|Trip price||On request|
|Group size||Minimum 4, maximum 14|
|Single supplement||On request|
Cochin – Alleppy – Periyar – Madurai – Pondicherry – Mahabalipuram – Mysore – Hampi – Goa
South India has witnessed the rise and fall of many great dynasties, the development of the prosperous Dravidian culture, and the influence of foreign architecture. The generous nature and friendly people make this region even more inspiring and delightful. This journey takes you through parts of four different states including Kerala, Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Goa. You will be introduced you to the lush landscape, rich cultural heritage and some of the finest sights of south India.
Start your journey from the port city of Cochin famous as ‘the queen of Arabian sea ‘. Explore the old bazaars and admire the colonial architecture. Experience the life of Kerala backwaters in Alleppy, Spot elephants in Periyar, relish the rich aromas of a spice plantation in Kumli, join the pilgrims in Madurai’s colourful Meenakshi temple and soak up the French influences in Pondicherry. Feel the history with the ancient carved temples of Mahabalipuram, visit the vast palace and atmospheric markets of Mysore, admire the mysterious history and nature of Hampi and enjoy the sun at the stunning beaches of Goa.
Day 1-2 Cochin
The trip orientation will fill you in about the trip and its highlights. Our sightseeing tour of Cochin includes a visit to the St. Francis church, Dutch palace, and a walk around the colourful bazaars of fort Cochin.
You will have a free afternoon to explore the vibrant streets. Enjoy an exciting Kathakali dance performance in the evening.
Day 3 House boat
Travel to Alleppy and climb aboard a house boat floating on the backwaters. As you sail past beautiful rice fields and coconut groves, enjoy delicious, freshly cooked food. You will spend the night sleeping on the houseboat.
Day 4 Alleppy home stay
Cruise through the backwaters of Kerala and then get dropped in a back water village from your house boat, explore the rice fields and tribal houses on a village tour and enjoy the local drink Toddy. Get a real sense of rural Kerala as you enjoy a home stay.
Day 5-6 Periyar
Today you drive up into the scenic ‘Western Ghats’ towards Periyar. Walk through the spice shops of Kumli and breathe in the fresh aromas on a visit to nearby spice plantation. Next morning go for a nature walk in Periyar National park in the hope of spotting wild elephants with the help of experienced jungle guides. Relish with a taste of famous Niligiri tea at a tea plantation. Explore the market in your free time or relax with the famous Kerala Ayurvedic massage, enjoy the Kalaripaytu martial arts show in the evening as an option.
Day 7 Madurai
Journey to the holy city of Madurai, popularly known as ‘Varanasi of South India’. Walk through its lively streets and witness the mystifying rituals in Sri Meenakshi Temple, a labyrinth of lamp-lit corridors and shrines.
Day 8-9 Pondicherry
Travel to former French colony of Pondicherry. Visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, wander around the colonial buildings and statues, explore the streets of Pondicherry; admire the Indo-French architecture and acquaint yourself with the history in the local museum.
Day 10 Mahabalipuram
Drive to Mahabalipuram via Auroville, the famous universal township serving as a symbol of world peace and unity. After reaching Mahabalipuram your day is free, relax on the beaches and treat yourself with a feast of freshly caught seafood.
Day 11 Mahabalipuram/Chennai
Today is the sightseeing day at Mahabalipuram. Visit around the Shore Temple, Five Rathas, and stop to take a look at the beautiful rock carvings of Arjuna’s penance. Later in the afternoon drive to Chennai and catch an overnight train to Mysore.
Day 12-13 Mysore
Mysore is a city lying at the foot of the Chamundi Hills, surrounded with sandalwood forest. Mysore has both religious and historical importance. Visit the luxurious Mysore place and walk through vibrant and colourful Devraja market. Drive up into the hills which provide excellent views of the city and are home to the monolithic Nandi Bull and ancient Chamundi temple. Optional trips are available to the Keshava Temple in Somnathpuram – a great example of Hoysala architecture. You will take an overnight train to Hospet on day 13.
Day 14-15 Hampi
Step into the spell bounding and mysterious Hampi, situated on the banks of the Tungbhadra River. Hampi is a great mixture of both history and nature, a magical place which is surrounded by the ruins of medieval city of Vijainagaram and beautifully carpeted with the rice paddies, banana plantation and coconut trees. Hampi flourished as the capital of the Vijainagarm from 14th to 16th century until it was destroyed by the invaders.
You will have a sightseeing tour of this beautiful city which is also a UNESCO world heritage site. Visit the magnificent temples, admire the beauty of the royal enclosure, and walk through the ancient ruins and statues.
Day 16-17 Goa
Journey to Goa, a beautiful land of stunning beaches, lush spice plantations and mouth watering sea food. Goa was a Portuguese colony from 1510 till 1961 and as a remembrance of old days it still has many houses and churches with the Portuguese influence. Goa for centuries has been a meeting place of east and west and today it’s one of the most popular tourist attractions of India.
On our sightseeing tour of Goa, you will visit Old Goa which will include driving past some of the old buildings and visiting the beautiful old churches. Goa was famous for its spice trading and there is an opportunity to visit one of the spice farms including a delicious lunch. There is free time to explore the sunny, sandy beaches.
Day 18 Departure
There are no planned activities on day 18, but we will be happy to help you organise other activities and sightseeing. Please confirm check out time with hotel reception. If you wish to extend your stay in Goa we can book additional accommodation if you notify us at the time of booking.
|Accommodations||2-3 star category hotels/Boutique hotels/Guest houses (13 nights), House boat(1 night). Backwater home stay (1 night).
All accommodations are on twin/Double sharing basis.
Extra charges are applicable for single supplement.
|Transport||Private taxi/coach, 2 overnight trains (AC 2 or 3 Tier), auto
rickshaw, house boat, canoe and foot.
|Meals||17 Breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners|
|Arrival Departure||From Cochin International airport and to Dabolim Goa International airport|
|Local Help||An Indian tour leader on the entire journey. An Organized,
passionate and knowledgeable individual who is there to
convert your travel into a memorable experience.
|Anything which is not mentioned in the inclusions list will be paid by you, such as International flights, valid travel insurance, visa fee, alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks, meals not included in the itinerary, single supplement, pre and post accommodation, hotel extras (Laundry, mini bar, spa), tipping, optional activities, camera fee at the monuments, additional transportation etc.|
|Political disturbance, strikes, riots, evacuations, natural disasters, accidents, cancellations or delays or rescheduling of trains/flights, etc. are some of the reasons which are beyond our control, thus Horizon Journeys will not be able to bear any expenses caused by any of the above reasons. In case any of the above situations occur all expenses will be incurred by the passenger.|