Discover south

DISCOVER SOUTH 14 NIGHTS/ 15 DAYS

Bangalore,Hassan,Mysore ,Coonnoor,Madurai ,Kovalam,Alleppy ,Cochin,Munnar, Athirampilly

Day 01 : Bangalore/ Hassan 
Arrive Bangalore. Meet and greet at the airport and proceed toHassan (187km). On the way to Hassen visit Shravanabelagola one of the Jains pilgrimage center.  This temple is in five temple mountains about 19m height where one of the Statue of  Gomateshwara (980 A.D) 
Overnight stay at the hotel.
 
Shravanabelagola - Shravanabelagola - nestled by the Vindhyagiri and Chandragiri hills, protected by the monolith Bhagawan Bahubali and home of 2300 years of lain heritage - is a veritabk picture post card of history spanning centuries.
The verdant natural beauty for Shravanabelagola, with the swaying coconut trees and natural water bodies, bear testimony to the legendary mental strength of Tyaga (renunciation) and the soft tender message of Ahimsa (non violence) that embody the lain way of life.It is little wonder then that over centuries.
 
Day 02 : Hassan/ Coorg.
After breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to  Coorg on the way visit to two Hindu Temple, Chennakeshava Tempel of Belur and Hoysaleshava-Tempel in Halebid. 
Overnight stay at the hotel.
 
Chennakeshava Temple 
The temple was commissioned by Hoysala King Vishnuvardhana in 1117 CE. Scholars are divided about the reason why King Vishnuvardhana commissioned the construction of the temple. The military successes of Vishnuvardhana is considered a probable reason.Some scholars believe Vishnuvardhana commissioned the temple to surpass his overlords, the Western Chalukya Empire (who ruled from Basavakalyan), after his military victories against them.According to another theory, Vishnuvardhana was celebrating his victory against the Cholas of Tamil country in the battle of Talakad, which resulted in the annexation of Gangavadi (modern southern Karnataka) by the Hoysalas.Another explanation points to Vishnuvardhana's conversion from Jainism to Vaishnavism, considering this is predominantly a Vaishnava temple.The Hoysalas employed many noted architects and artisans who developed a new architectural tradition, which some historians call Karnata Dravida tradition.A total of 118 inscriptions have been recovered from the temple complex, covering the period between c. 1117 CE to 18th century, which give details of the artists employed, grants made to the temple and renovations.
 
Hoysaleshava-Temple 
Hoysaleswara temple is a temple dedicated to Hindu God Shiva. It was built in Halebidu (in modern Karnataka state) during the Hoysala Empire rule in the 12th century by King Vishnuvardhana. The construction was completed in 1121 CE. During the early 14th century, Halebidu was sacked and looted by Muslim invaders from northern India and the temple fell into a state of ruin and neglect. Previously known as Dorasamudra or Dwarasamudra, Halebidu is 16 km from Belur, 31 km from Hassan and 149 km from Mysore, in the state of Karnataka, India.
 
Day 03 : Coorg/ Mysore 
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and transfer to Mysore. Way to Mysore visits a Budhist Center Kuschalnagar in Bylakuppe and golden Temple. 
 
Budhist Center Kuschalnagar in Bylakuppe 
Bylakuppe is the Tibetitan Refugee resettlement, location of "Lugsum Samdupling" (established in 1961) and "Dickyi Larsoe" (established in 1969), in the west of Mysore district. The nearest town is Kushalnagar in Kodagu in the State of Karnataka.The Golden Temple in Bylakuppe, Karnataka, is a home for thousands of Tibetans living in exile and a center for Tibetan Buddhism in South India.The Tibetian refugees make up a population of about 10,000. It consists of a number of small camps/agricultural settlements close to each other, and has a number of monasteries, nunneries and temples in all the major Tibetan Buddhist traditions. Most notable among them are the large educational monastic institution Sera, the smaller Tashilunpo monastery (both in the Gelukpa tradition) and Namdroling monastery (in the Nyingma tradition). The spectacular Golden Temple which is also a major tourist spot in the area.
 
