South India Pilgrimage Tour

Incredible India ToursSouth India Pilgrimage Tour

  • Days: 18 Nights / 19 Days
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Day 01: Arrival Cochin
 
Day 02: Cochin 
 
Day 03: Cochin – Alleppey (50kms / 1hrs approx)
 
Day 04: Alleppey – Kovalam (160kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Day 05: Kovalam
 
Day 06: Kovalam – Kanyakumari (85kms/ 2hrs approx)
 
Day 07: Kanyakumari
 
Day 08: Kanyakumari - Madurai (244kms/ 5hrs approx)
 
Day 09: Madurai – Rameshwaram – Madurai (160kms/ 3hrs approx one way)
 
Day 10: Madurai – Trichy –Tanjore (189kms / 4hrs approx)
 
Day 11: Tanjore – Pondicherry (170Kms/4hrs approx) 
 
Day 12: Pondicherry – Mahabalipuram (100Kms/ 2hrs approx]
 
Day 13: Mahabalipuram
 
Day 14: Mahabalipuram – Chennai (130kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Day 15: Chennai – Tirupati (146kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Day 16: Tirupati – Puttaparthi (250kms/ 5hrs approx)
 
Day 17: Puttaparthi
 
Day 18: Puttaparthi – Bangalore (155kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Day 19: Bangalore – Departure 
Day 01: Arrival Cochin
 
Arrive Cochin airport, meet & greet with our office representative assistance and transfer to hotel check in. Rest day free and easy for personal activities relax. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 02: Cochin
 
Morning after breakfast we make a short drive to visit the Mattancherry Palace, which was built by the Portuguese as a gift for the Raja of Cochin in exchange for trading rights. The main attraction of the Palace is the series of murals painted on the wooden walls, The Jewish Synagogue, built in 1568 AD, the great scrolls of the Old Testament, the copper plates in which the grants of privilege made by the Cochin rulers were recorded and the exquisite Chinese hand painted tiles are of interest. The main peculiarity of these tiles is that no two tiles are alike, Santa Cruz Basilica, built by Portuguese and elevated to Cathedral of Pope Paul IV in 1558, The St. Francis Church, a protestant Church was built by Portuguese in 1510 AD and it is believed to be the first church built by the European in India. Vasco Da Gama was buried here. Evening visit the Chinese Fishing Nets, large nets that hang from bamboo or teak posts and are still used by local fishermen in Fort Cochin to catch fish attracted by the lights suspended above the net. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 03: Cochin – Alleppey (50kms / 1hrs approx)
 
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 04: Alleppey – Kovalam (160kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Morning after breakfast disembarks from the houseboat, drive to Trivandrum, and check in at hotel. Rest day free and easy for personal activities relax. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 05: Kovalam
 
Breakfast at hotel, visit Padmanabha Swamy Temple; the temple is located inside the East Fort. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, & a blend of the Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture. It is known for its Mural Paintings and Stone Carvings. One among the 108 sacred Vishnu Temples in India, the presiding deity in here is Lord Vishnu reclining on anantha the serpent.
 
Kuthiramalika Palace Museum; The palace was built by Maharaja Swathi Thirunal Balarama Varma - the King of Travancore, who was a great poet, musician, social reformer and statesman. This rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional travancore style of architecture also has exquisite wood carvings. The palace museum displays paintings and various priceless collections of the royal family. The Napier Museum; Built in the 19th century, the indo - saracenic structure boasts a "natural" Airconditioning system and houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings. The use of plaxtic is banned in the museum premises. Sree Chitbra Art Gallery; Located near the Napier Museum. This are gallery displays select paintings of Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlova and Nicholas Roerich and exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of Art In India.           
 
Afternoon relax on the beach. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 06: Kovalam – Kanyakumari (85kms/ 2hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel, morning free for personal activities relax on the beach. Afternoon drive to Kanyakumari, check in at hotel. Kanyakumari is a place where we can see the confluence of the three seas. The Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. One can actually see the three colours of the waters during the low tides.
 
 
Day 07: Kanyakumari
 
Breakfast at hotel, sightseeing of Kanyakumari. Visit Kumari Amman Temple; a popular pilgrimage of Kanyakumari located on the seashore, was built by the Pandya kings in 8th century and extensively renovated by the Chola, Vijayanagar and Nayaka rulers. The temple is dedicated to the virgin Goddess Devi Kanyakumari who is supposed to have done penance here so that she could marry Lord Shiva.
 
