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Delhi with Best of Kerala 10 nights - 11 days 895.00 EUR
 
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Itinerary    Delhi with Best of Kerala
    Delhi - Kochi - Periyar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kovalam
    10 nights - 11 days   Paying pax  4* Hotel-02 pax travelling together on twin sharing basis -895 EUR

  • Arrive at Delhi's international airport
  • Transfer to your hotel.
  • Rest of the day at leisure
  • Overnight at the hotel


Arrive at Delhi's International Airport in the afternoon. Welcome to India ! You are met by our representative in the arrival area of the airport after you clear all immigration and customs formalities. Depart for your hotel where you will check in for your stay.

Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight at the hotel.

    Day 2 - In Delhi

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Full day city tour
  • Rickshaw ride in Old Delhi
  • Overnight at the hotel


After breakfast at the Hotel, proceed on a full day city tour of Old & New Delhi.


Delhi stands as the capital of Modern India. Here you can see the mingling of the Old and New India, the ancient and the modern. Delhi is made up of seven ancient cities, spanning the period from the 11th to 20th centuries. Delhi has seen the rise and fall of many emperors, which has left behind a plethora of monuments that commemorate the grandeur and glory of bygone ages. Very few cities in the world can express such a profusion of architectural styles.
Old Delhi was an ancient walled city. Mughal Emperor Shah Jehan in 1650 switched the Mughal capital from Agra to Delhi.  Shah Jehan possessing an exquisite talent, especially in architecture, created the seventh city and in the process brought about Delhi's glorious renaissance. Here you will see Red Fort (from outside) the most opulent Fort and Palace of the Mughal Empire. The fort is Shah Jehan's symbol of power and elegance, built behind red sandstone walls. Its main gate (Lahore Gate) faces Chandni Chowk, the perpetually congested avenue heading west from the Red Fort is filled with twisting lanes, small streets and crowded bazaars. If you peer through a portico you may see a man getting shaved, silver being weighed, or any other conceivable form of intense commerce. Also visit, Jama Masjid (the largest mosque in India), Chandni Chowk, the bustling and colourful market of the old city. Chandni Chowk was the commercial center of Delhi in the old time and you will see it come alive in the morning as the trading day starts, and Raj Ghat (Raj Ghat has a simple memorial to the Father of the Nation, Mahatma Gandhi, marking the spot where he was assassinated by Nathuram Godse in 1948. A commemorative ceremony is held here every Friday. The first Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru, was also cremated to the north of the memorial at Shanti Van (Forest of Peace). The area is now a beautiful park labelled with trees. The Zinat-ul Masjid (Most Beautiful of Mosques) towers over the Raj Ghat).

(Note: Red Fort remains closed on Monday)

New Delhi was designed and built by the British in the 1920's - it's a city of wide boulevards impressive Government buildings, green parks and gardens. In 1911 King George V announced the transfer of the capital from Calcutta to Delhi. The King's architects, Lutyens and Baker, set in motion the design and construction of Delhi's eight city - New Delhi. Lutyens designed an "Imperial City" having palatial-sized buildings set amid broad tree-lined avenues punctuated by Mughal style gardens, complete with fountains and shallow pools. It took 20 years to complete this immense undertaking only to have the British pack up and relinquish the subcontinent in 1947.

You will visit two monuments from Delhi's past - Qutub Minar (Historical construction of a landmark In 1199, Qutub-ud-Din raised the Qutub Minar either as a victory tower or as a minaret to the adjacent mosque. From a base of 14.32m it tapers to 2.75m at a height of 72.5m) & Humayun's tomb (This tomb, which was built by
emperor Humayun's wife, took eight years to complete and is regarded as an example of the early Mughal architecture. The emperor's wife, Begai Begum, was buried in the tomb and the structure is the first of its kind built in the centre of a well-planned garden. The combination of white marble and red sandstone was a great influence on later Mughal architecture. It is generally regarded as a prototype of the famed Taj Mahal of Agra). Your drive takes you along the ceremonial avenue, Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate (At the center of New Delhi stands the 42m high India Gate, an "Arc-de-Triomphe" like Archway in the middle of a crossroad. Almost similar to its French counterpart war memorial. It commemorates the 70,000 Indian soldiers who lost their lives fighting for the British Army during the First World War and bears the names of more than 13,516 British and Indian soldiers killed in the Northwestern Frontier in the Afghan war of 1919. The foundation stone was laid by His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught in 1921 and was designed by Edwin Lutyens), President House (The palatial building built on an area of 330 acres with a private garden designed by the illustrious Lutyens, as the official residence of the Viceroy of India during British reign, is now the official residence of the First Citizen) and the Parliament House (This is symbol of Indian democracy).

Overnight at the hotel.


    Day 3: Delhi -  Kochi
Flight : 6E 515 1325-1630 hrs

  • Breakfast at the hotel
  • Transfer to the airport to board the flight for Kochi
  • Upon arrival transfer to the hotel
  • Overnight at hotel


Breakfast at the hotel.

Later transfer to the airport to board the flight for Kochi. Upon arrival transfer to the hotel.

