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From Caves to Backwaters: South India’s Unique Splendors



17 Nights / 18 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

8 people




Explore the diverse tapestry of South India’s unique splendors on our captivating journey, “From Caves to Backwaters.” Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Mumbai, delve into the ancient wonders of Ellora and Ajanta Caves, and relax on the serene beaches of Goa. Traverse through historic Badami and Hampi, and revel in the tranquil beauty of Munnar and Thekkady. Conclude your adventure with a houseboat cruise through the enchanting backwaters of Alleppey. Discover the distinctive charm and hidden treasures of South India on this unforgettable expedition.


  • Begin your journey in Mumbai, exploring iconic sites like the Elephanta Caves and the bustling city.
  • Discover the ancient wonders of Aurangabad, from the Ellora and Ajanta Caves to historic forts and temples.
  • Soak up the sun and beach vibes in Goa, visiting Old Goa's churches, forts, and temples.
  • Immerse yourself in the rich history of Badami, Aihole, and Pattadakal, with their rock-cut temples and fortresses.
  • Explore the enchanting ruins of Hampi, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, before heading to the serene hills of Munnar and the lush backwaters of Alleppey.

Bulk discount (by percent)

Bulk diccount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 43%
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 41%
3 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 50%
4 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 47%
5 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 54%
6 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 51%
7 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 57%


Day 1: Arrive Mumbai
Arrival transfer to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 2: Mumbai
Visit Elephanta Caves (Monday closed) and explore the city, including CST, Prince of Wales Museum, Mani Bhawan, and Dhobhi Ghat. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 3: Mumbai - Aurangabad (Flight)
Fly to Aurangabad and visit Ellora Caves, Grishneshwar Temple, and Daulatabad Fort. Explore Bibi ka Maqbara, Panchakki, and Aurangabad Caves. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 4: Aurangabad
Full-day excursion to Ajanta Caves. Return to Aurangabad for overnight stay.

Day 5: Aurangabad - Goa (Flight)
Fly to Goa, relax on the beach upon arrival. Overnight at the resort.

Day 6: Goa
Visit Old Goa Churches, Aguada Fort, temples, and charming beaches. Overnight at the resort.

Day 7: Goa
Enjoy a day at leisure to explore the area. Overnight at the resort.

Day 8: Goa - Badami (184kms)
Drive to Badami and check in at the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 9: Badami
Explore Aihole and Pattadakal, along with Badami Fort, caves, and lake. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 10: Badami - Hampi (180kms)
Drive to Hampi via visiting temples in Gadag & Lakkundi. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 11: Hampi
Visit the UNESCO-listed ruins of Hampi, including temples and historical sites. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 12: Hampi - Hubli (170kms)/ Cochin (Flight)
Transfer to Hubli airport for a flight to Cochin. Explore Fort Cochin, churches, and more. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 13: Cochin - Munnar (130kms)
Drive to Munnar, visit tea estates and enjoy tea tasting. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: Munnar
Explore Munnar's attractions, including dams, hills, and tea museums. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15: Munnar - Thekkady (110kms)
Drive to Thekkady, watch a martial arts and Kathakali dance show. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 16: Thekkady
Take a boat safari in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and visit a spice plantation. Drive to Kumarakom for check-in. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 17: Thekkady - Alleppey (130kms)
Transfer to Alleppey for a houseboat experience in the backwaters. Overnight on the houseboat.

Day 18: Alleppey - Cochin (60kms)
Disembark from the houseboat and transfer to Cochin airport for departure.


  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 17 Nights' accommodation in 5-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast and meal as per day plan.
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • 1-Time shared boat safari in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary with forest department naturalist.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Mumbai - Aurangabad - Goa & Hubli - Cochin flight fare approx INR 19,500 per person in economy class.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

Tour's Location


What is the standard of the hotels on this tour?
5-Star Hotels Used or Similar
Mumbai - Trident Hotel/ ITC Grand Central
Aurangabad - WelcomHotel Rama International/ Lemon Tree Hotel
Goa - Alila Diwa Goa/ Radisson Blu Resort
Badami - Badami Court/ Krishna Heritage
Hampi - Hyatt Place/ Hampi Boulders
Cochin - Xandari Harbour/ Le Meridien
Munnar - Chandys Windy Woods/ Tea County
Thekkady - Spice Village/ Carmelia Haven Resort
Alleppey - Luxury Houseboat (Xandari Riverscapes/ Lakes & Lagoons)


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