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South India with Goa Tour

  • 14 Nights / 15 Days
  • Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Puducheri - Tanjore - (Trichy) - Madurai - Munnar - Alleppey - Cochin - Wynad - Mysore - (Bangalore) - Mumbai - Goa
Ancient temples & palaces
Beach vacation
Backwaters & houseboat
Classical music & dance
Hill stations & jungles
Bazaar & culinary delicacies

Incredible Kerala Tour comprises essence of Kerala. Come and explore Kerala, a treasure trove of delightful experiences. With vast sea coast, Kerala boasts of several long and fine beaches like Kovalam beach, Alappuzha beach, Bekal beach, Fort Kochi beach and many more among the long list. Water lagoons and natural backwaters are formed by 44 rivers that pour into Arabian Sea. Enjoying scenic beauty of backwaters with house boat stay and cruise is a must-do aspect of Incredible Kerala Tour. Kerala, God’s Own Country, is known as a water state and thus offers a lot of variety of sea food delicacies. Lush green hill stations like Munnar, Chembra Park, Chithirapuram, Idukki etc. make Kerala all the more attractive tourist destination. Several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks preserve and portray great diversity of flora & fauna. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park and Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary are prominent ones. With some world famous temples and traditions, Kerala is rich culturally and traditionally. Great tradition, knowledge and acumen of spices & medicinal herbs, oils and powders have resulted in Kerala’s emergence as spice market & Ayurveda rejuvenation therapy

Day 1 Chennai- Mahabalipuram (by car 65 kms/ 02 hrs).

Upon arrival at Chennai airport (expectedly early or mid-night), you will be driven directly to Mahabalipuram to Mahabalipuram. On arrival at Mahabalipuram, you will be transferred to Mahabalipuram hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2 Mahabalipuram sightseeing tour.

Having enjoyed breakfast in Mahabalipuram hotel, sally out to explore rich architectural and sculptural heritage of Mamallapuram with Mahabalipuram tour guide who will receive you in the lobby of the hotel. Move for enjoying sightseeing and seashore of Mahabalipuram. Shore temple and five Rathas (monolith chariots) are prime tourist attractions of ancient port of Mahabalipuram, built in 7th century by the rulers of Pallava dynasty. After viewing various monuments, enjoy the sea beaches of Mahabalipuram. Later, in the evening, return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 3 Mahabalipuram- Pondicheri (115 kms/ 3 hrs)- Pondicheri sightseeing

Having enjoyed delicious breakfast, check out from Mahabalipuram hotel and drive to Pondicherry. On arrival at Pondicheri, you will be transferred to Pondicheri hotel to check in and relax. After getting relaxed a bit, you shall be taken to Auroville, old churches and serene beaches of Pondicheri. Auroville will definitely be an exotic place for you as the ambience of sheer spiritualism will engulf you. An erstwhile French colony unfolds a unique culture that is amalgam of Indian ethos and French vestiges. To the French people, it offers a feel of ‘old world charm’ and to others ‘something quite different from the rest of India’. After leisurely exploration, return to Pondicheri hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4 Pondicheri- Tanjore (175/ 04 hrs)- Tanjore sightseeing tour.

The South India with Goa Tour, onward Pondicherry to Madurai, is primarily temples tour. Mammoth temples of Tamil Nadu are architectural gems of South India and are cultural centres of respective regions. Have early morning breakfast, check out from Pondicherry hotel and proceed for historical city of Tanjore. En route visit Kumbakonam, Darasuram, Gangaikondacholapuram, and Chidambaram temples etc. Built on huge scale by Pandya and Chola kings, Chidambaram temple is famous for Lord Shiva’s 108 postures of ‘tandava’ dance engraved on the gopurams walls and 1000 pillared hall called ‘Rajasabha’. Classical dance festival of Chidambaram is very famous. Two temples, Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram, are built by Rajendra Chola. Both of these temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Visiting all these grand temples on the way, arrive at Tanjore and check in at the designated hotel. Relax a bit and move for short sightseeing of Tanjore that includes Tanjore Palace and Brihadareeshwar Temple. Tanjore, a historical city, was formerly a capital city of the Chola rulers of Tamil Nadu. The Chola rulers are known as great temple builders.

