South India Exotic - 14N/15D

Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Tanjore - Madurai - Mysore - Hassan - Hampi - Badami - Goa - Mumbai

Overview

Explore the exotic beauty of the southern region of India with the 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, Hospet, Badami, Goa, and Mumbai. Hassan, Hampi, and Mysore 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 tourists hotspots.

This South India Exotic Tour will give you plenty of opportunities 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 on the beaches of Goa and a stopover to Mumbai- India's most sophisticated city.

Arrival Chennai International Airport, Chennai
Languages English, Spanish, German, Italian, French
Highlights
  • Guided tour to Chennai including Kapaleshvara Temple, Fort St. George, St. Thomas Church
  • Guided tour to Mahabalipuram including Shore Temple, Arjuna’s Penance
  • Guided tour to Madurai including Meenakshi Temple, Thirumalai Nayak Palace
  • Guided tour to Mysore including Maharaja Palace, Chamundi Hill
  • Guided tour to Hassan including Hoysalesvara Temple, Chennakesava Temple
  • Guided tour to Hampi visit Lotus Mahal, Elephant Stables, Vithala Temple, Musical Pillars, Vrupaksha Temple, Ugra Narasimha, Mahanavami Dibba
  • Guided tour to Mumbai visit Gateway of India, Marine Drive, Queen’s Necklace, Kamla Nehru Park, Hanging Gardens
Important Note
  • Incase of waitlisted booking, we have to hold the alternate, for which we will advise the supplement OR reduction accordingly.
  • The above rates are based on presently prevailing taxes and entrances to the monuments. If there is any change, prices will also change accordingly.
  • Check-in and Check-out time is 1200 Hrs.
  • Given rates are based on present rate of exchange and it may be change.

Tour Map

Tour Itinerary

  • Day 01: Flight to Chennai

    On arrival, you will be greeted and escorted by IHM staff to your hotel.

  • Day 02: Chennai – Mahablipuram

    After breakfast 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.

    Later drive to Mahabalipuram. On arrival visit the Shore temple and famous Bas-relief of Arjuna’s penance.

    On arrival transfer to the hotel.

  • Day 03: Mahabalipuram – Tanjore

    Early breakfast.

    Later drive to Tanjore. On arrival transfer to the hotel.

    Today visit Tanjore, famous Brihadeshwara temple constructed by the Chola Rajendra I in the 10th Century and considered to be the culmination of the classic architecture in south India.

    Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 4: Tanjore – Trichy – Madurai

    After breakfast drive to Madurai, en-route to visit Srirangam to see the temple of Ranganatha Swamy –one of the biggest in south India and in Trichy visit Rockfort.

    After the sightseeing continues drive to Madurai.

    On arrival check-in at the hotel.

    Today after early dinner visit the famous Meenakshi Devi Temple, to witness an interesting ceremony of taking lord shiva in a procession with the musicians to the Goddess Parvati for the night halt.

    Overnight in the hotel

  • Day 5: Madurai – Bangalore

    After breakfast visits the city, which offers a grand ceremonial tank of water, called Mariamma with its temple in the middle. Also visit the Thirumalai Nayak Palace, a palace in Indo-Saracenic style built-in 1636.

    Later in the evening transfer to the railway station to connect overnight train (Mysore Express) to Bangalore (1950 / 0655 hrs).

    Overnight on board train.

  • Day 6: Bangalore – Mysore

    Arrival Bangalore at 0655 hrs. and drive to Mysore. Mysore is a beautiful city of stately palaces, gardens, parks, and museums. Sandalwood and a center for the manufacture of incense sticks.

    On arrival in Mysore, check-in at the hotel. Rest of the day free to relax.

    Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 7: Mysore

    Morning breakfast at the hotel. Later visit Maharaja Palace built-in 1857 in Indo-Saracenic style and Chamundi Hill where there is a temple of Durga (Chamundeswari) celebrating her victory over the buffalo god.

    Afternoon an excursion to Somnathpur. This tiny village has one of the best-preserved and the only complete magnificent Hoysala Temple (13th century) of approximately 80 Hoysala temples dedicated to God Keshava.

    Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 8: Mysore – Hassan

    After breakfast drive to Hassan. After check-in visit Halebid and Belur. The Hoysalesvara Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva at Halebid is perched on a star-shaped base. Every centimeter of the outside wall of this temple and much of the interior is covered with an endless variety of Hindu deities, sages, animals, and birds.

    A few kilometers further we reach Belur. The religious capital of Hoysala. Visit the ornamental gopuram of the Chennakesava Temple dedicates to Lord Vishnu, which appears unexpectedly around a bend. It took 103 years to complete.

    Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 9: Hasssan - Hampi or Hospet

    Morning breakfast at the hotel.

    Later set on a day drive to Hospet. On arrival check-in at hotel.

    Hampi is famous for Vijaynagar Empire’s ruins.

    Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 10: Hampi or Hospet

    A world heritage center, Hampi is the most beautiful and evocative of all ruins in Karnataka. The erstwhile capital of the Vijayanagara kingdom, Hampi is full of delightful surprises like the King's Balance where Kings were weighed against grain, gold or money which was then distributed amongst the poor, the Queen's bath with its arched corridors projecting balconies and lotus-shaped fountains that once sprouted perfumed water, the two-storied Lotus Mahal with recessed archways, the huge Elephant Stables, the Splendid Vithala temple with its 'Musical pillars' and the stone chariot, the Vrupaksha Temple, still used for worship, Ugra Narasimha, the 6.7 m tall monolith and the Pushkarini the Mahanavami Dibba

    Once-powerful Vijaynagara empire was compared to Rome by the Portuguese traveler Paes.

    Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 11: Hampi - Badami

    Drive to Badami through typical South Deccan, a semi-arid countryside, temples, and Ruins.

    Upon arrival check-in at a hotel. Badami once called Vatapi, magnificently Nestled in a canyon, was the Chalukyan capital from 543 - 757 A.D. The ancient city has Several Hindu and Jain temples, Buddhist caves and remains peaceful and charming. The South Fort is famous for its cave temples, four of which are cut out of the hill-side in the second half of the 6th century.

    Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 12: Badami

    After breakfast visits Aihole and Pattadkal – the cradle of Hindu Temple architecture. Aihole was the first Chalukyan capital, but the sight was developed over a period of more than 600 years from the 6th century and includes important Rashtrakuta and late Chalukyan temples, dedicated to Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain divinities.

    After visiting the rock-cut temples and all other important buildings drive to the temples of Pattadakal, on the banks of the Malaprabha River, a World Heritage Site, the 2nd of the Chalukyan capitals between the 7th –8th centuries.

    Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 13: Badami – Goa

    After breakfast drive to Goa. On arrival check-in at the hotel.

    Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 14: Goa

    Full day at leisure.

    Overnight in the hotel.

  • Day 15: Goa – Mumbai

    Transfer to the airport to connect the flight to Mumbai.

    On arrival in Mumbai transfer to the hotel.

    Later embark on a short city tour, The tour includes a visit to the 26 meters high British-built Arch “Gateway of India”, Mumbai’s landmark built to honor the visit of George V and Queen Mary in 1911. Marine Drive dubbed, as the Queen’s Necklace is Mumbai’s most popular promenades and a favorite sunset watching spot. The Kamla Nehru Park from where you have a picturesque view of the city, Hanging Gardens are so named since they are located on top of a series of tanks that supply water to Mumbai. Pass by the `towers of silence’ the crematorium of the Parsis.

    Later in the evening transfer to the airport to connect flight back home.

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