Sun, sea and sand - Goa

India is the largest peninsular country in the world, there is a vast coast line with the Bay of Bengal, Indian Ocean and the Arabian Sea sweeping in on three sides of the nation.

ORISSA

The tropical state that flourished during the 13th century on India’s central eastern seaboard, Orissa is famous for its temples, which draw thousands of pilgrims here throughout the year, predominantly to Jagannath Temple in the coastal town of Puri, to worship Vishnu in his avatar as the Lord of the Universe. Architecturally, the Sun Temple at Konark is of even greater significance, with its massive stone-carved chariot adorned with sculptures, rising to carry Surya, the sun god, to the heavens.

The holy city of Puri is blessed with one of the finest beaches situated on the shores of the breathtakingly beautiful Bay of Bengal. The pulsating beach of Puri is the all time favorite to the tourists throughout the year. The combination of the crafts, cuisines and cultural of Orissa will not fail to charm you. The golden memories of the gleaming sands, the sparkling surf and the purity of the Puri beach all are unsurpassed. Accommodation is easily available with both economic and luxury guesthouses, star hotels and budget hotels. One of the must-sees is the superb sunrise and the sunset at the beach! It is also a perfect site to pick up gifts and souvenirs.

Our suggested itinerary:

Day 1: From Delhi, flight to Kolkata

  • South Park Street Cemetery
  • Victoria Memorial
  • Belur Math Shrine

Day 2: Bhubaneshwar

  • Lingaraj Temple
  • Vaital Deul Temple
  • Mukteshwara Temple

Day 3: Raghurajpur

Day 4: Puri, Konark

Day 5: Leisure day in Puri

Day 6: Gopalpur

  • On the way, visit the Chilika Lake

Day 7: Bhubaneshwar

Day 8: Kolkata/Delhi

 

GOA

Variously known as “Pearl of the Orient” and a “Tourist Paradise”, the state of Goa is located on the western coast of India in the coastal belt known as Konkan. The magnificent scenic beauty and the architectural splendors of its temples, churches and old houses have made Goa a firm favorite with travellers around the world. But then, Goa is much more than just beaches and sea. It has a soul which goes deep into unique history, rich culture and some of the prettiest natural scenery that India has to offer.

Much of the real Goa is in its interiors, both inside its buildings and in the hinterland away from the coastal area. All the communities have mutual respect towards one another and their secular outlook has given Goa a long and an unbroken tradition of religious harmony. The warm and tolerant nature of the Goans allows them to celebrate and enjoy the festivals of various religions such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Diwali, Christmas, Easter and Id with equal enthusiasm.

Our suggested itinerary:

Day 1: Flight to Mumbai

Day 2: Panaji

Day 3: Dudhdagar Falls

Day 4: North Goa Tour, overnight in Panaji

Day 5: Farmagudi

  • Dona Paula
  • Miramar Beach
  • Old Goa
  • Savoi – Verem
  • Ponda

Day 6: South Goa Tour

  • Visit the Ancestral Goa at Loutolim
  • Museum of Christian Art at Rachol via Ponda and Raia
  • Margao city
  • Stay overnight in Colva

Day 7: Leisure day at Palolem

Day 8: Drive back to Mumbai

 

COLOURFUL RAJASTHAN WITH GOA (13 Days / 12 Nights)

Get a taste of the Sun, Sea and Sand, all at once!
Delhi – Agra – Jaipur – Jodhpur – Udaipur – Delhi / Goa

Day 1: Delhi – Arrival
On arrival at Delhi international airport, you will be received by our representative and would be further assisted & transferred to your hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2: Delhi
After breakfast, tour briefing and later on proceed to full day city tour. Visit Qutab Minar, which is one of the tallest towers of it’s time in India, Humanyun’s Tomb – an UNESCO world heritage site which was built by Begum Hamida for his husband Mughal Emperor Humanyun. It is one of the forerunners of the Taj Mahal. Later also visit India Gate, President’s House, the landmark of India Democracy the Parliament House. Take a tour of Red Fort – an UNESCO world heritage site and a symbol of mighty Mughal Empire, Jama Masjid the biggest mosque of India, Chandni Chowk and Raj Ghat (a Memorial of Father of India Mahatma Gandhi). Evening return to the hotel for overnight stay.

