- Itinerary Detail
|1||Kochi||Overnight at hotel|
|2||Kochi||Fort Kochi with colonial churches, Dutch palace at Mattancherry, Dutch cemetery, Willingdon (man made island belonging to Indian Navy and Port Trust.
Also see, St. Francis church where Vasco Da Gama was initially buried.
Enjoy a cultural evening, highlight being the vibrant Kathakali dance, with masks and bright make-up.
|4||Munnar||Tea museum which tells tales about tea in Munnar. Mattupetty, known for lovely landscapes and dairy farm, Kundala plantations to see tea plucking to processing|
|5||Munnar-Periyar||Overnight at Periyar|
|6||Periyar||Enjoy a boat ride on Lake Periayar. Watchout wild animals from your resort or go for a nature walk inside the palace with a guide|
|7||Periyar-Kumarakom||Time for birdwatching amid serene surroundings|
|8||Kumarakom-Alleppey||Houseboat cruise through backwaters. Overnight on houseboat|
|9||Alleppey-Kochi-Delhi||Overnight at Delhi|
|10||Delhi-Jaipur||Explore old markets of Jaipur to take home souvenirs|
|11||Jaipur||Visit Amber Fort and Palace of Winds (house of royal ladies), Jantar Mantar (astronomical observatory) and
City Palace (exhibits rich architecture and lifestyle of ancient Rajput kings).
Enjoy authentic Rajasthani Dinner at Choki Dhani.
|12||Jaipur-Agra en route Fatehpur Sikri||Fatehpur Sikri built by Akbar was the capital of Mughal empire for 10 years.
Apart from having small palaces in the complex, it also has two separate halls of public and private audience.
This is a World Heritage Site.
|13||Agra-Delhi||Taj Mahal - Mughal marvel which features among the seven wonders of the world.|
|14||Delhi||India Gate, in the heart of the city.
Red Fort built of red sandstone is the of great importance in present day - republic day parades initiate from here.
Jama Masjid is one of the largest mosques which can accommodate up to 25,000 devotees.
Rajghat, Mahatma Gandhi's memorial. Later, Departure from Delhi airport
Duration : 13 Nights / 14 Days
Destination : Kochi - Munnar - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi
Nature has endowed Kerala with unmatched beauty which grips visitors at first sight. Portuguese and Dutch settlements in port town Kochi reveals the history of ancient foreign inhabitants. Alleppey’s tranquil backwaters are ideal to explore live ashore, away from noise and stress. Ayurveda and spa therapies can be arranged abord houseboats. Munnar’s green hub is population-pollution free, an idyllic hill retreat. Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary’s fauna explored on jeep safaris or kayak cruise on lake Periyar is thrilling. Golden Triangle is one of the most sought after tour packages of North India. Millions of tourists travel across Delhi-Agra-Jaipur to unravel majestic palaces, globally recognized monuments with a classic fusion of Mughal, Indian and Rajput architecture, age-old markets all of which are treasures in India’s crown.
Day 1 Arrival Kochi (by flight)
Our representative will welcome you on arrival at the airport and escort you to hotel .
Overnight in Kochi
Day 2 Kochi
After breakfast , enjoy a half-day tour of Cochin. Kochi (colonial name Cochin) is a vibrant city, also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. The ruler of Kochi allowed the Portuguese to construct a fort next to the waterfront here. Thus, emerged Fort Kochi. Also called Fort Emmanuel, Portuguese planned their livelihood around the church with settlements and church. St. Francis church, the first church of colonial era where Vasco-Da-Gama's body was buried before being taken to Portugal. You'll also come across Dutch cemetery, Santa Cruz Basilica, Indo Portuguese museum and Cochin Thirumala Devaswom Temple, Willingdon Island here.
In the evening, witness a Kathakali dance performance. Kathakali is the most recognized dance drama form in Kerala. It dates back to the seventeenth century and is deeply rooted in mythology, taking it themes from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. A traditional Kathakali performance began at dusk continued through the night, culminating at the auspicious hour of dawn, when Good finally conquers Evil. Now, of course, shorter performances are more the norm! Costumes and makeup are dramatically characteristic of the dance, and the technique involves highly intricate gestures and expressions.
Overnight in Kochi.
Day 3 Kochi-Munnar (127kms/3-4hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast drive to Munnar; upon arrival Munnar you will check in at a hotel and relax at hotel. Evening at leisure on your own or unwind yourself in the lap of nature. Overnight in Munnar
Day 4 Munnar
Enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Munnar; Nallathanni Estate of Tata Tea here has a famous tea museum inside its complex. The museum has photographs and curios which relate the evolution of tea plantations in Munnar. This Tea Museum houses curios, photographs and machinery. Also visit Mattupetty, located about 13 km from Munnar. Mattupetty is known for its dam and the beautiful lake, which offers pleasurable boat rides. Later visit the Kundala tea plantations and the Kundala Lake. The shimmering blue lake is the most photographed part of Kundala. Take a stroll in the tea estate, and enjoy the refreshing mountain breeze. Here you can view the entire process of making tea, right from plucking of tealeaves to their processing.
Overnight in Munnar
Day 5 Munnar-Periyar (135kms/3-4hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast in morning you will check out hotel and drive to Periyar; upon arrival at Periyar you will check in at a hotel and relax. Thereafter you are at leisure for your own activities.
