Gay India – Temple Tour with Exotic Beaches

We at Out Journeys always come up with something new for our Gay and Lesbian guests from across the world. This time we are offering a Temple tour along with some exotic beaches in South India. As you know India is a country where there are people of many religions like Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Buddhists, Janis, Zoroastrians etc. We will take you to some of the amazingly beautiful places in South India where you will experience the architecture and spirituality. Some of most amazing beaches will also be covered in this tour. We know the requirements of our Gay and Lesbian friends so we create tour keeping in mind their privacy and we also put in some surprise LGBT elements in these tours. Out Journeys is popular brand among Gay and Lesbian travellers. We hosted the 1st Asian Symposium on LGBT Tourism in New Delhi. We are also IGLTA ambassadors to India and India’s first International Gay Travel Company.

The detailed itinerary of the Temple tour with exotic beaches is as follows:

Mumbai – Cochin – Munnar – Kumarakom – Alleppey Kovalam – Madurai – Trichy – Pondicherry – Mahabalipuram – Chennai – Mumbai

21 Nights/22 Days Program

Day 01: Arrive Mumbai

Reception and welcome at Mumbai airport followed by transfer to your hotel in the late night. The stay will be overnight at Mumbai.

Day 02: Mumbai

Morning start half day city tour of Mumbai. Visit Kamla Nehru Park, Hanging Gardens situated on the slopes of Malabar Hill offering a panoramic view of Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, Prince of ales Museum, Mani Bhawan, Dhobi Ghat, Gateway of India & drive through the Crawford Market, Marine Drive & Flora Fountain. The stay will be overnight at Mumbai.

Day 03: Mumbai – Cochin by Flight

Morning check out from hotel and transfer to airport to board flight for Cochin. Arrive at Cochin and transfer to a hotel. Afternoon visit city.  Cochin is the natural harbour created by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks whose quality ensures that the rougher the seas are outside the calmer the waters are within the Harbour. Vasco-de-Gama placed it on the world map. It has a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, mosques & Hindu temples. The stay will be overnight at Cochin.

Day 04: Cochin – Munnar 

After check out drive to Munnar. Arrive at Munnar and transfer to hotel. Day free to relax. The stay will be overnight at Munnar.

Day 05: Munnar

Munnar is breathtakingly beautiful. A haven of peace and tranquility, this idyllic tourist destination in God’s own country is set at an altitude of 6000 ft in Idukki district. Munnar was the favored summer resort of the erstwhile British rulers in the colonial days. It has an unending expanse of tea plantations, pristine valleys and mountains along with exotic species of flora and fauna in its wild sanctuaries and forests. An early morning visit is a must. The aroma of spice scented cool air will make you never want to leave this place.  You will spend the night here.

Day 06: Munnar – Periyar

After check out from Munnar hotel you drive to Periyar, Arrive at Periyar and transfer to hotel. The stay will be overnight at Periyar.

Day 07: Periyar

Morning you visit a sanctuary. Set up in 1934, it extends to 777 square kms & forms a part of the high mountain ranges, the Western Ghats.  Wild life can be seen while cruising on Periyar Lake in a motor boat. You can see elephants, wild boar, sambar, tiger, leopard, wild dog, langur monkeys, etc.

You stay overnight at Periyar.

Day 08: Periyar – Kumarakom

Morning drive to Kumarakom. Arrive at Kumarakom & transfer to hotel. Day free to relax at Kumarakom. The stay will be overnight at Kumarakom.

Day 09: Kumarakom

After Breakfast visit Kumarakom. Kumarakom is the loveliest Village in Kerala, blessed with nature’s rare gifts is on the Eastern side of the vast Vembanad Lake. The lake provides facilities for boating, yachting, fishing, surf riding & swimming. Ideal picnic spot accessible by boat from here is Pathiramanal (Midnight Sands) a lonely island in the lake. The stay will be overnight at Kumarakom

Day 10: Kumarakom – Alleppey

A morning drive gets you to Alleppey where you board an houseboat. The coastal town of Alleppey on the Arabian Sea is the Venice of the East, for the numerous canals that meander through the town. Bathing in the backwaters on the Vembanad Lake is refreshing. This town holds a thrilling event of snake-boat race every year in August. It is also known for its cashew nuts, coir trade, rice, pepper crops & coconuts. You spend the night on a House boat.

