Culture of South India and Andaman Islands

18 NIGHTS | 19 DAYS

Region, State: Hyderabad, Hampi, Bangalore, Kabini, Mysore, Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Port Blair, Havelock Island, Neil Island

Itinerary at a Glance:

Day Activities
Day 1 Arrival-Hyderabad
Day 2 Hyderabad
Day 3 Hyderabad – Vidyanagar - Hampi
Day 4 Hampi
Day 5 Hampi – Vidyanagar - Bangalore
Day 6 Bangalore - Kabini
Day 7 Kabini
Day 8 Kabini - Mysore
Day 9 Mysore
Day 10 Mysore – Bangalore - Chennai
Day 11 Chennai - Mahabalipuram
Day 12 Mahabalipuram
Day 13 Mahabalipuram – Chennai – Port Blair
Day 14 Port Blair – Havelock Island
Day 15 Havelock Island
Day 16 Havelock Island – Neil Island
Day 17 Neil Island
Day 18 Neil Island – Port Blair
Day 19 Port Blair – Chennai - Departure

DETAILED ITINERARY

Day 1: Arrival - Hyderabad

On arrival in Hyderabad, our representative will meet you at the Airport and you will be taken to the hotel.

Overnight at hotel (No meals)

Day 2: Hyderabad

After breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing of Hyderabad.

We will visit an amazing blend of Indo-Islamic architecture; Charminar represents the glorious history of the city. Built in 1591 by Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah, Charminar is a square-shaped structure which is 56 meters high and 30 meters wide. Popularly known as ‘Arc de Triomphe of the East’, Charminar was constructed in the honour of Bhagmati, wife of Sultan Mohammed Quli Qutb Shah; immediately after he had shifted his capital to Hyderabad, which was earlier in Golconda.

After Charminar visit one of the oldest and most popular shopping areas of Hyderabad, Laad Bazaar is located adjacent to Charminar. It is said that this market was equally lively even during the times of the Qutub Shahis and the Nizams. Presenting anages old heritage, the “Laad Bazaar” has got its name from the word “Laad” meaning Lacquer. This market boasts of an incomparable varieties of bangles, which have Lacquer has one of its key material.

Located atop280-foot-high hillock of Kalapahad, the beautiful Birla Mandir has derived its name from the industrialist Birlas who have constructed Birla temples in various parts of the country. Constructed in 1976, it is said it took close to 2000 tonnes of white marbles to build this stunning temple which was brought from Rajasthan.

Later we will visit Chowmahalla Palace, withliteral meaning of ‘four palaces’ in Urdu language was built in the 18th century. It was during the reign of fifth Nizam, Afzar-ud-Daulah, Asaf Jav V, from 1857 to 1869, that the palace was completed. Initially spread across an area of 45 acres, the palace now covers 12 acres of land.

Evening is free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 3: Hyderabad to Vidyanagar by flight: 2T 183 at 1145 / 1255 Hrs.
Vidyanagar to Hampi by road: Approx. 29 Kms. / 18 Mi. / 40 Mins.

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and transfer to airport to board your flight to Vidyanagar.

A village in northern Karnataka in India, Hampi is a haven to travellers from all over the world. Stunningly beautiful, this idyllic place sprawls on the sides of River Tungabhadra and is one of the sites to house ruins of the Vijayanagara Empire. UNESCO has credited Hampi ruins as a World Heritage Site and rightly so, for visiting these ruins is more like a lesson in history and lost kingdoms.

Arrive Vidyanagar and drive to Hampi. On arrival in Hampi, check into your hotel.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 4: Hampi

After breakfast ready for sightseeing tour of Hampi, a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Someone rightly said “If dreams were made out of stone, it would be Hampi

The foundation of the Vijayanagara Empire was laid in Hampi in 1336 A.D, making it the capital of the largest empire in post-mogul India. It later became famous for its support towards renovation/reconstruction of temples re-establishment of Indian culture, its support for music, art and literature throughout India. Today the ruins silently narrate the story of grandeur and fabulous wealth, palaces and gateways of the broken city tells a tale of men of infinite talent and power of creativity together with his capacity for senseless destruction.

Vithala Temple Complex - The most splendid monument of Hampi is undoubtedly the Vithala Temple Complex with its 56 musical pillars. Here see the famous Stone Chariot with stone wheels that revolve. In front of the shrine stands the great mantapa. Resting on a richly sculpted basement, its roof is supported by huge pillars of granite, each consisting of a central pillar surrounded by detached shafts, all cut from one single block of stone.

The Virupaksha Temple rises majestically at the western end of the famous Hampi Bazaar. The temple has a 120 feet tall tower on its eastern entrance. The temple contains the shrines of Shiva, Pampa and Bhuvaneswari.Parts of this temple are older than the Vijayanagar kingdom itself. The work of this style dates back to the 11th or 12th century.

