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Spice of South India

  • Best time
  • October to March
  • Total Duration
  • 18 Days
  • Destinations Covered
  • Chennai – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry – Thanjavur – Trichy – Madurai – Thekkady – Kumarakom – Kochi – Ooty – Kabini – Mysore – Bangalore
  • Hotel Category
  • Luxury, Mid- Budget, Budgeted, Heritage and Home Stays
  • Main Attraction
  • South Indian Temple architecture, Beaches, Colonial cities, Art & Craft, Classical dance, cuisine etc.

Detailed Itinerary

Map

  • Days
  • Events
  • Day 01
  • Arrive Chennai
    Meet on arrival at Chennai International Airport and after Indian traditional welcome transfer to the hotel.
    After getting fresh proceed for the city sightseeing of Chennai -visit Fort St. George, San Thome Cathedral and the museums that contain the World's most complete and impressive selection of Chola bronzes and stone sculptures from South India and the Deccan. 
    If time permits, proceed for shopping in Chennai famous for its silk sarees and gold jewelries.
  • Day 02
  • Chennai - Kanchipuram (72 KS) - Mahabalipuram (67 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Mahabalipuram.
    En route visit Kanchipuram - the erstwhile capital of Pallavas during 07th -09th centuries, this place is famous for hand woven silk fabrics and sarees. 
    After visiting the main temples and local bazaar, drive continues to Mahabalipuram.
    Arrive and check in to the hotel.
    Overnight in Mahabalipuram
  • Day 03
  • Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (99 KS)
    After leisurely breakfast, drive to Puducherry - a former French Colony of early 18th century.
    Arrive and check in to the hotel.
    After getting fresh, visit Shri Aurobindo Ashram and many beautiful colonial buildings and museums.
    Evening is free to take a stroll at calm beaches of Puducherry or visit local bazaar.
    Overnight in Pondicherry
  • Day 04
  • Pondicherry - Thanjavur (167 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Thanjavur.
    En route visit Auroville city. Drive continues to Thanjavur.
    Arrive and check in to the hotel. After getting fresh visit Brahadeeswara temple - here the shadow of the tower will not fall on the ground. The second largest monolithic sculpture, Nandi (Bull) can be found in the portal of the shrine. 
    In the evening, explore the local bazaar. Thanjavur is famous for Tanjore Paintings, bronze and South Indian musical instruments.     
    Overnight in Thanjavur
  • Day 05
  • Thanjavur -Trichy (59 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Trichy. The city was once the citadel of the Chola dynasty during medieval period. In the 18th century it witnessed the Carnatic wars fought between the French and the English.
    Arrive and check in to the hotel.
    After getting fresh, proceed to see Lord Robert Clive's house which is still there also the Danish Church. The Rock -Fort is the landmark of Trichy. A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva temple. Also visit Srirangam temple.
    Overnight in Trichy
  • Day 06
  • Trichy -Madurai (132 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Madurai. It is one of the oldest cities of India, also called the Athens of East.
    Arrive and check in to the hotel.
    After getting fresh, visit the Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple, around which the city is built. 
    The temple is famous for its Court of Thousand Pillars, built in 1560 A.D. The night ceremony when the deity of Lord Shiva is carried to the bed chamber of Goddess Parvathy is something to watch for.
    Also visit Thirumalai Nayak's Palace and Gandhi Museum.
    Overnight in Madurai
  • Day 07
  • Madurai - Thekkady (139 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Thekkady. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the largest wildlife sanctuaries of India. 
    Arrive at Thekkady and transfer to the hotel.
    After getting fresh, visit the park .The splendid artificial lake formed by the Mullaiperiyar Dam across the Periyar River adds to the charm of the park. The greatest attractions of Periyar are the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.A boat ride on the spending Lake Periyar is the best way to experience the sanctuary.
    Thekkady is considered a heaven for natural spices such as black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon and clove. Evening is free for spice shopping.
    Overnight in Thekkady
  • Day 08
  • Thekkady -Kumarakom (128 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Kumarakom. Kumarakom is in Alleppey regionwith a large network of inland canals earning it the sobriquet "Venice of the east". 
    Arrive and check in to the resort.