Day 3: Delhi – Sikandra – Agra
After early morning breakfast, drive to Agra en-route visiting Sikandra a beautiful mausoleum of Mighty Mughal Emperor Akbar. On Arrival at Agra, check in at the hotel. Later take a sightseeing tour of the city visit historical Agra Fort (UNESCO World Heritage Site). From Agra Fort, four of the mighty rulers from Mughal dynasty ruled their enormous empire in Indian Sub-Continenta also visit ITIMAD-UD-DAULA (Baby Taj). This exquisite marble tomb was made by Emperor Jahangir’s queen, Nurjahan , in the memory of her father Mirza Ghias Beg during 1622-1628 A.D. Built entirely in white marble and inlaid with semi-precious stones, their mausoleum on the bank of the Yamuna River, exhibits a strong Persian influence. Later return to the hotel for overnight.  

Day 4: Agra – Fatehpur Sikri – Jaipur
Early morning visit to the most beautiful monument of love – The Taj Mahal – the most photogenic building in the world. Taj Mahal was made by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his pretty wife Mumtaz Mahal. Later depart Agra for Pink City Jaipur visiting deserted capital of Mughal Emperor Akbar Fatehpur Sikri then drive further to Jaipur. On arrival at Jaipur, transfer to your hotel. Evening is free to explore the traditional markets of Pink City. Stay overnight at your hotel.

Day 5: Jaipur
After breakfast, visit Amber Fort at Elephant back. Amber is a fascinating blend of Hindu and Muslim architecture. Built in the 16th century by Raja Mansingh in red sandstone and white marble, the palace complex has some very interesting apartments. After exploring this beautiful palace and getting an insight into its fascinating history, visit an architectural delight Hawa Mahal (the wind palace); experience the astrology at Jantar Mantar (the observatory), the royal CityPalace & its museum. Later return to your hotel for the night stay.

Day 6: Jaipur – Jodhpur
After breakfast, continue to the blue city of Jodhpur about 345 kilometers from Jaipur. Arrive in Jodhpur and check-in at a pre-booked hotel. ?In the afternoon, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Jodhpur - the former capital of Marwar state founded in 1459 by Rao Jodha. Visit the Mehrangarh Fort spread over 5 kilometers on a steep hill and looking down 125 meters. The fort appears rugged and impenetrable from the outside, but houses some of the most intricately adorned palaces with exquisitely carved panels and latticed windows. Moti Mahal, Phool Mahal, Sheesh Mahal are some of the areas worth exploring. A collection of royal cenotaphs, built in while marble, lies very close to the fort. Built in 1899, the cenotaph also houses portraits of rulers of Jodhpur. ?After exploring the popular attractions of Jodhpur, return to your hotel and spend the night.

Day 7: Jodhpur – Ranakpur – Udaipur
After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Udaipur enroute visiting Ranakpur Temples. Ranakpur, the Jain community like several others, had always enjoyed the patronage of the ruling family of Mewar and quite a few important positions were held by the Jains. Later on proceed to Udaipur. On arrival check in at hotel for overnight stay.

Day 8: Udaipur
After breakfast, proceed on a sightseeing tour of Udaipur. Drive around Fatehsagar Lake, built by Maharana Fateh Singh in 1754 AD. Visit Jagdish Temple, the largest and the most venerated temple of Udaipur. Further on, continue to Garden of Maidens, Sahelion-Ki-Bari, consisting of an ornamental pool with delicately carved chhatries(umbrellas) of black and white marble and soft stone. Also, tour the Maharana’s City Palace, an imposing edifice of granite and marble. In the evening, enjoy a boat ride on Lake Pichola, taking in the brilliant scenery of hills, temples and palaces surrounding it. After a memorable day of sightseeing, return to your hotel and spend the night.

Day 9: Udaipur – Delhi (by flight)
After breakfast, on time you will be transferred to the airport to catch the flight for Delhi, on arrival you will be provided international airport transfer for your onward journey.

EXTENSION FOR GOA…

Udaipur – Goa  (by flight)
After breakfast, on time you will be transferred to the airport to catch the flight for Goa, on arrival you will be provided airport transfer to your pre booked hotel.

Day 10: Goa
After breakfast, day free at leisure & enjoy the beaches overnight at hotel.

Day 11: Goa
After breakfast, day free at leisure & enjoy the beaches overnight at hotel.

Day 12: Goa
After breakfast, day free at leisure & enjoy the beaches overnight at hotel.

Day 13: Goa – Delhi
After breakfast, on time you will be transferred to the airport to catch the flight for Delhi, on arrival you will be provided international airport transfer for your onward journey.