Golden Temple 
 
Golden Temple is located near Kushalnagar, around one hour from Coorg’s main town of Madikeri.The Golden Temple is an unexpected attraction of Coorg, but one that’s definitely worth seeing. The monastery is home to hundreds of monks, with the Tibetan settlement apparently being the second largest in India. The area is full of culture. There’s a small shopping centre selling colourful Tibetan products as well.
 
 
Day 04 : Mysore/ Coonnoor
Morning after breakfast proceed to Coonoor, It’s about 1,500 m height from Sea level. We travel through Tea estate, on the way we may see some animals. 
Over night stay in Ootty ( Coonoor )
 
Coonnoor -
 
Day 05 : Coonnor / Madurai 
Breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast proceed to Madurai, more than 2,500 years old, known as the Athens of the east. Overnight stay at the hotel in Madurai.
  
Day 06 : Madurai
Breakfast at the hotel. Full day enjoy an ancient city, more than 2,500 years old, known as the Athens of the east. Enjoy the glorious temple architecture of Meenakshi temple. Overnight stay at the hotel in Madurai.
 
Madurai or the "city of nectar" is the oldest and second largest city of Tamil Nadu. This city is located on Vaigai River and was the capital of Pandyan rulers till the 14th century. The Pandyan king, Kulasekhara had built a gorgeous temple around which he created a lotus shaped city. Mythology says when city was being named; Lord Shiva blessed the city and its people. On the auspicious occasion some Divine nectar ("Madhu") fell from the matted locks of Shiva and hence the city was named "Madhurapuri". This sacred town of south attracts thousands of pilgrims and visitors from India as well as abroad. Madurai is synonymous with The Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace, Mariamman Tank, Koodal Alagar Temple, Gandhi Museum and Government Museum.
Meenakshi Temple - In the Ashta Shakti Mandapam inside the temple, the sculpted pillars tell the story of the beautiful princess of Madurai and her marriage to Lord Siva. The pillars of the Mandapam are decorated with scenes from the wedding of Meenakshi and Sundareswarar. The life of Madurai revolves around the Sri Meenakshi Sundareswarar temple. This magnificently carved temple is the main attraction of Madurai and its huge Gopurams towers over the city. Meenakshi temple has a thousand pillared 'Mandapam'. Precisely there are 985 pillars and each of them is delicately and exquisitely carved. Among these are the musical pillars, which produce music when tapped. Surprisingly, these musical pillars are carved out of a single granite rock. The temple has been a hub of Tamil culture and has been sponsoring literature, art, music, and dance in the region for a long time.
 
Day 07 : Madurai / Kovalam – 4 Hrs approx.
Morning after Breakfast proceed to Knyakumari. After Lunch visit Vivekanada Rock, Kanyakumari temple, Gandhi Memorial etc. Evening  proceed to Poovar Islands
Over night stay in Kovalam ( Kovalam )
 
Vivekananda Rock 
Vivekananda Rock Memorial is a sacred monument and popular tourist attraction in Kanyakumari, India. The memorial stands on one of two rocks located about 500 meters off mainland India's southernmost tip. It was built in 1970 by the Vivekananda Rock Memorial Committee in honour of the visit of the great spiritual teacher Swami Vivekananda to Shripada Parai during the month of December 1892 for deep meditation and enlightenment. He swam to this rock and meditated about the past, present and future of India. It is said that he attained enlightenment on the rock, and henceforth became a reformer and philosopher.
 
Kanyakumari Temple 
 
The main entrance to the temple is through the northern gate though the deity is facing east. The eastern entrance is kept closed except on special occasions when the deity is taken out for ceremonial bath. 
 
Three corridors surround the sanctum. The outer corridor has no special shrines, but after a walk round it the devotees cross the 'Navarathiri mandapam' and a pathway leads to the second corridor encircling the shrine. There stands the flag mast or 'Kodisthambam'. From here you can have a clear view of the Goddess. A move further forward will take you in front of the sanctum.
 
Gandhi Memorial 
 
The Gandhi Memorial, Kanyakumari is temple built in 1956, to commemorate Mohanlal Karamchand Gandhi, better known as Gandhi. Gandhiji, the ambassador of Indian struggle for independence is considered the father of the nation. After his death, shortly after the independence his body was cremated and the ashes disposed off in the sea adjoining Kanyakumari. The ashes, before being disposed off, were kept at the spot where the present Gandhi Memorial stands. The temple lies in the close proximity of the Amman temple.
 
