Embarking on an extraordinary journey through the heart of South India, the "Classic South India Tour" offered by Driver India Private Tours is a 23-day voyage that promises to immerse you in the region's diverse landscapes, cultural gems, and iconic destinations. From bustling modern cities to serene backwaters, from majestic temples to lush hill stations, this meticulously designed itinerary encapsulates the essence of South India's allure.

Bengaluru - The Modern Metropolis:
Commencing in Bengaluru, the cosmopolitan hub of Karnataka, you are introduced to South India's dynamic modernity. This city sets the stage for an exploration that seamlessly blends contemporary innovation with timeless tradition.

Historical Treasures in Hassan:
Journey to Hassan, where history unfolds in the form of architectural marvels. Admire the colossal monolithic statue at Shravanabelagola and explore the intricate artistry of Belur and Halebid temples, showcasing the intricate craftsmanship of ancient times.

Mysuru - Royalty and Grandeur:
Next, Mysuru beckons with its royal charm. The resplendent Mysore Palace exudes opulence, narrating the stories of regal dynasties. Stroll through bustling markets, and absorb the city's cultural tapestry.

Wilderness Adventure in Bandipur National Park:
For wildlife enthusiasts, Bandipur National Park is a haven of biodiversity. Embark on exhilarating safaris amidst lush landscapes, encountering elephants, tigers, and a vibrant array of birdlife.

Coimbatore - Gateway to the Nilgiris:
Coimbatore, the gateway to the Nilgiri Hills, offers a unique blend of industrial vibrancy and cultural heritage. Immerse yourself in this city's progressive outlook and traditional roots.

Kochi - Coastal Charms and Colonial Heritage:
Kochi awaits with its coastal allure and colonial history. The iconic Chinese Fishing Nets and colonial architecture paint a picture of its maritime legacy, while vibrant markets and cultural sites add depth to the experience.

Alleppey - Serenity in Backwaters:
Alleppey, the Venice of the East, welcomes you to its serene backwaters. A traditional houseboat cruise unveils tranquil vistas of lush landscapes and rippling paddy fields.

Munnar - Idyllic Hill Station Retreat:
The enchanting hill station of Munnar invites you to revel in its idyllic beauty. Verdant tea plantations, refreshing climate, and panoramic vistas create an inviting canvas for relaxation.

Madurai - Spiritual Essence:
Madurai's spiritual aura captivates with the iconic Meenakshi Amman Temple. Adorned with intricate sculptures and vibrant shrines, it reflects the city's devotion and cultural legacy.

Thanjavur - A Cultural Gem:
Unveil the cultural treasures of Thanjavur, home to the UNESCO-listed Brihadeeswarar Temple. This architectural masterpiece stands as a testament to the rich heritage of South India.

Puducherry - French Flavors and Tranquility:
In Puducherry, discover a unique blend of French influences and coastal tranquility. Stroll through charming streets, visit the Aurobindo Ashram, and bask in the serenity of its beaches.

Chennai - Journey's Culmination:
Concluding your adventure in Chennai, the cultural capital of South India, you're offered a reflective moment to absorb the myriad experiences and insights gained. South India's landscapes, heritage, and diverse cultures are encapsulated in this remarkable journey.

The "Classic South India Tour" by Driver India Private Tours is more than a mere travel package; it's an invitation to traverse the heart and soul of South India. With thoughtfully crafted itineraries, expert guidance, and immersive experiences, this 23-day exploration promises an indelible odyssey through history, nature, and culture. Book your journey today and unravel the timeless treasures of South India's heritage.

Destinations Covered: Bengaluru - Hassan - Mysuru - Bandipur National Park- Coimbatore - Kochi - Alleppey - Munnar - Madurai - Thanjavur - Puducherry - Chennai

On the first day of your South India adventure, you'll arrive in Bengaluru, the vibrant capital city of Karnataka. Our friendly representative will be waiting to greet you at the airport and assist you with the transfer to your hotel. After settling in, you can take some time to relax and acclimate to the new surroundings.

