Golden Triangle & Kerala - 14 days

Golden Triangle & Kerala - 14 days

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Golden Triangle & Kerala - 14 days

14 Days Starting in Delhi and ending in Kochi

Visiting: Delhi, Jaipur, Abhaneri, Agra, Kochi, Backwaters Kerala, Munnar, Kumarakom

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

891/GTK

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 24

Physical rating:

Low

Age range:

16 + if accompanied by an adult.

Special diets catered:

Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests

Tour operated in:
English
Trip Styles:

Small Group

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Tour Overview

Uncover the delights of India’s famed Golden Triangle - Delhi, Jaipur and Agra, then head south to tropical Kerala. Visit historic Fort Kochi and the picturesque hill station of Munnar with its verdant tea plantations, relax in sleepy Kumarakom and spend a night aboard a house-boat, gliding along the palm fringed backwaters.

Highlights

  • Agra – Enjoy a guided tour of impressive Agra Fort and the legendary Taj Mahal which is a lasting symbol of love

  • Kerala Backwaters – Spend the night aboard our deluxe rice boat and explore the lush backwaters

  • Munnar – Stroll through a tea plantation on a guided walk and enjoy free time to independently explore

  • Delhi – Tour highlights of the city including Jama Masjid, the Rajpath and take a rickshaw ride around the Chandni Chowk bazaar

  • Kumarakom – Relax or explore the famous Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary as we enjoy two days at leisure

  • Jaipur – Explore highlights of the Pink City including the City Palace and Jantar Mantar Space Observatory

  • Kochi – Watch a traditional Kathakali dance show and enjoy free time to explore the coastal city

  • Abhaneri – Discover the famous Chand Baori Step Well which is 13 stories deep and featured in ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’

  • Amber Fort – Visit this impressive 16th century fortress which sits on the shore of shimmering Maota Lake

  • Keoladeo Ghana National Park – Ride on a bicycle rickshaw around this wetland reserve which is a bird-watchers paradise

Itinerary

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Day 1 : Delhi
Location: Delhi
Meals Included: No Meals

Saturday. Namaste! Welcome to Delhi! On arrival at the airport you’ll be transferred to our hotel for an afternoon at leisure before meeting the group and guide at the hotel at 18:00 for a Welcome meeting.

Day 2 : Delhi
Location: Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today we enjoy a full day of sightseeing in India’s capital. In Old Delhi we visit Humayun’s Tomb and Jama Masjid - the largest and oldest mosque in India. Continue to Raj Ghat, the site of Gandhi’s cremation and enjoy an exhilarating rickshaw ride around the Chandni Chowk bazaar. In New Delhi we stroll down the ceremonial Rajpath and see the India Gate monument. This evening we enjoy a group Namaste dinner at our hotel.

Day 3 : Jaipur
Location: Jaipur
Meals Included: Breakfast

Delhi - Jaipur. On day 3 we leave Delhi and travel to the UNESCO-listed Pink City of Jaipur. Explore highlights of the city including the impressive City Palace and UNESCO-listed Jantar Mantar space observatory, home to the world’s largest stone sundial.

On the morning of day 4 you may wish to join our Balloon Over Jaipur add-on. Climb into a hot air balloon and sail over forts, temples and palaces with Jaipur in the background. Later we take a jeep ride up to the 16th century Amber Fort, a well-preserved fortress laid out over four levels and set on the shore of the shimmering Maota Lake. Enjoy a guided tour of the fortress before we continue to a local cotton weaving house on our way back to Jaipur.

Day 5 : Abhaneri
Location: Abhaneri
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Jaipur - Abhaneri - Bharatpur. Leave Jaipur today as we discover the remarkable Chand Baori step well in Abhaneri, where 13 stories climb down to the water’s edge. The well also featured in the hit movie ‘Batman: The Dark Knight Rises’.

