South India Exotic - 18N/ 19D
Explore the exotic beauty of southern region of India with South India Exotic Tour as it attracts numerous tourists and vacationers throughout the year. South India Tours offers you an embarrassment of extremely beautiful tourist destinations like enthralling backwaters, unmatched beauty, gorgeous beaches and forests along with the canopies of coconuts, lagoons, the shimmering waters, sanctuaries, canals, captivating hills, customs and its rich history of culture and heritage that will definitely awe you.
South India Exotic Tour itinerary will take you to the south India terrific temples tour to the stone fixed temples of Mahabalipuram, Trichy and Madurai in Tamil Nadu which portrays some the greatest ambitious and nuances of the Hindu mythology. Additionally, the South India Exotic Tour takes you to explore the union territories of southern India i.e. Mysore, Hassan, are the historical and heritage destinations of Karnataka which are globally known for their beautiful and reminiscent of all ruins in Karnataka.
Explore the most popular and renowned carvings and fresco styled paintings in the terrific temples of kailasanatha, kanchipuram and ekambareshwara dedicated to lord Shiva through the South India Tours. Besides terrific temples other most popular tourist destinations in south India are enthralling backwaters, beautiful beaches, unmatched beauty, wildlife sanctuaries, canals, captivating hills, and the shimmering waters along with its rich culture and customs acts as tourist’s hotspots.
This South India Exotic Tour will give you the plenty of opportunity to get up close with its hodgepodge of rich cultures, geological magnificence and divine aroma of tea and spices, beautiful nature. Terminate your rich cultural experience with time for relaxation.
Trip at a Glance
Day 1: Bengaluru
Day 2: Bengaluru -Hassan
Day 3: Hassan - Belur - Halibedu
Day 4: Hassan - Madikeri
Day 5: Madikeri - Mysore
Day 6: Mysore - Somnathpur - Chamundi Hills
Day 7: Mysore - Calicut
Day 8: Calicut - Cochin
Day 9: Cochin
Day 10: Cochin - Alleppey
Day 11: Alleppey - Periyar
Day 12: Periyar - Madurai
Day 13: Madurai
Day 14: Madurai - Trichy - Tanjore
Day 15: Trichy - Tanjore
Day 16: Trichy - Mahabalipuram
Day 17: Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram
Day 18: Mahabalipuram - Chennai
Day 19: Chennai
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Day 1 Bengaluru
On arrival you will be greeted and escorted by IPR's Staff to hotel.
Overnight at Sandesh Kingston or Similar Hotel.
Day 2 Bengaluru – Hassan
After breakfast proceed for the city tour of Bengaluru later proceed to Hassan
There are numerous versions related to the naming of the city as 'Bangalore'. As per the information available in the Gazetteer of India, the term 'Bangalore' is an anglicized version of "Bengalooru," a Kannad term. The word Bengalooru was in turn derived from the phrase 'bende kaalu ooru', meaning 'the town of boiled beans'. There is story behind naming the city as the 'town of boiled beans'.
It is said that King Ballala of the Hoysala dynasty once got lost in the jungle and was very tired and hungry. In the jungle, he came across a poor and old woman, who offered him some boiled beans. As an expression of his gratitude towards the woman, the King named the place as 'bende kaalu ooru'. However, there are other historical evidences that reveal that the name 'Bengalooru' was recorded much before the reign of King Ballalannai. On arrival check in to the hotel.
Overnight stay at the hotel Southern Star or Similar Hotels
Day 3 Hassan – Belur – Halibedu
After breakfast visit the temples of Belur and Halibedu. Belur was the early capital of the Hoysala Empire. With Halebidu which is only 16 km away, this is one of the major tourist destinations in Karnataka, India. Belur is located in Hassan district. According to inscriptions discovered here, it was also referred to as Velapuri.
The main attraction in Belur is the Chennakeshava temple complex which contains the Chennakesava Temple (dedicated to Chennakeshava, meaning handsome Vishnu) as the centre piece, surrounded by the Kappa Chennigraya temple built by Shantaladevi, queen of king Vishnuvardhana.
Overnight Stay at Southern Star or similar hotels
Day 4 Hassan – Madikeri
After breakfast drive to Madikeri on arrival check in to the hotel, Later proceed for city tour of Madikeri. . Madikeri, the district headquarters of Coorg, is situated at an elevation of 1525m. The town is dotted with red-tiled bungalows and has an old charm about it. The people of Coorg are Hindus belonging to the Kshatriya community and are known for their patriotism.
