Arrival at Chennai. Immediate transfer to Mahabalipuram (1:30) on the Coromandel Coast.The city was there nearly 2,000 years, a famous seaport Phoenician merchants, Arabic and Greek. It is still the Pallavas kings that we owe the extraordinary testimony of Indian rock art of the seventh and eighth centuries gathered in Mahabalipuram. By the sea, visit the temple of Rivage, then south Ratha, monolithic temples in the form of procession of floats. Discover the bas-relief representing the "Descent of the Ganges', reputed to be the largest in the world.Overnight at Mahabaipuram.
Departure for Pondicherry (2:30), and former French vestige of an imperial ambition who died in 1954, after three centuries of presence. The city is then separated into "white city" and "black town", reserved for natives. Rickshaw ride in the occupied areas formerly by the French: station, bookstore, French Alliance ... You discover streets with evocative names: Romain Rolland, La Bourdonnais and other Goubert Avenue. Visit the ashram of Sri Aurobindo and the cenotaph of "The Mother".Overnight at Pondicherry.
Day at Leisure in Pondicherry. Explore the city at your own.Overnight at Pondicherry.
Visit Chidambaram, large training center Brahmins dedicated to Shiva, the god of the cosmic dance. In the temple of Nataraja, a masterpiece of Dravidian architecture, were carved especially the 108 traditional poses of the sacred dance of Shiva. Continue to Darasuram and the Airavateshvara temple dating from the twelfth century with delicate sculptures.
Excursion to Trichy, unique city built on the side of a great rock that dominates the plain of kilometers away. Discover the sanctuary of Sri Ranganathasvami, true religious city surrounded by seven speakers. At Tanjore (journey 1:30), visit Brihadishvara temple marvel of Chola architecture of the tenth century, and the very remarkable gallery of bronzes located in the former palace of Nayak. dance Bharata Natyam.
Drive to Madurai (4:30), the cultural capital of the Tamil country and the Mecca of Hinduism. Glance at Tirumalai Nayak Palace founded in 1636, and visit the lively sanctuary Minakshi Sundareshvara. Vijayanagar style, it is one of the liveliest in South India.
Continue to the Periyar National Park (4.30), and its beautiful plantations of spices and tea. Sprawling over 777 sq km, the nature reserve is home to buffalo, antelope, sambar, wild boar, langurs, elephants, leopards, porcupines and over thirty tigers. boat trip on the lake (subject to local conditions) in this beautiful natural setting where sometimes water the herds of wild elephants or buffalo.
Destination Kerala and canals (4:30). Lunch en route in a plantation. Installation at Alleppey in cottages built on the edge of the lagoon. Afternoon relaxation.
Cruise on the "backwaters" to explore Kerala in the maze of fascinating overlapping channels between sea and land. Navigation Stopping to visit villages, temples and walk through the rice fields where time seems to stand still. Lunch on board. Continuation Cochin (1:30), former Portuguese trading post and Dutch, famous for its bay and the spectacle of large fishing nets deployed.
Visit of the church St. Francis, the synagogue founded in 1568 and the Dutch Palace which houses remarkable frescoes. Free lunch. Strolling through the typical shopping streets and the old town. In the evening, presentation of Kathakali, costume drama, song and dance, with themes drawn from the great Hindu epics.
morning train to Calicut and drive to Mysore (6:30 am), the ancient capital of a princely kingdom with a rich heritage, through spectacular mountain scenery, spice plantations and eucalyptus forests.
Excursion to the village of Somnathpur where stands the magnificent Hoysala temple of Sri Channakeshara built in the thirteenth century masterpiece of the Indian medieval art. Lunch at Lalitha Mahal Palace. Visit the extravagant palace of Maharaja, one of the finest in India. In the city, stroll through the flower market and vegetables.
On the road to Hassan (3h30), visit Shravanabelagola, a senior Jain pilgrimage centers in Karnataka. You admire the colossal statue and monolith of Bahubali, saint of the Jain mythology and dating from the late tenth century. Continue to Halebid and Belur, famous for their temples, masterpieces of Hoysala sculptors of the twelfth century.
Long day's drive in Karnataka across the arid plateaus of Deccan (7am). Arrival in Hospet near the splendid site Hampi, the former capital of the last Hindu kingdom of Vijayanagar, a World Heritage Site by Unesco.
Full day dedicated to the discovery of the site of Hampi. Visit the Virupaksha temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and of Vitthala with his chariot procession and mandapam, dance hall with beautifully sculpted pillars. In the royal enclosure, you discover the palace of Lotus, the baths of the Queen and other architectural wonders. This city, which was larger than Rome, fascinated the European and Persian travelers who stayed there.
On the road to Badami (3h30), site visit Aihole and Pattadakal, religious capital of the Chalukya dynasty. These temples were built between the sixth and eighth centuries. The interest of these temples, magnificent in their original purity, is the fact that here the builders and sculptors have experimented with new styles. At Badami, visit of the rock caves that overlook the magnificent Agastyatirtha basin. Stopover in Hubli (2h30 drive).
Road to Goa (6h) , Portuguese enclave , former witness the race spices. Overview of the city upon arrival. Goa is a state favored by an ideal climate , fabulous beaches, lovely people , delicious food , fortresses perched on hills , small churches , whitewashed and towering cathedrals dating from the Portuguese era. Dinner .
Spend the morning visiting the old city and its churches. Free afternoon. Lunch and dinner .
Breakfast at Hotel & Checkout. In time transfer to airport to board onward destination flight.