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Golden Triangle with Kerala Tour


Duration: 15 Days / 14 Nights
Destinations:
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Cochin, Thekkady, Kumarakom, Alleppey, Kovalam


This package is truly one of the most popular India Vacation Packages. This special package combines the best of North India and Kerala so that you experience both the North India Golden Triangle tour special as well as the magic of God’s own country – Kerala. Kerala beckons you to a days of adventure and rejuvenation as you take exotic boat rides on tranquil lakes, hike through forests, visit plantations and vineyards. You can be in harmony with nature and see its ultimate bounty as you cruise the backwaters, follow trail through reserves, indulge in ayurvedic treatments and massages, and participate in adventure activities. All these destinations covered redefine the idea of vacation and is the best package in the category of India Vacations.

Day 1: Arrival Delhi

Arrive in Delhi late night or early morning, and you will be greeted by our representative at the airport. Transfer to hotel where you can relax and overcome jet- lag.

Delhi has a major historical importance and is counted amongst one of the oldest cities in the world. Standing on seven successive cities, it is today a sprawling metropolis. Very much the quintessential Indian city, it blends the ancient with the cosmopolitan very well. Apart from being home to several historical monuments, it offers opportunities for sightseeing, shopping and eating out. Delhi has some of the swankiest restaurants in India and is also famous for heavenly street food.

Day 2: Delhi

Get ready for a full-day city tour of Delhi. This includes a visit to: Qutab Minar, Red Fort, Jama Masjid, India Gate & Raj Ghat, Lotus Temple, Humayun's Tomb, in Delhi. Stay over night at Delhi hotel.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra

After breakfast, drive to Agra. En-route stop at Sikandra, just 4 kms from Agra. It houses Emperor Akbar's Mausoleum. On arrival in Agra, check in at the hotel.

In the afternoon, visit the architectural wonder - Taj Mahal. It was built by Mughul Emperor Shahjehan in 1630 A.D. This is where his Queen Mumtaz Mahal's mortal remains are buried. Later, visit another architectural marvel - Agra Fort which has several components such as the Pearl Mosque, the Halls of Public and Private Audience. Overnight stay at the hotel.

Agra is proudly home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World - the Taj Mahal. The architectural splendour as displayed in the mausoleums, the fort and the palaces tells of the city’s distinctive character as capital in the 16th and early 17th centuries.

Day 4: Agra - Jaipur

Morning drive to Jaipur and en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, which occupied pride of place during the reign of Mughal Dynasty. It became a deserted town. The attractions are the beautiful Jama Masjid or ‘Buland Darwaza’, Palace of Queen Jodha Bai, Birbal's (a Minister in Akbar’s court) Palace. On arrival at Jaipur, check in at the hotel.

Evening schedule includes a visit to Chokhi Dhani, an ethnic village resort in Jaipur. The Rajasthani folk culture is best seen here. Young boys dressed in traditional Rajasthani dress gyrate to the loud tenor of folk songs sung by men and women festooned in bright clothes. Rides on caparisoned horses, camels and bullock are very popular. Stay overnight stay at Jaipur hotel.

Day 5: Jaipur

Enjoy a hearty breakfast at the hotel and leave for Jaipur Tour. Your day starts with a visit to the imposing hilltop fortress at Amer on a painted elephant. The Fort is a 16th century construction, built by Maharaja Man Singh. It encloses beautiful palaces and a temple in marble dedicated to goddess Kali.

In the afternoon, set out to explore Jaipur, the ‘pink city’ of Rajasthan, so called because for ages all its buildings have been draped in pink and red tone. Founded by Maharaja Jai Singh II, Jaipur’s construction and planning is influenced by ‘Shilpa-Shastra’, an ancient Hindu treatise on architecture. Visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory in the heart of the city. This astronomical wonder was built in the 1700's (A.D). Later visit the amazing ‘Hawa Mahal’ (the Palace of Winds). The City Palace & its museum is a must visit as it displays a rare fusion of Mughal and Hindu architecture, and the museum boasts of a unique assortment in paintings, Rajasthani armory and costumes. Stay overnight at Jaipur hotel.

Day 6: Jaipur - Delhi - Cochin

After departing for Delhi, directly reach airport to board a flight for Cochin. On arrival, our representative will receive you and transfer to hotel. Overnight stay at Cochin hotel.

Welcome to Kerala, distinctly ‘God's Own Country’ which has the Arabian Sea on the west, the Western Ghats (500 - 2700m) on the east and a network of forty-four rivers. Trivandrum, its capital lies on low hills in South of Kerala, and is the gateway to many resorts.Towards the north of the capital is Varkala. The main attraction is the backwaters that meander throughout Kerala. A networks of canals and lagoons feed rice paddies and coconut groves. The mountainous Ghats have vast plantations of spices and tea. Kerala has been home to adventurers and traders for centuries, the prominent ones being Chinese visitors, Portuguese traders, Jewish settlers, Syrian Christians and Muslim merchants. Reminiscences of its colonial past can be seen in Fort Cochin. Traditional dance forms are Kathakali (religious play and dance), kalarippayat (a gravity-defying martial art) and theyyam(a trance-induced ritual).

Kerala conjures up a vision of palms, tropical sun, stretches of emerald backwaters, lush green hill stations, wild life sanctuaries ayurvedic health tours, art forms, historic and cultural monuments, an exotic cuisine, tea-estates, opulent temples. Kerala has already found a place in “One of the 50 greatest destinations list” by the National Geographic Traveler. Travel & Leisure recommends Kerala as “One of the 100 great trips for the 21st century”.

