THE DISCOVERY COLLECTION
Discover Goa & Tamil Nadu
In this Discover Goa and Tamil Nadu programme, we aim to show you a different side to Goa before ending the trip with some time chilling out at the beach. Goa is markedly different from the rest of India and there are many different and fascinating aspects to it that are often overlooked. Listen hard and you can hear smatterings of Portuguese still spoken on the streets – the remnants of a 450 years’ legacy of being a Portuguese colony, dewy green fields are flanked by coconut groves and towering churches appear on every corner. Of course, we can’t ignore the sun-dappled beaches with shacks that serve a variety of cuisines and flea markets that always offer good bargains. Goa is definitely synonymous with good times.
Tamil Nadu is the homeland of one of humanity’s oldest living classical civilisations, stretching back uninterrupted for two millennia and very much alive today in it’s language, dance, poetry and Hindu religion. Tamil Nadu’s temples are extraordinary with vivid, intricate and colourful carvings adorning their gopurams, it is easy to get ‘templed out,’ but the best two are in Madurai and Tanjore, these both showcase a devotion which can be bewildering to those of us from the west. The mood changes from morning to evening and no two days are the same at these ancient places of worship.
- Exploring Fontainhas and Panjim, the historical centre of Goa
- Wildernest in the wilds of the hills of Goa
- A little culture and beach time.
- The French and Tamil influences in the former French Colony, Pondicherry.
- Thanjavur, the Sri Bridhaswara Temple and cultural activities as per your choice, classical dancing or discovering a bit about the Vedas.
- Exploring the mansions of the Chettiar merchants
- The vibrant and beautiful Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai
|Day 01||Arrive into Goa and transfer to the hotel in Panjim.||Panjim, Goa|
|Day 02||In the morning, explore the charming old Portuguese town of Fontainhas on a walking tour of the area. In the afternoon, discover Old Goa.||Panjim, Goa|
|Day 03||After breakfast you will be transferred to Wildernest Nature Resort.|
Nestled in the trees, 800 metres above sea level, Wildernest looks down over the spectacular Swapnagandha Valley. Rest of the day at leisure to take in the beautiful views and absorb the picturesque valley from the infinity pool.
|Day 04 & 05||As this charming lodge is located within the forest it is a fantastic choice for nature lovers. Activities include, forest walks, botanical tours,|
bird watching trails & waterfalls treks.
|Day 06||After breakfast, transfer to your hotel with a difference, by the beach.|
Once an armed fortress that belonged to the Portuguese, Fort Tiracol has a kaleidoscopic view of the Arabian Sea and the spectacular estuary of the Tiracol River. As soon as you enter, you will be taken aback by the 17th century church standing there bang in the middle. This resort provides history, walks and beach, something for everyone.
|Day 07||Day at leisure.||Beach, Goa|
|Day 08||Arrive in to Chennai where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.||Chennai|
|Day 09||Explore Chennai with your guide, visiting Chennai museum, Fort area, Kapaleeswarar temple and St. Thomas Church.||Chennai|
|Day 10||Transfer by road to Puducherry en route visiting Mahabalipuram, exploring the ancient shore temples. Evening strol the quite streets of Puducherry, a former French territory which still maintains a Mediterranean feel.||Puducherry|
|Day 11||Visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram and take a short drive out to Auroville.||Puducherry|
|Day 12||After breakfast drive to Kumbakonam. Visit a Kalamkari workshop to see intricate artwork being done on fabric.||Kumbakonam|
|Day 13||Drive to Chettinad via Thanjavour visiting the famous Brihadeeshwara Temple. Evening enjoy a heritage walk in the village.||Chettinad|
|Day 14||Visit the town of Karaikudi and a hand made tile making factory. You will also get to see old mansions of merchants from this area.||Chettinad|
|Day 15||Drive to Madurai. In the evening, visit the Sri Meenakshi Temple to witness the evening ceremony of the gods being put to bed.||Madurai|
|Day 16||Transfer to the airport for your onward journey|