Nature & Culture (Goa, Karnataka, Kerala) for 19 Days / 18 Nights

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Tour Details

Enjoy the very best of nature while you soak up the local culture of the colourful region. Start your journey at the luxurious 5-star Taj Exotica hotel in Goa, where you will get to tour the beautiful state. Sample the famous coffee from Chikmagalur and also visit ancient temples in Badami and Hampi. In Mysore, you will view majestic palaces, while Kerala provides the perfect destination to end your trip.

HOTELS USED OR SIMILAR

DESTINATION

STANDARD

DELUXE

EXCLUSIVE

GOA

SOUL VACATION

GOA BEACH HOUSE

TAJ EXOTICA

BADAMI

 BADAMI COURT

 BADAMI COURT

 BADAMI COURT

HAMPI

 MALLIGI HOME

 MALLIGI HOME

 MALLIGI HOME

CHIKMAGLUR

 HOYSALA VILLAGE

 HOYSALA VILLAGE

 THE SERAI

MYSORE

SANDESH THE PRINCE

 WINDFLOWER

 METROPOLE

KABINI

BANDIPUR SAFARI LODGE

KABINI RIVER LODGE

ORANGE COUNTY

COONOOR

 ACRES WILD

THE GATEWAY HOTEL COONOOR

THE GATEWAY HOTEL

COCHIN

FORT HERITAGE

MALABAR HOUSE RESIDENCY

BRUNTON BOATYARD

ALLEPPEY

DELUXE HOUSEBOAT

PREMIUM HOUSEBOAT

SPICE COAST CRUISE

MARARI

ABAD TURTLE BEACH

MARARI BEACH RESORT

MARARI BEACH RESORT

 

COST INCLUDES:

+ Accommodation with Breakfast Basis in above mentioned hotels or similar

+ AC INDIGO/LOGAN for Standard Package

+ AC INNOVA for Deluxe & Exclusive Programme

+ All Meals in Houseboat

+ Local English Speaking Guide with Applicable Entrance Fees

+ Toy Train Journey from Ooty to Coonoor

+ Kathakali Dance show in a Local theatre at Cochin

 + All Taxes

 

Cost Does Not Includes:

Airfare, Visa, Travel Insurance etc.

Meals other than mentioned

Tips, telephone calls, laundry, shopping etc 

Any other items other than mentioned above

Itinerary

Day 1ARR GOA

On arrival meet and transfer to TAJ EXOTICA.

Day 2GOA

Full day sightseeing Tour of Goa. Overnight at TAJ EXOTICA.

Day 3GOA/BADAMI (260 Kms)

After breakfast Drive on to Badami and check into the Badami Court for two nights.

Day 4BADAMI

Visit Aihole, an impressive rock carving site. Particularly impressive is the 5th century AD Lad Khan temple and Pattadakal, which consists of temples from the northern Nagara and southern Dravida schools. Later visit Badami including cave temples from the 6th and 7th century AD and the famous Malegitti Shivalaya temple.

Day 5BADAMI/HAMPI ( 150 Kms)

Drive on to the town of Hospet and stay at the Malligi Tourist Home for two nights (you could upgrade to theHampi Boulders which is located in the ‘boulders landscape’).

Day 6HAMPI

Visit Hampi the city razed to the ground by the five Deccan sultans in 1565. The vast boulder strewn landscape merges with the granite hewn architectural ruins which include the Virupaksha Temple. There’s time this afternoon to relax or continue exploring the area.

Day 7HAMPI/CHIKMAGALUR (305 Kms)

As you drive this morning to Chikmagalur the landscape changes from the arid Deccan Plateau to a lush coffee country for which the region is known. In Chikmagalur stay two nights at the Taj Gateway (or you could upgrade to the luxurious ‘The Serai’ for a supplement).

Day 8CHIKMAGALUR

Enjoy an excursion to the intricately carved Hoysala temples at Belur and Halebid today. These temples depict scenes from Hindu mythology and everyday life of the Hoysala Kingdom.

Day 9CHIKMAGALUR/MYSORE (180 Kms)

En route to Mysore you’ll visit the imposing statue of Gomateshvara at Shravanabelagola a significant pilgrimage site for the Jain religion, and Tipu’s Summer Palace at Srirangapattanam. Your guide will be happy to give you a pronunciation lesson! Stay at the PRS Calm or Windflower Hotel for two nights.

Day 10MYSORE

Visit the sights of Mysore today including the Mysore Palace, Chamundi Hill and the Nandi Bull. Round off the exploring at the colourful Devraja Market. There is the option of an excursion to Somnathpur where the third Hoysala temple is located.

Day 11MYSORE/KABINI (90 Kms)

After breakfast proceed to Kabini. On arrival check in at KABINI RIVER LODGE. Evening Jeep Safari inside Nagarhole National Park.

Day 12KABINI/COONOOR (190 Kms)

After breakfast Drive to Ooty, board the Nilgiris ‘toy train’ for a short ride to Coonoor; stay at the colonial Taj Gateway; at leisure to enjoy the tea country, the Sims Park is a short walk away.

Day 13COONOOR/COCHIN (260 Kms)

A long drive to Cochin for two nights at the Malabar House, a Relais and Chateaux boutique hotel.

Day 14COCHIN

Visit the Dutch Palace, St Francis Church and the Chinese fishing nets; evenings a sunset cruise and a Kathakali dance performance.

Day 15COCHIN

Visit the Dutch Palace, St Francis Church and the Chinese fishing nets; evenings a sunset cruise and a Kathakali dance performance.

Day 16COCHIN/ALLEPPEY(HOUSEBOAT)(60 Kms)

Visit the Jewish Synagogue at Mattancherry in the morning, proceed to Alleppey to board your Riceboat for the night; cruise along the backwaters, observing local life along the banks (there is the option of staying at Purity, a small boutique hotel on the backwaters, instead of boarding the riceboat).

Day 17 & 18MARARI

Day at leisure.

Day 19DEP MARARI/COCHIN (75 Kms)

Early morning you will be met at your hotel and transferred to Cochin airport (two hours) for your return flight home via Dubai.

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