Start in Mumbai and end in Chennai (Madras)! With the adventure tour Goa & the Deep South, you have a 24 day tour package taking you through Mumbai, India and 11 other destinations in India. Goa & the Deep South includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, transport and more.
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 your tour leader with further details about this meeting. Otherwise, today is free to explore the sights and sounds of Mumbai.? In Mumbai we will stay in a good quality hotel. Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Mumbai?before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Mumbai.Optional activities:Take a guided tour of the backstreets, shops and schools of the Dhavari district, to experience a slice of the real Mumbai: INR 1200Take a Bollywood dance class in one of Mumbais premier dance studios: INR 500Discover the marvellous collection of historical objects and art at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum, one of Indias premier museums: INR 500Explore the labyrinth of cave-temples on Elephanta Island near Mumbai, some of the most impressive rock carvings in all of India: INR 750
Today?will be a free day to explore the city. This is also an opportunity to take a tour of the Dharavi slum areas of the city. Please note that the trains are often heavily booked in advance and it may not be possible to confirm tickets for all passengers. In the event that we cannot get a train ticket confirmed we will notify you to make alternative arrangements. This will generally mean you will travel by flight the next day and re meet the group in Goa.?Activities included:Experience a local overnight train from Mumbai to Goa
We will start our journey early 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. 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. In northern Goa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities close to the beach. Estimated Journey Time (on train) - 11-12 hours.
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 areas colonial buildings. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours?(please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). We will stay for 2 nights?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.
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.? Estimated Drive Time - 9-11?hours. On the following day we will have a guided tour of the historical sites around Hampi by rickshaw and on foot. In Hampi we will stay in a comfortable local guesthouse.Activities included:Discover the lost kingdom of Vijayanagar in the magnificent ruined city of Hampi
In and around MysoreFrom Hampi we will have another full day drive to the city of?Mysore,?one of Indias most attractive towns. Estimated Drive Time - 10-12 hours. On the following day?we will have free time?in Mysore?to independently?explore the citys beautiful gardens, palaces, and the Shri Chamarajendra art gallery. In Mysore we will stay in a comfortable hotel.
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. Enroute we will have the opportunity to visit the Eddakkal caves. A steep hike up allows breathtaking views over the local area and an insight into the carvings thought to date back over 3,000 years.? Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours. We will have a free day in Wayanad where we have many options available. From hiking up Chembra Peak, visiting local waterfalls and tea plantations, or the chance to visit the nearby Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary. Whilst in Wayanad we stay as guests of local families at a guesthouse where they have set up rooms?for visitors in their homes.Activities included:Relax at the Community Guesthouse in the hills of WayanadSee the 7000-year-old Neolithic petroglyphs at the Edakkal caves en routeOptional activities:Take a strenuous day-hike up the 2100m Chembra Peak, the highest peak in the Wayanad area: INR 1500Take a walk through the scenic Wayanad countryside to visit the Meenmutty or Kanthanppara waterfalls: INR 600
Today we will continue our journey with a full day drive to the coastal city of Kochi. Estimated Drive Time - 7-10?hours. On the following day?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, Indias most spectacular dance drama. In Kochi?we will stay in a comfortable hotel.Activities included:Evening visit to watch the classical Indian dance drama of Kathakali
In and around AlleppeyLeaving 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.
After our fantastic overnight cruise along the Keralan backwaters, we continue our journey with a short drive to the beach resort of Varkala. Estimated Drive Time - 5 - 7?hours. We will have 3 nights here with free time to explore the surrounding areas and relax on the beautiful beaches. Varkala is well known for its beaches, and there are also lots of great local restaurants where you can sample the justifiably-famous Keralan cuisine. In Varkala we will stay at a beach resort.Optional activities:Head out for an evening performance of traditional Keralan Kathakali dancing: INR 300Get a traditional Ayurvedic massage in the Keralan town of Varkala: INR 1200
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 independently?explore the Vivekananda Rock and the surrounding sites. In Kanyakumari we will stay in a local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.Optional activities:Take the ferry over to Vivekananda Rock and explore the memorial to the Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda: INR 150
This morning we have the option to get up early to watch the sunrise from the southern tip of India with thousands of locals, which 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. In Madurai we will stay in a comfortable local hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.Activities included:Visit to the historical Hindu Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to lord Shiva
Today we head to the French-influenced town of?Pondicherry, and will have free time on arrival in the afternoon. Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours. We will have 2 nights here with plenty of time?to relax and soak up the atmosphere and?spend time exploring the town and its beautiful colonial architecture.? In Pondicherry we will stay in a local guesthouse. ?Optional activities:Sit down and relax with a coffee and a croissant at one of the many French Bakeries in town.?: INR 400Visit the spiritual community of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, founded in the early 20th century by the famous Bengali freedom fighter and spiritual leader: INR
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. In Chennai we will stay in a comfortable hotel. Estimated Drive Time - 5 - 6?hours.Activities included:Visit the Chennai Government Museum, and its incredible selection of antiquities including Roman artefacts and coins from all eras of Indias pastVisit to the Shore Temples & Pagodas of MahabalipuramOptional activities:Visit the Fort St. George, the site of the East India Companys first trading station in 1640, and the first British fort in India: INR 100
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 the Sales Team 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.Optional activities:Visit the Chennai Government Museum, and its incredible selection of antiquities including Roman artefacts and coins from all eras of Indias past: INR 250