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South India Historical Tour - 24 Days

South India Historical Tour
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South India Historical Tour
Includes:
  • Accommodation on double sharing basis
  • Daily breakfast,
  • All applicable govt taxes
  • Ac vehicle for all transfers & intercity travel
  • English speaking guide as per the program
  • All the arrival and departure transfer with company representative
  • Complete transportation with an English speaking chauffer
  • Driver Allowance
  • Toll Taxes and Parking
  • State taxes
  • Fuel
  • All the currently applicable taxes
The Above Cost Doesn’t Includes:
  • Monument fees
  • Meals except then breakfast
  • Tips, Laundry, Phone calls
  • Any other expenses not mentioned above.

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About Tamil Nadu 

Tamil Nadu, a South Indian state, is famed for its Dravidian-style Hindu temples. In Madurai, Meenakshi Amman Temple has high ‘gopuram’ towers ornamented with colourful figures. On Pamban Island, Ramanathaswamy Temple is a pilgrimage site. The town of Kanyakumari, at India’s southernmost tip, is the site of ritual sunrises. Capital Chennai is known for beaches and landmarks including 1644 colonial Fort St. George.

Culturally and historically affluent Tamil Nadu is undoubtedly the reflection of India’s cultural wealth. Occupying the South Eastern belt of the country, the state is a delight for pilgrims and travel enthusiasts alike. The state boasts of temples that date back to almost two millennia and that pretty much explains everything. Cities like Madurai, Kanchipuram, Mahabalipuram and island situated Rameswaram are the usual haunts of the pilgrims. However, it is not only the temples that overwhelm visitors here, making the tip of Indian peninsula; Kanyakumari is also one of the most visited places in Tamil Nadu. The state also flaunts its lush green forests that it borrows from the Western Ghats. Sprawling in a large area; these forests make the home to several wildlife species. Offering respite from the sweltering heat and noise are the hill stations like Ooty and Kodaikanal. Adorned with scenic landscape and salubrious climate, these hill stations are ideal for holiday in Tamil Nadu.

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Day 1
Arrive Chennai

Upon arrival at Chennai Meet on arrival at Airport and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2
Chennai

After breakfast full day city tour of Chennai. Chennai, the capital city, popularly regarded as the 'Gateway to the South' represents a culture that is distinctly different from that of northern India. The places of interest are Kalakshetra, a school of art and music that encourages exponentsWz`x` of Bharatanatyam, Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing; Fort St. George built in 1653 during British reign in India, now houses the Secretariat and Legislative Assembly of Tamil Nadu; St. Mary's Church, the oldest Anglican Church in India with its premises; Sri Parthasarathy Temple built by the Pallavas in the 8th century AD; Kapaleeshwarar Temple, Mylapore also an eighth century Pallava Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva; San Thomas Cathedral Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica; and Theosophical Society - the world headquarters of the Theosophical Society formed to encourage the study of comparative religion philosophy and science. Evening transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3
Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram

After breakfast drive to Kanchipuram, 70 kms west of Mahabalipuram which is a city of thousand temples. One of the seven sacred cities of Hindus, it was the capital of the early Cholas as far back as the 2nd century BC. Kanchi was a major seat of Tamil learning as well as an important place of pilgrimage for Buddhists, Jains and Hindus. Apart from temples, the city is also famous for its silk weavers, who settled here some 400 years ago and have given it an enviable reputation. Later on we shall proceed to Mahabalipuram, driving south of Chennai on the coast which is the ancient port of Pallavas. The pallavas have created many marvellous monuments with sculptural panels, caves, Monolithic Rathas and Temples. Krishna Mandapam has a big bas relief, notable for its realistic representation. The world's largest bas relief measuring 27m x 9m, whale back shaped rock contains figures of gods, demi-gods, men beasts, birds and representation of the entire creation. Shore Temple, one of the oldest in south dating back to 8th century AD is a good example of the first phase of structural temples constructed in Dravidian style. The Five Rathas are a group of five monolithic temples, each created in different style. Later Check in at the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 4
Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (135 Km)

After breakfast drive to Pondicherry. In the afternoon city tour of Pondicherry. Although the French influence is gradually fading, Pondicherry retains a few Gallic accents. Pondicherry's main sights are the Rai Nivas, the Sacred Heart Church and the Sri Aurobindo Ashram. The ashram retreat was founded in 1926 by Sri Aurobindo after whose death the spiritual authority passed to one of his disciples, a French woman known as the Mother. The Mother was also instrumental in founding the city of Dawn Auroville, 10 km from Pondicherry. Its original charter aimed at creating a city of the future where people from India and abroad could live and work together in a spiritual environment. Evening transfer to hotel. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5
Pondicherry - Chidambaram (64 Km) - Kumbakonam (78 Km)

Morning after breakfast drive to Kumbakonam, en-route visit Chidambaram, the seat of the Cosmic Dancer; dedicated to Lord Nataraja. Spread over an area of 40 acres with a gopuram on each side, the temple is distinguished by the five sabhas or counts. The towering gopurams, the tallest one on the north is 42.4 m are carved on it with 108 dance poses of Bharatanatyam.

