Golden Triangle & Kerala Backwaters

13 Nights / 14 Days

Overview

Uncover the treasures of the Golden Triangle India and then we head to Kerala – God’s Own Country. Visit Kochi or Cochin and spend a night aboard a house-boat, gliding along the palm fringed backwaters and the golden sands of Marari Beach.This two-week itinerary is a great way to see more of India and enjoy a balanced mix of diverse culture, history, architecture, palaces, temples beautiful landscapes, cultural activities backwater and sandy beach.

Highlights

  • Akshardham Temple
  • Heritage Walk in Old Delhi
  • Cycle Rickshaw ride in Jaipur
  • Tonga Ride at the Albert Hall
  • Puppet Show with Dinner
  • Chand Baori Step well
  • Sunset and Sunrise Visit of Taj Mahal
  • 2 Hours Cochin Sunset Harbour Cruise
  • Boat Ride on Lake Periyar
  • Gavi Jeep Safari
  • Cruise through Backwaters of Kerala
  • Kerala Traditional Meals on House Boat
  • Golden Sandy Beach of Marari

New Delhi

Jaipur

Agra

Cochin

Houseboat, Alleppey

Marari

Tour Route

2 Nights

Delhi

2 Nights

2 Nights

Jaipur

2 Nights

2 Nights

Agra

2 Nights

2 Nights

Cochin

2 Nights

1 Night

Houseboat, Alleppey

1 Night

4 Nights

Marari

4 Nights

Detailed Itinerary

  • Day 1
  • Day 2
  • Day 3
  • Day 4
  • Day 5
  • Day 6
  • Day 7
  • Day 8
  • Day 9
  • Day 10
  • Day 11
  • Day 12
  • Day 13
  • Day 14

Arrive in Delhi

Today you are met at the Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminal 3 by our guest relation executive with your name placard who would assist you to the Car and then transfer you to your pre booked Hotel

The capital of India, Delhi has been continuously inhabited since the 6th century BCE and has served as a capital of various kingdoms and empires throughout its history.Delhi is a city with a historic old Delhi and the modern New Delhi. From historical monuments to crowded shopping malls, from an extensive network of the modern metro system to Tuk Tuk Rides, Dilli has multiple personalities and is considered to be the city with a heart.

Evening Visit the Akshardham Temple and enjoy the Musical Fountain Show
Swaminarayan Akshardham in New Delhi epitomises 10,000 years of Indian culture in all its breathtaking grandeur, beauty, wisdom and bliss. It sits near the banks of the Yamuna in eastern New Delhi. For the first time ever in the world witness the heritage of India in all its facets, insights and beauty at the Swaminarayan Akshardham through its mandir, exhibitions, verdant gardens and other attractions. Explore Hindu values and traditions through a variety of media, from a large format film to a multimedia water show.

Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Delhi

Delhi

After breakfast in the Hotel you are met by your guest relation executive and you will leave for the meeting point to start your Heritage Walk through Old Delhi

The Walk will take you through the streets and bazaars of Old Delhi and experience traditional Indian lifestyles. Visit the Jama Masjid mosque, Red Fort and the Chandni Chowk market. Taste some famous snacks, and enjoy a short ride by rickshaw to the spice market.

Once you have completed your Heritage walk you are met by your driver & guide who will then take you to visit the, Raj Ghat the cremation place of the Father of the Nation Mahatma Gandhi.

Later then proceed on a Private Guided tour of New Delhi visiting India Gate – a war memorial which was built to salute the brave Indian soldiers of the British Army who lost their lives in World War 1, Rastrapati Bhawan or the President’s House and the Parliament Street where you can see various government buildings, Humayun's Tomb - This tomb, built in 1570, is of particular cultural significance as it was the first garden-tomb on the Indian subcontinent, Qutab Minar - which is the tallest brick minaret in the world

After the city tour you return back to the hotel and relax.

Overnight Stay at the Hotel in Delhi

Delhi – Jaipur (By Private Vehicle 280 Kms, 5 ½ Hrs Drive)

Breakfast in the Hotel and Check Out

Later depart by Private Vehicle for Jaipur. The famous walled capital city of Rajasthan. Jaipur has been fondly known as the “Pink City” since it was painted pink in 1876 as a sign of the people's hospitality towards the visiting Queen Victoria of England and the Prince of Wales.
Upon arrival in Jaipur check in at your pre booked Hotel

In the evening Cycle Rickshaw ride through the Old Jaipur Town. The old town has a unique charm, which captivates the hearts of visitors, to experience the spirit of Jaipur it is essential to walk through the old town and closely observe the nature of its architectural traditions.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Jaipur

