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Mumbai To Chennai

Asia is the continent where overlanding all started, and Dragoman has been the leading operator there since our first trucks went through in the 1980s - take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. This trip is the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation through the southern regions of India. We start in the cosmopolitan city of Mumbai, and then head for a full exploration of the world-famous beaches of Goa! We then head inland to the historic cities of Hampi and Mysore before heading up into the cool hills of Wayanad for a homestay amongst the tea and coffee plantations. Back to the coast, you'll explore the lush waterways of Kerala's backwaters by boat and relax on the stunning beaches of Varkala, before rounding Kanyakumari on the southernmost tip of India and arriving at the colourful temples of Madurai. Finally, travelling through Tamil Nadu state you'll pass through a part of the country many travellers never get to see, with a visit to the former French colony of Pondicherry and the stone carving capital of Mahabalipuram before ending our Indian journey in the bustling city of Chennai. Join Dragoman on this wonderful and unforgettable overlanding experience!


Duration: 24 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Local Culture & Cuisine, Community Project , Historical Sites, Boating Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 157971
Starts: Mumbai, India Finishes: Chennai, India
You will visit
  • Mumbai
  • Goa
  • Old Goa
  • Hampi
  • Mysore
  • Wayanad
  • Cochin
  • Alleppey
  • Varkala
  • Kanyakumari
  • Madurai
  • Pondicherry
  • Mahabalipuram
  • Chennai

Itinerary

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Day 1-2: Mumbai

Border Information: If joining the trip in Mumbai, you will most likely enter India from Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (IATA code: BOM).

There will be an important group meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel in Mumbai - please look out at the reception for a note from you tour leader with further details about this meeting. Otherwise, today is free to explore the sights and sounds of Mumbai. 

The following day will be a free day to explore the city. This is also an opportunity to take a tour of the Dharavi slum areas of the city.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Mumbai before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Mumbai.

In Mumbai we stay in a good quality hotel.

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Day 3-4: Goa

We will start our journey by taking the train along the coast to Goa. We will stay for two nights at the relaxed beaches of Vagator in the North. Most travellers are drawn to Vagator for the stunning sunsets, the laid-back atmosphere and the proximity of some other quieter beaches in the area such as Arambol and Anjuna.

We will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities close to the beach.

Journey time (on train) - 11 hours.

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Day 5-6: Old Goa

After our 2 nights on the northern beaches of Goa, we head off in the truck to the southern beaches, visiting the site of Old Goa en route.

We will stay for 2 nights in beautiful beach huts on the stunning beach of Agonda, which is a perfect place to sit back and watch the fishing boats landing their catch, sample the delicious local cuisine, or visit the nearby beach of Palolem with its many bars and restaurants.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours, depending on the length of your visit to Old Goa (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, borders and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

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Day 7-8: Hampi

Leaving the beaches of Goa behind us, we set off on a long 400km drive into the state of Karnataka to the village of Hampi. The village is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the Vijayanagara Empire.

Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours.

On the following day we will have a guided tour of the historical sites around Hampi by rickshaw and on foot.

In Hampi we will stay in a comfortable local guesthouse.

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Day 9-10: Mysore

From Hampi we have another long drive of 480kms to Mysore, where we will stay for 2 nights.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day in Mysore, one of India's most attractive towns, to explore the city's beautiful gardens, palaces, and the Shri Chamarajendra art gallery.

In Mysore we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

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Day 11-12: Wayanad

Today we travel 150kms up into the hills, heading for the hillstation of Wayanad, a small settlement surrounded by tea and coffee plantations.

Estimated Drive Time - 4 hours.

Over the 2 days we have in Wayanad we will have the chance to hike up Chembra Peak, visit local waterfalls and tea plantations, visit the petroglyphs at the Edakkal Caves and to visit the nearby Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary.

Whilst in Wayanad we stay as guests of local families at a homestay, where they have set up accommodation for visitors in their homes.

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Day 13-14: Cochin

Today we will continue our journey 260kms to Cochin.

Estimated Drive Time - 10 hours.