The Tanjore has maintained the glorious Chola culture. Sri Brahadeeswara Temple, built by Chola ruler Raj Raja in 10th century, is one of the most stupendous temples. Another finest piece of architecture and major tourist attraction of Tanjore is Tanjore Palace, built by the Nayakas in 1550 AD. Marathas also contributed to the extension, expansion and embellishment of Tanjore Palace. Tanjore Palace is famous for huge corridors, spacious halls, armoury towers, observation towers and music hall. Having seen magnificent Tanjore Palace and Brihadeeswara Temple, return to Tanjore hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 5 Tanjore –Trichy- Madurai (200 kms/ 04 hrs)- Trichy & Madurai sightseeing tour.

Have early morning breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed for Madurai, known as Kashi of South India. En route visit historical city of Trichy or Trichirapally. On arrival at Trichy, proceed for sightseeing of Tiruchirapally which is situated on the bank of river Cavery. The city was a Chola citadel from Sangam age. The Pandyas and Pallavas held sway over this region for short periods. The Nayaks of Madurai built the town and the historic rock fort which played a vital role in Carnatic wars in 18 century. Prime attractions of Trichy are Srirangam and Rangnathar. Srirangam, a 600 acre island-town and protected by seven walls of Sri Ranganathaswami Temple, is the biggest temple complex in India. An annual Car Festival is held in Sri Rangnathaswami in January during which a decorated wooden chariot is pulled through the streets between various walls.

Have sumptuous lunch in Trichy and early noon, move for Madurai. On arrival at Madurai, you will be taken to Madurai hotel. Relax and refresh a bit and proceed for sightseeing of Madurai. Madurai is a historical and religious city. Known as ‘Kashi of South’, Madurai, situated on the banks of Vaigai River, is more than 2500 years old city. Madurai, since the beginning, has been under the reign of the Pandyans, barring a brief period of Chola rule and 200 years rule of the Nayakas. Interestingly, the Nayakas rule is termed as golden age of Madurai when the city made stunning strides in art, architecture and learning.

On arrival at Madurai, check in at the pre-booked hotel. Afternoon, visit Tirumalai Nayak Mahal and Vaniyur Mariamman Teppakulam. But the feast to the eyes is Meenakshi Temple. More than 2000 years old Meenakshi Temple was enlarged and brought to present status by Nayaka rulers. 1000 pillared ‘mandapam’ is an attraction of Meenkashi Temple’s architecture, as every pillar is uniquely sculptured. Meenakshi Temple is the best example of Dravidian style of temple architecture.

After exploring Madurai, return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6 Madurai- Munnar (155 kms/04 hrs)- Munnar sightseeing tour.

Have breakfast in Madurai hotel, check out and move for Munnar, the only hill station of Kerala- the state which is known as ‘God’s Own Country’. Explore the green aspects of Munnar. Watch spectacular beauty of tea gardens. Visit the century-old tea factories where you can taste and pick up the finest tea in the country. Of most interest is the Tata Tea Museum where you can witness tea-processing. After enjoying the day in leisure, return to Munnar hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 7 Munnar-Alleppey (by car) (160 kms/ 04 hrs).

Having taken delicious breakfast in Munnar hotel, proceed to Alleppey, famous for its backwaters. On arrival at Alleppey, check-in at houseboat. Tranquil backwaters and cruising on a houseboat at a gentle pace with paddy-fields and palm trees all around is an unforgettable lifetime experience. Delcious sea- foods are cooked before you. Spend the night in these traditionally decorated floating villas.

