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BEACHES, SPA and REJUVENATION
Mumbai, Kovalam, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Kochi, Bangalore, Mysore, Goa
An Enchanting Southern Retreat

Rejuvenate yourself in this journey through southern India’s most beautiful beaches. Ayurveda and Spa. It is a completely unique experience on the back waters among the coconut lagoons, palm fringes and rice paddy fields. Revitalize mind, body and soul. 

Highlights
Visit of UNESCO world heritage sites
Goa - Basilica of Bom Jesus  

Besides the above other unique experiences
Kovalam Beach
Ayurvedic Messages 
Pardesi oldest synagogue in Cochin, India 
Kathakkali dance performance 
Kettuvalam traditional boat ride
Itinerary
  • Thursday, October 12. (D)* UNITED STATES – MUMBAI
    Depart this evening on any airline of your choice to Mumbai, India. Dinner and light breakfast served on the plane.
  • Friday, October 13. MUMBAI. (B, L, D)
    Continue flying on your airline to Mumbai where you arrive late evening. We meet you outside customs at the Mumbai International Airport and transfer you to the hotel, where you will stay two nights. Light lunch and dinner served on the plane.
  • Saturday, October 14. MUMBAI. (B)
    Morning sightseeing of the most dynamic city in India begins with a close look at the Gateway of India, commemorating the landing of King George V and Queen Mary, arriving on their royal yacht from England in 1911. This afternoon we will drive on the wide boulevards down town commercial center, lined with massive monuments of the Empire and Indian free enterprise. Among the sights are Victoria Terminus, the largest and the most flamboyant example of a train station, built in 1887. We will also visit Crawford Market crammed with fresh produce and all kind of domestic animals on sale inside a huge, sprawling structure built during the British Raj. 

    Mumbai, consisting originally of seven islands inhabited by fishing communities 500 years ago, is today the world’s most densely populated city of more than 18 million inhabitants. When the last contingent of the British troops passed through the Gateway of India, in February 1948, it was crowded enough with a population of 1½ million. The roots of the overpopulation with resultant poverty, lie paradoxically, in the city’s amazing ability to keep on creating wealth, be it trade, industry, movies, construction or hi-tech. Mumbai generates 40% of India’s GDP, its port handles half the country’s foreign trade, its movie industry is the biggest in the world.
  • Sunday, October 15. MUMBAI-TIRUVANDRUM – KOVALAM. (B)
    Today morning we fly to Thiruvendrum from there we drive to Kovalam beach. Afternoon leisure for Swim and enjoy beach. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.

    Kovalam means s groove of coconut trees. It is also known as the paradise of the south. It has three beaches separated by rocky outcroppings in its 17 km coastline. The three together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach. 
  • Monday, October 16. KOVALAM. (B)
    Today enjoy and rejuvenate your body and soul with an Ayurveda massage. Dinner at the hotel. 
  • Tuesday, October 17. KOVALAM –KUMARAKOM. (B)
    Today we drive to Kumarakom. Afternoon is free for leisure. Dinner at the hotel. 

    Kumarakom is a hidden gateway to Kerala’s backwaters. It is very rich in marine life especially the exclusive Kumarakom Karimeen or Pearl spotted fish, tiger prawns, crabs and many more. 
  • Wednesday, October 18. KUMARAKOM – ALLEPPEY –COCHIN (B, L)
    This morning we will drive to Alleppey to take day cruise to have an experience of backwaters. These are traditional boats called Kettuvalam. We will enjoy our lunch at the cruise. Afternoon we will drive to Cochin where, we will stay two nights. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. 

    Cochin( aka Kochi) was founded in 1341, when a flood created a natural safe port, attracting Chinese, Christians, Jewish and Arab settlers. The Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama looking for trade route for Indian spices sailed around the continent of Africa and landed nearby in 1498. He was followed by the Dutch and the British, all wanting to control the port and its lucrative spice trade. 
  • Thursday, October 19. COCHIN. (B)
    This morning, a sightseeing tour of Fort Cochin to include the Dutch Palace, with beautiful frescoes on the walls, depicting themes from the epic Hindu mythology Ramayana. Nearby is the Pardesi Synagogue built in 1568 and still is use today. Not far is the St. Francis Church, built by Portuguese in 1510. Vasco da Gama was buried here in 1524, but his body was removed later to Portugal. This evening we will see a performance of the Kathakkali Dance, it is a spectacular combination of drama, dance, music and ritual. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel.  
  • Friday, October 20. COCHIN – BANGLORE. (B)

    Morning is free for leisure. Afternoon we fly to Bangalore where, we stay one night.

