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The Southern Splendor !!

South India Explored : 17 Nights & 18 Days
Destinations of The Southern Splendor : Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Madurai, Periyar, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Cochin, Ooty, Coonoor, Mysore, Hassan, Bangalore

Day 01 Chennai

Arrival at Chennai.
You will be greeted on arrival at the Airport.
Our representative will help you with your transfer to your hotel where you can relax.

Briefing (Chennai): Chennai is the largest city in Tamil Nadu and is located on the southeastern coast of India. The city was formerly known as Madras and was established by the British. They developed it into a significant urban center and naval base. Around 20th century, Chennai became an important administrative headquarter and the capital of Madras Presidency. The growth and expansion of British Empire led to development of the city. It has been endowed with the rich heritage of art and culture. It is for this reason that Chennai is also called as the 'Gateway to South India'. The city been blessed with the wealth of arts and literature. It is famous for its various cultural events, showcasing the performing arts such as Dance, Music and Drama at its best. Tamil literature is very rich in content and preaches ancient morals and values. Chennai is also popular for the glitz and glamour of Kollywood, the 'Tamil film industry'. Many Tamil films have won acclaim in the international film festivals and have brought fame to India.

Check in at hotel and stay overnight.

Day 02 Chennai

ChennaiEnjoy a leisurely breakfast at the resort.

Proceed for city tour of Chennai in the morning after breakfast visiting Santhome Cathedral, Fort St. George, and Kapaleeswarar Temple.

Santhome Cathedral. The National Shrine of St. Thomas Basilica is built over the tomb of Apostle St. Thomas. St. Thomas one of the twelve Apostles of Jesus Christ A.D.52, martyred in A.D.72 and was buried here in Mylapore. There are only three basilicas built over the tomb on an apostle. St. Peter’s Rome and t. Jame’s at Spain (Compestella, Santiago) are the other two. There is an underground tomb chapel below the Basilica. His Holiness Pope John Paul II visited and prayed at this tomb on 5th February 1986. St. Thomas who brought Christianity to India considered to b the Father of Indian Christianity. Pilgrims and visitors from all over the world visit this shrine through out the year. The shrine is in the heart of the City of Chennai (old Madras) at a place called Mylapore.

Fort St. George: St. George Fort is located on the banks of Bay of Bengal. It was built by the British East India Company in 1640 AD. The fort is believed to be the first establishment of the British in India. It is a military architecture marvel, which was erected as a trading post and later evolved to be the origin of modern Indian Army. Situated in the coastal state of Tamil Nadu, this ancient monument is worth watching on your trip to Chennai. St. George Fort holds great historical importance and is looked after by the Archaeological Survey of India. Towards the end of the 17th century, the East India Company was established by the British. Their main aim behind this was trade and economic activities. After this, the company was looking for a permanent trading station. Their dream was realized when they acquired the land on which the fort stands today. The company built the fort on this land and expanded their activities. It served as a home away from home for the officials of the East India Company. This helped in the development of the city of Madras.

The Fort Museum, once a building that housed Chennai's first lighthouse, first commercial bank and first 'club', is now a well-kept repository of tangible memories of early Madras.

Kapaleeswarar Temple: The Kapleeswarar temple is an emblem of Dravidian style and architecture. The notable feature of this structure is the 37-meter tall Gopuram, i.e., the pyramidical shaped temple top trying to touch the ultimate cool blue-sky surface which is spread all over the universe. As you enter the temple you can view a sculpture, which has an interesting story behind it. It is believed that a saint known as Gnanasambandar sung and brought a dead girl back to life. The goddess Parvati is believed to be the wife of Shiva according to the Hindu religious belief. Here in this Kapaleeshwarar temple you can view goddess Parvati been depicted as peacock and she is worshipping the lingam or the idol of Lord Shiva. You can also see the bronze carvings of the 63-Shaivate saints, which are carried in procession during the Aruvathumoovar festival.

Return back to the hotel and overnight at Chennai.