Vivekananda Rock Memorial, built in 1970, and the 133 feet (41 m) tall statue of Tamil saint–poet Thiruvalluvar, one of the biggest statues in Asia, completed in 2000 by sculptor V. Ganapati Sthapati. One of the rocks, called Sri Padhaparai, is said to bear the footprints of the virgin goddess. Swami Vivekananda is said to have meditated on this rock for three days. Also on this rock, there is a Dhyana mandapam, an area for meditation. Ferry services are available to reach the memorial.
 
Vattakottai Fort; a seaside Circular Fort near Kanyakumari, the southern tip of India. It was built in the 18th century as a coastal defence-fortification and barracks in the erstwhile Travancore kingdom. Entrance of the fort was constructed under the supervision of Captain Eustachius De Lannoy, an ex-Dutch naval officer of the VOC, who became commander of the Travancore army (the very army that defeated him in the Battle of Colachel) in the 18th century, after he earned the trust of the Travancore King Marthanda Varma. De Lannoy constructed Vattakottai, as part of the defence-fortifications he undertook throughout Travancore.
 
Church of Our Lady of Joy; The “Church of Our Lady of Joy” built by St. Francis Xavier is located at the southern edge of the town. The church is believed to have been founded in the year 1540. The sandy beaches and the multi coloured granite rocks are among other attractions here. The Church of St. Xavier enjoys a great fame and is visited by large numbers of devotes during the annual festival celebrated in between November and December which lasts for 10 days. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 08: Kanyakumari - Madurai (244kms/ 5hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Madurai check in at hotel.
 
Afternoon visit, Meenakshi Temple: This temple is the city's main attraction. This temple is nearly 2000 years old placed in the heart of the old town - a splendid example of Dravidian architecture. A striking feature of the temple is the astonishing structure know as “Ayiramkaal Mandapam” or the Hall of Thousand Pillars and each pillar features high, ornate, bold sculptures that look life like. The present temple was designed in 1560 by Vishwanatha Nayak and subsequently built during the reign of Tirumalai Nayak. There are four entrances to the temple with an area of six hectares.
 
Tirumalai Nayak Mahal: This Indo-Saracenic building was built in 1636 by the ruler whose name it bears. The imposing edifice is famous for the “Stuccowork” on its domes and impressive arches. The Sorgavilasam (Celestial Pavilion), measuring 75m x 52m, constructed entirely of brick and mortar without the support of a single rafter or girder, is a marvel of indo-Saracenic architectural style. Among other striking features of the palace are the massive white pillars, several of which line the corridor that runs along the courtyard. Connected by high decorated arches, these pillars measure 20m in height and have a circumference of 4m. Elsewhere, there are polished black stone pillars of varying heights. It was King Thirumalai Nayak’s grandson who demolished much of the fine structure and removed most of the jewels and woodcarvings in order to build his own palace in Tiruchirapalli. Gandhi Museum: The 300-year-old palace now converted into Museum has a picture gallery, a library of personal memorable of the Mahatma Gandhi and an exhibit of South Indian handicrafts and village industries.
 
Vaniyur Mariamman Teppakulam: This enormous temple tank is fed by water from the Vaigai River. Mariamman Teppakulam is a beautiful square tank spread over a huge area of almost 16 acres, located about 5Kms East of Meenakshi Temple. The tank is the scene of the colourful float festival held in January/February to celebrate the birth anniversary of King Thirumalai Nayak, who built this tank. The deities of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar are placed in a float, called “Teppam”, decorated with flowers and illuminated with hundred of lights. This float is taken around the tank to the sound of traditional music. On the Northern side of the tank a temple is dedicated to Mariamman, a famous village deity of Tamil Nadu. Overnight at Hotel.
 
 
Day 09: Madurai – Rameshwaram – Madurai (160kms/ 3hrs approx one way)
 
Breakfast at hotel, full day excursion to visit Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple; this temple dedicated to Lord Shiva constitutes the main attraction of the town of Rameswaram. Situated near the sea on the eastern part of the island, this temple is mostly known for its staggering structure, magnificent corridors and spectacular sculptures. It has been built under the patronage of a number of rulers from the 12th century. The most premier aspect of the temple is its corridor that is world’s longest one and stretches about 197 meters in East-West direction and 133 meters in the North-South direction.
 
