Golden Triangle and Kerala Backwaters

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Run by: TransIndus

Reference number: Group Tour

From: £1785.00

This tour offers some of the most iconic of India’s cultural, historical and natural treasures. Start in Delhi to tour the ever popular Golden Triangle comprising the historic city of Delhi, Agra’s Taj Mahal and Agra Fort and the Pink City of Jaipur, with its stately forts, palaces and colourful bazaars.

Flying to Cochin via Mumbai, you start your Kerala experience with a tour of historic Fort Kochi followed by a drive up to Periyar National Park for a leisurely cruise on Lake Periyar. After an overnight stay under the stars in your rice boat, the tour finishes with a couple of days on the inviting golden sand beach at Kovalam.

Day 1 Delhi

On arrival in Delhi, you’ll be met by your TransIndus team and transferred to the Suryaa hotel or similar, where you’ll be staying for two nights. Spend the remainder of the day recovering from your journey with a leisurely swim in the hotel pool, and perhaps a stroll around the local neighbourhood later. In the evening there will be a welcome dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 2 Delhi

A full day’s sightseeing begins with a cycle-rickshaw ride through the lanes of Old Delhi, followed by a visit to the Jama Masjid mosque, Lutyen’s imperial capital, Humayun’s Tomb and Qutb Minar complex.

Day 3 Delhi, Agra

Drive to Agra in the morning. Having checked in for an overnight stay at the ITC Mughal hotel or similar, the group will visit Agra Fort, on the banks of the Yamuna River, followed by the ornate Itamud-ud-Daula tomb and, finally, an unforgettable sunset stroll around the Taj Mahal.

Day 4 Agra, Jaipur

Most of today is taken up with the drive to the Rajasthani capital, Jaipur, via the deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri, former capital of Mughal emperor Akbar, and the 9th century Chand Boari stepwell. Stay at The Lalit hotel or similar for two nights.

Day 5 Jaipur

A full day’s sightseeing in Jaipur today takes up the sixth stage of your tour, beginning with a trip out to Amber Fort, followed by the Hawa Mahal, Janta Mantar Observatory and City Palace museum. Some of the afternoon will be free for shopping – or relaxing back at the hotel, (The Trident Nariman Point or similar) if you prefer.

Day 6 Jaipur, Mumbai

After an early breakfast, drive to the airport to catch the first flight to Mumbai, transferring on arrival to the Trident Nariman Point hotel or similar for an overnight stay. Spend the afternoon sightseeing in the Colaba and Fort districts.

Day 7 Mumbai, Cochin

Catch an early flight to Cochin in the morning. On arrival, you’ll be driven to your hotel in good time to check in at the Casino Hotel or similar, and have lunch before embarking on an afternoon of low-key sightseeing in the historic enclave of Fort Cochin.

Day 8 Cochin

After breakfast, the group will visit Kumbalangi village, in the backwater area to the south of the city. Spend the afternoon relaxing by the pool, before attending a performance of Kathakali in the evening.

Day 9 Cochin, Periyar

Drive inland in the morning, through the lush forest cloaking the slopes of Kerala’s Western Ghat Range, to the Periyar National Park. Lunch will be on a working rubber plantation and the remainder of the day at leisure. Stay at the Cardamom County resort or similar for two nights.

Day 10 Periyar

Enjoy a guided forest walk in the morning with specialist tribal trackers from a local village. Later, the group will visit a spice plantation where cardamom, cloves and cinnamon are cultivated and processed.

Day 11 Periyar, Houseboat

Promptly after breakfast, the group will descend back to sea level for a cruise on a rice boat around the wonderful Keralan backwaters. You’ll dine and spend the night on board.

Day 12 Backwaters, Kovalam

Drive to the southern extremity of Kerala today for a two-night stay at the beautiful Travancore Heritage Hotel, near the resort of Kovalam. The hotel overlooks its own secluded cove, providing the perfect place to unwind at the end of your tour.

Day 13 Kovalam

On this penultimate day of the tour, you’ll be free to enjoy the beach and hotel facilities at your own pace – though a number of optional excursions are on offer should the lure of the ocean start to wane.

Day 14 Kovalam, UK

Time to bid farewell to India as you transfer to the airport for your return flight to the UK.

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