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
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:
- CANACONA (for Palolem): Take the
day time scenic train journey from Mumbai Canacona : 1140 -
2340. 3 nights at Palolem.
||CANCONA - KOCHI: Catch overnight train
from Cancona - Kochi: 2340 - 1230*.
||KOCHI. Arr at 1230 hrs. Start modified
version of Backwaters, Kochi, Spice Hills & Munnar. Suitably modified to add Ooty, Mysore
& Madikeri in the Coorg region. Arrival transfer from Ernakulam railway
station to hotel for 2 night's stay.
||KOCHI. Day Free
for exploring Kochi.
- PERIYAR. Driver from Cochin to Allepey to board a private motorboat
for the backwaters trip. Then drive on to Periyar for 2 nights
||PERIYAR. Car & driver available
for sightseeing of Periyar lakes and surrounding spice hills
||PERIYAR - MUNNAR. Morning at leisure.
Then drive on to Munnar for 2 nights stay.
||MUNNAR. Car & driver available
for sightseeing of Munnar. Munnar is an excellent hill station
known for its walks.
||MUNNAR OOTACAMUND. Drive from Munnar
to Ootacamund for overnight stay. Afternoon available for sightseeing
of Ootacamund or possibly take a local toy train down from Ooty
Mettupalayam and then drive back to Ootacamund depending on the train
times for overnight stay.
||OOTACAMUND - MYSORE. Morning drive
onto Mysore for 2 nights stay. Afternoon visit the Maharajahs
Palace & then proceed to Brindavan Gardens for the evening
lit gardens. Then return to hotel.
||MYSORE. Car & driver available
for full day sightseeing including a visit to Srirangapatnam
& Chamundi hills and Jagmohan Palace.
||MYSORE MADIKERI. Then drive
from Mysore to Madikeri in the Coorg region. This is an excellent
hill station amidst coffee plantations.
||MADIKERI MANGALORE GOKARNA.
Then drive from Madikeri to Mangalore. Catch
daytime scenic train journey to Gokarna station: 1420
- 1804. Stay for 4 nights in Gokarna.
||GOKARNA MUMBAI. Catch night train from
Gokarna - Mumbai: 1804 - 0635*.
Arrive in Mumbai 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
Alphabets in blue indicate flights between
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