18 Days | South India Heritage tour by Train

18 Days | South India Heritage tour by Train

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South India Heritage tour by Train
Bombay

Aurangabad

Hyderabad

Chennai

Trichy

Tour Overview

Get to experience the beauty of ancient history at the South India Heritage and Historical tour by Train.

India is a country that consists of multiple languages, cultures, religions, and traditions. It incorporates all of them equally which make it diverse. Many rulers and emperors belonging to the Rajput, Chola, Sultan, and Mughal dynasty have ruled in India for years and have left behind great architecture which serves as center of attraction to many tourists. The beauty of country’s ancient history lives its ancient landmarks that one must visit Through the tour, get to witness the rich diversity of the country. Get to witness rock-cut monuments, fortifications, Dravidian styled temples, Rajput styled temples, museums, gardens, parks, and lakes. Enjoy this tour with your friends and family and get to see a variety of breathtaking monuments.

The tour begins at Mumbai from where you will be travelling to Aurangabad, Hyderabad, Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Tiruchirapalli, Thanjavur, Madurai, Periyar, Kochi, and Mysore. In 18 days witness 12 different destinations that comprise of exquisite culture, history, and landmarks. During the travel,get to witness locations that listed as the World Heritage Site. Also, get to visit renowned Kochi and Golconda Forts. Cover ancient landmarks that include Charminar, Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Elephanta Caves, and Daulatabad Fort.

Make this tour your best by booking the Mumbai-Hyderabad-Chennai-Bangalore Train Tour Package provided by India-tours.com.


Tour highlights

The highlights include:

  • Visiting the Kamakshi Temple which located in Kanchipuram.
  • Visiting the Meenakshi Temple which is located in Madurai comprising of thousand pillars narrating story of goddess Meenakshi.
  • Visiting Ajanta and Ellora caves in Aurangabad that provide an insight over rock-cut monolithic style.


Itinerary

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Day 01 Arrive in Mumbai

Upon arriving in Mumbai, get transferred to your new hotel, where you can relax.

Mumbai also known as Bombay, is one of most populated metropolitan city in India. It comprises of seven islands which are Colaba, Old Women’s Island, Parel, Mazagoan, Matunga-Sion, and Mahim. Asia’s biggest slum area, Dharavi is in Mumbai. However, there are rich areas as well which include Juhu and Cuffparade. Overnight in Mumbai.

Day 02 Sightseeing of important places in Mumbai. Later overnight train to Aurangabad.

Today, your first stop will be the Gateway of India. It is an historical monument that was built in an Indo-Saracenic style. The purpose of building this iconic arch was to commemorate the landing of King George V. The next destination will be the Elephanta Caves. The location comprises of a cave temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is also an island under the World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. Then, you will arrive at the Marine Drive which is a C-shaped lane along the shores of Mumbai. The views across this point is spectacular. Then, you will arrive at the Kanheri Caves which comprises of several temples, Buddhist shrines, and art. It is known of its 109 entrances as well. Post journey, you will be transferred to the railway station for train to Aurangabad.

Day 03 Sightseeing of important places in Aurangabad

Upon arriving in Aurangabad you will get transferred to your new hotel. Aurangabad is known as the tourism hub. It consists of numerous monuments, caves, and much more offering travelers to visit. Today, you will witness the Ajanta Caves. It is a rock-cut cave that consists of art, sculptures, and paintings of various forms. It is mainly Buddhist religious art. The cave is a 250-feet rock wall and is listed as a World Heritage Site under the UNESCO. The next stop will be the epic Ellora Caves. It is a rock-cut cave comprising of a monastery-temple. It consists of the Kailasha temple, which is the largest single rock temple in the world. It is considered that these rocks have been excavated from Charanandri Hills. Post journey, overnight at Aurangabad.

Day 04 Aurangabad

Today, you can spend rest of your day at leisure. You can visit majestic places such as Bibi Ka Maqbara, Daulatabad Fort, Panchakki, Grishneshwar Temple, Salim Ali Lake, Tomb of Aurangzeb, and much more. The Bibi Ka Maqbara is the tomb of Aurangzeb’s wife Dilras Banu Begum. It is also called as the Baby Taj due to similarity in design and structure of the Taj Mahal. The Aurangzeb’s Tomb, was built in the honor of the great Emperor after he passed away. Overnight at Aurangabad.

Day 05 Aurangabad to Hyderabad by overnight train

Today, also you can spend your day discovering various places in Aurangabad. Here, you can go for a tour across the Daulatabad Fort. The city is known to be the capital of Tughluq, formerly it was Delhi. The fort gives access to narrow bridge, small passages, and much more. It also comprises of a cave entrance which once served as protection from the enemies. Post journey, you will be transferred to the railway station for train to Hyderabad.

