Golden Triangle & Kerala

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DELHI – AGRA – JAIPUR – VARAPUZHA – MUNNAR – KODIKULAM – BACKWATERS – MARARI BEACH – COCHIN – MUMBAI

Golden Triangle & Kerala Tour. This is a journey takes you through some of India’s most extraordinary cultural and historical sites. Dubbed “The Golden Triangle” this journey will take you to tranquil holy places, through busy bazaars, and to architectural gems. We love it because it’s an 18-night classic introduction to the best of what India has to offer.

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To start off, you will fly into Delhi. After a VIP arrival, you’ll be introduced to India’s capital – a city firmly rooted in the past as it moves forward with the rest of the world. A full day here on a privately guided tour ensures you see everything on offer – including the famous Chandni Chowkh Bazaar. Often called the food capital of India, you can sample the street food and see for yourself.

Your second stop is Agra and the Taj Mahal. Referred to as the “greatest monument to love,” this is a once in a lifetime experience that will touch you deeply. The journey continues in Jaipur as you visit Amer Fort and ride an elephant through the main gates. Other not-to-be-missed sites in Jaipur include Janta Mantar Observatory, City Palace, and Hawa Mahal – also known as “Palace of Winds.”

In Varapuzha you will stay with a local family at their wonderful home located right by one of the backwater canals. Time to relax and remember your experiences in North India before proceeding to explore Southern Kerala. Then to the tea plantation of Munnar where you will explore the town, Eravikulam National Park, and Mattupetty Lake.

From here you’ll travel to Kodikulam where you will stay at Dewalokam a homestay farm where livestock and spices grow. Located on the edge of the river where you can relax, take a raft tour and also learn to cook local cuisine. Then to Kumarakom where you board your private luxury Kettuvallam Rice Barge Houseboat. Spend a few days cruising the backwaters watching life unfold on the banks as you float long, with time to disembark at various point to meet the locals and visit some of the famous churches.

Your next destination is the Mararikulam to relax beachside before heading to Fort Cochin where you will take a private guided tour and visit the holy sites of St. Francis Church, the Jewish Synagogue, and the Dutch Palace, before bidding farewell to India until the next time.

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Starting from £3641.00

International flights & VIP meet at aircraft door included - more Special Value inclusions listed below

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Special Value

  • A gift when you book your tour with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India.’
  • International flights included
  • VIP meet & greet at your aircraft door on arrival
  • A useful gift is given to you on arrival
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private car & driver for all road transfers
  • Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
  • Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
  • Meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
  • Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
  • Full day sightseeing of New & Old Delhi
  • Half day sightseeing of Agra City
  • Sunrise/Sunset visit Taj Mahal
  • En route visit Fatehpur Sikri in between Agra-Jaipur
  • Full day sightseeing of Jaipur including Elephant/Jeep ride (subject to availability) in Amer Fort.
  • Full day sightseeing of Munnar
  • Full day sightseeing of Cochin
  • Evening enjoy a Kathakali dance show

Our  Tour features the following locations

DELHI: The largest mosque, the biggest temple, honky auto-rickshaws; it’s easy to distinguish Delhi. The city has been at the centre of the Indian civilisation for centuries and a major seat of power ever since the Mughals built their capital here. Modern Delhi presents a mix of colonial-era architecture, Mughal forts, and mausoleums, ancient bazaars, glitzy malls and world class restaurants. It often feels overwhelming, but given a chance, it always grows onto you. Be sure to visit Humayun’s Tomb, a 16th-century Mughal wonder inspired by the iconic Taj Mahal and Lodi Gardens, the best spot for sunsets in Delhi. There’s also the Hauz Khas Village, a throbbing hub that gained popularity with its Open Nights when those narrow alleys are transformed into cultural wonders, adorned with lights and decorated with streamers. There really is no better place to discover Delhi’s rich culture and mingle with its locals.

AGRA: Known for its stunning architecture, exotic history and magical views, the Taj Mahal attracts as many as 7 million visitors each year, and for a good reason. It is, after all, the monument of love! This iconic landmark is why people from all over the world visit Agra, but the city is also brimming with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Mughal mausoleums, tombs, a beautiful fort and ancient bazaars. You’d expect to feel underwhelmed due to all that hype, but this magical city is everything you expect it to be. 

FATEHPUR SIKRI: Fatehpur Sikri was the capital of the Mughal Empire for just 10 years, but it still presents a massive complex of temples, monuments, and mosques, which make it a historical delight, one of the greatest feats of Indian architecture. Built by Emperor Akbar in the 16th century, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is located at a distance of just 40 kms. from Agra. Popular attractions include the Diwan-I-Am (Hall of Public Audience), Diwan-Khana-I-Khaas (Hall of Private Audience), Turkish Sultana’s House and the Treasury. Fatehpur also hosts Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India.

