Pappadams & Palm Trees

This trip is the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. For starters you've got Mumbai, India's most cosmopolitan city, we'll travel overland through the Western Ghats for a stay on the stunning beaches of Goa and head into the hills for a homestay in the tea and coffee plantations of Wayanad. Back on the coast we explore the lush waterways of Kerala's backwaters by boat, rounding the southernmost tip of India en route to the magnificent temples of Madurai. Finally, travelling through Tamil Nadu we pass through a part of the country many travellers never get to see before ending our Indian journey in the bustling city of Chennai.

Itinerary

Day 1 Mumbai

Justifiably known as a feast for the senses, India offers almost everything you could ever imagine and more. Visit the ghats and stroll Mumbai's Chowpatty Beach.

Days 2-3 North Goa

With palm-fringed beaches and Portuguese-influenced towns, Goa offers options for both exploration and relaxation. Hang out on the sand, taste a fiery fish curry or roam the local markets.

Days 4-5 South Goa

Travelling south, stop by the historical city of Old Goa, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and be amazed by this 15 century city that was eventually abandoned due to Plague. Spend the next few days relaxing on the beach or exploring the restaurants and bars of Palomen

Days 6-7 Hampi

Explore the impressive ruins of the old Vijayanagara Empire, some of the most striking ruins in the world. Hampi is smack bang in the middle of these ruins and is a fascinating place to spend time in.

Day 8 Bush Camp

Leave behind the ruins of Hampi and make the journey to Mysore, setting up camp en route.

Days 9-10 Mysore

Breathe in the scent of sandalwood with a visit to the Maharaja's Palace of Mysore. Count out 1,000 steps on the climb up Chamundi Hill.

Days 11-12 Wayanad District

Explore the tea and coffee plantations and surrounding hills of the Wayanad District.

Days 13-14 Kochi

Imagine an unlikely blend of India, Portugal and an English country village and come up with delightful Kochi. Catch a kathakali dance performance and take a local boat tour.

Day 15 Kerala Backwaters

Cruise the canals, stop for chai and visit the markets of Alleppey.

Days 16-18 Varkala

Unwind another notch with a beach break in Varkala. Soak up the sun, play in the surf and taste the local tropical fruits.

Day 19 Madurai

Stand on the southernmost tip of India then shop up a spice-scented storm in the streets and shops of Madurai.

Day 20 Trichy

Explore the amazing stretches of the largest temple complex in India, Sri Ranganathaswamy.

Days 21-22 Pondicherry

Feel like you've left India and wandered into Europe in the French-style city of Pondicherry.

Day 23 Mamallapuram

Visit the shore temples in laidback Mamallapuram.

Day 24 Chennai

Take a short drive to Chennai where we say goodbye to the pappadams and palm trees of this intriguing continent.

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