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Kerala to Goa Tour: A journey through charms of Malabar Cost

Durations

21 days

Kerala to Goa Tour Package

20 nights / 21 days

Starting from USD 2699 / person

Embark on a mesmerizing voyage through the enchanting states of Kerala and Karnataka. Immerse yourself in the vibrant cultural tapestry, delve into iconic landmarks, indulge in the serenity of backwaters, and unravel the rich tea heritage of Munnar. Conclude your journey with sun-kissed beaches in Goa and iconic landmarks in Mumbai. Prepare for an enthralling adventure that awaits!


Day 1 – Arrival in Cochin

Morning or afternoon: Arrival at the Cochin international airport, welcome by our local representative and transfer to your hotel in Fort Kochi to start your tour to Kerala & Karnataka.
Evening: In the evening enjoy a dance program of Kathakali, a traditional dance form of Kerala. Watch in awe as performers decked in vibrant costumes and dramatic make-up narrate epic tales through a combination of elaborate gestures, intricate footwork, and compelling facial expressions, offering you a captivating glimpse into Kerala’s rich cultural heritage.

Day 2 – Cochin: Cochin sightseeing

Morning: In the morning, following breakfast, we embark on a tour to discover the Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace. Constructed in 1555 by the Portuguese—the first Europeans to settle in the region—it was a gift for the King of Cochin, Veera Kerala Varma. The alternative name comes from renovations carried out by the Dutch in 1663. Despite its European roots, the palace exhibits Indo-Keralite architectural style, characterized by intricately carved frameworks, splendidly decorated compartmental ceilings, and roofs akin to Chinese pagodas.
Afternoon: In the afternoon, we visit the St. Cross Cathedral of Cochin and the Chinese fishing nets. The St. Cross Cathedral in Cochin is more than a religious building. Built in 1505, it has witnessed the ebb and flow of politics, religion, and culture in Cochin for over five centuries.
Next, we tour the Chinese fishing nets. Originating from the coast of the South China Sea, they have become an iconic image of Cochin.
Late Afternoon: In the late afternoon, attend a Kathakali dance performance, a form of danced theater native to the state of Kerala, known for its elaborate costumes, distinctive makeup, and complex facial expressions.

Day 3 – Cochin / Alleppey:

Morning: After breakfast drive to Alleppey, famous for its backwaters. Check into the houseboat for a tranquil cruise. Learn about the historical importance of the backwaters in Kerala’s trade and transportation.
Evening: Enjoy dinner and spend the night on-board, surrounded by the historical charm of the backwaters.

Day 4 – Cochin / Munnar :

Morning: In the morning, depart for Munnar, a hill station known for its tea plantations.

Afternoon: Upon arrival, check-in at the hotel and take some time to rest. Then, visit the tea museum in Munnar to delve into the history and culture of tea in India. Discover the tea-making process, from leaf to cup, through interactive demonstrations. Late afternoon: Free time to stroll through the markets of Munnar.

Day 5 – Munnar

Morning: After breakfast at your hotel, embark on a half-day guided walking excursion into the verdant, misty tea plantations of Munnar. As you roam the emerald hills, you’ll marvel at the breathtaking panorama, where slopes of tea bushes stretch to the horizon. This is the ideal opportunity to capture some stunning photos. Feel the cool, damp air on your skin and the crunch of leaves underfoot as you witness the tea-plucking process, bringing you closer to the heart of Munnar’s tea heritage.
Afternoon: In the afternoon back to your hotel. In the later afternoon visit the Tata Tea Museum. Here, you’ll embark on an informative journey that traces the evolution of tea processing in this region. The museum is housed in a 100-year-old building, nestled within the Nallathanni Estate. It showcases a variety of antiquated tea-rolling machines, including the rudimentary ‘Rotorvane,’ and the original version of the ‘Ctc’ machine. Don’t miss the demonstration that offers an inside look into the entire process of tea making, from leaf picking to final packaging.
Evening: Spend your leisure time at your own pace, soaking in the serene ambiance of Munnar at your hotel.

Day 6 – Munnar / Monkey Falls / Coimbatore

Morning: After breakfast embark on your journey from Munnar to Coimbatore. As you traverse the winding roads through lush tea plantations and misty mountains, take the opportunity to absorb the vibrant scenery that unfolds before your eyes. The drive itself is an experience to cherish. On the halte at Monkey falls to admire its natural beauty.
Afternoon: Upon arrival in Coimbatore, check into your hotel and time to relax.
Evening: In the early evening visit to the majestic Esha Foundation and the awe-inspiring statue of Shiva. The towering statue is not just an architectural marvel but also a testament to the spiritual undercurrent that flows through the city. Return to hotel and time to relax.

