Cultural Excursion

South India Discovery

Mumbai, India

We customize every trip

Prices From: $1,638 per person

Explore the beaches and backwaters of the South.

Traveling through India is about the sights and sounds. It is about taking in the smells and experiencing the emotions. India is about the people, the warmth of Indian hospitality and the genuine friendliness to guests. A journey is about completely immersing your senses in the surroundings and letting the uniqueness of the country through India take over. A journey through India is a life altering experience and a trip of a lifetime.

All of our itineraries can be completely customized to match your budget, travel dates and interests.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Mumbai Arrival

Arrive at Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay) and check in at your preferred hotel. The capital of the state of Maharashtra, Mumbai is the economic powerhouse of India today. A fast moving, affluent and industrialized city, it is at the same time a vibrant mix of cultures and communities, and the only really cosmopolitan center in India.

Overnight: Fariyas Hotel

Day 2 - Mumbai

Start your explorations in the morning by sailing six miles out from the Mumbai Harbor to the Elephanta Caves. These rock-cut caves from the Golden Age of the Guptas, dating back to the 6th-8th Century, display beautiful carvings inspired by the worship of Lord Shiva. The most imposing of these is the 4.5 m high three-headed bust hewn from a single rock that represents the triad of Shiva as the Creator, the Preserver and the Destroyer. In the afternoon, you will tour other historic landmarks like the Gateway of India erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911; the Prince of Wales Museum with its wide collection of Indian painting and sculpture, the Jehangir Art Gallery, Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, the Hanging Gardens of Malabar Hill, Victoria Terminus, Crawford Market and much more.

Overnight: Fariyas Hotel

Day 3 - Mumbai - Kochi

Fly to Kochi (formerly known as Cochin) in the coastal state of Kerala, the Queen of the Arabian Sea. With a natural harbor that has always been one of the finest in the world, its historical wealth and its beautiful setting on a cluster of islands and narrow peninsulas, canals and fishing hamlets, Kochi is a perfect symbol of the eclectic charm of Kerala. In the afternoon, you will tour the town and discover that although it was built by the Portuguese in the 16th Century, trading communities from all over the world have left their mark on Kochi: the Chinese, the Dutch, the Jews and the Portuguese. Here, you will discover several landmarks: the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth, the Jewish Synagogue, the ancient Mattancherry Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese, St Francis’ Church, the oldest European built church in India, Jew town and the Fort Cochin area. Of course, all along the harbor you will see the amazing Chinese fishing nets that look their stunning best against the blazing Kerala sunset. And, you’ll have an opportunity to learn about Kerala’s fascinating art form, Kathakali, in an exclusive dance performance in the evening.

Overnight: Malabar House

Day 4 - Kochi

Depart by surface for a very special journey around Kochi into the villages of Kerala, to weaving and coir centers. Enjoy a traditional Kerala meal at a local home.

Overnight: Malabar House

Day 5 - Kochi - Thekkady

Drive over land to the Spice Capital of India, Thekkady. As the road winds through mountains, you will descend through a carpet of tea bushes, estates of tall rubber trees and gardens of coffee, cardamom and pepper. The aroma of spices fills the pristine air as you cross the countryside to reach the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, one of the premier reserves of Southern India, and home of the wild elephant, the bison, antelopes, langurs and sambar.

Overnight: Cardamom County

Day 6 - Thekkady

This day has been kept aside for you to revisit the wildlife sanctuary, and you’ll need it because the Periyar sanctuary covers 777 sq kms of tropical forest, with a 26 sq km large artificial lake, built by the British. Then you will take a Spice Tour and be treated to lunch, prepared with spices, fresh off the plantation.

