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Touring Architect's India

Duration : 22 Days

Destinations Covered : Chennai -Mahabalipuram - Kanchipuram - Tiruvannamalai - Gingee - Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Tanjore - Trichy - Madurai - Kochi - Mysore - Hassan - Hampi - Badami - Bijapur - Gulbarga - Hyderabad

Discover the history of the ancient land of India. Explore the magnificence of rock-cut cave temples, monoliths, forts, monuments belonging to diverse architectural styles evokes wonder at their sheer magnificence.


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Day 01 Arrive Chennai
Arrive Chennai, the gateway of South India. Visit National Art Gallery and Museum which has a selection of ancient paintings of almost all schools as well as section devoted to modern art, Fort St. George, St. Mary's Church, Drive along Marina Beach (the second longest in the world), San Thome Cathedral, Mylapore Shiva Temple and shopping.

Monuments and palaces of IndiaDay 02 Mahabalipuram
Mahabalipuram is the only surviving Shore temple of India enroute visit Dakshina Chitra Cultural Centre. Today you will visit Shore Temple, five Rathas and Arjuna's Penance. Rest of the day relax at the beach. The sun, sea and sand is at your disposal.

Day 03 Kanchipuram - Vellore - Tiruvannamalai.
Enroute Kanchipuram, one of India's 7 sacred cities. Visit Kailasanatha temple, Vaikuntaperumal temple, Ekambaranatha temple and Varadarajar temple. Vellore has one of Tippu Sultan's forts and Jalakandeswara temple. The temple was built by Vijaya Nagar rulers and is one of the best Temple architecture. Proceed to Tiruvannamalai - visit the Arunachaleeswarar temple and the Ashram of Sri Ramana Maharshi who lived here and taught the virtues of philosophy through silence and meditation.

Day 04 Gingee - Pondicherry
Gingee has one of the most beautiful forts in the world built in the 14thIndian travel and tourism century. It consists of three strongly fortified hills in close proximity to each other. There are many monuments, granaries and temples in these hills. Pondicherry was a French State in India and still retains French feeling. Places to visit are Aurobindo Ashram , Auroville and the beach that runs along the city.

Day 05 Chidambaram - Gangaikondacholapuram - Darasuram - Kumbakonam - 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. Darasuram is known for its Chola architecture and old monuments. Tanjore is known for its architecture and Paintings. Visit Big temple at Tanjore.

Day 06 Trichy
Ranganathaswami temple in Trichy is the biggest temple complex in India and has the tallest temple tower. Also Visit Rock fort temple.

Day 07 Madurai
Madurai Meenakshi Temple is known for its architecture with 1000 pillars. The 17th Century Nayak palace hosts an evening sound and light show. Evening witness the Night Ceremony at the temple.

Day 08 Periyar
Periyar, known for its wildlife has scenic views making the drive enchanting. 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. On the way to hotel you can shop for spices.

Day 09 Kochi
Drive to Kochi. Afternoon sightseeing of Kochi visiting the Dutch palace, Jewish Synagogue, St Francis Church and Chinese Fishing nets. Evening witness Kathakali Dance Show.

Day 10 Kochi Airport Drop (or) Continue to Goa
A full day drive from Kochi 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 11 Mudumalai - Mysore
On the way to Mysore you pass through Mudumalai and Bandipur Wild life sanctuaries. Visit the Mysore Palace and Brindavan Gardens. Chamundi Hill & the Big Nandi Statue gives a panoramic view of the city.

Day 12 Mysore
Famous India hillstations tour packagesFull day excursion to Srirangapatna and Somnathpur. Visit to soft stone carving temple and back Mysore and afternoon visit to Devaraja vegetable and flower market.

Day 13 Hassan
On the way to Hassan visit Sharavanabelagola, 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 a fine example for Hoysala Architecture temples.

Day 14 Bangalore airport drop (or) continue to Goa
Full day drive to Hospet

Day 15 Hospet
Hampi was most important historical site, this was capital of Vijayanagar Empire and it was largest Hindu Kingdom. Visit the Temples, Hills, ancient bazaar and river side country boat ride.                           

Day 16 Badami
Aihole & Pattadakal were built in the early years of the Chalukya's dynasty. Aihole is the cradle of stone temple architecture of the Southern Dravida School. The oldest temple, Lad Khan goes back to the 5th century A.D. There are 70 temples in this group. The Durga temple is noted for its sculptures. The Meguti temple is built of 630 small stone blocks. The Ravanaphadi Cave has some beautiful carvings. Pattadakal, referred to as Petrigal, reached its pinnacle of glory under the Chalukya kings from 7th to 9th centuries. The oldest in this group is the Sanghameswara Temple. The Mallikarjuna Temple has pillars depicting life of Krishna. Virupaksha temple has sculptures and panel scenes from the epics, the Ramayana & Mahabharata. The Papanatha Temple has impressive carvings on pillars and ceiling.

Tourism in KarnatakaDay 17 Badami Full day
Morning tour of Badami. Badami also known as Vatapi is rich with Hindu and Jain temples carved out of sand stone hills. The carved temples date back to the 6th century. Of these, three are Hindu and one Jain. Sculptured out of solid rock they are adorned with carvings. The Fort, on top of a hill encloses large granaries, treasury & a watch tower. The Malegitti Shivalaya temple set on the summit of a hill is built of stones without mortar.

Day 18 Goa drop (or) continue to Hyderabad
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 and it looks like a mini Taj Mahal!

Day 19 Bijapur- Gulbarga   Tourism in south India
Gulbarga, has a harmonious blend of both Hindu and Muslim cultures. Jumma Masjid is a huge mosque and is similar to the great Spanish mosque of Cordoba. The Khwaja Banda Nawaz tomb is an exquisite monument.

Day 20 Gulbarga - Hyderabad
Visit Charminar - Rectangular Four Arched Monumental Gate often described as the -The Arch of Triumph of the East, The Mecca Mosque & visit the Salar Jung Museum - one man collection of Manuscripts, ancient weapons, costumes & curios. Visit the High Court buildings.

Day 21 Hyderabad
Day free or optional tour to Golconda. Golconda Fort is situated on the Western outskirts of Hyderabad. The fort built in the 13th century, served the kings as a Stronghold, Administrative Centre and Market Place. See the expansive Roof Gardens. Also visit the Tombs of Qutab Shahi Kings in a beautiful domed Mausoleum surrounded by Gardens. The tombs follow certain pattern with Hindu style ornamentation, while important ones have their own Mosques.

Day 22 Departure
Transfer to airport to board the flight to Onward destination.        


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