This package features the Classic South Indian destinations with a lot of good ol’ hill stations, heritage palaces and temples of Indian spiritual importance. This tour is perfect for Indian travellers (groups and families) looking for their first time experience of the famous attractions of South India.
You will be welcomed at Bengaluru International airport by our company representative. Today, we travel to one of South India’s most vibrant cities – Mysore. The grand palaces, silk, sandalwood and incense production give an iconic status to this destination. You may also consider visiting Srirangapatna- the summer palace on the way to Mysore
Visit Srirangapatna: the fortress of the ‘Tiger of Mysore’
Steeped in bloody history, this fort town is built on an island on the Cauvery River. This was the summer palace and de facto capital from where Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan ruled in their glory days. After epic wars (Tipu defeated by British) we are left with a clutch of monuments, beautiful wall paintings and a nice view to have lunch!
You may opt for a quick sight-seeing of Bangalore city or head straight to Hassan and relax for the day
Mysore’s flamboyant palace known for its glittering in royal heritage is a must experienceImage by Marc Dalmulder
Visit the Maharaja’s Palace: The icon of Mysore
Built in indo-saracenic style with dome, arches and turrets, the palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works from all over the world. The jewels studded throne, majestic durbar hall with ornate ceilings and intricately carved doors make for a fascinating sight. If you are lucky to be here on a Sunday or public holiday, the illuminated palace will be a spectacle to remember!!
Also visit the Rajendra art gallery, which houses a remarkable collection of paintings form Raja Ravi Varma and other traditional Mysore styles.
Today, you get to explore this ancient city, its bustling markets, magnificent monuments and more. Shop around for premium silk, incense and sandalwood which are a speciality of Mysore. After exploring Chamundi hills during the day, a magical evening at Brindavan awaits you.
Explore Chamundi hills: Panoramic view of Mysore
Morning is a great time to start a fine half-day excursion to Chamundi Hills. Experience the panoramic view overlooking the Mysore city and explore the marvellous temple. The 1000 stone steps laid out by the Maharaja in the 17th century and the majestic Nandi monolith is a compelling sight. Enjoy shopping around for local specialities at the Devaraja Market.
The Dancing fountains at Brindavan are illuminated and made to dance to the accompaniment of popular film tunesImage by Royal Orchid
Evening at the Brindavan Gardens: This place is purely magical
These gardens have been the background of many a shimmying bollywood musical number. After sunset, the special attractions include dancing fountains where coloured lights transform the place into a magical fairyland. Also visit the famous KRS dam which is an awesome sight too. Relax for the night at your resort
Today, we depart by surface to Udhagamandalam (Ooty) and enjoy the ride up the hills. Get away from the plains and soak–in the beauty of the Blue Mountains. The stunning gardens, rolling hills, pine and eucalyptus forests have earned the name queen of hill stations for this place.
Spectacular journey up 36 hairpins bends to Ooty
The journey through the Mudumalai jungles will be thrilling as you spot wild elephants by the roadside. It gets better as you take the scenic 36 hairpin bends from the plains to the blue mountains or Nilgiris.
Watch the rhapsody of the carpeted emerald-green tea plantations unfold at Ooty
Shopping in Ooty: Enjoy a relaxed evening
The evening is free for relaxation at your hill resort. Shop around for honey and organic produce harvested by locals. Cottage cheese, spices, home-made chocolates and organic tea are other items to consider.
The day is at leisure to explore the hill station. Spend your day at the view points, lakes or just sipping tea at your hill resort. For those chasing the atmosphere of the British Raj, it just lingers around the clubs and heritage hotels.
Sightseeing in Ooty: Peaks, Botanical garden, lake, and more
Start the day at Doddabetta – the highest peak which offers a beautiful panoramic view of the neighbourhood. By noon head back to town and visit the famous Botanical garden built in 1847 which features a wide variety of exotic and ornamental plants. The iconic, St Thomas church overlooks the lake where boating facilities are available.
Don’t miss horse-back riding around the beautiful Ooty lakeImage by Ramkumar
Relax for the night at your resort in Ooty/Coonoor.