Cochin is also known as ‘Queen of the Arabian Sea' due to its natural harbour being one of the finest. Cochin is a city made of islands connected to Ernakulam on the mainland by bridges and ferries. The interesting city of Cochin perfectly reflects the eclecticism of Kerala. This quaint town has seen historic visits from sea faring traders in the past from Portugal, China etc bringing to it different cultures that make up its fabric.

Overnight at hotel.


    Day 4 : In Kochi

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Morning city tour of Kochi
  • Optional - Visit to Nimmy Paul house for an authentic culinary experience
  • Late afternoon, kathakali dance performance
  • Overnight at hotel


After breakfast at the hotel proceed on a half city tour of Kochi.

Here you will visit the Jewish Synagogue (of 1568) which is the oldest synagogue in the commonwealth. It is an interesting little place with hand painted willow pattern floor tiles brought from Canton in China in the mid 18th century.  The synagogue is located in an area called Jew Town which also is one of the centres of the spice trade in the region.

Also visit the ancient Mattancherry (Dutch) Palace built by the Portuguese in 1557. This palace was presented to the ruler of Cochin as a gesture of goodwill. The Palace's alternative name "Dutch Palace" resulted from substantial renovations by the Dutch after 1663. The most important feature of the palace is the astonishing murals that adorn some of the palace rooms, depicting scenes from the Ramayana, Mahabharta and Puranic legends connected with Shiva, Vishnu, Krishna, Kumara and Durga.

Also pay a visit to the amazing Chinese fishing nets operating on principles of physics advanced for their times. Cochin's Chinese fishing nets found here are the only ones of its kind in India. It is believed that traders from the court of the Chinese ruler Kublai Khan introduced these nets here.

Another stop is made at the St. Francis Church, the oldest European built church in India. Constructed in 1503
by the Portuguese Franciscan Friars who accompanied the expedition led by Pedro Alvarez Cabral. He famed Vasco de Gama, the first European to reach India by sailing around Africa, died in Cochin in 1524 and was buried here for 14 years before his remains were transferred to Lisbon. His tombstone can be seen inside the church.

Note: St. Francis church remains closed for the visit in the morning session on Sunday and will open in the afternoon session.

Optional - Lunch with cooking demo with Nimmy Paul

Nimmy and Paul have been involved in 'At Home' hospitality for more than twelve years.

Nimmy, a professional cookery instructor, and her stockbroker husband Paul, offers food and hospitality to foreign guests. Nimmy and Paul belong to traditional Syrian Christian community in Kerala. In keeping with the tradition of their families, they enjoy having guests and serving good food.

Nimmy conducts cookery classes. She teaches guests the nuances of traditional Kerala recipes. She is also a food consultant to writers, chefs and magazines. Articles by her and about her have appeared in magazines and newspapers.

You need to reach two hours earlier, to help prepare the meal, 3 to 4 traditional Kerala recipes are demonstrated.

This evening pick up from the hotel and proceed to witness Kerala's fascinated dances performances at a local theatre for an hour or little later. The Kathakali performers begin to train for their art at a young age, and their study continues for a time.  Enjoy a live dance performance.

Return to hotel for an overnight stay.

Overnight at hotel


    Day 4 : Kochi - Periyar
(Drive: 4 hrs approx.)

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Drive to Periyar
  • Arrive and check in at the hotel
  • Afternoon visit to the spice plantation
  • Overnight at hotel.


After breakfast, begin your overland journey to Periyar (Thekkady)

Located on the Tamil Nadu & Kerala border this region is known as the Spice Village of India for its vast spice and tea gardens. The road winds through mountains, descending through a carpet of tea bushes, estates of tall rubber trees and gardens of coffee, cardamom and pepper.  The aroma of the spices fills the air.

Upon arrival in Thekkady (Periyar) you will check in to the hotel. .

Later enjoy the visit to Spice market of Periyar and indulge yourself in aroma of the various spices that make the various Indian food delicacies so tasteful.

After the visit return to your hotel and relax.

Overnight at hotel



    Day 6: Periyar / Kumarakom
(Drive approx 3 hrs)

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Morning boat ride inside Periyar National Park
  • Later drive by surface to Kumarakom
  • On arrival, check in at hotel
  • Rest of the day free to relax
  • Optional - Evening sunset cruise on backwater
  • Overnight at hotel.


After breakfast proceed to visit the park for game viewing by boat cruise. Convoluted waterways afford sightings of elephants, bison, deer and occasionally a tiger. All manner of flora and fauna flourish in this tropical habitat, making it one of the premiere reserves of Southern India.  

Later drive by surface to Kumarakom

On arrival, check in at hotel

Rest of the day free to relax

Optional - Evening sunset cruise on backwater

Situated on the bank of the Vembanad Lake, Kumarakom is the most beautiful and picturesque backwater destination of Kerala, a town very famous for its rubber plantations and 15th century ancient churches. It's an enchantingly beautiful little paradise of mangrove forests, emerald green paddy fields and coconut groves interspersed with enchanting waterways and canals.
 
