South India Nature and Devotional Tour
Duration15 Nights / 16 Days
Destination CoveredBangalore – Srirangapatnam – Mysore – Ooty – Conoor – Kodaikanal – Madurai – Rameshwaram – Tiruchendur – Kanyakumari – Trivandrum – Kovalam
Day 1: Bangalore
Upon arrival at the Bangalore International Airport, our representative will meet you and assist you with the airport formalities. Thence you will be escorted by a private car to your hotel for check-in. While the check-in formalities are in progress, our representative will brief you about the tour and what to expect in next sixteen days. Once, the hotel transfer formalities are completed, the representative will hand you the documents and will leave you to enjoy the rest of the day as you please. You can spend the day resting in your premium hotel room and in the evening you can take a stroll to the local markets. The day will end with the overnight stay at the hotel in Bangalore.
Day 2: Bangalore
After breakfast, you will be taken to sightseeing in the Bangalore, rightly known as City of Gardens. You will be taken to visit Lal Bagh, a blooming park which consists of a large variety of flora, with huge collection of rare and exotic plants. This renowned park also contains a deer park. From there, you will be taken to Cubbon Park, a huge garden with and a popular picnic spot. Enjoy the peace and nature right at the centre of a thriving city. Afterwards, reach the famous Nandi Temple (Bull Temple), a temple carved in Dravidian architectural fashion, where you can find a colossal bull statue created from a single granite rock. From there, you will be taken to visit Bangalore Palace, an excellent example of architecture and history. Visit Vidhan Soudha and enjoy its exemplary architecture, then visit Tipu's Palace, a relic of the regal history of the city. Sri Gavi Gangadhareshwara will be the next sight, a cave temple for Lord Shiva. In the evening, visit Ulsoor Lake for a calm and relaxing walk. End your day with overnight stay at the hotel in Bangalore.
Day 3: Bangalore - Srirangapatnam - Mysore (140 kms: 3 - 4 hrs)
Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel before checking out to visit your next destination â€“ Mysore. On the way, stop at Srirangapatnam, a town of cultural and historical importance, to visit the fort and temple. Afterwards, continue the journey to reach Mysore, also called the City of Palaces. This royal city has perfectly balanced the modern and traditional. The city mystically finds it way in Indian mythology as the place, where the demon Mahishasur was slain by the Goddess Chamunda. Here you can find some of the finest handicrafts, spices, incenses and sandalwood. Upon arrival you will be transferred to your hotel for little rest and sumptuous lunch. After lunch, spend time visiting the local market, Brindavan Garden, musical fountain, and other local places of interest. Retire to your hotel for relaxed sleep.
04 Day: Mysore - Ooty (165 kms: 3 - 4 hrs)
The day will start with the delicious breakfast at hotel after which you will be taken to explore the city. Visit the Maharajaâ€™s Palace, a symbol of the regal past of the city, its architecture, culture and religion. With intricately carved wooden work, royal domes, ornate ceilings, embellished throne and temples, the palace speaks of its royalty. Afterwards, visit the majestic St. Philomena's Church, which is nearly two centuries old and has agothic design. Stop at folklore museum and art gallery and visit Chamundi Hill to pay homage to the goddess at Chamundeshwari Temple. Later drive to Ooty, transfer to hotel, and spend the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Ooty.
05 Day: Ooty
After breakfast you will be taken to the Botanical garden, located at the heart of the hill station. The garden houses hundreds of species of plants and trees. The main attraction is a fossil tree believed to be 20 million year old. Thousands of flowers are blooming in the garden. Next visit to Ooty lake, a large manmade lake bordered by hills and trees. Enjoy boating at the lake. Also visit to the Fern hill Palace, Ooty Golf Links, Dodabetta Peak and Pine Forest. Return to the hotel in Ooty for your overnight stay.
06 Day: Ooty - Conoor - Ooty (1 hr drive)
On the morning of the sixth day, after breakfast, you will journey to Coonoor on a toy train from Ooty. Enjoy the scenic beauty that runs past you as you travel through the train. The rock-strewn terrain of Nilgiri hill, forest covered slopes, stretches of tree plantation and lush green valley. Upon reaching Coonoor, spend time exploring this hill station of natural beauty and breezy climate. Dolphins Nose, Catherine Falls, Lambs Rock and Highfield Tea Estate are some of the attractions of the place. Return back too Ooty by private car and enjoy the rest of the evening at your leisure. Overnight stay at Ooty in your comfortable hotel room.
