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The Splendour of the South

Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days

Places covered : Bangalore - Chennai - Mamalapuram - Pondicherry - Tiruchirapalli and Thanjavur - Madurai - Thiruvananthanpuram and poover - Kochi - Bangalore.

Day 01 : Monday - Bangalore- Chennai
Meeting point at the Leela Palace in Bangalore at 12.00.
After a god lunch depart for sightseeing of the metropolitan city of Bangalore. Towards the evening check In at the Bangalore Railway Station on your hotel train "The Golden Chariot" you comfortable home for the next week. Departure for Chennai at: 22.00 p.m

Day 02 : Tuesday - Mamallapuram & Chennai
Arrival at Chennai: 06.00 a.m
Excursion to Mamallapuram, an ancient coastal port, south of Chennai, world famous for its shore temple, Mamallapuram was the second capital and sea port of the Pallava Kings of Kanchipuram, the first Tamil dynasty after the fall of the Gupta Empire.

After lunch we proceed to visit the city of Chennai. Towards the evening return to the train and dinner onboard. Departure for Pondicherry after the dinner.

Day 03 : Wednesday - Pondicherry
Arrival at Pondicherry: 08:00 a.m
Pondicherry: In the Northern Tamil Nadu region, quite a contrast to the temple heritage, is located Pondicherry. Formerly a French colony settled early in the 18th century, Pondicherry became part of the Indian Union in the early 50's when the French voluntarily relinquished control. After diner the train continuous to Tiruchirapalli at around: 22:00 p.m.

Day 04 : Thursday - Tiruchirapalli & Thanjavur
Arrival in Tiruchirapalli early in the morning Trichy (Tiruchirapalli) - Situated on the banks of the River Kaveri, just 320 kms from Chennai, Trichy was a Chola Citadel during the Sangam Age when the Pandyas and Pallavas held sway over this region for short periods.

Day 05 : Friday - Madurai
Arrival in Madurai: 08:00 a.m.
Madurai - is an animated city packed with pilgrims, vendors, business people, bullock carts and legions of under employed rickshaw pullers. It is one of the Southern India's oldest cities and has been a center of learning and pilgrimage for centuries.

Day 06 : Saturday - Thiruvananthapuram and Poovar
The tour begins from "The Padamanabhaswami Temple", which, was constructed in the Dravidian style, by the Maharaja of Travancore in 1733. Only Hindus are allowed inside this temple. It has a 7 storey high tower with a curious pagoda - Shaped Peak. For lunch we continue to Poovar a beautiful island just off the coast of the Arabian sea. Lunch in a nice hotel and time to explore the beaches.
Evening Gala dinner with music and dance.

Day 07 : Sunday - Backwaters & Kochi
Arrival in Allepey: 09:00 a.m
From Alappuzha, enjoy the bewitching Vembanad lake, the largest backwater stretch in Kerala, cruising along in a traditional boat. We will take you to Kumarakom, one of the prime tourist attractions of Kerala. Lunch at kumarakom and afterwards drive to Kochi. In the evening Kathakali dance and dinner.

Departure at 22 p.m. for Bangalore.

Day 08 : Monday - Bangalore
Arrival at Bangalaore in the Morning. After breakfast departure to your next destination.

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