Fragrance of South India & Enchanting Andaman

KARNATAKA

Day 01      Arrival at  BANGALORE     

Upon arrival meet our representative, Garland welcome and assistance,  drive to the Hotel, where we stay overnight. Bangalore, now known as Bengaluru, is the capital city of Karnataka in south India. Bangalore is a city of salubrious climate, and always bubbling with life and energy, representing a potpourri of people and culture. One of India's largest cities, it's earned several names such as Silicon Valley of India, Pub Capital of India, Air Conditioned City, and City of Gardens. Bangalore was known as Pensioners' Paradise, prior to the IT revolution. Now, the city is a wonderful blend of past and present.

 Check-in to the Hotel… Today after lunch we proceed for the sight seeing of  Bangalore city.

Places to visit:  Lal Bagh Garden, Tipu Palace, Vidhan Saudha, etc..

Back to the Hotel,   rest of the day free to relax..  Have your Dinner…

Overnight at HOTEL

Day 02      BANGALORE    TO   HASSAN 

After breakfast , we proceed to Hasan (200 km/ 5 hrs). Check into the Hotel.

After lunch we proceed for the sight seeing trip to Belur  & Halebeed, the Hoysala temples at Halebid and Belur are widely acknowledged as being among the best examples of Hindu architecture in India. Their sculptural decoration rivals that of Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh) and Konark (Orissa), and the best of European Gothic Art.

Places to visit:  Hoysaleswara Temple, Kedareswara Temple, Channakesava Temple, etc..

Rest  of the day free to relax..  Have your Dinner…

Overnight at  Hotel

Day 03     HASSAN   TO COORG (Medikeri)

After breakfast we drive towards Coorg (140 km / 4 hrs). Madikeri (at Coorg) is a well known hill station for tourists in Karnataka. It is situated 252 km from Bangalore, and it is the headquarters of the district Kodagu. It has mesmerizing mountain ranges all over with luscious greenery and the tranquil waters of the Cauvery River flowing through the hilly area. En route visit  famous Tibetan settlement & The Golden Temple( Kushal Nagar).

Places to visit:  The Golden Temple

Upon arrival check into the hotel..

Rest of the day free to relax… Have your Lunch &  Dinner…

Overnight at Hotel

Day 04      COORG (Medikeri)

Today early morning we proceed for bird watching and after breakfast we can enjoy the fragrance of nature (nature walk) …Afternoon Spice plantation visit…

Activities: Bird Watching & Spice Plantation visit.

Rest of the day free to relax..

Have your Lunch & Dinner…

Overnight at Hotel

Day 05      COORG  TO  KABINI (Nagarhola)

Morning after breakfast we drive to Kabini (140 km/4 hrs)  is one of the most popular wildlife destinations of Karnataka, probably because of its easy accessibility, lush green landscape surrounding a large picturesque lake, and fantastic sightings of large herds of elephants. It is 80 km away from Mysore and 205 km from Bangalore, and comprises the south-eastern part of Nagarole National Park. Situated on the banks of River Kabini, this forest reserve is spread over 55 acres of forestland, steep valleys, and water bodies. Once a private hunting lodge of the Maharaja of Mysore, Kabini was a popular shikar hotspot for British Viceroys and Indian royalty. Now it is considered to be one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in Karnataka, famous for its spectacular wildlife and bird life.

Evening Jeep Safari through the forest…

Activities:  Jeep safari

Rest of the day free to relax..

Have your Lunch & Dinner…

Overnight at Hotel

Day 06     KABINI (Nagarhola)

Morning Jeep safari through the forest …Evening  Elephant safari…

 Rest of the day free to relax.

Acitvities:  Jeep safari & Elephant ride

Rest of the day free to relax….Have your Lunch & Dinner…

Overnight at Hotel

Day 07      KABINI (Nagarhola)   TO  MYSORE

Morning after breakfast  drive to  Mysore (80 Km/2 hrs),  The palaces and royal garden of Mysore, ‘The Jewel of Karnataka’, provide glimpses of its past grandeur..  Mysore is well known for its Silk also.. After lunch visit Mysore Palace & Chamundi hills.., the Maharaja’s Palace is one of the largest in the country, embellished with stunned  glass and domes and turrets giving it an ethereal air. We enjoy our afternoon sightseeing tour visiting  the  Maharajas Palace, completed in 1912, dominates the centre of Mysore. The building is a synthesis of Hindu and Sarancenic architecture, designed by Henry Irwin, a British architecture. Later visit the Chamundi Hill lies just outside the city and is topped by a temple to Chamundi, the Raja chosen deity. Half way up the hill, sits a huge granite statue of Nandi, the bull, Lord Shiva’s vehicle, and the route is dotted with other minor shrines.

