Heritage Tour

20 Nights

Day 1: Arrival at Bangalore Airport
A warm welcome by MJ Tours & Travel at Bangalore Airport where you will get transferred to the Hotel for a night's stay.

Day 2: Mysore
Nestled in the heart of India's Silicon Valley, Bangalore is the capital of new technologies in India. The city is also known for its pleasant climate. We will travel towards the city of Mysore, located 145 km from Bangalore. Along the way we will stop to enjoy a walk in the beautiful gardens of Brindavan, built close to the Krishna Raja Sagara reservoir. Arrived in Mysore, we will settle at the hotel before visiting in the evening the famous Mysore Palace. Amba Vilas Palace also called, it was the residence of the Wodeyars, the dynasty that ruled the kingdom of Mysore until the independence of India in 1947. After the Taj Mahal, that is the second most visited tourist attraction in India. We will stay there for a night.

Day 3: Ooty
This could be an interesting journey where the road to Ooty is very steep and hilly. Ooty is 125 km far away from Mysore. It will take four hours to reach there. Ooty was originally occupied by the Toda - tribal people living in this area - and the area came under the rule of the East India Company at the end of the 18th century. We will visit the famous Fernhills Palace which was the summer residence of Maharaja of Mysore. This palace resembles a Swiss Chalet and it is spread over 50 acres. In the evening we will visit the Government Botanical Garden and it is situated on the lower slopes of Doddabetta peak. As Ooty is a hill station the climate here will be on the cooler side and we will stay there for a night.

Day 4: Ooty
We can visit Ooty lake which offers a scenic boat ride. It was constructed in 1824 by John Sullivan, the first Collector of Ooty. Once a year in May one boat race is organized by the district of Nilgiris, where hundreds of tourists participate. We will move around wax museum in Ooty where statues of Indian personalities being displayed. It speaks volumes of Indian culture and heritage in a 142 year old bungalow in the Ooty-Coonoor road. Let us catch the night train and travel to Cochin for visiting more heritage destinations. Cochin 280 km far from Ooty and it will be seven hours journey.

Day 5: Cochin (Fort Cochin)
We will rest in the morning in a nice heritage hotel and we could walk around the Chinese fishing nets and St Francis church. Chinese fishing nets is a traditional fishing method use by most of the coastal areas in China and St Francis church is the memorial to Vasco da Gama who travelled to India three times. Incidentally Vasco da Gama died while he was visiting Fort Kochi and was buried here. We will head back to the hotel for a night stay.

Day 6: Fort Cochin
Let us visit the Mattancherry Dutch Palace and there we will be witnessing the Rajas life history. Mattanchetrry Dutch Palace was gifted by the Portuguese as a present to the Raja of Cochin around 1555. It depicts the Hindu Temple art, Portraits and exhibits the Rajas of Kochi. We will also visit the Paradesi Jewish Synagogue, It is the oldest active synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations. It was constructed in 1568. There are said to be seven synagogues earlier but this is the only one remains in use. Paradesi means refugees or immigrants. We go back to the hotel and get ready for a traditional Kerala Kathakali show.

Day 7: Alleppey
We will leave for Alleppey which is popularly known as the backwaters destination. It is set in the backdrop of Vembanad Lake which is the longest freshwater lake in Kerala. We stay in a Houseboat where we will appreciate the scenic view.

Day 8: Varkala
We travel towards Varkala which is a beach destination known for the cliff views and Ayurveda centres. Varkala hosts very popular 2000 year old Janardana Swamy Temple and it is believed that the king Pandyan was instructed by Lord Brahma to build a temple at this to redeem him of his sins. This place is also known as 'Papanasam' which literally means redemption from sins. We will end the day by visiting the temple and the cremation centre. Some parts of Varkala beach are used by Indian to scatter the ashes of their cremated date relatives into the sea. Devotees believes that the strong religious properties of the water will extend to the souls of their most recently departed. We stay in Varkala for one night.

Day 9: Kovalam
Let us head to Kovalam which is a beach town located near Trivandrum. Before we will get there, we will visit Thiruvanathapuram, the 'City of Lord Ananta'. The name derives from the deity of the Sri Padmanabhaswamy temple at the centre of the city. We will stop by and visit one of the most popular temple dedicated to lord Vishnu. Vishnu has 108 incarnations and for each of his incarnations one temple 'Divya Desam' has been erected in the world. This temple is one of them and considered to be the richest temple in the world. The Thiruvananthapuram Zoo is not far away and here we can see animals like Tigers, Lions, Crocodiles, Bears and Monkeys. We will reach Kovalam for a night's stay.

Day 10: Kovalam
In Kovalam, there are plenty of beaches with panoramic views, but Kovalam Lighthouse beach will be topping the list. It's a very clean beach, neatly maintained and an ideal beach for sunbathing. We will visit the Hawah and Samudra beaches in the evening. Boat ride and the water sports in these beaches are highly recommended and the morning sunrise will be a great experience too. We will make our way back to the hotel for a nights stay.

Day 11: Kanyakumari
Today we will head towards Kanyakumari which has been a great centre for art and religion for centuries. It was ruled by the Cholas, the Cheras, the Pandyas and the Nayaks. Kanyakumari is 85 km far from Kovalam and we will reach in two hours. In the evening, we will visit the famous Tamil poet Tiruvalluvar statue, Vivekananda Rock and Gandhi Mandabam. The Gandhi Memorial has been built on the spot where the urn containing the Mahatma's ashes was kept for public viewing before the immersion. This memorial was designed in such a way on Mahatma Gandhi's birthday, 2nd October, the first rays of the sun fall on the exact place where his ashes were kept. We will visit the Kanyakumari temple in the evening. This temple is located on the shore, it is a Shakti Peetha dedicated to 'Hindu Godess' Parvathi, the virgin goddess, did penance to obtain lord Shiva's hand and this temple is also referred as Kumari Amman Temple. We will stay there for a night.

