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Summary of Orissa and Treasures of the South
This Ultimate trip start from Kolkata, the capital of West Bengal famous for teeming bazaars, temples, clubs and golf courses, museums and elegant hotels and the River Hooghly winding through the city are all part of its charm. Orissa the tribal state of India – having vast population of tribal, beaches and famous for Rath Yatra of Shree Jagannath Ji in Puri. Puri is one of the four most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in India. In Puri, visit the great Jagannath Mandir (from outside) dedicated to Vishnu, the lord of the universe.
The southern India tour will start after reaching by air to Chennai (Capital state of Tamil Nadu) from Visakhapatnam. Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram), close to Chennai, is a marvelous open - air museum with sculptural panels, caves and monolithic rathas (chariots) set along a fabulous beach with an arrow of sculptured edifices, cave temples and bas reliefs. Drive down to the coast to visit Pondicherry and The Meenakshi Temple in Madurai (Great architectural work). At the end of the trip, enter the “GOD ’s OWN COUNTRY” Kerala famous for beautiful beaches (Kovalam), Houseboat & backwater, church, wildlife and yoga meditation.
Complete Daywise Itinerary
Day 01: Kolkata
Upon arrival at Kolkata airport, you will met and transferred to the hotel.
Day 02: Kolkata - Bhubaneswar
Morning sightseeing tour in Kolkata taking in some of the city highlights; drive past the Maidan, Fort William, Raj Bhawan visiting Victoria Memoria, Kali temple, the Jain temple, Parasnath and Missions of Charity, Mother Teresa’s Home. In the evening transfer to the airport to board the flight to Bhubaneswar (1 hr). Arrive and transfer to the hotel.
Day 03: Bhubaneswar
Full day tour in Bhubaneswar visit the 54m high Lingaraj Mandir dedicated to Tribhubaneswar, the lord of the three worlds, Bindu Sagar - an ancient water tank believed to contain water from every holy stream in India and the Parsurameswar Mandir, one of the best preserved ornate Shiva temples in the capital built in about 650 AD with cluster of 20 smaller temples around.
Day 04: Bhubaneswar - Puri
Morning visit Udaigiri & Khandagiri caves located some 6 km west of city. In the afternoon, drive to Puri (50 Km/1.5 hr) visiting Pipli village en route. Arrive Puri and check into hotel. Later visit the great Jagannath Mandir (from outside) dedicated to Vishnu, the lord of the universe. Overnight: Hotel.
Day 05: Puri- Konark - Gopalpur on sea
Morning drive to Konark (35 Kms/ 1 hr) to visit the mighty Sun Temple, a World Heritage site and one of India’s most astonishing temples. Drive to Gopalpur on sea (210 Kms/ 4-5 hrs) visiting Chilika Lake en route.
Day 06: Gopalpur on sea - Taptapani - Rayagada
Morning drive to the Rayagada (226 Kms/6 hrs) visiting the hot springs of Taptapani on the way. Rayagada lies close to the rolling hills and forests of the Eastern Ghat, home to Orissa’s indigenous tribes.
Day 07: Rayagada - Chatikona - Jeypore
Morning proceed to Chatikona to watch the interesting colorful weekly market (on Wednesday) of Doms, Desias and Dongoria Kondh Tribes. Dongoria Kondh tribe is one of most primitive tribe of the Kondh’s living in the high slopes of the Niyamagiri Hills. After visit drive down to Jeypore visiting Desia Kondh & Jharia Paroja villages. (205 Kms)
Day 08: Jeypore - Onkadeli - Lamptaput - Jeypore
Morning after breakfast drive to Onkadeli to see the fierce Bonda tribes when they come down for the trade at the weekly market on Thursday. They live in the remote hills and keep themselves isolated. Later proceed to Lamptaput and the nearby villages to see another interesting and primitive tribes of Orissa called Gadabas. (180 Kms)
Day 09: Jeypore - Visakhapatnam - Chennai
Morning transfer to Visakhapatnam airport (180 Kms/5-6 hrs) to connect the flight to Chennai (1 hr) in the afternoon. Arrive Chennai and transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.
Day 10: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)
Morning sightseeing tour of Chennai including bronze gallery in the government museum (closed on Fridays and public holidays). Later drive to Mahabalipuram (127 Kms) en route visiting the golden city of Kanchipuram, one of the seven sacred cities of India famous for its temples and silk saris & weavers. Arrive and check into hotel.
Day 11: Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram)
Morning visit Shore Temple which is architectural wonder created between 600 - 750 AD, Arjuna’s Penance - one of the world’s largest and finest relief carving constituting a rich and engrossing tale of Hindu mythology and the Ganesh Rathas.
Day 12: Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) - Pondicherry
Drive to Pondicherry (135 Kms/ 3-4 hrs), the former French colony. Arrive and check into hotel. After visit charming Indian coastal town.
Day 13: Pondicherry - Chidambaram - Thanjuvar (Tanjore)
Before drive to Thanjuvar, we will visit the Chidambaram (55 Kms/ 2 hrs) for the famous Lord Natraja’s (dancing Shiva) Temple. Afternoon drive to Thanjuvar (117 Kms/ 3 hrs), the ancient capital of Chola kings.
Day 14: Thanjuvar
Full day tour in Thanjavur, which includes the visit to Brihadishwara Temple, Thanjavur palace and the museum.
Day 15: Thanjuvar - Tiruchirappali (Trichy) - Madurai
Drive to Madurai (207 Kms) via the historic town Tiruchirappalli (Trichy). Arrive Madurai and check into hotel.
Day 16: Madurai
Madurai is one of south India’s oldest cities and famous for Sri Meenakshi Temple - a spectacular pastiche of Dravidian architecture, Tirumalai Nayak Palace - an Indo-Saracenic palace and the museum. Evening visit Madurai market.
Day 17: Madurai - Kanyakumari - Kovalam
Drive to Kovalam visiting Kanyakumari en route (325 Kms/ 7-8 hrs). In Kanyakumari, visit the Vivekananda memorial located over two rocky islands about 400 m offshore. Overnight: Hotel.
Day 18: Kovalam
Day is at leisure. Overnight: Hotel
Day 19: Kovalam - Quilon (Kollam) - Alleppey (Alappuzha)
Drive to Quilon (88 Kms/ 2 hrs) to board the houseboat for an overnight backwater cruise to Alleppey. With the Arabian Sea in the West and a vast network of lakes, lagoons and fresh water rivers criss-crossing it, Alleppey is a place of immense natural beauty with diverse animal and bird life.
Day 20: Alleppey - Cochin (Kochi)
After breakfast drive from Alleppey to Cochin (60 kms/ 2hrs). Arrive Cochin and check into hotel. Later visit the cochin city including Mattancherry Palace, St. Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing nets, Fort Cochin.
Day 21: Cochin - Departure
Transfer to airport for departure flight from Cochin.
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