Get ready to explore the many wonders of Bengaluru on the second day of your journey. Visit the picturesque Lalbagh Botanical Garden, known for its lush greenery and vibrant flower shows. Delve into the historical significance of the city by visiting the majestic Vidhana Soudha, a grand legislative building, and the impressive Bangalore Palace, reflecting the architectural splendor of bygone eras. Don't forget to take a leisurely stroll through Cubbon Park, an expansive urban park offering a peaceful retreat amidst the bustling city.

Today, we embark on a road journey to Hassan, a city located in the southern part of Karnataka. En route, we'll stop at the breathtaking Shivasamudram Falls, where the Kaveri River cascades down creating a mesmerizing sight. Witness the natural beauty of the falls and capture some memorable photographs before continuing our drive to Hassan.

Experience the rich heritage and artistry of the Hoysala dynasty as we venture to the ancient temple complexes of Belur and Halebidu. Admire the intricate carvings and architectural brilliance of these temples, dedicated to Hindu deities. The Chennakeshava Temple in Belur is particularly renowned for its exquisite craftsmanship. After a day of cultural exploration, return to Hassan for a relaxing evening.

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Bid farewell to Hassan and head towards Mysuru, a city known for its cultural heritage and majestic palaces. Check-in to your hotel and spend some time unwinding. Later in the day, we'll visit the magnificent Mysuru Palace, an opulent royal residence that exudes grandeur and elegance.

Immerse yourself in the history and beauty of Mysuru as we explore the iconic Chamundi Hill, home to the Chamundeshwari Temple, offering panoramic views of the city below. Visit the St. Philomena's Church, an architectural marvel with stunning stained glass windows, and the vibrant Devaraja Market, a bustling bazaar filled with aromatic spices and colorful handicrafts. In the evening, witness the magical spectacle of the Brindavan Gardens, as the fountains come to life with a synchronized musical fountain show.

Prepare for an exciting day as we venture to Bandipur National Park, one of the most renowned wildlife reserves in India. Set amidst the lush Western Ghats, this park is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including tigers, elephants, and various bird species. Enjoy an exhilarating safari through the wilderness and immerse yourself in nature's splendor.

After a memorable wildlife experience, we'll travel to Coimbatore, a bustling city situated in Tamil Nadu. Explore the local culture and flavors of Coimbatore before retiring for the night.

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Leaving Coimbatore, we'll make our way to the coastal city of Kochi (Cochin). This historic port city is known for its multicultural heritage and picturesque waterfront. Check-in to your hotel and unwind amidst the serene atmosphere.

Discover the enchanting charm of Kochi as we visit its iconic landmarks, including the Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi, the Dutch Palace (Mattancherry Palace), the Jewish Synagogue, and St. Francis Church, the oldest European church in India. In the evening, witness a captivating Kathakali dance performance, a traditional art form that showcases colorful costumes and elaborate facial expressions.

Venture to the enchanting backwaters of Kerala as we journey to Alleppey (Alappuzha). Here, we'll embark on an unforgettable houseboat cruise, drifting through the serene network of canals and lagoons. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the backwaters and relish the natural beauty surrounding you.

Leaving the backwaters, we'll make our way to the picturesque hill station of Munnar, famous for its sprawling tea estates, mist-covered valleys, and breathtaking landscapes. Enjoy the cool climate and the refreshing atmosphere of this delightful hill station.

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Explore the natural wonders of Munnar as we visit the Eravikulam National Park, home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr. Discover the beautiful Mattupetty Dam and the charming Echo Point, where your voice echoes across the valley. Delight in the art of tea-making at the Tea Museum, gaining insight into the region's tea heritage.

Leaving Munnar, we'll head towards the ancient city of Madurai, renowned for its magnificent temples and rich cultural heritage. Visit the world-famous Meenakshi Amman Temple, a remarkable example of Dravidian architecture, and marvel at its intricate carvings and vibrant sculptures.