Day 12: Tuticorin
We will move to Tuticorin which is a port city. It is 135 km far from Kanyakumari and it is known as the 'Pearl City' due to the pearl fishing carried out in the town. Before arriving to Tuticorin, we will visit the Srivaikundam temple which is dedicated to lord Vishnu. We will walk around and spend a quiet evening on the beach. We stay there for a night.

Day 13: Madurai
We travel to Madurai which is 150 km far from Tuticorin and we will visit The Kattabomman Memorial Fort. Kattabomman was a very noble freedom fighter, who contributed immensely to Indian freedom. From the memorial, we will have two hours drive to reach Madurai. We will walk around in the evening to get the feel of Madurai.

Day 14: Madurai
Today we will visit the famous Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to Parvathi, lord Shiva's wife. Built during 1623 to 1655 CE and known to host an estimated 33,000 sculptures, it was one of the top 30 nominees of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World'. We will start our visit by the 'Thousand Pillared Hall'. Each pillar portraits the Dravidian deities, just outside this hall, towards the west, are the Musical Pillars. Each pillar, when struck, produces a different musical note. Then we will finish by taking a look at the 'Pottramarai Kulam', ie. the Golden Lotus Temple Tank, where the famous Tamil poet Nakkeerar was found after Lord Shiva burnt him with his third eye 'referred as Nettrikkan in Tamil'. Afterwards we will reach the hotel for a night's stay.

Day 15: Trichy / Srirangam
We will start our journey towards Trichy which is 132 km far from Madurai. We will check-in and relax until the evening. By 4 p.m. we will visit Rockfort Ucchi Pillayar Temple and Srirangam Temple. Then let's visit the Uchi Pillaiyaar Temple, perched atop the rock, dedicated to Lord Ganesh. Srirangam is one of the most spiritual temples, dedicated to Ranganatha, a reclining form of Lord Vishnu.

Day 16: Tanjore
Lets get ready and be part of the rituals performed by Brahmin priests happening near the Cauvery River. Now it's time to move to Tanjore which is 60 km far from Trichy. Tanjore hosts most of the living Chola temples. We will visit Sri Brihadeeswarar Temple which is an UNESCO world heritage site. It was built at the beginning of 11th century CE by the Chola king Raja Raja Chola 1. We will be privileged to be part of Nandi Paalabishegam during the Poojas (Hindu rituals). Tanjore has also got lots of farming fields and Tanjore Painting is another interesting subject. We will return to the hotel for a night's stay.

Day 17: Chidambaram
It's time to travel towards another beautiful temple town 'Chidambaram' is 115 km away from Tanjore and we will reach it in three hours. On the way to Chidambaram we could stop by and visit another interesting temple called located in 'Gangaikonda Cholapuram' which is 72 km far away from Tanjore. This place was the capital of the Cholas when ruled by Rajendra Chola I. In the evening, by 5 p.m., we will visit the famous Chidambaram Thillai Nataraja Temple, dedicated to lord Shiva. The temple's earliest structures were designed and erected by Peruntaccan, a great temple architect. There will be special Pooja performed in the evening, (they say participating in this Pooja will bring true all your aspirations). Natyanjali is a prominent festival celebrated during February every year when Bharata Natyam dancers (classical Indian dance form that originated in the temples of Tamil Nadu) from all over the country converge to present dance offering to Nataraja. Lord Shiva is captured in pose as Nataraja performing the Ananda Tandava (Dance of delight) in the golden hall of shrine Pon Ambalam (refers to golden hall in Tamil). We will stay for a night here.

Day 18: Pondicherry
We will travel to Pondicherry which is 60 km from Chidambaram. Pondicherry was under the colonial powers like the Dutch, Portuguese, English and the French. The French acquired Pondicherry in 1674 and held control until 1954. However Pondicherry was truly ceded to India in 1962 and then became part of the Union Territory of Pondicherry from 1963. The old town still has examples of Franco-Tamil houses and they feature Tamil architectures as well as French influences. We will guide you through the heritage town and we will walk around to witness both the Tamil and French architectures. We will finish our day by spending some quiet time in Sri Aurobindo Ashram.

Day 19: Auroville
We will relax through until the evening and we will visit the famous Matrimandir 'Auroville' which is an experimental township founded by Mira Alfassa, known as 'The sweet Mother' in 1968. The Matrimandir is an ideal place for practising Yoga and Meditation. We could go to Auroville Beach and swim in the sea for a couple of hours. We will drive back to the hotel.

Day 20: Mahabalipuram
Transfer to a hotel in Mahabalipuram and we will relax until 3 p.m. Lets make a small visit to the architectural site, especially places like Sea Shore Temple, Arjuna Penance and Five Rathas.

Day 21: Transfer at Chennai Airport
It is a leisure day and you can be on the beach! Transfer to the Chennai Airport and make your way back with the Happy Memories.

Happy journey!

From 1480 per person based on 8 people

Package Includes:

  • Accommodation in 2 or 3-star hotels with breakfast included and twin-share rooms
  • AC taxi with English-speaking driver

Package does not include:

  • The Flight tickets
  • Any international airfare and airport tax
  • Visa Charges
  • Lunch and Dinner unless stated otherwise
  • Any personal, medical and evacuation insurance
  • Drinks and personal expenses
  • Tips

Depending on your arrival and departure time you may have to pay for the additional nights stay.