Southern Grand Tour Package

Southern Grand Tour Package

Duration :- 17 Days/ 16 Nights
Places Covered :- Chennai – Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry - Chettinad - Madurai - Periyar - Kumarakom - Cochin - Coonoor - Mysore - Bangalore

Southern Grand Tour Package takes you to the tour of Gods own Country-Kerala. It is a great tour for nature lovers, history lovers, spiritual people and wildlife lovers. You will be stunned by the scenic beauty of various places like Mysore, Coonoor, and Chennai. You will enjoy tour of many other places like Madurai, Periyar, Mahabalipuram, Bangalore, Chettinad and backwaters in Kumarakom.

Day 1: Chennai
Day 2: Chennai tour
Day 3: Chennai – Mahabalipuram (56 km)
Day 4: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (99 km)
Day 5: Pondicherry – Chettinad (278 km)
Day 6: Chettinad
Day 7: Chettinad – Madurai (89 km)
Day 8: Madurai – Periyar (148 km)
Day 9: Periyar
Day 10: Periyar – Kumarakom (79 km)
Day 11: Kumarakom – Cochin (49 km)
Day 12: Cochin – Coonoor (292 km)
Day 13: Coonoor
Day 14: Coonoor – Mysore (145 km)
Day 15: Mysore
Day 16: Mysore – Bangalore (147 km)
Day 17: Departure

Day 1: Chennai
After your arrival at Chennai airport you will be welcomed and greeted by our representatives. They will escort you to your pre-booked hotel. Check into the hotel and relax. Spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Stay overnight.

Day 2: Chennai tour
After having breakfast visit Marina Beach and enjoy the mesmerizing sunrise view. Enjoy the nature walk on the coastal seashore. Next visit Kapaleeswarar Temple reflecting Dravidian architectural style, Church of our Lady of Expectation built by Portuguese in memory of Saint Thomas and Fort St. George which houses church, museum and Wellesley House. Next halt at Pulicat Lake, which offers you spectacular nature’s view and where you can enjoy boat ride along with fishing. In the evening visit Besant Nagar Beach and enjoy the sunset view. Return back to the hotel and enjoy your dinner.

Day 3: Chennai – Mahabalipuram (56 km)
Post breakfast the tour will head towards Mahabalipuram. On arrival, check into the hotel and relax for a while. After that visit Cave Temples which are eight temples cut out from rock and are dedicated to various Hindu idols and Arjuna’s Penance where the events that occurred during Arjuna’s Penance are shown on huge rock with detailed and amazing carving. Next visit Thirukadalmallai that was built by Pallavas and the Dravidian architectural style with white colored gopuram is awe-inspiring.   Later on visit Shore Temple overlooking shores of Bay of Bengal reflecting Pallava style and is carved out from granite. In the evening enjoy the sunset view at Mahabalipuram Beach. Return back to the hotel and enjoy your delicious dinner.

Day 4: Mahabalipuram – Pondicherry (99 km)
After having breakfast you will be transferred to Pondicherry. On arrival, check into the hotel and relax. After a short break visit Sri Aurobindo Ashram which is a great place for spiritual seekers and houses several libraries, art gallery, playground etc. and is the place of Samadhi of Sri Aurobindo and the Mother. Next visit Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Jesus made in gothic style architecture and the windows are decorated with stained glass paintings of 28 Saints who were devoted to sacred heart of Jesus. Later on halt at Botanical Garden laid in French style with fountains, fishes, musical fountains and wide variety of floras. Next visit French War Memorial made to memorialize the martyrs of French World War. In the evening visit Promenade Beach and enjoy the adventurous sports, sunset view and sea breezes of cold water. Return back and stay overnight.

Day 5: Pondicherry – Chettinad (278 km)
Post breakfast you will be escorted to Chettinad. On reaching there, check into the hotel and relax. Spend the rest of the day enjoying. Stay overnight.

Day 6: Chettinad
After having refreshing breakfast visit Ilayathangudi first clan temple and was resting place for many gods when they travelled, Soorakudi Temple comprising ten vimanas and two gopurams and the idols are decorated with delicate carvings. Next visit Chettinad Palace which reflects Indigenous Chettinad architecture with some European touch. It offers splendid views of the surroundings and the architecture will fascinate you with its allure. Later on visit Chettinad Museum where you will come across clothes, gold jewellery, utensils, copper water vats and many other things used in day routine life. In the evening visit Ramanathaswamy Temple devoted to Lord Shiva with stunning inscription and paintings on walls. Return back and enjoy your dinner.
 
Day 7: Chettinad – Madurai (89 km)
Post refreshing breakfast you will be escorted to Madurai. On reaching, check into the hotel and relax for a while. After a short break visit Sree Meenakshi Amman Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva where the architecture, sculpture and the artwork is exquisite.  Next visit Thiruparankundram Murugan Temple with stunning architecture and it is said that it the place where Murugan married Devasena. Later on visit Samanar Hills which offers breathtaking views of the surrounding, Koodal Azhagar Temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu and reflects architectural style of bygone era. Later on visit Gandhi Museum built by Nayak Queen Rani in memory of Gandhiji after his assassination. In the evening visit Pazhamudhir Solai situated on hill top, dedicated to Lord Murugan where the sculptures are delicately carved using marbles and wood.  After enjoying the views, return back and stay overnight.

Day 8: Madurai – Periyar (148 km)
Post breakfast you will be transferred to Periyar. On reaching there, check into the hotel and relax. Spend the rest of the day enjoying. Stay overnight.