Day 06 Sightseeing of important places in Hyderabad

Upon arriving at Hyderabad, you will be transferred to your new hotel where you can relax your muscles. Hyderabad is the capital of Telangana state. It is situated on banks of river Musi. It is considered to be a twin city with Secunderabad. It is also considered to be “crown of India’s IT capital”. The first stop will be the Charminar. It is an iconic mosque with four grand arches. You can see the city from the top of it.The next stop will be the Golconda. It was the capital of Sultanate Qutb Shahi. It is a fort and citadel in Hyderabad. The next destination will be the Hussain Sagar. It is a heart-shaped lake and consists of a tall Buddha statue in middle of the lake. Post journey, overnight at Hyderabad.

Day 07 Hyderabad to Chennai by overnight train

Today, you can enjoy your day at leisure at Hyderabad. Visit exquisite locations such as Ramoji Film City, Salar Jung Museum, Chowmahalla Palace, Makkah Masjid, Birla Mandir, Lumbini Park, Qutb Shahi tombs, Osman Sagar, and much more. Post visit, you will be transferred to the railway station for a train to Chennai.

Day 08 Sightseeing of important places in Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram. Return to Chennai.

Upon arriving at Chennai, you will be transferred to your new hotel where you can relax. It is the capital of Tamil Nadu and consists of many temples and iconic monuments. It is also known as Madras. From here, you will have a full day excursion at Mahabalipuram and Kanchipuram.

The first stop will be at the Mahabalipuram, which is a small land between Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake. Here, you will visit the Shore temple. This temple has three more complex temples within it. The temples are built of granite. Then, the Pancha Rathas is also a series of temples. They are made up of stone and is considered to be rock-cut monolithic architecture. The temples are shaped as chariots. The next stop will be the Descent of the Ganges. It is an iconic historical monument that comprises of two giant boulders.

The second destination will be at Kanchipuram. It is an ancient and holy city in Tamil Nadu. It consists of several temples dedicated to the Hindu gods. The first location will be the Kamakshi Temple. It is the most renowned temple in Kanchipuram dedicated to Goddess Maha Tripurasundari. Then you will arrive at Kanchi Kalisanathar temple that consists of number stone carvings, temples, and shrines. The next stop will be the Ekambareswarar temple hat is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is significant for its architectural style. It is believed to be associated with one of the five elements, the Earth. Post journey, return to Chennai. Overnight at Chennai.

Day 09 Sightseeing of important places in Chennai.

Today, you will head out for another exciting tour across Chennai. You will visit the Marina Beach that is a great panoramic spot. It is filled with seafood stalls that make delicious shrimps and much more. The next destination will be the Kapaleeshwarar Temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is known for its Dravidian style of architecture and design. Then next destination will be Edward Elliot’s Beach. It is connected to the Marina Beach. It is dedicated to Edward Elliot who was a renowned chef. The next stop will be at the Fort St. George. It was the first English fort in India. It was once a place for many trading activities. Post journey, you will be transferred to the railway station for a train to Tiruchirapalli.

Day 10 Sightseeing of important places in Tiruchirapalli.

Upon your arrival at Tiruchirapalli, you will be transferred to your new hotel where you can relax. Tiruchirapalli, played a crucial role in Carnatic Wars. It is also a great place for many textile, leather, gem-cutting, and craft industries. It comprises of many Hindu temples, mosques and churches.

The first stop will be the Tiruchirapalli Rock Fort. It is surrounded by many temples and caves. It also provides access to 400 stone steps. It is situated on top of rock which makes it naturally protected. The next stop will be the Ranganathaswamy Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and was built more than thousand years back. It is known for its complex style and design. The next stop will be at the Kallanai Dam. The dam was renovated by the British. It is located across the river Kaveri and provides many scenic views.

Day 11 Tiruchirapalli to Thanjavur to Madurai by road.

Today, you will go for a long drive to Thanjavur. It is also called as Tanjore, it is known for many complex temples.

The first stop will be the Brihadisvara Temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva. It consists of fresco-lined interior. It was built by a Chola king with a Dravidian style. The next stop will be the Thanjavur Maratha Palace. It was a great fortress and residence in 16-th century. It consists of numerous tunnels, towers, and artworks. The next stop will be the Sivaganga Park. It consists of a lake, park and pool. It is a great public location where you can come and rejuvenate your mind and soul. You can also go boating here. Post journey, you will get transferred to Madurai by road. Overnight at Madurai.

Day 12Sightseeing of important places in Madurai

Madurai is one of the oldest city in the world. It is known for its temples, museums, and historical monuments.

The first stop will be the Meenakshi Amman Temple. It consisted of beautiful gate towers. It is also a famed Hindu place of worship. It is dedicated to goddess Meenakshi, a form of Lord Shiva. The temple consists of thousand pillars that shows the life of Meenakshi and Lord Shiva. The next stop will be the Thirumalai Nayakkar Mahal. It is a palace built by King Thirumalai Nayak. It has a Dravidian and Rajput style. The next stop will be the Algar Koyil. This temple consists of carvings and sculptures. It also offers scenic views from its surroundings. The next stop will be the Koodal Azhagar Temple. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It consists of a tower comprising colorful idols. Post tour, overnight at Madurai

Day 13 Madurai to Periyar by road.