ABANERI: Abaneri, a small ancient village in Rajasthan, is mostly known for a stunning step well, a novel 10th-century idea that transformed this village into an incredibly popular tourist landmark in the modern day. Popularly called Chand Baori, this huge step well has been fortified on all sides and was designed to act as a water reservoir for rainwater harvesting, used for ritual cleansing before visiting the adjoining temple and also for leisure purposes. With depths of 20 meters, 13 different levels and 3500 steps arranged in perfect symmetry, this is a fascinating work of art, the deepest and largest step well of India. The presence intricate and beautiful carvings all over the step well add to its stunning beauty, offering great insights into an ancient culture and their traditions. You’re probably wondering where you’ve seen that iconic image, so all you need to do is take a second look at scenes from the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel.

JAIPUR: The Pink City, the largest city of Rajasthan, is an epitome of magnificence and vibrancy. This city was established in 1727 by Jai Singh II and is India’s first planned city. It is known as the Pink City because of the colour of the stone used exclusively in the walled city.
The Pink City stands out as one of the most spectacular and vibrant destinations on the planet, its rich lineage, striking culture and beautiful architecture painting a vivid picture of Indian society. Missing out on The City Palace, Hawa Mahal, Jantar Mantar, Jaigarh or the Amber Fort is a big no-no, but make sure you reserve time for those chaotic bazaars and delicious cuisines. Jaipur is also known for its traditional handicrafts and unique souvenirs such as camel-leather slippers. The John Madden 2012 hit The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (You can link this to your Best Marigold tour) stole our heart presenting India in an entirely new light, one that suddenly catapulted some of its more exotic destinations like Udaipur and Jaipur to instant stardom.

VARAPUZHA: Varapuzha is a small residential area located north of Cochin City. Home to one of our favourite homestays Teak House. The nearest town is North Paravur 8 km away. Its speciality is that considerably large-scale paddy cultivating area is situating western part of Varapuzha which is called Devaswompadam, specialised with Pokkali paddy cultivation and interim crop as fish cultivation locally called ‘Kettu’. The common work of the villagers is Fishing and Agriculture.

MUNNAR: Welcome to Munnar. As the largest tea-growing region in South India, this beautiful hill station brings you closer to the fascinating world of Indian tea, but the presence of vast rolling hills, magnificent mountain scenery, gorgeous views and a pleasant culture make sure you’re never far away from the best of nature. Once a summer resort for the British Empire, Munnar now greets travellers with pollution-free air, romantic vistas, adventure activities, rich wildlife and an easy-going atmosphere. One of the key attractions of Munnar is the Eravikulam National Park, home to the endangered Nilgiri tahr. This is a fantastic place for trekking as the slopes are covered in a stunning shade of blue, thanks to an endemic plant found in this part of the world which blooms once every decade. Other things to see in Munnar include Mattupetty, Power House Waterfalls, Top Station, and Tea Museum.

KODIKULAM: Kodikulam is the home of Dewalokam Farm Homestay, one for the best homestays in the south India and highly recommended by Mystic India. Dewalokam is about 12 kilometres east of Kodikulam, the nearest town. It is part of the agrarian countryside of Kerala. Rubber plantations are the main industry in this panchayat. 

BACKWATERS:  Standing in your very own houseboat, watching the sun’s shimmering rays engulf a sea of green with their dying breath, waking up to the sound of chirping birds, serenading your loved one under a moon-lit sky and exploring idyllic old-world villages, the backwaters of Kerala are a true treat for the weariest of travellers. This maze of canals and lagoons stretches over 900 kms. That link five large lakes to each other. The waterways have traditionally been used to ferry spice and rice across the country, but are now becoming famous as one of the most romantic attractions that India has to offer.

These extraordinary boats have, for hundreds of years, plied the backwaters weighed down with their cargoes of rice, fruit, coir and other crops.  They have been the primary source of transport between the villages of this area that are not accessed by road. From your vantage point onboard, cruising the backwaters at your own pace, you will see loin-clothed fishermen delicately balancing on their narrow canoes, women weaving or gossiping on the shore and you will be constantly accompanied by the happy sounds of children either playing in the canals or at the water’s edge.

MARARIKULAM:  Located at a distance of 40 kms. from Kochi, Mararikulam is a hidden gem that attracts travellers with its stunning natural beauty, laid-back lifestyle and ancient traditions. The city is truly a hidden oasis, its beaches the best-kept secrets of modern India. It is also considered to offer the perfect backdrop for an exotic vacation that’s full of historical sights, coir factories, adventure activities, an old-world charm, swaying palms and plenty of sun and sand.