Day 8 Alleppey- Cochin (by car- 60 kms/ 01 hr))- Cochin sightseeing tour.

After breakfast in Alleppey houseboat, proceed to Cochin (Kochi), known as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’. Optima Travels’ representative will receive and help you check in at Cochin hotel. He will introduce you with the Cochin tour guide who will make your Cochin visit informed and exhilarating one. Along with Cochin tour guide visit Jewish Synagogue (built in 1568 AD, remains closed on Saturdays & Jewish holidays), Dutch Palace (built in 1557 AD, remains closed on Fridays & National Holidays), Kochi Fort, St. Francis Church (Built by the Portuguese in 1503 AD), Santa Cruz Cathedral and Chinese Fishing Nets. After sightseeing, move for market place of Cochin, known worldwide for spices since centuries. Late afternoon, return to Cochin hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 9 Cochin - Wynad (by car- 280 kms/ 06 hrs).

After breakfast in Cochin hotel, proceed for Wynad. Adjoining Kozhicode is Wynad, a place of plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber. One of the most beautiful places in the hilly regions of Kerala, Wynad is located on the foothill borders of the state adjacent to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. This low hill region is the home of several sects of the tribals of Kerala who have built some shrines for the village deities.

On arrival at Wynad, check in at Wynad. Spend the day at leisure. Explore subtle ambience on your own with car and driver at your disposal. Overnight stay in Wynad hotel.

Day 10 Wynad- Mysore (by car- 130 kms/ 03 hrs)- Mysore sightseeing tour.

Have breakfast in Wynad hotel and depart for Mysore. On arrival at Mysore, relax and refresh and move along with Mysore tour guide to visit exotic tourist destinations of Mysore which include Maharaja Palace of Mysore, Chamarajendra Art Gallery, Rail Museum, St. Philomena Church and Chamundi Hills. A current survey suggests that Mysore Palace is most visited palace in the world and is even rated more grandiose than Buckingham Palace. After relishing sumptuous sightseeing, return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 11 Mysore-Bangalore (by car- 130 kms/ 03 hrs)- Bangalore sightseeing-Mumbai (by air).

After breakfast in the morning, proceed for Bangalore which has turned into a metropolitan city and IT hub of the world. On arrival at Bangalore, visit Bangalore Fort, Bangalore Palace, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and Bull temple. Later in the evening, move to Bangalore airport to board flight for Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai, you will be transferred to Mumbai hotel for overnight stay.

Day 12 Mumbai sightseeing tour-Goa (by air).

After early breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by Optima India Tourism representative and Mumbai tour guide. Check out from Mumbai hotel and proceed for sightseeing of Mumbai. Sightseeing of Mumbai includes Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays), Marine Lines and Mani Bhawan (Where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay). Also drive past Afghan church, Flora Fountain (Bombay nerve-centre), colourful Crawford Market and Marine Drive. After sightseeing tour, move to Mumbai airport to board plane for Goa. On arrival at Goa, you will be received and transferred to Goa hotel on the beach. Overnight stay in Goa hotel.

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Day 13 Goa

Day free for relaxing on Goa beach.

Day 14 Goa

Day free for relaxing on Goa beach.

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Day 15 Goa- Mumbai (by air)- Departure.

Day free for relaxing on Goa beach. Afternoon, depart for Goa airport to board flight for Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai, get connected to your flight back to your onward destination.

