MUMBAI | DANDELI | HOSPET | BADAMI | GOA | MUMBAI
TRAVELING DOWN the Konkan coast offers ample scope for diverse experiences. The range of influences, landscapes and cultures that you encounter may well cause you to wonder as to the distance you have traveled. The tour begins at Mumbai, the commercial heart of modern India: vibrant, cosmopolitan; the dreams of her tightly-packed population reflected in the bill boards and hoardings that overlook their homes; full of ancient temples dwarfed by glittering high- rises, swarming slums, the rich ornamentation of Indo Saracenic heritage buildings. This is not a city to get to know, or judge, in a hurry. A short distance away is Goa – laid back, coconut fringed Goa, with golden beaches laced by gentle waves and a distinctly Portuguese flavour – an idyllic holiday resort. The Kali River as it rages down the craggy face of Western Ghats offers some thrilling white-waters to negotiate. The locals ride calmer waters on saucer-shaped coracles made of bamboo and tanned buffalo hide. In the dense forests that line the banks, roam the tiger, gaur, boar, deer and other creatures of the wild. The ruins of ancient cities and temples await at Hampi which is a World Heritage Site, Aihole, Pattadakal and Badami.
ITINERARY - 11 NIGHTS/12 DAYS
DAY 01 ARRIVAL
Reception and welcome followed by transfer to your hotel.
DAY 02 MUMBAI
Unwind over a leisurely breakfast before you set out to acquaint yourself with the city over the entire day.
DAY 03 MUMBAI ~ GOA ~ DANDELI
An early flight takes you to Goa but you travel deeper by road to the camp at Dandeli. Post lunch, adventure awaits to challenge you as white water.
DAY 04 DANDELI
Go into the jungle in open jeeps at dawn to spot wildlife before it holes up for the day. After breakfast, ride the river and birdwatch, keeping a wary eye on the crocodiles basking on the banks.
DAY 05 DANDELI ~ HOSPET
Visit the ruined city of Hampi on the banks of the Tungabhadra River. This is the site of the capital of Vijaynagar that held sway over the region for more than 200 years. Stay overnight at Hospet.
DAY 06 HOSPET ~ BADAMI
Drive to Badami, the dramatic capital of the powerful Chalukya dynastythat ruled the Deccan in the 6th and the 7th century AD. Among the ruins are some truely spectacular temples carved into the southern face of the overhanging cliff.
DAY 07 BADAMI
A full day to explore the ancient sandstone temples at Aihole and Pattadakal that also date back to the Chalukyan era.
DAY 08 BADAMI ~ GOA
Morning drive to Goa for a leisurely three-night stay at a beach resort.
DAY 9 & 10 AT GOA
Sun and sand to your heart’s content
DAY 11 GOA ~ MUMBAI
Fly back to Mumbai. You have time to explore further the diverse heritage, bustling markets, business houses and many different communities in this cosmopolitan city that represent the ever-changing face of modern India.
DAY 12 DEPARTURE
See more of the city or shop as you await to be transferred to the airport in time for your flight out.