Goa, the Konkan coast, Dandeli & Mumbai
Goa, the Konkan coast & Dandeli and Mumbai - 11nights/12days
Traveling down the Konkan coast offers ample scope for diverse experiences. The sheer variety of influences, landscapes and cultures that you encounter are mind boggling
The tour begins in Mumbai, the commercial heart of modern India: vibrant, cosmopolitan; the dreams of her tightly-packed population reflected in the bill boards and hoardings that overlook their homes; full of ancient temples dwarfed by glittering high- rises, swarming slums, the rich ornamentation of Indo Saracenic heritage buildings. This is not a city to get to know, or judge, in a hurry.
A short distance away is Goa - laid back, coconut palm fringed Goa, with golden beaches laced by gentle waves and a distinctly Portuguese flavour – an idyllic holiday resort. The Kali River as it rages down the craggy face of Western Ghats offers some thrilling white waters to negotiate. The locals ride calmer waters on saucer-shaped coracles made of bamboo and tanned buffalo hide. In the dense forests that line the banks, roam the tiger, gaur, boar, deer and other creatures of the wild. The ruins of ancient cities and temples await at Hampi which is a World Heritage Site, Aihole, Pattadakal and Badami.
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Cost Includes: Accommodation for 11 nights, transfers, excursions and sightseeing with English speaking guide in an air-conditioned chauffeur driven car, monument entrance fee, porterage, mineral water in car, ½ day Elephanta caves excursion in Mumbai, white water rafting, jungle jeep safari and boat ride for wildlife spotting at Dandeli and air travel in economy class as per itinerary.
Hotels Superior :Fariyas (standard) Mumbai, Bison River Lodge (standard) Dandeli, Malagi Tourist Home (standard), Hospet, Badami Court (standard) Badami, Holiday Inn Resort (standard) Goa, Holiday Inn (Plaza) Mumbai Deluxe (upgrade to): Hyatt regency(Hyatt guest) Mumbai, Taj Holiday Village (cottage) Goa, Luxury (upgrade to) : Leela Kempenski (Royal Club) Mumbai. Fort Aguada (superior sea view) Goa.
Day 01 Arrival
Reception and welcome followed by transfer to your hotel.
Day 02 Bombay/Mumbai
Unwind over a leisurely breakfast before you set out to acquaint yourself with the Mumbai - "Maximum city" over that day. Be prepared for an exposion of the senses.
Day 03 Mumbai – Goa – Dandeli
An early flight takes you to Goa but you travel deeper by road to the camp at Dandeli. Post lunch, adventure awaits to challenge you as white water.
Day 04 Dandeli
Travel into the jungle in open jeeps at dawn to spot wildlife.y. After breakfast, ride the river and birdwatch, keeping a wary eye on the crocodiles basking on the banks.
Day 05 Dandeli – Hospet
Visit the ruined city of Hampi on the banks of the Tungabhadra river. This is the site of the capital of Vijayanagar that held sway over the region for more than 200 years. Stay overnight at Hospet.
Day 06 Hospet – Badami
Drive to Badami, the majestic capital of the powerful Chalukya dynasty that ruled the Deccan in the 6th and 7th century AD. Among the ruins are some truly spectacular temples carved into the southern face of the overhanging cliff.
Day 07 Badami
A full day to explore the ancient sandstone temples at Aihole and Pattadakal that also date back to the Chalukyan era.
Day 08 Badami – Goa
Morning drive to Goa for a leisurely three-night stay at a beach resort.
Day 9 & 10 At Goa
Sun and sand to your heart's content.
Day 11 Goa – Mumbai
Fly back to Mumbai. You have time to explore further the diverse heritage, bustling markets, business houses and many different communities in this cosmopolitan city that represent the ever-changing face of modern India.
Day 12 Departure
See more of the city or shop as you wait to be transferred to the airport in time for your flight out.
THE BENELUX BONANZA
The journey I was about to undertake would not only in geographical terms span vast distances over land and sea......it was an odyssey which would cover a period of over four hundred years and one in which I would try to establish a "connection" with my ancestors.