 Back to the hotel …

Rest of the day free to relax. 

Places to visit:  Mysore Palace & Chamundi hills

Rest of the day free to relax..Have your  Dinner…

Overnight at HOTEL

Day 08      MYSORE

 After breakfast we proceed 35km to   Somnathapur where you can see the famous 13th century temple well known for its great architectural beauty. The star shaped temple with three shrines named after Prasanna Chenna Keshava is the latest and well-preserved heritage of hoysala architecture for a sightseeing. Also visit the summer palace of Tipu Sultan at Srirangapatna. En route visit St. Philominas Church & Devraja Market.

Places to visit:  Somnathapur,Tipu Palace, St. Philomina’s church, Devraja Market, etc..

Rest of the day free to relax..Have your  Dinner…

Overnight at HOTEL

TAMILNADU

Day 09     MYSORE  TO   KOTAGIRI

Today after having your breakfast drive towards the Nilgiri hills, Kotagiri ( 200 km/6 hrs). One of the three popular hill stations in the Nilgiris, Kotagiri is quintessential plantation country. Situated at an elevation of 5882 ft, the hill station is located in Nilgiris district of Tamil Nadu. Kotagiri is about 29 km east of Ooty and 19 km northeast of Coonoor. Kotagiri is relatively less known today but it was the first region to be settled by the British during the Raj. It was the first choice of British officials from the Madras Presidency as a summer retreat.

``Upon arrival check-into the Home stay…

Rest of the day free to relax..Have your  Dinner…

Overnight at Hotel

Day 10      KOTAGIRI -  COONOOR  -  OOTY - KOTAGIRI

Today after breakfast we proceed towards Ooty. Sight seeing this beautifyl Hillstaion.

After lunch drive to Oooty Railway staion to board the Toy Train to Conoor (Dep @ 2 pm & arr 3 pm).

Upon arrival transfer to the Home Stay..

Places to visit:  Botanical garden, etc…

Rest of the day free to relax..Have your  Dinner…

Overnight at Hotel

Day 11      KOTAGIRI  TO  TRICHY

After breakfast we proceed towards Tiruchirapally or Trichy (280 km /6hrs) ,situated on the banks of the Cauvery River, in ancient times it was home to the Cholas, the Pallavas and the Pandyas. Trichy is built around the 83 m high Rock Fort, which is almost 3,800 million years old.

On the  way you can witness the celebrations of festival (Mattupongal) in the villages.

Upon arrival check-into the Hotel.

Rest of the day free to relax..Have your  Dinner…

Overnight at HOTEL

Day 12      TRICHY   TO   KARAKKUDI

Today after breakfast we visit  Sriranga Temple, Rock Fort and  there after drive to Karaikudi (110 km / 2 ½  hrs). The Nattukottai Chettiyars was a prosperous banking community that was successful in overseas business in South and Southeast Asia during the 19th and early 20th centuries. It is the members of this business community that built and then lived in many, but not all, of the historical buildings in the area.

Check-into the Hotel..

Rest of the day free to  relax and enjoy the Chettinad cuisine. Have your Dinner.
Places to visit:  Sriranga Temple, Rock Fort.

Overnight at HOTEL

Day 13      KARAKKUDI

Today after breakfast short drive to Kanadukathan Palace (10 km) & also visit some ancient homes of Chettiyars  in and around Chettinad. Visit some local tile factories..

Back to the Hotel..

Rest of the day free to  relax and enjoy the Chettinad cuisine. Have your Dinner.
Places to visit:  Kanadukathan Palace, Ancient Chettiyar Houses, Local Tile Factories.

Overnight at HOTEL

 Day 14            KARAKKUDI  TO   KUMABAKONAM

Today after breakfast we proceed to Kumbakonam (150 km/ 3 ½ hrs). On the way visit Tanjore , the overwhelming temple of Brihadisvara Temple  built in 1000 A.D, and also visit the Maratha Palace built in 1636 in the Indo-Mugal style. Also visit the Bronze casting…

After sight seeing we drive towards Kumbakonam ,this  city of divine strife of South India situated in Thanjavur district of Tamil Nadu. It is a fertile area situated on the banks of river Cauvery and one of its tributaries Arasalaru. The district has an ethos that is representative of the rural aesthetic tradition that, on the whole, still marks the life there.  