Day 11: Alleppey – Kovalam

Check out from hotel at 1200 hrs & drive to Kovalam & transfer to hotel. The stay will be overnight at Kovalam.

Day 12: Kovalam

Kovalam is one of the most beautiful beaches of the world. The surf here is ideal for surf-riding and the water invites the visitor to ride the -Catamaran- or log, with the fisherman, or to take a cool swim. Nearby is the Beach Centre of aquatic sports. At the Yoga and Health Centre, Yoga classes and transcendental meditation are held. Ayurvedic oil massages and oil bath are given by experts.  The stay will be overnight at Kovalam.

Day 13: Kovalam

Day free to relax. Transport is at your disposal to visit within city. The stay will be overnight at Kovalam.

Day 14: Kovalam à Madurai via Kanya Kumari

Morning checking out from the hotel and drive to Madurai visiting Kanya Kumari enroute, Also called Cape Comorin. Visit city. Kanya Kumari is the land’s end of India where the water of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. An important pilgrim centre of India, it is famous for the AmmanTemple-a symbol of unity and sanctity-dedicated to the virgin Goddess, Kanya Kumari. To its South-East lies the famous Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a blend of all the architectural styles of India.

Arrive Madurai and transfer to hotel. The stay will be overnight at Madurai.

Day 15: Madurai

Visit lotus –shaped Madurai, once the seat of Tamil learning.  Visit the great Meenakshi Temple dedicated to the consort of   Lord Shiva with its towering gopurams (rising high above the  surrounding country side). Later, visit the Tirumala NayakPalace – A   gracious building in the Indo saracenic style, famous for the Stucco work on its domes & arches. Also visit the Alagar Hills and Tirupara Kundran Rock temple. The stay will be overnight at Madurai.

Day 16: Madurai – Trichy

Morning drive to Trichy, Arrive at Trichy & transfer to hotel.

Afternoon city tour of Trichy. Trichy was the citadel of the Chola dynasty in the medieval period. In the 18th century it witnessed the Carnatic wars fought between the French and the English. Lord Robert Clive’s house is still there to see and so is the DanishChurch. The Rock-Fort is the landmark of Trichy. A climb of 434 steps leads to the ancient temple of Ganapati on top and a further climb to a Shiva temple.

The stay will be overnight at Trichy.

Day 17: Trichy – Tanjore – Trichy

Morning same day excursion to Tanjore, The beautiful Chola Temple of Brihadeeshwara is capped by a monolithic cupola made of a single granite block weighing 80 tons which was taken to the top with the help of a 6 km long ramp, an old technique used by the Egyptians for building pyramids. Its bronzes and handicrafts make Tanjore one of the highlights of a visit to South India.

The stay will be overnight at Trichy.

Day 18: Trichy – Pondicherry

Morning drive to Pondicherry. Arrive at Pondicherry and transfer to hotel. Day free to relax.  The stay will be overnight at Pondicherry.

Day 19: Pondicherry

Day free to explore city. The capital of French India before independence, Pondicherry traces its origin to Saint Agasthya, the revered sage of the south & excavations near-by reveal that a Roman settlement existed here 2000 years ago. It was the theatre of many a battle between the British. The stay will be overnight at Pondicherry.

Day 20: Pondicherry – Mahabalipuram

Morning drive to Mahabalipuram, Arrive at Mahabalipuram and transfer to hotel. The stay will be overnight at Mahabalipuram.

