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Southern India

Thalis and temples

Book from € 999.-
GROUP SIZE: 4-24 | 23 DAYS

Excursions Intro

Below is a list of locally offered excursions. The prices are based on the participation of a minimum of 4 participants, and based on a price in Indian rupees (due to exchange rates so the price can sometimes change). Entrance fees are exclusive (unless explicitly stated). Please also note that excursion schedules are subject to change and are in consultation with the tour leader:

€ 25.-

Mumbai – City tour

A nice tour of Mumbai (formerly known as Bombay). You visit the Gateway of India, Mumbai's most famous monument, a triumphal arch of yellow basalt standing on the spot where once the English first set foot on Indian ground. The trip continues along Marine Drive (the boulevard along the ocean, also known as "Queen's Necklace '). You stop at a Jain temple (Mumbai has the largest population of Jains all over India and has several Jain temples), the Babu Amichand Panalal Adishwarji temple on Malabar Hill, is one of the most beautiful. You'll visit the Hanging Gardens, a beautiful panorama over the city. A visit to Mumbai is incomplete without witnessing the activities at the Dhobi Ghat where Mumbai's laundry is washed and dried. Other monuments and sights along your route include: Mani Bhavan (the residence of Mahatma Gandhi during his visits to Mumbai), the Mumbai High Court, the Rajabai bell tower, the beautiful colonial Victoria Terminus, the colourful Crawford Market, Flora Fountain and the Prince of Wales Museum (closed on Mondays). Because this tour is a very full program, it may occasionally happen that not all places can be visited.

Excursion Time (subject to change and in consultation with the tour leader):
12:00 - 18:00 hours

Includes: A/C Transport, Parking fees, Driver allowance and English speaking guide
Excludes: Monument Entrance Fees / Camera Charges / Tips for Driver

This tour is based upon a minimum of 6 Pax.
€ 28.-

Goa - City tour of 'Old Goa'

Join this full day city tour of Old Goa for a glimpse into the chequered history of this ancient capital.

Basilica of Bom Jesus

A must-have on the Old Goa tour, the Basilica of Bom Jesus church is dedicated to Infant Jesus. An epitome of Baroque architecture, this church has been declared a World Heritage Monument. Basilica of Bom Jesus enshrines the mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier, the patron saint of Goa. On the occasion of 'Exposition,' held once in a decade, St. Francis Xavier's body is displayed for the public.

Se Cathedral

One of the largest churches in Asia, the Se Cathedral was dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria since the Portuguese led by Alfonso de Albuquerque conquered Goa on the St. Catherine's day (November 25) in 1510. The church contains the Golden Bell used during the infamous Goa Inquisition.

Archaeological Museum

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) set up the Archaeological Museum in the abandoned Convent of St. Francis of Assisi. The 8 galleries of the Archaeological Museum in Old Goa display portraits and sculptures from the prehistoric to the late medieval period.

Viceroy's Arch

The Viceroy's Arch was built by Viceroy Francisco da Gama, the grandson of Vasco da Gama. A statue of Vasco da Gama, resplendent in his royal uniform, can be seen on top of the arch. Built of laterite stone, the original arch collapsed in 1948 and it was subsequently restored in 1954. Tradition has it that on taking office, all viceroys made the procession under the arch where they would be given the ceremonial key to the city and Goa.

Timing: From 09:00 hrs to 16:00 hrs

Includes:  A/C Transport / guide
Entrance Fees / Tips to the local guide

€ 5.-

Kochi - Kathakali dance performance

Kochi is the best place to attend a Kathakali dance performance. This traditional dance of Kerala is characterized by grotesque gestures, gorgeous costumes and very extensive make-up. First you will see how the actors make their own makeup and elaborate colourful costumes. The dance is usually based on stories from the Mahabharata and the Ramayana. At the show there is an oil lamp on the front edge of the stage. This lamp symbolizes the presence of the divine. During the dance the significance of the different (hand) poses and facial expressions is explained.

Excursion Time (subject to change and in consultation with the tour leader):
6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. hours

Included: transport, Kathakali dance performance

€ 15.-

Madurai - Sightseeing by bicycle rickshaw

One of South India’s great towns and one of India’s most ancient cities with a history dating back to the 06th Century, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the bank of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old.

Walk to the Meenakshi temple from the hotel (10 minutes) with the guide and after the orientation tour of the temple (40 minutes) board the rickshaw which will take you to the fruit / vegetable markets and to Vaigai river to explore the local life and from there the group will go to Thirumalai palace (entrance excluded) by rickshaw (40 minutes ride) and then return later by bus to the hotel.