 

ANDAMAN & NICOBAR ISLANDS

The sandy beaches of the distant island, Andaman and Nicobar are the ones that cater unmatched experience to beach holidaymakers. The best time to visit Andaman and Nicobar is from October to May. It is the natural home for the Leather Back Turtle, Green Sea Turtle, Hawksbill Turtle and Olive Ridley Turtle. If lucky, you may spot the Water Monitor Lizard, Salt-Water Crocodiles, Reticulate Python and many other rare species. This eco friendly tourist destination is indeed a paradise not only for the ecologists and ornithologists but also for tourists.

Our suggested itinerary:

Port Blair

Day 1: Arrive in Chennai

  • Kapaleeshwar Temple
  • Story Trails
  • Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane

Day 2: Port Blair

  • Cellular Jail
  • Ross Island
  • Jolly Buoy Island

Day 3: Port Blair

  • North Bay Coral Island
  • Viper Island

Day 4: Havelock Island

  • Radhanagar Beach No 7

Day 5: Elephant Island

  • Watching coral
  • Snorkeling

Day 6: Trek to Mount Harriet

Day 7: Port Blair, drive back to Chennai

 

Andaman’s Islands

Day 1: Arrive in Port Blair

  • Cellular Jail

Day 2: Twin Islands

  • Morning snorkeling

Day 3: Uninhabited Cinque Island

  • Scuba diving

Day 4: Brother Island

  • Trek in the jungle

Day 5: Sisters Islands

  • Swimming, snorkeling
  • Sail back to Port Blair

 

KERALA

Sailors once swore that a blind man could steer a ship to the Malabar Coast, guided by nothing more that offshore winds heavy with the scent of Kerala’s fragrant spices. This is a coastal idyll that once lured endless flotillas for its black gold and now draws travelers to indulge in some of the subcontinent’s most restful, laid-back pleasures. India’s most verdant state is a seamless landscape of palm-lined beaches rising to meet steamy jungles and plantation-covered hills, watered by no less than 44 tropical rivers. Once thronged by merchants clambering to trade for spices, today the coast is often bustling with visitors who come here primarily to unwind and indulge. This is, after all, where succumbing to a therapeutic Ayurvedic massage is as mandatory as idling away an afternoon aboard a slowly drifting kettuvallam, or sipping coconut water under a tropical sun before taking in a ritualized Kathakali dance.

Our suggested itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive to Cochin

Day 2: Cochin

  • Fort Cochin
  • Santa Cruz Basilica
  • Greenix Village

Day 3: Alleppey

  • Houseboat cruise

Day 4: Mararikulam, Marari Beach

Day 5: Varkala

Day of leisure

Day 6: Kanyakumari

  • Vivekananda Rock Memorial
  • Statue of poet Thiruvalluvar

Day 7: Trivandrum

Day 8: Cochin

 

BEACH & BACKWATER TOUR

Cochin-Periyar-Munnar-Kumarakom-Alappuzha-Kovalam-Trivandrum (8 Nights / 9 Days)

Day 1: Arrival Cochin
Arrive Cochin. Meet & Greeted at the airport & transfer to hotel. Cochin, A port town since early centuries, Cochin attracted traders and invaders from the world over. Cochin offers some fascinating snippets of history and culture. Also known as the spice coast of India. Afternoon proceed for sightseeing tour of cochin including . The Hill Palace Museum, a fully-fledged archeological museum and Kerala’s first ever Heritage Museum are the main attractions. (closed on Mondays). Chinese Fishing Nets, this unique style of huge cantilevered fishing nets were erected between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the Court of Kubla Khan, a Chinese King. Santa Cruz Basilica, this historic church was built by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Church a Basilica in 1984. The Jewish Synagogue, constructed in 1568, this is the oldest Synagogue in the Commonwealth (closed on Saturdays & Jewish Holidays). The area around the Synagogue, called Jew Town, is the centre for Spice & Handicraft shops. Mattanchery Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to the Regent of Kochi (closed on Fridays). Return to hotel rest of the day free/ shopping at Ernakulam. Night stay in Cochin.

Day 2: Cochin – Periyar (By road)
Morning drive on a scenic route dotted with plantations of rubber, cardamom, cocoa, green pepper and areca nut, to the wildlife reserve at Periyar. Arrive Periyar and transfer to hotel. Periyar an area known for its undulating hills, spice plantations, and elephant sightings.One of the 27 tiger reserves in India, the Periyar valley in Thekkady is the oldest. Check into your hotel. Either have the rest of the day at leisure or go on a spice plantation tour where you will be enticed by not only the aroma of spices like cinnamon, cardamom, pepper and nutmeg but will also get to know how they are grown, harvested and processed before they reach the supermarkets. In the evening you could go for a boat ride on lake Periyar for an golden opportunity to sight elephants and other animals. Night stay in Periyar.

