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Tours - TOUR NO 12

 

Day 01: Arrival Chennai

On Arrival meet and assist at the airport / Railway station – Transfer to hotel….Evening enjoy the

famous marina beach (Second Largest beach in the world and famous tourist attraction, Night halt

at Chennai,

 

Day 2: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mamallapuram

Early morning proceed toKanchipuram, one of sacred cities in India plus also the seaside town of

Mahabalipuram, famous for its shore temple. The city is also famous for handwoven silk. In

Mahabalipuram, the huge rock-cut sculptures and Mandapams (pillared pavilions) date from the 5th

to 8th centuries. Overnight - Chennai

 

Day 3: Chennai - Pondicherry Pondicherry.

A former French colony, Pondicherry exudes a Mediterranean aura - whitewashed residences,

ornamental gardens and excellent French-Indian restaurants. Many travellers come to visit the

popular Sri Aurobindo Ashram, whose spiritual tenets combine yoga and modern science. Enjoy an

afternoon sightseeing tour. Overnight - Pondicherry

 

Day 4: Pondicherry - Tanjore

Continuing south, you’ll arrive at Tanjore. Our city tour includes the enormous Brihadishwara

Temple. The World Heritage protected temple has a dome weighing an estimated 80 tonnes which

was hauled into place along an earth ramp in a manner similar to that used for the Egyptian

pyramids. Overnight - Tanjore

 

Day 5: Tanjore - Trichy

A short drive to Trichy. Trichy has been ravaged by war through the centuries. A lasting legacy is the

Rock Fort and its temples. Enjoy some exploration of the fort and temples on our afternoon tour.

Overnight - Trichy

 

Days 6 : Trichy – Madurai

This morning, we arrive in Madurai. A bustling city jam-packed with Rickshawallas, pilgrims and

traders and resembling a seemingly continuous bazaar. Proceed to Madurai enjoy a sightseeing tour.

Highlights include the Sri Meenakshi Temple built in 1560 and the city’s busy bazaars. The rest of

the afternoon is free to explore the city further. Overnight Madurai

 

Day 7: Madurai - Periyar

The journey continues to Periyar which has south India’s most popular wildlife sanctuary and home

to sambar wild boar, elephant, bison, antelope, langur and a small tiger population. Kumily, close to

the sanctuary and where you’ll stay, is a pretty town dotted with small spice and handicraft shops.

overnight - Periyar

 

Day 8: Periyar

There is plenty to do in and around Periyar. Perhaps enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periyar to spot herds of

wild elephants or visit the nearby tea estates and spice plantation. Afternoon at leisure. Dinner and

overnight – Periyar

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Days 09: Periyar - Kumarakom

Proceed to Kumarakom. Perched sleepily amongst a tangle of lush tropical waterways known as the

Keralan backwaters, Kumarakom is technically an island on Lake Vembanad. An ideal place to relax

and be at one with natural surroundings, you’ll enjoy two nights here. Check out the wonderful bird

sanctuary. Overnight Kumarakom

 

 

 

 

 

Day 10: Kerala Backwaters – Alleppy

Morning, you’ll board a traditional Keralan House boat for a journey through the backwaters in and

around Allapuzha (Alleppey). The boat will cross shallow, palm-fringed lakes and cruise along

peaceful canals where copra and cashews are loaded onto local boats. The on-board cook will prepare

locally-inspired food. Relax, read and catch some sun as the boat plies it’s route. Lunch, dinner &

overnight – House Boat

 

Day 11: Alleppy - Cochin

Disembarking at Allapuzha, enjoy a short drive to Kochi (Cochin). The city of Kochi perfectly

reflects the eclecticism of Kerala. One can see winding streets with mosques, a 16th century Jewish

synagogue and Jewish community with ancient roots and 500 year old Portuguese cottages! Enjoy

the remains of the day your way. Overnight - Kochi

 

Day 12: Kochi – DAY OF DEPARTURE

Hotel check-out and included onward transfer to airport.

Bangalore is draped over the Deccan Plateau at an altitude of 949 meters (3113 ft.) above sea level, which gives it possibly the best climate among all the cities in India. Legend has it that Bangalore got its name from the words “Bendha KaaLu” (which means boiled beans in the local language Kannada). King Veera Ballala of the Vijayanagara kingdom was once lost in a forest and happened to stumble upon a lonely cottage. An old woman that lived there could offer the starving king only boiled beans “Bendha kaaLu” and the place came to be known as “Bendha kaaLu ooru” (ooru in Kannada means a city). BendhakaaLooru later came to be known as BengaLooru in Kannada and Bangalore in English. However, historical evidence shows that “BengaLooru” was recorded much before King Ballala's time in a 9th century temple inscription in the village of Begur. Even today "BengaLooru" exists within the city limits in Kodigehalli area and is called as "HalebengaLooru" or "Old Bangalore."
The present day city was designed by Kempe Gowda in the year 1537. During one of his hunting bouts, which was his favourite past time, Kempe Gowda was surprised to see a hare chase his dog and thus named the place as "gandu bhoomi" (heroic place). Kempe Gowda I, who was in charge of Yelahanka, built a mud fort in 1537 and with the help of King Achutaraya, built the little towns of Balepet, Cottonpet and Chickpet, all inside the fort. Today, these little areas serve as the major wholesale and commercial market places in the city. Kempe Gowda's son erected the four watch towers to mark the boundaries of Bangalore which are traceable even today and they stand almost in the heart of the present city. 

In the year 1638, Shahajirao Bhonsle, father of Shivaji, captured the city. In 1687, Aurangzeb's army captured Bangalore and sold it to the Wodeyars for a paltry sum of Rs.300,000. The Wodeyars then built the famous Lal Bagh in 1759, one of Bangalore's most beautifully laid out gardens. In the same year, Hyder Ali received Bangalore as a jagir from Krishnaraja Wodeyar II. He fortified the southern fort and made Bangalore an army town. When Tipu Sultan died in the 4th Mysore war in 1799, the British gave the kingdom, including Bangalore, to Krishnaraja Wodeyar III but the British resident stayed in Bangalore. In the beginning of the 19th century, the General Post Office was opened and the Cantonment was established nine years later in 1809. In 1831, alleging misrule by Krishnaraja Wodeyar III, the British took over the administration of the Mysore Kingdom.

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TOUR NO 12 - CHENNAI ( 2N ) PONDICHERRY ( 1N ) TANJORE ( 1N )
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