Hazara Ramaswami temple is believed to have been the private place of worship of the royal family. The chief attraction of the temple is the series of scenes from the Ramayana carved on two of the inside walls of the mantapa. The genesis of the place known today as Hampi dates back to the age of the Hindu epic Ramayana when it was the site of Kishkinda, a monkey kingdom.

Later visit the Achyutaraya Temple and walk through the bazaars of Sule and Hampi.

Return to hotel by evening.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 5: Hampi to Vidyanagar by road: Approx. 29 Kms. / 18 Mi. / 40 Mins.
Vidyanagar to Bangalore by flight: 2T 418 at 1355 / 1455 Hrs.

After breakfast, check out from hotel and drive to Vidyanagar airport to board your flight to Bangalore. On arrival in Bangalore, check into your hotel.

Rest of the day is free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 6: Bangalore to Kabini by road: Approx. 210 Kms. / 130 Mi. / 5 Hrs.

After breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Kabini.

Kabini is the most beautiful forest gateways since it combines hills, forests and river. Part of the Nagarhole National Park, it is on the periphery and is beautifully located with thick forest on one side and a gentle river on the other. Though named after the river, the area is actually the banks of the backwaters of the dam built across the river Kapila.

On arrival in Kabini, transfer to your hotel. Evening is free t relax at resort.

Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

Day 7: Kabini

Morning enjoy boat safari on Kabini river to witness the wildlife. Post lunch proceed for the another safari by canter.
Evening is free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel (B, L, D)

Day 8: Kabini to Mysore by road: Approx. 75 Kms. / 47 Mi. / 2 Hrs.

Morning have breakfast at hotel. Later check out and drive to Mysore.
known as the City of Palaces, Mysore retains a quaint charm that never fails to enchant with its rich heritage, magnificent palaces, beautifully laid-out gardens, imposing buildings, broad shady avenues and sacred temples. The charm of this city leaves no one untouched. Situated in the southern part of the Deccan Plateau, Mysore has played a significant role in the history of South India.

On arrival, check into hotel.

Later in the evening proceed for guided walk of the city and Walk by some charming old heritage structures that have played host to greats such as Gandhi and Nehru. See how the story of Mysore connects to several significant historical events around the world. As locals to the best food places in town so that you can bite into delicacies that you’ll remember!

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 9: Mysore

After breakfast proceed for guided sightseeing of Mysore.

Mysore Palace, a priceless national treasure and the pride of a kingdom, the Mysore Palace was built over a thousand years ago, in AD 897. After a fire in 1897, Krishnaraja Wodeyar IV rebuilt the palace as we see it today, under the supervision of architect Henry Irwin. An eclectic synthesis of architectural styles the palace is one of India’s most dramatic national monuments. Today it is a museum housing treasures from across the world reflecting the rich and colorful history of the erstwhile princely state of Mysore.

Also, visit Jagan Mohan Art Gallery, the Gallery has an excellent collection of decorative arts from across the world that includes several examples of furniture, silver, glass, pewter, ceramics and textiles. Highlights of the exhibition are the display of English glass, exquisite Japanese porcelain and wooden furniture and carvings from China. The ground floor is devoted to the Mysore royal family. There are portraits and murals that depict the genealogy of the Mysore kings and princes including detailed paintings of royal weddings.Another exhibit at the gallery is the display of musical instruments, which includes an excellent collection of traditional Indian instruments like the veena, sitar, sarangi, tabla and mridangam.

Later visit Chamundi Hills is about 13 kms from Mysore and atop the hills is the famous Chamundi temple. ‘Chamundi’ is the fierce form of ‘Shakti’. She is the slayer of demons. She is the tutelary deity of the Mysore Maharajas and the presiding deity of Mysore whose people hold her in great esteem. For several centuries they have held the Goddess, Chamundi, in great reverence. A panoramic view of the city is seen from the top of the hills.

Evening is free to walk around the colouful local market of Mysore.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 10: Mysore to Bangalore by road: Approx. 150 Kms. / 94 Mi. / 3 Hrs.
Bangalore to Chennai by flight: 9W 873 at 1630 / 1735 Hrs.

After breakfast check out from hotel and drive to Bangalore airport to board your flight to Chennai.

On arrival, check into your hotel. Evening is free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 11: Chennai to Mahabalipuram by road: Approx. 50 Kms. / 31 Mi. / 1 Hr.

Morning after breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing of Chennai

Fort St. George which was built by the British East India Company and also houses a small quaint museum known as the Fort Museum.