Today we leave to Kodaikanal. You could start your journey down on the heritage mountain rail. As the day unfolds visit the various spots in Coonoor before reaching Kodaikanal.
Enjoy a scenic ride on the world heritage Blue mountain railway
Experience this treasured and fabled charm of the Nilgiris in operation since 1899. A century later it continues to inspire weaving through forests, little dark winding tunnels and valleys as it traverses through one of the steepest rail stretches in Asia. The whistling, chugging and steam clacking takes you on a journey in time. Ooty to Coonoor would be a good ride.
The journey up here on the celebrated ‘Toy train’ is magical and the scenery is stunning
Sightseeing in Coonoor: All the way to Kodai
Spend time learning tea manufacturing to tasting at the high field tea estate. Explore famous spots like Sim’s park, lamb’s rock and Dolphin’s Nose on your way to Kodaikanal. Relax for the night in your hill resort in Kodaikanal
The day is at leisure to explore the hill station. Kodai is a special destination with one of the oldest observatories in the world and man-made star shaped lake just to pick out a few attractions. Get ready for an activity filled day with fascinating views.
Half-day tour exploring the attractions of Kodaikanal
After breakfast, do a local tour covering Bryant Park and afford a panoramic view of Madurai city as you walk along the pedestrian path cut along the steep slopes of Coaker’s walk. Enjoy the view of the mammoth rock pillars, green valley and falls. The area around the star shaped kodai lake has some popular hangouts. The afternoon would be good for row boating, horse riding or cycling around the lake waters
See your shadow in the clouds as you walk along the pathways of Coaker’s walkImage by Nazar Abdul
Today we travel to one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, Madurai. This town is an ancient centre of Tamil Knowledge and former capital city of the Pandya Kings. After a relaxed breakfast we start our journey to Madurai.
Exploring Madurai: ThirumalaiNayak Palace & Gandhi Memorial
Among the many attractions in Madurai include the 17th century palace of TirumalaiNayak. This Palace is a classic fusion of Dravidian and Islamic styles. Also spend time at the Gandhi museum which presents detailed accounts of the Indian freedom struggle and also has rare Gandhi memorabilia.
After visiting the palace, check-in to your hotel, have lunch and relax for a couple of hours.
A snapshot of the gopurams at the Meenakshi temple, encrusted with a staggering array of gods, goddesses, demons and heroes
An evening at Meenakshi Temple: Architectural marvel of the fish eyed goddess
A fascinating temple complex ornate by gateway towers with exquisitely multi-coloured images of gods, demons and mythical figures. Enter through the busy eastern entrance (a lot of craft shops here) and move on to see the 1000 pillar hall and the art museum. Also spend time at the massive temple tank and leave the temple through the hall with magnificently painted ceilings.
If you are interested in seeing Indian temple rituals, then don’t miss the night ceremony here. An image of lord Shiva is brought on a chariot to his wife Meenashi’s shrine amidst much chanting, drums, horns and gathering of devotees. An absolute must-see!
Relax for the night at your hotel.
Rameshwaram, one of the most sacred temple towns of India, is an island hallowed by the epic Ramayana. Spend the day exploring the temple and attractions in the town.
At the Ramanathaswamy temple: the site of the epic miracles
Rameshwaram holds a special place in Hindu mythology as it is where Lord Rama built a bridge across the sea to rescue Sita. The lord Shiva idol here is one of the holy 12 jyothirlingas. Among the miracles of this place include 22 closely located wells with water in them having totally different medicinal properties.
The Ramananthswamy temple features the largest temple corridor with 1200 odd intricately designed granite pillars
Explore other places of interest: Dhanushkodi beach and Adam's Bridge
If interested, you can also visit the lost land of Dhanushkodi beach, a town washed away by a cyclone. Adams Bridge can also be visited. Relax for the night at your hotel.
Today is the last day of your tour. Have an enjoyable breakfast and head to Madurai from where you can take your flight/train for onward journey with memories to last for a lifetime.
3 star Hotel/resort with neat amenities, hygienic bathrooms & European toilets, Telephone and 24 hours room service
Air Conditioned vehicle with chauffer at your disposal throughout the tour
Buffet breakfast included at all resorts/ hotel
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