Madikeri or Mercara the Scotland of India was founded in 1681 by Muddu Raja, the prince of the Haleri dynasty and was hence named as Muddurajakeri, which later became Madikeri.
The origin of the Coorgs is shrouded in mystery. Some theories range from Coorgs being the descendants of Alexander the Great who invaded India to a band of kurds who fled from Iraq to escape conversion to Islam. There is no scientific theory to establish the origin of this martial race.
Overnight Stay at Hotel Le Oorg or Similar Hotels
Day 5 Madikeri – Mysore
After breakfast drive to Mysore and on arrival check in to the hotel. Afternoon visit the palace
The word Mysore is a corrupted version of "mysooru", which is derived from the word "mahishur" or "Mahishasurana Ooru", which means the town of Mahishasura in Kannada, the local language. Mysore has been associated with the Puranic story found in the Devi Bhagavatha. According to the story in the Devi Purana, Mysore was ruled by the demon Kind Mahishasura. Mahishasura was a buffalo-headed monster. In response to the prayer by the Gods and Goddesses to save them from the demon, Goddess Parvathi, took birth as Chamundeshwari and killed the monster on top of the Chamundi hill near Mysore. Hence the hill and the city have the names Chamundi Hill and Mysore respectively.
Overnight Stay at Sandesh The Price or Simil ar Hotels
Day 6 Mysore – Somnathpur – Chamundi Hill
The Hoysala temple at Somnathpur is regarded as perfect in symmetry with exquisite stone carvings. The Somnathpur temple stands in the middle of a walled compound. All around the temple is an open verandah having 64 cells. The stellar shaped temple has carved pinnacles and a common Navranga. It stands on a raised platform. During the initial period, the three sanctums had beautifully carved idols of Kesava, Venugopala and Janardhana. Though the idols of Venugopala and Janardhana are still there, the one of Kesava is missing.
Overnight stay at Sandesh The Price or Similar Hotels
Day 7 Mysore – Calicut
Kozhikode also known as Calicut is a city in the state of Kerala in southern India on the Malabar Coast. Kozhikode is the third largest city in Kerala and is part of the second largest urban agglomeration in Kerala with a metropolitan population of 2,030,519 as per 2011 census The city lies about 380 kilometers (236 mi) north of the state capital Thiruvananthapuram.
During classical antiquity and the middle Ages, Kozhikode was dubbed the "City of Spices" for its role as the major trading point of eastern it was the capital of an independent kingdom ruled by the Samoothiris (Zamora’s) in Middle Ages and later of the erstwhile Malabar District under British rule. Arab merchants traded with the region as early as 7th century, and Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed at Calicut on 20 May 1498, thus opening a trade route between Europe and Malabar. A Portuguese factory and fort was intact in Kozhikode for short period (1511–1525, until the Fall of Calicut), the English landed in 1615 (constructed a trading post in 1665), followed by the French (1698) and the Dutch (1752). In 1765, Mysore captured Calicut as part of its occupation of Malabar Coast. Calicut, once a famous cotton-weaving center, gave its name to the Calico cloth.
Overnight stay at Vasco Da Gama or Similar Hotels
Day 8 Calicut – Cochin
After breakfast drive to Cochin and on arrival check in to hotel. Cochin has been variously hailed as Queen of the Arabian Sea, Venice of Orient, etc. Some choose to call it simply a museum city for its rich past and colorful present.
Overnight in hotel Abaam or Similar Hotels.
Day 9 Cochin
After breakfast proceed for city tour of Cochin After breakfast sightseeing of Cochin, a city till today influenced by medieval Portugal, Holland and England You visit St. Francis Sightseeing Cochin - Chinese Fishing Nets Church, the Mattancherry Palace or "Dutch Palace" (closed on Fridays and Saturdays) And the amazing Chinese fishing nets. You also see the Jew City with the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays and Saturdays), constructed in 1568, with hand-painted, willow-pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in the mid-18th century by a Rabbi, who had trading interest in that city. In the evening enthrall yourself with a special presentation of the colorfully costumed Kathakali Dance Drama in a local theatre.
Overnight stay at Abaam or Similar Hotels.
Day 10 Cochin - Alleppey
After breakfast drive to the jetty to board House boat (Kettuvallom) on the World-famous Backwaters of Kerala.
"Kettu" literally means to tie up and "Velum" means “boats". The boats played a major role in the economic development of ancient Kerala, moving cargo and men from the very nook and corner of otherwise unreachable area, cutting across the length and breadth of the land.
Enjoy your overnight stay in Kettuvallom.
