South India with Mumbai Goa Tour

  15 Days / 14 Nights

   Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Puducherry - Tanjore - (Trichy) - Madurai - Munnar - Alleppey - Cochin - Wynad - Mysore - (Bangalore) – Mumbai -Goa

Karnataka with Goa Mumbai Tour encompasses major highlights of South India and Deccan. It’s a special holiday package that facilitates a tourist to visit famous temples, palaces, hill stations, jungles & markets; and experience beach vacation, charm of Kerala backwaters & houseboat stay, classical music, classical dance performances and culinary delicacies. South India & Mumbai Goa Tour covers prominent tourist destinations in three south Indian states, namely, Tamil Nadu, Kerala & Karnataka. Puducherry, Goa and Mumbai add the zing-thing in this leisurely exploration. This exotic tour can be termed as beach vacation, temple tourism, cultural journey etc. Tamil Nadu is known for its ancient and grand temples and pristine Hindu culture. Kerala, known as God’s Own Country, offers a tourist to enjoy age-old traditions, backwaters and luxury of lush nature. Karnataka is famous for its rich architectural, religious and cultural heritage. Puducherry is a special destination with rich French colonial legacy. In addition to sea beaches, historical monuments and amalgam of Hindu & French cultures, Puducherry is home to Aurobindo Ashram & Auroville. Goa, a world famous beach destination, is again a place with Portuguese legacy. Mumbai, called commercial capital of India, is a classic example of a city which is a mélange of distant antiquity and modernity. All of these chosen destinations are equipped with modern infrastructure and civil amenities.

Day 1

Chennai- Mahabalipuram

Upon arrival at Chennai airport, you will be driven directly to Mahabalipuram to Mahabalipuram. On arrival at Mahabalipuram, you will be transferred to Mahabalipuram hotel for overnight stay.

Day 2

Mahabalipuram sightseeing tour

Having enjoyed breakfast in Mahabalipuram hotel, sally out to explore rich architectural and sculptural heritage of Mamallapuram with Mahabalipuram tour guide who will receive you in the lobby of the hotel. Move for enjoying sightseeing and seashore of Mahabalipuram. Shore temple and five Rathas (monolith chariots) are prime tourist attractions of ancient port of Mahabalipuram, built in 7th century by the rulers of Pallava dynasty. After viewing various monuments, enjoy the sea beaches of Mahabalipuram. Later, in the evening, return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 3

Mahabalipuram- Puducherry - Puducherry sightseeing

Having enjoyed delicious breakfast, check out from Mahabalipuram hotel and drive to Pondicherry. On arrival at Puducherry, you will be transferred to Puducherry hotel to check in and relax. After getting relaxed a bit, you shall be taken to Auroville, old churches and serene beaches of Puducherry. Auroville will definitely be an exotic place for you as the ambience of sheer spiritualism will engulf you. An erstwhile French colony unfolds a unique culture that is amalgam of Indian ethos and French vestiges. To the French people, it offers a feel of ‘old world charm’ and to others ‘something quite different from the rest of India’. After leisurely exploration, return to Puducherry hotel for overnight stay.

Day 4

Puducherry - Tanjore - Tanjore sightseeing tour

The South India with Goa Tour, onward Pondicherry to Madurai, is primarily temples tour. Mammoth temples of Tamil Nadu are architectural gems of South India and are cultural centers of respective regions. Have early morning breakfast, check out from Pondicherry hotel and proceed for historical city of Tanjore. En route visit Kumbakonam, Darasuram, Gangaikondacholapuram, and Chidambaram temples etc. Built on huge scale by Pandya and Chola kings, Chidambaram temple is famous for Lord Shiva’s 108 postures of ‘tandava’ dance engraved on the gopurams walls and 1000 pillared hall called ‘Rajasabha’. Classical dance festival of Chidambaram is very famous. Two temples, Gangaikondacholapuram and Darasuram, are built by Rajendra Chola. Both of these temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva.

Visiting all these grand temples on the way, arrive at Tanjore and check in at the designated hotel. Relax a bit and move for short sightseeing of Tanjore that includes Tanjore Palace and Brihadareeshwar Temple. Tanjore, a historical city, was formerly a capital city of the Chola rulers of Tamil Nadu. The Chola rulers are known as great temple builders.

The Tanjore has maintained the glorious Chola culture. Sri Brahadeeswara Temple, built by Chola ruler Raj Raja in 10th century, is one of the most stupendous temples. Another finest piece of architecture and major tourist attraction of Tanjore is Tanjore Palace, built by the Nayakas in 1550 AD. Marathas also contributed to the extension, expansion and embellishment of Tanjore Palace. Tanjore Palace is famous for huge corridors, spacious halls, armoury towers, observation towers and music hall. Having seen magnificent Tanjore Palace and Brihadeeswara Temple, return to Tanjore hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 5

Tanjore –Trichy- Madurai - Trichy & Madurai tour

Have early morning breakfast, check out from the hotel and proceed for Madurai, known as Kashi of South India. En route visit historical city of Trichy or Trichirapally. On arrival at Trichy, proceed for sightseeing of Tiruchirapally which is situated on the bank of river Cavery. The city was a Chola citadel from Sangam age. The Pandyas and Pallavas held sway over this region for short periods. The Nayaks of Madurai built the town and the historic rock fort which played a vital role in Carnatic wars in 18 century. Prime attractions of Trichy are Srirangam and Rangnathar. Srirangam, a 600 acre island-town and protected by seven walls of Sri Ranganathaswami Temple, is the biggest temple complex in India. An annual Car Festival is held in Sri Rangnathaswami in January during which a decorated wooden chariot is pulled through the streets between various walls.