Jour 7 – Coimbatore / Coonoor / Ooty

Morning: After breakfast at your hotel, begin your day early with a scenic drive from Coimbatore to Coonoor. As you meander through the breathtakingly beautiful roads, the air fills with the fresh scent of tea leaves from the surrounding plantations.
Afternoon: Late in the morning upon arrival in Coonoor, a quaint hill station renowned for its serene ambience, embark on an unforgettable journey on the historic Nilgiri Mountain Railway (a train ride of 1h10 till Ooty). Known affectionately as the ‘Toy Train’, this UNESCO World Heritage Site offers a unique travel experience. As the train chugs along the verdant slopes and through dark tunnels, you’ll be provided with stunning panoramic views of the Nilgiri Hills.
Evening: Upon arrival in Ooty, widely known as the ‘Queen of Hill Stations’, check into your hotel and relax at your hotel.

Day 8 – Ooty:

Morning: Embark on a 16km trek from Ooty to Kokkal Kota, witnessing panoramic views of Bokkapuram, Masinagudi, and the Mudumalai reserve. Learn about the region’s tribal culture and biodiversity.
Afternoon: Enjoy a picnic lunch during the trek, experiencing the natural beauty and cultural heritage. Return to Ooty for leisure time.

Jour 9 – Bandipur / Mysore

Morning: Morning after breakfast, free time to relax at your hotel. Late in the morning drive to Mysore. Immerse yourself in the picturesque landscapes during the journey.
Afternoon: Upon arrival, check-in to your hotel, taking some time to relax and freshen up. In the afternoon, visit to the revered Chamundi Temple nestled atop the Chamundi Hills. The temple, dedicated to Goddess Chamundi, is an architectural marvel with intricate carvings, offering a breathtaking view of the city from the hilltop.
Evening: In the early afternoon, visit the renowned Brindavan Gardens. Spend the evening amidst an array of vibrant flower beds and lush green lawns. Return to hotel and time to relax.

Jour 10 – Mysore

Morning: In the morning after breakfast start the day with a visit to the enchanting Mysore Palace. This marvel of architecture, with its intricate carvings and expansive gardens, is sure to leave you awestruck, providing a glimpse into the opulent lifestyles of past royalty.
Afternoon: In the afternoon explore the bustling Devaraja market. Here, you’ll find yourself amidst vibrant colors, exotic spices, and the hum of everyday life. Take a moment to wander into the surrounding local schools to gain a deeper understanding of the community.
Evening: Evening free at your hotel for relaxes.

Day 11 – Mysore / Sravanbelgola / Hassan:

Morning: After breakfast departure for Hassan. On the way, explore the colossal monolithic statue of Gomteshvara (Bahubali). Check-in at Hassan.
Afternoon: Head out to explore the significant sites of the Hoysala dynasty that ruled over the Deccan region (currently Karnataka) from the 11th to the 15th century. Begin with a visit to the Chinnakesava temple, whose construction started in 1116 and concluded 103 years later. It was initiated to commemorate the Hoysala victory over the Chola. Then, proceed to Halebid, which translates to an ancient city in the local language. Explore the Hoysaleswara temple, another remarkable example of Hoysala architecture.
Evening: Return to Hassan and evening free at your hotel.

Day 12 – Hassan / Chitradurga / Hampi :

Morning: After breakfast begin your day with an exciting journey to Hampi. Along the way, immerse yourself in the rich history of the region by exploring the formidable Chitradurga Fort, a testament to the area’s historical significance.
Afternoon: Upon reaching Hampi, settle into your Guest House and enjoy a leisurely afternoon, giving you the chance to relax and soak in the unique atmosphere of this ancient city.
Evening: Savor a free evening at your Guest House, allowing you the flexibility to explore the local surroundings or unwind after the day’s travels.

Day 13 – Hampi:

Morning: After breakfast embark on a fascinating exploration of Hampi, once the capital of the Vijayanagara Empire during its zenith from the 13th to the 16th century. Delve into the captivating history as you visit the Virupaksha Temple, a symbol of the city’s enduring spiritual heritage.
Afternoon: Continue your journey through time with visits to the renowned Vittala Temple, Achutyaraya Temple, the elephant stables, and the exquisite Lotus Palace. Each site unveils a unique aspect of Hampi’s architectural and cultural richness.

Evening: Free at your hotel.

Day 14 – Hospet / Goa (by train):

Morning: After breakfast transfer to Hospet railway station to catch your train to Goa.
Afternoon: Upon reaching Goa, our local representative will warmly welcome you and facilitate your transfer to the hotel. Take some time to settle in and relax after the journey.
Evening: The remainder of the day is yours to explore at your leisure. Whether you choose to wander through the vibrant streets of Goa, indulge in local cuisine, or simply unwind at the hotel, this evening is an opportunity to immerse yourself in the unique charm of this coastal paradise.

