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 ALL Tours >> West >> The Konkan Cost

 



THE KONKAN COAST & DANDELI
 

BOMBAY (Mumbai) – (via Goa) DANDELI-HOSPET-BADAMI-GOA-BOMBAY

 
Introduction
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 about 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, a World Heritage Site, Aihole, Pattadakal and  Badami.
Accommodation  is basic in most places but luxury at Goa will put all discomfort behind you.
 
Jewels of Information
Goa’s most well-known  festival, the Carnival, marks the beginning of Lent.  ‘King Momo’ the very personification of fun and frolic, orders his subjects to forget all their troubles and devote themselves to three days of festivities. Inspiring all through example, he is omnipresent, leading colourful parades replete with dancers, musicians and tableaus.

 

ITINERARY
Day 01 Arrival
Reception and welcome followed by transfer to your hotel.

 Day 02 Bombay
Unwind over a leisurely breakfast before you set out to acquaint yourself with the city over that 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 before 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 in the banks.
 
Day 05 Dandeli – Hospet
Visit the ruined city of Hampi before traveling on to stay overnight at Hospet.

Day 06 Hospet – Badami
Drive to Badami  for an afternoon of sightseeing.

Day 07 Badami
A full day to explore the temples at Aihole and Pattadakal

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  

Day 12 Departure
See more of the city or shop as you wait to be transferred to the airport in time for your flight out.
 

 

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