South India Tours
South India Tours,
Silk & Spices- South India Tours,
South India Cultural, Backwater
Tours of Kerala, South India Tours
Madurai/ Periyar/ Kumarakom/ Cochin/ Bangalore/ Mysore/ Chennai
12 days / 11 Nights
Day 01: Arrive Chennai
Welcome to India. After clearing immigration and custom formalities, an
ATI representative will greet you and assist you to your hotel.
A tour of Chennai takes you to Fort St. George and St. Mary's Church,
the oldest Anglican Church east of Suez; St. Thomas Cathedral, the
Mylapore Temple,\ & the Marina, the world's second longest beach.
Not far from Chennai lie Mahabalipuram, "city of seven
pagodas" and Kanchipuram, famous for its silk sarees.
Day 03: Chennai / Trichy
Drive to Trichy (300 kms - 6 hours), the usually popular name for
Tirchirapally, located on the banks of the serene Cauvery River. This
historic Chola city is a place where modernity and antiquity shakes
hand. Rock Fort, the temple with a tunnel, the hundred-pillared hall,
and several beautiful rock-cut temples stand as sentinels over the
Enjoy a full day excursion to Tanjore, traditionally known as Thanjavur
- a great centre for learning culture and music. Visit Sri Brahadeeswara
Temple known as the Big Temple and a symbol of Chol'a architectural
engineering ingenuity. Return to Trichy after lunch at Hotel Sangam.
Day 05: Trichy /
Drive to Madurai (130 kms - 4 hours), former Capital of the Pandya
Kingdom. Visit the famous Meenakshi Temple, one of the most exquisite
architectural masterpieces of India, the palace of Thirumalai Nayak and
the Madurai Temple.
Drive to Periyar (135 kms - 4.5 hours), one of the
largest wildlife reserves in India, home to wild boar, spotted deer and
a large population of elephants. Over 260 species of birds are found
Enjoy a morning boat ride on the lake to view wildlife and water birds.
Thereafter drive to Kumarakom (180 kms - 4 hours) on the eastern shore
of the Vembanad Lake.
A day full of leisure time to relax, identify rare species of birds
enjoy a boat ride along the back waters, or simply rejuvenate your body
by opting for an Ayurvedic body massage.
Cruise across the harbor to Allepey, sailing down centuries old
backwaters flanked by picture-book towns and ancient trading ports. Then
drive to Cochin, often called the "Queen of the Arabian Sea".
Visit the Dutch Palace, the ancient Jewish Synagogue (except Saturdays),
St. Francis church, the Matanchary Church (closed on Fridays) and see
the Chinese fishing nets swaying in the breeze over the back waters. In
the evening enjoy a spectacular Kathakali dance performance.
Fly to Bangalore, once known as "City of Gardens", now India's
Silicon Valley with corresponding increase in wealth and population.
However, there is plenty of tradition and culture to explore: Art
galleries, Botanical Gardens and the Lal Bagh.
A luxury train ride brings you to Mysore popularly known as the
The main attraction at Mysore is the famous Maharaja's palace one of the
most magnificent palace in India with huge gateways, domes, arches and
sculptures. Also visit the temple at Chamundi hill, named after the
royal family's pattron goddess. Enroute stands a 16-foot statue of Nandi
Bull, carved out of a single huge boulder! In the evening, take an
excursion to Brindaban Gardens, exquisitely designed in terraces and
alive with bright flowers and silvery fountains.
Mysore/ Chennai Depart
Enjoy a luxury train ride to Chennai where you will be received and
assisted to the international airport for onward flight.