All of South India - 8 Days

Tirupati – Pondicherry – Thanjavur – Kanyakumari – Kovalam

Day 1
Day 1 : Tirupati

As soon as you arrive first go to Sri Kalahasti temple, get Darshan of lord Shiva. Then rest for some time in your hotel and proceed to darshan at Tirumala Hills. Be sure to hit the queue at the right time, however the approxmiate wait time is 2 hrs approx, again it depends upon the rush. Once you are in the main temple ensure you are on the extreme end of your right side to have better glimpse of the lord. It\’s just about half a second or 1 second that you get to see the lord :). After that, do pray at Vimana Venkateshwara and offer donations in the Srivari Hundi only. Don\’t forget to take your laddus. After you are done with your shopping , please head towards Tiruchanoor Padmavati Temple

Day 2
Day 2 : Pondicherry

Pondicherry: The colonial past of Puducherry is hard to miss even by the casual walker on the promenade beach. There stands the statue of Francois Dupleix. Not too far away is one of Joan of Arc. It is a trip down France as one crosses symmetrically aligned streets in Puducherry. The Portuguese have been here, so have the Dutch, the Danes and the English. By the 18th century, this tiny fishing village had turned into a grand port city. The French first set foot here in 1670 and left a part of them when their undisturbed rule finished in 1954. Not much has changed since. The history has become punctuated. The air is filled with nostalgia and the present is living up to a heritage that speaks so much. A trip to Puducherry is like a journey in time with a vibrant present celebrating its interesting past; its history goes back to before Roman times, but factually started with the arrival of the French in 1673, who founded the town and built it to its present form, during the two and a half century they occupied it. Puducherry is the French interpretation of the original name Puducheri meaning new settlement. Many pilgrims have shared the town hospitality on their way to the temple town of Rameshwaram, thus enriching its culture.

On Arrival Check-in to the hotel. Relax for a while and proceed for the Pondicherry Local sight seeing which includes the Pondicherry Beach, Sri Aurobindo Ashram, Boat House, Auroville and Museum. Overnight stay at the Pondicherry hotel.

Day 3
Day 3 : Sight Seeing in Pondicherry

After breakfast proceed for the remaining sight seeing in Pondicherry which includes, Arrikamedu, JN Street, Ayee Mandapam, Bharathi Park, Memorial House. Overnight stay in Pondicherry hotel.

Day 4
Day 4 : Thanjavur

Thanjavur one of the 32 Districts of Tamilnadu, is popularly known as the Delta area and the Rice Bowl of Tamilnadu. It is believed that Thanjavur derived its name from Mythical Demon Tanjan. Thanjavur is 350 Kms from the State Capital Chennai. This district is a treasure house of Religion, Art and Architecture. There is any clear information about the history of the earlier Thanjavur. As per the earliest sources of information , the Medivial Cholas ruled and developed their empire between the 9th and 14th centuries, with Thanjavur as their Capital. Raja Raja Cholan was the prominent ruler amongst the Chola emperors . Thereafter, Pandiyas, Nayaks of Madurai, Thanjavur and the Marattahs have ruled this region. The cultural, Architectural and the scholarly pursuits of these rulers are reflected in the form of great monuments like Grand Anaicut, Big Temple and Serfoji Mahal Library [now called as Saraswathy Mahal Library] and so on. Many Temples of Thanjavur termed as Great Living Chola Temples , have been classified as the World Heritage Monuments by the UNESCO.

Tanjore or Thanjavur as it is now called, is an ancient Chola dynasty town renowned for the Brahadeeswara temple, now a World Heritage monument. On your arrival in Thanjavur check in to the hotel of your choice. Overnight in Thanjavur.

Day 5
Day 5 : Kanyakumari

Kanyakumari, India\’s lands end is where the three seas Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet, and hence the confluence is called Thriveni Sangamam. The beach itself is a beautiful sight, with multi-coloured sands and spectacular sunrises and sunsets as the sky and horizon break into a riot of color. Visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Gandhi Mandapam and Temple, Evening Visit Sunset Point. Overnight Stay at Hotel.

Day 6
Day 6 : Kovalam

Kovalam the International Beach destination of Kerala with shallow water for swimming and other water sports activities. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse – sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising etc.

Day 7
Day 7 : Trivandrum

Morning after breakfast proceed to Trivandrum located in the southwestern tip of India, bound by the Arabian Sea in the west and Tamil Nadu in the east. Named after Anantha Padmanabha or Lord Vishnu, the city is home to many ancient temples. The place has a long shoreline with internationally renowned beaches, historic monuments, backwater stretches and a rich cultural heritage make this district a much sought after tourist destination. Clean and green, Trivandrum the capital of Kerala is one of the most beautiful cities in the country. Go for a visit to Padmanabha Swamy temple, Napier Museum and Srichitra Art gallery. Have a look around to Horse palace near the Padmanabha swamy temple which houses numerous artifacts. Visit the zoo near to The Napier museum. The park has plenty to excite the animal lover in you. The Trivandrum zoo is one among the best designed in Asia and is set amidst woodland, lakes and lawns.

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Proceed to Kanyakumari for Day Trip (only if Included in Package Cost or Applicable Additional Cost). Kanyakumari, India lands end is where the three seas Arabian Sea, Indian Ocean and the Bay of Bengal meet, and hence the confluence is called Thriveni Sangamam.The beach itself is a beautiful sight, with multi-coloured sands and spectacular sunrises and sunsets as the sky and horizon break into a riot of color. Visit Vivekananda Rock Memorial, Gandhi Mandapam and Temple, Evening Visit Sunset Point. Evening Back to Kovalam & Overnight Stay at Hotel.

Day 8
Day 8 : Check out

Check out from Hotel. Drive to Airport / Railway Station for your onward journey.

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Trip Facts

  • Tirupati - Pondicherry - Thanjavur - Kanyakumari - Kovalam
  • 7 Nights / 8 Days