Upon arrival Check into the hotel

Places to visit:  Brihadisvara Temple, Maratha Palace , bronze casting,  etc…

Rest of the day free to relax..Have your  Dinner…

Overnight at HOTEL

Day 15      KUMBAKONAM   TO   PONDICHERRY

Morning   after   breakfast   we proceed to Podicherry, (150 km/4 hrs)  en route visit Darasuram & Gangaikondacholapuram. Darasuram famous for its picturesque temple town of Kumbakonam in Thanjavur district which is located at 3 kilometers from the temple. Airavateswara Temple which is the most attractive landmark of the place is a beautifully carved temple from the Chola era.

Then continue to drive to Pondicherry also known as Puducherry, it’s  ambience is not influenced or dominated by one fabulous heritage monument or by amazing natural surroundings, except perhaps the sea. puducherry itself has its distinct French colonial atmosphere across the sugarcane groves and casurrina plantations.

 Upon arrival check-into the Hotel.

Places to visit: Airavateswara Temple, Gangaikondacholapuram Temple …

Rest of the day free to relax..Have your  Dinner…

Overnight at HOTEL

Day 16      PONDICHERRY

Today visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, touch and try the meditation and stroll around the colony still has the French touch  and Auroville colony , Market,etc…

Places to visit: Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville, Scared Heart Church, local market, etc..

Rest of the day free to relax..Have your  Dinner…

Overnight at HOTEL

Day 17     PONDICHERRY   TO  MAHABALIPURAM

Morning after breakfast , we drive to Mahabalipuram ( 100 km/ 2hrs). Upon arrival check-into the Hotel. Afternoon visit Arjuna’s Penance, is a bas relief sculpted on the face of two enormous adjacent rocks, 29 metres long and seven meters high, the Mandapas -  are failry shallow pillared halls or porticos excavated out of the rocky hillside, The Rathas -  these mid seventh century monolithic temples were influenced by  Buddhist architecture as they resemble the monastery. The Shore Temple by the sea is surrounded by gardens designed according to descriptions of the original layout from ancient texts. The temple was built at the end of the seventh century by King Rajasimha, is unusual for its shrines of both Siva and Vishnu..

Places to visit:  Arjuna’s Penance, Mandapas, Radhas, etc…

Rest of the day free to relax..Have your  Dinner…

Overnight at HOTEL

Day 18   MAHABALIPURAM  TO  CHENNAI  en route Kancheepuram)

Today after having your breakfast, we proceed for a day excursion to the city of Temples and silk sarees, Kancheepuram (70 km/ 1 hr). Here you can visit many temples and silk garment shops,etc..

By the evening, we continue our journey to Chennai (80 km/2.5 hrs).

Places to visit:  Ekambareswar Temple, Varadharaja Perumal, etc…

Overnight at HOTEL

ANDAMAN & NICHOBAR ISLANDS

Day 19  Departure to ANDAMAN  TO HAVELOCK 

Today after  an early breakfast we proceed to the  Airport to aboard the flight to Port Blair  ..Upon arrival transfer to the Ferry Jetty to board the boat to Havelock Island. Upon arrival you have to board to another boat to reach the Resort..

Check-into the Hotel. Rest of the day free to relax & have your Dinner.

Overnight at Hotel

Day 20 HAVELOCK  ISLAND

LEISURE

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Overnight at Hotel

Day 21    HAVELOCK  ISLAND

LEISURE

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Overnight at Hotel

Day 22     HAVELOCK  ISLAND

LEISURE

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Overnight at Hotel

Day 23   HAVELOCK  ISLAND

LEISURE

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Overnight at Hotel

Day 24     HAVELOCK  ISLAND  TO  PORT BLAIR

Today after breakfast we proceed to the boat jetty to board the ferry to Port Blair. Port Blair is one of the largest towns and a municipal council in the Andaman district of the Andaman Islands. This beautiful tourist destination is the capital city of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Port Blair is an amazing tourist destination that lies on the east coastal area of South Andaman Island which is another major entry point to the islands.

Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel near the Airport..

Rest of the day free to relax.

Have your Dinner..

Overnight at Hotel

Day 25    Departure to Chennai To Bangalore  

Today after breakfast  we proceed to the  Airport to aboard the flight to Bangalore (By SG 277 dep @ 12.15 hrs & arr @ 17.30 hrs). Upon arrival transfer to the Hotel for wash & change.... Have your Dinner.

Overnight at Hotel

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