Day 6
Kumbakonam - Tanjore (40 Km) - Trichy (60 Km)

After breakfast drive to Trichy, en-route visit Tanjore. The home of Carnatic music, musical instruments, dance and traditional handicrafts, Tanjore (Thanjavur) is famous for the Brahadeeswarar Temple. The temple constructed more than a thousand years ago by the Chola King Raja Rajan is an architect's marvel. The Art Gallery and the Saraswathi Mahal Library are also well known places of interest.

Day 7
Trichy - Rameshwaram

Early morning drive to Rameshwaram, the most sacred pilgrimage destinations of India. No pilgrimage is over without taking a trip to this holy island of Rameshwaram. Rameshwaram, as it is said, is the place where Lord Rama offered thanks to Lord Shiva in return for his support in defeating King Ravana. This makes Rameshwaram an important pilgrimage destination for devotees of both Lord Shiva and Lord Vishnu. Situated in the Ramanathapuram of Tamil Nadu, Rameshwaram is home to some of the most fascinating temples in entire India. This island in the Gulf of Mannar is connected to the mainland at Mandapam by Indira Gandhi Bridge. Completed in the year 1988, this was considered as an engineering marvel, a feat unparalleled at that time.

Day 8
Rameshwaram

After breakfast proceed on full day temple tour of Rameswaram, visiting Sri Ramanathaswamy temple. The temple has 22 holy springs which are believed to have medicinal properties. After darshan, visit the Ghanthamathana Parvatham which provides fine views of the island.

Day 9
Rameshwaram - Madurai (170 Km)

Morning after breakfast drive to Madurai. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Evening free for own activity. Overnight stay at resort.

Day 10
Full Day in Madurai

After breakfast full day city tour of Madurai. Madurai, known as Athens of the East, is the second largest city on the banks of the River Vaigai. The city is believed to be more than 2500 years old. The city got its name from the drops of nectar (Mathuram) that fell from Shiva's lochs when he came to bless its people for constructing a temple for him. Madurai where the people wake up at the chant of hymns is proud of the magnificent Meenakshi-Sundareswara Temple. Of its 12 gopurams, four of the tallest stand at the outer walls of the temple. The 48.8 m high southern gopuram is the most spectacular and have over 1500 sculptures. In the Ashta Shakthi Mandapam inside the Meenakshi temple, the sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shi

Day 11
Madurai - Kanyakumari (244 Km)

In the afternoon go for sightseeing. Kanyakumari is the southernmost end of Tamil Nadu, the land's end of India or the point where the three seas meet - the Bay of Bengal, The Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Later visit Kumari amman temple dedicated to the virgin goddess Kanyakumari (Parvati) who stands guard over the country. The temple is built at the spot where the goddess is believed to have waited for her consort Lord Siva. Gandhi Memorial, constructed at the spot where the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi were kept for public view in an urn before a portion was immersed into the three seas. Vivekananda Memorial built on the Vivekananda Rock where the great Philosopher guide Swami Vivekananda went into meditation that transformed him into one of the most charismatic spiritual leader.

Day 12
Kanyakumari - Kovalam (100 Km)

Morning after breakfast drive to Kovalam visiting en-route Padmanabhapuram, (trivandrum 15 km short from Kovalam). The capital of Travancore until 1333, Padmanabhapuram is known for its fort which encloses, among other buildings, a palace and a temple. The palace has some important art relics while the Ramaswamy temple has exquisitely carved panels depicting scenes from the Ramayana.

Day 13
Full Day in Kovalam

Morning after breakfast drive to Alleppey, upon arrival board the House boat. Full day sailing on houseboat. Overnight stay in houseboat.

Day 14
: Kovalam - Alleppey (170 Km)

Morning after breakfast drive to Alleppey, upon arrival board the House boat. Full day sailing on houseboat. Overnight stay in houseboat.

Day 15
Alleppey - Cochin (60 Km)

After breakfast disembark the house boat & drive to Cochin. On arrival check into the hotel.

After fresh-n-up city sightseeing tour of Cochin. Cochin, Karnataka's commercial centre, has a fine natural harbor. Cochin (Kochi) gateway for Karnataka is famous for Mattancherry Palace, St. Francis Church, Wellington Island, Bolghatty Island, Chinese Fishing nets and Jewish Synagogue. Cruising on the back-waters provides glimpses of the rural life, fine view of the harbour and three islands. Evening show witness the Kathakali Dance Show in an auditorium. Overnight at hotel.

Day 16
Cochin - Hyderabad

After fresh-n-up city sightseeing tour of Cochin. Cochin, Karnataka's commercial centre, has a fine natural harbor. Cochin (Kochi) gateway for Karnataka is famous for Mattancherry Palace, St. Francis Church, Wellington Island, Bolghatty Island, Chinese Fishing nets and Jewish Synagogue. Cruising on the back-waters provides glimpses of the rural life, fine view of the harbour and three islands. Evening show witness the Kathakali Dance Show in an auditorium. Overnight at hotel.

