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India can make a strong claim to be the most exciting and rewarding travel destination in the world. From the exhilarating pace of life in its colourful and vibrant cities to its exquisite temples and superb scenery, few visitors ever leave disappointed. This is a journey through the heart of India to explore old and new part of Delhi the capital city, the Taj Mahal in Agra exemplifies the art and architecture of the Mughals; the beautiful palaces and bustling bazaars of Jaipur epitomize the rich culture of Rajputana. A definitely well preserved haven of history, art, architecture and culture despite the onslaught of modernity and urbanization in the region. The tour starts in Cochin finishes in New Delhi and comprises 14 nights and 15 days of Glimpses of Kerala with Golden Triangle tour.

  1. Arrival
    Day 1-2

    Flight

    Fly from Heathrow to Cochin International Airport Limited on Etihad Airways

  2. glimpses of kerala
    Day 2-9

    glimpses of kerala

    1. Day 2

      Arrival in Cochin–This morning you will arrive at Cochin International Airport. Following customs, immigration formalities and baggage collection, a SITA representative will meet you as you exit the arrival terminal building (please keep a look out for a SITA placard with your name on it) and transfer you to your hotel, where you will proceed for check-in. The standard check in time at the hotel is 1400hrs. Kochi, or more familiarly, Cochin is a city of many parts. Around for a long, long time, Kochi played a pivotal role in the development of shipping and trade in the region. Kochi's prime location on the west coast, its fine bay and protected harbour made it popular with seafarers and merchant ships who made frequent stops to stock up on spices, coffee and wood en-route to the rich markets of Europe and West Asia. And so down the ages, Kochi prospered as a busy port city and commercial centre. Its seafront is still extremely relevant to Cochin and to India: it houses a Naval Base and one of India's busiest ports. In the afternoon proceed for a walking tour of Matancherry followed by a tuk tuk ride. During the tour the guide will take you to spice warehouses, artists, painters, photographers, hidden shrines, boutiques doing intricate hand embroidery work, cafes and restaurants. You will spend 2 nights in Cochin at Casino Hotel on Bed and Breakfast Basis

    2. Day 3

      Cochin–Today you will start your day with a half day city tour of the city. You will first proceed to visit the oldest Jewish Synagogue in India, built in 1568; it was destroyed by the Portuguese and rebuilt by the Dutch a century later. From Jewish Synagogue you will visit Chinese fishing nets (Where you will have the chance to visit the local fish shops). . The cantilevered fishing nets line the entrance to the harbour mouth. Chinese traders are believed to have originally introduced them in the 14th century although, today parts of the nets are known by Portuguese names. You will then visit St. Francis Church, originally named after Santo Antonio and dedicated to him as the Patron Saint of Portugal, St. Francis Church is the first church to have been in the new European influenced tradition.. You will also be visiting The Dutch Palace (Closed on Friday) at Mattancherry, which was built in 1555 and its coronation hall and murals at Ramayana are noteworthy features. In the evening witness a classical Indian dance show - Kathakali. Kathakali (Katha means story and Kali means play) is the classical dance drama of Kerala, which dates from the 17th century and is rooted in Hindu mythology. It has a unique combination of literature, music, painting, acting and dance. Kathakali is a traditional ritualistic art forms used for centuries to preserve the stories of Vedas. Elaborate costumes and gesture makes the Kathakali dancers something special to be hold.

