Essence of South India (8 Days / 7 Nights)
Destinations: Chennai – Madurai – Thekkady – Periyar – Cochin – Ooty – Mysore – Bangalore
Day 1: Arrival in Chennai
On arrival at the Chennai airport, meet our representative who’ll escort you to one of our listed hotels. Check-in at the hotel. Relax for the remaining part of the day. In the evening take a leisurely walk to explore the nearby area. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 2: Chennai – Madurai
Next morning after breakfast, catch your flight to Madurai. Our representative will meet and escort you to your hotel in Madurai. Having rested for a while, set off on a guided tour to Madurai city. The major tourist attractions Sri Meenakshi Temple, Aayiram Kaal Mandapam, Gandhi Museum, Sri Subramanya Swamy Temple and the Alagarkoil Temple. Spend a leisurely afternoon indulging in the activity of your choice. Overnight stay would be at Madurai.
Day 3: Madurai – Thekkady (Periyar)
In the morning post breakfast, leave for a three hour long drive to Thekkady. While on drive to Thekkady enjoy the drive as the road winds through the thick jungles and rich plantation. Upon arrival, check-in at one of our enlisted hotels in the city. In the afternoon proceed to Periyar Wildlife Tiger Reserve to enjoy the jeep safari. Periyar is a veritable paradise of elephants. Scores of them can be witnessed bathing and swimming here. Later in the evening you may enjoy boat ride at Periyar Lake. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 4: Thekkady – Cochin
After enjoying a sumptuous breakfast, start your drive to Cochin. Being one of the finest harbors on the Arabian coastline, Cochin has been a major commercial hub for many centuries. On arrival check-in at one of our listed hotels. The day is to be spent at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 5: Cochin
In the morning after breakfast embark on a sightseeing tour of Cochin which will include visits to places like the famous Mattancherry Palace, St. Francis Church and the Jewish Synagogue. Also see the giant Chinese Fishing Nets being lowered on the famous Vasco-da-Gama Square, offering a spectacular view to its visitors. In the evening feel delighted to see the Kathakali dance performance by trained dancers. Overnight in Cochin.
Day 6: Cochin – Ooty
In the morning after breakfast, drive straight to Ooty. On reaching Ooty, check-in at one of our listed hotels. Rest and relax for the day at the hotel. In the evening take a leisurely walk to the nearby area. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 7: Ooty
In the morning leave your beds early and after grabbing a quick breakfast, head for a tour of Ooty. Visit the Botanical Gardens, with a peaceful Lotus Pond then cover Doddabetta Peak, the highest peak of this hill resort. Other attractions are the tea estates, Lamb’s Rock, Dolphin’s Nose (a picnic spot), Ooty Lake, Catherine Falls and Kodanadu’s View Point. Dinner and overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 8: Ooty – Mysore
Post breakfast, leave for Mysore by road. After arrival in Mysore, check into one of our listed hotels. Later in the evening move out to visit the Golden Royal Elephant , The Mysore Palace, Chamundeshwari temple, Brindavan Gardens, Mysore Zoo and the Durbar hall. You will be spending your night at hotel. Also visit the St. Philomenas Church that is built in the Gothic style and is one of the largest churches of the country. Spend a night in the hotel.
Day 9: Mysore – Bangalore Departure
Post breakfast, leave for Bangalore. After arrival in Bangalore explore the “City of Gardens”. Later, start on your Bangalore city tours and visit Vidhan Soudha – the State’s Legislature and Secretariat, Nandi Temple – One of the oldest temples, popularly known as the Bull temple. After the city excursion, get transferred to the Bangalore airport for your flight to onward destination.