Chennai

Present day capital city of Tamil Nadu, a southern state of India, is Chennai. Since the advent of the British, it was known as madras but very recently it is re-christened as Chennai. Comparatively Chennai is a new city with history of 350 years. Initially, few hamlets integrated emerged as a town and later developed into a city but today’s Chennai, the fourth largest city of India, is the result of phenomenal growth over the past few decades. With best modern infrastructure and amenities like thriving sea harbor & port, international & domestic airports, a sprawling railway station and excellent road connectivity with all major towns and cities, Chennai serves as a convenient starting point for a tour of South India. With all modern infrastructure and development Chennai charms one with its allegiance to ancient traditions. Chennai in true sense retains the culture, the customs, the charm and the courtesies of the ages. It reflects in an airy city with several vestiges of its rural past. The lifestyle of the people of Chennai is more of a laid-back sort without compromising with their professional responsibilities. The city of Chennai adheres to the leisurely tempo of life of a world of yesterday

Mahabalipuram

Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram), situated on the shores of the Bay of Bengal, was a thriving ancient port of the Pallavas. This port town had flourishing trade with many distant nations in past. During Pallava regime, this port town emerged to unparalleled glory which is self evident from the many marvelous monuments with sculptural panels, caves, monolithic Rathas and temples. These temples are Mahabalipuram's signature symbol. The name Mamallapuram is derived from the title Mahamalla (meaning a great warrior) Narsimha Varman. The port was constructed by King Mahendra Varman in the 7th century. The glorious zenith of Dravidian art and architecture can be seen in the monuments of Mahabalipuram. Though sculpted in stones, the idols seem lively. The richness of monumental splendor and charming beaches make Mahabalipuram a distinguished tourist place in India.

Puducheri

Though Puducheri is situated on sea shore, it is not known for its beaches. Rather, Pondicherry earned its reputation for tranquil beach town with a unique mix of two cultures- French and Hindu. Puducheri, earlier called as Pondicherry, was a French colony and hence offers a unique amalgam of Indian and French cultures. The traces of French rule and its cultural influences can easily be noticed in the red kepis of the police officers, French spelling on signboards and traffic signs and some buildings and old stones. Explore Pondicherry and must visit old churches and Ashrama of Maharshi Aurobindo Ghosh, Auroville.

Tanjore

Tanjore (Thanjavur) was once the capital of the Chola, Nayak and Maratha rulers and is situated in the delta of rivers Cauvery. Thanjavur, named after demon Thanja who was killed by Lord Vishnu, is also called as the City of Refuge, derived from the word Thanjan. The place is called as the Rice Bowl of Tamil Nadu. Tanjore, far older than the Chola period, rose to glory during the later Chola reign between the 10th and 14th centuries and reached its zenith becoming the centre Tamil learning and culture during the Chola rule. It continues to enjoy the important even today due to its cultural and contribution to music and dance. In the city, there are rare specimens of old art and architecture, inscriptions and paintings created centuries ago. It is known for its exquisite handicrafts, bronze casting and articles and South India musical instruments. Raja Rajendra Chola conquered the Pandyas and the eastern Chalukyas in about the middle of the 10th century and founded a mighty kingdom with Thanjavur as his capital. He and his successors in the dynasty enriched the places with grand temples and places.

Madurai

Next in importance to Chennai, Madurai, known as Athens of the East, with its 2500 years old history, is a place of great antiquity, historic importance and Tamil culture. History attributes the foundations of Madurai to the Pandyan kings. Kulasekhara, who flourished in the 6th century AD. The city improved after the 7th century and there was another golden age in the 13th century AD. The Pandyan splendor was extinguished by the invasion by Malik Kafur in the 14th century AD. After seventh years of Muslim rule, the Pandyan rulers re-established themselves and built the temple and tower that we see today. After the decline of Vijayanagar, the Nayak dynasty becomes the supreme master of Madurai. The greatest among the Nayaks, Tirumala Nayakan added several monuments to its splendors and pomp. Madurai, situated on the bank of the river Vaigai, has spread over a large area. The fabulous temples embellish the southern bank of the river. The many religious festivals celebrated with elaborate rituals and pageantry have earned for it the name of City of Festivals.

