SOUTHERN SPLENDER gives you a touch of complete South India experience covering three states : (Karnataka, Kerala and Tamil Nadu), each with different culture, traditions, architect, language and flora & fauna. It is like visiting three different countries. Even the local language in all these three states are different.
Upon arrival you will be welcomed by representative at the airport and transferred to your Hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Stay Overnight.
After breakfast, you will be driven to Hassan. En-route Visit Shravanabelgoa; it is one of the most important Jain pilgrim centre, here visit the 17 meter high monolith statue of Lord Bahubali. Later continue to Hassan. Rest of the day at leisure. Stay Overnight.
After breakfast, drive to Belur which is located at river Yagchi. This place was once the capital of the Hoysala Empire. Here visit the Chennakeshava Temple (one of the finest examples of Hoysala architecture) & Veeranarayana Temple (which has exquisite carvings of various Hindu Gods). Later visit Halebid (16 kms form Belur), the ancient capital of Hoysalas. Visit the Hoysleswara Temple. Later in the afternoon leave for hassan. Back to the Hotel. Stay overnight
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour visiting Jaisalmer Fort, Patwonji Ki Haveli, Nathmalji-ki-Haveli, Salim Singh-ki-Haveli
Enjoy a camel safari on its exotic sand dunes, offering an unforgettable experience of rich cultural heritage. This amber-hued city, in the heart of the desert, dazzles gloriously in the early morning. Jaisalmer is truly a memorable experience across shimmering sands.
Stay overnight in Jaisalmer.
Breakfast Excursion to Somnathpur Temple. A fine example of Hoysala architecture. Afternoon at leisure. Visit Sandalwood Oil Factory, go for shopping and visit local bazaars. Stay overnight
After breakfast, you will be driven to ooty; it is the capital of Nilgiri district and Nilgiri means Blue Mountains. It is a land of picturesque picnic spots and at an altitude of 2,240 meters above sea level has always been a popular summer getaway. It is also known as the 'Queen of Hill Stations'. Upon arrival, check in at Hotel. Stay overnight inOoty.
The day is at your leisure - enjoy the mountain train, visit a tea garden, head to Connor or hike blue mountains. Day is completely free to relax or pursue independent activities. Stay overnight in Ooty.
After breakfast, you will be drive to Cochin.
Cochin has one of the most beautiful harbors on India's west coast. An interesting mix of the Hindu, Muslim and British architecture can be seen on its beaches. It has a rich network of backwaters and is the culture and heritage centre of Kerala.
Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax and pursue independent activities. Stay overnight in Cochin
After breakfast, drive to Jojawar;
After Breakfast, enjoy sightseeing tour by taking a boat across the waterway to the nearby peninsula, discover the remains of Fort Cochin and St Francis church, the oldest church in India.
On your way back stop at the spice shops. Evening witness Kathakali dance show – a famous classical dance drama of Kerala and enjoy dinner and Stay overnight in Cochin
After breakfast travel to Alleppey, on arrival embark on the houseboat. Ducks swimming around the banks and tiny birds flying across the sky will make you feel of this beautiful land. You have a night on board houseboat Alleppey.
After breakfast travel to Periyar. Upon arrival, check in at Hotel. The Periyar forest of Thekkady is one of the finest wildlife reserves in India and spread across the entire district are picturesque plantations and hill towns that hold great opportunities for treks and mountain walks. This afternoon take a spice plantation tour to see crops of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee and tea estates. On your way back you could stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices. Stay overnight in Periyar.
After breakfast explore the Periyar wildlife sanctuary on the boat. The sanctuary provides a good source of water for the wildlife and is home to Tiger, bison, wild boar, sambar, monkeys, wild elephants and a wide variety of over 260 Species of birds including Nilgiri Wood Pigeons, blue-winged Parakeets, White bellied Tree Pies, laughing Thrushes and Fly Catchers. Rest of the day is free to explore and you have an option to do a jungle walk with a local guide. Stay overnight in Periyar.
After breakfast travel to Madurai, Afternoon sightseeing tour of Madurai - The second largest city on the banks of the River Vaigai believed to be more than 2500 years old. Madurai is called Athens of the East because of the way myth meets life here. Originally called Madhurapuram because Madhu (Honey) is said to have dropped off the locks of Shiva here. Visit a magnificent Meenakshi Temple and experience stunning architecture as the sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Shiva. Overnight in Madurai.
After breakfast drive to Tanjore. En-route visit Trichy, is situated on the banks of the Cauvery River, has a long history going back several centuries before the birth of Christ. Here you will visit Rock Fort, Sri Ranganathaswamy Templeand Sri Jambukeshwara Temple; named after the elephant which is believed to have worshipped Lord Shiva here. Later continue to Tanjore. Upon arrival, check in at Hotel. Stay overnight in Tanjore.
After breakfast, you have a sightseeing tour of the city known as the "Rice bowl of Tamil Nadu". The royal city of the Cholas, Nayaks and the Mahrattas, Thanjavur has a rich and varied heritage, which is renowned across the globe. The town is also famous for its ancient handicrafts-making of bronze icons, Thanjavur art plates, bell-metal castings, bowls and the wonderful Tanjore style of paintings, developed over multiple layers, usually centred on the Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Stay overnight
After breakfast drive to Pondicherry. En-route visit Chidambaram known for its beautiful temple dedicated to the Lord Nataraja – God Shiva in the form of a Cosmic Dancer. The Nataraja temple is said to the venue of the divine dance competition between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvathy. Visit the GangaiKondaCholapuram for its rich, beautiful and intricately carved Chola style sculptures on the walls and roofs, 42 in number. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. After relax, enjoy the sightseeing tour of this city ruled by French for about 281 years before independence. Stay overnight.
After breakfast travel to Mahabalipuram.Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. Rest of the day is free to relax. Stay overnight
After Breakfast, Visit to Mahabalipuram, the city of temple (Earlier known as Mamallapuram).Later proceed for sightseeing tour, where the Pallavas have created many monuments with sculptural panels, caves, monolithic Rathas (Chariot) and Temples. Rest of the evening is at leisure. Stay overnight
After breakfast proceed to Chennai. Upon arrival, check in at Hotel. Later you will proceed for the sightseeing tour.
Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu state is popularly regarded as the 'Gateway to the South' and represents a culture that is different from Northern India. People in Chennai are deep rooted in their cultural moorings and traditions, even though modernity has its own impact. After independence in 1947 it became the capital of Madras state that was renamed Tamil Nadu. It has numerous temples, shrines, churches, forts and palaces are a reflection of the rich and diverse historical heritage of the city.
Visit Kalakshetra, a school of art and music that encourages exponents of Bharatanatyam, Carnatic music, traditional weaving and designing; St. Mary's Church, the oldest Church in India with its premises; Sri Parthasarathy Temple built by Pallavas in the 8th century AD; San Thomas Cathedral Basilica rebuilt in 1606 as a cathedral and in 1896 it was made a basilica. Stay overnight.
After breakfast, morning is at leisure. Later you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight for onward destination.