Like a giant wedge plunging into the ocean, South India is the subcontinent's steamy heartland – a lush contrast to the peaks and plains up north. South India's glorious culinary variety and melange of dining options beckon hungry travellers. Some of India's most famous and traditional staples hail from here: large papery dosas (savoury crêpes) and idlis (fermented rice cakes) are the backbone of South Indian fare.
DAY 1: Chennai
On arrival at Chennai airport meet and assist by our representative and transfer to hotel. Later proceed for half city tour of Chennai. Visit the museum to see the bronze gallery with its superb collection of Chola art, drive through flower and fruit market, St Thomas cathedral, Kapaleeshwar temple.
Overnight in Chennai.
DAY 2: Chennai - Bangalore
After breakfast Check out from the hotel and drive to Chennai railway station to board train for Bangalore. On arrival in Bangalore, meet, assist and transfer to your hotel. Arrive and check in at your hotel. Later proceed for half day sightseeing tour of Bangalore City which includes the visit to Lalbagh Bull Temple and Tipu summer palace.
Overnight in Bangalore.
DAY 3: Bangalore - Hassan
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Hassan. On arrival check in at the hotel. Later proceed to visit Belur and Halebidu.
Overnight in Hassan.
DAY 4: Hassan - Mysore
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Mysore. On arrival check in at the hotel. Later proceed to visit Vrindavan garden.
Overnight in Mysore
DAY 5: Mysore
After breakfast proceed for excursion to Somanathpur. In the afternoon proceed for city tour of Mysore, visit the Maharaja’s palace built in 1911-12. The palace harmoniously synthesizes the Hindu and the Saracenic styles of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures, which are truly magnificent. Visit the art gallery and drive up to the 1062 m high Chamundi hill to see the panoramic view of Mysore. On your way back, see the 5 m high Nandi Bull carved out of solid rock in 1659.. Back to the hotel.
Overnight in Mysore.
DAY 6: Mysore – Chennai- Mahabalipuram
After breakfast check out from the hotel and drive to Mysore railway station to board train for Chennai. On arrival at Chennai railway station transfer to Mahabalipuram.
Overnight in Mahabalipuram.
DAY 7: Mahabalipuram
After breakfast proceed for city tour of Mahabalipuram. There are 14 cave temples, nine monolithic rathas, three stone temples and four relief sculptured rock panels. Built in the Dravidian style in the 7th and 8th century, most of them are dedicated to Vishnu or Shiva. Sights include the Shore temple.
Overnight in Mahablipuram.
DAY 8: Mahabalipuram (Departure)
After breakfast Check out from the hotel and drive to Chennai airport to board flight for onwards destination.
Validity from October 2018 to 31st March 2019