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Goa & the Deep South

Goa & the Deep South

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Duration
24 days
Starts in
Mumbai
Ends in
Chennai
Group size
24
A wonderfully laid back trip; the beaches of Northern and Southern Goa combine with those of Vagator further south to allow us time to chill, away from the hustle and bustle of life on the road. Add to this a guesthouse stay in the cool mountain air and tea plantations of Wayanad and boating through the backwaters of Kerala, and you get a vision of the nature of this trip. The route takes in some of India's most spectacular temples and sites of antiquity, including the vast 7th Century Virupaksha Temple at Hampi and the 8th Century Shore Temple at Mahabalipuram. No visit to India is complete without visiting its great cities and centres, and this trip has three of the pearls; the frenetic pace and modernity of Mumbai, the smells, spices and gardens of Mysore and the history and heat of Kochi. But to top it all off, you will get the chance to watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean, on the southernmost point of India, Kanyakumari (also known as Cape Comorin).
  • Explore chaotic and fascinating Mumbai
  • Relax on a fascinating train ride to the coast of Goa
  • Discover the lost kingdom of Vijayanagar in the magnificent ruined city of Hampi
  • Explore the amazing Maharaja's Palace of Mysore
  • Relax at the community guesthouse in the hills of Wayanad
  • Explore Kochi including a local boat trip to Fort Cochin
  • Overnight by local boat through the backwaters and villages of Kerala
  • Visit the southern tip of India at Cape Comorin - Kanyakumari
  • Stay in the French influenced enclave of Pondicherry
  • Visit to the Shore Temples & Pagodas of Mahabalipuram
  • An easy trip, with plenty of 2 or 3 night stays to really get to know the area. No camping on this trip, and the hotels range from small guest houses and hostels to comfortable hotels, and overnight boat.

    Itinerary

    Goa & the Deep South

    Day 1 Mumbai

    Border Information: If joining the trip in Mumbai, you will most likely enter India from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (IATA code: BOM).There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel in Mumbai - please look out at the reception for a note from you tour leader with further details about this meeting. Otherwise, today is free to explore the sights and sounds of Mumbai.

    Day 2 Mumbai

    Today will be a free day to explore this amazing city. This is also an opportunity to take a tour of the Dharavi slum areas of Mumbai.

    Day 3 Goa

    We will start our journey by taking the train along the coast to Goa. We will stay for 2 nights at the relaxed beaches of Vagator in the northern part of Goa. Estimated Journey Time (on train) - 11-12 hours.

    Day 4 Goa

    We will have a 2nd night in North Goa tonight. Most travellers are drawn to Vagator for the stunning sunsets, the laid-back atmosphere and the proximity of some other quieter beaches in the area such as Arambol and Anjuna.

    Day 5 Old Goa

    After our 2 nights on the northern beaches of Goa, we head off in the truck to the southern end of Goa. En route we will stop off at the site of Old Goa to spend some time independently exploring the area's colonial buildings.

    Day 6 Old Goa

    We will stay for a 2nd night on either the stunning beach of Agonda or Palolem, these beaches are the perfect places to sit back and watch the fishing boats landing their catch or sample the delicious local cuisine.

    Day 7 Hampi

    Leaving the beaches of Goa behind us, we set off on a full day drive into the state of Karnataka and to the village of Hampi. The village is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the ancient Vijayanagara Empire.

    Day 8 Hampi

    Today we will have a guided tour of the historical sites around Hampi by rickshaw and on foot.

    Day 9 Mysore

    From Hampi we will have another full day drive to the city of Mysore, one of India's most attractive towns.

    Day 10 Mysore

    On our 2nd day we will have free time in Mysore to independently explore the city's beautiful gardens, palaces, and the Shir Chamarajendra art gallery.

    Day 11 Wayanad

    Today we travel up into the cool highlands and head to the hill-station of Wayanad, a small settlement surrounded by tea and coffee plantations.Whilst in Wayanad we stay as guests of local families at a local guesthouse.

    Day 12 Wayanad

    There are many optional actvities available in Wayanad which we will have time to do today, from hiking up Chembra Peak, visiting local waterfalls and tea plantations, or the chance to visit the nearby Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.

    Day 13 Kochi

    Today we will continue our journey with a full day drive to the coastal city of Kochi.

    Day 14 Kochi

    This morning we will take a local boat to Fort Cochin and have free time to explore and visit various sites including the Jewish Quarter, St Francis Church and the iconic Chinese fishing nets. In the evening we will be able to see a performance from the famous Kathakali dancers, India's most spectacular dance drama.

    Day 15 Alleppey

    Leaving the bustle of Kochi behind, today we embark on our included overnight houseboat cruise on the tranquil Keralan backwaters of Alleppey. We will often split into smaller groups to board our traditional 'Kettuvallom' boats which will take us around the scenic rivers and spend the night aboard. 

    Day 16 Varkala

    After our fantastic overnight cruise along the Keralan backwaters, we continue our journey with a short drive to the beach resort of Varkala.

    Day 17 Varkala

    Today we have free time to explore the surrounding areas and relax on the beautiful beaches.

    Day 18 Varkala

    Our final day in Varkala today, spend more time relaxing the beautiful beaches or why not sample the justifyably-famous Keralan cuisine at one of the great local restaurants.

    Day 19 Kanyakumari

    Today we will have a morning drive to Kanyakumari (also known as Cape Comorin), the very southern point of India. Here we will have free time to explore the Vivekananda Rock and the surrounding sites.

    Day 20 Madurai

    This morning we have the option to get up early to watch the sunrise from the southern tip of India with thousands of locals, what can be an incredible experience! From Kanyakumari we then start heading back north again, and drive to the holy city of Madurai. In the afternoon we will have an included visit to the Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai.

    Day 21 Pondicherry

    Today we head to the French-influenced town of Pondicherry, and will have a free time on arrival in the afternoon.

    Day 22 Pondicherry

    On our 2nd day why not spend the day relaxing and soak up the atmosphere or explore the town and its beautiful colonial architechture.

    Day 23 Chennai

    Today we have a short drive to the ancient city of Mahabalipuram, once the capital of the Pallava Dynasty in the 7th Century CE. On arrival we will have an included visit to the incredible Shore Temples and other monuments around the town ( time permitted ).In the afternoon we will finish the short drive to the bustling coastal city of Chennai.

    Day 24 Chennai

    Border Information: If you are leaving the trip in Chennai, you will most likely exit India from Chennai International Airport (IATA code: MAA).Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Chennai. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact your sales agent if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
    Summary

    What’s included?

    Activities

    Experience a local overnight train from Mumbai to Goa

    Discover the lost kingdom of Vijayanagar in the magnificent ruined city of Hampi

    Explore the amazing Maharajas Palace of Mysore

    See the 7000-year-old Neolithic petroglyphs at the Edakkal caves en route

    Visit Fort Cochin or watch the Kathakali dancers

    Evening visit to watch the classical Indian dance drama of Kathakali

    Overnight on a houseboat in the Kerala Backwaters, exploring the unique eco-system of this labyrinthine system of lakes, canals and rivers

    Visit to the historical Hindu Meenakshi Amman Temple dedicated to lord Shiva

    Visit to the Shore Temples and Pagodas of Mahabalipuram

    Accommodation

    Comfortable Hotel 2 nights
    Overnight Train 1 night
    Basic Hotel 13 nights
    Guesthouse 6 nights
    Overnight Boat 1 night

    Local transport

    Overland Expedition Vehicle, Train, Boat

    Meals

    Breakfasts x 6, Lunches x 2, Dinner x 3

    Goa & the Deep South

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