Day 11 Alleppey – Thekkady
After breakfast on the rice boat (Kettuvallom) get down at Kumarakom and drive to Periyar National Park, which is a unique wildlife sanctuary and is about 780 sq. km centered on an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River. On arrival check in at the hotel
In the evening, enjoy the visit to Spice Plantation.
Overnight at Coffee Routes or Similar hotel.
Day 12 Alleppey – Madurai
Today morning, enjoy Boat ride in Periyar Tiger Reserve. It is an example of nature's bounty, with great scenic charm, rich bio diversity and providing veritable visitor satisfaction. Later drive to Madurai.
Madurai, the cultural capital of Tamilnadu with the Dravidian culture reached its zenith in art, architecture, palaces and temple buildings. Once the capital of powerful Nayaka kings, a bustling city packed with pilgrims, businessmen, bullock carts and legions of rickshaw pullers
On arrival transfer to the Hotel Astoria By sparsha or similar hotels
Day 13 Madurai
After breakfast visit the city that offers a grand ceremonial tank of water called Mariamma with its temple in the middle. Meenakshi Devi temple
Also visit the famous Meenakshi Temple that is an outstanding example of Vijay nagar temple architecture.
Visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace, a palace in Indo Saracenic style built in 1636, with huge domes and 240 columns rising to 12 m, a beautiful garden and an attached museum.
In the evening, again visit Meenakshi temple to watch the night ceremony, which is a hive of activity, colorfully decorated temple elephant, flower sellers and performances by musicians.
Overnight in the hotel Astoria By sparsha or similar hotels
Day 14 Madurai – Trichy - Tanjore
After breakfast drive to Trichy. On arrival in Trichy, visit the Rock Fort and also do the excursion to Srirangam the big temple city, which lies on an island on the Kaveri.
After the visit continue drive towards Tanjore. On arrival check in to the hotel.
Overnight at Star Residency or similar hotels
Day 15 Trichy to Tanjore
After breakfast drive tanjore and on arrival, visit Brihadisvara Temple, which is the Jewel of South India, built in 9th century. The magnificent main temple has a 62 meter height Tanjoremana (tallest in India), which is topped by dome carved from an 80 ton lock of granite. A 6.5-km long wooden ramp was built to climb it. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva.
After the visit drive to drive to hotel
Overnight stay at Star Residency or similar hotels
Day 16 Trichy – Mahabalipuram
After breakfast drive to Mahabalipuram. Mamallapuram also called Mahabalipuram or Seven Pagodas, historic town, northeast Tamil Nadu state, southeastern India. It lies along the Bay of Bengal 37 miles (60 km) south of Chennai (Madras). The town’s religious centre was founded by a 7th-century-ce Hindu Pallava king, Narasimhavarman, also known as Mamalla, for whom the town was named. Ancient Chinese, Persian, and Roman coins found at Mamallapuram point to its earlier existence as a seaport. It contains many surviving 7th- and 8th-century Pallava temples and monuments, chief of which are the sculptured rock relief popularly known as “Arjuna’s Penance” or “Descent of the Ganges,” a series of sculptured cave temples, and a Shiva temple on the seashore. The town’s five rathas, or monolithic temples, are the remnants of seven temples, for which the town was known as Seven Pagodas. The entire assemblage collectively was designated a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1984. Mamallapuram is a resort and tourist centre. It contains a college offering instruction in architecture and temple sculpture.
Overnight at Hotel Mamalla Heritage or similar hotels
Day 17 Mahabalipuram – Kanchipuram
After breakfast drive to Kanchipuram, Kancheepuram District had been administered by the Pallavas, Cholas, Vijayanagar rulers, Muslim Kings, and the British before Independence.
Tondaimandalam was an ancient division of Tamil country comprising roughly the present districts of Kancheepuram, Chennai, Tiruvallur, Vellore and Tiruvannamalai. The capital of Thondaimandalam was Kancheepuram.
The Major breakthrough in the district administration was in 1788 when, for the first time, Collector was appointed to the district. The district was split up into two divisions, Northern and Southern and placed fewer than two Collectors. The names of the Collectors during 1790's were Clerk and Balfour.
Lionel Place, the Collector in (1794-1799), created the posts of Sharistadars under the control of the Collector. Clerks were also appointed to assist the Sharistadars. The famous Madurantakam and Uthiramerur tanks were created by Place.
Later proceed back to Mahabalipuram to visit the magnificent rock temples and carvings Visit Five Rathas, the Shore Temple & Bhagirathi’s Penance.