Day 17
Hyderabad

fter breakfast will have full day guided city sightseeing tour of Hyderbad visiting Charminar and Golconda Fort. The twin cities of Hyderabad and Secunderabad are separated by the Hussain Sagar Lake. Overnight stay at hotel.

Golconda was once famous for its flourishing trade in diamonds, which has now become a legend of the past. Today tourists visit this palace only to see the ruins.

The Salar Jung Museum: This treasure house of art is located on the bank of the river Musa. Acclaimed as one of the finest one-man collections in the world, this museum is named after Mir Yusuf Ali Khan - Salar Jung III - the prime minister of the Nizam, who was a great connoisseur of art. It houses 35,000 exhibits collected from all corners of the world including illuminated manuscripts, bejeweled armories, wood carvings, exquisite cut glass collections etc.

The Charminar Situated in the heart of the old walled city, this edifice is the best known land mark with bustling bazaars all round, where a variety of articles like pearls, jewellery, bangles, chandeliers, silks are displayed. It was built in 1591 A.D. by Quli Shah, as a form of talisman to ward off the dreaded epidem

Day 18
Hyaderabad - Warangal (100 Km)

Morning after breakfast drive to Warangal. Upon arrival check in to the hotel.After fresh-n-up city sightseeing tour of Warangal. Overnight stay at hotel.

Warangal: Warangal was once the capital of the Kakatiya dynasty. The Kakatiyas were the Hindu kings who were patrons of art and architecture. Warangal is described as the "Metropolis of the Kakatiya Dynasty", and the temples built during their reign are fine examples of the Chalukyan style of architecture. The best known among them is the 1000 pillared temple on the slopes of the Hanumakonda hill and the Bhadrakali temple.

Another important monument in Warangal is the fort built by the Kakatiyas. It has four decorative gateways of remarkable beauty. The outer walls are built of mud bricks, and the inside is fortified by stone walls in which many carved stones are found. These carved stoned are believed to have been taken out of the destroyed Chalukyan temples.

The Thousand Pillar Temple: The famous Thousand-Pillar Temple was built in 1163 AD by King Rudra Deva and dedicated to the Gods Shiva, Vishnu and Surya.

Bhadrakali Temple: This famous temple of the Kakatiya period is situated on a hillock between Warangal and Hanamkonda. The 2.7 meter tall stone image of the deity is the main a

Day 19
Warangal - Vijaywada (254 Km)

After breakfast leave for Vijayawada, en-route visiting Kondapalli Village. Further continue drive to Vijaywada. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Kondapalli: The name popular with the 14th century fort of Hindu Rajas. At the foothills, is a small village with the artisans working on the Puniki wood and painting with enamel colors on it. The human figures depict different occupation in the villages, birds and animals, Ambari elephants, mythological subjects like God and Goddesses figures etc with water color paintings.

Vijayawada: The name literally means "City of Victory'. It is situated in ideal surroundings between the Krishna River and Budameru, its tributary. The third biggest city in Andhra Pradesh, Vijayawada is a large railway junction on the Calcutta - Chennai line. It is also the place from which travelers visit the Buddhist centre of A

Day 20
Vijaywada - Nagarjunasagar (190 Km)

Morning enjoy city sightseeing tour of Vijayawada, followed by a drive to Nagarjunasagar. Upon arrival check in to the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 21
Nagarjunasagar - Srisailam (183 Km)

Morning visit the Nagarjunakonda. It was one of the largest and most important Buddhist centres in South India from the 2nd century BC until 3rd century AD. Also visit Nagarjunasagar Dam. One of the earliest hydroelectric projects of India, the Nagarjunasagar Dam is a modern symbol of human triumph over nature. The construction of the dam resulted in the formation of the world's third largest man-made lake. 124 meters high and about 1 Km long is the Nagarjuna Dam one of the largest masonry in the world. The lake, which it straddles, is the third largest manmade lake in the world. On a pylon not too far from the dam, is the image of Nagarjuna, the patron of the ancient city. We will also visit the Ethipothala Water falls (11 km) on the Chandravanka river, a tributary of Krishna. A mountain stream named Chanravanka cascades down the hills from a height of 22 m is near the Nagarunasagar. The Ethipothala waterfalls are a radiant sight of the power and beauty of nature. The dazzling lagoon formed by the falls has a crocodile breeding centre.

Day 22
Srisailam - Hyderabad (213 Km)

The shrine of Lord Mallikarjuna picturesquely situated on a flat top of Nallamalai Hills, Srisailam is reputed to be one of the most ancient kshetras in India. It is on the right side of the River Krishna in Kurnool District of Andhra Pradesh. This celebrated mountain is also named as Siridhan, Srigiri, Sirigiri, Sriparvatha and Srinagam. It has been a popular centre of Saivite pilgrimage for centuries. The prominence of this Divya Kshetram is highlighted by the fact that while performing our daily household rituals we specify place of location of our existence with reference to Srisailam.

Day 23
Hyderabad - Chennai (By flight)

After breakfast transfer to the airport to board the flight for Chennai. Upon arrival check into the hotel. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 24
Chennai - Departure

Transfer to the airport to board the flight for onward destination.

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