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Duration : 22 Nights / 23 days
Destinations Covered : Chennai, Mamallapuram, Kanchipuram, Vellore, Thiruvannamalai, Pondicherry, Madurai, Trichy, Periyar, Alleppey, Cochin, Ooty, Mysore, Hampi, Badami, Bijapur, Goa

Day 1: Chennai Airport Pickup-Mamallapuram approx 70kms from the Airport. Mamallapuram is home to some of the very early monuments of India. In Granite Architecture there are four types only and excellent examples of all four types are found in Mamallapuram .

Day 2: Half a day Mamallapuram sightseeing. Afternoon free leisure at beach or visit to Dakshinachitra Cultural Centre.

Day 3: Mamallapuram - Kanchipuram - Vellore - Thiruvannamalai.
Kanchipuram is very ancient city and is one of India's 7 sacred cities. The main places to visit are Kailasanathar temple, Vaikundaperumal temple, Egambaranatha temple, Varatharaja perumal temple. Vellore has one of Tippu Sultan's forts and Vijaya nagar rulers built Jalakandeswara temple the temple and the very best Temple architecture is found in Thiruvannamalai.

Day 4: Thiruvannamalai - Gingee - Pondicherry
Gingee has one of the most beautiful forts in the world built in the 14th century. Pondicherry was a French State in India and still retains French feeling. Places to visit are Aurobindo Ashram, Auroville and Old French type houses

Day 5: Pondy - Chidambaram - Gangaikonda Cholapuram - Darasuram - Tanjore
Chidambaram has 9th Century Shiva temple, which houses a unique Emerald lingam statue. A Special pooja is held every day at 11.00 a.m. Gangaikondacholapuram was very powerful place in 10th Century; South East Asia was controlled from this point. Dharasuram is known for its Chola architecture and old monuments. Tanjore is known for its unique Shiva temple.

Day 6: Tanjore-Trichy
Ranganathaswamy temple in Trichy is the biggest temple complex in India and has the tallest temple tower. Visit Rockfort temple for sunset view.

Day 7: Trichy-Madurai
Madurai Meenakshi Temple is a colourful and lively temple visited by thousands of devotees daily. The 17th Century Nayak palace hosts an evening sound and light show.

Day 8: Madurai to Periyar
On the way to Periyar the expanse of lush green agricultural fields and two water falls makes and enchanting drive. Periyar wild life sanctuary is situated around Periyar lake. Here the jungle safari is done by boat to see wild life in and around the lake. There is also a wide variety of water birds.

Day 9: Periyar-Alleppey
On the way to Alleppey we see beautiful tea/coffee and many spice gardens. Late morning board your houseboat (a converted Rice barge called Kattuvallam in the local language) to enjoy the lush green Kerala backwaters where there is no noise and no disturbance. Meals provided on board

Day 10: Alleppey-Cochin
After reaching Alleppey in the morning continue the drive to Cochin. Afternoon sightseeing of Cochin The main places to see -17th C Dutch palace, Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Church-the great sailor Vasco da Gama was buried here and Chinese Fishing nets- introduced by the Chinese in 13th C.

Day 11: Cochin Airport Drop (or) Continue to Goa Cochin-Ooty
A full day drive from Cochin Ooty is situated in Western Ghats, very cool and green hills. You can visit the vegetable market in Karamadai on the way and take the Nilgiri Mountain Railway for part of the journey from Coonoor to Ooty.

Day 12: Ooty-Mysore
On the way to Mysore you pass through Mudumalai and Bandipur Wild life sanctuaries. Mysore Palace is 18th C Palace built by Indo-Europe artisans and is represents the Muslim style of architecture. It is full of Royal treasures and has beautiful mural paintings. Chamundi Hill and the Big Nandi Statue give a full panoramic view of the city. Sri Rangapatanam fort and summer palace are a short trip from Mysore

Day 13: Mysore - Somnathpur - Mysore
Somnathpur is 35 kms away from Mysore. Visit to soft stone carving temple and back Mysore and afternoon visit to Devaraja vegetable and flower market.

Day 14: Mysore-Hassan
On the way to Hassan visit Saravanabelagola, a monolithic 17m height naked statue at the Jain temple. It is situated on a small hill and has 600 rock cut steps to reach the temple. Afternoon visit to Belur and Halebid which has Hoysala Architecture temples & on the way back to Hassan visit Kulikere village.

Day 15 : Hassan-Bangalore airport drop (or) continue to Goa
Full day drive to Hospet

Day 16: Visit Hampi
Hampi was most important historical site, this was capital of Vijayanagar Empire and it was largest Hindu Kingdom. As it is an extensive site we recommend spending 2 full days to visit the Temples, Hills, ancient bazaar and river side country boat ride.

Day 17 : Hampi Full day

Day 18 : Hospet-Aihole-Pattadakal-Badami
Aihole & Pattadakal were built in the early years of the Chalukya's dynasty. The temple was built in red stone and the architecture is from bottom to top. Badami, a rock cut cave temple is also well known for its sculptures.

Day 19 : Badami-Bijapur
Bijapur was a Muslim cultural place all building and all the monuments are in a Muslim style. Gol Gumbaz is one of the most important monuments as Bijapur ruler Ali Adilsha's body is buried here. It is an excellent demonstration of an Indian engineering technique built by Ibrahim Roza and it looks like a mini Taj Mahal!

Day 20 : Bijapur-Goa
Full day drive to Goa

Day 21/22 : Relaxing on the beach and local sightseeing

Day 23 : Departure transfer to Goa Airport.

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