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Southern India for Women
January 25 - February 9 2020


Gateway to India, Mumbai


Southern India for Women 2020

Location Nights

3 nights

Cochin 3 nights 
of Kerala 
2 nights


Madurai 2 nights
Pondicherry 3 nights

15 Nignts in S. India  

Matrimandir, Auroville



ITINERARY: download print ready itinerary
                                    download reservation form here 

Day 01 January 25, 2020 Mumbai
On arrival in Mumbai make your way to your hotel to meet your 'Going Places Together' host. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight:  The Gordon House or similar
Note: Transfers to your hotel can be arranged on request and at your expense.    
Day 02 January 26, 2020 Mumbai 
After breakfast join your group for your bus tour of Mumbai. Your tour includes a drive-by of important buildings in the Colaba area (the old city of Mumbai ) Church Street Station (formally known as the Victoria Terminus), the City University Grounds, Oval Maiden High Court with a stop at the Crawford Market and The Gateway to India then continue your  drive along the Queens Necklace past Haji Ali’s Mosque to Malabar Hill, stopping at the Hanging Gardens Your drive continues past the Tower of Silence to the Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat (largest outdoor laundry in India) before returning to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Join your group for dinner at your hotel  

Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: The Gordon House, Mumbai

Day 03 January 27, 2020 Mumbai  
Enjoy breakfast at your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Time to shop, visit the Prince of Wales museum, wander the old city and the waterfront or put your feet up and enjoy a good book or take the boat from the Gateway to India to Elephanta Island.  This is your day. 

Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: The Gordon House or similar

                                                                   The Chinese fishing nets in Cochin, Kerala

Day 04 January 28, 2020 Mumbai to Cochin 
After breakfast check out of your hotel and board your bus to the Mumbai airport for your flight to Cochin, Kerala. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. The Brunton Boatyard hotel offers their guests a free sunset cruise of the harbour a chance to see the Chinese fishing nets. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Brunton Boatyard Hotel, Cochin

cooking with Sharlet                                                                                      Kathakali Dancer 

Day 05 January 29, 2020 Cochin (Kochi) Cooking Class / Kathakali Dancers
A busy day is ahead but so much to see and experience. Join your group and guide after breakfast to begin your tour of Fort Cochin by taking a walk along Old Kochi beach to watch the fisherman demonstrate the 14th century fishing technique using the Chinese fishing nets. Continue to St. Francis Church where the tomb of Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama can be found. Time to hop on a local Tuk-Tuk to take you to Mattancherry the hug for spice trading and a visit to the 16th century Portuguese Dutch Palace and Jew Town's 400 year old Pardesi Jewish Synagogue. At 1:00 PM you will participate in a cooking school where you will learn to cook S. Indian food, then enjoy your creation. Back at the hotel for a short rest time before heading to see the traditional Kathakali Dancers of Kerala. Be on time as you don't want to miss the pre show. The Dancers show you how they apply their makeup. A work of art in itself. 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Overnight: Brunton Boatyard or similar

                                                                                                                   Backwaters of Kerala

Day 06 January 30, 2020 Cochin to Alleppey
(The Backwaters of Kerala)
After a leisurely breakfast you check out of your hotel board your bus and travel to the Alleppey jetty where you board your traditional Houseboat for your backwaters cruise.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: Xandari River Escapes 

Day 07 January 31, 2020 Backwaters of Kerala

Relax and enjoy your journey as you cruise at a leisurely pace through the scenic backwaters. 
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner 

Overnight: Xandari River Escapes 

                                                                                   Tea plantations 

Day 08 February 1, 2020 Alleppey/ Periyar
After breakfast your driver will meet you to continue your journey. Today your are going up in to the hills of Kerala to Periyar. The journey is approximately 4 hours. A picnic lunch will be provided on-route. You will stop to visit Pattumala Church and give you an opportunity to photo the tea and coffee plantations. On arrival check in to your hotel. 
Meals: Breakfast, Picnic Lunch, Dinner
Overnight: The Spice Village or similar

                                          Elephants coming to drink from Lake Periyar

Day 09 February 2, 2020 Periyar
A day that will start early but is a new India adventure. You will travel through the National Park by boat on Lake Periyar your chance to see elephants and other wildlife is a good one here as they are protected and come to the water to drink. Then a walk along the trails looking for birds and wildlife with your tribal naturalist before returning to your hotel for breakfast. After breakfast head to the Elephant Junction where you can ride, feed and bath these giant gentle beasts.  Always a special time. The rest of the day is at leisure, swim in the hotel pool, enjoy the deck of your cottage or wander in the village. 
Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: The Spice Village

Elephant riding at Elephant Junction                    The swimming pool at Spice Village

Day 10 February 3, 2020 Periyar to Madurai
Your journey continues as you depart Periyar and the jungle and head to Madurai an ancient city located on the banks of the River Vaigai. Madurai is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world that majorly traded with Rome. Chennai is the capital of Tamil Nadu but Madurai claims its soul. Your destination in Madurai is the Meenakshi Temple covered in intricate Dravidian Style paintings and carvings of mythical creatures and Hindu Gods and Goddesses. On arrival you check in to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Overnight: Astoria Hotel 









Southern India for Women
based on double occupancy
 $4,680.00 CAD
Single supplement   $2,185.00 CAD

Non-refundable deposit at time of booking $500.00 CAD
Final Payment due: 

Download reservation form under Register here! and return with deposit. 