    After getting fresh, Visit the bird sanctuary located on the banks of the Vembanad Lake.The breathtaking view of the lake during the dawn and dusk and the glimpse of the formation of birds flapping in and out of the bird sanctuary can be seen from any spot of the island.
    Overnight in Kumarakom
  • Day 09
  • Kumarakom
    After breakfast, drive to the houseboat jetty. Board a houseboat here to embark on a 05 hours cruise in the backwaters of Kerala.
    Later visit a spice garden and enjoy the authentic lunch with a local family.
    Overnight in Kumarakom
  • Day 10
  • Kumarakom – Kochi (63 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Kochi. Colonial name Cochin, it is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of Indian Peninsula. From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India, after Mumbai.
    In the evening, visit the Chinese Fisherman’s net and proceed for a harbor cruise drive.
    Arrive and check in to the hotel.
    Overnight in Kochi
  • Day 11
  • Kochi
    After breakfast, proceed for city sightseeing. Visit Jewish Synagogue- the oldest Synagogue of the British Commonwealthand Mattancherry Palace. A casual stroll through Fort Kochi located in the port city of Kochi in Kerala is enough to make you feel transported to another world and time. 
    Experience the Kathakali Dance performance in the evening.
    Overnight in Kochi
  • Day 12
  • Kochi – Ooty (274 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Ooty, the Queen of Hills. The beautiful hill station established by the Britishers in early 19th century is a fine retreat from the heat of the plains. Ooty offers scenic beauty and relaxed ambience. The beautiful Ooty Lake, set among groves of Eucalyptus trees is apopular spot with its facilities for boating.
    Overnight in Ooty
  • Day 13
  • Ooty
    After breakfast, proceed for sightseeing of Ooty. Visit Botanical Gardens, the Lake and Dodabetta peak which provides beautiful views of the surrounding hills and plains
    Later drive to Coonoor. Located at a lower altitude, with a warmer climate, Coonoor is a popular hill resort in its own way. 
    Overnight in Ooty
  • Day 14
  • Ooty – Kabini (144 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Kabini to visit Nagarhole National Park. Also called Rajiv Gandhi National Park, it is a Tiger Reserve as well as Biosphere reserve. The park claims populations of tiger, leopard and elephant as well as over 250 species of birds.
    Arrive at Kabini and check in to the resort.
    After getting fresh, visit the park by jeep or on elephant back.
    Overnight in Kabini
  • Day 15
  • Kabini
    After bed tea and cookies, proceed for a coracle boat ride in the River Kabini. The Coracle is a round native boat. Return to the resort for the breakfast. Spend the time leisurely.
    Post lunch, proceed for afternoon park ride.
    Overnight in Kabini
  • Day 16
  • Kabini – Mysore (76 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Mysore- the city of Sandalwood, is also famous for the Palace of Tipu Sultan, the erstwhile ruler of Kingdom of Mysore.
    Arrive and check in to the hotel.
    After getting fresh, proceed for the sightseeing and visit Palace of Mysore, the official residence of Wodeyars- the erstwhile royal family of Mysore that ruled the princely state of Mysore for over seven centuries. The current palace construction was commissioned in 1897. Also visit Vrindavan Gardens for light and sound show.
    Overnight in Mysore
  • Day 17
  • Mysore – Bangalore (143 KS)
    After breakfast, drive to Bangalore. En route visit Srirangapatnam -the island fortress of Tipu Sultan situated16 KS from Mysore city. Inside the fortress is Tipu's mosque with its twin minarets, the celebrated Ranganatha Swamy temple, Tipu's Summer Palace known as the Daria Daulat Bagh, the Wellesley Bridge and the dungeons where British officers were once imprisoned. 
    Drive continues to Bangalore. Arrive and check in to the hotel.
    Overnight in Bangalore
  • Day 18
  • Bangalore – Home
    After breakfast,proceed for half day sightseeing of Bangalore city- visit Lal Bagh, Bangalore Palace, Visvesvaraya Industrial and Technological Museum and Vidhana Soudha.
    After farewell dinner, departure transfer to Bangalore International Airport.
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  • Suggestions:
  • ✔ Nilgiri Mountain Railway: a part of UNESCO World Heritage site of Darjeeling Himalayan Railway. A toy train ride to Coonoor can be taken from Ooty and from there continue riding on your bike.
    ✔ Arrangement for Gaja Mela or Elephant festival can be done. Healthiest elephants chosen from all over the state of Kerala are dressed in their traditional attire to entice all.
    ✔ For the fishing enthusiasts, a stay in Cauvery fishing camp on the banks of River Cauvery can be arranged. Located in Bheemeshwari, this camp is noted for its Mahseer fishing.