Bangalore (1N) | Mysore (1N) | Ooty (2N) | Kodaikanal (2N) | Madurai (1N) | Rameshwaram (1N) | Trichy (2N) | Pondicherry (2N) | Mahabalipuram (1N) | Chennai (1N)
Arrival in Bangalore and transfer to the hotel. Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka state it is well known as the Garden City. In the afternoon proceed for a half-day city tour of Bangalore. Visit Lalbagh, Cubbon Park, ISKCON Temple, Vidhana Soudha and Commercial Street to indulge in shopping.
Overnight at Bangalore.
If you want to find the true essence of Bangalore, head to Commercial Street. The vibrant market is filled with shops which sell the most delightful variety of articles you can find. One of the most popular spots for shopaholics Commercial Street is a must explore when in Bangalore.
Lush Cubbon Park in the city of Bangalore is home to more than 6,000 trees that support a vibrant and rich flora of the region. A popular place for walkers, joggers and nature lovers, Cubbon Park is a perfect place to get away from the hustle-bustle of the city. The park has some intriguing attractions such as Cubbon Park Museum, Attara Kacheri, Ringwood Circle, the bamboo grove nook, lotus pond, Dancing Fountain and Sheshadri Iyer Memorial Park.
ISKCON Temple Bangalore is one of the largest ISKCON temples in the world. It is undoubtedly a must-visit place to experience religious flavours and architectural beauty. It is known for its activities of engagement involving ardent devotees of Lord Krishna. For a peaceful time and meditation sessions, ISKCON in Bangalore is a perfect place.
Renowned centre for botanical artwork, the scientific study of plants, Lalbagh Botanical Garden houses rarest species of plants and trees from India as well as other countries such as Persia, Afghanistan and France. The beautiful garden started as a private Mughal-style garden for the city’s royal rulers. Established by Hyder Ali, the erstwhile ruler of Mysore, in 1760 and later extended by his son Tipu Sultan, Lalbagh Botanical Garden has one of the world's largest collection of rare plants and is one of the must-visit places in Bangalore.
An iconic landmark of Bangalore, Vidhana Soudha is an imposing building near Cubbon Park with impressive neo-Dravidian architecture. It houses the State Legislature and the Secretariat of Karnataka and is a popular attraction in the lively and vibrant city of Bangalore. Unfortunately, it's not open to the public but is stunningly illuminated at night.
After breakfast, head to Mysore. On the way, visit Srirangapatna which was once the capital of King Hyder Ali and his son Tippu Sultan. On arrival at Mysore, check-in at the hotel. Afternoon visit Mysore Palace, one of the major attractions of the city, and Mysore Zoo In the evening, proceed to world famous Brindavan Gardens expanded over 150 acres. The musical fountain and light show adds attraction to the gardens.
Overnight at Mysore.
Brindavan Garden’s charming rose gardens and flowerbed will mesmerise you. Built across Krishnaraja Sagar Dam, the gardens are located 23 km from Mysore and is a perfect place to spend a pleasant evening. The magical fountain show ornate with beautiful lights and cheerful music is a must-see at Brindavan Gardens. Regarded as one of the most beautiful gardens in the state of Karnataka, it is undoubtedly a must-visit place.
The perfect symbol of grandeur, Mysore Palace was once the residence of Wodeyar dynasty rulers who ruled the city for seven centuries. The exquisite architecture and brilliant intricate carvings are a masterpiece and a must explore in the city. Travel back in time as you walk through the doorways and corridors of the palace. Also known as Amba Vilas Palace, it is a perfect blend of Indo-Saracenic architecture with a blend of Gothic, Rajput, Hindu, and Muslim styles. Get mesmerised by the sight of the palace illuminated by thousands of bulbs at night.