Day 03 Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram

By Road
Distance 76 kms / 2 hrs

Have a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel and later proceed for Mahabalipuram, en-route Kanchipuram.

Briefing (Kanchipuram): Kanchipuram, 70kms south of Chennai is one of the most respected place of the Hindus. Considered sacred, the city forms an integral part of the Golden Triangle of South India consisting of Chennai and Mahabalipuram in addition. It was once the seat of learning of the great Shankaracharya, the famous Advaita philosopher. The city is counted among the seven holiest sacred cities and thought to be next to Varanasi in popularity among the devotees. Kanchipuram was the capital of different Dynasties in succession from the Pallavas to the Cholas and the Rayas of Vijayanagar. It was during the rule of the Pallavas some where between 6th and 7th century that the magnificent temples were erected. Prominent in present times for the hand-woven silk fabrics, tourists travel the city regularly from all over India and abroad.

Continue your drive to Mahabalipuram which is also known as Mamallapuram. Reach and check in at the hotel and spend sometime relaxing at the beach.

Briefing (Mahabalipuram): A few miles south of Chennai, at Mahabalipuram, on the sandy shores of the Bay of Bengal, a beautiful group of rock-cut monuments evokes the past. This ancient seaport was once the main harbor and naval base of the great Pallava Empire and is today the site of an enchanting seaside assemblage of temples and shrines. It was well known in the 1st century known to Greek traders, and was the Pallava’s second city. Though their power waned nearly 1200 years ago, they left a breathtaking legacy in four distinct kinds of sculpture, Rathas (temple chariots), bas-relief sculptural panels, rock-cut caves, and free standing temples.

Overnight will be at the Hotel.

Day 04 Mahabalipuram - Chennai - Madurai

Mahabalipuram – Chennai
By Road Distance 76 kms/ 2 hrs
Chennai - Madurai
By Overnight Train
Train No. : 2637
Train Name : Pandian Express
Departure : 22:10 hrs
Arrival : 06:45 hrs

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast.

Later proceed for a sightseeing tour of Mahabalipuram visiting the Caves, Krishna Mandapam, Arjuna’s Penance, The Five Rathas, and the Shore Temple.

Caves: There are nine rock-cut temples. The Mahishasuramardhini cave, depicting the goddess fighting a demon on one side and Lord Vishnu's cosmic sleep on the other, is a particularly remarkable one.

Krishna Mandapam: It is a bas relief which is notable for its realistic representation. The panels relate to one of the stories of Lord Krisha. Stories out of the Indian version of Aesop’s Fables, the Panchatantra, are also carved on this rock. The eight rock-cut caves are carved with depictions of scenes from various legends.

Arjuna’s Penance: Arjuna's Penance (also referred to as the "Descent of the Ganges") is one of the largest bas-relief in the world. Arjuna, one of the Pandava brothers and a consummate archer, is shown standing on one leg, looking at the midday sun through a prism formed by his hands, mediating on Shiva, which is depicting the penance of Arjuna to obtain the legendary arrow Pasupathastra from Lord Shiva.

The Five Rathas: In a sandy compound 1.5km south of the village centre stands the stunning group of monoliths known as the Pancha Pandava rathas (the five chariots of the Panadavas). There are the five monolithic temples and four out of the five Rathas are supposed to have been carved out of a single rock. The "architecture" of the rathas reflects the variety of styles employed in temple building of the time, and stands almost as a model for subsequent development in the Dravida, or southern style.

Shore Temple: East of the village, a distinctive silhouette above the crashing ocean, Mahabalipuram's Shore Temple dates from the early eighth century and is considered to be the earliest stone-built temple in south India. The design of its two finely carved towers was profoundly influential. It consists of two sanctuaries dedicated to Shiva. This belongs to the early 8th century AD and it is a classic example of the first phase of structural temples constructed in pure Dravidian style.

After sightseeing proceed for Chennai to board overnight train for Madurai after dinner.

Day 05 Madurai

On arrival you will be met and transferred to the hotel. Have your breakfast and relax for some time.

