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Cochin to Goa - The Malabar Coast

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Day 1: Arrive Cochin

Stop At: Cochin Cultural Centre, Sangamam Manikath Road, Kochi (Cochin) 682016 India
Arrive Cochin

On arrival at Cochin airport assistance and transfer to hotel.

Later city tour of Cochin ​historical city monument. Prime monuments include St. Francis Church (the first European church built in India), The Paradeshi Synagogue (the oldest of the commonwealth), the Mattancherry Palace (built by Portuguese and gifted to Kochi Maharaja). Activities include harbor cruises through the backwaters, Kathakali (A classic Kerala Drama) and Kalaripayattu shows (Keralan Martial Art) at local theaters.
Duration: 4 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Cochin - Day Cruise in the Backwaters Canals at Alleppey (60km/ 1hr one way)

Stop At: Alleppey Backwaters, Alappuzha India
Breakfast at hotel drive to Alleppey a backwater town. The backwaters here are serene and beautiful. Alleppey is referred to as the Venice of the East, due to canals, backwaters, and lagoons. Boats are the main mode of transportation here. You can see a lot of boats around, Shikara boats, small motor boats, passenger boats, cargo boat, and houseboats. Alleppey leads in coconut fiber production and makes different products out of coconut fiber like that of floor mats, coir ropes, handicrafts and a lot more.

Board a houseboat from here and enjoy the cruise through the enchanting backwaters. Houseboat comprises double/ twin bed room, with attached bathrooms, running water, and a lounge area in which to relax and enjoy the sights on the shore. Start sail through scenic backwaters, passing through one of the few areas in the world where farming is done below sea level.

After 4hr cruise and lunch on board enjoy 1hr shikara ride (kanoy boat) in the narrow backwaters.

Evening back to Cochin.
Duration: 8 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
• Lunch
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Cochin - Guruvayoor - Kozhikode (190km/ 4hr)

Stop At: Guruvayur Temple Road, Guruvayur India
Breakfast at hotel drive to Kozhikode enroute visit Guruvayoor Temple a pilgrimage town. It’s known for centuries-old, red-roofed Guruvayur Temple, where Hindu devotees make offerings of fruit, spices or coins, often equivalent to their own weight. Nearby, Mammiyur Mahadeva Temple contains shrines to the deities Vishnu and Shiva. South of town, St. Thomas Church is believed to have been established by the apostle St. Thomas in 52 AD.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Kozhikode Beach, 1 Km From Railway Station, Kozhikode India
Arrive Kozhikode (Calicut) the land of Zamorins, a prominent city in the Malabar and check in at hotel. Kozhikode is a coastal city, it was a significant spice trade center and is close to Kappad Beach, where Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama landed in 1498. The central Kozhikode Beach, overlooked by an old lighthouse, is a popular spot for watching the sunset. Inland, tree-lined Mananchira Square, with its musical fountain, surrounds the massive Mananchira Tank, an artificial pond. The city has some of the known martial art houses where you can witness an authentic form of Kalaripayattu (Martial art from Kerala). A few km away from the town is Beypore, where Arabian Dhows are still made of wood for the sheiks of the Arabian world. Overnight at hotel.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Kozhikode - Thalassery - Kannur - Bekal - Mangalore (250km/ 5hr)

Stop At: Thalassery Fort, Thalassery 670103 India
Breakfast at hotel drive to Mangalore enroute visit Thalassery, Kannur & Bekal.

