Day 01 Mumbai (Bombay)/Mysore
Catch the morning flight to Bangalore. On arrival drive to Mysore and
check in at the hotel.
Day 02 & 03 Mysore
For the next two days visit places in and around Mysore. In Mysore
visit the Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills that is famous for its Nandi
temple. Visit Tippu Sultan's capital Srirangapattna, which is just
outside Mysore. Visit the Kesava Temple at Somnathpur built by the
Hoysala Dynasty that is an exquisite example of Hoysala architecture.
Day 04 Mysore/Nagarhole National Park
Drive to Nagarhole National Park that is inhabited by over 250 species
of birds, elephants, tigers, leopard etc. On arrival transfer to hotel.
Day 05 Nagarhole
Day free to explore the wildlife park.
Day 06 Nagarhole/Ooty/Coonoor
In the morning drive to Ooty the popular hill station on the Nilgiri
Hills. Coonoor is about 13kms from Ooty and is not as crowded as Ooty
is. On arrival transfer to hotel and spend the night at the hotel.
Day 07 Coonoor
Walk around the Nilgiri Hills or Blue mountains; visit a tea estate,
the botanical gardens at Ooty and Coonoor. You could take the Blue
Mountain Train down to Mettupalayam.
Day 08 Coonoor/Kochi (Cochin)
Drive along the Malabar Coast to Kochi. On arrival transfer to hotel.
Day 09 Cochin
In the morning take a tour of the city; visit the Synagogue, Dutch
Palace, ST. Francis Church and the spice market. In the afternoon take a
habour cruise and visit some islands close by and the famous Chinese
Day 10 Kochi/Periyar
After breakfast drivel to Alleppey and take the motorboat to cross the
Vembanad Lake to Changancherry. From here drive to Periyar Wildlife
Sanctuary on the Cardamom Hills.
Day 11 Periyar
In the morning and evening take a boat ride on the Periyar Lake to
watch the wildlife in their natural habitat.
Day 12 Periyar/Madurai
Drive to Madurai. On arrival transfer to hotel.
Day 13 Madurai/Karaikadi
In the morning drive to the Chettiand region that is about 90kms east
of Madurai. Chettinad is the home of the Nattukottai Chettiars a
prosperous banking community. On arrival transfer to hotel. Overnight at
Day 14 Karaikudi
Explore the Chettinad region. Visit some of the huge mansions that are
known for their architecture.
Day 15 Karaikudi/Tanjore
Drive to Tanajvur or Tanjore and visit some of the important temples in
this town including the famous Brihadeeshwara temple that is thought to
be the most splendid Chola temple every built. Overnight stay at the
Day 16 Tanjore/Trichy
Drive to Trichy and visit the Rock Fort Temple and the temple complex
at Srirangam that is on an island in the River Cauvery.
Day 17 Tanjore/Pondicherry
In the morning leave Tanjore and drive through the temple towns of
Kumbakonam and Chidambaram to Pondicherry. This erstwhile French colony
still bears the stamp of its colonizers in its architecture and layout.
On arrival check in at the hotel and overnight at the hotel.
Day 18 Pondicherry/Mahabalipuram
In the morning visit the famous Aurobindo Ashram founded by the Bengali
philosopher in the early part of the 20th century. After this visit
drive to Mahabalipuram and visit the beautiful rock temples and rock
carvings built by the Pallava. Check into the hotel and the rest of the
day is free. You could relax on the beaches of Mahabalipuram. Overnight
stay at the hotel.
Day 19 Mahabalipuram/Kanchipuram/Chennai (Madras)
Drive from Mahabalipuram to Chennai and on the way stop at Kanchipuram
to visit the 7th century Kailasanatha and Vaikuntaperumal temples
dedicated to Shiva and Vishnu respectively. Kanchipuram is also famous
for the silk that it produces. On arrival at Chennai transfer to airport
to board the flight for your onward journey.