Briefing (Madurai): One of South India's great temple towns, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old. Madurai was an important cultural and commercial centre even as early as 550 AD. It was the Capital city for the great Pandyas kings. Madurai’s Main attraction is the Famous Sri Meenakshi Amman temple a riotously baroque example of Dravidian architecture with Gopurams carved from top to bottom in a breathtaking profusion of multicolored images of Gods. Sri Meenakshi Amman temple dates back to 2000 Years back and designed in 1560 by Vishwanatha Nayaka and built during the reign of Tirumalai Nayaka. The Temple occupies an area of six hectares. There are 12 temple towers (Gopurams). The outer towers are the landmarks of Madurai.

After relaxing for sometime, proceed for a sightseeing tour of Madurai visiting the Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam, Gandhi Museum, and Meenakshi Amana Temple.

Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam: Vandiyur Mariamman Teppakulam is a huge temple tank about 5 km east of the Meenakshi temple. The mandapam in the centre has an idol of Vigneshwara (Vinayaka). It is said to have been found when the earth was being dug out from here to build the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal. So, the place attained sanctity and was converted into a Teppakulam (tank). This enormous temple tank is fed by water brought from the Vagai through an ingenious system of underground Channels, King Thirumalai Nayak born in 'Poosa' Star. So in commemorating the birth of the king “Float Festival” is conducted in Tamil Month 'Thai' (Jan/Feb) in the tank in a colorful way, which attracts thousands of tourists.

In the evening visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of Lord Shiva. Enjoy the EVENING AARTI which could be the highlight of the tour.

Return to the hotel and spend night at Madurai.

Day 06 Madurai - Periyar

PeriyarBy Road
Distance 150 kms / 3 hrs

Enjoy a leisurely break fast at the hotel.

Today we take you for sightseeing tour of the most wonderful architectural temple of Madurai visiting the Sri Meenakshi Amman Temple, and Thirumalai Nayak Palace

Sri Meenakshi Amman temple: The Meenakshi temple complex is one of the largest and certainly one of the most ancient. According to legend Madurai is the actual site where the wedding between Shiva and Meenakshi took place. The gigantic temple complex, the statues exploring the entire range of human emotions, everything here is larger than life. The soaring and exquisitely carved towers enclose the temple dedicated to Meenakashi. The south gateway contains the twin temples of Shiva and Meenakshi and is about nine storeys high.

Thirumalai Nayak Palace: This Palace was built in 1636 by King Thirumalai Nayak with the help of an Italian Architect. The building we see today was the main Palace where the King lived. The original Palace Complex was four times bigger than the present structure. This palace consisted mainly of two parts, namely Swargavilasa and Rangavilasa. In these two parts, there are royal residence, theatre, shrine, apartments, armoury, palanquin place, royal bandstand, quarters, pond and garden.

Later proceed for Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Briefing (Periyar): Four hours drive southward lying close to the plantations, in the rich jungles of Periyar in Thekkady is one of the world's most fascinating natural wildlife reserves - the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Spread across 777, of which 360 is thick evergreen forest. The river Periyar is the longest river in Kerala. This is the only perennial river in South India with clean water. The river occupies an important place in the history of Kerala. In the Sangam age Tamil epics such as Chilapathikaram, ‘Akananuru’, ‘Purananuru’ etc much has been said about this mighty river, formerly known as the ‘Choorni Nadi’ or ‘Thamraparni Nadi’ (Sukasandesam –stanza 66). A land route existed in the Sangam age from Mussuris (present-day Kodungalloor) to Madurai, which passed near the banks of the river Periyar. Noted for its geomorphology, diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, the Reserve attracts visitors from all over the world. Set high in the ranges of the Western Ghats, in Kerala, is the Periyar famous for its National Park. The park has a picturesque lake at the heart of the sanctuary. This is the only sanctuary in India where you can have the unique experience of viewing wildlife at close quarters from the safety of a boat on the lake. The greatest attraction of Periyar, however, is the herds of wild elephants that come down to play in the lake.

Overnight stay will be at Periyar.

