravaged by wars and intensely aware of its roots and traditions. Afternoon sightseeing of Chennai city. O/n Hotel.
 
 
Day 21:  Chennai - Home Country
 
Morning free, afternoon transfer to the Chennai International airport to board flight for your home country.