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Golden Triangle With Kerala

Duration: 10 Nights / 11 Days
Route: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Trivandrum - Alleppey - Kumarakom – Cochin

Tour Description

Golden Triangle with Kerala is a blend of historical and cultural experiences along with a holistic journey to “The God’s Own Country, Kerala”. Kerala is one of the most beautiful places in India and a lot of people from all around the world visit and admire this place for its exquisite beauty.

Our Golden Triangle Tour with Kerala includes cities like Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, and various places of Kerala including Alleppey, Cochin, Kovalam, and Kumarakom etc.

Kerala is all about its natural beauty -- the hills, backwater, beaches, and abundant palm trees which make the place an amazing destination for the wanderers. An ideal place for vacations, Kerala is truly is “God’s Own Country” that has a lot to offer like Ayurveda treatments, houseboat experience, and beaches and backwater trips.

Apart from an amazing experience in Kerala, in this tour you will also experience the cultural heritage and historical monuments of ancient India in Delhi, Agra, and Jaipur.

Itinerary

Day 01 - Arrival Delhi

Arrive Delhi, meet our travel assistant at the airport & leave for your hotel. One of the major cities in India, Delhi itself is majestic, and beautiful with plenty of variety and diversity in terms of food, culture, religion and many other things.

Night stay in Delhi.

Day 02 - Delhi

After a great breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of New Delhi where decorative buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British empire. Visit Humayun Tomb.

The importance of Humayun's Tomb in the evolution of Mughal architecture is great. It is the first of a long series of dynastic tombs and innovative in a number of ways, particularly by advantage of the fact that it introduced the garden tomb to the subcontinent.

Qutub Minar - The tall minaret was constructed in 1192 by Qutb-ud-din Aibak, and later completed by his successor Iltutmish. The soaring conical tower is an exquisite example of Indo-Islamic Afghan architecture. Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India. A rickshaw ride in Mughal emperor Shah Jahan's Shahjahanabad city (old Delhi) is one of the prime attractions of Delhi.

Chandni Chowk – This is a place to be explored and savoured by all those who do not fear crowds and have always been attracted by variety.

India Gate, and the Grand Government Buildings, the President’s House, Mahatma Gandhi Memorial or Raj Ghat - the cremation site of Mahatma Gandhi is one of the most visited sites in Delhi. It consists of a simple square black-marble platform that stands on the spot where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated. Nearby, there are cremation sites of Jawaharlal Nehru - the first Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi, Sanjay Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri. Also visit Laxmi Narayan Temple popularly known as Birla Temple - Birla temple patronized by Mahatma Gandhi, who inaugurated this temple in 1938 after Raja Baldev Birla constructed it, is dedicated to Goddess Lakshmi. It is close to Connaught Place and is frequently visited by many devotees regularly. The temple was inaugurated by Mahatma Gandhi on the condition that people of all levels of people from society be allowed to offer prayers. As there was a large number of occurrence of untouchability at that time.

Night stay in Delhi.

Day 03 - Delhi - Agra

(By superfast air-conditioned train Dep. 06:10 hrs. Arrival 08:05 hrs. )
Early in the morning you will be picked up from hotel and will be leaving for the railway station to board the superfast air-conditioned train to Agra.

Breakfast in the train. Arrive Agra in approx. 02 hours & take a taxi to your hotel. Arrive & proceed to visit magnificent Taj Mahal - one of the Seven Wonders of the World surely the most extravagant _expression of love ever created. 20,000 men labored for over 17 years to build this memorial for Shah Jahan's beloved wife.

Sikandra -It is home to Akbar's tomb. This grand monument was started by Akbar and completed by his son Jahangir. The tomb was started by Akbar in the Spartan style of Timurid architecture. Akbar's son Jahangir added more decorative designs to the tomb.

Agra Fort - the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. Night stay in Agra.

Day 04 - Agra - Jaipur

(By road approx 235 kms/04 hrs drive) enroute visit Abhaneri Step Well & Fatehpur Sikri
After breakfast drive to Jaipur enroute visiting Abhaneri , a small town village, near Agra . The place is popular for the amazing 'Baoris' (step wells) and Harshat Mata Temple. The village of Abhaneri is believed to be established by the King Raja Chand. Originally Abhaneri was named as Abha Nagri, which means the city of brightness, but due to mispronunciation of the term, it is changed to the present name. Then visit Fatehpur Sikri -a perfectly preserved red sandstone “ghost town” which was the estranged capital of Mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. Arrive Jaipur & transfer to hotel.

Night stay in Jaipur.

