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Kerala on Konkan Railway  /  14 Days

Mumbai – Goa –Mangaluru – Cochin – Periyar - Alleppey –Kovalam – Kanyakumari – Onward Destination

Overview

Embark on this incredible adventure travelling south along India's west coast by rail. Explore an array of India's most impressive sights, from bustling Mumbai and the old port of Mangaluru, as we travel on the famous Konkan Railway.

  • Tradition Indian welcome ceremony
  • Visit to UNESCO-listed Victoria Railway Station
  • Enjoy the Motor Launch travel across the hrabour to see the world famous to the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage
  • Experience the scenic backdrops on Konkan Railway travel to Goa
  • Visit to UNESCO world heritage Portuguese Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Church of St Francis of Assisi
  • Enjoy the Konkan Railway scenic journey to Mangaluru
  • Boat Trip to see the sunset
  • Attend the Kathakali Dance Performance
  • Watch the Tribal dance in Periyar wildlife sanctuary
  • Visit to Portuguese Churches, a Jewish Synagogue
  • Enjoy the walking tour through an Aromatic Spice Plantation
  • Motor Lunch cruise safari in Periyar
  • Enjoy the back water cruise passes through traditional village
  • Visit to Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple and Kanyakumari


Day 01

Arrive Mumbai

Arrive Mumbai, the 'Gateway to India' the meet & greet transfer to hotel for two nights. If you flight reaching in the morning after relaxed This afternoon we begin our explorations with a sightseeing tour, taking in Gandhi's house, Mani Bhavan, Dhobi Ghat, and the UNESCO-listed Victoria Railway Station. Overnight stay [D]

Day 02

Exploring Mumbai

This morning we visit the Prince of Wales Museum, where we enjoy viewing a range of art and artefacts, housed in a magnificent 20th century colonial-style building. This afternoon leave by Motor Launch & travel across the hrabour to the world famous to the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site located on Elephanta Island, where two cave systems dating back to the 5th century display delicate sculptures of Shiva and Buddha.

The island stone elephant was found when they landed there in the 16th century. These eight-century rock-cut caves were hewn out of the hills and sculpted intricately. Three avenues made from four rows of massive columns cut into the main rock lead to the 18-ft high imposing structure of Maheshmurti - depicting Shiva as the creator, destroyer & Preserver. It has been often erroneously called the Trimurti.Overnight stay [B, D]

Day 03

Konkan Railway to Goa

Early this morning we leave Mumbai around 5.00 hrs by Tejas express arrived Goa 13.30 hrs by first class air condition chair carour journey along the renowned Konkan Railway, a 463-mile route that connects Mumbai to Goa and the Western Ghats. This coastal line takes us through some of the most scenic backdrops in the country as we travel southwards, sandwiched between unparalleled landscapes of majestic mountains and plunging waterfalls, and the crystal clear waters of the Arabian Sea, Upon arrival transfer to hotel. The rest of your day is free.Overnight stayl.[B, D]

Day 04

In Goa

We enjoy a guided tour of Old Goa. As a former Portuguese colony, the architecture here is notably more European in style, winning it UNESCO World Heritage status. We begin by visiting some of the palaces and religious buildings including the striking Basilica of Bom Jesus and the Church of St Francis of Assisi. Following lunch at a Goan Portuguese house, we take the short drive to Panjim and enjoy a walking tour of the state capital's heritage, visiting the Chapora Fort and Ancestral Goa Museum as well as the local market.Overnight stay.[B, D]

Day 05

Konkan Railway to Mangaluru

Following a leisurely day perhaps unwind by the beach, in the late afternoon we rejoin the Konkan Railway for the last stretch of this scenic journey to Mangaluru, situated on the Malabar Coast. Here we spend two nights at the Overnight stay. [B, D]

Day 06

In Mangaluru

We enjoy a tour of Mangaluru, taking in the imposing Sultan Bathery watchtower. We take a visit to the opulent Kadri Temple, encased on all sides by gold statues of Hindu deities. Our final trip is to St Aloysius Chapel, known as the 'Sistine of India' due to its remarkably intricate interior paintings.Overnight stay.[B, D]

Day 07

Mangaluru – Cochin by Rail

We head to the railway station this morning for the journey southwards to beautiful Kerala. Our destination is Cochin– Capital oasis state of Kerala & on to the Malabar Coats & Kochi, one of the India’s most colorful cities, the Dutch palace built by the Portuguese in 1557 and renovated by the Dutch from 1663 with its beautiful murals and Jew town including the antique warehouses and shops, spices trading house and the Jewish synagogue built in 1568, the oldest in the commonwealth. This inter, connected series of Islands & shoreline presents a vivacious blend of Cultures & Religions; Kochi is the only place in the country where you can see Portuguese Churches, a Jewish Synagogue, Hindu Temples, Dutch Architecture & Mosque nearly side by side a serene coastal city that has been attracting merchants and visitors for over 600 years. Our base for two nights is the Hotel. Overnight stay. [B, D]

