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India Circuit between Mumbai and Chennai

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  • Mumbai
  • Goa
  • Mysore
  • Wayanad
  • Kochi
  • Alleppey
  • Varkala
  • Madurai
  • Pondicherry
  • Mahabalipuram
  • Chennai
  • Hampi
  • Kanyakumari
  • Old Goa

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!

  • Day 1 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.  In Mumbai we will stay in a good quality hotel.

    Take a guided tour of the backstreets, shops and schools of the Dhavari district, to experience a slice of the real Mumbai - Cost: INR 1200
    Take a Bollywood dance class in one of Mumbai's premier dance studios - Cost: INR 500
    Discover the marvellous collection of historical objects and art at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya Museum, one of India's premier museums - Cost: INR 300
    Explore the labyrinth of cave-temples on Elephanta Island near Mumbai, some of the most impressive rock carvings in all of India - Cost: INR 250

  • Day 2 Mumbai

    Today 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.

  • Day 3 to 4 Goa

    We will start our journey by taking the train along the coast to Goa. We will stay for 2 nights at the relaxed beaches of Vagator in the northern part of Goa. 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. In northern Goa we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities close to the beach. Estimated Journey Time (on train) - 11-12 hours.

  • Day 5 to 6 Old Goa

    After our 2 nights on the northern beaches of Goa, we head off in the truck to the southern end of Goa. En route we will stop off at the site of Old Goa to spend some time independently exploring the area's colonial buildings. Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!). 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.

  • Day 7 to 8 Hampi

    Leaving the beaches of Goa behind us, we set off on a full day drive into the state of Karnataka and to the village of Hampi. The village is located within the ruins of Vijayanagara, the former capital of the ancient Vijayanagara Empire.  Estimated Drive Time - 9-11 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.

    Discover the lost kingdom of Vijayanagar in the magnificent ruined city of Hampi

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Overland expedition vehicle, boats and train