Day 3: Periyar – Munnar (By road) 
After breakfast drive to Munnar, the famous hill station of Kerala. Munnar a hill station located 1600 metres above sea level. Once the summer resort of the erstwhile British administration in South India it still retains its colonial charm and is famous for its tea plantations, most of which are privately owned. With its sprawling estates, rolling hills, sparkling waterfalls, picture postcard hamlets and undulating valleys, Munnar is an ideal get-away destination. Day is free to relax and to walk around. Night stay in Munnar.

Day 4: Munnar
Afternoon sightseeing tour of Munnar tea gardens spread like a green carpet over hundreds of kilometers, lust green hills, a place so difficult to describe, very low population too far from pollution, most of the covered by Tata tea. Also the Raja Malai, a top peak of Munnar where you can see Neel Thar (mountain goats), Muttupetty dam, Indo Swiss project; you can also enjoy boating in the Lake (optional). Night stay in Munnar.

Day 5: Munnar – Kumarakom (By road)
Morning drive to Kumarakom near Kottayam and stay in one of the backwater resorts. The panoramic backwaters here offer an ideal retreat to enjoy nature at its best. Kumarakom, a bird sanctuary located on the banks of the backwaters and renowned for its varied avian population. Local varieties such as Waterfowls, Cuckoos and Owls, as well as the migratory Siberian Cranes can be viewed here. Day excursion to the bird sanctuary and optional boat ride to the nearby village through lagoons. Night stay at Kumarakom.

Day 6: Kumarakom – Alappuzha (By road)
Morning drive a short distance before switching over to a boat for a through many canals and waterways up to Alleppey. On Arrival embark on your private houseboat and cruise on the Backwaters, a splendid area full of canals, lakes and coves. Your houseboats or ‘Kettuvalloms’ are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings it’s the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience. The locals’ travel in canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in small wooden boats. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places, enroute. Overnight on board. (Full Board ).

Day 7: Alappuzha – Kovalam (By road)
Morning drive to Kovalam & transfer to hotel. the international beach Resort with full of Coconut trees.Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach of Kerala, with three adjacent crescent beaches. Kovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful Bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse – sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising etc. Evening enjoy the beach. Night stay in Kovalam. 

Day 8: Kovalam – Trivandrum (Day excursion)
Morning drive to Trivandrum- gateway to one of the most beautiful states in Kerela. The city presides over one of the most scenic states, stretching along the southern coast of the country, with the backwaters of the Arabian sea reaching deep into the veredant countryside, kerela affords a fascinating experience. Afternoon sightseeing tour of Trivandrum visiting The ancient temple of Sri Padmanabhaswamy is one of the major attractions in the city of Thiruvananthapuram.Napier Museum was built in 1880 and shows a harmonious blending of Kerala, Mughal, Chinese and Italian architectural styles. Sri Chitra Art Gallery has a good collection Tanjore, Mughal, and Rajput schools of art. The Zoo in Thiruvananthapuram has many shady and delightful walks. Later back to Kovalam. Night stay in Kovalam.

Day 9: Kovalam – Trivandrum (Departure)
Transfer to Trivandrum airport to board the onward flight.

 

CHENNAI & PONDICHERRY

Chennai, formerly known as Madras, is the capital city of Tamil Nadu and one of the foremost tourist destinations of South India. The city is a beautiful blend of the traditional Tamil Hindu culture and modern British culture. The numerous temples, shrines, forts and palaces of Chennai are a reflection of the rich and diverse historical heritage of the city. The charming beaches in Chennai are the best retreat for tourists from the hot and humid weather of the fourth largest metropolis of India. Pondicherry is enriched with its architectural marvel and cultural wealth. Its pristine beaches, reminiscent of French colonial rule and the culture owes Pondicherry the legacy of a prime tourist spot in Indian Union.

Our suggested itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive to Chennai

  • Kapaleeshwar Temple
  • Sri Parthasarathy Temple, Triplicane
  • Crocodile Bank
  • Kalakshetra Dance School

Day 2: Tour to Kanchipuram

Day 3: Pondicherry

  • Arulmigu Manakula Vinayagar Temple
  • Pondicherry Botanical Gardens
  • Seaside Promenade

Day 4: Pondicherry

  • Scuba diving
  • Serenity Beach Bazar
  • Sri Varadaraja Perumal Temple

Day 5: Chennai

  • Mylapore
  • Queens Land – theme park
  • Inox Theatre

Day 6: Chennai

  • Leisure day at Marina Beach

Day 7: Departure

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