Day 9: Periyar
In the morning, after having your breakfast visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary surrounded by Cardamom hills. It is home to many rare species and other wildlife species like Wild Pigs, Nilgiri Tahr, Lion-Tailed Macaque and many other and it offers scenic beauty and picturesque landscape. Next visit Spring Valley Mountain which is great place for trekking and offers astounding views of Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Later on pay a visit at Pullumedu where you will enjoy the nature’s trail of different types of vegetation like lush green trees, shrubs, vegetation and others.  Next visit Spice Garden where you will get to know about different spices like Cinnamon, Clove, Coffee, Cardamom, Pepper and many other.  After the mesmerizing nature’s view, return back and enjoy your dinner.

Day 10: Periyar – Kumarakom (79 km)
After having breakfast you will be transferred to Kumarakom. On reaching there, check into the hotel and relax for a while. After the short break visit Vembanad Lake which is the largest lake in Kerala and enjoy boat ride. Next visit Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary which is home to many migratory birds like Siberian Crane, Teal and others. You can enjoy boat ride and watch birds from a closer view. Next halt at Kumarakom Backwaters and enjoy the scenic beauty through the lakes, canals and rivers in a houseboat which has all the facilities like a hotel. Later on visit Kumarakom Beach and enjoy various sports like surfing, swimming, boating, Para sailing and many others along with the mesmerizing view of sunset. Return back to the hotel and enjoy your dinner.

Day 11: Kumarakom – Cochin (49 km)
Post breakfast the tour will head towards Cochin. On arrival, relax for a while and then excursion of Cochin will begin. Visit St. Francis Church which is one of the oldest churches built by Europeans, Mattancherry Palace which was built by Portuguese and gifted to Raja of Cochin where the murals reflects the Hindu temple art. Next visit Fort Kochi where Chinese Fishing Nets are main attraction as they are find only in Cochin except China. Later on pay a visit at Jew Synagogue where the interior decorated with Chinese Tiles is stunning. Next visit will be at Indo-Portuguese Museum which is fusion of Indian-Portuguese culture and is divided into 5 wings exhibiting Altar of Furniture, Treasure, Procession, Civil Life and Cathedral. In the evening pay a prayer at Roman Catholic Basilica of Santa Cruz where the stained glass window and intricate wall carvings are awe-inspiring. Return back to the hotel and enjoy your dinner.     

Day 12: Cochin – Coonoor (292 km)
Post breakfast you will be escorted to Coonoor which is hill station. On reaching there, check into the hotel and relax. Spend the rest of the day enjoying. Stay overnight.

Day 13: Coonoor
In the morning after having breakfast visit Sim’s Park with rose garden and wide varieties of vegetation, Dolphin’s Nose which is great place for nature lovers and where you will be tranquilize by the breathtaking view of dense green forest and Catherine Falls. Later on visit Lamb’s Back which offers you stunning views of plantation of tea and coffee. Next visit will be at Lady Canning’s Seat which affords panoramic views of the surrounding, Doorg Fort which is a great place for bird watchers and St. George Church. In the evening visit Hidden valley with scenic beauty and admire the nature’s beauty. After stunning views, return to the hotel and relax.        

Day 14: Coonoor – Mysore (145 km)
After having breakfast the tour will head towards Mysore. On reaching there, check into the hotel and relax. Spend the rest of the day enjoying. Stay overnight.

Day 15: Mysore
In the morning full day excursion of Mysore also known as “City of Palaces” will begin. Visit Mysore Palace, amalgam of Hindu, Rajput, Gothic and Islamic style and is one of the largest palaces in India. Next visit Chamundi Hills overlooks Karanji Lake where the idol of Bull, Nandi is cut out from a single rock. Enjoy the view of picturesque lake and closer view of migratory birds. Later on visit Mysore Zoo which is habitat to wide range of species of all around the world, Brindavan Garden which comprises botanical garden and many fountains. Later on visit St. Philomena's Church and then visit Melukote which is a pilgrimage centre comprise temple of Sri Yoganarasimha Swamy Temple which offers stunning views and you will be lost in the picturesque vista. Return back to the hotel and enjoy your dinner.

Day 16: Mysore – Bangalore (147 km)
Post breakfast you will be escorted to Bangalore. On reaching there, check into the hotel and relax. After that visit Bangalore Palace with castle like structure and surrounded by green meadow. The interiors of the palace include magnificent paintings and stained glass window. Next visit Lal Bagh a botanical garden which preserves some rear species of flora and fauna and the inside highlight is the glass house. Later on visit will be at Tipu Sultan’s Fort now converted into museum which houses historical paintings, carvings and many other thing related to the historical past. Next visit Cubbon Park which is a great place for nature lovers with picturesque island. In the evening offer a prayer at St. Mary Basilica which is one of the largest churches in Bangalore. Return back to the hotel and enjoy your delicious dinner.

Day 17: Departure
In the morning post breakfast you will be transferred to airport where our representatives will give you detailed information for your further journey.

Inclusion:

  • Accommodation and meals will be provided.
  • Domestic airfare will be given.
  • Well maintained transport and well trained chauffeur.
  • Travel and tour guides.
  • Monuments sightseeing charges.
  • Backwater at Kumarakom.

Exclusion:

  • Extra sightseeing charges.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Medical bills in case of any disaster.
  • Flight cancellation charges due to any reason.
  • Personal expenses such as laundry, bills etc.
  • Anything not included in the tour package.