Thalassery one of the strategic centers of the British India, there have been several Anglo-Indian wars fought at Thalassery. The Thalassery Fort that overlooks the sea stands as a mute witness to all these wars fought.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Fort St. Angelos, 3 km from Kannur Centre, Kannur India
Further drive to Kannur and visit 16th-century St. Angelo Fort, once occupied by European colonial forces, show the city’s significant role in the spice trade. Housed in a former palace, the Arakkal Museum highlights Kerala's one Muslim royal family.
Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Bekal Fort, National Highway Nearest Railway Station : Pallikare, or Kanhangad:13km, Kasaragod India
The Historic Bekal fort appears to emerge from the sea. Almost three quarters of its exterior is in contact with water. Bekal fort was not an administrative centre and doesn't include any palace or mansion. An important feature is the water-tank, magazine and the flight of steps leading to an observation tower built by Tipu Sultan. Standing at the centre of the fort, this offers views of the coastline and the towns of Kanhangad, Pallikkara, Bekal, Kottikkulam, and Uduma. Its solid construction resembles the Thalassery Fort and the St. Angelo Fort at Kannur built by the Dutch.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Mangalore Beach, Dakshina Kannada, Mangalore India
Continue drive to Mangalore check in at hotel. Visit the Marvel of Mangalore St. Aloysius Chapel located at the St. Aloysius College. The interior of the chapel is completely hand painted by Italian Jesuit Antonio Moscheni in 1899. The doors and windows of the chapel are closed as part of preserving the paintings, and photography is prohibited. Overnight at hotel.
Duration: 2 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Mangalore - Udupi - Gokarna (235km/ 5hr)

Stop At: Sri Krishna Temple, G B Panth Road Krishna Complex, Udupi 576101 India
Breakfast at hotel drive to Gokarna enroute visit Udupi.

Udupi known for its Hindu temples, including the huge, 13th-century Sri Krishna Temple, which houses a statue of Lord Krishna and attracts many pilgrims. Nearby, the ancient Anantheshwara Temple is dedicated to the god Shiva. The Corporation Bank Heritage Museum features coins dating from 400 BC, plus stamps and displays about India’s banking industry.
Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Gokarna Beach, Gorkana Village Ankola, Gokarna India
Continue drive to Gokarna the holy temple town on the west coast of India and check in at hotel. The Mahabaleshwar temple is a pilgrim center and visiting Gokarna is considered holy for Hindus. Gokarna beach is a hippy paradise. Overnight at hotel.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

Day 6: Gokarna - Karwar - Goa (235km/ 5hr)

Stop At: Kali River Garden Karwar, Kodibag, Karwar 581303 India
Breakfast at hotel drive to Goa enroute visit Karwar a port city in the South Indian state of Karnataka. It’s known for beaches like Rabindranath Tagore Beach, with dive spots, and black-sand Tilmati Beach to the north. The INS Chapal (K94) Warship Museum, in a former missile boat, has artifacts and videos on the Indo-Pakistani War of 1971. The hilltop Sadashivgad Fort has a temple dedicated to the goddess Durga, plus views of the Kali River and Arabian Sea.
Duration: 4 hours

Stop At: Old Goa, Goa Velha India
Continue drive to Goa a popular tropical beach destination in India on the Arabian sea coast. The whole of the Konkan coast has almost the same weather and climate. The monsoons are torrential in Goa and the shores are filled with coconut groves and sandy beaches. Until 1961, Goa was a colony of Portugal and an Indo-Portuguese cultural element is very much evident here.

On one side you see a lot of crowded beaches, bars, discotheque, pubs and restaurants, which is the most happening part of Goa. But on the other side, South Goa is pristine, calms, rustic, agrarian, and nature oriented. Food is awesome in Goa, the Vindaloos, Cafreals, are some of the lipsmacking masalas in which meat and vegetables are cooked. Goan pork sausages are like hanging beads, you can see them if you get a chance to visit the markets. Goan fish curry rice, Rava fried fish, Kaju Feni & Limca, Kokum & Bibinca are all authentic to Goa. There is much more in Goa than sun, sand and sea.
Duration: 4 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

Day 7: Goa

Stop At: Old Goa, Goa Velha India
Breakfast at hotel full day city tour of Goa.