Day 21: Mahabalipuram

Morning visit Mahabalipuram, visit the shore temple and the rock- cut murals that adorn the caves here. The city of Mahabalipuram is famous for the seven pagodas. Here on the seashore is an interesting group of ancient rock hewn temples which are the examples of Dravidian style of Architecture. The stay will be overnight at Mahabalipuram.

Day 22: Mahabalipuram à Chennai by drive and Chennai à Mumbai by flight

Morning drive to Chennai visiting Kanchipuram enroute,

Kanchipuram (64 kms from Chennai (Madras)) is the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as a city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. The first temple dedicated to Shiva was built in the 7th and 8th century and has paintings on the walls. Temples of Ekambaswara, Kailasanatha, Sri Kamakshi and Varadarajaswamy are of interest. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks.

After visit transfer to Chennai airport to board flight for Mumbai, Arrive Mumbai and stay in transit.

Day 23: Departure

Board flight for onward journey.

 

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                          All hotels check-in & check-out time is 1200 hrs. (Noon) 

Taj Hotels & Oberoi Hotels check-in time is 1400 hrs & check-out time is 1200 hrs (Noon).

 

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India – A beach lover’s Haven (Gay Goa Tour)

Apart from Wildlife and Hills, there are many others themes that a traveler can cover. Not many beach lovers know that India has  a coastline of 7,517 km (4,671 mi). A few popular beach destinations in the country are Goa, Kerala, Odisha, West Bengal, Mumbai, Karnataka, Vizag, and Union territories like Pondicherry, Daman and Diu, Andamans and Lakshwadweep Islands. Among them Goa, Mumbai, Kerala are most preferred by Gay Travelers.

Explore the beaches of India with Out Journeys. Experience the luxury, rejuvenation, and  the destinations.

Beaches of Goa
The state of Goa was a Portuguese colony until 1962, and is famous for its Indo-Portuguese culture and architecture. Goa’s Beaches reflect its colourful mosaic of history. Goa is a tropical paradise with miles of palm-fringed sandy Beaches. Goa is a vivid mixture of white washed Catholic churches, Hindu temples and the colours and aromas of the busy street markets. Accommodation in Goa ranges from top quality hotels to rooms in private houses. It is possible to find package holiday hotels in Goa on a Bed and Breakfast. The main Goa holiday season is November to April.
Beaches Of Goa and its beauty

Goa has a total coastline of 125 km and that makes people believe that it is a long big beach. The beaches of Goa are like the curves of a woman. The beaches are beautiful and each beach is unique in its own way. Goa’s beaches are speckled with quaint little beach shacks that serve ice cold beer and spicy Goan cuisine. All along the beaches of Goa are picturesque villages red tiled houses and here and there, the remains of fortresses, in complete contrast, inland Goa has deep valleys and fast flowing rivers surrounded by wooded hills.
Places Of Interest

Beaches of Goa are much ahead of other beaches in India in terms of popularity and the facilities that are available here. There are exotic cuisine backing the pleasure of sun and sand, and water sports facilities that include water scooters to water gliding. One can engage in shopping on the beach side stalls and shacks and also enjoy a midnight bonfire on the beach. The beaches have been divided as north Goa Beaches and South Goa Beaches. The popular North Goa beaches which are known for its trance atmosphere is Candolim beach, Sinquerim Beach, Baga beach, Bambolim beach, Arambol beach and Vagator beach. The South Goa beaches are Benaulim Beach , Palolem beach, Agonda beach, Mobor beach and Cavelossim beach.
All the beaches are beautiful and very much scenic. The beaches which are very much overcrowded are the Dona Paula, Calangute Colva and so on. Always remember that all the beaches are not safe for swimmers. So check out with the beach guard before wading into the sea.