The temple is even more appealing to the devotees because of the legend associated with it. It is believed that Lord Rama, after having killed Ravana had decided to offer Lord Shiva a prayer of gratitude for having guaranteed his succeeded in the war. He instructed Hanuman to fetch the lingam from Kailasa within a certain time, but Hanuman was delayed and Sita had to prepare one of sand, before the auspicious hour. It is said that this is the same Lingam of Sri Ramanatha in the temple. What acts as a supplementary to enhance this aura of myth and supernaturalism in the temple are the 22 wells, the water of which are believed to have medicinal properties. Also water from every well tastes different from the other.  Satchi Hanuman Temple; Very near to the Sugreevar temple is the Satchi Hanuman Temple, which is located about 3km from the main temple of Lord Ramanathaswamy. Legend has it that this temple enshrines the very spot where Hanuman had given Rama the good news of the welfare of his wife Sita with a stchi or an evidence of the Choodamani, or a jewel that Sita possessed. This is also a favorite destination for the devotees.
 
Evening back to Madurai. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 10: Madurai – Trichy –Tanjore (189kms / 4hrs approx)
 
After breakfast at hotel drive to Tanjore, Enroute visit Trichy: Situated on the banks of the river Cauvery,Sightseeing of Trichy Rock Fort Temple: The 83m high Rock Fort is the only outcrop in the otherwise flat land of the city. The rock is one of the oldest in the world-approximately 3.800 million years, which makes it as old as the rocks of Greenland and older than the Himalayas. The fort played an important part during the Carnatic wars and according to an inscription, mainly contributed to lay the foundations of the British Empire in India.  At the top of the rock is the Uchipillaiyar Koil, a temple dedicated to Lord Vinayaka from where one can enjoy a panoramic view of Tiruchirappalli. A flight of steps leads to the Mathrubutheswarar of Thayumanaswami temple, dedicated to Lord Siva where the lingam is a projection of the rock itself. Below the Siva temple are the two Pallava cave temples that have beautiful sculptures of the 6th and 7th centuries. At the foot of the Rock Fort are a tank and a pavilion which are used during the float festival of the temples. Near the tank is the house where Robert Clive lived when he was in Tiruchirappalli and there is an 18th century Church built by Reverend Schwartz of Denmark. The Rock fort Hillock is said to be 230crore years old. The materials like Quartz used in glass making and felspar used in ceramic are found in this Rock formation.
 
Tiruvanaikkaval: The Jambukeshwara temple, here, is dedicated to Shiva, and it houses five concentric walls, and seven gopurams. Once an elephant worshipped Lord Shiva under the holy Jambu tree and hence the name Jambukeshwar. Srirangam Temple or Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple: Srirangam, situated around a distance of 7 kms this small island town in the Cauvery River is encircled by the temple walls. There are 22 gopurams including India’s tallest (72 meters, 13 storey high), which was built in 1987 while the others date back to the 14th century.Many people have had a hand in its construction, including the Cheras, Pandyas, Cholas, Hoysalas and rulers from Vijayanagar. An annual Car Festival is held here in January during which a decorated wooden chariot is pulled through the streets between various walls. In mid-December, the Vaikunda Ekadasi, or Paradise Festival will be celebrated in the Vishnu Temple. Ivory sculptures of Lord Vishnu in various poses and the images of Nayak Kings with consorts donated by Nayak kings who ruled Madurai during the 17th century are available here. St. John's Church : Built in 1812, this Church has louvred doors, which when opened, turns the church into an airy pavilion. The brilliant architecture of the church is a treat to the eyes.
 
Continue drive to Tanjore, on arrival check-in to the hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
 
 
Day 11: Tanjore – Pondicherry (170Kms/4hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel, visit Brihadeshwara Temple & Fort: built by great Chola king in the 10th century it is an outstanding example of Chola architecture and is listed in world heritage. On the top of the apex of 63 metres high, a dome is said to be constructed from a single piece of granite, weighing an estimated 81 tones.Tanjore Palace & Museum: the palace near the temple is a vast building of masonry built by the Nayakas around 1550 and partly by the Maratha. The palace houses an art gallery, a library and a hall of music. The art gallery occupies the Nayak Durbar Hall. It has a superb collection of Chola bronze statues from the 9th to 12th centuries. The Saraswati mahal Library is next door to the gallery. Art Gallery: In the Palace there are a number of granite and bronze statues of the Chola period. Visiting Times: 9.00 - 13.00 hrs and 15.00 - 18.00 hrs. Saraswathi Mahal Library: In another section of the Palace is the library where over 30,000 palm leaf and paper manuscripts in India and European languages are preserved. Visiting Times: 9.00 - 13.00 hrs and 14.00 - 17.00 hrs. Wednesday Holiday. Schwartz Church: (In the Palace garden) Built in 1779 AD by Rajah Serfoji in token of his affection for the Rev.C.V.Schwartz of the Danish mission.
 
