Day 01: Madras
Early morning arrive madras and transfer to your hotel. Afternoon get to know your motorcycle. Madras is India's fourth largest city and the capital of Tamil Nadu state. It suffers far less from congestion and overcrowding than other big cities in India.
Day 02: Madras - Pondicherry
PONDICHERRY: Formerly a French colony settled in the 18th century, Pondicherry became part of the Indian Union in the early '50s when the French voluntarily relinquished control. Together with the other former French enclaves of Karaikal (also in Tamil Nadu), Mahe (Kerala) and Yanam (Andhra Pradesh), it now forms the Union Territory of Pondicherry.
Day 03: Pondicherry - Thanjavur
THANJAVUR: Thanjavur rose to glory during the later Chola period between the 10th and 14th centuries AD and became the centre of learning and culture. Overrun by green fertile plains, Thanjavur, the headquarters of the district of the same name, is known as the rice bowl of Tamil Nadu. The temple wonders of south India. The district is also known for its exquisite handicrafts, bronze statue casting, pitch temple models and south Indian musical instruments like the Veena and Mridangam.
Day 04: Thanjavur - Madurai
MADURAI: Madurai is a bustling city of a million people, packed with pilgrims, business people, bullock carts rickshaw-wallahs. It is one of southern India's oldest cities, and has been a centre of learning and pilgrimage for centuries. Madurai's main attraction is the famous Sri Meenakshi Temple in the heart of the old town, a riotously baroque example of Dravidian architecture with gopurams covered from top to bottom in a breathless profusion of multicolored images of gods, goddesses, animals and mythical figures. Nothing quite like it exists outside Disneyland. The temple seethes with activity from dawn till dusk, its many shrines attracting from all over the world. It's been estimated that there are 10,000 visitors here on any one day!
Day 05: Madurai Sightseeing
Bazar, Shree Meenakshi Temple, Tirumalai Nayak Palace.
Day 06: Madurai - Kanyakumari
KANYAKUMARI: Kanyakumari is the Land's End of India. Here, the Bay of Bengal meets the Indian Ocean and, at full moon, it's possible to enjoy the unique experience of seeing the sunset and the moon rise over the ocean simultaneously. Kanyakumari is also a popular pilgrimage destination of great spiritual significance to Hindus. It is dedicated to the goddess Kanyakumari, Youth Virgin, who is an incarnation of Devi, Shiva's wife.
Day 07: Kanyakumari - Kovalam
KOVALAM: Just south of Thiruvananthapuram, is one of India's best beaches and the favourite watering hole of travellers in southern India. The main beach consists of a two fairly small, palm-fringed coves which are separated from the beaches on either side by rocky headlands. There is good surf on most day but, if you're not a strong swimmer, you should approach the water cautiously until you're familiar with the rip.
Day 08: Kovalam - Cochin
COCHIN: With its wealth of historical associations and its beautiful setting on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas, the interesting city of Kochi reflects the eclecticism of Kerala perfectly. Here, you can see the oldest church in India, winding streets crammed with 500 year old Portuguese houses, cantilevered Chinese fishing nets, a Jewish community whose roots go back to the Diaspora, a 16th century synagogue, a palace built by the Portuguese and given to the Raja of Cochin. It contains some of India's most beautiful murals and several places where you can see a performance of the world-famous Kathakali dance drama.
Day 09: Cochin - Palakkad
PALAKKAD: Surrounded by paddy fields. Historically, thanks to the natural 20-km wide Palakkad gap in the western ghats, this area has been one of the chief entry points into Kerala. The fort built by hyder Ali of Mysore is worth a visit.
Day 10: Palakkad - Ooty
OOTY: This famous hill station near the tri-junction of Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Karnataka is 2268 m above sea level in the Nilgiri mountains. It was founded by the British in the early part of the 19 century to serve as the summer headquarters of the government of Madras. Before that time, the area was inhabited by the Todas. These tribal people still live there, but today, only 3000 remain. The Todas were polygamists and worshipped buffalos, and you can see their animist shrines in various places.
Day 11: Ooty - Mysore
MYSORE: Sandalwood City! Everywhere you go in this beautiful city you'll find yourself surrounded by the lingering aromas of sandalwood, jasmine, rose, musk, frangipani and many others. It's one of the major centres of incense manufacture in India, and scores of small, family-owned agarbathi factories are scattered all over town, their products exported all over the world.
There are plenty of other reasons why you would not want to miss Mysore. Until independence the city was the seat of the maharajas of Mysore, a princely state covering about a third of present day Karnataka.?
Day 12: Mysore - Bangalore
BANGALORE: Located 1000 m above sea level, this bustling capital city of Karnataka has a perpetual holiday atmosphere, thanks mainly to its picnic weather. Founded in 1537 by a local chieftain Kempe Gowda, Bangalore has seen much and imbibed even more. Rapid industrial growth has not taken away Bangalore's old-world charms.
Day 13: Bangalore - Madras
Madras. Rest and shopping. Transfer to airport.
Tour & services Ends.