Day 07 Periyar

Have a leisurely breakfast at the Hotel.

Today you will start at 05:30 am with a day package at Periyar. Day package at Periyar will include a small jungle, paddle boat ride at the lake, and a jeep safari.

Spend your night at Periyar.

Day 08 Periyar - Kumarakom

By Road
Distance 130 kms / 2 hrs

Have a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel.

Later proceed for Kumarakom.

Briefing (Kumarakom): Kumarakom is one of the most beautiful villages in the world. Foreign guests used to think that it is like a paradise. Kumarakom is a small village in Kerala, a group of little islands on the Vembanad Lake is an enchanting backwater destination and it forms a part of the Kuttanad Region. It is an unbelievably beautiful paradise of mangrove forests with emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with excellent waterways and canals adorned with while lilies. The Vembanad Lake is locale for many marine and freshwater fish species and it teems with Karimeen (Pearl spot), shrimp and prawns. The bird sanctuary extends over 14 acres, and came into existence subsequent preservation hard work from the government. It is a main tourist attraction. Kumarakom is a bird watchers paradise as it is the home to lots of migratory and resident bird species.

On arrival, we take you for a visit to the famous BIRD SANCTUARY and later proceed for the houseboat.

Check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat. The houseboat with all modern comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. You will have lunch, dinner and breakfast in the Houseboat. A ride on the houseboat is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.

Dinner will be on the boat. Overnight will be at Houseboat.

Day 09 Alleppey - Cochin

By Road
Distance 60 kms / 1 hrs

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast on board.

Later disembark the boat at Alleppey which is the finishing point.

Start your drive for Cochin.

Briefing (Cochin): Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea. From time immemorial, the Arabs, British, Chinese, Dutch, and Portuguese have left indelible marks on the history and development of Cochin. Over the years, Cochin has emerged as the commercial and industrial capital of Kerala and is perhaps the second most important city on the west coast of India (after Mumbai/Bombay). Cochin is proud of its world class port and international airport that link it to many major cities worldwide.

Later proceed visit the Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow etc. are also nice for sightseeing. Take a boat ride in the harbour watching the dolphins playing and enjoying the city from the water.

Overnight will be at Cochin.

Day 10 Cochin

Enjoy a leisurely break fast.

Later proceed for a sightseeing tour of Cochin visiting the Chinese Fishing Nets, and Jewish Synagogue.

Chinese Fishing Nets: Legend has it that the Chinese Fishing Nets were introduced in Fort Kochi by the Chinese explorer, Zheng He. The Chinese Fishing Nets work on the principal of balance. They were brought from the court of Chinese emperor, Kublai Khan and have been in operation here since that time only. The Chinese fishing nets at Fort Kochi, located in the Kochi city of Kerala, make up a very popular tourist attraction. They are fixed land installations, which are used for a very unique and unusual method of fishing. Operated from the shore, these nets are set up on bamboo and teak poles which work on the principal of balance and held horizontally by huge mechanisms, which lower them into the sea. They look somewhat like hammocks and are counter-weighed by large stones tied to ropes.

Jewish Synagogue: The Jewish Synagogue in Kochi is the faultless blend of tradition with architecture with loopholes from where the rich culture of India can seep in.The Kochi Jewish Synagogue was built in 1568, and conserved till today. The synagogue is covered with beautifully painted Chinese tiles. The amazing fact is that no two tiles resemble each other. The interiors are beautifully decorated with Belgian chandeliers and grand lighting. The synagogue has a collection of the souvenirs that were presented to the kings of Kochi as a token of love and affection.

Return back to the hotel for lunch and relax for sometime.

In the evening proceed for KATHAKALI DANCE PRESENTATION. Over night stay at hotel.

Day 11 Cochin - Ooty

By Road
Distance 290 kms / 6 hrs

Start your day with a sumptuous break fast at the hotel.

Later proceed for the hill station Ooty.