Afternoon drive to Pondicherry, check in at hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
 
 
Day 12: Pondicherry – Mahabalipuram (100Kms/ 2hrs approx]
 
Breakfast at hotel, Sightseeing of Pondicherry. Shree Aurobindo and The Mother, his most eminent disciple, set up the Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville in 1926. Together they explored the possibilities of yoga and meditation as a path to salvation. At the Ashram residents continue to practice their teachings and run a lot of the cultural activity in Pondicherry. There is an educational centre, which occasionally hosts lectures, screens films and holds play performances. The sun, surf and sand are best at the beaches a little outside town. Called Serenity, Quiet and Reppo they manage to live up to their name. The town beach has a 4-meter high statue of Mahatma Gandhi and French World War I memorial. There is a 150-year-old lighthouse also. TheFrench Institute is in a stylish colonial building. It has some remarkable old French books that are very rare. The Romain Rolland library has over 60,000 volumes and overlooks the sea. Along with the ‘kepis’ capped cops and its streets being called ‘rue’, it is the churches that help  the town retain its European charm. Thechurch of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception or Notre Dame de la Conception is almost 300 years old. The church to Our Lady of Angels is famous for an oil painting that was gifted by Napoleon III. The most magnificent however is the grand gothic Sacred Heart Church with 3 stained glass panels of the life of Christ. Just outside town is a copy of the Basilica at Lourdes. Many temples around Pondicherry are dedicated to Ganesh, the half man half pachyderm god who is the Destroyer of all Obstacles. The oldest ones date back to the 10th century Chola Empire. The Vinaynagar Manakula temple has a golden dome and a collection of 40 beautiful friezes.  
 
Afternoon drive to Mahabalipuram, check in at hotel. Overnight at Hotel.
 
 
Day 13: Mahabalipuram
 
Breakfast at hotel. Mahabalipuram: A small temple town of Tamil Nadu is situated along the shores of the Bay of Bengal. Mahabalipuram, was the chief seaport of the Pallavas who ruled over much of South India from as early as the first century B.C to the eighth century A.D., and it is now recognized as the site of some of the greatest architectural and sculptural achievements in India
 
Visit the Cave Temples; excavated by scooping out the scarp of the hill. The scooping work starts from front to back. The cave temple is usually divided into inner & outer mandapas, distinguished by the difference in levels. The front mandapa will have pillars & plasters numbering 4,6,8,10. The inner mandapa contains single, triple or five cells. The cave temple with little modification is categorized as Mamalla style. The pillars under this style are slender & taller with squatting lion at their base. The pillar is divided into distinct parts known as kalasa, tadi, kumba, padma etc.  Monolithic Temples are locally known as Rathas. They were executed by chiseling out the exterior face of the boulder. Work started from top to bottom. The pyramidal vimana with sikhara at the top is an important feature of this style. It can be rightly said that these monolithic temples must have paved the way for the structural temples with elaborate architectural & sculptural details in the subsequent stage. There a total number of 8 monolithic temples found in Mamallapuram. The five rathas in one place, Ganesha Ratha, Valayankuttai Ratha & Pidari Rathas. Five Rathas, a small hill sloping from south to north has been segmented into five divisions & converted into monolithic temples. The heights of the segments have been cleverly used for temples with single tier to three-tiered vimana. Each monolithic temples shows different kind of sikhara. The five rathas are Dharmaraja Ratha, Bhima Ratha, Arjuna Ratha, Draupadi Ratha and Nakul Sahadev Ratha.  Shore Temple, The Shore Temple on the Bay of Bengal was constructed in the 7th century during the rule of King Narsimha-Varman II Rajasimha (c. 690-728).The Shore temples is a temple complex consisting of two Siva temples and a carving of Anantasayana Vishnu. The temple facing east is entered by a small gopura. On plan, it consists of a small sanctum & a front mandapa & is a two-tired vimana. The sanctum is housing a linga. The Somaskanda panel consisting of Siva & Parvati with baby Skanda is on the back wall of the sanctum. The dhara linga & Somaskanda panel on the back wall of the sanctum are the features of the Pallava temples only. Overnight at Hotel.
 