We then visit a local school (if open) to meet the pupils and teachers. We operate our Change for Children programme here and any donations you make are greatly appreciated. You may also wish to bring some educational gifts from home to give to the pupils (see trip notes). Continue to Bharatpur and check in to our hotel before we visit the Keoladeo Ghana National Park. Enjoy a bicycle rickshaw ride around this bird-watchers paradise and important wetland reserve. We'll be escorted by a knowledgeable guide who will be able to identify the species you spot. After our visit, we return to the hotel.

Day 6 : Agra
Location: Agra
Meals Included: Breakfast

Bharatpur - Agra. Our first stop of today is the former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, which was abandoned more than 400 years ago but remains fantastically preserved. Continue to Agra and visit striking Agra Fort before we arrive at the most famous site in India - the Taj Mahal. Enjoy a guided tour of this legendary white mausoleum, commissioned by Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century to commemorate his beloved wife. The Taj Mahal is perhaps the most extravagant monument to love ever built and remains in all its glory.

Day 7 : Delhi
Location: Delhi
Meals Included: Breakfast

Agra - Delhi. We return to Delhi this morning where the rest of the day is at leisure. You may wish to visit Red Fort and enjoy its famous Sound and Light Show this evening.

Day 8 : Kochi
Location: Kochi
Meals Included: Breakfast

Delhi - Kochi. This morning we fly to Kochi, on the Arabian Sea coast. The afternoon is free to relax before we enjoy an entertaining Kathakali dance show this evening. Admire the colourful costumes and extensive use of make-up as we watch this traditional Keralan performance.

Day 9 : Kerala Backwaters
Location: Backwaters Kerala
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Munnar - Alleppey - Keralan backwaters. Today we embark on a picturesque 4-5 hour drive to Alleppey and board our deluxe furnished rice boat. Enjoy a cruise through the famous Kerala Backwaters, a chain of lakes and rivers which run parallel to the Arabian Sea coast. Pass bustling local villages and green vegetation on either side as we sail. We watch the beautiful sunset onboard and all of your meals will be prepared with fresh local produce by our chef.

Day 9 : Munnar
Location: Munnar
Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Kochi - Munnar. On day 9 we enjoy a guided tour of historic Fort Kochi, the old part of the city. See the iconic Chinese fishing nets and stroll down narrow, winding streets. Our tour will take in St. Francis’ Church - the oldest European church in India and the Paradesi Synagogue. After our tour we drive to scenic Munnar in the Western Ghats Mountains.


On day 10 we take a guided walk through one of Munnar’s many tea plantations with our guide and visit a bustling local market. The rest of the day is free to explore. There are numerous trails in the region that you may wish to hike - any of these will be rewarded with breath taking mountain views.

Day 11 : Kochi
Location: Kochi
Meals Included: Breakfast

Kumarakom - Kochi. Friday. Our Indian adventure comes to an end today. We leave Kumarakom and transfer to the airport in Kochi - flights from Kochi should depart after 2pm.


Day 12 : Kumarakom
Location: Kumarakom
Meals Included: Breakfast

Keralan Backwaters - Kumarakom. On day 12 we arrive in the village of Kumarakom and disembark our rice boat. Kumarakom is built on a cluster of islands on Lake Vembanad - the longest lake in India. Spend two days relaxing or exploring the charming surroundings at leisure. Take a boat ride on the lake if you wish and perhaps visit the local bird sanctuary, which is a famous stopover for migratory birds and home to species including eagles, owls and storks.

What's Included

  • Accommodation

    3 - 4 star and heritage hotels

  • Breakfast daily, 1 lunch and 5 dinners

  • 12 nights 3-4 star and heritage hotels

  • 1 night deluxe houseboat on the scenic backwaters of Kerala

  • Guided sightseeing - Delhi, Jaipur, Bharatpur, Kochi, Fort Kochi and Munnar

  • Travel by jeep to beautiful Amber Fort in Jaipur

  • Rickshaw ride in Delhi

  • Kathakali dance show in Kochi (entrance fee excluded)

  • Economy class flight: Delhi to Kochi

  • Escorted by an English-speaking Indian tour guide (for groups of 6 or more)

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What's Not Included

  • International flights and visa

  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$4-7 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture

  • Entrance Fees: USD$95-105pp, paid in local currency

Age Policy

16 + if accompanied by an adult.