Overnight stay at Mamalla Heritage or similar hotels
Day 18 Mahabalipuram – Chennai
After breakfast drive to Chennai The history of Chennai illustrates that the city is about 400 years old and is also the 36th metropolitan city all across the world. The historical past of the city begins from the ancient rulers which were there in South India through colonization to the development in the 20th century. The Kapaleeshwarar temple, the Pallava Port and the Parthasarathi Temple of the 7th century are the effervescent facts to prove that the Chennai city has been present since the time immemorial. In early days though, Chennai was a group of many villages, hovering among the paddy fields, outlined by palm trees. The city was ruled by all the well-known dynasties of South India such as the Pallavas, the Cholas, the Pandyas and the Vijaynagar kingdom. However, it was in the beginning of the 16th century that things started to shape up for the future.
It all started with the Portuguese, who came here in 1522 and constructed a port known as Sao Tome, after the Christian apostle, St. Thomas. Then in 1612 came the Dutch, who settled near Pulicat, the northern part of the city, followed by the East India Company. The previous name Madras which was taken from Madrasapattnam was the site selected by the British East India Company for an enduring settlement in 1639. This conurbation was set up by the two merchants of the East India Company, Francis Day and Andrew Cogan, to establish the factory. Besides this, a colony was built to serve as the headquarters, which got completed on 23rd April 1640, also known as St George's Day, and hence it was called as St. George's Fort. Later on, the province was formally called as the George Town which included various over-crowded streets with particular businesses, serving the British.
In Chennai visit Kapaleshvara Temple dedicated to God Shiva and offers a good example of South Indian colorful temple architecture. Fort St. George & the 16th century Portuguese old Cathedral of St. Thomas Church in which the remnants of St. Thomas is buried who came to India in 52 AD.
Overnight stay at Hotel Spring or Similar Hotel
Day 19 Chennai departure
On time transfer to the international airport to connect flight back home.
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Accommodation in well-appointed rooms with TWN/DBL room basis.
Assistance, toll, taxes
Transport services as per itinerary by A/C Medium Car for Package.
Daily Breakfast in Hotels
All Meals in House Boat
Guides / Entrances
Extra Supplements from Hotels.
Meals other than specified.
Items of personal nature viz. telephone calls, drinks, laundry bills, etc.
Anything which is not mentioned under “INCLUDES” header
05% Government Service Tax.
Above rate are net and non-commissionable to you.
Cost is based on 02 passengers travelling.
Check in 1400 hrs. and check out 1200hrs
Rooms in Munnar and Thekkady are Non Air Conditioned due to their High Altitude.
All meals inclusive for 1 night on the houseboat.
Air Conditioning operational times in AC Deluxe Houseboat will be from 09:00 pm to 06:00 am.
Air Conditioning operational times in AC Premium Houseboat will be from check in to check out.
Houseboat cruising time will be from 12:30 - 05:00 pm and 08:00 am to 09:00 am.
Dutch palace (Closed on Fridays) 08.00Hrs- 17.00Hrs
Jewish synagogue (Closed on Friday, Saturdays) 10.00Hrs-13.00 & 15.00hrs-17.00hrs)
Jewish synagogue (Closed on Friday, Saturdays) 10.00Hrs-13.00 & 15.00hrs-17.00hrs)
St. Francis church (Closed on Sundays) 09.30hrs-17.00hrs
David hall- (Closed on Monday) 09.30hrs-17.00hrs
Indo Portuguese museum (Closed on Mondays)
Santa cruz basilica (Closed on Sunday)
Spice market (Closed on Sunday)
All Monuments and Museum closed on Monday and Public holidays
Rooms are subject to available at the time of booking.
Keeping with the heightened security procedures at all hotels and House boat/Day cruise we request all guests to carry a photo-identity with address proof to present at check-in. Foreign nationals are required to present their Passport and valid visa. Indian nationals can present any one of the following: Passport, Driving License, Voter ID card, Aadhaar Card or Bank Pass Book with Photograph. Pan cards are not allowed.
Air - condition is switched off in hilly regions.
Early check-ins or late check-outs will be subject to availability and charged as per hotel policy.
The rates are valid for the dates of travel and hotels as indicated.
In case of any change in the dates of travel, amendment or rerouting of itinerary, change in hotels/room types, the costs will vary accordingly.
In the event of circumstances/situations such as road blockage due to strike/agitation, natural calamities, sickness evacuation, delay/cancellation of train/flight etc. Also, due to monsoon rains and extreme weather patterns journey time can vary enormously at all times of year, which is beyond our control
05 % GST Excluded.
Diwali & Christmas Peak season supplementary hike as per actual basis.