Settled in the early 18th century by the French, Pondicherry on the Bay of Bengal in the state of Tamil ...
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Welcome to Chennai and the start of your India holiday with us. After you have passed through customs and baggage collection we will be there to meet you and transfer you to your hotel. We will then transfer you to your hotel. Later today enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city.
Today, we drive to the seaside town of Mahabalipuram, famous for its shore temple. (Aprox 01 hour and 30 minutes) 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.
The beauty of Mahabalipuram is not only due to these architecture but the vast casuarinas trees, the silvery sandy beach the classical hand male crafts around have made them all to form what is a collective splendor. Enjoy a tour of the city this morning.
Today we drive to Pondicherry and visit Kanchpuram on the way. (Aprox 02 hours) Arrive Pondicherry and transfer to your hotel. 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.
Today we continue south and arrive at Tanjore. (Aprox 5 hours) 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.
This morning we will drive you to Chettinadu and visit Trichy on the way. 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. We then head to Chettinadu for the night.
Today we will drive to Madurai for the night. (aprox 2 hours and 30 minutes). Later this evening witness a religious ceremony at a Temple.
Madurai is a bustling city jam-packed with rickshaws, pilgrims and traders. This morning enjoy a city 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.
Today we will drive you to Kodaikannal (Aprox 3 hours and 30 minutes). Arrive Kodaikannal and you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
This morning we will drive you to Ooty. (Aprox 7 hours) Arrive Ooty and you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Free day and at your leisure.
Today we will drive you to Mysore. (Aprox 05 hours). Arrive Mysore and check into your hotel. Later today enjoy a sightseeing tour of Mysore.
Today we will drive you to Bangalore. (Aprox 03 hours). Arrive Bangalore and check into your hotel. Later today enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city.
Transfer to the international Airport in time for your flight back home.