 
Day 14: Mahabalipuram – Chennai (130kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Mahabalipuram, Enroute visit Kanchipuram the Land of Thousand Temples a small rural town about 75km from Chennai. With the Sankara Mutt acting as the hub of Hindu activities and the temples. Kanchipuram is considered one of the seven holiest cities to the Hindus of India. In Hinduism, a ksetra is a sacred ground, a field of active power, a place where moksha, final release can be obtained. The Garuda Purana enumerates seven cities as providers of moksha, namely Ayodhya, Mathura, Haridwar, Varanasi, Avantika, Dvaraka and Kanchipuram. The town is considered sacred both to Hindu gods Shiva and Vishnu.
 
"Kanchipuram was under the Pallavas from the 6th to 8th century AD and later became the citadel of the Cholas, Vijayanagar Kings, the Muslim and the British. It has been a center of Tamil learning, cultural and religious background for centuries. Kanchipuram has magnificent temples of unique architectural beauty bearing eloquent testimony to its glorious Dravidian heritage.
 
Kanchipuram is a traditional centre of silk weaving and handloom for producing sari, called Kanchipuram Sari. Legend has it that the Kanchi weavers are descendants of Sage Markanda, the celestial weaver for Gods. While cotton is the favourite for Hindu deity Shiva, silk is favoured by Vishnu. The existence of all the silk weavers around Vishnu Kanchi, most of the Vishnu temples are located in Kancheepuram. Historically, the Chola king, Raja Raja Chola I (985-1014 CE) invited the weavers to migrate to Kanchi. The craft picked up with the mass migration during the Vijayanagara rule during the 15th century.
 
Continue drive to Chennai, on arrival check in to hotel.  Overnight at Hotel.
 
 
Day 15: Chennai – Tirupati (146kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel, half day city tour of Chennai visit: Fort St. George: Built in the 17th century, this fort was built under the supervision of Francis Day and Andrew Cogon and houses St. Mary's Church and a museum. Built in 1680, St. Mary's Church is the oldest Anglican Church in India and has some of the oldest British tombstones in India. It was here that the marriage of the couple who founded the Yale University in the States was solemnized. St. Mary’s Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India. India’s tallest flagstaff of 46mts, originally the mast of a ship wrecked in the 17th century stands here. Fort Museum (The Government Museum and Art Gallery) The museum has on its display many relics belonging to the times of British Raj in India and exhibits a collection of contemporary paintings as well as the rare military paraphernalia such as weapons, uniforms, coins, costumes and medals. Kapaleeshwarar Temple: The biggest temple in the city is a fine specimen of Dravidian architecture. The Shaiva temple has 13th century inscriptions and a 37-metre gopuram remarkable for its intricate carvings depicting stories from Hindu mythology. Marina Beach - It is the longest beach in the world after the one in Brazil and is a must visit. Set up in memory of industrialist B. M. Birla, the Planetarium takes visitors on an information-rich journey through space. A 236-seater hemispherical theatre houses a computerised projector that creates a simulated unravelling of the astronomical mysteries. The right place to kick-start amateur night-sky observation as a hobby.
 
Afternoon drive to Tirupati, check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 16: Tirupati – Puttaparthi (250kms/ 5hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel, visit Tirupati which is renowned for Lord Venkateswara Swami temple; boasts of being one of the busiest pilgrimage sites in the world and always a part of most Pilgrimage Tours. Tirupati Tours take your around the Venkata hill which has the temple and offers a beautiful view of the deep valley and the lush green surroundings. True faith and belief in the holy shrine attracts worshippers from all around the world. Tirupati Packages takes you on a trip to other temples like Govindrajaswamy temple and Tiruchanur temple to feel the purity and bliss.
 
Afternoon drive to Puttaparthi, check in at hotel. Overnight at hotel.
 
 
Day 17: Puttaparthi
 
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Puttaparty the Abode of Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba: Puttaparthi, once a sparsely populated village, has shot into national and international fame as the abode of Bhagwan Sri Satya Sai Baba. The original name of Sai Baba is "Satyanarayana Raju". He was born on November 23, 1926 in Puttaparthi.
 
