Southern & Eastern Explorer

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  • duration 37 days
  • tour type Group
  • minimum participants 2
  • age requirement 18+ years old
  • max group size 24
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Mumbai, India
  • Ends Kolkata, India
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  • Explore chaotic and fascinating Mumbai
  • Relax on a fascinating train ride to the coast of Goa
  • Discover the lost kingdom of Vijayanagar in the magnificent ruined city of Hampi
  • Explore the amazing Maharaja's Palace of Mysore
Starting in Mumbai and ending in Kolkata, the Southern & Eastern Explorer trip is a guided adventure trip that takes 37 days. You will travel through Pondicherry, Wayanad, Mumbai and 15 other destinations in India. Southern & Eastern Explorer is a group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

The pace of life in Southern and Eastern India is very different from the frenetic hustle and bustle of the north.  As it is too hot and humid to move really quickly; perhaps the calm of the greens and ambers of everyday life, just leads folk to slow down. The south is about beautiful food, relaxation, beaches and rural life. Kerala is becoming a world famous region to visit and not just for its stunning beaches, but also for its culture and the beautiful inland waterways.

Lesser known wonders such as Hampi or the garden city of Mysore are just as inspiring as the Taj, and drifting along the backwaters in a converted houseboat is just about as good as it can get in India. 

But the eastern seaboard has some stuff that is seldom even heard about, but we know that after five days exploring the tribal lands of Odisha you will think about India in an entirely different way.  Throw in the explosion of chaos and noise in Kolkata and you have a trip that you will never forget

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  • Day 1: Mumbai
  • Day 2: Mumbai
  • Day 3: Goa
  • Day 4: Goa
  • Day 5: Old Goa
  • Day 6: Old Goa
  • Day 7: Hampi
  • Day 8: Hampi
  • Day 9: Mysore
  • Day 10: Mysore
  • Day 11: Wayanad
  • Day 12: Wayanad
  • Day 13: Kochi
  • Day 14: Kochi
  • Day 15: Alleppey
  • Day 16: Varkala
  • Day 17: Varkala
  • Day 18: Varkala
  • Day 19: Kanyakumari
  • Day 20: Madurai
  • Day 21: Pondicherry
  • Day 22: Pondicherry
  • Day 23: Chennai
  • Day 24: Chennai
  • Day 25: Tirupati
  • Day 26: Vijayawada
  • Day 27: Visakhapatnam
  • Day 28: Odisha Tribal Area
  • Day 29: Odisha Tribal Area
  • Day 30: Odisha Tribal Area
  • Day 31: Odisha Tribal Area
  • Day 32: Odisha Tribal Area
  • Day 33: Puri
  • Day 34: Puri
  • Day 35: Puri
  • Day 36: Kolkata
  • Day 37: Kolkata
  • Overland Expedition Vehicle, Train, Boat
  • Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary
  • Comfortable Hotel 4 nights
  • Overnight Train 1 night
  • Basic Hotel 18 nights
  • Guesthouse 10 nights
  • Overnight Boat 1 night
  • 34 Breakfasts
  • 14 Lunches
  • 14 Dinners
  • Any international flights to Mumbai and from Kolkata are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Southern & Eastern Explorer tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Southern & Eastern Explorer tour. You can cancel the tour up to 61 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 60 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 29 April 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 29 April 2021, a deposit is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 60 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Southern & Eastern Explorer tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Southern & Eastern Explorer tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

Local Payment The local payment is a group fund, paid separately from the trip price on the first day of the tour. It covers everything that the group does together on the ground. This is primarily hotel accommodation and campsite fees, meals whilst camping (but not while eating in restaurants), and included activities and puts money directly back to the local community. The local payment, or kitty system, is unique to overlanding tours and provides maximum flexibility and best value on the road - you can see exactly what is being paid for, you get everything at cost price, it keeps costs competitive by leveraging group expenses and saves on administrative costs. The fund is run by the tour guide, and any excess left over at the end is returned equally to the group. Local prices are estimated in USD when we print the brochure then reviewed monthly as local costs and exchange rates vary throughout the year. It's therefore important once you book your trip to check the website regularly and just before departure for any changes to the amount.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.
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