Overnight: Cardamom County

Day 7 - Thekaddy - Goa

Drive back to Kochi and take the connecting flight to where every lover of the sun, the sea and the sand dreams of being, Goa. This former Portuguese enclave, with its palm-fringed beaches and shimmering sands offers you much more than just the chance to unwind, and get yourself a tan. You will find the place and the people intriguingly distinct from the rest of India. You will be fascinated by the landscape dotted with glistening paddy fields, coconut groves, white washed churches and crumbling forts. And then you will know why no travelers’ trip to India has ever been complete without a stop in Goa.

Overnight: Casa Anjuna

Days 9 - 10 - Goa

Two days to make the most of Goa, however you would like to do that. Splash in the sea, or sun yourself on the pristine beaches. Pay your respects to Goa’s patron saint, St Francis Xavier or visit the Basilica of Bom Jesus. Spend the days loitering in the fascinating city of Panaji, at the colorful covered market of Margao, or at the Fort Aguada, with its moated ruins, hilltop views and dark dungeons.

Overnight: Casa Anjuna

Day 10 - Goa Departure

Fly back to Delhi or Mumbai, from where you will take your connecting flight home.

Accommodation Information

Fariyas Hotel

Located just off the Colaba Causeway, it's right in the heart of the city, yet far from the bustling crowds. At Fariyas, you are just ten minutes away from the business districts of Nariman Point, Ballard Estate and The World Trade Centre.

Its scenic location offers a breathtaking view of the harbor. And it's just 2 minutes away from the Gateway of lndia and other historical sites like the Prince of Wales Museum, David Sassoon Library to name a few. You can strike the best deals at the shopping arcades of Colaba Causeway from handicrafts to carpets and from books to haute couture.

Malabar House

The Malabar House is in the heart of historical Fort Cochin, opposite St. Francis Church and a three minute walk to the Chinese fishing nets. Since 1755, when the property was bought by a Dutch businessman, the property has passed hands from spice traders to tea traders and bankers. In 1996, it became Fort Cochin's first boutique heritage hotel.

The small, intimate rooms and facilities of the hotel feature traditional art from southern India. The contemporary architectural style of the building melds with the history decorating its hallways, rooms and outdoor facilities.

Cardamom County

The first ISO Certified four-star resort in Kerala, Cardamon County is conveniently perched on the gradient of a gently sloping hill facing the Periyar Tiger Reserve. The architecture and landscaping of the entire resort has been thoughtfully created in deference to the ethereal beauty of its natural surroundings. The interiors of the resort have been aesthetically designed and furnished in an appealing blend of contemporary styling and a natural charm.

Casa Anjuna

Anjuna conjures up images of beautiful palm fringed beaches, colorful flea markets and a wonderful laid back atmosphere. Casa Anjuna, a converted Portuguese mansion , is revered for its tranquility, stylish colonial interiors and location amongst lush tropical gardens. A mere two hundred meter stroll to the beach, this boutique hotel is the ultimate place to stay to experience everything Anjuna has to offer.

The property has twenty two spacious and luxurious rooms, many have private verandas , and all have four poster beds. The bathrooms are uniquely designed in an affectionate tribute to Anjuna's hippy roots . Each piece of furniture, fabric and art has been hand chosen and collected by the owner. Set amongst lush gardens, the beautiful swimming pool is the perfect spot to relax and soak up the sunshine, or cool off after a trip to the famous flea market.

Location

Region: Asia - South

Address:
Mumbai
India

Amenities/Activities

Breakfast Breakfast

Day Tours Day Tours

Hiking Trekking Hiking Trekking

Archeology Indigenous Archeology Indigenous

Family Friendly Family Friendly

General Information

Price Includes

  • All accommodations in locally owned boutique and heritage hotels
  • Daily breakfast
  • Domestic flights
  • Tours through Mumbai, Kochi, Thekkady, and Goa
  • Professional Englishspeaking guide during tours
  • All transport as mentioned
  • Full support before, during & after your trip

Price Excludes

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes/fees
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Entrance visas when applicable
  • Other services not mentioned
  • Tips and gratuities to guides, drivers
  • Expenses of a purely personal nature
  • Taxes and Fees