Culture of South India and the Andaman Islands

Introduction

Far Horizon takes you on a journey through the heart of the Dravidian South. Visit the famous temples of South India with their elaborate carvings and architectural styles. Glide through the bygone era of Hampi and continue you mesmerised trip to Andaman not to   far away from the coastline of India, this will bring you on the beautiful sands of the Radhanagar Beach, and the adventurous trails of the Elephant Beach, feel the adrenaline during Jet Skiing and Banana Boating in Andaman islands, also boast of freedom fighting days’ historically significant landmarks viz. Cellular Jail.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the city of Nizams “Hyderabad”
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Hampi and Mahabalipuram
  • Visit of Grand Royal Palace in Mysore
  • Nagarhole National Park
  • Relax on the pristine beaches of Andaman Island

Destinations Covered

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Arrival - Hyderabad

    Hyderabad

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

    Overnight at the hotel (No meals)

  2. Day 2 Hyderabad

    Hyderabad

    After breakfast, proceed for the sightseeing of Hyderabad.

    We will visit an amazing blend of Indo-Islamic architecture; Charminar which 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 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 an age old heritage, the “Laad Bazaar” has got its name from the word “Laad” meaning Lacquer. This market boasts of incomparable varieties of bangles, which have Lacquer as one of its key material.

    Located atop 280-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 you will visit Chowmahalla Palace, with literal 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 the hotel (B)

  3. Day 3 Hyderabad - Hampi

    Hampi

    Hyderabad to Vidyanagar by flight and from Vidyanagar to Hampi by road: Approx. 29 Km. / 18 Mi. / 40 Mins.

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

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

    Overnight at the hotel (B)

  4. Day 4 Hampi

    Hampi

    After breakfast proceed 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

    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 the hotel (B)

  5. Day 5 Hampi - Bangalore

    Bangalore

    Hampi to Vidyanagar by road: Approx. 29 Kms. / 18 Mi. / 40 Mins. and from Vidyanagar to Bangalore by flight.

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

    On arrival in Bangalore, check-in to your hotel.

    Rest of the day is free at leisure.

    Overnight at the hotel (B)

  6. Day 6 Bangalore to Mysore by road: Approx. 150 Kms. / 93 Mi. / 4 Hrs.

    Mysore

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

    On arrival, check-in to the hotel.

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

    Overnight at the hotel (B)

  7. Day 7 Mysore

    Mysore

    After breakfast proceed for guided sightseeing tour 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 colourful 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 which is about 13 km 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 colourful local market of Mysore.

    Overnight at the hotel (B)

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

    Kabini

    In the morning post breakfast, check-out from the hotel and drive to Kabini.

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

    Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

  9. Day 9 Kabini

    Kabini

    In the morning, enjoy the boat safari on Kabini river to witness the wildlife. Post lunch proceed for another safari by canter.

    Evening is free at leisure.

    Overnight at the hotel (B, L, D)

  10. Day 10 Kabini - Mahabalipuram

    Mahabalipuram

    Drive Kabini to Kannur (Approx. 150 Km./84 Mi. /4.5 hrs) and take a flight to Chennai

    Chennai to Mahabalipuram by Road: Approx. 50 Kms. / 31 Mi. / 1 Hr

    After breakfast check-out from hotel and drive to Kannur airport to board your flight to Chennai. On arrival at Chennai, drive to Mahabalipuram.

    On arrival, check-in to your hotel.

    Evening is free at leisure.

    Overnight at the hotel (B)

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

    Mahabalipuram

    In the 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.

    Return to the hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure.

    Overnight at thehotel (B)

  12. Day 12 Mahabalipuram

    Mahabalipuram

    After breakfast, explore Mahabalipuram with its five ‘Pagodas,’ or chariots.

    Later, visit the photogenic and windswept Shore Temple, dramatically perched near a promontory overlooking the Bay of Bengal. You can see the 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 the hotel (B)

  13. Day 13 Mahabalipuram - Port Blair

    Port Blair

    Mahabalipuram to Chennai by road: Approx. 50 Kms. / 31 Mi. / 1 Hr. and Chennai to Port Blair by flight:

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

    Proceed to Carbyns Cove Beach, 7 Km from the town; it 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 the hotel (B)

  14. Day 14 Port Blair to Havelock Island by ferry

    Havelock Island

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

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

    Overnight at the hotel (B)

  15. Day 15 Havelock Island

    Havelock Island

    In the morning post breakfast, proceed to the famous Radha Nagar Beach, one of the best beaches in Asia.

    Overnight at the hotel (B)

  16. Day 16 Havelock Island to Neil Island by ferry

    Neil Island

    Today we will take you by ferry to Neil Island.

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

    Overnight at the hotel (B)

  17. Day 17 Neil Island

    Neil Island

    In the morning post breakfast at hotel, explore 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 the hotel (B)

  18. Day 18 Neil Island to Port Blair by ferry

    Port Blair

    In the morning have breakfast at the hotel. Later check-out and transfer to jetty to board your ferry to Port Blair.

    On arrival, check-in to your hotel and relax.

    Overnight at the hotel (B)

  19. Day 19 Port Blair to Chennai by flight

    Chennai

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

    (B)

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