Kumarakom also has one of the finest bird sanctuaries of India which is spread across 14 acres, is a favorite haunt of migratory birds and an ornithologist's paradise. Egrets, darters, herons, teal, waterfowl, cuckoo, wild duck and migratory birds like the Siberian stork that live there in flocks is a fascination for visitors.

Overnight at hotel

    Day 7: Kumarakom - Alleppey

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • Drive to Alleppey
  • Embark the houseboat at Alleppey
  • Cruise on the backwater in Alleppey
  • Enjoy backwater on board
  • Lunch / Dinner and overnight on board


After breakfast transfer to the boat Jetty to board Houseboat. Cruise through narrow lakes and canals towards Alleppey.

You can enjoy backwater on board.

The backwaters in Kerala is a network of 1500 kms of canals both manmade and natural, 38 rivers and 5 big lakes extending from one end of Kerala to the other. Before trucks became popular, the main cargo transportation was through backwaters by ‘Kettuvalloms'. Kettuvalloms means, ‘stitched boat'. Kettuvalloms or Houseboats (Riceboats) are country boats that were used in the early days for the transport of goods from the isolated interior villages to the towns. With the advent of roads, bridges and ferry services, gradually the Kettuvalloms went off the scene. Now these Kettuvalloms are back again as a major tourist attraction. A ride on a Kettuvalloms is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters

Today things are a bit more modern, although a lot of effort has been made to keep the tradition touch there. Today's houseboats are converted ‘Kettuvalloms'. They are designed for comfortable cruise and overnight stay. The boat is constructed by Eco-friendly materials like bamboo mat, Arecanut trees and coir. A distinctive feature of the Kettuvalloms is the design suggesting the possible Chinese influence. The canopy's sides can be lifted.

Dining onboard is an experience in its self. Though based on the tradition of fish and vegetables, in keeping with the demands of a cosmopolitan clientele, the cuisine served aboard our houseboats features a far more sophisticated menu than a Kettuvalloms. The ethnic meals are prepared on board by a personal cook and fish delicacies like white prawns, pearl spotted fish, crabs and mussels are the specialties. 

Once on the boat, you will cruise along the backwaters for a couple of hours. Pass small villages and see how the local people live. The lushness of coconut trees will astound you en-route visiting villages to see coir making, tea  shops, paddy fields, temples, beaches etc till sunset.

At night the boat is anchored at a beautiful and quiet part of the lake.

Lunch, Dinner and overnight on board

    Day 8: Alleppey - Kovalam
(Drive: 4 hrs approx)

  • Breakfast on board the house boat
  • Disembark at Alleppey and rejoin car
  • Drive to Kovalam
  • Evening is free to relax on the beach
  • Overnight at hotel


Morning after breakfast on board disembark houseboat and rejoin Car. Drive to Kovalam (approx. 4- 5 Hrs drive) Upon arrival check into the hotel with rest of the evening is free to relax on the beach.

Kovalam is one of the finest beach destinations of South India famous for its clean and beautiful golden beaches and enchanting surroundings of swaying coconut palms.

Thirty years ago, Kovalam was a hippy idyll: 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".  

"Kovalam" means a grove of coconut trees and true to its name the village offers an endless sight of coconut trees. The crescent-shaped beach has three parts. The southernmost beach, and the most popular, is light house beach. It offers an amazing sight of Vizhinjam mosque. The northern Samudra is a laid back one and time seems stands still here. The middle, hawah, in the early day, is a beehive of activities with fishermen setting out for sea. With a high rock promontory and a calm bay of blue waters, this beach paradise creates a unique aquarelle on moonlit nights.
 
Azure water and favorable climate make Kovalam a favorite year-round spot for swimming. Sea here is pacific and shallow where you can take a dip in the saline waters. The clean white sandy beach will arouse a temptation irresistible: to lie idle on the sands and tan your body. You could get into any of the Ayurvedic massage center and indulge in a rejuvenating herbal, body-toning massage and holistic therapies.
 
Its scenic beauty and serenity is supplemented by the availability of excellent accommodation. There are a lot of restaurants which provide western style food as well as Indian, which is delicious. The grilled seafood items such as lobster, king prawns and kalamari are got fresh from the sea at Kovalam. Ayurvedic massage parlor, yoga centers and water sport facilities, makes Kovalam a popular haven for tourists from all over the globe.

It is warm and clean filled with the coconut trees and the white sand bed as the sea breeze gently plays with the waves. Swimming and bathing are very refreshing and exhilarating in the waves. One can walk into the sea for about 100 meters without losing ground. This cove is also the safest place for swimming. At many coastal places
there are beautiful patches of coral reefs. The underwater views, which are visible during snorkeling, are really marvelous.
 
Rest of the day free for independent activities. Enjoy lazing and sunbathing on the cool golden beaches of Kovalam

    Day 9 - 10: In Kovalam

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • These days are free to relax at the beach
  • Overnight at hotel


After breakfast, these days are free for independent activities. Enjoy yourself lazing around the beautiful beaches of Kovalam.

Overnight at hotel

    Day 11: Depart Kovalam

  • Breakfast at hotel
  • In time transfer to the airport to connect flight to onward destination


In time transfer to Trivandrum airport to board flight for onward destination