Later visit San Thome Basilica, a Roman Catholic basilica, built in 16th century by a Portuguese explorer over the tomb of Saint Thomas.

Later in the afternoon drive to Mahabalipuram.

An archaeologist's delight, this city boasts a large collection of ornate stone-carvings, made on uncut rocks, which lay scattered in the complex and make it seem like an open museum.

On arrival, check into your hotel. Evening is free at leisure.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 12: Mahabalipuram

Morning after breakfast, embark on a half-day excursion to Kanchipuram, also known as the ‘City of a thousand temples’.

The most famous of these are the Ekambeshwara temple and the Varaderajaswamy temple. Drive back to Mahabalipuram to explore its five ‘Pagodas,’ or chariots.  

Mahabalipuram is commonly known as the “City of the Seven Pagodas,” even though five of the seven pagodas are actually rathas (stone chariots). The Pallavas, the ruling power of South India during the 7th and 8th Centuries and prolific patrons of the arts, reached their greatest architectural achievement in the visually dramatic temples at Mahabalipuram. A wealthy maritime trade with Southeast Asia enabled the Pallava monarchs to construct a large number of temples and sculptural programs, which garnered them both religious merit and promoted the political and social ideals of South Indian society.

Later visit the photogenic and windswept Shore Temple, dramatically perched near a promontory overlooking the Bay of Bengal. You can see the aforementioned Panch Rathas (Five Stone Chariots), at the southern end of town. The rathas, which date to the 7th Century, are extraordinary examples of rock shrines made from monolithic stone and are named for the heroes of the epic Indian tale the Mahabharata.

In the centre of Mahabalipuram is the main cluster of temples and rock sculptures. Life size stone statues of an elephant, bull and a lion guard these delicately sculptured temples. Depictions of scenes from Indian mythology carved out of stone cover the temples. One of the most elaborate is the Bhagirathi’s Penance, which despite its mammoth proportions, is intricately carved. So large is the bas-relief that it is often described as a “fresco in stone.” In fact, a number of stonecutters still work in Mahabalipuram and continue to produce high-quality traditional sculptures.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 13: Mahabalipuram to Chennai by road: Approx. 50 Kms. / 31 Mi. / 1 Hr.
Chennai to Port Blair by flight: 6E 188 at 0825 / 1040 Hrs.

After early breakfast, check out from hotel and transfer to Chennai airport to board your flight to Port Blair.  On arrival, check into your hotel.

Proceed to Carbyns Cove Beach, it is 7 Kms from the town, is the coconut-palm fringed beach, ideal for swimming, surfing and sun-basking. Visit Anthropological Museum & Cellular Jail. At Evening time you can observe -The saga of the heroic freedom struggle is brought alive in “SOUND & LIGHT SHOW” in Cellular Jail.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 14: Port Blair to Havelock Island by ferry

Today we will by ferry you will be taken to Andaman’s most fascinating Island known as Havelock Island.

With snow-white beaches, teal shallows, a coast crammed with beach huts and some of the best diving in South Asia, Havelock has a well-deserved reputation as a backpacker paradise. Havelock Island at the Andaman is the most popular spot for scuba diving. Home to one of the richest coral reef ecosystem in the world, the waters here are pristine, and teeming with diverse marine life.

On arrival, check into your hotel. Evening is free to unwind at the beach.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 15: Havelock Island

Morning have breakfast at hotel. Later proceed to the famous for Radha Nagar Beach, one of the best beach in Asia.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 16: Havelock Island to Neil Island by ferry

Today we will by ferry you will be taken to Neil Island.

Neil Island is a tiny but beautiful island, with unexplored coral reefs, brilliant bio-diversity, white sandy beaches and tropical forest and vegetation; it is one of the hot tourist spots in the Andaman. is known as the ‘vegetable bowl’ of the Andaman. The settlers named the beaches after mythical characters of the epic Ramayana (Bharatpur, Laxmanpur, Sitapur, Ramnagar etc.)

On arrival, check into your hotel. Evening is free to unwind at the beach.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 17: Neil Island

Morning have breakfast at hotel. Later explore the few of the best beaches of Andaman, known for swimming and coral-watching with a vast sandy stretch.  The beaches are a broad spur of white shell sand with shallow water and offer a good snorkelling option. Sunbathing and swimming are other activities. One can view spectacular sun-set from the beaches.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 18: Neil Island to Port Blair by ferry

Morning have breakfast at hotel. Later check out and transfer to jetty to board your ferry to Port Blair.

On arrival, check into your hotel and relax.

Overnight at hotel (B)

Day 19: Port Blair to Chennai by flight: 6E 624 at 1110 / 1320 Hrs.

After having breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to airport to board your flight to Chennai to connect your international flight.

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