Day 15 – Goa:

Morning: After breakfast embark on a morning exploration of Goa, starting with a visit to the Basilica of Bom Jesus, constructed in 1594 in Baroque style. This UNESCO World Heritage site offers a glimpse into the rich history of the region. Following that, explore the impressive Saint Catherine’s Cathedral.

Afternoon: Enjoy a leisurely afternoon, as the time is yours to unwind at the beach. Whether you choose to bask in the sun, take a refreshing dip in the ocean, or simply relax on the sandy shores, this free afternoon provides the perfect opportunity to soak in the coastal beauty and embrace the laid-back atmosphere of Goa.

Evening : Day at liesure on the beach

Day 16 – Goa:

Enjoy a day of relaxation with free time to unwind at the beach.

Day 17 – Goa:

Another day to leisurely soak up the sun and sea at the beautiful beaches of Goa.

Day 18 – Goa:

Continue your beachside retreat with a free day for relaxation.

Day 19 – Goa / Mumbai (by plane):

Morning: After breakfast begin your day with leisure at the beach, taking in the serene surroundings and enjoying the coastal ambiance.

Afternoon: In the afternoon transfer to Goa Airport for your flight to Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai, enjoy a tranquil evening at your hotel, reflecting on the coastal paradise you’ve left behind.

Evening: Free time at your hotel.

Day 20 – Mumbai: Mumbai Sightseeing

Morning: In the morning after breakfast, depart for a visit to Dhobi Ghat, an open-air laundry unique in its kind, and the Mahalakshmi Temple dedicated to the goddess of prosperity. The temple is often visited by devotees who offer flowers and sweets as a sign of devotion.
Afternoon: Visit the Haji Ali Mosque, another must-see site in Mumbai. This Islamic shrine is located on a small island accessible by a narrow causeway, giving the impression of floating on water during high tide.
Late afternoon: In the late afternoon, visit the Victoria Terminus railway station, an architectural marvel. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this building is an exceptional example of Victorian neo-Gothic style with a touch of Indian influences.
In the evening, free time to explore the Fort Mumbai neighborhoods near your hotel.

Day 21 – Mumbai: Return Flight

In the morning, transfer to the international airport to catch your return flight.

Your hotels or similar

• Cochin – Dutch Bungalow (Heritage)
• Alleppey – House Boat
• Munnar – Deepwoods Resort***
• Coimbatore – Zone by The Park***
• Ooty – Fortune Sulivan (Heritage)
• Mysore – Pai Vista***
• Hassan – Malligi Residency
• Hospet – Malligi Hotel
• Goa – Agonda Beach Resort****
• Mumbai – Goldflinch***

 

The price includes:

• An A/C comfortable vehicle according to number of participants with a private driver (including parking fees, fuel, road taxes, and tolls).
• Experienced English-speaking driver (including his accommodations, meals, and salary).
• Accommodation in a “double” room, including taxes and breakfast.
• Explore Madurai with a local English speaking guide.
• Night in a houseboat in Alleppey with full board.
• Kathakali show at the Kerala Cultural Center in Cochin.
• Jeep ride to Pothamedu viewpoint in Munnar.
• Kalaripayattu show (Kerala martial art) in Periyar.
• Toy train ride from Coonoor to Ooty.
• Train from Hospet to Goa.
• Flight from Goa to Mumbai in economy class.

Not included:

• International flights.
• Lunches and dinners (unless specified in the price includes section).
• Entrance fees to monuments and sites to visit.
• Visa fees.
• Drinks.
• Tips.

Good to know:

• A visa is mandatory for traveling to India. We offer visa services for India, please consult us for the procedures.
• The tea museum in Munnar is closed on Mondays.
• Access to temples is allowed for foreigners but not to the inside of sacred chapels.
• A video equipment fee may be requested at the entrance of certain monuments.
• The Indian road network is of average quality, and travel times may be longer than expected, but the quality of discoveries at every moment compensates for this slight discomfort.
• The synagogue in Kochi is closed on Fridays and Saturdays.
• The baggage weight limit on domestic flights is 15kg checked baggage and 7kg hand luggage. An additional charge of 5 euros per kilo will be requested at check-in for domestic flights.
• This itinerary may be subject to minor changes depending on changes in airline and train schedules, hotel availability, and entrance hours to monuments.
• We would also like to point out that our drivers are chosen for their seriousness, sense of service, availability, and competence, but unfortunately, not all of them are fluent in English. When they speak it, they become guides! Nevertheless, communication is always possible and generally sufficient. If you wish, you can occasionally request the services of a local English-speaking or French-speaking guide (depending on the sites) during your visits.

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