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Golden Triangle & Kerala Delights: North-South India Fusion

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Duration

15 Nights / 16 Days

Tour Type

Daily Tour

Group Size

10 people

Languages

English

Overview

Embark on a captivating journey through India’s rich tapestry with our “Golden Triangle & Kerala Delights: North-South India Fusion” tour. Begin in Delhi, where ancient monuments like Qutub Minar and Humayun’s Tomb unfold tales of Mughal grandeur. Witness the eternal beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra and explore the regal forts of Jaipur, known as the Pink City. Transitioning south, Kerala beckons with its tranquil backwaters and lush tea plantations in Munnar. Experience the vibrant culture of Cochin, from historic synagogues to Kathakali performances. Conclude with serene beach days in Kovalam, unwinding amidst the Arabian Sea’s calming waves. This itinerary promises a harmonious blend of North and South India’s cultural wonders and natural splendors.

Highlights

  • This is a private tour/activity only for your group.
  • Enhanced cleaning/ traveler safety.
  • In-depth cultural experience.
  • Flexible sightseeing & stopover.
  • Most travelers can participate.

Bulk discount (by Percent)

Bulk discount adult
# Discount group From adult To adult Value
1 Discount on 2-person group 2 2 %
2 Discount on 3-person group 3 3 %
4 Discount on 4-person group 4 4 %
5 Discount on 5-person group 5 5 %
6 Discount on 6-person group 6 6 %
7 Discount on 7-person group 7 7 %
8 Discount on 8-person group 8 8 %

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Delhi

Arrive at Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi. Transfer to your hotel and check-in. Rest and relax after your journey. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 2: Delhi

After breakfast at the hotel, begin your day exploring Delhi. Start with a visit to Qutub Minar, the tallest brick minaret in the world, marveling at its intricate carvings and historical significance. Next, explore Humayun's Tomb, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an early example of Mughal architecture blending Persian influences with local craftsmanship. Drive past India Gate, a war memorial arch that stands as a tribute to Indian soldiers who died in World War I. Visit Lotus Temple, notable for its lotus-shaped architecture and serene surroundings, offering visitors a place for meditation and reflection. Continue to Gurudwara Bangla Sahib, the largest Sikh temple in Delhi, where you can witness the community kitchen (langar) in action and experience the spiritual atmosphere. Conclude your day with a rickshaw ride through Chandni Chowk, immersing yourself in Delhi's bustling markets, colorful bazaars, and historic landmarks. Overnight stay in Delhi.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra (210km)

After an early breakfast, depart for Agra. Arrive in Agra and head straight to the magnificent Taj Mahal, a UNESCO World Heritage site and an architectural marvel symbolizing eternal love. Witness the white marble monument bathed in the soft light of sunrise, reflecting its changing hues. Visit Agra Fort, a UNESCO site that served as the main residence of the Mughal emperors, offering panoramic views of the Taj Mahal from its strategic vantage points. Explore Itmad-ud-Daulah's Tomb, known as the "Baby Taj" for its intricate marble inlay work and serene gardens along the Yamuna River. Overnight stay in Agra.

Day 4: Agra - Jaipur (245km)

After breakfast, depart for Jaipur with a stop at Fatehpur Sikri, an abandoned Mughal city and UNESCO World Heritage site known for its well-preserved red sandstone architecture, including the Buland Darwaza and Jama Masjid. Continue your journey to Jaipur, also known as the Pink City, and check-in at the hotel upon arrival. In the evening, visit Nahargarh Fort, perched on the Aravalli hills, offering panoramic views of Jaipur city at sunset. Overnight stay in Jaipur.

Day 5: Jaipur

After breakfast, embark on a full day of exploration starting with Amber Fort, an impressive hilltop fortress known for its artistic Hindu-style elements, magnificent palaces, and stunning views of Maota Lake. Visit City Palace, a blend of Rajput and Mughal architecture, housing museums with an extensive collection of royal costumes and armory. Explore Jantar Mantar, an astronomical observatory and UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring the world's largest stone sundial and a collection of astronomical instruments. Drive past Hawa Mahal, the "Palace of Winds," an iconic pink sandstone structure with intricately carved windows designed for royal women to observe street festivals. Conclude your day with a visit to Albert Hall Museum, Rajasthan's oldest museum showcasing artifacts, paintings, and sculptures from various periods. Overnight stay in Jaipur.

Day 6: Jaipur - Cochin

Fly from Jaipur to Delhi and then catch a connecting flight to Cochin, Kerala. Check-in at your hotel in Cochin upon arrival. Spend the evening at leisure, exploring the local markets or enjoying a stroll along the waterfront. Overnight stay in Cochin.

Day 7: Cochin

After breakfast, start your exploration of Cochin with a visit to Mattancherry Palace, also known as the Dutch Palace, featuring Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art and portraits of the Kochi royal family. Explore the Jewish Synagogue, adorned with Belgian chandeliers, hand-painted floor tiles, and historical artifacts documenting the Jewish community's history in Kochi. Wander through Jew Town, known for its antique shops, spice markets, and traditional Kerala handicrafts, offering a glimpse into the multicultural heritage of the region. Attend a Kathakali dance performance, a traditional Kerala art form characterized by elaborate costumes, facial makeup, and expressive gestures that narrate stories from Hindu epics. Visit Santa Cruz Basilica, a historic Roman Catholic church with Portuguese architecture, renowned for its stunning interiors and religious significance. Overnight stay in Cochin.

