Goa beach stay with wildlife stops

Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Periyar, Alleppey, Goa & more

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Goa

Periyar National Park

Alleppey Backwaters

Periyar National Park

Supreme Court Building, Chennai

The Residency, Chennai

Old Cave of Amallapuram, Tamil Nadu

Gopuram Tower, Kanchipuram

Monolithic Architecture, Mahabalipuram

The Grande Bay Resort and Spa, Mahabalipuram

Beach Temple, Mahabalipuram

Pondicherry Beach

Hotel Atithi, Pondicherry

Local Armenian Church, Pondicherry

Brihadisvara Temple, Thanjavur

Sangam Hotel, Thanjavur

Brihadisvara Temple, Thanjavur

Sri Ranganatha Swamy Temple, Trichy

Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai

Fortune Pandiyan, Madurai

Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

Hotel PepperVine, Periyar National Park

Periyar National Park

Houseboat, Alleppey, Kerala

Evergreen Deluxe Houseboat, Alleppey, Kerala

Kochi

Casino Hotel, Kochi

Kochi

Mumbai House, Goa

Goa

An unbeatable tour to gorgeous South India, with excursions included plus a night on a traditional houseboat - including breakfast and all travel

Day 1: UK/Ireland

Board an overnight flight to Chennai. (Meals: in-flight)

Day 2: Chennai

Arrive in Chennai - the capital of the state of Tamil Nadu. Transfer to your hotel and relax. (Meals: in flight)

Day 3: Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram

Take a road trip to Mahabalipuram, sandwiched between the Bay of Bengal and the Great Salt Lake. Stop in Kanchipuram to visit Kailasanatha and Ekambaranatha temples. Upon arrival, relax at the hotel. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 4: Mahabalipuram

Explore Mahabalipuram's monuments and temples, including Temple of the Shore - one of the region's oldest. Witness the world's largest bas-relief and see the Ratha - a series of monolithic temples in the shape of chariots. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 5: Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry

Travel by road to the former French colony of Pondicherry, famed for its architecture and beautiful coastline. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 6: Pondicherry - Thanjavur

Continue south to Thanjavur, on the Vennar River. In the afternoon, discover the Temple of Brihadisvara, dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. Return to the hotel to spend the evening at leisure. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 7: Thanjavur - Trichy - Madurai

Discover the impressive Sri Rangam Temple with its labyrinth of monumental gateway towers, temples, courtyards and collonaded rooms. Then, transfer to Madurai, where you'll spend the night. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 8: Madurai

Set off for Minakashi Temple, on the banks of the Vagai River. The sacred temple pool is the perfect spot to sit and contemplate the amazing spirituality of the place, or simply admire the golden lotus flowers that peppers its surface. Spend the rest of the day at leisure. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 9: Madurai - Periyar

Head to Periyar where you'll head out on a cruise of the lake to spot the wildlife; the area is home to wild elephants, rare white tigers and buffaloes, to name a few. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 10: Periyar - Alleppey

Move on to Alleppey where you'll board a traditional houseboat to spend the night cruising. Pass by villages and plantations to get a real feel for local life. Enjoy lunch on board then, later, a sundown drink on the deck. (Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner)

Day 11: Alleppey - Kochi

Disembark the houseboat and head towards Kochi - one of the most famous ports on the coast of the Arabian Sea. In the afternoon, take a half-day tour of Kochi where you can discover the Church of San Francisco, the incredible Chinese style fishing nets along the coast, the Dutch Palace and the local Synagogue. Later, attend a Kathakali dance show. Overnight in Kochi. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 12: Kochi - Goa

Transfer to the airport for a flight to Goa, with its paradise-like, palm-lined coast. Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel and spend the rest of the day at leisure. (Meals: breakfast)

Day 13: Goa

Relax in Goa. Enjoy the hotel's facilities, head to the beach or explore the hidden coves and beaches nearby. You could also join an optional tour to Old Goa and Panjim City (£55 per person). (Meals: breakfast)

Day 14: Goa

Spend another day at leisure. You could also join an optional Hermitage Trail Tour (£70 per person). (Meals: breakfast)

Day 15: Goa - UK/Ireland

Transfer to the airport to catch your flight home. (Meals: breakfast)

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