Travel from Goa to Kochi for a taste of South India.

A taste of South India awaits as you visit India's tantalising regions from Goa to Kochi. Get ready for a culinary adventure like no other - this is a tasty treat of a trip designed to tantalise tastebuds and satisfy culture vultures. Visit Goa's seaside bliss before heading to the relaxed coastal beauty of Kerala. Travel through India's rich culture of history, tradition and spirituality. Learn the art of cooking regional dishes from enthusiastic locals and visit aromatic spice farms and lush coconut and coffee plantations. Witness devotees worshipping at temples and locals trading at Indian markets for a true insight into this captivating part of the world. Develop a taste for southern India on this flavoursome journey.

Start
Goa, India
Finish
Kochi, India
Countries
India
Themes
Explorer
Code
HHKF
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 12
Group size
Min 1, Max 12
Carbon offset
494kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Marvel at the mish-mash of cultures in Kochi
  • Tour Kerala and admire the scenic beauty
  • Experience the vibrant architecture of Thanjavur
  • Uncover the ruins of Hampi
  • Visit Goa and tuck into spicy cuisine
  • Visit Pondicherry and enjoy the beachside beauty
  • Learn how to make a hearty biryani

Itinerary

One of the most popular places to visit in India, Goa will get those fiery flavours flowing with a trip to a spice farm.
Visit the Shravanabelagola temple en route to Mysore. Admire the ornate detail of the Maharaja's Palace and savour aromatic spices in a biryani cooking class.
Stop by the Shore Temple in Mamallapuram then travel to the seaside beauty of Pondicherry. Admire colonial architecture and visit the French Quarter on a walking tour of the town.
Travel to Thanjavur, a city renowned for its arts and architecture. See why the Brihadishwara Temple is one of India's most prized architectural sites.
Admire the architecture of Chettinad Palace before learning the secrets of local cuisine.
Full of lively bazaars, pilgrims and rickshaws, Madurai is a compelling taste of Southern India. Walk through a maze of lamp-lit corridors in the Sri Meenakshi Temple before an optional visit to the inspiring Gandhi Museum.
Visit a coconut plantation, learn how coconut fibres are woven and get practical experience in Pollachi cooking techniques.
Journey to the rich beauty of coastal Kerala. While in Guruvayur, see the Guruvayur Temple and visit an elephant sanctuary that houses more than 50 residents.
With Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English influences, Kochi is a melting pot of cultures and traditions. Ride the ferry, browse antique shops, breathe in the aroma of spice bazaars and wander the Fort Kochi area to absorb the essence of Kochi.
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Inclusions

Meals
14 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners
Transport
Auto rickshaw, Private vehicle, Taxi, Train
Accommodation
Heritage Property (1 night), Hotel (12 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Backwaters - Village walk
  • Biryani cooking class
  • Boat tour
  • Brihadeeswara Temple
  • Chettinad Palace
  • Chettinad-style cooking class
  • Coffee plantation tour and home-cooked meal
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Dosa making demonstration
  • Kochi - Dutch Palace
  • Kochi - Fort Kochi sightseeing
  • Kochi - Jewish Synagogue
  • Krishna Temple
  • Madurai - Sri Meenakshi Temple
  • Mamallapuram - Shore Temple
  • Mysore - Maharaja's Palace
  • Old Goa sightseeing
  • Periyar - Guided National Park wildlife walk
  • Periyar - Spice farm tour & dinner
  • Pondicherry - Walking tour and Sri Aurobindo Ashram
  • Shravanbegalola Temple

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Important notes

1. An airport arrival transfer is included. Please provide your flight details at the time of booking.
2. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
3. This trip starts in Goa on Day 1 at 1pm

PLEASE NOTE: this trip has been discontinued for 2013

Trip notes

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