A majestic heritage site situated around 15 km from Mysore, Srirangapatna is an island town amidst the Cauvery River in Mandya district of Karnataka, and it is a most important pilgrimage in South India. With a mix of Hoysala and Vijayanagar styles of architecture, a trip to this place will charm you with its beauty.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed to Ooty. Drive through the verdant Bandipur and Madumalai forests. On arrival, check-in at the hotel. Spend the evening at leisure.
Overnight at Ooty.
Bandipur National Park was established in the year 1974 as a forest tiger reserve under the Project Tiger. One of the most prominent national parks located in the south Indian state of Karnataka, Bandipur is best known for its varied wildlife including tigers, elephants, leopards, gaurs (Indian bison), chitals (spotted deer), sambars, sloth bears, dholes, mongooses and langurs. It’s also home to an impressive 350 bird species. Only 72km south of Mysore on the Ooty road, it is one of the best places to explore South India’s wildlife.
After breakfast, head for a sightseeing tour of Ooty. Visit Doddabeta Peak to get a panoramic view of the neighbouring regions. Return to Ooty and visit the famous Botanical garden built in 1847 and the Ooty Lake. You can also try horse-back riding around the lake.
Later, in the evening, visit Coonoor.
Overnight at Ooty.
Renowned for its verdant ambience, Coonoor is an alluring hill station nestled in the Nilgiris of Tamil Nadu. Dotted with lush tea estates and beautiful hills, it is a perfect holiday destination to unwind and relax over the weekend. An hour drive will take you to this incredible town of wonderful Nilgiri Hills of the Western Ghats. Some of the must-visit spots in Coonoor are Dolphin’s Nose, Droog Fort, Hidden Valley and Ketty.
The highest peak in the Nilgiri Hills, Doddabetta Peak is a treat to eyes and one of the most picturesque spots in Ooty. Located between the Western and Eastern Ghats, it is an ideal vantage point for the entire Nilgiris. Dodabetta is a perfect destination to visit whether you are seeking leisure or adventure.
Ooty Botanical Gardens, also known as the Government Botanical Garden lies on the foothills of the Doddabetta peak. The 22 hectares of the garden is full of several kinds of plants and trees which makes it of the top places to visit in Ooty and also one of the best botanical gardens in South India.
After breakfast, proceed for a half-day tour of Kodaikanal. Visit Bryant Park, Coaker's Walk, Pillar Rocks and Suicide point. In the evening, visit Kodai Lake, an alluring star-shaped lake of Kodaikanal.
Overnight at Kodaikanal
A famous and lovely picnic spot, Bryant Park is a beautiful botanical garden situated at the east end of Kodaikanal Lake. The park is filled with a variety of flora which includes around 325 species of trees, cactus and shrubs and a massive 740 species of roses. With unique and exotic flowers, it is one of the best places to unwind in Kodaikanal.
A must visit place in Kodaikanal, Coaker's Walk is one of the most serene places around the town. Admire the picturesque views of the hills or choose to ride a bicycle to explore the scenic beauty of the place. The sight is breathtakingly beautiful, and it will almost make you feel like you are walking in the clouds.
The renowned Pillars Rocks of Kodaikanal are set of three giant rock pillars and one of the popular tourist spots in Kodaikanal. The rocks stand majestically and offer wonderful vistas amidst thick vegetation and cloudy mountains of Kodaikanal. It is undoubtedly one of the most scenic hill stations in Tamil Nadu.
After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and proceed to Madurai. Upon arrival at Madurai, check-in to the hotel. Proceed for sightseeing tour of Madurai visiting the famous Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to goddess Parvati. Though it is famous by the name of goddess Meenakshi, the temple is also dedicated to her consort Lord Shiva as Sundareshwarar. Further, visit the beautiful Tirumalai Nayak Mahal – the 17th-century marvel with beautiful architecture. In the evening visit to Tiruparankundram, a temple dedicated to the Lord Muruga and is famous as one of the six abodes of Lord Subramaniya.
Overnight at Madurai.
