Bollywood and Beaches Family Adventure

Ancient and modern Hindi culture and the ultimate beach holiday







From $1,700 Land only

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Holiday Overview


  • A family adventure visit to famous Bollywood Film Studios
  • The caves of Elephanta Island, Mumbai
  • Enjoy the warm waters and sandy beaches of Goa with your family
  • Spot dolphins playing in the surf on this family holiday in India

This family holiday in India combines the excitement of bustling and glitzy Mumbai with the warm seas and coconut palm beaches of Goa, keeping all members of the family happy! After 'ticking' all the important sights of Mumbai including a boat trip out to the caves of Elephanta, this family holiday departs from the typical tourist trail to immerse itself in the crazy, colourful world of Bollywood with a visit to a film studio, where we check out the movie scene and also learn about Hindi culture. The children will love the overnight sleeper train down to Goa and everyone will enjoy the warm waters of the Arabian Sea and the endless palm-fringed sandy beaches. However, this is not just an ordinary beach holiday and we include a boat trip to see the dolphins playing in the surf, a visit to a spice plantation, we have a cookery lesson and prepare a Goan feast, plus of course since we are on a family holiday in India, an elephant ride! There is so much rich culture for us to see and experience and combining this with sun, sand and surf, this family holiday is a winner. Bahut accha!

Is this holiday for you?

Suitable for children from 6 yrs old

This family holiday is a mix of sightseeing and touring and non-strenuous activities. There will be some walking involved in the holiday around the various sights we visit and on Elephanta Island it is necessary to climb steep steps to get to the caves. The majority of activities are included in the price, only additional activities on the beach (windsurfing, kayaking) are extra. There are lots of opportunities for swimming, both at the beach and in the hotel pool in Goa.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group hotel in Mumbai. A single transfer from Mumbai Airport is provided.
  • Ferry to Elephanta Caves, visit Mumbai market.
  • Cricket match. Afternoon Bollywood film studio visit and film.
  • Mumbai sightseeing. Train to Goa.
  • Arrive Goa, enjoy the beach and swimming pool.
  • Morning dolphin boat tour. Spice plantation visit and elephant ride.
  • Full day sightseeing including Fort Aquada and Panjim, Miramar beach.
  • Free day with optional windsurfing or kayaking. Evening cooking session.
  • Departure day. A single transfer to Goa International Airport is provided.
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The LAND ONLY dates and prices are for the itinerary joining in Mumbai and departing from Goa. For clients making their own flight arrangements, Mumbai Airport is the most convenient for transfers to the group hotel. Please refer to 'Joining Arrangements and Transfers' in the trip dossier for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is showing 'Guaranteed to Run' or 'Limited'.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group hotel in Mumbai. A single transfer from Mumbai Airport is provided.

    We meet at the group hotel in Mumbai. KE Land Only package services begin with a group airport transfer. After settling in we will have a briefing on the week ahead from our guide who will also give suggestions on the different places to eat in the city. Depending on flight times, we may have some time this afternoon to explore the surrounding area.

    • Accommodation Hotel

  • Ferry to Elephanta Caves, visit Mumbai market.

    This morning we go down to the Gateway of India, the iconic arch built to commemorate the 1911 visit of King George V. It is located on the waterfront was also in fact the place where the last British regiments departed India after independence 24 years later! From here we catch the ferry for the 1 hour journey out to Elephanta Island. Here the Elephanta Caves, or City of Caves are the most important collection of Indian art and rock art for Shiva, the Hindu deity. They are recognised as a UNSECO site for the striking rock art dating back to 6-8th Century. The name ‘Elephanta Island’ however actually comes from the enormous stone elephant that the Portuguese navigators found here in the 17th century. They actually moved the massive elephant, which now stands in the museum gardens in Mumbai. We explore the caves and temples and climb to the top of Cannon Hill to see the cannons left by the British. We return by ferry to Mumbai and then have some time to wander around the colourful Colaba Market. It is a typical bustling Indian market with fruit and veg stalls, as well as little jewellery shops. We then return to our hotel.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Cricket match. Afternoon Bollywood film studio visit and film.