Overnight in Periyar
Day 6 Periyar
After breakfast you will enjoy boat ride in Lake Periyar, To avail the entry ticket customer need to personally stand in queue in front of the ticket counter and then one can get the ticket. The best way to explore Periyar is by boat, but you also have the option of spending time atop watchtowers. At Eddapaliyam, right from the hotel, it is possible to sit back and enjoy the sight of gaur, elephant and wild boar as they come out to graze from inside the deep forest. Trekking is an option open only to the serious naturalist. For such visitors, the Forest Department provides guides who are local tribal.
Overnight in Periyar
Day 7 Periyar-Kumarakom (125kms/3-4hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will check out hotel and drive to Kumarakom; on arrival Kumarakom you will enjoy a walk inside the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. Kumarakom is a cluster of little islands on Vembanad Lake, which is home to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary. An ornithologist's paradise, the sanctuary is spread across 14 acres, and is the favourite haunt of local birds like Waterfowl, Cuckoo, Owls, Egrets, Herons, Water Ducks, Parrots, Teal, Larks, Flycatchers and Wood Beetle. The Island of Pathiramanal ( meaning Sands of night), with its lush acres of wooded land, attracts a variety of migratory birds that flock in thousands, some from the Himalayas, some even from as far as Siberia… including the Siberian Crane.
Later check in at a hotel and relax. Thereafter you are free at leisure for your own activities.
Overnight in Kumarakom.
Day 8 Kumarakom-Alleppey (47kms/1hr drive approx.)
After breakfast you are at leisure till noon; in the afternoon you will check out hotel and then check in backwater resort; thereafter you will enjoy a canoeing in Kerala backwaters. Opportunity for cycling in the villages near backwater. Alleppey, the "Venice of the East" has a large network of canals that meander through the town and surrounding villages. Here in the backwater resort you will have the opportunity for nature walk, fishing, small boat cruise for just 1 hours….or unwind yourself in the lap of nature (near the beautiful Vembanad Lake).
Overnight in Alleppey
Day 9 Alleppey-Kochi (53kms/1hr drive approx.) & then fly to Delhi (0705/1005hrs)
After breakfast you will disembark houseboat and drive to Kochi airport to board flight for Delhi at around 0705hours.
Upon arrival Delhi you will check in at a hotel and relax. Rest of the day at leisure (no vehicle, no guide).
Overnight in Delhi.
Day 10 Delhi-Jaipur (256kms; 5-6hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast in morning you will drive to Jaipur; upon arrival check in at a hotel and relax. Later in afternoon roam around the Old city- The Pink city...walk in the busy streets and enjoy witnessing the local sellers.
In evening you can enjoy dinner at Choki Dhani village in ethnic Rajasthani style.
Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 11 Jaipur
After breakfast you will proceed for half day city tour of Jaipur also known as the ‘Pink City’… it is famous for its colorful culture, forts, palaces, and lakes. The old city of Jaipur is painted pink, which gives it a magical glow. Visit the Amber Fort… a fascinating blend of Hindu and Mughal architecture. The best way to explore the fort is to ride up to it on elephant back. Later, stop to photograph the beautiful Hawa Mahal, also known as the “Palace of the Winds.” This beautiful façade with its ornately carved latticework windows is made of pink sandstone. Post lunch, visit the City Palace… again, a synthesis of Rajasthani and Mughal styles. Later, visit the Jantar Mantar Observatory, comprising geometric devices for measuring time. You will also visit the Albert Hall, which was modeled on the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and is a fine example of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture.
Evening at leisure on your own. Overnight in Jaipur.
Day 12 Jaipur-Agra (235kms/4-5hrs drive approx.)
After breakfast you will drive to Agra en route visiting Fatehpur Sikri.
Visit Fatehpur Sikri, which was built by the Emperor Akbar and is home to many historical buildings. Akbar wanted to make Fatehpur Sikri his headquarters; however, he had to abandon it due to shortage of water. It is the best example of the amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim architecture. The Tomb of Sheikh Salim Chishti enshrines the burial place of the Sufi saint who lived a religious life here. Today, Fatehpur Sikri is a UNESCO World heritage site.
Upon arrival Agra you will check in at a hotel and relax. Overnight in Agra
Day 13 Agra-Delhi (205kms/4hrs drive approx.)
Today after breakfast, you will take a half day tour of Agra. History says, Agra was founded by Sultan Sikander Lodi in 1504. But it flourished much later under Mughal patronage. If it's Agra, Taj Mahal (closed every Friday) has to be your halt. The white marble mausoleum built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal on the banks of Yamuna, is the ultimate epitome of love. Owing to beautiful Mughal architecture, Taj features among the Seven Wonders of The World.
At noon you will drive back to Delhi; check in at a hotel and relax.
Overnight in Delhi
Day 14 Delhi departure
Today, you will proceed for a half-day tour of Old and New Delhi. T India Gate, Jama Masjid, which is the largest mosque in India, built by Emperor Shah Jahan. Enjoy a walk in Chandni Chowk, the busiest market in Old Delhi. Drive past Red Fort, Rashtrapati Bhavan , India Gate. Visit Rajghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi that marks the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated in 1948. Later visit Humayun’s Tomb, commissioned by Humayun’s wife Hamida Banu Begum in 1562. It was the first garden tomb built in the Indian sub-continent where the Persian architect used red sandstone on a large scale.
Later in afternoon transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.
Henceforth your journey ends with sweet memories.