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West Coast Supreme: Why not cover the excellent beaches of Palolem in Goa and Gokarna in Karnataka and tie it in with a trip on the Keralan backwaters, cover the spice hills & the interesting hill stations of South India (Munnar, Ooty & Madikeri) along with a visit to the sandalwood city of Mysore. (20 nts/ 21 days).



Some of the sights within are listed below:-
Palolem: Excellent beach in Southern Goa.
Kerala Backwaters: Travelling by boat along the Kerala backwaters is an experience not to be missed. The backwaters is an amazing network of lakes, canals, lagoons and rivers and coconut trees on the banks. You can view chinese fishing .nets and small village settlements along the narrow strips of land along the route.
Cochin: A inter-connection of islands. Diverse places to view such as The Jewish Synagogue, Mattancherry Palace, Fort Cochin. An excellent place to view Kathakali dancing (a unique motion of body and the facial features).
Periyar wildlife Park: Built around an artificial lake and very close to the spice hills this wildlife park has a spectacular setting. It is an excellent retreat to view wildlife and enjoy the setting. Various animals can be found such as bison, monkey, sambar, antelopes. The most exciting viewing is that of elephants walking along the banks of the waters.
Munnar: This is a highly under-rated hill station in India at 1520 m. Surrounded by green rolling hills and with tea growing estates, it is an excellent retreat from the travels.
Ootacamund: Hill station in South India made famous by the little narrow gauge rack & pinion railway connecting Mettupalayam and Ootacamund.
Mysore:Maharajah's Palace, Chamundi Hills, Brindavan Gardens, Jag Mohan Palace, important centre for sandalwood & silk products.
Madikeri: Excellent Hill station in the Coorg region known for its cofee plantations..
Gokarna: Excellent beach shaped in the form of the Indian 'Om' sign in Northern Karnataka.

Detailed itinerary is given below:


Day Itinerary
01 MUMBAI - CANACONA (for Palolem): Take the day time scenic train journey from Mumbai – Canacona : 1140 - 2300. 3 nights at Palolem.
04 Local train to Madgaon. Catch overnight train from Madgaon - Cochin: 2020 - 1055*.
05 Cochin. Arrive in Cochin for two night’s stay. Start modified version of Backwaters, Cochin, Spice Hills & Munnar. Direct click link: www.indiarail.co.uk/cpm.htm Suitably modified to add Ooty, Mysore & Madikeri in the Coorg region. Arrival transfer from Cochin railway station to hotel.
06 COCHIN. Day Free in Cochin.
07 COCHIN – ALLEPEY - PERIYAR. Driver from Cochin to Allepey to board a private motorboat for the backwaters trip. Then drive on to Periyar for 2 night’s stay.
08 PERIYAR. Car & driver available for sightseeing of Periyar lakes and surrounding spice hills area.
09 PERIYAR - MUNNAR. Morning at leisure. Then drive on to Munnar for 2 night’s stay.
10 MUNNAR. Car & driver available for sightseeing of Munnar. Munnar is an excellent hill station known for its walks.
11 MUNNAR – OOTACAMUND. Drive from Munnar to Ootacamund for overnight stay. Afternoon available for sightseeing of Ootacamund or possible take a local toy train down from Ooty – Mettupalayam (cost of train journey not included).
12 OOTACAMUND - MYSORE. Morning drive onto Mysore for 2 night’s stay. Afternoon visit the Maharajah’s Palace & then proceed to Brindavan Gardens for the evening lit gardens. Then return to hotel.
13 MYSORE. Car & driver available for full day sightseeing including a visit to Srirangapatnam & Chamundi hills and Jagmohan Palace.
14 MYSORE – MADIKERI. Then drive from Mysore to Madikeri in the Coorg region. This is an excellent hill station amidst coffee plantations.
16 MADIKERI – MANGALORE – GOKARNA. Then drive from Madikeri to Mangalore. Catch daytime scenic train journey to Gokarna station: 1440 - 1820. Stay for 4 nights at Resort near Om Beach at Gokarna.
20 GOKARNA – MUMBAI. Catch night train from Gokarna - Mumbai: 1800 - 0635*.
21 MUMBAI. Arrive in Bombay by train. Trip concludes on arrival in Mumbai.


KEY TO AID UNDERSTANDING OF TABULAR ITINERARY ABOVE.
Alphabets in red represent car + driver itineraries for individuals for that section.
Alphabets in green means train travel for that section (generally in AC 2 Tier or AC 3 Tier unless stated otherwise).
Alphabets in blue indicate flights between sections.
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Cost per person in £'s on a twin share basis.




Rates given above are based on standard rooms on a twin share basis. If you require costing based on single rooms or triple rooms or superior rooms at the properties, please email us and we shall get back to you with a costing.

Standard hotels: Bhakti Kutir, Palolem; Eden Garden/ Abad Plaza, Cochin; Pepper County Resort, Periyar; High Range Club/ Abad Copper Castle, Munnar; Bouganvilla, Ootacamund; Sandesh De Prince/ President, Mysore; Sandbanks, Madieri; Namaste Cafe, Gokarna.
Superior hotels: Currently we are not running the trip for superior grade hotels.

Cost Includes:   transfers & sightseeing as mentioned in the itinerary in red using a non Ac car with driver; stay at hotels mentioned on a twin share room only basis inclusive of local taxes; train travel as ,mentioned using Ac 2 Tier/aC 3 Tier class; private motorboat for cruising the backwaters in Allepey.
Cost Excludes: meals, guides and entrance & camera fees to monuments; any internal flights in India.

Note: There is likely to be a peak season supplement for travel dates which fall between 20 Dec 2014 - 15 Jan 2015 and for dates falling between 01 - 28 Feb 15.


Why not combine the trip with an overnight stay on a houseboat. Supplement cost is 45 per person on a twin share basis.


Not included: International air travel.
However, S.D.Enterprises would be happy to recommend agents that could procure international scheduled air tickets as "ticket providers". (London - Mumbai - Cochin, Goa - Mumbai - London).

You can tailor-make a trip that suits your individual requirements.
For rates pertaining to the season specific to your trip, please email us.


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