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Home >> South India >> Tamil Nadu - Karnataka Tours >> Tamil Nadu Karnataka Tour (Tour Code : STKK 04)

Tamil Nadu Karnataka Tour

- 13 Nights / 14 Days
Destinations Covered: Madras - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Periyar - Alleppy - Cochin - Ooty - Mysore - Hassan - Bangalore
DAY 01 : Arrive Madras
Arrive Madras: Met and assist at the airport. Garlanding and transfer to your hotel. On arrival at Hotel traditional welcome. Overnight hotel.
DAY 02 : Madras

The gateway to the sunny south, the capital of Tamil Nadu is also the seat of an ancient civilization, with a rich heritage of fine arts, sculpture and architecture. The city of Madras extends over an area of nearly 80 sq. kms has a population of about two million and is the third largest city of India. It has withstood the pressure of modernization to some extent and even today retains an old world charm, which has an instant appeal for the visitor.


Post breakfast sightseeing of Madras includes visiting the National Art Gallery and Museum, (closed on Fridays), Fort St. Mary’s Church, a drive along the Marina Beach, visit to the Sam Thome Cathedral, Dinner & Overnight at Hotel.

DAY 03 : Madras - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram

After breakfast departs for Kanchipuram. KANCHIPURAM: The “Golden City” 76 kms (47 miles) southwest of Madras, has a long history. It was a capital of successive dynasties of Hindu rulers. Huen Tsang, the Chinese traveler, who visited it in the 7th century A.D., has left an account of his sojourn there. Buddhism, Jainism and later Hinduism contended for supremacy in the ancient city for centuries. It is remarkable for its temples and shrines. There is a group of Jain temples of Tiruparuttipuram dating from the 9th to the 16th century A. D. Even older are the two great temples of Shiva and Vishnu, namely the Kailasnath and the Vaikunthanatha Perumal temples, built by the Pallav Kings. The latter is noted for its lofty towers with fine porches.


Post lunch visit MAHABALIPURAM: Also known as the seven pagodas, Mahabalipuram is a pleasant seaside resort, 85 kms from Madras. Today the principal attraction of the place to the tourist lies in the wonderful monolithic monuments and stone sculptures of the ancient Pallava dynasty of kings who ruled much of the territory now known as Tamil Nadu, from the 16th century A.D. these kings laid the foundations of Dravidian architecture in India and at Mahabalipuram, today, the earliest of these remarkable monuments are to be seen, all hewn out of rocks. The Pallava monuments are spread over a wide area, some bordering on sea, and it is advisable to see them before the midday heart. The important monuments to be seen are the five Rathas, the bas-relief on a huge rock popularly known as Arjuna’s Penance, the Mahisasura Mandapam, the Krishna Mandapam and the Shore Temple. Dinner & Overnight at Mahabalipuram.

DAY 04 : Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry

In the morning drive to Pondicherry, a charming Indian town with a few enduring pockets of French culture and an ashram. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Visit the Aurobindo Ashram. Also visit Auroville, on the outskirts of Pondicherry. It is a unique city conceptualized by The Mother.


Spread over 20 kms, it was designed by a French architect and opened in 1968.Today it has over a thousand citizens from all parts of the world staying together. Pondicherry is famous for its natural healing therapies, perfumes, cotton clothes, hand made paper and other artifacts. Stay overnight at the hotel.

DAY 05 : Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Tanjore

After breakfast drive to Tanjore visiting Chidambaram enroute. Tanjore or Thanjavur as it was earlier called, was the capital of the Chola Empire from the 10th century to the 14thcentury A.D. Later it became part of the Vijaynagar Kingdom, then passed into the hands of the Marathas and later still went to the British. For ages it has been the chief political, literary and religious center of the south.

 

The celebrated temple of Brishadeshwara built by the Chola King, raja the great, during the 11th century, is its major attraction. The Saraswati Mahal Library, dating from the time of the Marathas, contains a rare collection books and manuscripts on paper and palm leaves. Evening visit the temples. Overnight at hotel.

DAY 06 : Tanjore - Trichy
Arrive Madras: Met and assist at the airport. Garlanding and transfer to your hotel. On arrival at Hotel traditional welcome. Overnight hotel.
DAY 07 : Trichy – Madurai
In the morning, drive to Madurai, one of oldest cities in the south and a center of learning and pilgrimage. Upon arrival, check into the hotel. In the afternoon visit the Meenakshi Temple, dedicated to the Goddess Meenakshi, consort of Lord Shiva. Four of the twelve gopurams (towers), decorated with colorful stucco images of gods, goddesses and animals, loom above the city. Also visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace built by the Nayaks in the Indo-Saracenic style in 1636. Stay overnight at the hotel.
DAY 08 : Madurai - Periyar
After breakfast, drive to Periyar. Check into your hotel. Post lunch boat safari of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. This Tiger reserve has grasslands and tropical evergreen type forests with thick under wood and herbs. There is a wide range of animals from migrating elephants to sambar, deer, wild boar, giant squirrels, nilgiri languor and the tiger, Panther and wild dogs. Evening at leisure to explore the surrounding vines and the flora and fauna. Overnight Periyar.
DAY 09 : Periyar - Alleppy
After breakfast drive to Alleppy. Enroute Visit Spice Garden. Met and assist at Alleppy Jetty and transfer to the Backwater resort by boat. Evening at leisure. Overnight Backwater resort.
DAY 10 : Alleppy - Cochin
Alleppy, also known as the “Venice of the east”. Enjoy a Backwater cruise past lush green paddy fields, coconut and banana groves. Later transfer to Cochin. Post Lunch sightseeing of Cochin. One of the finest natural harbours on the Arabian Sea coast of India, Cochin has been a port of call for foreign traders from very early times. Post lunch tour of Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue and Chinese fishing nets. Evening enjoy the kathakali dance show. Overnight Cochin.
DAY 11 : Cochin - Ooty
After breakfast drive to Ooty, also known as Udhagamangalam. Situated at an impressive height of 2268 mts, Ooty is a hill station founded by the British in the early 19th century as the summer headquarters for Madras. The glimpses of the Raj can be seen in the sprawling stone mansions with huge gardens. Visit the botanical Garden. Later Upon arrival, check into the hotel. Overnight at the hotel
DAY 12 : Ooty - Mysore
Afetr early breakfast depart for Mysore, famous for its silk and a thriving sandalwood and incense center. Upon arrival in Mysore, check into the hotel. Enjoy an afternoon tour of the city. Visit the Maharaja's Palace built in 1897 by Henry Irwin in Indo-Sarcenic style, Also visit the Chamundi Temple atop a hill overlooking the city. Stay overnight at the hotel.
DAY 13 : Mysore - Hassan
After breakfast, visit famous fruit/flower market of Mysore. Later depart for Somanthpur Temple. Lunch at Mysore. Post lunch drive to Hassan. Enroute visit Srirangapatnam, the stronghold of Tipu Sultan, dreaded by the British in the 18th century. Admire the summer palace, the Daria Daulat Bagh. Early evening arrive at Hassan. Dinner & Overnight at Hassan.
DAY 14 : Hassan - Bangalore
After breakfast depart for excursion trip of Halebed and Belur. Arrive back at hotel for early lunch. Post lunch depart for Bangalore. Arrive Bangalore by early evening. 2 Rooms for wash and change. Followed by Farewell dinner and later transfer to International airport of Bangalore to board flight back home. Leave for Europe.



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