Today, you will be transferred from Madurai to Periyar. Periyar is famous for many reserve and sanctuaries. It consists of Periyar National Park that is home to several indigenous species, tigers and elephants. The next stop will be the Mullaperiyar Dam. It is a reservoir and a gravity dam. Then you will arrive at the Suruli Falls which is an exquisite waterfall with lush greenery. It also has many pools nearby as well. Other destinations of interest include Peruthenaruvi Falls, Mangala Devi Kannagi Temple, Periyar Lake, and much more.

Day 14 Periyar to Kochi by road

From Periyar you will be transferred to Kochi by road. Kochi is also known as Cochin. It is renowned as the “Queen of the Arabian Sea”. Many trade activities for spices took place from here. It is famous amongst the Arab, European, and Chinese merchants. The Kathakali dance is famous in this city.

Day 15 Sightseeing of important places in Kochi. Later board overnight train to Bengaluru

Today, you will go on a marvelous Kochi tour. The first stop will be the Fort Kochi. It comprises of many basilicas and synagogues. It is also known as a great place for fishing. The beaches here are serene and offer great views as well. The next stop will be the Mattancherry Palace. The palace was built by the Portuguese in 1555. The next stop will be the Cherai Beach. It is a great spot to relax and chill in Kochi. The rest of the day is at leisure. Post tour, get transferred to the railway station for a train to Bengaluru.

Day 16 Bengaluru to Mysore by road

Upon arriving at Bengaluru, you will get transferred directly to Mysore by road. The day is at leisure. Mysore is also known as Mysooru. The city is famed for its great rulers which included Wadiyars, Hyder Ali, and Tipu Sultan. The city is known for its diverse culture that is preserved in its historical monuments. Mysore was the capital of the Mysore princely kingdom, and is now the “Cultural capital of Karnataka”.

Day 17 Sightseeing of important places in Mysore

Today, you will head out for an amazing tour across Mysore. The first stop will be the Chamundeshwari Temple. It is located on the Chamundi hill that gives a dramatic view of the city from the top. Then, you can also head to the Nandi bull after visiting the temple. The next destination will be the Mysore palace. It was built in the year 1911 to 1912 by the Maharaja of Mysore. The palace comprises of several domes, arches, gateways, sculptures, and art. It is one of the renowned location visited by tourists. Other places of interest include Brindavan Gardens, Krisnarajasagar Dam, Tipu Sultan’s Tomb, and much more.

Day 18 Mysore to Bangalore to Mumbai

Post journey, you will be transferred to the Bangalore airport for a flight to Mumbai.


Add additional activities in your itinerary [OPTIONAL]

Bombay

Dharavi Tour

Duration :2-3 hours

Bollywood Tour

Duration :4-5 hours

Kanheri Caves

Duration :7 hours

Karla Caves

Duration :6-7 hours

Full day Khandala/Lonavala

Duration :8 hours

Two days Khandala/Lonavala/Karla/Bhaja

 

Shirdi Tour

Duration :10-12 hours

Wine Tour

Duration :6-7 hours

Temple Tour

Duration :6 hours

Spice Market Tour

Duration :3 hours

Dawn Tour

Duration :4 hours

Bicycle Tour

Duration :4 hours

Discover Sailing

Duration :4 hours

Worli Village Tour

Duration :3-4 hours

Discover Mumbai including local transport

Duration :3-4 hours

Culinary Tour

Duration :2-3 hours

Rural Tourism in Karjat

Duration :12 hours

Magical Mumbai by Lights

Duration :4 hours

Amchi Mumbai

Duration :8 hours

Jewish Tour

Duration :8 hours

Madurai

Vanakkam Madurai (Namaste India walking tour)

Duration :2 hours

Periyar

Forest trek with local naturalist in Periyar

Duration :2.5 hours

Regular shared boat cruise in Periyar

Duration :2 hours

Spice plantation tour with local naturalist in Periyar

Duration :2-3 hours

Kalaripayattu Martial Art Show in Periyar

Duration :2 hours

Cochin

Kathakali Dance Show in Cochin

Duration :2-3 hours

Bangalore

Vineyard Visit

Duration :2 hours

Heritage Walk

Duration :3-4 hours

Fort and Tipu sultan Palace Walk

Duration :4 hours

Basavanagudi / Gandhi Bazaar walk

Duration :4-5 hours

Pub Crawl visiting pubs

Duration :3 hours

Sericulture tour near Devanahalli

Duration :6 hours

Excursion to Sharvanabelagola

Duration :8 hours

Visit to the National Gallery of Modern Art

Duration :4 hours


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