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Southern Splendour Tour

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The Deep South of India is a land of contrasts from frenetic Temple cities to placid back-waters, sweltering plains to cool hill stations. Enjoy the colour, history and vitality of this fascinating region of India.

DAY 1 IRELAND TO CHENNAI

Overnight flight to Chennai.

DAY 2 CHENNAI

Arrive Chennai. Morning at leisure. In the afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of the city filled with delightful colonial buildings still used as Government Offices, St Mary's Church and Marina Beach. 2 nights at the Hotel Marina Towers (Standard Grade Modern Hotel). (BB)

DAY 3 CHENNAI

Day at leisure to personally explore the capital city of Tamil Nadu.

DAY 4 TO PONDICHERRY VIA MAMALLAPURAM
Early morning drive to Pondicherry visiting the delightful ShoreTemple at Mamallapuram en route. In the afternoon tour the old French enclave of Pondicherry, visiting the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and International township of Auroville. Overnight at the Hotel Ananda Inn (Standard Grade Modern Hotel). (BB)

DAY 5 TO TANJORE VIA GANGAIKONDACHOLAPURAM AND DARASURAM
Early morning departure to Tanjore the ancient capital of the mighty Chola Empire. Visit the Temples at Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram. 2 nights at the Ideal River View (Standard Grade Resort). (BB)

DAY 6 TANJORE
Enjoy a morning sightseeing tour of Tanjore visiting the 11th C. Brihadeeswara Temple, Art Gallery and Palace Library. In the afternoon you will take an excursion to Trichy to see the Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple and finally climb the 437 steps to the Rock Fort Temple.

DAY 7 MADURAI
Morning drive to Madurai visiting Karaikudi enroute - lunch at Chattinadu Mansion in Karaikudi and short visit to the kings palace. Afternoon sightseeing tour of the magnificent Meenakshi Temple - a wonderful example of Dravidian architecture. 2 nights at the Hotel GRT Regency (Standard Grade Modern Hotel). (BB)

DAY 8 MADURAI
Day at leisure. Optional light and sound show in the evening.

DAY 9 COONOOR
Drive to Coonoor, ' The Queen of the Hill Stations', cool and refreshing after the heat of the Indian plains. 2 nights at the Taj Garden Retreat (First Class Period Hotel). (BB)

Day 10 COONOOR
Morning sightseeing including Sims Botanical Park. Afternoon at leisure - perhaps to take a ride on the 'Toy Train' to 'Ooty' or to visit the nearby Tea Plantations.

Day 11 MYSORE
After breakfast drive to Mysore - 'Sandalwood City'. After checking into the Hotel Sandesh the Prince (Standard Grade Modern Hotel) for 2 nights take an afternoon city tour visiting the Mysore Palace and Chamundi Hills with its impressive granite Nandi.

Day 12 MYSORE
Morning visit Somnathpur a magnificent 13th C star shaped Temple built in the Hoysala style. Afternoon at leisure to visit the colourful bazaars.

Day 13 BANGALORE
Morning drive to Bangalore - 'Silicon City' a vibrant city at the forefront of modern technology, visiting the ruined capital city of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan at Srirangapatnam. Remainder of the day at leisure. Overnight at the Vijay Residency (Standard Grade Modern Hotel). (BB)

Day 14 BANGALORE - IRELAND
Transfer to Bangalore International Airport for British Airways flight via Heathrow home.

Optional Beach Extension:
DAY 15 MAMALLAPURAM
Day at leisure until train journey to Chennai then transfer to Temple Bay Resort (First Class Beach Resort) for 5 nights. (BB)

DAY 20 CHENNAI - IRELAND
Transfer to Chennai International Airport for early morning flight home.

*Price includes: Return flights and taxes, hotel accommodation based on 2 adults sharing BB, transfers by road per itinerary, services of a driver and English speaking guides throughout, sightseeing tours and entrance fees.

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