– Anjuna Beach, Goa
– Arambol Beach, Goa
– Agonda Beach, Goa
– Aguada Beach, Goa
– Benaulim Beach, Goa
– Bogmalo Beach, Goa
– Baga Beach, Goa
– Calangute Beach, Goa
– Cavelossim Beach, Goa
– Candolim Beach, Goa
– Colva Beach, Goa
– Dona Paula Beach, Goa
– Mobor Beach, Goa
– Majorda Beach, Goa
– Miramar Beach, Goa
– Palolem Beach, Goa
– Vagator Beach, Goa
– Sinquerim Beach, Goa
– Varca Beach, Goa

Detailed Itinerary:

Day 01: Arrive Bombay

Arrive Bombay from own country & transfer to hotel. The stay will be overnight at Bombay.

Day 02: Bombay

Get introduced to the diverse heritage, bustling markets, business houses and many different communities that represent in this city the ever changing face of modern India.

Check out from hotel at 12 noon. Later in the evening transfer to railway station to board overnight train to Aurangabad.

Day 03: Arrive Aurangabad

Early morning arrive at Aurangabad & transfer to hotel.
Later visit Ellora caves, Ellora Caves (29 kms) encompasses 34 rock cut shrines representing Buddhist, Hindu and Jain art dating from the 4th to 9th century A.D. The most remarkable among them is the Kailash Temple, meant to be a replica of Lord Shivas celestial abode – Kailash is the best example of Rock cut architecture and an engineering marvel. The stay will be overnight at Aurangabad.

Day 04: Aurangabad

Morning visit Ajanta. Ajanta Caves are 106 kms from Aurangabad and date back to the 2nd century BC. The 30 rock hewn caves are adorned with Buddhist sculpture and the frescoes portray in epic form the religious and secular life through eight centuries.
The stay will be overnight at Aurangabad.

Day 05: Aurangabad – Bombay by train Bombay – Goa by flight

Morning check out from hotel & transfer to railway station to board train to Bombay, Arrive at Bombay & transfer to airport to board flight for Goa. Arrive at Goa & transfer to hotel. The stay will be overnight at Goa.

Day 06: Goa

Enjoy the sun and sand to your heart`s content. Goa has some of the most exciting party scene in India, look forward to excursions that will allow you not just to party but also give you a chance to mingle with Goa’s gay community.

Day 07: Goa

Day free on beach. No transport services. The stay will be overnight at Goa.

Day 08: Goa

Day free on beach. No transport services. The stay will be overnight at Goa.

Day 09: Goa – Badami

Morning check out from hotel & drive to Badami, the dramatic capital of the powerful chalukya dynasty that ruled the deccan in the 6th and 7th century AD. Among the ruins are some truly spectacular temples carved into the southern face of the overhanging cliff. The stay will be overnight at Badami.

Day 10: Badami – Hospet

Morning visit city, Also known as Vatapi is rich with Hindu and Jain temples carved out of sand stone hills. The carved temples date back to the 6th century. Of these, three are Hindu and one Jain. Sculptured out of solid rock they are adorned with carvings. The Fort, on top of a hill encloses large granaries, treasury and a watch tower. The Malegitti Shivalaya temple set on the summit of a hill is built of stones without mortar.

After visit drive to Hospet, Arrive at Hospet & transfer to hotel. The stay will be overnight at Hospet.

Day 11: Hospet – Hampi – Hospet

Visit the ruined city of Hampi on the bank of the Tungabhadra River. This is the site of the capital of Vijaynagar that held sway over the region for more than 200 years. The stay will be overnight at Hospet.

Day 12: Hospet – Dandeli

Morning drive to the camp at Dandeli. Adventure awaits to challenge you as white water. The stay will be overnight at Dandeli.

Day 13: Dandeli

Go into jungle in open jeeps at dawn to spot wildlife before it holes up for the day. After breakfast, ride the river and birdwatch, keeping a wary eye on the crocodiles basking on the banks. The stay will be overnight at Dandeli.

Day 14: Dandeli – Goa – Bombay & Departure

Morning drive to Goa, arrive at Goa & transfer to airport to board flight for Bombay, Arrive domestic airport of Bombay & transfer to international airport by airport coach to board flight for onward journey.

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