Madurai is home to one of the oldest and largest temple complex in Tamil Nadu, Meenakshi Amman Temple. An iconic place to explore, the temple features one of the best of Dravidian architectural style in India. The Hall of Thousand Pillars or Aayiram Kaal Mandapam in the temple is a wonderful piece of art and is believed to be built out of a single rock. The vibrant and bustling 17th century temple is one of the major attractions in the city and a must-visit spot.
One of the most iconic buildings in Madurai, Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal is well-known for its intricate Indo-Dravidian architecture and designs. Madurai's second-biggest attraction, the palace was declared as a national monument and till date continues to be one of the splendid monuments of Southern India. Located around the famous Meenakshi Amman Temple, Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal is a must-visit in the city.
Thiruparankundram is a beautiful temple dedicated to Lord Muruga is one of the most prominent temples of in Madurai. The ancient temple has a breathtaking architecture which is a delight to explore. The temple is beautifully settled southwest of Madurai in Thiruparankundram Hills. The hills of the region not only houses a Murugan Temple but also an Islamic Shrine, dedicated to Sekunder.
After breakfast, drive to Rameswaram. Upon arrival, check-in to the hotel. Rameswaram is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. The Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple
here dedicated to Lord Shiva is thronged by millions of pilgrims every year. Visit Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple, Sri Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir, and Dhanushkodi (as time permits)
Overnight at Rameswaram.
The vibrant and marvellous Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple is the pride of Rameshwaram. Famous for its collection of Lingas, which were made up of sand, salt, stone and other elements, the temple is one of the most visited temples in South India. The stunning Dravidian style architecture will undoubtedly leave you in awe. Dedicated to Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlinga temples, Arulmigu Ramanathaswamy Temple is a must-visit.
Situated at the southern tip of Rameshwaram, Dhanushkodi is a small quaint beach town bordered by the Bay of Bengal on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other. In 1964, Dhanushkodi was hit by one of the worst storms India has ever seen, now, with a population of merely 500 fishermen, the town has been declared a ‘Ghost Town’ by the government, and is among the prominent places to visit around Rameshwaram.
The most renowned temple in Rameshwaram, Sri Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir, also known as Five-Faced Hanuman Temple is situated at a distance of 2 km from Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, and one of the major attraction of this temple is the Floating Stones, said to be used for building the Ram Sethu Bridge. One of the most famous temples in Rameshwaram, Panchmukhi Hanuman Mandir is a must-visit.
After breakfast, proceed for Darshan in Ucchi Pillayar Temple and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. Spend the rest of the day at leisure or shopping.
Overnight at Trichy.
Dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, a reclining form of Lord Vishnu, Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple complex is said to be built between the 6th and the 8th century in the stunning Dravidian style of architecture. One of the largest functional temples in the world, the imposing structure includes surrounding 'gopurams' along with an ornate gateway and a hall with nearly 1000 decorated pillars. One of the significant Hindu temples in South India, Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple is a must-visit.
After breakfast, check out from the hotel and drive to Pondicherry. On arrival, check-in to the hotel. Later, proceed for Pondicherry sightseeing. Visit beaches, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Boat House, and Auroville.
Overnight at Pondicherry.
The most picturesque beach in Pondicherry, Paradise Beach is elegantly located where the Chunnambar River meets the Bay of Bengal. Paradise beach is truly a paradise for its azure waters, shimmering shores and peaceful ambience. A boat ride through backwaters will get you to this golden paradise and will leave you simply mesmerised.
A perfect place for an evening stroll, Promenade Beach is one of the most visited places in the alluring coastal city of Pondicherry. It is dotted with some of the popular spots such as the state of Joan of Arc, Dupleix’s statue, the old heritage hall, the statue of Mahatma Gandhi, and an old lighthouse. Filled with great examples of colonial French architecture, the White Town by the beach is often compared to the seaside towns in the south of France.
