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BANGALORE-> MYSORE-> MUDUMALAI-> OOTY-> KOCHI-> KUMARAKOM-> PERIYAR -> MADURAI -> TRICHY -> MAMALLAPURAM -> CHENNAI -> DAYS =22
DAY 01 : BANGALORE :
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
DAY 04 : MUDUMALAI
: The jungle
DAY 06 : OOTY : In the blue heaven.
DAY 07 : OOTY : Blue mood
DAY 08 : KOCHI : Chugging with the
Nilgiri Mountain Railway.
DAY 09 : KOCHI :
DAY 10 & 11 : KUMARAKOM : The
DAY 12 : PERIYAR : Scaling the
DAY 14 : MADURAI :The town of
DAY 15 : MADURAI :
DAY 16 : TRICHY : Interview with the
extraordinary Brihadeshwara temple.
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.
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.
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