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 City of Gardens. From Airport / Railway station, you will be immediately transferred to hotel for rest.

DAY 02 : BANGALORE : The classical age.
 Early morning after breakfast full day excursions to Bangalore, Sravanbelagola, Belur and Halebid
 SRAVANABELAGOLA: This is one of the oldest and most important Jain pilgrimage centres in India, and the site of the huge 17-metre-high naked statue of Bahubali (Gomateshvara), said to be the world’s tallest monolithic statue. It over-looks the town of Sravanabelagola from the top of the rocky hill known as Indragiri and is visible from quiet a distance. Its simplicity is in complete contrast to the complexity of the sculptural work at the temples of Belur and Halebid. The word Sravanabelagola means the Monk of the White Pond.
HOYSALESWARA TEMPLE: The Hoysaleswara temple at Halebid was constructed about 10 years after the temple at Belur, but despite 80 years labour was never completed. Nevertheless, it is easily the most outstanding example of Hoysala art. Every cm of the outside walls and much of the interior are covered with and endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, stylized animals and birds, and friezes depicting the life and times of the Hoysala rulers. No two are alike. Scenes which depict war, hunting, agriculture, music and dance, and some very special very sensual sculptures explicitly portraying the après-temple activities of the dancing girls, are all represented here, together with two huge Nandis (Siva’s bull) and a monolithic Jain statue of Gomateshvara.
CHANNEKESHAVA TEMPLE: At Belur, the Channekeshava in the only one at the three Hoysala sites still in daily use. Non-Hindus are allowed inside but not into the inner sanctum. It is very similar to the others in design but here much of the decoration has gone into the internal supporting pillars and lintels, and the larger but still very delicately carved images of deities and guardian bests. As at Halebid, the external walls are covered in friezes.
GOMATESHVARA STATUE: The statue of Bahubali was created during the reign of the Ganga king, Rachamalla. It was commissioned by a military commander in the service of Rachamalla and built by the sculptor Aristanemi in 981 AD.

DAY 03 : MYSORE : Plush, palatial & picturesque.
Drive to Mysore, arrive and check in hotel. 
On your way back, see the famous Nandi (Siva's Bull)- a huge monolith of black granite.  Standing five metres high and carved out of solid rock in 1659, it’s one of the largest in India. It’s always garlanded in flowers and constantly visited by bevies of pilgrims offering prasaad to the priest in attendance there.

DAY 04 : MUDUMALAI : The jungle trail.
 After breakfast continue to the Mudumalai Wildlife Sanctuary through the scenic route. Arrive and check in a resort. After lunch visit the Elephant Training Camp and Moyar Waterfalls. Rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 05 : MUDUMALAI : Elephant country.
After breakfast go out for Jeep Safari to the park to shoot the Elephants in camera. After lunch an unforgettable Safari on the Elephant back. Evening return back to the hotel for rest.

DAY 06 : OOTY : In the blue heaven.
 From Mudumalai, drive through the scenic range of forest of Nilgiri Hills for Ooty - nestled in the Nilgiris or the Blue Mountains so called because of the blue haze that envelopes them. Today, an indefinable touch of the Raj still lingers in its Little Cottages, Colourful Gardens, Winding Lanes, Old Churches, Botanical Gardens and the Lake surrounded by groves of Eucalyptus. A fine retreat from the heat of the plains- Ooty offer scenic beauty and a relaxed ambience.

DAY 07 : OOTY : Blue mood holiday
Complete day at your discretion or at leisure or you can explore its beauty on horseback (optional).

DAY 08 : KOCHI : Chugging with the Nilgiri Mountain Railway.
 From Ooty board the Toy Train to Coonoor which passes through the Nilgiri Mountains and the journey offers breathtaking vistas of plantation and fir-clad hills. At Coonoor have lunch at the Taj Garden Retreat. From Coonoor straight drive towards Kochi (known as Queen of the Arabian Sea). Arrive and check in hotel. Use rest of the day to shop local Artifacts.

DAY 09 : KOCHI :

Spice coast.

For the day sightseeing tour of Cochin visit the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing Nets, St. Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. Also visit the Hill palace Museum which displays articles of archeological importance.

DAY 10 & 11 : KUMARAKOM : The perfect B-R-E-A-K!!
Today you are going to have the unique experience of houseboat on the backwaters of Kerala with an overnight journey for the Kumarakom. En-route visit the Bird sanctuary. You reach Kumarakom on day 11.Aarrive and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure.

DAY 12 : PERIYAR : Scaling the greener night.
You reach Periyar by noon. Late afternoon boat ride on Lake Periyar to watch animals in their natural habitat. While cruising on Lake Periyar, you are likely to see animals like Wild Boars, Sambars, Wild Dogs, Langur Monkeys and Wild Elephants


In the wilds. After lunch we visit the sanctuary again on Elephant back because once is not enough to explore it.

DAY 14 : MADURAI :The town of  temples.
From Periyar drive to Madurai. After checking in hotel we visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering Gopurams (rising above the surrounding countryside). Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace- a gracious building in the Indo saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes and arches.

 Rameshwaram excursion.

Full day excursion to Rameshwaram- a city with gentle sand dunes, embellished with the delicacy of Casuarinas Trees and Stark Palms. This is a sacred place for Hindus. According to Ramayana this is the place where Rama worshipped Lord Shiva to absolve himself from the sin of killing Ravana. It is also famous for its 1220 metres long corridors of Carved Pillars.

DAY 16 : TRICHY : Interview with the extraordinary Brihadeshwara temple.
 Transfer from Madurai to Trichy en-route visiting Tanjore- the beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeshwara. The Temple is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 Km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for building pyramids. Its bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjore one of the highlights of visit to South India. By evening reach Trichy.

DAY 17 : TRICHY : 
Till noon free to shop around. After lunch half day sight seeing tour, visiting the Ancient Temples dedicated to Lord Shiva & Lord Ganapati. 434 steps cutout into the rock side and interspersed with shrines lead to these Temples. The ascend is climaxed by magnificent view of the sacred Kaveri river. Also visit Srirangam- a massive temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu which contains within its walls a bazaar also.

DAY 18 : MAMALLAPURAM : Epic carved on stone.
The town of Mahabalipuram is famous for the seven pagodas. Here on the seashore is an interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples which are fine examples of Dravidian style of Architecture. We visit the Arjuna's Penance, Krishna Mandapam, Varaha Mandapam, Mahishasur -Mardhini Caves, Five Rathas & its famous Seashore Temples during the day.

DAY 19 : MAMALLAURAM : At the beach.
Complete day at your discretion or at leisure.

DAY 20 : CHENNAI : Studying the Dravadian heritage.
In morning we move towards Dakshin Chitra- a unique heritage centre. Over 10 acres of land, the traditional lifestyle of the four states of Tamil Nadu has been recreated. Traditional crafts-persons and folk artists work and perform in the reconstructed setting of 19th century streets, homes and workshop spaces. The houses also have contextual exhibits displayed in them. Then we continue to Chennai. Arrive and Check in hotel. Rest of the day free to shop around.

DAY 21 : CHENNAI : City Tour.
 Whole day sightseeing tour of Chennai. Visit museum to see the Art and Bronze Gallery. Drive through the Flower and Fruit market, High court, Fort museum, Marina beach, San Thome Cathedral, the Theosophical Society and Snake park.

DAY 22 : CHENNAI : Ciao.
You will be transferred to Airport / Railway station for onward journey.

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