One of the most peaceful and spiritual places in Pondicherry, Sri Aurobindo Ashram is well-known around the globe. It is the place of Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and The Mother. One of the most popular spots in Pondicherry, the ashram was established on 24th November 1926 and since then has become one of the prime destinations for tourists and spiritual seekers. The ashram houses several offices, a library, a printing press, playground, art gallery, farms, and guest houses.
After breakfast, head to Arrikamedu, JN Street, Aayi Mandapam, Bharathi Park, and Mahakavi Bharathiyar Memorial Centre.
Overnight at Pondicherry.
Situated 7 km from the centre of Pondicherry, Arikamedu is the ancient settlement that once served as an important trading post in the region. Explore the port town that was occupied by the people of Rome, Cholas, and French serving as a very famous maritime centre from 1st century BC to 2nd century AD. If you are a history buff then you must add this fascinating destination to your list.
Nestled in the old colonial town of Pondicherry, Bharathi Park is one of the most well-maintained and serene parks in South India that features an alluring pond along with an exclusive local museum. Surrounded by natural beauty, Bharathi Park has been one of the most popular attractions in the city to relax and unwind from the hustle-bustle.
The city of Puducherry has been home to some of the greatest poets of South India. Subramanya Bharathiyar, a prolific poet and freedom fighter rose to prominence in the French Colony of India. Mahakavi Bharathiyar Memorial Centre houses over 17,000 manus, handwritten books and journals of which nearly 3,000 contain everything written by and related to Bharathiyar along with photographs related to the poet.
After breakfast, drive to Mahabalipuram. On arrival, check-in to the hotel. Later, head for a city tour of Kanchipuram. Visit Kamakshi Amman Temple, Varatharaja Perumal Temple, Vaikunda Perumal Temple, Kailasanathar Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple. In the evening, visit Mahabalipuram: which includes the Thirukadalmallai, ShoreTemple, Pancha Pandava Rathas, Arjuna’s Penance, Caves, and Krishna’s Butterball.
Overnight at Mahabalipuram.
Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Ekambareswarar Temple has been mentioned by the Tamil poets from the 2nd century. The splendid temple was built by the Pallavas and later was renovated by both the Cholas and the Rayas. One of the major highlights of the temple is the fact that the 1000 Shiva lingas are all beautifully carved out of one solitary stone. An architectural splendour of the bygone area, the temple is a must-visit in Kanchipuram.
The religious capital of South India, Kanchipuram is dotted with some of the finest temples in the country. The city perfectly reflects its glorious past, when the kings who ruled the city were not only powerful but created some of the masterpieces. The Dravidian heritage and architectural style will surely take you back in time. Some of the major attraction in Kanchipuram are Ekambareswarar Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kamakshi Amman Temple, and Devarajaswami Temple.
Pancha Rathas, meaning five chariots, are spectacular stone structures, each carved out of a single huge boulder. Excellent examples of the evolution of Dravidian style architecture, the five monolithic pyramidal structures were named after the five Pandavas from the Hindu epic Mahabharata. The intricate carvings and fine work of art by the skilled artisans of the 7th century will leave you in awe.
An 18th century complex of 3 temples, Shore Temple is located along the coast of Bay of Bengal. Listed amongst the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, the temple is famous for the rock-cut caves and the sculptured rock that line a granite hill. The brilliant structure blends perfectly with the azure sea making it one of the must-visit temples in Mahabalipuram.
After breakfast, proceed to Chennai. On arrival visit Marina beach, Puratchi Thalaivi Amma Dr J. Jayalalitha Memorial. Later, check-in at the hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight at Chennai.
Soak up the beauty of Marina Beach! Dotted with amusement rides and snack stalls, it is one of the best beaches in the city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu. Take a stroll along the glittering shore which out to a distance of 13 kilometres making it the one of the longest natural urban beachs in the country. The picture-perfect landscape of Marina Beach is a mesmerising and serene sight to behold. Don’t miss the breathtaking sunset at the beach!
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