1 Person per cycle rickshaw (1 Adult and 1 Child in the case of ‘Kids Tour’)

Timing: From 0800 hrs to 1100 hrs (2.5-3 hrs)

Includes: Rickshaw, guide and transport back to hotel
Drinks / Monument / Tips to the local guide

€ 16.-

Mamallapuram - Bicycle Tour with lunch

Program Detail: Heritage tour by cycle. Visit a nearby fisherman village, Shore Temple, Five Rathas, Arjuna Penance & butter Ball/Stone garden followed by a lunch at Santana Sea View Restaurant.

Entrance fee for Shore Temple and Five Rathas is INR 250 for foreign nationals. There is no camera charge at any place/ monument. Visiting hrs are from 0600-1730 hrs for the temples.

Includes: Bicycle, Local Guide, Lunch (Mixed Veg /fish Curry / Rice / Papadam / Curd)
Excludes: Entrance fee, drinks, tips to guide

€ 20.-

Mysore - Keshava temple in Somnathpur

The Keshava temple is located on the outskirts of the village of Somnathpur (33 km from Mysore). The temple was built in 1268, during the heyday of the Hoysala's. The walls of this building display from top to bottom, exuberant sculptures of scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharata and Bhagavad Gita. The ceilings show very intricate patterns and beautiful pictures of many different gods and goddesses of Hinduism. You really get to appreciate the craftsmanship of the artists. 

Excursion time is in agreement with the tour leader.

Included: transportation, entrance fees, English speaking guide
Not included: gratuity

€ 29.-

Mysore - Srirangapatnam

About 12 km away from Mysore is Srirangapatnam, an island in the river Kauvery. Here are the ruins of the walled capital of Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan, who held sway here, over much of the contemporary southern part of India. There is little of the fort, but the Rangnathaswamy temple is very beautifully preserved. The main attraction is the Summer Palace of Tipu Sultan (Daria Daulat Bagh), which serves as a museum. You can view the properties of Tipu Sultan in the richly decorated interior and find some of the walls have good condition frescoes. The palace is surrounded by beautiful Persian gardens.

Timing: Half Day

Includes: A/C Transport / entrance & Boat charges / guide
Tips to the local guide

€ 15.-

Periyar National Park - Jungle Walk

You will be led by a jungle guide on a walk through the national park lasting about three hours.

Tour times:
The time is determined by your on-site tour guide and is subject to availability.

Included: transportation, entrance fees Periyar NP, jungle guide
Not included: gratuity

€ 4.-

Periyar National Park - Plantation Tour

A trip that takes you to the spice plantation garden of Kerala accompanied by a guide who gives explanations. Inside the spice garden you'll get to know about the spices of Kerala like tea, coffee, cloves, cardamom, pepper, cinnamon and other spices, vanilla etc.

Timings: Time will be fixed by the tour leader. Duration – 1.5 hrs

Includes:  A/C Transport / Special plantation Guide / Spice garden entrance only
Tips to the local guide

€ 13.-

Pondicherry - Dinner with local family

No trip to South India is complete without a visit to a local family. During this tour you will enjoy a traditional Indian meal at a family home. You have the chance to converse with the hospitable locals about their food and culture.

Note: This excursion does not include a cooking demonstration. The focus of this excursion is the interaction during the meal with the local family. If there are more than 6 participants, the participants will be divided between different families.

Excursion schedule (subject to change and in consultation with the tour leader):

Start of excursion: 12:30 or 19:00

End of excursion: 14:00 or 20:30

Included: vegetarian meal (3 courses)

€ 14.-

Tiruchirappalli - Srirangam and Rock Fort Temple

On the north side of the chaotic city of Tiruchirappalli (Trichy) is an island in the river Kauvery the largest temple complex in India, Srirangam. The main entry gate is more than ninety feet high. In the maze of this temple, where 20,000 people live and work every day there is a large flow of pilgrims. There are seven main temple walls surrounding the temple. Within the walls are many shops, as well as the houses of Brahmins and other peoples' temples. The Holy of Holies of the temple has a roof of gold. In the temples and along the river banks festivals are almost continuously celebrated.

The Rock Fort Temple (also known as Uchipillaiyar temple) sits on top of a cliff, where you have a beautiful view over the city. The stairs leading from the Chinna Bazaar to the shrine, are cut out off the rock. On the way to the shrine of the god Ganesh you will pass many shops selling religious trinkets and of course the temple elephant, who blesses you for a rupee.

Excursion Time (subject to change and in consultation with the tour leader):
8:30 Departure.
12:30 End of excursion.

Includes: A/C Transport / Guide
Drinks / Monument fees / Tips to the local guide