Check out our Q&As

  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?

    Yes

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Airport arrival and departure transfer on days 1 and 14

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

Reviews from Travellers on this Tour

Stephen Kelly  

Golden Triangle & Kerala - 14 days

27-Mar-2018

Overall the tour was excellent. The Golden Triangle sector of the tour in northern India was very busy as expected and moving hotels each night was exhausting. The selection of places to visit was very good and all the accommodation was fine. Kerala by contrast was beautiful and relaxing, the boat trip and the Lakesong Hotel were excellent. Our extended stay at the Marari Beach Resort a wonderful estate with over 70 species of resident birds was superb. Our main guide in the north, Satendra, was very well organised and well informed about the main sites.

Pauline Farrier  

Golden Triangle & Kerala - 14 days

22-Nov-2014

Yogi was very nice and a good knowledge about what we saw, the whole tour was jam packed. The hotel we stayed in in Delhi was not very good for food and the area was not nice Alex was very good also!! Overall a very good trip, and would use you again!!

Hazel Wightman  

Golden Triangle & Kerala - 14 days

11-Nov-2018

Had an amazing holiday and very much enjoyed both the Golden Triangle & Kerala. They were two very different tours, with the hustle & bustle of Delh and many cultural sights in the North, including the Taj Mahal, and then a more relaxed pace in Kerala, but an equally interesting itinerary, our highlight being the stay on the Riceboat, followed by 2 nights at a luxury resort. Both guides were superb - friendly, courteous & knowledgeable. A fantastic experience.

Stephen Kettle  

Golden Triangle & Kerala - 14 days

27-Feb-2017

Sat was brilliant. Knowledge and context of the sites visited was detailed and interesting. His overall manner was very engaging and nothing was too much trouble. Extemely flexible and approachable. First rate

Andrea Rowlands  

Golden Triangle & Kerala - 14 days

14-Feb-2016

Satish was an excellent guide. He was very knowledgeable and was able to answer our questions about the city and culture. He was also very good at providing practical tips where appropriate (eg: max prices to pay, where to buy things (and where not to buy)) to ensure we had an enjoyable trip. The Golden Triangle part of the tour felt very rushed. It would have been nice to have a bit of spare time to explore the cities. Kerala was very relaxing and all that we had expected from the 2nd leg of our trip. The level of hotel/hotel-restaurant service was lacking overall during this week however when we were staying in Munnar and also at the resort (after the boat cruise). This was noted in the feedback form completed at the end of our tour.

Patricia Chipchase  

Golden Triangle & Kerala - 14 days

02-Apr-2017

This was our first time with On the Go so we weren't sure what to expect. However from our initial transfer at New Delhi airport we felt very happy with our choice of tour and company. Our guide Sat was very personable and helpful with requests. His knowledge of his home country was very extensive and relayed the information in The Golden Triangle part of the tour ( 19 people) was very much "on the go" however there was a lot of area to cover in this week. When we flew to Kerala the pace was a lot slower and as there were only 3 people we did not have a guide, just a driver. But this was not a problem and he was very professional and gave us a wide range of information. It was great to see both the northern and southern parts of India, such a range of intensity, sights, food and cultures. We would definitely recommend On the Go to others and are looking forward to doing another tour with this company next year.

Linda Tunstall  

Golden Triangle & Kerala - 14 days

21-Nov-2014

Yogi was a great tour guide interesting and knowledgable and he interacted well with the members of the group. The tour was well arranged and had a degree of fleability.

John Kinloch  

Golden Triangle & Kerala - 14 days

18-Nov-2014

Both the tour and the guide were excellent.

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