Day 08 : Kovalam
Full day explore the beauty of beaches & option for Ayurvedic massages (Direct payment at the resort) at the resort. Overnight at the resort.
 
Kovalam is reckoned as the most trendy beach retreat in India. A combination of three small beaches, Kovalam, meaning "a groove of coconut trees," is just 16 km from the state capital of Kerala - Thiruvananthapuram. The sheltered natural bay, the azure blue waters and the sumptuous spread of green palm groves make it a tropical paradise of sorts. This enchanting strip of golden sands is laced with the rich greenery of coconut palms. With high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights. One can walk into the sea about 100 meters. The underwater views, which are visible during snorkeling, are really marvelous.
  
Day 09 : Kovalam/Trivandrum
Morning ; Morning after breakfast proceed to Trivandrum site seeing visiting Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace Museum in Trivandrum is one of the legendary museums in Trivandrum city. Afternoon rest & relax in the resort. Ayurveda Massage is an Optional.
Overnight stay in Poovar Islands ( Kovalam )
 
Puthenmalika (Kuthiramalika) Palace Museum 
 
The palace gets its name from the 122 horses that are carved into the wooden wall brackets that support the southern roof. The official name of the palace is Puthen Malika (New Mansion). The palace forms part of a vast complex of royal buildings in the vicinity of Padmanabhaswamy Temple. The building was left unoccupied for more than a century, following the demise of Swathi Thirunal in 1846.
 
A view of the 'horses' at Kuthira MalikaBuilt in the 1840s, Kuthira Malika is a fine example of traditional Kerala architecture, with its typical sloping roofs, overhanging eaves, pillared verandahs and enclosed courtyards. Intricate carvings adorn the wooden ceilings with each room having a distinctive pattern.
 
A portion of Kuthira Malika has been converted to a Palace Museum that houses some of the assets owned by the Travancore Royal Family. The collection includes Kathakali mannequins, Belgian mirrors, crystal chandeliers, paintings, armaments, musical instruments, traditional furniture and other artifacts. On the right side of the mannequins are the ivory cradles of various sizes. The palace has on display two royal thrones, one made of ivory and the other of Bohemian crystal with the Tranvancore emblem 'conch' adorning the top of the backrest. The palace has a large collection of idols and sculptures made from white marble.
 
On the first floor are rooms that once served as the audience chamber, the library and an alcove that Swathi Thirunal used for meditating and for conceiving many of his famous musical compositions. This place offers a direct view of the Padmanabhaswamy temple gopuram. One of the rooms displays an illusion portraint of Sree Chithira Thirunal Balarama Varma, painted by Svetoslav Roerich. The face and the shoes of the king appear facing the onlooker from every corner of the room.
  
Day 10: Kovalam/ Alleppy 
After breakfast check-out from the hotel and proceed to Alleppy and embark for the houseboat cruise to enjoy the breathtaking view of the untouched and otherwise inaccessible rural Kerala. Enjoy your Lunch & Dinner on board. Overnight stay at the houseboat.
 
What is truly magical about a houseboat ride is the breathtaking view of the untouched and otherwise inaccessible rural Kerala that it offers. The houseboats have all the creature comforts of a good hotel including furnished bedrooms, modern toilets, cozy living rooms, a kitchen and even a balcony for angling. Meals would be cooked on board and supplemented with fresh fish from the backwaters. Today, the tradition is still continued and the food from the local cuisine is served by the Kuttanad localities, on board. The name Backwaters brings you the very thought of Houseboats. Food and leisurely times spent on-board with the feeling and privacy of house as well as enjoying the natural beauty. A Cruise amidst marvelous mangrove forests, captivating coconut canopies, swaying palms, mangrove forests, pulsating paddy fields sprinkled with enchanting waterways and canals decked with white lilies, can be quite a rejuvenating experience for the weary traveler. Enjoying a cruise in these backwaters is not to be missed, as it leaves you feeling fully rejenuvated. The banks of these backwaters in Kerala are the most enchanting picnic spots. You get to experience the native way of living.
 
