If you want to experience the celebrations of the popular St. Francis Xavier festival, held in Goa, then Goan Carnival with Backwaters tour is going to be a perfect one for you. The itinerary of 7 nights and 8 days has been designed in such a manner that you are not going to miss any festivity of the festival. During the tour along with exploring the popular attractions of Mumbai, you are also going to indulge in cruising on the Cochin backwaters.
A NOTE ABOUT FEAST OF ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
The feast of St. Francis Xavier is one of the most popular occasions in Goa. Innumerable devotees line up to kiss the relics of St. Francis Xavier at the Basilica of Bom Jesus, one of the must visit churches in Goa. Followers of St. Francis Xavier, pilgrims and tourists flock to Goa on the occasion of the feast of St. Francis Xavier. The patron saint of Goa - St. Francis Xavier is often invoked by his followers for his healing powers.
- Guided tour of the Elephanta caves, a world heritage site
- Theme dinner party on the sets of Film City
- Participating in the Goa street parade
- Fun activities like water sports etc. on Goa beaches
- Attend a local band’s performance in a local fishermen village of Goa
- Cook your food on skewers over a campfire
- Relish South Indian delicacies and attend a cultural performance, aboard a boat cruise on Cochin backwaters
- Bird watching during cruising on Cochin backwaters
- Gorge on street food during the Mumbai Sidewalk Tour
After your late evening arrival in Mumbai, get transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay.
Post breakfast, day 2 is booked for sightseeing. You are going to cover attractions. Indulge in fun activities at the Juhu beach. Later, enjoy guided tours to the Gateway of India and the Elephanta caves, a UNESCO world heritage site, dedicated to Hinduism and Buddhism. Back to the hotel. Relax for some time. You are going to love today’s evening as you are going to attend a theme dinner party at one of the sets of Film City. Relish the lip-smacking food and observe men as well as women in interesting costumes. Overnight stay.
On the third day, move to the Mumbai airport to board a flight to Goa. After you reach, get transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is to indulge in fun activities at the Goa beaches, you can take a walk or enjoy water sports. Join the carnival celebrations in the evening. Become a part of the parade going on in the streets, enjoy the food, wine, song and dance. An assortment of delicacies will be served during buffet dinner. Overnight stay.
After breakfast, explore some of the attractions of North and South Goa, which may include churches, museums, beaches forts etc. During the evening, you are going to visit a Fishing village. Such villages are an important part of Goa’s culture. Enjoy a charming evening in the local Goan fishing village, a perfect venue to observe a rustic atmosphere. Enjoy the performance of a local band. Night stay in the hotel.
You are going to enjoy fun activities on the beach. You can do anything you want to such as relaxing by the beach, can take a pleasure walk, can indulge in water sports etc. During the evening, you are going to relish Seafood Bar-be-cue on the beach. Enjoying dinner under the starlit sky is going to be an amazing experience. If you want, you can also cook your food on skewers over a campfire. Enjoy the light music being played in the background. Stay overnight.
In the morning, you will move to the airport for boarding a flight to Cochin, the "Queen of the Arabian Sea". On reaching, check into the hotel. Post breakfast, leave for sightseeing where you will cover attractions like St. Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue, Chinese Fishing Nets and Dutch Palace. The evening will be for going on-board a Boat cruise on the Kerala backwaters. Spend the night aboard a beautifully decorated boat where savor South Indian delicacies. The evening will be concluded with fireworks in the sky. Overnight in the hotel.
Day 7 is fixed for cruising on the Cochin backwaters. Get on-board a wooden boat, traditionally known as Vallams. Sail on the green waters, and enjoy the serene beauty, away from the main city. Explore the small islands which you will pass on the way. Observe the traditional lifestyle of the people. You are also going to sail across the popular Chinese nets, fish farms, paddy fields and coconut groves. Another interesting activity will be bird watching where you will spot Woodpeckers, Kites, Kingfishers etc. Back to the hotel for an overnight stay.
In the morning, board a flight to Mumbai. Check-into the hotel, on arrival. Later, leave for buying gifts and souvenirs from the popular markets of Mumbai. Back to the hotel for some rest. In the evening, begin your Mumbai Sidewalk Tour, relish the extremely popular chaat and street food of the city. Go gallivanting into the mean streets of Mumbai. Try out every single offering the sidewalk promises. Enjoy eating Bhelpuri, Vada Pav, Lucknowi kababas, North India chaats, etc. After dinner, move to the airport or railway station to board a flight or train for your onward destination.
- 8 Days / 7 Night
- Mumbai - Goa - Cochin