NOTE: International air is not included, please ask for a quote departing from your home port. 

Minimum group size 10 + host 
Maximum group size 18 + host 

This trip is officially a go!
Spaces left to minimum number = 3


All prices are subject to change due to international currency conversion.  





Price includes: 

All local taxes on accommodation and sightseeing tours

All local transfers as per itinerary
15 nights Hotel accommodations as listed or similar
Meals as outlined in the itinerary
12 breakfasts, 6 dinners 
All general admissions as per itinerary
Domestic air as per itinerary
Sightseeing tours as mentioned in the itinerary
All Entrance fees at monuments
Current Government of India Goods & Services Tax (GST)
Going Places Together escort throughout

Price does not include: 

Transfers to  hotel  on arrival in Mumbai
(Transfers can be arranged as per your international flight schedule).
International air tickets (please request quote for international flights)
Personal items
Meals not listed in the itinerary
Tips & Gratuities
Early check-in & late check out of rooms
Travel insurance (Recommended)
Passport and Visa fees

  • Taxes and fuel surcharges are subject to change 
  • All prices are subject to change


ITINERARY continues: 

                                                                  Meenakshi Temple, Madurai

Day 11 February 4, 2020  Madurai
After breakfast then join your tour guide for a tour of Madurai which includes The Gandhi Memorial Museum and  the Tirumalai Nayak Palace a showcase of Islamic architecture. Continue your tour to what the Taj Mahal is to the north, the Meenakshi Temple. Built in the 6th century BC this temple holds a special place in the hearts of all Hindu believers and anyone with the chance to visit it. The magnificent temple stands over 170' tall and was nominated for a new Seven Wonders of the World list. Return to your hotel for leisure time before returning to an evening ceremony of Aarti.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Overnight: Astorial Hotel or similar

                                                  Thirumalai Nayakar Palace

Day 12 February 5, 2020  Madurai  
This is your day to relax, enjoy this ancient, interesting city, return to the temple or enjoy the hotel walk in the market and do some shopping.
Meals: Breakfast
Overnight: Astoria Hotel or similar 

                                                       Lakshmi the elephant at the
                                           Ganesh Temple waiting to bless you!

Day 13 February 6, 2020 Madurai to Pondicherry 
Your journey from Madurai to Pondicherry is a long one but interesting. It is approximately 6 hours in your private vehicle. Photo stops and lunch stop will be included in your journey.  On arrival in Pondicherry check-in to your hotel, The Promenade located in the old section of Pondi called White Town. Its name tells you the location.  Join your host and the citizens of Pondi for a traditional evening walk along the Promenade. A special time! 
Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: The Promenade or similar 

Pondi Temple                                                          Mahatma Ghandi statue Promenade, Pondi

Day 14 February 7, 2020 Pondicherry   
A corner of India that is forever France! No tour of Pondicherry has been formally included but join your host as Pondi holds a special place in her heart and she is looking forward to sharing it with you. Stroll to the Ganesh Temple along tree lined streets. Visit the market returning to your hotel in time for lunch. 
An afternoon visit by tuk-tuk to Auroville with your host can be done either today or tomorrow. It is certainly something you must experience (TBA). 

Auroville was a vision of The Mother from Sri Aurobindo Ashram at Pondicherry. She envisioned a town where unity will be celebrated and all will have a spiritual vocation.

The Mother                                                                        Bouganvillia of Pondicherry

Back at your hotel the rest of the day is at leisure. The Promenade has a pool and a very special view. Relax!
Meals: Breakfast

Overnight: The Promenade or similar   

Day 15 February 8, 2020  Pondicherry    
Today is considered a day of leisure but once again join  your host for more of Pondi. Visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram, shop in the boutique shops in White Town or venture further to see more of Pondicherry and its life. 
Tonight is your last night on this journey. Join your group for a farewell dinner. 
Meals: Breakfast, Farewell Dinner

Overnight: The Promenade or similar
This is the  end of your Southern India tour with Going Places Together.  

Day 16 February 9, 2020 Pondicherry to Chennai
Transfer to Chennai airport, that most will be departing from is not included in the price of the tour.
When you have decided what you will do next,
 arrangements will be made to assist you on your next part of your journey. 

1. Return home on the 9th from Chennai
2. Visit Sangam, Pune
3. Travel to Dubai (an option for those returning to Canada) from Chennai.
4. Visiting more of India eg: Taj Mahal, India's Golden Triangle, what ever you dream, you are already there. 



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