Day 7: Cochin

After breakfast, head for local sightseeing of Cochin. Historically, Arabs, Chinese, Dutch, British and Portuguese seafarers followed the sea route to Cochin and the town now shows those influences. The harbour, the nucleus around which Cochin has grown is a must-visit. You cannot not miss the sight of Chinese fishing nets swaying in the breeze. These are believed to be erected in 1350 AD. The popular attractions are Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church, Santa Cruz Basilica, Dutch Palace at Mattancherry, Bolghatty Palace and enrich the heritage of Kerala.

Day 8: Cochin – Thekkady

After an early breakfast, depart for Thekkady. On arrival check at the hotel. Afternoon can be spent on a boat cruise in the Periyar lake. This is the perfect way to spot wild animals. Overnight stay at hotel.

Thekkady has one of India's most natural wildlife sanctuaries, and is blessed with lush and unique vegetation, flora and fauna, wildlife and birdlife. Thekkady boasts of a uniquely rich, vast and varied wildlife, quite unlike any other wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Even a casual visitor to this place will be fascinated by the special ecological pattern of Thekkady.

Day 9: Thekkady – Kumarakom

In the morning, leave for a sightseeing tour of Thekkady. You must visit spice plantations of cardamom, pepper, coffee and tea. On your way back, you can stop at the local market and pick up some fragrant spices. In the afternoon depart for Kumarkom. On reaching, check- in at your hotel. Over night stay at hotel.

Kumarakom is the most invigorating place in Kerala, God's own country. The mesmerizing scene of coconut palms, spread-out paddy fields, meandering lagoons, backwaters, mangroves, nesting birds of different varieties fills your mind. Kumarakom, emerald peninsula jutting into the Vembanad Lake takes you into the heart of the scenic lake that offers a view of traditional country crafts, boats and canoes. The fresh water lake reaches the mainland through lagoons, brooks, canals and waterways. The backwater has an enchanting range of both fauna and flora, and together all of this makes up the pristine beauty of Kumarakom.

Day 10: Kumarkom

Step out for sightseeing in Kumarakom during the day. Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary is the haunt of migratory birds such as the siberian stork, darter, teal, heron, egret and a birdwatcher’s paradise. Later relax at your hotel and enjoy scenic beauty. Overnight stay at hotel.

Day 11: Kumarkom – Alleppey

Pick-up at 12:00 noon from Kumarakom Hotel on houseboat to cruise the hydro-highways of Kerala's backwaters. Overnight stay at ‘Rainbow Cruises’ – house boat. Traditionally, the houseboat was called kettuvallom, which follows a peculiar method of boat construction. It involves tying together pieces of wood wherein planks are joined together with coir rope and coated with black resin made out of cashew nut shells. Today, these giant 80 foot long crafts have got makeover as a houseboat. A ‘kettuvallom’ typically has one or two bath attached bed rooms and includes an open lounge, deck and a kitchenette.

Alleppey is one of the most exotic backwater sites of kerala and is popularly known as ' Venice of the East'. It is also the most popular place to organise a cruise. Interlocked by a number of canals, lakes and lagoons, Alleppey is nestled between Arabian Sea and Vembanad Lake. Alleppey is gifted with immense natural beauty.

Day 12: Alleppey – Kovalam

Drop by houseboat at 09:00 am at Alleppey Boat Jetty. Same day transfer to Kovalam by surface and check in at your hotel.

Kovalam, one of India's internationally renowned beaches, is in God's own country, Kerala. Initially very popular with Europeans, Kovalam is a sheltered natural bay and consists of three successive crescent beaches. The blue waters and the sumptuous spread of green palm groves here make it a tropical paradise of sorts. The options are sun bathing, swimming, Ayurvedic massages, Yoga and meditation, herbal body toning, special cultural performances and catamaran cruising. The Kovalam lighthouse beach is another tourist attraction.

Day 13: Kovalam

Enjoy & relax the whole day at Kovalam beach. Try Ayurvedic oil and herbal massages and later the sunrise and sunset cruising around the beach in small fishing boats. Another option is to visit the 19th century Napier Museum which houses a rare collection of archaeological value and historical artifacts. Also visit the Sree Chitra Art Gallery which houses the world famous paintings of Raja Ravi Varma. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day 14: kovalam – Trivandrum – Kovalam

After breakfast at hotel, head towards Kanyakumari for a day trip. Situated at the southernmost tip of India, Kanyakumari is where the three mighty water bodies, the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean converge. The famous Vivekananda Rock memorial is a major attraction here. Next you must see the sunset as Kanyakumari is famous for its spectacular sunrise and sunset views.

Day 15: Departure to Delhi

Morning after breakfast transfer to Trivandram airport you can board a flight for Delhi. From Delhi IGI airport, board your international flight. We hope you cherish sweet memories of this tour forever.

Cost Includes:
  • Nights Hotel accommodation as per the itinerary.
  • Daily Breakfast at hotel.
  • All Inter destination transfers as per the itinerary by A/c private car.
  • Mobile phone with activated SIM.
  • All monument & tourist place entrance fee.
  • Service of a representative during whole tour.
  • Service of English speaking guide at all monuments & tourist places.
  • One dinner at Chauki Dhani Ethnic Resort at Jaipur (only with Deluxe Package).
  • Elephant ride at Amber Fort - Jaipur (only with Deluxe Package).
  • One hour sunset cruise in the Vembanad Lake ( only with Deluxe Package)
  • Boat cruise in Periyar Lake.
  • Spice and tea plantation tour at Thekkady.
  • Economic Class air fare- Delhi to Cochin & Trivandrum to Delhi.
Cost does not Include:
  • Any Airfares, Entrance fee to the Monuments.
  • Beverages, Tips, Laundry etc.
  • Any Additional Night shall be charged on Pro rata basis.
  • Any other expenses incurred due to bad weather, road closure etc.

Any item not specified above.
Note: We can customize this tour according to your budget and needs.

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