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Treasures of South

Tour Amount:-Rs.800

A Deccan Odyssey and a Gambol in Goa(17 Days)

Season : August to May 
Best time : October to March

The tour takes you on a discovery of the lost kingdoms of the Deccan Plateau and the exciting beaches of Goa.

For centuries, kingdoms great and small rose, flourished and fell in the harsh environs of the great Deccan Plateau in the southern enclaves of the Indian sub-continent. Peppered with tales of heroism and battles galore of treasures & cultural folklore, even today the Deccan Plateau remains a mysterious wonderland for travellers seeking new horizons to explore. The port town of Madras along the famous Coromandal Coast of south eastern India, steeped in history itself, is an excellent base for exploring the heritage offerings of the Deccan region. Kanchipuram and Mahbalipuram, within easy access, open up a treasure trove of ancient temples by the sea and a textile heritage dating back several centuries. Leaving the sea behind and moving past the verdantly picturesque hinterland set out for deep countryside to the city of Mysore which showcases its historic past in its stunning palaces and temples.

To the north, wonder at the great temple sites at Belur and Halebid, and the baroque stylistic explorations situated in the Hoysala's great temple ruins. At Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, marvel at the expanse brooding ruins of the capital of the mighty Vijayanagara Empire. Journey into the heartland of the Deccan to Bijapur, the walled Islamic enclave of power and glory, before heading out to the Chalukyan seats of power at Badami, Aihole and Pattadakal. The architectural diversity and splendour of these excellently preserved sites document the Deccan's fabulous past. Admire these awesome sites then head off for Goa for a leisurely sojourn amongst the tropical sands and the balmy sea breezes.

ITINERARY Day 1 - Fly to Chennai (Madras). 

Day 2 - Meet and transfer to Hotel Taj Connemara. Evening - City tour. 

Day 3 - Excursion to Kanchipuram and Mahabalipuram.

Day 4 - Morning - Train to Mysore. Afternoon - City tour. Stay at Hotel Metropole.

Day 5 - Morning - Excursion to Sringapatanam. Afternoon- At leisure. 

Day 6 - Drive 4hrs to Chikamagalur via Sravanabelagola. Stay at Taj Garden Retreat.

Day 7 - Excursions to Belur and Halebid.

Day 8 - A 6 hr drive to Hospet the base for exploring ruins of Hampi. Stay at MalligiTourist Home. 

Day 9 - Tour of Hampi.

Day 10 - Drive 3 hrs to Bijapur. City sightseeing. Stay at Madhuvan Hotel.

Day 11 - Drive 3 hrs to Badami. Excursions to nearby Aihole and Pattadakal.

Day 12 - Badami - Explore at leisure 

Day 13 - Badami / Goa - Morning- A 5-6 hr drive. Stay at Taj Holiday Village or Taj Exotica.

Day 14 /15 /16 - Goa - Relax.

Day 17 - Fly Home via Bombay (Mumbai).