    No trip to Mumbai would be complete without a cricket match, India’s favour sport. It is always easy to find some willing volunteers to join in a game, so we make our way to the local playing fields. Watch out, those local children are very good! In the afternoon we start our tour of the world of Bollywood, the Hindi cinema. Mumbai is the home of Bollywood (the name originally coming from a combination of Bombay and Hollywood), around 1000 movies are made here in Mumbai each year, with a viewing audience of around 3.6 billion people! Hindi movies usually include singing, dance, music and melodrama, and are often in Hindi, Urdu and English. They are great fun to watch. We visit a filming studio and watch live shoots, and possibly meet the stars of these great movies. After our visit we also enjoy an actual Bollywood movie.

    • Accommodation Hotel

    • Meals b

  • Mumbai sightseeing. Train to Goa.

    Our last day in Mumbai takes us on some sightseeing of the town. We start with the incredible Dobhi Ghat where an entire city's laundry is done by hand. One might not think that visiting the laundrette is exciting, but this open air maze of individual pens of washing is certainly a sight to behold! When all the colourful laundry is hanging to dry it makes a colourful picture. We carry onto the Mani Bhavan, which is the headquarters from which Gandhi initiated his political movements from between 1917 and 1924. The house is now a museum and gives us a good insight into his life and fight for India’s independence. We finish with some outside time and the 19th century Hanging Gardens. In the gardens here we can search for the unusual topiary (!), hedges clipped into animal shapes. It’s great fun and good to have some time in the peaceful green gardens. In the evening we transfer to the train station and board our overnight train to Goa. This is an air conditioned second class carriage. The compartments are usually 4 berth – 2 up and 2 down with curtains for separation.

    • Accommodation Sleeper Train

    • Meals b

  • Arrive Goa, enjoy the beach and swimming pool.

    Our train arrives in the early morning and we transfer to our beach hotel. We have the rest of the day free to relax in this beautiful paradise setting. Goa is renowned for its swaying palms, sparkling waters and perfect beaches. A full day here ensures that we unwind and have a good run along the beaches and swims in the warm waters of the Arabian Sea. Swimming: Hotel pool and/or the sea.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals b

  • Morning dolphin boat tour. Spice plantation visit and elephant ride.

    A day of activities today. In the morning we go out on a boat to spot dolphins who play in the waters around the Goan coast. The best time to see these playing animals is in the early morning when the temperatures are a bit cooler and the sea is calm. The dolphins in Goa are mainly the Indo-Pacific Humpback Dolphin and we are often able to see them from close us as they swim, jump and play in the waters. After our trip on the boat (approx 2hrs) we visit an interesting spice plantation, approx 1 hr drive. Here we learn all about which plants the spices come from and we’ll have plenty of time to smell and taste an array of different spices. The tour takes us on a short walk through some lush forest. We enjoy a delicious lunch at the plantation prepared with the locally grown spices. After lunch we have an exciting short elephant ride, which makes our whole experience slightly jungle book! After our fantastic day out we return to the hotel for a swim in the pool or in the warm sea. Swimming: Hotel pool and/or the sea.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals bl

  • Full day sightseeing including Fort Aquada and Panjim, Miramar beach.

    We have a full day of sightseeing in this friendly and smallest state of India. Goa was a solitary Portuguese outpost in India for almost 500 years and the influences of this can be seen everywhere. The colonial architecture and delicious East-meets-West cuisine combined with the warm laid back atmosphere and attitude of the people here makes it a magical place. We start our tour with a visit to Fort Aquada and its lighthouse on Sinquerim beach. The fort was a reference point for ships coming from Europe and as the fort had fresh water (hence the name Aquada) also a useful filling station for the ships. We also visit the capital Panjim or Panaji. Very different from other Indian cities Panjim is laid back with wide tree-lined streets refreshingly free of hawkers! The architecture is also very different with a distinctive Portuguese feel with red-tiled roofs, window shutters and balconies donning flower pots. Here white washed churches sit alongside brightly coloured Hindu temples. A great place for adults and children alike to wander around. Our tour ends at the famous Miramar beach where we can have a swim before returning to our hotel. Swimming: Hotel pool and/or the sea.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals b

  • Free day with optional windsurfing or kayaking. Evening cooking session.

    Our last day is spent relaxing in these lovely settings and enjoying the beach, hotel and swimming pool. We can entertain ourselves with some snorkelling or ball games on the beach, or there are plenty of opportunities to participate in optional additional activities such as wind surfing or kayaking. In the evening we learn and help prepare some typical Goan cooking. Our expert chef teaches us about the different ingredients and spices as we put together our delicious farewell dinner.

