7D South India

Place Covers: Chennai, Mysore, Ooty & Bangalore

Day 1: SINGAPORE – CHENNAI (B/L/D)

Depart for Chennai by Indian Airlines and on arrival transfer to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Chennai, Tamil Nadu’s capital, is the fourth largest city in India, after Calcutta, Bombay and Delhi. This coastal centre of trade has drawn traffic from all over the world for centuries and maintains a cosmopolitan quality as well as a Tamil air. The centre of South India’s film industry, its skyline is ablaze with bright movie billboards advertising the latest celluloid fantasies. There are several tourist attractions worth visiting in and around Chennai. Stretched over an area of 13 km, Marina Beach is the second longest beach in the world. The St. George Fort, built in 1653, is currently used as the state government’s secretariat. Santhome Cathedral was built around 14th century and is another colonial structure worth visiting. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kapaleeshwar Temple is the oldest temple in Chennai.

Day 2: CHENNAI (B/L/D)

After breakfast at the hotel proceed for city sightseeing of Chennai visiting Kapaleeswarar Temple, Velluvar Kottam and Marina Beach and Mahabalipuram with lunch en route. Late afternoon shopping in Chennai. Return to the hotel for overnight.

Day 3: CHENNAI – MYSORE (B/L/D)

After an early breakfast at the hotel, transfer to the railway station for the train to Mysore (2007 Shatabdi Express dep: 0600hrs/1300 hrs). On arrival at Mysore transfer to your hotel. Lunch at the hotel and later proceed for half day sightseeing of Mysore visiting Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace at Srirangapatna, the beautiful Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hills, and St. Philomena’s Church. Dinner and overnight at the hotel. Mysore city was the capital of the old royal Mysore province. The word Mysore expands to “Mahishasurana Ooru” which means the town of Mahishasura. The story goes that the demon Mahishasura was killed by goddess Chamundeshwari atop the Chamundi hill near Mysore, and hence the name. Ever since, the Mysore royal family has worshipped Chamundeshwari as the palace deity. Hills dedicated to her stand at the eastern end of Mysore town. To the people of India the word Mysore is synonymous with Sandalwood, silk and fine inlay-work using ivory. It’s the home of incense sticks (agarbathi) dipped in sandalwood oil perfume base.

Day 4: MYSORE – OOTY (B/L/D)

After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Ooty bt surface (approx. 158km @ 5hrs )On arrival at Ooty, proceed to the Hotel Sinclairs with lunch on arrival. Rest of the day at leisure. Dinner at the hotel. Ooty or Udhagamandalam, The “Queen of hill station” is the capital of Nilgiri district. It’s one of the best tourist resorts. Nilgiris is called as “Blue Mountains”. It is believed that the name Nila, has been in use for over 800 years since, the King of the Hoysalas Vishnu Vardhana, who ruled from 1104-1141 AD seized the Nilgiris Plateau. His general Ponisia recorded this fact in 1117 AD with mention of Todas. The name Nilgiri was due to the blue haze, which envelops the range with most distant hills of considerable size.

Day 5: OOTY (B/L/D)

After breakfast at the hotel, proceed for half day sightseeing of Ooty – visiting Ooty Lake –with an option for boating. Lunch at the hotel and afternoon free at leisure. (Optional – game of golf at one of the highest courses). Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 6: OOTY – BANGALORE (B/L/D)

After an early breakfast at the hotel. Early morning depart for Bangalore by surface (approx: 297kms/8hrs). Lunch will be provided en route at a local restaurant in Mysore. Arrive Bangalore and proceed to The Park Hotel. Late afternoon – City Tour of Banglore visiting Lalbagh, Vidhan Soudha and main bazaars for shopping Orientation of Bangalore city visiting Lalbagh, Vidhan Soudha and main bazaars for shopping. Oli Dinner at 8 pm and overnight at the hotel. (Tel: 91-80-5594666 Fax: 91-80-5594667).

Bangalore – It is a city for all seasons. Come any time of the year – Bangalore is beautiful. Take a stroll in evergreen Cubbon Park spread over an area of 500 acres dominated by the imposing granite building, the Vidhana Soudha, the public library, a children’s park and an aquarium are located here. Adjoining it are the government museum and the industrial and technological museum. Or take a leisurely walk around the Lal Bagh the 250-acre botanical gardens laid out by Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan over 200 years ago.

Day 7: BANGALORE – SINGAPORE (B/L/D)

Transfer to the airport for flight to Colombo.

Services included:

  • airfare on Indian Airlines – SIN / MAA x BLR / SIN
  • 6 nights accommodation in 4* hotels a
  • All meals as per itinerary
  • Transfers & tours by air-con car with entrance fees

Services excluded:

  • Airport/misc. taxes in Singapore & India
  • India visa fees
  • Personal expenses like drinks, laundry, telephone, etc

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