    Bangalore, the “GARDEN CITY” and capital of the state of Karnataka. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. 

  • Saturday, October 21. BANGALORE – MYSORE. (B)
    Today, early morning we will drive south to Mysore by road. It will take 4 hrs to reach to Mysore. After lunch we will visit Mysore Palace. It is an amazing display of art and architecture from India and around the world with a lavishly decorated interior. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. 

    Mysore, now a center of sandal wood- carving, silk and incense production, was known as a “Mahisasur”, the town where the demon buffalo Mahisasura was slain by the goddess Durga, as per Hindu mythology. Mysore is a charming, old –fashioned and a great city just to stroll around. Within sight of the spectacular Maharaja’s palace is the Devaraja market, one of South India’s most famous produce markets.  
  • Sunday, October 22. MYSORE- BANGALORE – GOA. (B)
    This morning sightseeing begins with short drive up the Chamundi Hills to see the colossal figure of Nandi the sacred bull of Shiva, carved from a single piece of black granite in 1659 and the 12th century Hindu temple. The Chamundi figure inside is made of solid gold. Then, we will drive back to Bangalore to catch the flight for Goa. Arrive in Goa. Dinner at the hotel. Overnight at the hotel. 

    Goa was established into India in 1961, when Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru gave up trying to negotiate with the Portuguese director Salazar and sent in the army. It was Portugal’s first toe-hold in Asia in 1511. Unlike the stiff upper-lipped British, the Portuguese people enjoyed the laid-back feel of the good things in life, which is still carried on today, attracting a vast variety of tourists. 
  • Monday, October 23. GOA. (B)
    Today we will have sightseeing of Old Goa, designated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site will include the Basilica of Bom Jesus, where the body of St. Xavier lies in a silver casket, the church St. Francis of Assisi, built in 1521, and the Cathedral of St. Catherine of built between 1562 and 1623. Afternoon is free for Spa or swim at the beach as leisure. Dinner at the hotel.
  • Tuesday, October 24. (B) GOA – MUMBAI- U.S.A.
    Today afternoon, we take a domestic airline flight to Mumbai, where we will have our Gala Farewell dinner at a deluxe hotel near the Mumbai International Airport. Very late evening departure on your flight back home, arriving the next day.

TOUR INCLUDES
  • Hotel accommodations in 5-star deluxe hotels
  • Buffet breakfast daily, and one lunch
  • Private air conditioned vehicle with chauffeur throughout the tour
  • Experienced English speaking tour guides
  • Entrance fees to World heritage sites and museums
  • Private sightseeing in each city
  • Domestic airfare as per the itinerary
  • Kathakkali dance performence 
  • Kettuvalam Boat ride with lunch 
AIRFARE
Air fare is not included. Please make sure that your airline ticket reads from home to Mumbai, and from Mumbai back home. We urge you to check airline cancellation penalties before purchasing airline tickets since international departure times and flights can change. 

We can assist you at no cost to find the most convenient flights from home to Mumbai and return from Mumbai back home.
INSURANCE
Trip cancellation is highly recommended. We can arrange it for you. Some policies wave pre-existing medical conditions if purchased within 15 days of receiving the deposit.
VISA
Indian Visa, Please make sure you apply for your visa at least 4 weeks in advance.  
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Clients Comments:

My husband, Marty, and I traveled to many wonderful parts of India with Swati and Alistair. They were making sure our group was well cared for with comfortable hotels and spacious transportation, American breakfasts, and some wonderful Indian cuisine lunches & dinners with interesting Indian wines. We even stayed in a Maharaja’s former palace, a hunting lodge, and other fine five star hotels. In Ranthambore Tiger Park, we saw a tiger, and followed him on track for twenty minutes. We felt like we were in an Indiana Jones movie! Riding a real elephant and of course seeing the Taj Mahal in Agra. A very colorful culture and the people are so kind, happy, and friendly, everywhere we went. Even the bus rides from place to place are a site to behold. The culture is lively & colorful. Each day and city HAT Tours offered something new, sometimes old, but always different and unique! We were so glad to make this journey with Swati and Alistair, absolutely hope to travel to India in the future!

Mrs. Kathy and Mr. Marty Jones, Florida
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