Briefing (Ooty): Ootacamund, Ooty or more recently Udhagamandalam, call it what you like, still translates to a little town set on the stepped slopes of the Niligiris, the oldest mountain range in India. Located 2240 meters, above sea level, the soothing clime and rustic setting gift Ooty a charm of its own. The verdant tea gardens and the rolling hills exude a pleasantness that will calm the high-strung city dweller and soothe his senses with the fragrance of eucalyptus and sandalwood that hangs in the air.

Reach and check in at the hotel. Relax and overnight will be at Ooty.

Day 12 Ooty - Conoor - Ooty

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Enjoy the sightseeing of Ooty.

Botanical Gardens: The gardens consist of 22 hectares of beautifully maintained gardens which include numerous mature species as well as an Italian and a Japanese garden. A major attraction is the fossil tree trunk believed to be 20 million years old. The gardens host an annual flower show during the third weekend of May, when you can feast your eyes on a plethora of colour and buy exotic flower seeds at a bargain price. During this weekend, car parking is in a field a kilometer away, and is an uphill walk back.

St Stephen’s Church: This is the oldest church in Ooty and was consecrated in 1830. The huge wooden beams inside came from Tipu Sultan’s palace in Srirangapatnam 120km away, hauled by a team of elephants. The mortal remains of John Sullivan, the pioneer of Ooty, lie in the cemetery behind.

Later proceed for Coonoor and enjoy a Toy Train ride.

Briefing (Coonoor): is the second largest hill station in the Nilgiris. It stands on a lower ridge of the main plateau at an altitude of 1839 meters. Its climate is milder than Ooty. Surrounding the town are many picnic spots. In the heart of Coonoor is "Sims Park". It is a park cum botanical garden. Many species of trees and shrubs not found in Ooty are grown here. It is at an elevation of 1880 meters and occupies 12 hectares of land.

Reach and check in at the hotel and later proceed for a sightseeing tour of Coonoor visiting Sim’s Park and Pomological Station.

Sim's Park - The Park is situated in a deep ravine on the Northern side of Coonoor Railway Station at an elevation of 1768 to 1798 mts. The park can be divided into eight major sections. The natural shola with winding footpaths all over the higher slopes of the park is the most distinctive and picturesque feature of this park. This apart a number of individual tree specimens planted in a scattered fashion all over the place, lend a special charm to the park especially when they bloom in different seasons throughout the year.

Pomological Station - This is one of the three experimental fruit gardens in the Nilgiris maintained by the Horticultural Department. The other two are Burliar and Kallar on the Coonoor - Mettupalayam ghat road. Apples, Plums, Peaches, Lemons, Apricots and Pomegranates are grown here for the purpose of research. Surplus fruits and fruit based jams are sold to the public.

Return back to Ooty and spend night.

Day 13 Ooty - Mysore

MysoreBy Road
Distance 150 kms / 3 hrs

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed to Mysore. Reach Mysore and check into the hotel.

Briefing : Mysore capital city of the Wodeyars, Adobe of untold grandeur and glory, where the rich heritage of the Wodeyars is carefully preserved to this day in its magnificent places, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, board shady avenues and sacred temples. Mysore Dasara is the celebration of this victory of good over evil. Mysore also has associations with the Mahabharata and King Ashoka of the 3rd century B.C. during the Wodeyar rule Mysore reached the zenith of its glory as a fabled centre of oriental splendor.

Reach Mysore and check in at the hotel. Relax for sometime.

In the evening proceed for a sightseeing tour of Mysore city visiting the Mysore Palace.

Mysore Palace: The Maharaja's Palace is one of the important sights in Mysore. Built in Indo-Saracenic style with domes, turrets, arches and colonnades,the Palace is a treasure house of exquisite carvings and works of art from all over the world. Intricately carved doors open on to luxuriously furnished rooms. The majestic Durbar Hall has an ornate ceiling and many sculpted pillars. The magnificent jewel studded golden throne of the Wodeyars is displayed here during the Dasera festival. Illuminated on Sundays and public holidays, the palace presents a spectacle of breathtaking beauty.

Return back to the hotel and overnight at Mysore.