    • Accommodation Hotel with swimming pool

    • Meals b

  • Departure day. A single transfer to Goa International Airport is provided.

    KE land only services end after breakfast with a single timed transfer to Goa International Airport.

    • Meals b

Holiday Information

  • English-speaking local guide
  • Single timed airport transfers
  • All accommodation as described in the trip dossier
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • All land and sea transport required by the itinerary
  • Entrance fees to parks and monuments required by the itinerary
  • All activities and excursions mentioned in the itinerary (other than marked as optional)

  • Travel insurance
  • Visas
  • Airport taxes (if applicable)
  • Airport transfers other than group transfers
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Activities and excursions marked as 'optional'
  • Tips for local staff
  • Miscellaneous personal expenditure

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A single timed group transfer is provided on day 1 of the trip itinerary from Mumbai airport to the first night's accommodation. This transfer will depart from Mumbai Airport in the late morning.

At the end of the holiday a single timed transfer is included from the hotel in Goa to Goa International airport in time for the early morning flight back to the UK.

Clients MUST provide the KE office with full details of their flights and should let us know if airport transfers are not required. It is possible to get a taxi or a private transfer to the group hotel, please contact the office for prices. Hotel contact details and an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

During this holiday there are a total of 7 nights in hotels in Mumbai and Goa and 1 night spent in an air conditioned class berth on a sleeper train. On the train the accommodation is normally in compartments of 4 berth - 2 up and 2 down. The hotel in Goa has a swimming pool. All hotel rooms are en-suite.

In the hotels children of 11yrs and under will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3 or a double with an extendable couch for a family of 4. Children over 12 yrs will share with parents in a triple for a family of 3, or have 2 rooms for a family of 4. We will do everything to ensure that you are happy with your rooming allocation. Additional nights are available at the beginning and end of the holiday. Details of your first night's hotel together with an emergency number will be provided with your booking confirmation.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

Part of the experience of a holiday to Southern India is the truly amazing food on offer. South Indian food is very different to the dishes we are familiar with from Indian restaurants which usually serve Northern Indian or Bangladeshi cuisine. South Indian food is predominantly vegetarian, and a meal typically consists of several dishes, some highly spiced and others delicately flavoured. Goan cuisine is influenced by its Hindu origins and five hundred years of Portuguese colonialism and is considered incomplete without fish. In most places that we stay it will also be possible to order more familiar northern dishes as well as western options.

All breakfasts and the lunch at the Spice Plantation are included in the holiday price. Also included in the farewell dinner, which we help prepare as part of our Goan cooking class. There is a wide range of dining options in Mumbai and also in Goa and for all other meals we have opted to give the choice of what to eat and how much to spend to you. It is possible to eat great food quite cheaply in India. There is a large range of restaurants selling more familiar foods as well as the familiar fast food outlets. As a rough guide we recommend you allow £5-8 per family member for lunches and £8-10 for dinners.

We recommend the average family (mum, dad and 2 kids) will need approximately £400-500 (or equivalent in USD or Euros) for meals, miscellaneous expenses, including tips to local staff (allow approximately £80) and soft drinks, etc. It is not necessary to purchase local currency (Indian Rupees) before you travel. We recommend taking your spending money in the form of cash. Sterling and US dollars are readily exchanged in Mumbai and Goa. Credit cards can be used to purchase some goods in major towns and are particularly useful for more expensive souvenirs. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES (prices subject to change without notice): Windsurfing hire: GBP 15 per person for 1 hr Kayaking: GBP32-55 per person, depending on the route and group size

The group will be accompanied throughout by a professional English-speaking local tour leader. The group will also have the services
of English speaking guides for the local tours and a driver.

For your tour guide we recommend that you give a tip if you feel that their services have met your satisfaction. As a rough guide we suggest a tip to your tour leader the equivalent of £20 - 25 per family member (with perhaps a little more for small groups of five or less). You may also wish to tip your driver(s). In hotels you should give a tip of around 40 rupees (50p) to hotel porters.

There is no baggage limit on this holiday other than that set by your international carrier but we do ask you to limit your luggage to one trek bag and one small daypack per family member.