On the following day we will take a local boat to Fort Cochin and have free time to explore and visit various sites including the Jewish Quarter, St Francis Church and the Chinese fishing nets. In the evening we will watch the famous Kathakali dancers, India's most spectacular dance drama.

In Cochin we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

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Day 15: Alleppey

Leaving the bustle of Cochin behind, today we embark on our overnight houseboat cruise on the tranquil Keralan backwaters of Allepey.

09

Day 16-18: Varkala

Leaving the backwaters behind us, we continue 120kms to the beach resort of Varkala.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-4 hours.

We will have 3 nights here with free time to explore the surrounding areas and relax on the beautiful beaches. Varkala is well known for its beaches, and there are also lots of great local restaurants where you can sample the justifiably famous Keralan cuisine.

In Varkala we will stay at a beach resort.

10

Day 19: Kanyakumari

Today we will have a 140km drive to Kanyakamuri (Cape Comorin), the very southern point of India, where we will have free time to explore the Vivekananda Rock and the surrounding sites.

In Kanyakamuri we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

11

Day 20: Madurai

This morning we can get up early to watch the sunrise from the southern tip with thousands of locals! From Kanyakamuri we start heading back north with a morning drive of 240kms to Madurai. In the afternoon we visit the Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai.

In Madurai we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

12

Day 21: Pondicherry

Today we head 320kms to the French-influenced Pondicherry, and will have a free afternoon to explore the town.

In Pondicherry we will stay in guest-house accommodation.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

13

Day 22: Mahabalipuram

Today we have a short drive of 100kms to Mahabalipuram. Here we will make a visit to the unusual shore temples and pagodas.

In Mahabalipuram we will stay in a comfortable local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

14

Day 23: Chennai

Today we have a short drive of 55kms to Chennai, the fourth largest city in India, stopping at a crocodile farm en-route.

In Chennai we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 2 hours.

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Day 24: Chennai

Border Information: If you are leaving the trip in Chennai, you will most likely exit India from Chennai International Airport (IATA code: MAA).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Chennai. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

 

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Discover the lost kingdom of Vijayanagar in the magnificent ruined city of Hampi
    • Freely explore the amazing and elaborate Mysore Palace
    • See the 7000-year-old Neolithic petroglyphs at the Edakkal caves en route
    • Enjoy genuine Indian hospitality at a community homestay guesthouse amongst the hills of Wayanad
    • See an evening performance of the classical Indian dance-drama of Kathakali, a signature tradition of Kerala
    • Travel through the serene Kerala Backwaters on an overnight trip aboard a beautiful traditional 'kettuvallam' house-boat
    • Visit the historical Meenakshi Amman Temple, one of the most impressive and colourful Hindu temples in all of India
    • Visit the incredible 8th-century Shore Temples and Pagodas of Mahabalipuram, built from huge granite blocks on a promontory in the Bay of Bengal
    Tour Staff
    • 2 crew, local guides as necessary
    Accomodation
    • 0% Camping - 100% Hotels
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Madeleine S Posted on: 

Both Katie and Nick are very good at their jobs and very nice, fun people to be around.

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Linda T Posted on: 

Had a really great time - Gino and Jim were very good trip leaders and ensured that they were always on hand to answer any queries any one had. They also ensured that the group were kept fully informed about the tour.

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David E Posted on: 

Your guides made the trip for us.

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Lisa C Posted on: 

I just cant say enough great things about the leaders. They made the trip to India totally fabulous!

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Caroline P Posted on: 

Cannot say enough about Gino and Jim, they were both great at their jobs, very friendly and welcoming and certainly added to the whole experience, brilliant.

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Philippus v Posted on: 

Katie is a fantastic leader.

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Jasmin F Posted on: 

Katie clearly has lead many trips before and has a wealth of knowledge in Indian culture. I found her an excellent leader full of relevant information.

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Brian L Posted on: 

Nadia and Andy did a great job of handling a large truck safely through such 'challenging' traffic conditions.

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Andreas F Posted on: 

Katie and Nick are reliable and super.

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