India Kerala Holiday
Alappuzha (or Alleppey) is a city on the Laccadive Sea in the southern Indian state of Kerala. Alleppey, with a large network of inland canals is known for houseboat cruises along the backwaters between villages of Alleppey and Kumarakom. Cruise can be taken in either direction, however the feel and flavour of the two cities is different. There are more houseboats in Alleppey whereas luxury resorts are concentrated around Kumarakom.
Begin tour of Old and New Delhi. In Varanasi, walk down its narrow lanes, renowned for silk shops. Experience an awe-inspiring beauty of Taj Mahal, then take wildlife safari in Ranthambore National Park. View forts and palaces of Rajasthan in Jaipur and Udaipur and the spectacular Jain temples of Ranakpur. Travel south to Cochin, and spend some time in this evocative harbour town on the Malabar Coast. In Alleppey, take a 3-night cruise of the scenic Backwaters of Kerala, through an intricate network of lagoons, canals and lakes.
TRAVEL UNTAMED ON THIS 20-DAY KERALA HOLIDAY…
And, experience the highlights of both; north and south India.
Begin in Delhi, the bustling capital of India. With your private guide, explore the historical sites of Old Delhi including Qutab Minar, Humayun’s tomb, Lodi Gardens and Jama Masjid. New Delhi in comparison has an imprint of the British architect Edwin Lutyens. Most notably, his shiny examples are the Parliament and the President’s House.
Fly to Varanasi, the spiritual capital of India. Visit the ‘bathing ghats’ where thousands of pilgrims pay homage to the Sun God by immersing themselves in the holy water of River Ganges. Explore Varanasi’s old town, with its ancient universities and renowned silk shops. Also visit Sarnath, where Lord Buddha gave his first sermon and in the evening, experience the grand ‘Aarti’ ceremony conducted on the banks of the river at sunset.
Transfer to Agra, and experience the awe-inspiring beauty of Taj Mahal. Tour the splendid Agra fort, built in red sandstone, encapsulating magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens.
Proceed to Ranthambore National Park, one of the world’s finest wildlife sanctuaries, home to tigers, leopards and crocodiles. Enjoy several game viewing excursions while staying at a luxury tented camp surrounded by lemon and mango trees.
Continue to Jaipur, Rajasthan’s great “Pink City,” visiting the centuries-old ruins at Fatehpur Sikri en route. See the rich architectural legacy of Jaipur’s merchants and maharajas hill forts, palaces, an observatory, temples and havelis (courtyard mansions), surrounded by stark desert. Take an elephant ride to the 16th century Amber Fort. Browse bazaars selling textiles, leatherwork, perfume, jewellery and Jaipur’s traditional blue pottery.
Spend three nights in Udaipur, India’s most romantic city and serene city. Set in the scenic valley of Aravalli hills and surrounded by three lakes, it has its share of palaces including the City Palace, one of the largest palace complexes in Rajasthan. One day, enjoy an excursion to the gorgeous, fresco-covered Juna Mahal palace, or to the spectacular Jain temples of Ranakpur.
Transfer to Cochin and spend some time in this evocative harbor town on the Malabar Coast. Tour the city's rich past, including an ancient church, a synagogue and royal palaces. Then, board a luxury board the luxury Oberoi M.V. Vrinda for a three-night cruise exploration of the scenic Backwaters of Kerala—a vast, intricate network of lagoons, canals and lakes.
The tour concludes with two nights in exciting Mumbai (Bombay). Tour the city’s cultural attractions including the Prince of Wales Museum, Dhobi Ghat, the open air launderette, Marina Drive Queens Necklace view and Victoria Terminus Station. Take an optional private boat ride to the Elephanta Island Caves—inside are extensive Hindu stone sculptures linked to the cult of Shiva.
India Kerala Holiday Explore the highlights of northern and southern India on this extraordinary private luxury tour.
(20 Days - Departs Daily on a Private Basis)
Delhi, Varanasi, Agra, Ranthambore, Jaipur, Udaipur, Cochin, Kerala, Mumbai
Day 1 – Arrive
Delhi Arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.
Day 2 – Tour
Delhi Full-day private tour of Old & New Delhi.
Day 3 – Transfer & Tour
Varanasi Transfer and flight to Varanasi for overnight stay.
Private city touring and visit to Sarnath.
Day 4 – Transfer & Tour
Agra Morning private boat ride on the Ganges and city touring.
Transfer and flight to Delhi; overland drive to Agra for 2 nights.
Day 5 – Tour
Agra Private tour, including visit to Taj Mahal.
Day 6 – Transfer & Safari
Ranthambore National Park Sunrise visit to Taj Mahal, if desired.
Transfer to Ranthambore for 2 nights at luxury tented camp. Afternoon wildlife viewing.
Day 7 – Safari
Ranthambore National Park Morning and afternoon wildlife viewing.
Day 8 – Transfer & Tour
Jaipur Morning transfer to Jaipur for 2 nights.
Afternoon private city tour.
Day 9 – Tour
Jaipur Full-day private tour, including morning elephant ride to Amber Fort.
Day 10 – Transfer & Tour
Udaipur Transfer to Udaipur, with touring en route.
Day 11 – Tour
Udaipur Full-day private city touring including lunch at private home.
Day 12 – Tour
Udaipur Continue private city touring.
Day 13 – Transfer & Tour
Cochin Private transfer and flights to Cochin for 2 nights.
Evening dance performance.
Day 14 – Tour
Cochin Private tour including old fort and harbor.
Days 15 – Explore
Backwaters of Kerala Private transfer to Vembanad Lake to board cruise for 3 nights.
Afternoon touring and evening entertainment.
Day 16 & 17 – Explore
Backwaters of Kerala Ship-based touring.
Day 18 – Transfer & Tour
Mumbai Transfer and flights to Mumbai (Bombay) for 2 nights.
Afternoon private city touring.
Day 19 – Tour
Mumbai Private tour, including boat ride to Elephanta Island.
Day 20 – Depart
Mumbai Private transfer to airport.
Check In: 14:00h
Check Out: 12:00h
Make this your holiday
Getting There All major international airlines fly to India’s main airports: Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. Airports tend to be on the outskirts of cities. Pre-paid taxi services and auto-rickshaws are stationed outside the terminus to get you into the city.
When to go The best time to travel to India is between September and March. This is a high season and it is advisable to book your holiday well in advance. Summer starts in April and by June, it becomes very hot. By July there is the south-west monsoon, which brings heavy rains to the west coast. September is a generally a clear month though later, between October and December there may be a reverse pattern called the north-east monsoon that appears in the Bay of Bengal, bringing rains to the east coast. The best time for trekking in the Indian Himalaya is between April and November but it varies from region to region and the altitude you are planning to reach.
Passport/Visa Visas are required to enter, exit or transit through Indian territories. The most common is a single entry 30-day visa. Multiple entry, 60-day and 90-day visas are also available. Passports must have a minimum of six months validity. Enquiries should be directed to the nearest Indian High Commission, embassy or consulate.
All visa applications in UK should be filled online at http://in.vfsglobal.co.uk. Cost of six months tourist visa for UK nationals including handling charges is £92.20.