07 Day: Ooty - Kodaikanal (235 kms: 6 - 7 hrs)
After breakfast, the tour will start with the journey from Ooty to Kodaikanal on private car. Enjoy the natural beauty on your way. Reach Kodaikanal and check-in to the hotel. The evening is free for relaxation and leisure. Later in the evening, visit the Kodai Lake, a manmade lake of immense beauty. Stay overnight at the hotel in Kodaikanal.
08 Day: Kodaikanal
After breakfast, the sightseeing tour of this beautiful - Princess of Hill Stations will start. Take the Coakers Walk to enjoy the beautiful view of the plains. Bryant Park, Kodai Astrophysical Observatory, Bear Shola Falls, Fairy Falls, Pillar Rocks, Green Valley View, and Silver Cascade Waterfalls are some of the major attraction for sightseeing. Overnight stay at hotel in Kodaikanal.
09 Day: Kodaikanal - Madurai (150 kms: 3 hrs)
After breakfast you will be driven to Madurai, whereupon you will be transferred to hotel. The rest of the day will spend in sightseeing at Madurai. Visit museums and Koodal Alagar Temple. Later visit to Vandiyur Mariamman Teepakulam. Stay overnight at hotel in Madurai.
10 Day: Madurai
After breakfast, you will be taken to visit the major attractions in Madurai. This old city is the centre of historical, religious and cultural amalgamation. It is also referred to as â€˜Athens of the Eastâ€™. The tour will start by visiting Meenakshi Sundareshwar, dedicated to goddess Parvati. Afterwards, the tour will continue to visit two other important temples - Tiruparankundram Murugan and Palamuthirsolai Murugan. Later in the evening reach Meenakshi Sundareshwar to witness the evening aarti and rites. Retire in your hotel room for a relaxing sleep.
11 Day: Madurai - Rameshwaram (172 kms: 4 hrs)
After a hearty breakfast, you will be driven to Rameshwaram, a city of religious importance. It is a major pilgrimage site of South India, often referred to as the â€˜Varanasi of South. Upon arrival, check in to the hotel. Visit Ramanathaswamy Temple. Later in the evening, visit Ram Setu, a bridge fabled to build by Lord Rama and his army, in order to cross the ocean to reach Lanka and resuce Maa Sita. Return to the hotel for a scrumptious dinner and stay overnight.
12 Day: Rameshwaram - Tiruchendur - Kanyakumari (250 kms: 6 hrs)
Early after breakfast, revisit the Ram Setu (Adamâ€™s bridge), which is also believed to be travelable by foot, until fifteenth century. Later, drive to the farthest point in the South of mainland India â€“ Kanyakumari. On the way, visit renowned Tiruchendur temple. Upon reaching Kanyakumari, transfer to hotel. The city is the centre of arts, traditions and religion. It also has some exemplary beaches where you can enjoy the sunrise and sunset. Later in the day, visit Kumari Amman Temple and other iconic monuments of the city. Overnight stay in Kanyakumari.
13 Day: Kanyakumari - Trivandrum - Kovalam (105 kms: 2 Â½ hours)
Early morning, get ready to witness the most enchanting sunrise view. Enjoy breakfast in your hotel and relax for rest of the morning. Later, you will be driven to Kovalam, via Trivandrum. Trivanduram has some of the beautiful temples and monuments. Visit Padmanabhaswamy Swami Temple. Later the journey will continue towards Kovalam. Transfer to a beach resort, and spend the rest of the day getting a relaxing Ayurveda massage or enjoying water sports. Overnight at Kovalam.
14 Day: Kovalam
After breakfast, the whole day is dedicated to enjoy the beach activities. You can either simply lie on the warm sandy beaches or enjoy water sports like kayaking, skiing and surfing. Visit local markets to buy handicrafts and other souvenirs of your journey. Get an Ayurveda massage to relax and rejuvenate your body and senses. Overnight stay at Kovalam
15 Day: Kovalam
You can never get enough of the warm sandy beaches of Kovalam, its azure water and palm fringes. Therefore, the second day at Kovalam is again dedicated to enjoy the beach activities and water sports. Spend the whole day on the beach, enjoying various beach activities and getting. To relax your mind and remove the exhaustion of the long journey, get the Ayurveda massage. Overnight stay at the beach resort in Kovalam.
16 Day: Kovalam - Trivandrum (16 kms: Â½ hrs) - Hometown (By Air)
In the morning, enjoy your breakfast at the resort, before checking out. Afterwards, you will be driven to Trivandrum airport from where you will take a flight to New Delhi, for taking a flight to your home city.