Day 05 - Jaipur sightseeing – Delhi

(By air-conditioned train Dep 1745 hrs Arrv 2240 hrs)
In the morning, after breakfast checkout from your hotel and visit Amber Fort; enjoy flawless beauty of the Fort royalty and enjoy an elephant ride. Amber is one of the most beautiful and yet classic romantic Rajasthani fort palace. The construction of the Palace was started by Man Singh I in 1592, and completed by his descendent Jai Singh I. Its breathtaking exterior depicts an inner paradise where a beautiful fusion of Mughal and Hindu styles finds its ultimate expression.

City Palace - A delightful blend of Mughal and traditional Rajasthani architecture, the City Palace trails over one-seventh of the area in the walled city. It includes the Chandra Mahal, Shri Govind Dev Temple and the City Palace Museum.

Jantar Mantar - This is the largest and the best preserved of the five observatories built by Jai Singh II in different parts of the state.

Hawa Mahal - The attractive portico of this "Palace of Winds" is a prominent landmark in Jaipur. Their five-storied structures of sandstone plastered pink are encrusted with fine trelliswork and elaborate balconies. Built in 1799 by Pratap Singh, the Mahal was a royal grandstand for the palace women.

Day 06 - Delhi – Cochin (By Flight)

Morning leave for the airport to board flight for Cochin. Arrive Cochin - which is a vibrant city situated on the south-west coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala. The state Kerala is also known as 'God's Own Country'. Its strategic importance over the centuries is underlined by the sobriquet Queen of the Arabian Sea.

Informally, Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala. Meet our assistance at the airport & go to your hotel. Later proceed to look for the Chinese Fishing Nets. These unique style of huge cantilevered fishing nets were founded between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the Court of Kubla Khan, a Chinese King.

Also visit the Santa Cruz Basilica. This historic church was built by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. Pope John Paul II who later announced the Church a Basilica in 1984.

The Jewish Synagogue, constructed in 1568, this is the oldest Synagogue in the Commonwealth (closed on Saturdays & Jewish Holidays). The area around the Synagogue, called Jew Town, is the centre for Spice & Handicraft shops.

Mattancherry Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to the Regent of Kochi (closed on Fridays).

Return to hotel rest of the day free/ shopping at Ernakulam. Evening witness Kathakali which is the famous dance drama of Kerala. This dance is characterized by some great storytelling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up. Start early to see the artist preparing themselves for the show (5 PM). Watch in detail the ritual worth seeing hour long process of make-up as part of the daily Kathakali performance. After the Performance, you will have a unique opportunity to take photographs along with the artists in colorful costumes as a souvenir. Entire performance will be supported with commentary in English. Night stay in Cochin.

Day 07 - Cochin - Kumarakom

(By road approx 65kms/01 & half hrs drive) Have your breakfast in the hotel and then drive to Kumarakom. Kumarakom is also one of most the enchanting backwater regions of Kerala. There tortuous network of rivers, canals, streams and lagoons which form the famed backwaters offer stunning views and is an ideal place to relax. Visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary located on the banks of the backwaters and renowned for its varied avian population. Local varieties such as Waterfowls, Cuckoos and Owls, as well as the migratory Siberian Cranes can be explored here. Day excursion to the bird sanctuary. Arrive & reach your hotel. Night stay in Kumarakom.

Day 08 - Kumarakom - Alleppey

(By road approx. 40 kms/01 hr drive)
After your breakfast drive to Alleppey. On arrival transfer to Kettuvallam (Houseboat). Cruise start after Lunch onwards. Houseboats for ‘Kettuvallams’ are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and onsite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings it’s the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience. The locals’ travel in canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in small wooden boats. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places. Night stay onboard houseboat.

Day 09 - Alleppey - Kovalam

(By road approx 160 kms/03 hrs drive)
Breakfast at hotel and then drive to Kovalam.

Thirty years ago, Kovalam was a hippy paradise, a picture perfect tropical beach; a traditional fishing village providing fresh fish, fruits and toddy (coconut beer). Today this tiny beach is the focus of a multi-million dollar business, drawing thousands of tourists for a week dose of ozone, UV and a refreshing Indian Experience. Kovalam was brought to the public eye by the Maharaja of Travancore. Over the past three decades, the place has been well developed, and now figures prominently on the world tourism map. Kovalam is just 16 kms away from Trivandrum. Today Kovalam beach is known as the "Paradise of the South". Night stay in Kovalam.

Day 10 - Kovalam

Breakfast at hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Night stay in Kovalam.

Day 11 - Kovalam - Trivandrum

(By road approx. 15 kms/30 minutes’ drive) - Departure
After breakfast, leave for the Trivandrum airport to board the onward flight.

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