    3. Day 4

      Cochin to Periyar –This morning you will drive to Periyar. On the way you will do a Tea Trail programme (closed on Public holidays & Sundays). This program includes a guided trip through the garden, an interpretive slide show, a guided factory visit, an opportunity to experience the different flavours of Connemara tea. Periyar forest of Thekkady is well known for wild life sanctuary, situated on the banks of Periyar Lake and also known for diversity of wildlife and scenic beauty, which attracts visitors from all over the world. It is situated on the high ranges of the Western Ghats which is covered by dense evergreen forests and savannah grass land. The Periyar wild life sanctuary offers a fairy good chance to seeing the herds of elephants, sambars, tigers, gaurs, lion tailed macaques & Nilgiri langurs in its natural habitat. Spread across an area of 777 sq. km of which 360 sq. km is thick ever green forest. In 1978 Periyar wildlife sanctuary was declared a Tiger reserve. Interestingly Periyar is often referred to Thekkady and as Kumily. These names are used interchangeably for the same area, however this can be a little confusing. To put it clearly The Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve lie in Thekkady which is an area in the town of Kumily. In the evening proceed to The Kerala Kalari Centre which is a great place to witness the ancient Kalaripayattu martial dance performed and practised by dedicated local swordsmen. Traditional masters of the art form perform skits from mythology to entertain the public and show off their swordsmanship. You will spend 2 nights in Periyar at The Wildernest on Bed and Breakfast Basis Travelling distance approx. 186 Kms, driving time approx. 6 hours

    4. Day 5

      Periyar –In the morning proceed for a guided walk through spice plantation to see the cultivation of cardamom, pepper, vanilla and coffee. In the afternoon proceed for common boat ride at the Lake Periyar. The Periyar Tiger Reserve and National Park - Established in 1934 as the Nelliampatty Sanctuary, the park was enlarged in 1950 and is India's southernmost tiger reserve. The lake covers some 10 sq. miles and most of the sanctuary is undulating. Since boat travel is the only means of transport in the park, large areas can be covered in a short time. Among the game found here are gaur (the largest of the world's wild oxen), elephant, wild pig, sambar, barking deer, mouse deer, the rare and endangered lion-tailed macaque, the Nilgiri langur, the common langur and the bonnet macaque, porcupine, Malabar squirrel, wild dog and tiger.

    5. Day 6

      Thekkady to Alleppey–After breakfast you will be transferred to the Alleppey Jetty point to board houseboat. Climb aboard the traditional kettuvallams (riceboats) converted into houseboats with bedrooms and attached toilets. Originally these boats were used as ferries to carry rice. Cruise through the backwaters of Kerala. Houseboat is one of the 50 "must do" things as described by the National Geographic Traveller magazine. The backwater cruise through the narrow canals that criss-cross a typical Kerala Village, rich with green paddy fields and verdant coconut trees and is a thrilling experience. The boat cruise takes you to small islets tucked away amidst those waters where you get glimpses of village at the best of its serenity and innocence. Lunch and dinner will be served on board. You will spend 1 night in AC Houseboat on Full Board Basis Travelling distance approx. 150 Kms, driving time approx. 4 ½ hours

    6. Day 7

      Alleppey to Kumarakim –In the morning you will drive through the countryside to Kumarakom. Upon arrival at Kumarakom, proceed to check in your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Kumarakom: Located on the Southern coast of India enjoys a well-balanced tropical climate. Nature has composed its magic to perfection here. A million verdant coconut palms lining the rivers lean to examine its reflections on the glassy rivers. Everywhere, nature is at its best. Blooming forth in perfumes of flowers. In the riot of colours of multi-hued birds. In the fresh, succulent and bountiful freshwater fishes. You will spend 2 nights in Punnamada Resort on Bed and Breakfast Basis Travelling distance approx. 50 Kms, driving time approx. 1 ½ hours

    7. Day 8

      Kumarakim–Morning after breakfast you will be taken to the local village of Kumarakom to experience the paddy filed and the local life around the backwaters. A small walking tour of the village will be organised by the local specialist guide. Optional Experience (not included) 0830 Hrs: Departure from Kumarakom hotel by car 0900 Hrs: Board the shikkara (it is a covered, mechanized country boat) proceed for canal ride (small backwater canal) 0945 Hrs: Visit small scale coir making, toddy tapping, coconut climbing (get down from the boat and spent one hour) 1045 Hrs: Board shikkara and proceed to canals and return back to your hotel Mineral water / life jacket will be provided

