11 Days Kerala with Golden Triangle
Kerala is spread out an array of color and breathtaking views. The Land is home to rich heritage, myriad landscapes, glorious flora and fauna, mystical spirituality and ancient architecture that have stood the test of time.
Sketch Itinerary :
Cochin - Alleppey - Kovalam - Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi
This small State in the southern tip of the Indian peninsula is an easy winner owning to its great mind-blowing landscape and infinity of intriguing customs, high-intensity cultural life and educated residents so often dressed in white. The tour also covers the three popular cities of Northern India including Delhi, Agra and Jaipur.
Delhi, the capital city of India and base for almost all trips to North India, holds some popular monuments of great importance. Agra is home to Taj Mahal, the symbol of eternal love. Jaipur is very famous for beautiful palaces, temples and magnificent forts. This is the one of the famous short tours in India and always has been first choice for all travelers visiting India first time.
Upon arrival at Cochin, meet and greet at the airport by our representative who will get transfer to the hotel for check-in.
Cochin: Also known as Kochi and famous as the queen of Arabian Sea, is a part of Ernakulam district and located on the south-west coast of India. It is the largest cities in Kerala. The Arabs, Chinese, British, Portuguese and Dutch have left lasting signs on the development and history of this emerging city as the industrial and commercial capital of Kerala. Cochin is the natural created by the famed underwater Malabar mud-banks whose quality ensures that the rougher the seas are outside, calmer the waters are within the Harbour. Vasco-de-Gama placed it on the world map. It has a Jewish synagogue, Portuguese churches, mosques and Hindu temples, the Chinese Fishing Nets etc.
Today morning after breakfast start your city tour with Mattancherry Palace also known as the Dutch Palace, check out the interiors of the palace that are decorated with the mural's from Ramayana and there are some lively displays of royal costumes and palanquins. Then proceed to the St. Francis Church built by the Portuguese in 1510 AD and is believed to be the oldest church built by the Europeans in India. Later visit Bolghatty Palace and Jewish Synagogue. In the evening, you will enjoy Kathakali dance show. Overnight at the hotel.
Morning start heading towards Alleppey to board on the beautifully decorated houseboat.
Aleeppey: The coastal town of Alleppey on the Arabian Sea is the Venice of the east, for the numerous canals that meander through the town. Bathing in the backwaters on the Vemband Lake is refreshing. This town holds a thrilling event of snake-boat race every year in August. It is also known for its cashew nuts, coir trade, rice pepper crops & coconuts.
You will be served delcious Lunch and dinner on board.
After breakfast leave for Kovalam (05 hrs drive approx), located in south of Trivandrum.
Kovalam: Kovalam is one of the most beautiful beaches of the world. The surf here is ideal for surf-riding and the water invites the visitor to ride the Catamaran or Log, with the fisherman, or to take a cool swim. Nearby is the Beach Centre of aquatic sports. At the yoga and health centre, Yoga classes and transcendental meditation are held. Ayurvedic oil massages and oil bath are given by experts.
There are two main beaches at Kovalam, separated by a high cliff. It is finding a new significance in the light of several Ayurvedic salons, recuperation & regeneration resorts which provide a slew of Ayurveda. Upon arrival in Kovalam check-in to the hotel.
Overnight at the hotel.
After breakfast at hotel full day free at leisure. You can go for water sports or Ayurvedic & SPA Therapy. Overnight stay at hotel.
This day you will get tranfser to Trivandrum (20 minutes drive approx) airport to board on flight for Delhi.
On arrival at Delhi airport, meet & greet by our representative & get transfer to the hotel for check-in. Overnight stay at the hotel.
New Delhi: The capital and the third largest city of India is a fusion of the ancient and the modern era. Standing along the west End of Gangetic Plain, the capital city, Delhi unwinds with culture, architecture and human diversity, deep in history, monuments, museums, galleries, gardens and exotic shows. Comprising of two contrasting yet harmonious parts, the Old Delhi and New Delhi, the city is a travel hub of Northern India.
Delhi is a palimpsest, bearing the complexities, the contradictions, the beauty and the dynamism of a city where the past coexists with the present. Many dynasties ruled from here and the city is rich in the architecture of its monuments. Diverse cultural elements absorbed into the daily life of the city, have enriched its character.
After breakfast proceed for full day city tour of old & New Delhi. You will make a visit to Red Fort, Jama Masjid, Raj Ghat, Lotus Temple, Laxmi Narayan temple, Qutub Minar, Himayun Tomb. Drive past President house, India Gate and Connaught place shopping centre. Return to the hotel after sightseeing tour for overnight stay.
After breakfast at hotel drive to Agra (04 hrs drive approx), arrive & check-in to hotel.
After freshen-up move out for the sightseeing tour of the magnificent Taj Mahal and Agra Fort.
Taj Mahal - "the epitome of love" and "a monument of immeasurable beauty". The beauty of this magnificent monument is such that it is beyond the scope of words. The thoughts that come into the mind while watching the Taj Mahal is not just its phenomenal beauty, but the immense love which was the reason behind its construction. Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan got this monument constructed in the memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal, with whom he fell in love at the first sight. The very first sight of the Taj Mahal, the epitome of love and romance leaves one mesmerized.
Agra Fort – a UNESCO World Heritage site and also known as Red Fort, founded by the famous Mughal emperor Akbar in 1565 AD, is predominantly of red sandstone. Ensconced within is the picture perfect Pearl Mosque, which is a major tourist attraction. It lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.
Overnight stay at the hotel.
In the morning leave for Jaipur (06 hrs drive approx) en-route visit Fatehpur Sikri, 37 km west of Agra. Jalal-ud-din-Muhammad Akbar, Humanyun's son, accessed the throne at the tender age of 14 yrs. While hunting around Sikri, his curiosity was aroused by the songs of some minstrels about the celebrated Khwaja -Mu'inu'd-din Chisti, the founder of the Chisti order of SUFIS. Akbar, who was not having any child heard about Saint Salim Chisti and visited him in the year 1568. The saint blessed him with 3 sons and in gratitude Akbar ordered the great mosque of Fatehpur Sikri, built under his supervision. As a mark of respect to the saint, Akbar shifted his capital to Fatehpur Sikri and built various secular buildings like the Diwan-E-Aam, Diwan-E-Khas, Jodhabai palace, Birbal's house, Marian's house and the Panchmahal. On arrival at Jaipur check-in to hotel.
Evening to shop around the illuminated old markets of this lovely city. Overnight at hotel
Jaipur: The city that once had been the capital of the royalty, now serves as the capital city of Rajasthan. The very structure of Jaipur resembles the taste of the Rajputs and the Royal family. In the present date, Jaipur is the major business centre for the natives of Rajasthan with all requisites of a metropolitan city. The city of Jaipur, painted in pink, grasp the appreciation of every visitor. One can see that hoary charm still alive in the avenues of Jaipur. Jaipur is the reservoir of Indian customs, traditions, civilization and legacy.
After breakfast at hotel move out to visit Amber fort, usually pronounced as Amer Fort. In 1592, construction of the Fort was started by Raja Man Singh I. However, the Amber Fort took its present form during the reign of Raja Jai Singh I. An elephant will spare you the trouble of reaching up to the fortress. Once on top, stroll through the sprawling complex of courtyards and halls.
In the afternoon visit the city palace (A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture), Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), Jantar Mantar (consisting of outsized astronomical instruments).
You will be dropped back to the hotel after sightseeing for overnight stay.
This day you will be driven (06 hrs approx drive) to Delhi airport to connect to your onward flight.