Day 08

In Cochin

After breakfast we take a guided tour on which includes the sixteenth-century Jewish Paradesi Synagogue, home to an array of treasures, the Dutch Palace - originally built by the Portuguese and presented to the Rajah of Kochi in 1555, and the church of St. Francis, the oldest European church in India. This evening we are treated to a to a Kathakali danceone of India’s most famous Classical dances, the traditional dance-drama of Kerala, which combines vibrant costumes, ornate head-wear and ceremonial dance movements with live music.Overnight stay.[B, D]

Day 09

Cochin – Periyar National Park 150 kms/4 hrs

Leaving Kochi, today we travel by car inland to Thekkady, making a visit to a local tea plantation along the way.The drive takes us through some of India's lush scenery as we ascend up towards this attractive hill station - which is also the perfect base from which to explore Periyar National Park. After settling in, tonight we are treated to a tribal dance performance nearby. Overnight stay.[B, D]

Day 10

In Periyar

Today we enjoy a walking tour through an aromatic spice plantation. As you weave through the winding pathways of the plantation, you will be greeted by welcome cooling breezes and mouthwatering scents of numerous spices, used for a variety of purposes. Later we head into the national park and to Lake Periyar, where we embark on a cruise of the reservoir, which acts as a watering hole for Periyar's exotic wildlife. Although tiger-spotting opportunities are incredibly rare, various species of bird as well as indigenous hogs and deer can often be seen on the lake shore.Overnight stay.[B, D]

Day 11

Backwater Cruise

Today we enjoy an unforgettable highlight of any trip to Kerala. After driving to Alleppey, we set out on a cruise across Kerala's peaceful lakes and backwaters aboard our very own private houseboat. As we glide serenely into the bewildering maze of canals and channels, you may see kingfishers perched attentively above the riverbank and egrets swooping low, just above the water. Following lunch on board, we stop to visit a traditional village, before spending tonight at a local backwaters resort.Overnight stay.[B, L, D]

Day 12

Alleppey – Kovalam by Train

This morning we enjoy an insightful walking tour with the 'Preserve Alleppey Society'. The Society is a group dedicated to the preservation of Kerala's natural, idyllic backwaters, as well as the unique character of Alleppey town. We then enjoy a traditional Keralan meal for lunch. Later, we take the local train to Trivandrum and onwards, by road to Kovalam, a coastal village whose sandy beaches are lined with coconut palm trees. Here we stay for two nights Hotel.Overnight stay.[B, D]

13

To Kanyakumari

On today's excursion we travel by rail to Kanyakumari, the southernmost tip of the Indian subcontinent. Here we enjoy lunch, before visiting the incredible memorial to MahatmaGandhi, where his ashes were first kept. As we drive back to Kovalam for our final night, we pause en-route to see the Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple, which boasts Dravidian-style architecture dating back to the 8th century. After admiring the temple's exterior, we return to Kovalam for dinner. Overnight stay [B, D]

Day 14

Onward Destination

Today enjoy some free time to pick up souvenirs or browse the local shops, transfer to Thiruvananthapuram for our scheduled overnight flight back to home town. Specify your flight [B]

Hotels Used

Destination Hotel Name Category Room Type
Mumbai The Oberoi 5 star Luxury
Goa Ramada Caravela Resort 5 star Superior
Mangaluru Gateway Hotel 5 star Standard
Kochi Brunton Boatyard 5 star Sea facing
Alleppey Punnamada Resort 4 star Lake view Villa
Periyar Spice Village 5 star Standard Vila
Kovalam Vivanta By Taj, Green Cove 5 star Superior Charm

Inclusions

Accommodation

  • 02 Night stay in  Mumbai
  • 02 Night stay in Goa
  • 02 Night stay in Mangaluru
  • 02 Nights stay in Cochin
  • 02 Nights stay in Periyar
  • 01 Nights stay in  Alleppey
  • 02 Nights stay in Kovalam

Meal

  • 13 Breakfast at hotel
  • 01 Lunch at House boat
  • 13 Dinner at hotel

Transportation

  • All transfers & sightseeing by air conditioned vehicle
  • Mumbai to Goa by air condition chair car
  • Goa –Mangaluru – Cochin and Alleppey to Trivandrum by air condition chair car
  • Monument entry fees wherever applicable as per the itinerary
  • English speaking local guided tour at all places
  • Tribal Dance in Periyar
  • Motor Lunch at Periyar wildlife
  • Back water cruise in Alleppey
  • Kathakali Dance performance entry
  • All applicable taxes

Exclusions

Laundry, Insurance, Tips, hard drink, meal not specify in tour, Telephone Calls, Hard Drinks Still & Video Camera fees in Monuments and Expenses like Personal Nature

Abbreviations Used

B = Breakfast &D = Dinner
Official Partners
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    PSA
  • GSA
    GSA
*NOTE   GSA=General Sales Agent,   PSA=Preferred Sales Agent