Jaipur

Breakfast in the Hotel

Later proceed for a Private guided city tour of Jaipur visiting Amber Fort in the Aravali Hills, which is a super example of Rajput (medieval Hindu) style Architecture. Visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors in the Fort. We take the Jeep or the Elephant to reach the entrance to the Amber Fort. Your Guide will then continue the tour of Jaipur with the visit to the Jal Mahal a palace in the middle of the Man Sagar Lake in Jaipur city. We the proceed to visitthe Albert Hall where a we take a Tonga Ride ( A horse drawn carriage ) and then our guide takes us to the City Palace and Observatory. The City Palace in the heart of the old city is a blend of Rajasthan and Mughal architecture, the complex has a variety of courtyards, gardens and buildings . The Palace of Winds – Also known as Hawa Mahal, a five-storied structure of pink sandstone has semi-octagonal and delicately honeycombed windows overlooking the main Street of the old city. It was originally built to enable the ladies of the Royal household to watch everyday life.

In the evening Enjoy Puppet Show with Dinner
In the puppet show wooden dummy dolls are dressed up in bright and color attires. These puppets are attached with strings that the puppeteer uses to move them around. A miniature stage is set up with the help of a cot that is laid by length. The puppeteer tacks his puppets over a rope joined to the upper legs of the cots. The cots are covered with sheets in order to conceal the puppeteer from the view of the public. He moves the jointed limbs of the puppets with the help of strings attached to each of them. After the Show have Dinner at a Traditional Rajasthani Restaurant

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Jaipur

Jaipur – Agra (By Private Vehicle 250 Kms, 5-6 Hrs Drive) Via Fatehpursikri & Abhaneri Village

Breakfast in the Hotel and Check Out

Later depart by Private Vehicle for Agra. The capital of the Mughal Empire in the 16th and 17th centuries, Agra is home to three UNESCO world heritage sites: the Taj Mahal, Agra Fort and the ancient city of Fatehpur Sikri; all of which are legacies from Mughal times.

Enroute visit to the Fatehpursikri which is a world heritage site and was built by Akbar. It boasts of several palaces, Masjid’s and large halls which denote typical Mughal architecture and also Enroute visit to Abhaneri village -It is situated at a distance of 95 km from Jaipur, on the Jaipur-Agra road. The place is popular for the Chand Baori Step well .It consists of 3,500 narrow steps over 13 stories. It extends approximately 100 ft into the ground making it one of the deepest and largest stepwells in India. Upon arrival in Jaipur check in at your pre booked Hotel

Upon arrival in Agra check in at your pre booked Hotel

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Agra

Agra

As per the time of the Sunrise you will be taken by your guideto visit the Famous Taj Mahal a fine example of the Mughal Architectural Styles is one of the seven Wonders of the Modern World. Built in 1652 by Emperor Shah Jahan in memory of his wife Mumtaz Mahal. Taj Mahal was built in white marble which took 22 Years to build by 20,000 skilled artisans. The Building’s stupendous scale, flawless symmetry, translucent white marble and shimmering reflection in the water channel are truly breathtaking

After viewing Taj Mahal we return to hotel for breakfast

After breakfast proceed on a Private Guided city tour of visiting Agra Fort - built near the gardens of the Taj Mahal stands the important 16th-century Mughal monument. Agra Fort was also the headquarters for the Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan, Itmad-Ud-Daulah a beautiful tomb built of red sandstone in the memory of architect of the Taj Mahal

Evening spent at Mehtab Bagh Garden to witness the Sunset View of Taj Mahal
Mehtab Bagh was the last of the Mughal gardens, which were built along the River Yamuna. This crescent shaped garden is considered the ultimate spot for viewing Taj Mahal.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Agra

Agra – Delhi (By Private Vehicle 204 Kms, 4 ½ Hrs Drive)&Delhi – Cochin (By Flight)

Breakfast in the Hotel and Check Out

Later depart by Private Vehicle for Delhi Airport to board flight for Cochin. Upon arrival at Cochin International Airport you are met by our company executive who would assist you to the Car and then transfer you to your pre booked Hotel

Kochi or Cochin is a bustling commercial port city with a trading history that dates back to at least 600 years. Called as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, the city is the financial, commercial and industrial capital of Kerala.