    8. Day 9

      Kumarakom to Cochin –In time you will be transferred to Cochin airport where you will be assisted by a SITA representative to board your onward flight to back home.( It is advisable to leave the hotel 4 ½ hrs prior to the flight departure time in order to cater to travel time till the airport and time required for immigration and boarding formalities.) Travelling distance approx. 80 Kms, driving time approx. 1.5 Hrs

  3. Internal Flight
    Day 9

    Flight

    Fly from Cochin International Airport Limited to Delhi on Air India

  4. superior golden triangle
    Day 9-16

    superior golden triangle

    1. Day 9

      Delhi–Once arrived in Delhi, a reprehensive will meet you at the exit and transfer you to the first hotel on the tour. Where you will be free to relax for the rest of day either within the hotel or explore all that Delhi has to offer. Delhi is one of the major gateways into the country and combines the ancient and the modern beautifully. Stay overnight in New Delhi

    2. Day 10

      Delhi–After breakfast, You will be going for a full day city tour of Old and New Delhi. ). In Old Delhi you will visit the 17th century Jama Masjid and walk through the narrow, winding lanes of the colourful and bustling Chandni Chowk. In New Delhi, You can drive past The Presidential Palace and also visit the 16th century Humayun's tomb, a precursor to the Taj Mahal. Stay overnight in New Delhi

    3. Day 11

      Delhi to Agra–Leave Delhi after breakfast and proceed to Agra and check in to the next hotel on the tour. In modern times, the city of Agra is a thriving carpet industry where you can also find leather workers, sandstone and marble sculptors, some of whom claim to be direct descendants of the craftsmen who had helped build the Taj Mahal. Stay overnight in Agra

    4. Day 12

      Agra–In the morning visit Taj Mahal, On the inner walls, jewel-like stones create beautiful designs in white marble. During the Afternoon you will proceed to visit Agra Fort, where the ageing Emperor Shah Jahan, imprisoned by his son, watched from a distance the fulfilment of his life's dream-the building of the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved wife. You also have the option to visit the Taj Mahal on your own at sunset Stay overnight in Agra

    5. Day 13

      Agra to Jaipur–After breakfast you will drive to Jaipur, visiting Fatehpur Sikri En-route. Fatehpur Sikri, is the deserted red sandstone city, It was abandoned soon after it was built when the local wells went dry and it remains today in much the same condition that it was over 300 years ago. It is complete with palaces and mosques and used to be a town larger than London when it was originally constructed. Now it is an extraordinary place to wander around with its buildings in near perfect condition. On Arrival at Jaipur you will check in to the hotel and then be free to spend the rest of the day at leisure In the evening you will be taken to Nokha House for a typically Rajasthani meal with a Rajasthani Family. Stay overnight in Jaipur

    6. Day 14

      Jaipur–Following breakfast you will proceed to visit the capital of Amber to see the fabulous Amber Fort. .The fort overlooks the Moat Lake and ruins and remains are spread over the Aravali hills. En route to Amber Fort you will stop and see the `Palace of Winds', otherwise known as Hawa Mahal. During the afternoon, you will visit the City Palace, which is an overwhelming complex of exquisite palaces, gardens and courtyards, decorative art and carved doorways. The palace museum houses collections of rare manuscripts, armory, costumes, carpets and miniature paintings. Stay overnight in Jaipur

    7. Day 15

      Jaipur to Delhi–After breakfast you will be driven back to Delhi, where you will then be free to spend the rest of the day at leisure for any last minute shopping, activities or simply relaxing within the hotel. Stay overnight in Delhi

    8. Day 16

      Delhi–a SITA representative will meet and assist you to transfer from the hotel to the airport for your flight back home

  5. Departure
    Day 16

    Flight

    Fly from Cochin International Airport Limited to Heathrow on Etihad Airways

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