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India Circuit

Mumbai - Chennai

24 DAYS THROUGH India
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
$1,615 (USD) + 590 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
24 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, Boat, Train
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
0%
100%
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
LIFESTYLE CHALLENGE:
TRIP CODE:
SMC
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Explore chaotic and fascinating Mumbai

  Take an optional Bollywood dance class

  Relax on a fascinating train ride along the coast of Goa

  Enjoy the stunning beaches and lifestyle of northern Goa

  2 nights in beautiful beach huts on the beach of Agond, Old Goa

  Discover the lost kingdom of Vijayanagar in the magnificent ruined city of Hampi

  Explore the amazing Maharaja's Palace of Mysore

  Relax at the community guesthouse in the hills of Wayanad

  Visit to watch the classical Indian dance drama of Kathakali

  Explore Kochi including a local boat trip to Fort Cochin

  Overnight by local boat through the backwaters and villages of Kerala

  3 nights to relax on the beaches of Varkala

  Visit the southern tip of Insda at Cape Comorin - Kanyakumari

  Stay in the French influenced enclave of Pondicherry

  Visit Madurai's Hindu Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to lord Shiva

  Visit to the Shore Temples & Pagodas of Mahabalipuram

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Mumbai ( 9th Oct 2018 )

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 you 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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a guided tour of the backstreets, shops and schools of the Dhavari district, to experience a slice of the real Mumbai

INR 1200
Take a Bollywood dance class in one of Mumbai's premier dance studios
INR 500
Discover the marvellous collection of historical objects and art at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum, one of India's premier museums
INR 300
Explore the labyrinth of cave-temples on Elephanta Island near Mumbai, some of the most impressive rock carvings in all of India
INR 250
Day 2 - Mumbai ( 10th Oct 2018 )

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 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.

Day 3-4 - Goa ( 11th Oct 2018 to 12th Oct 2018 )

We will start our journey 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.

Day 5-6 - Old Goa, Goa ( 13th Oct 2018 to 14th Oct 2018 )

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 area's 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 in beautiful beach huts on the stunning beach of Agonda, which is a perfect place to sit back and watch the fishing boats landing their catch, sample the delicious local cuisine, or visit the nearby beach of Palolem with its many bars and restaurants.

Day 7-8 - Hampi ( 15th Oct 2018 to 16th Oct 2018 )

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.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Discover the lost kingdom of Vijayanagar in the magnificent ruined city of Hampi

Included in Kitty
Day 9-10 - Mysore ( 17th Oct 2018 to 18th Oct 2018 )

From Hampi we will have another full day drive to the city of Mysore, one of India's most attractive towns.

Estimated Drive Time - 10-12 hours.

On the following day we will have free time in Mysore to independently explore the city's beautiful gardens, palaces, and the Shri Chamarajendra art gallery.

In Mysore we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Explore the amazing Maharaja's Palace of Mysore

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Climb the 1000 steps to the summit of Chamundi Hill, to visit the famous Sri Chamundeshwari Temple and take in the views of the city below
INR 100
Day 11-12 - Wayanad ( 19th Oct 2018 to 20th Oct 2018 )

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.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Over the 2 days that we have in Wayanad we will have the chance to hike up Chembra Peak, visit local waterfalls and tea plantations, visit the petroglyphs at the Edakkal Caves, and to visit the nearby Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.

Whilst in Wayanad we stay as guests of local families at a homestay, where they have set up rooms for visitors in their homes.

Daily Activities

Included Activities
See the 7000-year-old Neolithic petroglyphs at the Edakkal caves en route
Included in Kitty

Relax at the community Homestay in the hills of Wayanad

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take a strenuous day-hike up the 2100m Chembra Peak, the highest peak in the Wayanad area
INR 1000
Take a walk through the scenic Wayanad countryside to visit the Meenmutty or Kanthanppara waterfalls
INR 60

Overland through the Western Ghats

INR 800
Day 13-14 - Kochi ( 21st Oct 2018 to 22nd Oct 2018 )

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, India's most spectacular dance drama.

In Kochi we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Evening visit to watch the classical Indian dance drama of Kathakali

Included in Kitty
Day 15 - Alleppey ( 23rd Oct 2018 )

Leaving 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. 