Upon arrival in Cochin Airport you are met and transferred to your pre booked Hotel

Evening enjoy a 2 hour boat cruise during sunset in the Cochin Harbour with spectacular views of the Marine Drive and Bolgatty Island. See the sunset from the boat where the Kochi Lagoon opens out into the Arabian Sea.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Cochin

Cochin

Morning Breakfast in the Hotel

Later proceed for a private guided City tour of Cochin visiting Mattancherry Palace also known as the Dutch Palace. This palace is also famous for depicting Kerala mural paintings. The palace is built in the traditional style of Kerala architecture. Jewish Synagogue Also known as Paradesi Synagogue. It is the oldest synagogue in the entire Commonwealth of Nations and was built in 1568 by the Malabar Yehudan people or Cochin Jewish community in the Kingdom of Cochin. Chinese Fishing Nets are the most iconic and popular attractions of Kerala peculiar to Kochi located next to Fort Kochi. One of the significant cultural symbols of Kerala, the spot is also one of the most photographed places in all of town, attracting hordes of tourists and photographers on an everyday basis. The image of the beautifully silhouetted fishing nets against the backdrop of clear waters at sunset is really appeasing and makes up for a breathtakingly beautiful sight. St. Francis Church is the oldest European church in India. The great Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama who discovered the sea route from Europe to India died in Kochi. His body was buried in this church.

In the Evening enjoy Kathakali Dance - The Traditional Dance show in local theatre. Kathakali is one of the oldest theatre forms in the world. It originated in the area of southwestern India now known as the state of Kerala. Kathakali is a group presentation, in which dancers take various roles in performances traditionally based on themes from Hindu mythology, especially the two epics, the Ramayana and the Mahabharata

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Cochin

Cochin – Alleppey (By Private Vehicle 65 Kms, 1 ½ Hrs Drive)& Alleppey – Start 01 Night Houseboat

Breakfast in the Hotel and Checkout

Later you are transferred to Alleppey Jetty to board House Boat floating on the Kerala backwaters. Cruise through the back waters and palm fringed waterways and you would be able to breeze past the water lilies, lush paddy fields, coir villages, rustic homes, temples and coconut groves. Houseboat starts at around 12pm. After introductions and a welcome drink cruise along the lakes and canals for an hour or two before docking the boat at a beautiful spot for lunch. Here your crew will prepare delicious Keralite meals from freshly brought vegetables from the market.
After lunch, you will set away again for an afternoon of cruising covering the Pallathuruthy river, Pukaitha river and Pullangady for sightseeing or photo sessions and maybe stopping at a local village or going for a canoe ride. The boat will dock overnight at around 5:30pm (overnight cruising is not permitted) just before the sun goes down, which makes for the perfect time for a walk along the banks by the rice paddies before dinner.
(Delicious Traditional Kerala Meals Lunch and Dinner included)

Overnight stay at the House Boat

House Boat disembark at Alleppey & Alleppey – Marari (By Private Vehicle 15 Kms ½ Hrs Drive)

Breakfast in the Houseboat

Later Houseboat disembarks at Alleppey at 09:30 Hrs and you will be picked up from Jetty point and proceed for Marari. Upon arrival in Marari check in at your pre booked Hotel

Marari Beach one of the great delights of the Malabar Coast a serene and beautiful ideal place for someone who wants to explore the backwaters of Kerala and relax amidst peaceful environment. Nestled in the picturesque fishing village of Mararikulam. The beach is verged by unlimited lines of coconut palms.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Marari

Marari

Breakfast in the Hotel

Day at leisure on the Beach to explore your own
Optional go to Ayurvedic Massage Centre for an Ayurvedic Massage to rejenuvate yourself.

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Marari

Marari

Breakfast in the Hotel

Day at leisure on the Beach or by Hotel Poolside

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Marari

Marari

Breakfast in the Hotel

Day at leisure on the Beach or by Hotel Poolside

Overnight stay at the Hotel in Marari

Marari – Cochin (By Private Vehicle 70 Kms 1 ½ Hrs Drive)

Breakfast in the Hotel and Check Out

Our executive would assist you and transfer you to the Cochin International Airport to board Flight for Onward Journey

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Pricing*

– £ 2125 / US$ 2985 per person for a minimum of 2 travellers on a twin or double sharing basis.
– £775 / $1070 for single room supplement.

Price Valid till 30th April 2023 , Prices Quoted in Sterling Pounds & US Dollars & based in Standard Hotels

Included

  • Accommodation on Twin / Double Sharing basis
  • Houseboat on Full Board basis
  • Daily Breakfast
  • Private Transfers
  • City Sightseeing
  • Air Conditioned Private Car with Driver
  • Local English Speaking Guide
  • Entrances to Monuments
  • Domestic Flight as per Program
  • GST

Not Included

  • International Flight
  • Insurance
  • Expenses of Personal nature
  • Meals -Lunch and Dinner (except Houseboat)
  • Camera and Video charges
  • Tips
  • Visa Charges

* Terms and Conditions Apply

  1. Prices applicable for standard hotels, luxury accommodations available on request.
  2. Prices valid upto 30th April 2023.
  3. Christmas and New Year supplement applicable extra.
  4. Local taxes apply.

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