Day 8: Cochin - Munnar (140km)

After breakfast, drive to Munnar, a picturesque hill station known for its tea plantations and lush greenery. En route, visit Cheeyappara and Valara Waterfalls, where cascading water amidst dense forests offers a refreshing stop and scenic views. Stop at Pothamedu View Point to enjoy panoramic vistas of the rolling hills covered with tea, coffee, and cardamom plantations. Check-in at your hotel in Munnar and relax amidst the tranquil surroundings. Overnight stay in Munnar.

Day 9: Munnar

After breakfast, explore the natural and cultural attractions of Munnar. Visit Eravikulam National Park, home to the endangered Nilgiri Tahr and blooming Neelakurinji flowers that carpet the hillsides once every twelve years. Discover the history and art of tea-making at the Tea Museum, housed in a colonial-era tea factory, showcasing exhibits on tea processing and the evolution of Munnar's tea industry. Stroll through Rose Garden, a beautifully landscaped garden with a variety of roses and other exotic flowers, offering a serene environment for relaxation. Visit Echo Point, where the hills echo the natural sounds, creating a surreal atmosphere amidst misty mornings and green valleys. Overnight stay in Munnar.

Day 10: Munnar - Thekkady (110km)

After breakfast, drive to Thekkady, renowned for its wildlife and spice plantations. Explore Periyar National Park on a boat cruise along Periyar Lake, spotting elephants, bison, and rare bird species in their natural habitat amidst dense forests and grasslands. Visit a Spice Plantation to learn about the cultivation and processing of spices like cardamom, pepper, cinnamon, and cloves, experiencing the fragrant aromas and flavors of Kerala. Attend a cultural performance at Mudra Cultural Centre, featuring traditional Kerala art forms such as Kathakali and Kalaripayattu, showcasing the region's rich cultural heritage. Overnight stay in Thekkady.

Day 11: Thekkady

After breakfast, delve deeper into Thekkady's cultural and natural treasures. Visit Kalari Kshethra, a training center for Kalaripayattu, the ancient martial art form of Kerala, witnessing demonstrations of its graceful movements and self-defense techniques. Drive to Chellarkovil Viewpoint for breathtaking views of the Western Ghats and the cascading waterfalls amidst pristine landscapes and tea plantations. Learn about wildlife conservation efforts at the Periyar Tiger Reserve Interpretation Centre, gaining insights into the region's biodiversity and ecological importance. Enjoy optional activities such as bamboo rafting, nature walks, or Ayurvedic treatments, immersing yourself in the tranquility of Thekkady's natural surroundings. Overnight stay in Thekkady.

Day 12: Thekkady - Alleppey (140km)

After breakfast, proceed to Alleppey, known as the Venice of the East. Board a traditional houseboat for an overnight cruise through the tranquil backwaters of Alleppey, navigating through palm-fringed canals, lakes, and village settlements. Indulge in traditional Kerala cuisine served onboard, prepared with freshly caught seafood and local ingredients. Experience the serene beauty of Kerala's rural life, watching the sunset over the waterways from your houseboat. Overnight stay on the houseboat.

Day 13: Alleppey - Kovalam (200km)

After breakfast on the houseboat, drive to Kovalam, a renowned beach destination. Visit Varkala Beach, known for its cliffside views, golden sands, and natural mineral springs, offering a tranquil setting for relaxation and rejuvenation. Check-in at your beach resort in Kovalam and unwind amidst the serene surroundings. Enjoy leisure time by the beach, indulging in water sports or Ayurvedic treatments. Overnight stay in Kovalam.

Day 14: Kovalam

After breakfast, explore the cultural and architectural gems of Kovalam. Visit Padmanabhaswamy Temple, an ancient Dravidian-style temple dedicated to Lord Vishnu, known for its majestic gopuram and intricate stone carvings. Explore Napier Museum and Art Gallery, housing a rich collection of historical artifacts, bronze idols, and ancient artworks from Kerala's royal history. Discover contemporary and traditional artworks at Kovalam Art Gallery, showcasing the vibrant cultural expressions of local and regional artists. Relax and unwind at Lighthouse Beach, enjoying panoramic views of the Arabian Sea and engaging in beach activities. Overnight stay in Kovalam.

Day 15: Kovalam

After breakfast, enjoy a leisurely day to relax and engage in personal activities. Optional activities include exploring local markets, indulging in Ayurvedic treatments, or simply unwinding on the beach. Overnight stay in Kovalam.

Day 16: Kovalam - Departure

Transfer to Trivandrum International Airport for your flight to Delhi. Departure from Indira Gandhi International Airport, concluding your enriching journey through North and South India.

Included/Excluded

  • Assistance on arrival at airport.
  • 15 Nights' accommodation in 4-star hotels.
  • Daily breakfast & meal as per day plan (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
  • Private air-conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program.
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
  • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Bottled drinking water in car.
  • Government taxes.
  • Jaipur - Cochin flight fare approx. INR 9,500 per person in economy class.
  • Camera charges at monuments.
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
  • Gratuities & optional activities.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions.

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