Munnar

Munnar is a tiny green paradise teetering on Anamudi – the highest mountain peak of South India, 1549 mteres above sea level. Munnar meaning 'three rivers' is situated at the confluence of three mountain hill streams and a delightful hill station of Kerala and South India. Sprawling tea plantations with trekking paths running through and further leading up to breath-taking waterfalls make it a place worth visiting while on Kerala tour. Far from the maddening crowd, Munnar offers an ideal retreat. Munnar is easily accessible from Cochin. Munnar, a hill station in Idukki district of Kerala, is nestled in soothing environ of Western Ghats. In context of 'nature-tourism', Munnar with its lush-green landscape turns out to be essence of eco-tourism of Kerala. There are many worth watching tourist attractions in and around Munnar. Mattupetty Dam (13 kms from Munnar), Mattupedi Dairy Farm ( an Indo-Swiss scientific farm), Kundala Lake (20 kms from Munnar, a man-made lake), Echo Point (about 15 km from Munnar), Rajamalai ( a part of Eravikulam National Park that is known for Nilgiri Tahr, an endangered species), Tea Museum (intended to educate people about laborious tea production process), Marayoor Sandalwood Forests (home to natural sandalwood and heritage site depicting the ancient stone age civilization dated back to 10,000 B.C. stone age paintings, rock edicts and dolmens), Attukad Waterfalls, Blossom International Park and Munnar tea plantations are main tourist attractions of Munnar.

Alleppey

Kerala is worldwide known for its backwaters and backwater tourism. Alleppey is locally called as Alappuzha. An intricate maze of canals and backwaters lined on both sides by lush greenery makes Alappuzha an interestingly beautiful place. Much sought after by the tourist, the boat rides served by ferries to Kollam and Kottayam offer you an experience of a life time. Famous as the "Venice of East", Alappuzha is also the host to the spectacular Nehru Trophy Snake Boat races. Alleppey is the most popular and beautiful place to enjoy backwaters of Kerala while enjoying an overnight houseboat cruise. During your houseboat stay in Alleppey, see 400 year old Champakkulam church (one of the 7 churches established by St. Thomas) and the Chavara Bhavan. Passing through various canals and waterways and passing by sporadic islands will be an unforgettable experience of Alleppey backwaters tour. Alleppey deserves to be called as the Venice of the East, with its intricate network of canals, backwaters and bridges. Alleppey, sandwiched between the Arabian Sea and the Punnamada backwaters on Kerala's southern coast, can be characterized as "life in slow motion".

Wynad

Adjoining Kozhikode is Wynad, a place of plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber. One of the most beautiful places in the hilly regions of Kerala, Wynad is located on the foothill borders of the state adjacent to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. This low hill region is the home of several sects of the tribal people of Kerala who have built some shrines for the village deities. There are many enchanting tourist places which make Wynad a highly cherished place in Kerala tourism.

Mysore

Situated 140 kms away from Bangalore, steeped in history, Mysore is a city of palaces and tranquility. A city with rich heritage of the Wodeyars who were the rulers before, Mysore is preserved to this day with its magnificent palaces, beautifully laid out gardens, imposing buildings, avenues of flowering trees and many ancient temples. Dussehra festivities, popularly known as Navarathri, are celebrated in great grandeur with procession of caparisoned elephants, folk dances and colourful floats. Goddess Chamundeshwari and Saraswati are worshipped during these festivities. Mysore Palace, Vrindavana Garden and local market are main attractions.

Bangalore

Karnataka's capital, Bangalore-India's fifth largest city-is a town of contrasts. Easily India's most happening metro city, its origins are old- Kempegowda, a feudal lord who served the ruler of the Vijayanagar Empire, founded it in 1537. Air-conditioned City, city of Gardens, India's Silicon Valley, Pub City-many are the flattering names it is known by. The weather is balmy-Bangalore is set at an elevation of 3250 feet. Lalbagh Garden and Cubbon Park are two nice parks you must visit. Vidhan Soudha, the state legislature building, is impressive.