Have sumptuous lunch in Trichy and early noon, move for Madurai. On arrival at Madurai, you will be taken to Madurai hotel. Relax and refresh a bit and proceed for sightseeing of Madurai. Madurai is a historical and religious city. Known as ‘Kashi of South’, Madurai, situated on the banks of Vaigai River, is more than 2500 years old city. Madurai, since the beginning, has been under the reign of the Pandyans, barring a brief period of Chola rule and 200 years rule of the Nayakas. Interestingly, the Nayakas rule is termed as golden age of Madurai when the city made stunning strides in art, architecture and learning.

On arrival at Madurai, check in at the pre-booked hotel. Afternoon, visit Tirumalai Nayak Mahal and Vaniyur Mariamman Teppakulam. But the feast to the eyes is Meenakshi Temple. More than 2000 years old Meenakshi Temple was enlarged and brought to present status by Nayaka rulers. 1000 pillared ‘mandapam’ is an attraction of Meenkashi Temple’s architecture, as every pillar is uniquely sculptured. Meenakshi Temple is the best example of Dravidian style of temple architecture.

After exploring Madurai, return to hotel for overnight stay.

Day 6

Madurai- Munnar - Munnar sightseeing tour

Have breakfast in Madurai hotel, check out and move for Munnar, the only hill station of Kerala- the state which is known as ‘God’s Own Country’. Explore the green aspects of Munnar. Watch spectacular beauty of tea gardens. Visit the century-old tea factories where you can taste and pick up the finest tea in the country. Of most interest is the Tata Tea Museum where you can witness tea-processing. After enjoying the day in leisure, return to Munnar hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 7


Having taken delicious breakfast in Munnar hotel, proceed to Alleppey, famous for its backwaters. On arrival at Alleppey, check-in at houseboat. Tranquil backwaters and cruising on a houseboat at a gentle pace with paddy-fields and palm trees all around is an unforgettable lifetime experience. Delcious sea- foods are cooked before you. Spend the night in these traditionally decorated floating villas.

Day 8

Alleppey- Cochin - Cochin sightseeing tour

After breakfast in Alleppey houseboat, proceed to Cochin (Kochi), known as the ‘Queen of Arabian Sea’. Optima Travels’ representative will receive and help you check in at Cochin hotel. He will introduce you with the Cochin tour guide who will make your Cochin visit informed and exhilarating one. Along with Cochin tour guide visit Jewish Synagogue (built in 1568 AD, remains closed on Saturdays & Jewish holidays), Dutch Palace (built in 1557 AD, remains closed on Fridays & National Holidays), Kochi Fort, St. Francis Church (Built by the Portuguese in 1503 AD), Santa Cruz Cathedral and Chinese Fishing Nets. After sightseeing, move for market place of Cochin, known worldwide for spices since centuries. Late afternoon, return to Cochin hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 9

Cochin - Wynad

After breakfast in Cochin hotel, proceed for Wynad. Adjoining Kozhicode is Wynad, a place of plantations of coffee, tea, cardamom, pepper and rubber. One of the most beautiful places in the hilly regions of Kerala, Wynad is located on the foothill borders of the state adjacent to Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. This low hill region is the home of several sects of the tribals of Kerala who have built some shrines for the village deities.

On arrival at Wynad, check in at Wynad. Spend the day at leisure. Explore subtle ambience on your own with car and driver at your disposal. Overnight stay is scheduled in Wynad hotel.

Day 10

Wynad- Mysore - Mysore sightseeing tour

Have breakfast in Wynad hotel and depart for Mysore. On arrival at Mysore, relax and refresh and move along with Mysore tour guide to visit exotic tourist destinations of Mysore which include Maharaja Palace of Mysore, Chamarajendra Art Gallery, Rail Museum, St. Philomena Church and Chamundi Hills. A current survey suggests that Mysore Palace is most visited palace in the world and is even rated more grandiose than Buckingham Palace. After relishing sumptuous sightseeing, return to hotel for overnight stay.

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Day 11

Mysore-Bangalore - Bangalore sightseeing-Mumbai (by air)

After breakfast in the morning, proceed for Bangalore which has turned into a metropolitan city and IT hub of the world. On arrival at Bangalore, visit Bangalore Fort, Bangalore Palace, Tipu Sultan’s Summer Palace and Bull temple. Later in the evening, move to Bangalore airport to board flight for Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai, you will be transferred to Mumbai hotel for overnight stay.

Day 12

Mumbai sightseeing tour-Goa (by air)

After early breakfast at the hotel, you will be met by Optima India Tourism representative and Mumbai tour guide. Check out from Mumbai hotel and proceed for sightseeing of Mumbai. Sightseeing of Mumbai includes Gateway of India, Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays), Marine Lines and Mani Bhawan (Where Mahatma Gandhi used to stay). Also drive past Afghan church, Flora Fountain (Bombay nerve-centre), colourful Crawford Market and Marine Drive. After sightseeing tour, move to Mumbai airport to board plane for Goa. On arrival at Goa, you will be received and transferred to Goa hotel on the beach. Overnight stay is scheduled in Goa hotel.

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Day 13


The day has been kept free for relaxing on Goa beach. After breakfast, spend the day-time leisurely on the beach and evening to explore on your own various facets of Goa. Overnight stay is scheduled in Goa hotel.

Day 14


After breakfast, you can opt for either half-day sightseeing of Goan monuments and markets or may spend the whole of the day in leisure on beach or in hotel. Overnight stay is scheduled in Goa hotel.

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Day 15

Goa - Departure

Spend the morning hours on beach. Afternoon, depart for Goa airport to board flight for Mumbai / New Delhi. On arrival at Mumbai / New Delhi, get connected to your flight back to your onward destination.

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50% cancellation if cancelled within 45 days.

75% cancellation if cancelled within 30 days.

100% cancellation if cancelled 15 day or less.

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