KE Trek Bag / Free Gift

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

All nationalities need to obtain a visa for entry into India. You must have a machine-readable passport with at least 6 months validity at the time of your arrival in India and your passport must have at least two blank pages.


e-Tourist Visa Application

If you require a Single-Entry visa for a visit of up to 30 days, we recommend that you use the e-Tourist Visa Application process which has been available to UK nationals since 15 August, 2015. You should make your application at

Most nationalities, including travellers from the UK, USA and many European countries can apply for their Indian Visa online through the e-Tourist Visa system.

The e-Tourist Visa is valid for entry through 16 designated Airports: Ahmedabad, Amritsar, Bengaluru, Chennai, Cochin, Delhi, Gaya, Goa, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Kolkata, Lucknow, Mumbai, Tiruchirapalli, Trivandrum, Varanasi.

This visa is cheaper than the Regular Indian Visa and does not require that you send your passport to your nearest India Visa Application Centre (IVAC).

Please note: If you travel on an e-Tourist Visa, your passport will be stamped and your biometric data (fingerprinting and retinal scan) will be processed on arrival in India.

You must make your application a minimum of 4 days before your arrival and a maximum of 30 days before your arrival in India. You must also remember to print a copy of the e-Tourist Visa and take it with you to India for processing on arrival.

The validity of the e-Tourist Visa is 30 days from the date of arrival in India.

The e-Tourist Visa fee is $60.

Instructions for making the application are provided at the above link, including details and specifications of the passport and passport photo scans that you need to provide.


Filling out the application form
Where you are asked to state ‘Places to be visited in India’, please write “Delhi” or the port of entry as the destination you are travelling to in India. Please do not mention any restricted areas such as Sikkim or Ladakh as this may result in delays to the issue of your visa. Answer ‘no’ to the question about visiting Sikkim. Note that when applying online, most of the questions have ‘required fields’ (denoted by a red asterisk). This means that you will not be allowed to submit the form without filling in these fields. If the question is not applicable to you, please type ‘NA’ into these fields.

For ‘Sponsor’ use KE Adventure Travel; first UK referee use KE Adventure Travel; Second UK referee use a friend or relative. For the first Indian referee please use the name and address of our Ground Agent as listed on your Booking Confirmation. For ‘address in India’ and also for second referee in India, please use the name and address of the group hotel as listed on your Booking Confirmation.

If you need help with your e-Tourist Visa Application
A visa processing company such as Travcour can help with your application. Travcour charge £20 to process your application and a further £9 (for postage) if you want them also to handle the scanning of your passport and photo.

We do keep our information up to date but be advised visa requirements and charges are subject to change.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your luggage to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Strong comfy shoes for sightseeing tours
  • Trainers/sneakers and/or sandals
  • Socks
  • Underwear
  • Lightweight trousers
  • Lightweight waterproof jacket
  • Shorts*
  • Swimwear
  • T-shirts and casual shirts
  • Loose-fitting, long-sleeved shirt
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Sunhat with wide brim
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Daypack c.20 to 30 litres (depending on how much of the kids' stuff you need to carry)
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 2 x 1 Litre (2 x quart)
  • Selection of dry bags (to keep trek bag contents dry)
  • Washbag and toiletries
  • Small towel
  • Antibacterial handwash
  • Wet wipes
  • Headtorch / headlamp with spare batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit – Antiseptic cream, throat lozenges, diarrhoea treatment (Immodium), painkillers, plasters (band-aids), and blister treatment, Insect repellent (DEET), antihistamine cream and tablets, and re-hydration salts (Dioralite). Glucose tablets and multi-vitamin tablets are a good idea.

The following items are optional:

  • Travel clothes
  • Pocket-knife (note: always pack sharp objects in hold baggage)
  • Repair kit – (eg. needle, thread, duct tape)
  • Small padlock (to lock your KE trek bag)
  • Camera, media, spare batteries
  • Snorkel and mask
  • Toys / games / books / kite etc.
  • *Notes: Please be culturally sensitive. In many places in India shorts, tank tops and figure-hugging clothing is inappropriate wear. Although for children it is not usually an issue.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

Know before you go

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

During the months of November to March the weather is cooler (20-30 degrees Celsius), with little rainfall, and calm seas. At the end of April the rainy season starts and hence humidity increases. The rain ends in October/November.

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