Mumbai

Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra and financial capital of India. It is a sprawling metropolis which traces its history to a set of seven islands given to the British monarch Charles-II as part of the dowry, when he married Princes Catherine of Portugal in 1661. The name Mumbai has been derived from MUMBA AAI or MAHA AMBA AAI- the patron goddess of Kolis of fishing community.

Mumbai's two main land marks, the Gateway of India and the Taj Mahal Hotel are at Colaba. Nariman point is at the southern end of Marine Drive. At the other end of Marine Drive is Malabar Hills, a posh residential area. Today, it is a hub of activity, trade, industry and finance. As the commercial capital of India and the world's largest textile market, Mumbai ports handle around 40 percent of India's maritime trade. Some areas in Mumbai like Dharavi are amongst the most thickly populated in the world. Mumbai has diverse population, where the extra-ordinarily rich exist side by side the appallingly poor, and yet, co-exist.

Goa

The brilliant green of the paddy field and the tiny hamlets with white painted churches stand out against a brilliant red soil-Goa startles, enchants and hypnotizes with its blends of East and West. This is after all an erstwhile Portuguese colony and the colonial masters have left behind a rich cultural legacy. India's finest beaches are in Goa. The Tomb of St Francis Xavier in Old Goa is a major Christian Pilgrimage. The elegant Portuguese mansions resting in sleepy villages are enchanting.

Goa is a new state of India and its capital Panjim though has modern buildings but still contains the charm of small town feel. The old buildings which impart it special pristine charm include the Idalcao Palace, Braganza Institute, Largo da Igreja (the Main Square, dominated by the Church of Immaculate Conception). The nearby Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary is a nice excursion.

Also called Valha Goa, Old Goa is the erstwhile capital of Albuquerque and the heart of Portuguese Goa. The Tomb of St Francis Xavier inside the Basilica of Bom Jesus attracts millions of devout here annually. Mapusa, the administrative headquarters of Bardesz talluka, boasts of St Jerome's Church, Our Lady of Miracles and the Maruti Temple. Coconut-fringed sandy beaches dot the coastline in Bardez and Pernem talukas, in north Goa.

Margao, the capital of Goa's most prosperous taluka- Salcete- is the second largest commercial centre in Goa. Margao exudes the pristine colonial charm in its subtlest form. Margao usually serves as an overnight stop for visitors who are about to hit the beaches of south Goa but the Baroque-style Church of the Holy Spirit, and the many fine 17th-century houses are worth checking out. The famous beaches of souther Goa are Benaulim, Varac and Colva with many luxurious beach resorts.

Goa is known for partying and festivals and fairs give opportunity to party with religious and cultural fervor. It can be observed in the celebration of several Christian festivals in Goa with much gusto. These include the Feast of Three Kings, Feast of our Lady of Miracles, Feast of St Anthony, and Feast of St Francis Xavier. The largest non-religious celebration is the Carnival, marked by colorful processions complete with floats.

Goan food is hot, making good use of the bird's -eyes chilling grown locally. The dishes show a strong Portuguese influence, although local flavors are also apparent. The signature dish is the spicy pork or beef Vingaloo. The Goan sausage-chorizo-is 'hot', literally. Other notable dishes include sorpotel (Pickeled pig liver and heart) and chicken xacuit. The juice of the cashew fruit is fermented to produce feni, the potent local brew. Goa is one place that knows how to party, where people come for their bit of fun and sun. The best time to be here is around New Year, when the wildest parties in the country are thrown all over Goa. It's an experience few can forget.

  • Accommodation in the mentioned hotels on double sharing.

  • Daily breakfast basis on all places.

  • Total Meals: 22 (Breakfast-14; Lunch-04 & Dinner-04).

  • Total night stays: 14 (Mahabalipuram-02; Pondicherry-01; Tanjore-01; Madurai-01; Munnar-01; Alleppey-01; Cochin-01; Wynad-01; Mysore-01; Mumbai-01; Goa-03).

  • Well-appointed upgraded air-conditioned rooms at all places.

