Golden Triangle and Kerala

India, Indian Subcontinent
Overview

Ajourney to India’s iconic Golden Triangle. Discover the contrasts and famous monuments of Old and New Delhi, admire the breathking beauty of Agra’s most famous attractions – the incredible Taj Mahal, and explore the historic ‘Pink City’ of Jaipur India’s rich and cultural history explores the sights and sounds of the Golden Triangle, including the iconic Taj Mahal, with the added. Discover some of Kerala’s stunning hill stations , backwaters & beach hideaways. Explore the backwaters and learn about local life along Kerala’s narrow canals and waterways. In this tour look for a rolling tea hills, looking for wildlife in Periyar and relax on the beaches of Kovalam.

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18 DAYS
GOLDEN TRIANGLE & KERALA
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Pit Stops
  • UK – New Delhi (2N)
  • Agra (2N)
  • Jaipur (1N)
  • Cochin (2N)
  • Munnar (2N)
  • Periyar (2N)
  • House boat (1N)
  • Kovalam(3N) – UK
Tour Includes
  • International flights (and domestic flights if applicable).
  • UK departure and overseas airport taxes.
  • 16 nights in hotels and 1in flight (accommodation as specified or similar).
  • 33 meals: 16 breakfasts, 1 lunch & 16 dinners.
  • Local Transfers in an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Guided Excursions as described.
  • Entrance fees unless otherwise stated.
Tour Highlights
  • See how old and new combine in Delhi during a tour of the city.
  • Visit the most famous site in India with a trip to the Taj Mahal.
  • Admire the stunning Agra Fort.
  • Marvel at the abandoned city of Fatehpur Sikri.
  • Ride on elephant back at the Amber Fort.
  • Tour the Pink City with time to explore Jaipur.
  • Admire the architecture of Santa Cruz Basilica.
  • Walk through the tea plantations.
  • Take a cruise on a traditional rice barge.
  • Boat safari in Periyar National Park.
  • Go behind the scenes and watch Kathakali actors prepare for their show.
Day By Day Itinerary

DAY 1 UK – NEW DELH

Fly to New Delhi.

DAY 2 NEW DELHI (D)

On arrival New Delhi you will be welcomed and transferred to hotel Lalit.

DAY 3 NEW DELHI (B/D)

After breakfast you will be mostly spending the day sightseeing, from the forts, ruins and tombs in the Old Delhi, to the tree-lined streets and high-rise buildings in New Delhi. The places worth seeing in this city are the Red Fort, Chandni Chowk, Raj Ghat, Akshardham Temple, Lotus temple, Jama Masjid, Birla Mandir, Qutab Minar, Humayun’s Tomb and the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

DAY 4 NEW DELHI – AGRA (B/D)

After breakfast we drive to Agra.On arrival check in at hotel Jaypee Palace. In the afternoon we visit the Agra Fort and the Itmad-ud-Daulad, which is the exquisite and well-known tomb of a popular Persian adventurer.

DAY 5 AGRA (B/D)

Early morning view the impressive Taj Mahal in all its glory at sunrise. It is a great monument and it is considered to be a World Heritage Site. This was actually built for Mumtaz Mahal, the beloved wife of Emperor Shah Jahan.

DAY 6 AGRA – JAIPUR (B/D)

We drive to Jaipur and check in at Gold Palace. We explore the city’s busy bazaars. In the afternoon, we will visit the City Palace Museum where you can see an imposing blend of traditional Rajasthani and Mughal Art. Next is the awe inspiring Jantar Mantar (an accurate observatory built in 1726 AD), followed by a photo visit at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds).

DAY 7 JAIPUR (B/D)

After breakfast, in the morning, we visit the Amber Fort, it is a marvelous example of Rajput architecture, with its terraces and ramparts reflected in the Maota Lake below. The interiors of the fort have various royal halls decorated with intricate ivory, mirror and glass work, complemented by exquisite wall paintings.

DAY 8 JAIPUR – COCHIN (B/D)

After breakfast transfer to Jaipur airport to board your flight to Cochin. On arrival Cochin you will be welcomed and transferred to hotel Le Meridien Kochi. Spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

DAY 9 COCHIN (B/D)

After breakfast, we take city tour of colonial Cochin visit St Francis Church and the Santa Cruz Basilica. Wander through the Fort Kochi neighborhood with your guide, who will explain the city’s role in the spice trade. Then we head to Mattancherry Palace to check out the beautifully detailed murals that tell stories of ancient Hindu legends. Stroll along the waterfront to see fishermen working the Chinese fishing nets. Evening witness the Kathakali dance troupe and witness the dramatic costumes, bright makeup and lively music of this17th-century classical dance form that originated in Kerala. Enjoy the extravagant performance that is unique to Kerala before travelling back to your hotel.

DAY 10 COCHIN – MUNNAR (B/D)

Morning we leave for Munnar. On the way visit Kodanadu elephant care centre, Cheyyara waterfalls, Valara waterfalls, Attukadu waterfalls, Spice plantations etc. On arrival Munnar check in at Parakkat Nature Resorts.

DAY 11 MUNNAR (B/D)

Morning visit the Eravikulam national park (Raja Malai), mattupetty dam, eco point, spice plantation, kundale dam and top station.Then in the afternoon walk through the tea plantations is very flexible and can be tailor-made to suit your fitness level . Taste some tea this afternoon at a local factory where you can learn about the tea picking process.

DAY 12 MUNNAR – PERIYAR SANCTUARY (B/D)

Continue south to Periyar National Park today. Drive through panoramic western ghat hills covered with spice plantations and occasional view of waterfalls and streams. Throughout this journey you can enjoy different type of spice plantations like cardamom, vanilla, pepper, cinnamon, clove etc On arrival at Periyar check in at hotel Shalimar Spice Garden.

DAY 13 PERIYAR SANCTUARY (B/D)

Enjoy a boat ride on Periyar Lake. The pride of Kerala and a testimony to nature’s splendour and human innovation – an artificial lake, at Thekkady. Here the high ranges of Western Ghats are clothed in dense evergreen, moist deciduous forests and Savannah grasslands. Below this thick green canopy roam herds of elephants, Sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques and Nilgiri langurs. This morning, before an afternoon walk through a local spice plantation.

DAY 14 PERIYAR – ALLEPPEY (B/L/D)

After breakfast we drive to Alleppey to take a boat cruise. On arrival Alleppey board your traditional private rice barge and spend your afternoon and evening relaxing as you float around the waterway. The scenery flashes up vivid contrasts of breath-taking greens and deep blues. A journey through the curving and winding backwaters of Kerala is an experience of returning to nature.

DAY 15 ALLEPPEY – KOVALAM (B/D)

After breakfast disembark Houseboat and drive to Kovalam. On arrival Kovalam check in at hotel Vivanta by Taj – Green Cove. Relax on the Palm lined beaches of Kovalam.

DAY 16 KOVALAM (B/D)

After breakfast the day is free for your own leisure to relax on the beach.

DAY 17 KOVALAM (B/D)

After breakfast the day is free for your own leisure to relax on the beach.

DAY 18 KOVALAM – TRIVANDRUM – UK(B)

After breakfast transfer to Trivandrum airport to board your flight to UK. Arrive home today.

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