Jewels of Kerala & North India

A 10-day tour combing India’s evergreen landscape of Kerala and its spice trade routes with the magical Northern region.  Showcasing its best-known cities such as Kochin, Periyar, Kumarakom, Agra, Delhi, and Jaipur.
During this tour, you will explore wildlife reserves, spice plantations and the backwaters of laid-back Kerala in the South. Continue northwards to the Royal heritage cities all forming part of the ‘Golden Triangle’.

Tour Highlights

Cochin Queen of the Arabian Sea

Kerala’s most cosmopolitan city and named as the Queen of the Arabian Sea. It has one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Visit the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue, Cochin Fort, St. Francis Church and the famous Chinese fishing nets.

Periyar’s Nature Beauties

Go on a scenic drive to Periyar, the wildlife and spice plantation hub of Kerala.  The afternoon spice plantation tour will open the mystery and history of Indian spices. Stop at a local market and shop for fragrant spices.

Delhi Delights

Discover the history and heritage of Delhi with a visit to the Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture. Continue to the old part of the city and walk through the busy streets of the Chandni Chowk, Delhi’s largest bazaar. Visit the Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Drive past the splendid Red Fort, the India Gate, President’s and Parliament Houses and other Government Secretariat Buildings of Lutyen’s Delhi.

Agra’s Romantic sites

See the spectacular Taj Mahal. This inimitable poem in white marble was built over a period of 22 years by the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. Afterwards visit the splendid Agra Fort, built in red sandstone.

Jaipur the Pink City

Full day guided tour of the ‘Pink City’. Start at the Amber Fort, a marvelous example of Rajput architecture, ascending the hill by an elephant. Continue to the City Palace, the Jantar Mantar Astronomical Observatory and the Hawa Mahal or ‘Palace of Winds’.

At a GlanceJewels of Kerala
Day 1  Welcome to India. Transfer Cochin Airport to hotel
Day 2 Morning tour of Cochin
Day 3 Depart for Periyar followed by a sanctuary tour
Day 4 Continue to Kumarakom & enjoy the backwaters
Day 5 Return to Cochin for flight to Delhi
Day 6 Morning tour of Delhi and travel to Agra
Day 7 Visit the world famous Taj Mahal and Agra Fort
Day 8 See Fatehpur Sikri before arriving in Jaipur
Day 9 Tour of Jaipur with Elephant ride to the Amber Fort
Day 10 Return to Delhi Airport for onward/return flight


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Day 1

Arrive Cochin
* You will be met and assisted; through the airport upon your arrival and then transferred to your hotel.
* Check-in at your hotel by 12h00 noon.
* Overnight at your hotel in Cochin.

Day 2

* After breakfast you will have a morning sightseeing tour of Cochin; a city till today influenced by medieval Portugal; Holland and England.
* You visit St. Francis Church; built-in 1503 by Portuguese Franciscan friars where Vasco da Gama was buried for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisvon. His tombstone still stands.
* Nearby is the Mattancherry Palace or Dutch Palace. The central hall on the first floor was the coronation hall of the Rajahs of Cochin.
* Other rooms depict scenes from the Ramayana and Puranic legends connected with Hindu gods.
* You will see the amazing Chinese fishing nets.These cantilevered fishing nets line the entrance to the harbor mouth. They were introduced by traders from the courts of Kublai Khan.
* You also see the Jew City with the Jewish Synagogue; constructed in 1568; with hand-painted; willow-pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in the mid-18th century by a Rabbi; who had trading interest in that city.
* Overnight at your hotel in Cochin.

Day 3

Cochin – Periyar (By road; approx. 4 hrs. drive)
* After breakfast, drive to Periyar National Park.
* This unique wildlife sanctuary is about 780 sq. km centered around an artificial lake fed by the Periyar River.
* Different nature trails traversing diverse habitats form the trekking routes; generally 4 to 5 km. in length.
* This is an interactive program offering an excellent opportunity to watch birds; butterflies and other wildlife.
* After the tour; check in to your hotel in Periyar.
* Overnight at your hotel in Periyar.

Day 4

Periyar – Kumarakom (By road; approx. 4 hrs. drive)
* We have a morning departure to Kumarakom.
* In the afternoon you can enjoy the backwaters of Kumarakom.
* After the tour check into your hotel in Kumarakom.
* Overnight at your hotel in Kumarakom.