  • Along with breakfast at all places, lunch & dinner in Goa and Alleppey.

  • Monument entrance charges.

  • Houseboat stay and cruise in Alleppey, Kerala.

  • English speaking & destination-specific guides at all destinations for mentioned sightseeing tour.

  • Meet & assist at the airport on arrival & departure.

  • Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary.

  • Air-conditioned private car for the whole sightseeing tour.

  • Driver for the whole tour.

  • All prevailing taxes like luxury tax, service tax etc.

  • All transfers, city tours, excursions & drives by air-conditioned transport.

  • Interstate road tax, toll tax, parking charges, driver’s wages, fuel charges etc.

Optima Special:
  • Dakshin Chitra visit near Chennai.
  • Son-et-Lumiere shows in Madurai.
  • Backwaters River/Lake boat cruise in Alleppey with traditional houseboat called ‘kettuvalam’.
  • Kathakali dance show in Cochin.
Don’t miss on South India with Goa Tour:
  • Do taste a variety of sea foods in Cochin.
  • Spend few hours leisurely in Auroville, Pondichery to learn few tips regarding meditation.
  • Do explore world-famous spice-market in Cochin.
  • At least one night home-stay in Kerala to enjoy traditional south Indian way of life.
  • Houseboat stay and cruise in Kerala backwaters.
Shopping:

Cochin:Explore curio shops, small and quaint, for ethnic articles like colorful bead jewelry, mat and bangles made of coir, wood, bamboo, shells, brass, ivory and sandalwood.
Mysore: Perfume and sandalwood articles.

Cuisines:

Kumarakom: Appam (prepared of fermented rice and coconut dough) & Karimeen (prepared of freshwater fish).
Cochin:Meen Mollagitta curry (prepared of freshwater fish) & Kurukku Kalan ( a vegetarian specialty prepared of yoghurt, curry, toasted banana & rice).
Goa:Do taste Feni- a local Goan alcoholic beverage.

Is This Trip For Me:
Travel Style Service Level TPhysical Demands Trip Type Trip Rating
Classic Standard FIT/Small Group 4.5/5
DestinationsStandardSuperiorDeluxeLuxury
MahabalipuramHotel IndecoBlue Bay Beach Reasort Chariot Beach Resort Radisson GRT Temple Bay Resort
PondicherryHotel RichmondSunway GRT GrandLe PondyLe Pondy
Tanjore Hotel Star ResidencyHotel SangamHotel SangamHotel Sangam
MaduraiMetropoleHotel Park PlazaFortune PandyanThe Gateway by Taj
Munnar Hotel Tea Castle Hotel Tea County Windmere Estate Davonshire Greens
Alleppey Houseboat Superior Houseboat Deluxe Houseboat Luxury Houseboat
Cochin Hotel Sea Lord Renaissance Hotel Trident Vivanta by Taj-Malabar Cochin
Wynad Karapuzha Village Resort Wynad Silver Woods Resort Vythiri Village ResortVythiri Village Resort
Mysore Jade Garden Country Inn & Suites Fortune JP Palace Hotel Lalitha Palace
Mumbai Juhu Plaza Kohinoor Continental Trident Taj Mahal Palace
Goa Alore Holiday Resort Terra Paraiso Cidade de Goa Taj Exotica
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  • Please provide your passport details to Intrepid at least one month before travelling. Please note that if you do not provide your passport details you may be denied entry to any National Parks that are visited along this itinerary, or you may be charged a fee by the local government as passport details are now a requirement for entry into all national parks in India.

  • Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

  • In India normally the check in time is 02:00 PM and check out time is 10:00 AM.

  • Meals other than breakfast and as specified above.

  • Video camera/ still camera fee applicable at various monuments. The same will be paid by you direct on spot on actual basis.

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  • Any compulsory meal supplements during festive season is not included.

  • Early check in & late check out at the hotels.

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