COCHIN: Those Chinese fishing nets sitting along the harbour are a sight you simply cannot forget. Popularly called the gateway to God’s own country, Kochi manages to hold out on its own with its picturesque locals, leisurely activities, luxe accommodation and incredible homestays. The city is primarily divided into three major areas, modern-day Ernakulam and the historic districts of Fort Cochin, where all our client stay, then there is Mattancherry. Each area boasts fascinating architecture, spice markets, amazing food and interesting attractions. A beautiful Portuguese Palace, 17th-century Dutch homes, a synagogue and India’s first European Church ensure there is much to see and do in Kochi. The resulting mix presents a fascinating blend of a medieval English village full of Portuguese and Dutch architecture, a testimony to the sentiments that have drawn travellers and traders for more than 600 years to this beautiful port town. The best time to visit Kochi is between the months of October to April.

MUMBAI: Mumbai the city of dreams. One of the best and most cosmopolitan cities of Asia. The commercial lifeline of India. Home to Bollywood, the second largest film industry in the world. A place where some of the biggest slums share the area with sprawling metropolises. The epicentre for fashion and Indian wine. A trip to Mumbai is everything you’d expect from a major metropolis, yet so much more. It’s a humbling experience, to say the least. But it’s also fascinating, edgy and exciting. Those colonial-era relics, incredible bazaars, hidden wine cafes and enclaves of peace and serenity really do have a way of putting you at ease.

What our clients say

We arrived home last week and thought we must send you a quick message to not only say thank you but to stay we had one of the most memorable holidays we have ever taken. This was our first time to India and like you said it is now under our skin and we shall surely return.

Karen & Siobhan – Surrey

Golden Triangle & Kerala Tour

Golden Triangle & Kerala Tour

DAY 01 – DEPART FOR DELHI
Depart you chosen airport today bound for Delhi, arriving tomorrow.

DAY 02 – ARRIVE DELHI
Arrive Delhi today. VIP meet at aircraft door, assistant through baggage control, then outside the airport to meet our local representatives, where you will be meet at the arrivals door then transferred to your hotel. 

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

DAY 03 – DELHI (B)
Today, after breakfast, you will enjoy a full day private guided sightseeing tour of New & Old Delhi taking in all the major sights.

This afternoon explore the famous Chandni Chowkh Bazaar. For lunch today, you can experience the famous street food here, in fact, Chandni Chowkh is often called the food capital of India.

DAY 04 – DELHI TO AGRA (B)
Drive to Agra (3.5 hrs) on arrival private guided sightseeing of the city concluding with a sunset visit to the famous Taj Mahal.

DAY 05 – AGRA TO JAIPUR (B)
Options of swapping your sunset visit to the Taj Mahal for a sunrise visit this morning. Later drive to Jaipur (5.5 hrs) with en route visit Fatehpur Sikri and Abhaneri Stepwell.

Arrive Jaipur late afternoon then at leisure.

DAY 06 – JAIPUR (B)
In the morning, you visit the Amber Fort — one of the most fascinating of Indian forts. You will reach the fort majestically atop an elephant subject to availability or take a jeep to the top. Also, visit Jaigarh overlooking the fort and city.

This afternoon you have the option to relax at your hotel or explore the famous bazaars.

Optional extra experience; Spend the afternoon with elephants, enjoying the biggest but the gentlest animal in the world. 

DAY 07 – JAIPUR (B)
Today you will explore the other attractions of Jaipur, visit City Palace, Janta Mantar observatory, Hawa Mahal is known as the Palace of Winds.

Optional Extra: This evening you may like to enjoy a cooking demonstration and dinner with a local family. Please advise at the time of booking if this of interest to you so we can advise the supplement cost.

DAY 08 – JAIPUR TO VARAPUZHA (B)
Fly to Cochin, arriving this afternoon. On arrival, drive to Varapuzha and check-in at your hotel.

DAY 09 – VARAPUZHA (B)
Today you can maybe learn some home cooking from your host, or just relax by the pool on the edge of the backwaters before starting your explorations of southern Kerala.

DAY 10 –VARAPUZHA TO MUNNAR (B)
Drive to Munnar (04 hrs). Arrive Munnar and check-in at the hotel.

Driver at your disposal if you wish to take some local drives.

DAY 11 –MUNNAR (B)
You will take a private guided tour of Munnar. Visit the Eravikulam National Park, the Nilgiri Tahr (Hemitragus hylocrious), Eravikulam National Park, Mattupetty Lake and Dam

You can also visit a Tea Plantation Museum. The evening is at leisure.

