Ancient temples, palaces, paintings, Nature reserves, caves, Kanchipuram silk, colonial cities, handicrafts, spice plantations, tea estates, wild life, Western Ghats, Historic Fort Cochin & Goa; their monuments and beaches.
Arrive Chennai and drive directly to Mahabalipuram visiting Kanchipuram enroute. Kanchipuram (64 kms from Chennai AKA Madras) is the ancient capital of the Pallavas. Famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy will interest you.
Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks – Kanchipuram Silk. Overnight Mahabalipuram.
Visit Mahabalipraum. The city of Mahabalipuram is famous for the seven pagodas. Here on the seashore is an interesting group of ancient rock cut temples which are the examples of excellent Dravidian style of Architecture. Overnight Mahabalipuram.
Morning drive to Pondicherry. The capital of French India before independence, Pondicherry traces its origin to Sage Agasthya, the revered sage of the South. Excavations near-by reveal that a Roman settlement existed here 2000 years ago. It was the theatre of many a battle between the British. Overnight Pondicherry.
Morning drive to Thanjavur. Later visit the city. The beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeeshwara 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 a visit to South India. Overnight Thanjavur.
Full day excursion of Trichy. Trichy was the citadel of the Chola dynasty in the medieval period. In the 18th century it witnessed the Carnatic wars fought between the French and the English. Lord Robert Clive’s house is still maintained and so is the Danish Church. The Rock-Fort is the landmark of Trichy. A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva temple. Overnight Madurai.
Morning city tour. Visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams (rising high above the surrounding country side). Later, visit the Tirumala Nayak Palace – A gracious building in the Indo saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes & arches. Also visit the Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple. Overnight Madurai.
Morning drive to Thekkady, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Your journey to Thekkady is through breathtaking, winding, dense rubber, etc; do not forget your camera. A morning boat ride along the Periyar Lake is the best way to experience the sanctuary. Visit the Spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee and tea estates. On your way back to hotel, you can shop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices. As an additional option, you can also try guided Nature walk in the forest. whole day bamboo rafting in the Tiger Reserve, visit tribal villages etc. If you feel you need an extra day, tell us while you drop an inquiry. Overnight thekkady.
Cochin AKA Kochi is a natural harbour created by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks(1300 AD great flood) whose quality ensures that the rougher the seas are outside the calmer the waters are within the Harbour. Vasco-da-Gama placed it on the world map. Fort Cochin a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, Dutch Cemetry, Sunset beach, art gallery, mosques & old Hindu temples, Chinese Fishing Nets. In the evening proceed for traditional Kathakali Dance Show. Reach early to watch make up session (need an extra night?) Overnight Cochin.
Get ready for a long drive. Wayanad, is a green paradise and is nestled among the mountains of the Western Ghats. This land is filled with history and culture. Should not miss the Idakkal Caves, Banasura Dam, Meenmutty Falls,Kuruvadweep, Pakshipathalam Bird Sanctuary, Pazhassi Raja Tomb etc.If you feel you need an extra day, tell us while you drop an inquiry. Overnight Wayanad.
The misty environs of Wayanad offer a wide range of trekking opportunities, plantation visits and wildlife tours. Kalpetta, 15 km away used to be a major Jain centre. Lakkidi, its gateway town, is popular for its plantation homestays. Tipu Sultan, the legendary ruler of Mysore who valiantly opposed the British, built a fort at Sultan Bathery 10 km away. Overnight Wayanad.
Morning drive to Mysore. Visit the palace of the Maharaja built in 1911-12. The palace is of harmonious syntheses of the Hindu and saracenic styles of architecture with archways, domes, turrets, colonnades and sculptures which are magnificent. Visit the Art Gallery; drive upto Chamundi hill to see Chamundeshwari Temple and a panoramic view of Mysore. On the way back, see the Nandi Bull. Overnight Mysore.
Morning drive to Hassan. After noonexcursion of Halebid and Belur. Full day excursion to Belur and Halebid. The Chenna Kesava temple of Belur built 900 years ago is an exquisite example of Hoysala art. Halebid’s 12th century Hoysaleswara. Hoysaleswara and Kedareswara temples are master pieces of Hindu art. On the return, if time permits, visit Sravanbelgola. At Sravanbelgola, hewn out of a single rock and visible from a distance of 25 kms is the statue of Lord Gomteshwara which is bathed with milk and honey once every 12 years. Overnight Hassan.
Morning drive to Hospet. Visit Chitradura Fort built in many stages between 10th to 18th centuries. Overnight Hospet.
The once beautiful capital city of Vijayanagar Empire – greater than Rome, had palaces, temples & sculptures, spread all over. The city was razed to the ground by the Sultanates of South in 1565. Some of the interesting ruins remaining are the Virupaksha, Vittala & Hazara Rama temples huge Ganesha and Narasimha images, the elephant stables, the Queen’s Bath, carvings on the Ramachandra temple & Lotus
Mahal. Overnight Hospet.
The driver will drop you at your resort in Goa.
This is only a sample itinerary. We can add and subtract days, add or cut down places. If you feel that you need a break in between to relax, we can take you to the backwaters of Alappuzha for an over night houseboat stay.