Day 11 : Alleppy/ Cochin
Morning, after breakfast, check-out from the houseboat and proceed to cochin. Afternoon on a short Cochin city tour exploring Chinese fishing nets, St.Francis church, the Jewish synagogue, Dutch palace etc… check-in. Overnight stay at the resort.
 
Cochin Sightseeing - St Francis Church, built in 1510 by friars brought to India by Vasco da Gama, is the first European church built in India and is the site where Vasco da Gama was buried. The Jewish Synagogue was built in 1568, Chinese hand-painted tiles are one of the attraction. This, the only Synagogue in India has a nostalgic past of a Jewish Diaspora. The "Dutch Palace" was built in the 1550s; the palace contains excellent mythological murals and a rare example of traditional Keralite flooring - a subtle mix of burnt coconut shells, lime, plant juices and egg whites - which gives the effect of polished marble.
 
Day 12 : Cochin – Guruvayoor – Kodungaloor – Cochin
After breakfast, proceed to Guruvayoor. Visit Guruvayoor Elephant Camp (Anakottil) at Punnathoorkotta. Later visit St.Thomas Church, Kodungaloor. Return to Cochin. Overnight stay at the hotel in Cochin.
 
Punnathur Kotta:This lovely elephant sanctuary is attached to the Sree Krishna Temple at Guruvayoor. The open green area is the home of around 55 temple elephants. An utterly captivating place indeed! 
Kodungallur situated on the west coast, was once a great port of the Chera rulers of Tamilnadu. It was known by the Greek as the Muziris and is a place immersed in rich history. Kodungalloor is surrounded by backwaters and the sea is also famous as Cranganore and has an illustrious past, to tell. It is said to be the place where St. Thomas first preached Christianity in India. St.Thomas Church: Christs apostle St Thomas is believed to have landed in Kodungalloor (formerly called Muziris) in 52 AD. The St.Thomas Church established by him houses ancient relics. St. Thomas is portrayed in the gospels as a courageous and challenging personality. He had preached the gospel from Ethiopia to China. Many a church in West Asia considers him as the father of its faith. At Kodungalloor, he established the first Christian church in India and is the architect behind other Churches in Kerala: Kodungallur, Kottakkavu, Palayur, Kollam, Kokkamangalam, Niranam and Nilackal. 
 
Day 13 : Cochin – Munnar 
After breakfast, check-out from the resort and proceed to Munnar,.Overnight stay at the hotel in Munnar.
 
Munnar
 
Munnar - breathtakingly beautiful - a haven of peace and tranquility - the idyllic tourist destination in God's own country.Set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district, Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. Unending expanse of tea plantations - pristine valleys and mountains- exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests - aroma of spice scented cool air - yes! Munnar has all these and more. It's the place you would love to visit - it's the place you would wish never to leave- so welcome - log on to munnar.com for all information on Munnar anytime, every time.
 
Day 14 : Munnar – Athirampilly
After Lunch, proceed to Athirampilly.. Overnight stay at the hotel in Athirampilly.
 
Athirampilly
 
Athirappilly Falls is situated in Athirappilly panchayath in Thrissur district of Kerala, on the southwest coast of India. Located on the west-flowing Chalakudy River near the Vazhachal Forest Division and the Sholayar ranges, this 24-metre (80 ft) waterfall and the nearby Vazhachal Falls are popular tourist destinations.
 
The Chalakudy River, 145 kilometres (90 mi) long, originates in the Anamudi mountains (Western Ghats)[1] and flows through the Vazhachal Forest toward the Arabian Sea. Forest wildlife includes the Asiatic elephant, tiger, leopard, bison, sambar, and lion-tailed macaque. Plantations in the area contain teak, bamboo, and eucalyptus. The river initially runs smoothly but becomes more turbulent as it nears Athirappilly. At Athirappilly Falls, the water surges around big rocks and cascades down in three separate plumes. Below the falls, the river remains turbulent for about 1 kilometre (0.6 mi) until it reaches Kannamkuzhi. Then it calms and flows smoothly until reaching the dam at Thumburmuzhi.
 
Day 15 : Depart Cochin.
Like all good things,your holiday experience comes to an end but you will always carry with you memories of this unique and unforgettable experience.Today, you will be assisted and transferred to Cochin International airport for your flight home!!
 
Tour Ends…