He started showing unusual talents and purity and compassion from an early age. Baba's supernatural abilities caused some concern to his family, who took him to Vedic doctors. After being pronounced to be possessed by the divine rather than the diabolical, at the age of fourteen he announced that he was the new incarnation of Sai Baba, a saint from Shirdi in Maharashtra who died eight years before Satya was born.
 
Sathyabhama Temple; On the other side of the street there is a temple for Sathyabhama, a rare one exclusively established for Sathyabhama. Sathyabhama is commonly known as the consort of Lord Krishna, and the worse example of such. Perhaps this is the reason why the temple in Puttaparthi is the only temple in the world dedicated to Sathyabhama. Sri Kondama Raju, Bhagavan's grandfather, had a dream where he found Sathyabhama standing in heavy rain and wind, asking for shelter. This lead to the determination of constructing a temple for Sathyabhama.
 
Sri Raju Kalyana Mandapam; The Old mandir was constructed in the year 1945. Bhagavan selected a new location for His darshans and a new mandir, the current one, was constructed in 1950. Thereafter the old mandir has been used as Kalyana Mandapam (marriage hall) and is given for free use for marriages in the village. The Village Mosque; The village mosque and the hall opposite was constructed and opened by Baba in 1978. At a certain borderline from Puttaparthi, accidents and diseases would set-in on travellers. Bhagavan asked local people in the area to dig at a certain spot, and a plate was discovered, containing various Muslim inscriptions. The plate was moved into the Mandir, and all inauspicious events stopped. A mosque was built in Puttaparthi and the plate was taken on yearly processions to the mosque from the mandiram. Anjaneya (Hanuman) Swamy Temple; This temple is between Kalyana Mandapam and the Sathyabhama temple. At the entrance, Lord Siva as Lingam, brought by Bhagawan from Kasim, is installed. The temple appears as if Anjaneya engraved in a guha stands inside a cave. There is always a pool of water at the feet of Anjaneya (Hanuman) representing the tears he sheds in his love and longing for Lord Rama. Kalpa Vriksha; This 'wishfulfilling' tree is an old tamarind tree from Bhagavan's childhood. The Kalpa Vriksha is famous from Bhagavan's life story in Professor Kasturi's Sathyam-Shivam-Sundaram series. In His boyhood, Bhagavan used to display His miraculous powers to His playmates by asking these to think of any fruit, in or out of season, and the same would appear hanging off the branches of the tamarind tree. Thus the name 'wishfulfilling tree' was given. Today the tree is a great look-out point over the Chitravathi river. It is located on the side of a hill on the banks of the Chitravati. Overnight at Hotel.
 
 
Day 18: Puttaparthi – Bangalore (155kms/ 3hrs approx)
 
Breakfast at hotel, drive to Bangalore check in at hotel.
 
Later city tour visit the Lal Bagh Garden: Hyder Ali laid out this famous botanical garden and his son added horticultural wealth to them by importing trees and plants from several countries. The garden today houses over 1000 species of flora which include rare and enchanting collection of tropical plants, trees and herbs. Also see the Government buildings Vidhana Soudha: This splendid neo-Dravidian granite building that dominates the northern boundary of the Cubbon Park is the home of the State Legislature and the Secretariat. The massive sandalwood door of the Cabinet room is a spectacular feature of this imposing building. The Vidhana Soudha is bedecked in illuminated glory during special periods and is a sight worth viewing.
 
The Bangalore Palace & Fort: The Bangalore Fort was built by Kempe Gowda and expanded by Tippu Sultan. Within its walls is the well preserved 16th century Ganapathi Temple. The Bangalore Palace was built by a Wodeyar king in 1887 on the 400 acre space. Inspired by the Windsor castle, this palace was built in the Tudor style, complete with Gothic windows, foiled windows, battlements and turrets resembling the Daria Daulat Palace in Srirangapatanam, this summer palace has been constructed largely of wood and is famous for its carving and paintings.
 
Tippu’s Summer Palace: The palace was first a mud-brick defence built by Kempegowda in 1537. Hyder Ali and his son Tipu Sultan later rebuilt it 1791. The two-storied structure (replica of the Daria Daulat in Srirangapatnam) served as Tipu's summer retreat. An inscription on the wooden screen describes the palace as the 'abode of happiness', almost mocking the ruins that surround it. Though the palace still has elegant teak pillars, most of the painted decorations have been destroyed and it is in very bad shape. Overnight at the hotel.
 
 
Day 19: Bangalore – Departure
 
Breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport to board flight for your onward destination.
 
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