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Travel overnight by local boat through the Backwaters and experience the villages of Kerala

Included in Kitty
Day 16-18 - Varkala ( 24th Oct 2018 to 26th Oct 2018 )

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 - 3-4 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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Get a traditional Ayurvedic massage in the Keralan town of Varkala
INR 1200
Head out for an evening performance of traditional Keralan Kathakali dancing
INR 300
Day 19 - Kanyakumari ( 27th Oct 2018 )

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.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Take the ferry over to Vivekananda Rock and explore the memorial to the Hindu monk Swami Vivekananda
INR 150
Day 20 - Madurai ( 28th Oct 2018 )

This morning we have the option to get up early to watch the sunrise from the southern tip of India with thousands of locals, what 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.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit to the historical Hindu Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to lord Shiva

Included in Kitty
Day 21-22 - Pondicherry ( 29th Oct 2018 to 30th Oct 2018 )

Today we head to the French-influenced town of Pondicherry, and will have a 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.

 

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Overnight in the former French colony of Pondicherry

Free
Visit the spiritual community of the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, founded in the early 20th century by the famous Bengali freedom fighter and spiritual leader
Free
Day 23 - Mahabalipuram, Chennai ( 31st Oct 2018 )

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.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit to the Shore Temples & Pagodas of Mahabalipuram

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit the Fort St. George, the site of the East India Company's first trading station in 1640, and the first British fort in India
INR 100
Visit the Chennai Government Museum, and its incredible selection of antiquities including Roman artefacts and coins from all eras of India's past
INR 250
Day 24 - Chennai ( 1st Nov 2018 )

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 Dragoman 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.

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WHAT OUR PASSENGERS SAY

Little difficult for people our age particularly on the roads in Kerala.
Abhoy A
It was well organised and executed. I felt that I saw loads and didn’t really have to worry about anything... it was all in hand.
Jonathan S
Lived up to expectations and was well organised
Stewart I
An amazing experience both culturally and socially.
Anthony M
Brilliant trip, mixture of free time and things included in the kitty
Sarah C
As first time dragoman customers we found the experience very positive and it helped us negotiate a difficult country to travel in.
Sylvia S
Both Katie and Nick are very good at their jobs and very nice, fun people to be around.
Madeleine S
Had a really great time - Gino and Jim were very good trip leaders and ensured that they were always on hand to answer any queries any one had. They also ensured that the group were kept fully informed about the tour.
Linda T
Your guides made the trip for us.
David E
The crew both ensured that all trip members had a great time.
Linda T
I just cant say enough great things about the leaders. They made the trip to India totally fabulous!
Lisa C
The leaders made the trip truly enjoyable.
David E
All of the guides that we had were great.
Lisa C
Cannot say enough about Gino and Jim, they were both great at their jobs, very friendly and welcoming and certainly added to the whole experience, brilliant.
Caroline P
The guides varied, but overall were well informed and spoke good English.
Caroline P
Katie is a fantastic leader.
Philippus v
Katie clearly has lead many trips before and has a wealth of knowledge in Indian culture. I found her an excellent leader full of relevant information.
Jasmin F
All the local guides were great, spoke English and well informed.
Jasmin F
Katie clearly has lead many trips before and has a wealth of knowledge in Indian culture. I found her an excellent leader full of relevant information.
Jasmin F
All the local guides were great, spoke English and well informed.
Jasmin F
Nadia and Andy did a great job of handling a large truck safely through such 'challenging' traffic conditions.
Brian L
Excellent.
John P
Nick and Katie looked after and drove Daisy very well and safely throughout the trip. The Indians we encountered along the way were very curious about Daisy as she's a TATA truck - a great ice-breaker!
Madeleine S
'Mumbai to Chennai' is an excellent and thoughtful itinerary - it was a perfect mixture of historic sites, different landscapes, cities, rural areas and quality beach-time. The crew (Katie and Nick) are awesome, a good team and a real asset to Dragoman. I felt very safe with their driving (quite an achievement in India, especially considering they hadn't been in the country for long) and felt well looked after throughout the trip.
Madeleine S
The Hampi guide and rickshaw drivers were very good. The guide from Sultan's Battery was very knowledgeable on spices, tea and coffee - all good local knowledge.
Madeleine S
Katie and Nick are reliable and super.
Andreas F