Day 14 Mysore

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel.

Later proceed for sightseeing tour of Mysore visiting Chamundi Hills, Brindavan Gardens, St. Philomena's Church, and the Art Gallery.

Brindavan Gardens: Located at the KR Sagar Dam [Kannambadi], Brindavan Gardens is one of the best gardens in South India. Spread over 150 acres, Brindavan Gardens has since the 1960s provided the backdrop for many Indian films. Special attractions include the 'Dancing Fountains'. In Dec 2004 the entire garden was revamped with new fountains and lights.

Chamundi Hills: A well known 335 metres high landmark, Chamundi Hill can be reached by a 13 km road or by climbing up the 1,000 steps laid out by the Mysore Maharaja in the 17th century. Half-way up along the stone steps is Nandi, Lord Shiva's Bull, a majestic 4.8 metre monolith. At the top is the 12th century temple of Chamundeshwari, the patron goddess of the Wodeyars. Close to the temple is the gigantic statue of the demon Mahishasura. The summit offers a panoramic view of Mysore's lakes, parks and palaces.

Art Gallery: The Jaganmohan Palace was converted into an art gallery in 1875 and exhibits paintings which date back to that period. The artists of that time used natural vegetable and mineral dyes. The famous traditional Mysore 'gold leaf ' paintings are also exhibited in the gallery, as are oil paintings of contemporary artist like Raja Ravi Varma and Svetoslav Roerich.

St. Philomena's Church: A beautiful Cathedral, reminiscent of medieval architectural style,is one of the largest churches in the country. Was built between 1933 and 1941 in the gothic style, the Church is an imposing structure with stained glass window sand lofty towers this is a miniature replica of the Cologne Cathedral, the hall is huge with stained glass windows and soaring Gothic Revival arches. The biblical scenes adorn the stained glass windows. The main feature of this church is the reclining statue of St Philomena. The statue is taken out in a procession in the city streets during the fest.

Overnight will be at Mysore.

Day 15 Mysore - Hassan

By Road
Distance 130 kms / 3 hrs

After breakfast proceed to Hassan

Reach Hassan and check into the hotel.

Briefing (Hassan): The scenic hill town of Hassan is located in the heart of Malnad , and is about 195 km from the capital city of Bangalore. This picturesque town is a suitable base for those who want to visit the archaeological and religious sites of Belur, Halebid and Shravanabelgola, all situated in close vicinity. And all of these form an integral part of the rich cultural heritage of Karnataka. This city was earlier named Simhasanapura and with time this name got abridged to Hassan. There is a famous temple here, in the heart of the city, built in honour of the Goddess Hasanamba, this temple is opened for the public only once in a year. This district is rich with natural sceneries and too with cultural wealth. It happens to be the confluence of three verities of areas namely the mountainous, the semi mountainous and the open field areas (Malenadu, Are Malenadu, and Bayalu Seeme). The Nandas, the Mouryas, the Kadambas, the Chalukyas, the Hoysalas, the Lords of Vijaya Nagar Empire, the Kings of Belur, and the Monarchs of Mysore - thus several dynasties had their dominions over this land.

Overnight will be at Hassan.

Day 16 Hassan - Excursion to Belur & Halebid

Breakfast will be at the hotel.

Proceed for an excursion to Belur & Halebid.

BELUR: Located on the banks of the river Yagachi, Belur is a quaint hamlet famous for its exquisite temples. In fact it is also known as Dakshina Varanasi or Southern Banaras. Its celebrated temple of Channakeshava was built by the Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 A.D. to commemorate his conversion from Jainism to Vaishnavism. Hassan City Information and it main structure of the temple, which is star-shaped, is a homogeneous architectural unit on a raised platform. Carved out of black stone the temple looks as if it had been skillfully crafed out of metal. At the entrance the winged figure of Lord Vishnu’s carrier Garuda stands guard and the 650 elephants on the frieze around the walls outside are all different from each other. The exotic bracket figures on the walls portray the artistic and architectural talent prevalent in India even all those centuries ago.

