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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.