Explore the historical treasures of Madurai as we visit the impressive Thirumalai Nayak Palace and the poignant Gandhi Memorial Museum, which honors the life and legacy of Mahatma Gandhi. In the evening, witness the divine Aarti ceremony at Meenakshi Amman Temple, a spiritual experience filled with devotion and symbolism.

Embark on a scenic drive to Thanjavur (Tanjore), a city known for its rich cultural heritage and contributions to art and music. Visit the UNESCO-listed Brihadeeswara Temple, a masterpiece of Dravidian architecture and a symbol of Tamil Nadu's history and culture.

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Explore the Thanjavur Royal Palace and Art Gallery, housing a diverse collection of historical artifacts, including paintings and sculptures. Visit the Schwartz Church, dedicated to the memory of Rev. Christian Friedrich Schwartz, a German missionary known for his philanthropic work in India. Explore the Saraswathi Mahal Library, home to a vast collection of ancient manuscripts and rare texts.

Travel to the charming town of Puducherry (Pondicherry), where you'll experience a unique blend of French and Indian cultures. Enjoy the serene ambiance of the city and stroll along the picturesque Promenade Beach.

Discover the philosophy of Auroville, an international township promoting sustainable living and spiritual unity. Visit the spiritual community of Sri Aurobindo Ashram and explore the quaint French Quarter, featuring colonial architecture and charming cafes.

Leaving Puducherry, we'll head to Chennai (formerly known as Madras), the vibrant capital of Tamil Nadu. Explore the historical sites and cultural landmarks that reflect the city's rich heritage.

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Visit Fort St. George, the oldest British-built fortress in India, and explore the vibrant marketplaces of Chennai. Head to Marina Beach, one of the longest urban beaches in the world, and take in the captivating beauty of the Bay of Bengal.

Embark on a day trip to Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram), a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its ancient rock-cut temples and beautiful shore temples. Marvel at the intricately carved sculptures and learn about the rich history of this ancient coastal town.

On the final day of your tour, we'll arrange a timely transfer to Chennai airport for your departure flight. Take home cherished memories of your 23-day South India journey, enriched with diverse cultures, stunning landscapes, and unforgettable experiences.

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Tour Highlights:
  • Explore the vibrant city of Bengaluru, known as India's Silicon Valley, and visit its iconic landmarks, such as Bangalore Palace, Lalbagh Botanical Gardens, and Tipu Sultan's Summer Palace.
  • Witness the mesmerizing beauty of Shivasamudram Falls, a majestic waterfall on the Kaveri River, as you journey from Bengaluru to Hassan.
  • Discover the architectural wonders of Belur and Halebidu, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, featuring intricately carved Hoysala temples showcasing exceptional craftsmanship.
  • Immerse yourself in the royal heritage of Mysuru as you visit the opulent Mysuru Palace and explore the bustling Devaraja Market.
  • Embark on an exciting safari in Bandipur National Park, a wildlife haven teeming with elephants, tigers, leopards, and diverse bird species.
  • Experience the rich cultural heritage of Coimbatore and indulge in shopping for textiles and spices in the local markets.
  • Explore the enchanting coastal city of Kochi, known for its historic Fort Kochi, Chinese fishing nets, and traditional Kathakali dance performances.
  • Cruise along the serene backwaters of Alleppey on a houseboat and witness the picturesque landscapes and local life.
  • Unwind in the hill station of Munnar, surrounded by lush tea gardens, and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Western Ghats.
  • Visit the sacred city of Madurai and be awe-inspired by the grand Meenakshi Amman Temple, a magnificent example of Dravidian architecture.
  • Discover the rich history of Thanjavur, renowned for its splendid Brihadeeswarar Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • Experience the laid-back charm of Puducherry, a former French colony, and explore its colonial architecture and serene beaches.
  • Conclude your journey in Chennai, the bustling capital of Tamil Nadu, and explore its cultural heritage, historic sites, and vibrant markets.

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