Visit Basilica of Bom Jesus A World Heritage Site. The Basilica of Bom Jesus is famous for the preserved mortal remains of St. Francis Xavier. Se Cathedral dedicated to St. Catherine of Alexandria is largest church in Asia with giant bells and exquisite architecture. Church of St. Francis of Assisi built during 1517-1521 AD a stunning and charming building, architecture has a combination of Hindu and Christian elements. Church of St Augustine Ruins 46 meter high tower, built in 1602 with the combined efforts of 12 Augustinians. They also built a convent besides the church. Church of Marry Immaculate Conception one of the most famous landmarks of Goa. This church is supposed to be one of the earliest churches to be constructed in Goa.

A walk through Fontainhas, A Colourful Portuguese Colony for an eccentric experience. The state was once a Portuguese colony and still has many beautiful reminiscent of the Portuguese era. One of such places is located in the capital city of Panjim. Fontainhas area, near Ourem Creek in Panjim, has the Latin quarters of the Portuguese colonists. The Hindu Brahmins of Mala area co-exist here with the Indian Christians. Though most of these colourful houses in this Portuguese Colony are converted into heritage hotels and cafes, many houses can still be seen inhabited by the Goan Christians. You can enjoy the view of the colourful quarters from the beautiful terrace café of the hotel. The heritage hotel has also preserved some of the rosewood furniture of the bygone era and some of the century-old whisky bottles. The heritage building is thus a must-see place for any heritage lover.

Rest time to relax on the beach.
Duration: 8 hours

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Goa

Stop At: Sri Bhagavati Temple, Pernem Taluka, Mandrem India
Breakfast at hotel. Visit South Goa temples and drive thru few famous beaches.

Sri Bhagawati Temple supposed to be over 500 years old and is dedicated to Goddess Ashtabhuja. The temple is constructed in a grand style and the entrance is flanked by two statues of elephants. Shri Shantadurga Temple dedicated to the Goddess known as Shantadurga who is known to be a peaceful form of Goddess Durga. The temple is constructed beautifully and is located amidst scenic landscapes. Shri Mangesh Temple this beautiful temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The lovely temple attracts lots of devotees and the architecture of the temple follows every norm of the traditional Hindu architectural style.

After sightseeing hopp of to some beautifull beaches. Rest time free and easy to relax.
Duration: 6 hours

Meals included:
• Breakfast
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.

Day 9: Goa - Departure (flight)

Pass By: Old Goa, Goa Velha India
Breakfast at hotel. As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.

No meals included on this day.
Accommodation included: Overnight at hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Traveler pickup is offered
Pick up from Cochin airport

Airports

  • Kochi Airport, Kochi (Cochin) India


Ports
Cochin
Duration
9 days
Inclusions
  • 6x Breakfast
  • 1x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 9 nights
  • Garland welcome and assistance at airport
  • 8 Nights/ 9 Days accommodation in mentioned hotels or similar
  • Day cruise in Alleppey with lunch on board
  • Shikara ride in narrow canals in Alleppey
  • Private English speaking guide in each cities on sightseeing days.
  • Private chauffeur driven air-conditioned car for airport transfers, sightseeing & excursion.
  • 01 Time monument entrance fees mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car
  • Applicable GST (Government taxes)
  • Entry/Admission - Cochin Cultural Centre
  • Entry/Admission - Alleppey Backwaters
  • Entry/Admission - Kozhikode Beach
  • Entry/Admission - Thalassery Fort
  • Entry/Admission - Fort St. Angelos
  • Entry/Admission - Bekal Fort
  • Entry/Admission - Mangalore Beach
  • Entry/Admission - Sri Krishna Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Gokarna Beach
  • Entry/Admission - Kali River Garden Karwar
  • Entry/Admission - Old Goa
Exclusions
  • Any air fare
  • Camera charges at monuments
  • Main Meals, Lunch or dinner unless mentioned
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Or anything not mentioned above.
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 5 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
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  • Old Goa Bekal Fort and 12 more
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
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