DAY 12 –MUNNAR TO KODIKULAM (FB)
Drive to Kodikulam to Dewalaokam farm homestay (3 Hrs)

Rest of the day at leisure to relax at the hotel, with many local activities available.

DAY 13 – KODIKULAM (FB)
The day at leisure to relax at the farm homestay

DAY 14 – KODIKULAM TO BACKWATERS (FB)
Drive to Kumarakom (3.5 Hrs) and board your private luxury Rice Barge houseboat. Spend the next two days exploring the backwater canals with opportunities to disembark and take in the local sights and meet villagers. Each day your onboard chef will discuss your meal requirements for the day.

DAY 15 – BACKWATERS PRIVATE HOUSEBOAT (FB)
Continue your cruising today. Why not try some fishing for lunch and if you don’t catch anything you can always buy some from a local fisherman for a very small price. We love the experience of plying the backwaters, hear temple bells ringing, watch the children swim and local ladies washing clothes in the river. Just sit back and watch the local life take place as you float by.

DAY 16 – DRIVE TO MARARIKULUM (B)
Disembark at Kumarakom then drive to Marari (1 Hr) Check-in at your hotel.

A day at leisure to relax and enjoy your beachside location.

DAY 17 – MARARIKULUM (B)
A day at leisure to relax and enjoy your beachside location.

DAY 18 – MARARIKULUM (B)
A day at leisure to relax and enjoy your beachside location.

DAY 19 – MARARIKULUM TO COCHIN (B)
Drive to Cochin (1.5 Hrs), on arrival check-in at your hotel.

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax.

DAY 20 – COCHIN (B)
You will take a private guided tour of Cochin, visiting the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church

Evening you will proceed to experience a Kathakali dance show.

DAY 21 – COCHIN TO MUMBAI (B)
Fly to Mumbai on the early morning flight, on arrival meet and transfer to your hotel.

This afternoon you are taken on a private guided tour of Mumbai city, depending on how much you want to see here is a list of the major sites.

The Gateway of India, Dhobi Ghat open air laundry, Victoria Terminus train station, Colaba Market, Marine Drive, Chowpatty Beach, The Regal Circle, Bombay University, The Oval Maidan cricket ground, Mani Bhavan the focal point of Gandhi’s political activities in Mumbai, The Town Hall, The Municipal Building.

Add on an extra day in Mumbai to see more of what the city has to offer

We can also arrange a walking tour of the slums, Dharavi made famous in the film ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, or you may like to see how the famous dabbawalas deliver up to 200,000 lunch boxes each day. Or a trip out to see how Bollywood operates and watch some live filming

DAY 22 – MUMBAI HOMEBOUND (B)
Today India bids you farewell with your transfer to the international terminal.

Golden Triangle & Kerala Tour

Golden Triangle & Kerala Tour

Hotels

Our from price based on the following hotels twin/double share. Single supplement, triple share reductions or for alternative hotels, contact us to discuss your requirements further. We can design a tour just for you, based on your style and budget.


Houseboat – Backwaters, India

These extraordinary boats have, for hundreds of years, plied the backwaters weighed down with their cargoes of rice, fruit, coir and other crops. They have been the main source of transport between the villages of this area that are not accessed by road. From your vantage point on board, cruising the backwaters at your own pace, you will see loin-clothed fishermen delicately balancing on their narrow canoes, women weaving or gossiping on the shore and you will be constantly accompanied by the happy sounds of children either playing in the canals or at the water’s edge.

Golden Triangle & Kerala Tour

Golden Triangle & Kerala Tour

Extensions

Here are some examples of extensions you can add to this tour. For other ideas and to discuss your requirements contact us. We can design an itinerary for you, based on your dates, duration, style, and budget.


After Day 12 – Travel to Thekkady & Periyar National Park. Thekkady is enchanting as the road winds through tranquil countryside, rich plantations & thick jungles.

Travel the Golden Triangle in reverse, add on a unique heritage hotel. Neemrana Fort Palace is a wonderful heritage hotel, emerging out of the blue as a towering symbol of vitality in the heart of bareness.

Stay an extra night in Agra and explore Mathura. Mathura widely known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna is located on the western bank of river Yamuna. 58 Km North West of Agra.

Between Agra & Jaipur add in Ranthambore National Park for tigers. Ranthambore National Park encompasses nearly 400 square kilometres of dry, deciduous forest in south western Rajasthan.

Golden Triangle & Kerala Tour

Golden Triangle & Kerala Tour

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