HALEBID: Halebid 27 kms north-west of Hassan is popular for its strikingly beautiful Hoysala Temples and Jain shrines. This place was known as Dwara Samudra, the wealthy capital of the Hoysalas. The Hoysaleshwara temple stands on a platform like a casket and is richly endowed with some of the most detailed scrollwork in stone. Its walls are covered with an endless variety of gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls. Yet no two facets of the temple are the same. This magnificent temple is guarded by a statue of Nandi the Bull. Despite 86 years of labour the construction of the temple never got completed. Another famous temple here is the Keddareshwara temple.

Overnight will be at Hassan.

Day 17 Hassan - Bangalore

By Road
Distance 194 kms / 4 hrs

Start your day with a sumptuous breakfast at the hotel.

Later proceed for Bangalore.

Briefing (Bangalore): The progressive and modern city of Bangalore is the state capital, being located within India's Karnataka state. Many things that are considered to be 'taboo' and off-limits in India have become acceptable in Bangalore, offering a refreshing and more relaxed atmosphere than other nearby cities. Founded at the beginning of the 16th century, Bangalore is often referred to as the country 'Garden City', due to its high concentration of parks and green spaces.

Reach and check in at the hotel rest of the time will be at your own leisure.

Overnight will be at Hassan.

Day 18 Bangalore - Back Home

Start sightseeing tour of the city after breakfast.

Vidhan Soubha: Vidhana Soudha counts amongst the most impressive as well as the most magnificent buildings in the Bangalore city of India. It is mainly famous for housing the Legislative Chambers of the state government. Constructed purely out of granite and porphyry, Vidhana Soudha is adorned with four domes on its four corners. Embellishing the entrance of the buildings is the Four-headed Lion, the national symbol of India. The three hundred rooms of Vidhan Soudha accommodate approximately twenty-two departments of the state government. The building rises to a height of almost 46 m, making it one of the most imposing structures in the city of Bangalore. Built in the year 1956, Vidhana Soubha of Bangalore boasts of exquisite Dravidian architecture.

Cubbon Park: This wooded and be-flowered park was laid out in the heart of the cantonment in 1864. Since then, fairy fountains, an august bandstand and a wealth of atatury have been added. But the most important aspect of Cubbon Park is its newer buildings that have added beauty and cultural wealth. Lush green lawns, shady flowering trees, vibrant flower beds, make Cubbon Park an ideal place for morning joggers and alike.

Lal Bagh: Hyder Ali, the Emperor of Mysore, laid down the foundation of the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens in the 18th century. The gardens were later completed by his son, Tipu Sultan. He imported trees and plants from different countries of the world, like Persia, Afghanistan and France, to add to the wealth of the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens of Bangalore. The gardens encircle one of the towers erected by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore. Given below is more information on the Lal Bagh Garden of Bangalore, India. The others attractions of the Lalbagh Botanical Gardens include the Lal Bagh Rock, one of the oldest rock formations on earth. It is believed to be approximately 3000 million years old.

Tipu’s Palace & Fort: Tipu Sultan Fort was initially built by Kempe Gowda, the founder of Bangalore. The fort was later extended by Tipu Sultan, the Emperor of Mysore. Situated near the City Market, the fort dates back to the year 1537. It was here that Hyder Ali, the father of Tipu Sultan, imprisoned David Baird, along with a number of other army officers of the British. The Fort stands as a witness to the struggle of the Mysore Emperor against the British domination. Read on to know more about Tipu Sultan Fort and Palace of Bangalore, India. The intricately carved arches of the Tipu Sultan Fort have been built as per the Islamic style. Another major attraction of the fort is the well-preserved Ganapati temple situated inside it. Within the fort lies Tipu Sultan palace, which dates back to year 1790. Built entirely of teakwood, the palace was constructed as the summer residence of Tipu Sultan. The two-storied palace stands adorned with pillars, arches and balconies.

After dinner you will be transferred to the international airport to connect flight for back home. Return with sweet memories of India.

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