Day 5

Kumarakom – Cochin (By road; approx. 2.5 hrs. drive) Cochin – Delhi (By flight)
* After breakfast, we will depart for Cochin airport to board your flight for Delhi.
* You will be met and assisted; through the airport upon your arrival and then transferred to your hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Delhi.

Day 6

Delhi – Agra (By road; approx. 3.5 – 4 hrs. drive)
* Morning half day combined sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi.
* Visit Qutab Minar; India Gate (War Memorial) Lakshmi Narayan Temple-Modern Hindu Temple; drive past Presidents House; Parliament House and Secretariat buildings.
* Also visit Raj Ghat the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi and drive past Jama Masjid; Red Fort and Chandni Chowk.
* Later proceed for Agra.
* On arrival in Agra check-in at your hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Agra.

Day 7

* Morning sightseeing tour of the Taj Mahal & Fort.
* Visit the world famous Taj Mahal built by Shah Jahan in 1560 in memory of his queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains.
* This architectural marvel is a perfectly proportioned masterpiece fashioned from white marble that stands testimony to the skill of 20;000 craftsmen brought together from Persia; Turkey; France and Italy and who took 17 years to complete this ‘Love Poem in Marble’. (Friday closed).
* Later visit the Agra Fort containing the halls of private & public audiences & other palaces. Shah Jahan spent years of confinement here at the hands of his son Aurangzeb; looking wistfully at the Taj Mahal from the Fort.
* After the tour return to your hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Agra.

Day 8

Agra – Jaipur (237 Kms – 6 Hours)
* Depart Agra for Jaipur by car.
* En route visit Fatehpur Sikri; built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to a scarcity of water.
* The Fatehpur Sikri complex houses tomb of Salim Chisti; Panch Mahal and other palaces; which surprisingly have withstood the ravages of time and are still in good condition.
* On arrival in Jaipur; check-in at your hotel.
* The rest of the day is at your leisure to explore Jaipur.
* Overnight at your hotel in Jaipur.

Day 9

* Morning excursion to Amber Fort. Standing tall over a small hillock overlooking the Pink city; Amber is a classic; romantic Rajasthani Fort-Palace. Miniatures painted on the walls depict hunting and war scenes; apart from festivals. Precious stones and mirrors are embedded into the plaster.
* A major attraction at Amber is the Elephant Ride; all the way up to the Fort entrance.
* Afternoon half day sightseeing tour.
* The tour begins with a visit to the Maharaja’s City Palace;- the former Royal residence;- part of it converted into a museum.
* One of the major attractions in the museum is the portion known as Armory Museum; housing an impressive array of weaponry-pistols; blunderbusses; flintlocks; swords; rifles and daggers.
* Also see the miniature items and old carpets at the Textile Museum.
* Later visit the Jantar Mantar; which is the largest stone-and-marble-crafted Observatory in the world. Situated near the gate of the city palace; the Observatory has 17 large instruments; many of them still in working condition.
* After the tour; return to your hotel.
* Overnight at your hotel in Jaipur.

Day 10

Jaipur – Delhi (By road; approx. 6 hrs. drive) Leave Delhi (By Flight)
* After breakfast, leave Jaipur for Delhi.
* On arrival in Delhi you will be transferred to the airport to board your flight for your onward destination.
* Services end at Delhi airport.
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* Meet and assist on arrival / departure by our representative 
* Sightseeing tours and intercity transfers as per itinerary in AC medium car for 2 passengers ( AC Innova for 3-4 passengers)
* Accommodation (3*- 4*- 5*) including breakfast daily
* Local English Speaking Guide
* Jaipur offers sightseeing tour with an elephant ride / jeep ride
* Check in and check out time 12h00 (midday).
* 2 Nights in Cochin (Kochi)
* 1 Night in Periyar
* 1 Night in Kumarakom
* 1 Night in Delhi
* 2 Nights in Agra
* 2 Nights in Jaipur

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* Personal expenses, meals and drinks unless otherwise specified
* Travel insurance
* India visa fee
* Tips
* Entrance fees

* Services not stated in the itinerary

* The above rate is LAND ONLY and EXCLUDES all International/Domestic flights
* Seasonal Supplements MAY apply
* Rates valid at time of quoting, and all subject to any exchange rate fluctuations, airlines and supplier rate changes and fuel levies.

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Rates valid for travel between 01 October 17 & 31 March 2018

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