Highlight of South India

Suggested Highlight of South India Package

Duration: 6 Nights / 7 Days

Places Covered:

Chennai – Mahabalipuram – Kanchipuram – Mysore – Hassan – Bangalore

Day 01: Arrive Chennai and drive to Mahabalipuram

Arrive Chennai, assistance on arrival by our airport representative and transfer to Mahabalipuram.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 02: Mahabalipuram – Kanchipuram – Mahabalipuram

Morning enjoy a day excursion to Kanchipuram. Known as the Golden city of a Thousand Temples, this is one of India's sacred cities. Many early styles of temple architecture may be seen here. Visit Ekambareshwar Temple, Kailashnath Temple, Kamakshi Temple and the Vaikunthaperumal Temple.
After visit return to Mahabalipuram. Afternoon visit attractions of Mahabalipuram.
Mahabalipuram - an ancient coastal port South of Madras, you will see many sculptures and temples of typical South India architectural designs; the five Rathas - A group of Monolithic monuments of animal figures carved out of solid rock; the shore temple, lashed by the waves of the sea, and the Huge frescoes; the penance of Bhagirath.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 03: Mahabalipuram – Chennai

Following leisurely breakfast drive to Chennai, on arrival check-in at hotel. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Chennai city.
Though it was the oldest settlement of the British, Madras remained unaffected in spirit. Only the cathedral and the Fort of St. George are a reminder of its British past. Visit MGR Garden Shooting , Santhome church, Govt. Museum and Fort St.George - the first foothold of British from where Robert Clive started the expansion of British Rule.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 04: Chennai – Mysore

Following early breakfast transfer to railway station for your seven hours train journey to Mysore. Arrive Mysore, assistance on arrival and transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day free.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 05: Mysore ( excursion to Somnathpur)

After breakfast enjoy excursion to Somnathpur: Situated in the unobtrusive village of Somnathpur, 35 km from Mysore, the exquisitely carved, star-shaped temple with triple towers is a perfect example of Hoysala architecture. The friezes on its outer walls with their intricately carved rows of caparisoned elephants, charging horsemen, birds and beasts of mythology, will leave you spellbound.
After visit return drive back to Mysore. Later visit Mysore Palace. . The Mysore Palace, built in Indo - Saracenic style is one of the largest and most brilliant palaces in India. It's a kaleidoscope of stained glass, mirrors, gilt and colours. There are beautiful carved wooden doors, mosaic floors, as well as exquisite paintings.
Afternoon visit Chamundi Hill. Halfway up the Chamundi Hill is the Nandi Bull, a 4.8 m monolith statue. It was carved out of solid rock and is one of the largest in India. Hordes of pilgrims come here throughout the year. Right on top, is the 2000-year-old Chamundeswari Temple. The temple provides atypical festive atmosphere without overwhelming religious overtures.
Also visit Srirangapatnam. Srigangapatnam which lies within the portals of the Dariya Daulat. (Splendour of sea) once his summer place and later appropriated by Arthur Wellesley. Constructed mainly in wood, the structure rests on a vast plinth. The walls and ceilings are elaborately painted. The murals on the outer walls depict scenes from Tipu's wars while the interior walls are ornately painted with abstract designs and floral motifs.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 06: Mysore – Hassan

Following breakfast drive to Hassan, en route visit Sravanabelagola. After visit continue drive to Hassan, on arrival check-in at hotel.
Afternoon excursion to Halebidu and Belur temples.
Halebidu: Construction of the Hoyasleswara Temple at Halebid began around 1121. Despite more that 80 years of labour, it was never completed. Neverthless, it is easily the most outstanding example of Hoysala art. Every centimetre of the outside walls and much of the interior is covered with an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, stylised animals and birds, and frienzes depicting the life of the Hoysala rules.
Belur: The Channekeshava Temple at Belur is the only one at the three major Hoysala sites still in use. Begun in 1116 to commemorate the Hoysala's victory over the Cholas at Talakad, it was worked on for over a century. Its exterior is not, in the lower friezes, as extensively sculptured as the other Hoysala temples, but the work higher up on the walls is unsurpassed in details and artistry.
Overnight at hotel.

Day 07: Hassan - Bangalore

Following breakfast drive to Bangalore. Afternoon visit some important places in Bangalore.
Bangalore City has a number of tourist places. Apart from the numerous gardens, it also has some historical sites and other places of interest. The Vidhan Soudha or the State Secretariat, built in 1954, is the main attraction of this city. It is a marvel of modern architecture and is a fine amalgamation of traditional Dravidian and modern styles.
Evening transfer to Bangalore airport with assistance for your international flight with sweet memories...

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