Arrive Kochi, the most cosmopolitan city of Kerala. Upon your arrival at the airport, you will be met by our representative and escorted to your hotel for 2 nights stay.
Kochi, also known as the Queen of the Arabian Sea, is one of the finest natural harbours in the world. Starting from the Dutch, Portuguese and the British, Kochi was the site of the first European colonial settlements in India.
After breakfast, take a guided walk through the historic Fort Kochi area. This morning we will visit the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church and see the authentic Chinese fishing nets still in use.
Today we provide you some options to choose from. Enjoy your afternoon exploring Kochi the way you prefer.
Culture Connection Experiences:
Optional Village Tour: You have the option to enjoy a half day tour of a lush green island model village (agri farm) near Kochi, surrounded by backwaters and paddy fields. Meet the locals to understand essential elements of local village lifestyle of Kerala, which is predominated by coconut. Enjoy a backwaters boat cruise in a traditional country boat. Spend the afternoon visiting local plantations, see coir yarn processing, copra processing, crab farming, clam meat processing, operation of Chinese fishing nets, weaving coconut leaves and fish groping. (at extra charge)
Optional Cultural Performance Evening: This evening, you have the option to watch a spectacular Kathakali performance. Kathakali is one of the oldest theatre forms in India. It is a spectacular combination of drama, dance, music and ritual. Characters with vividly painted faces and elaborate costumes re-enact stories from the Hindu epics of Mahabharata and the Ramayana (at extra charge)
Optional Motor Boat Cruise: Enjoy a sunset motor boat cruise along the coastline of Kochi, where you see the spectacular sunset and the daily lifestyle along Kochi harbor. (at extra charge).
After breakfast, embark on a scenic drive to Periyar, the wildlife and spice plantation hub of Kerala. This afternoon, take a spice plantation tour and learn about the mystery and history of Indian spices. You also get the opportunity to shop for fragrant spices at a local market.
Enjoy an evening at leisure in Periyar.
Optional Evening Tour: This evening, you have the option to visit Periyar Wildlife sanctuary, one of the finest elephant reserves of south India. Take a guided walk of the national park, spotting migratory birds and local wildlife around the lake (at extra charge).
After breakfast drive to Kumarakom, the coastal town in the backwaters of Kerala. On arrival, check-in at your hotel and freshen up.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure in Kumarakom.
Optional Backwaters Sunset Cruise: This evening enjoy a sunset motorboat cruise along the backwaters of Kumarakom. Kerala backwaters consist of a complex network of lagoons, lakes, & canals and are best experienced while slowly rowing down the labyrinth of canals, appreciating life on the banks, lush green rice fields, and coconut groves (at extra charge)
FLY Koch - Delhi
After a leisurely breakfast, embark on your return drive to Kochi, where you will be transferred to the airport to catch your flight to Delhi, the capital city of India.
Upon arrival in Delhi, check in at your hotel for overnight stay.
This morning, discover the history and heritage of Delhi, with a visit to Qutab Minar, a fine example of Indo-Islamic architecture. Then drive to the old part of the city, walking through the busy streets of Chandni Chowk, to Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. En route, drive past the splendid Red Fort, India Gate, President's House, Parliament House and other Government Secretariat Buildings of Lutyens Delhi.
Later this afternoon, embark on your drive to Agra, city of the world famous Taj Mahal.
Upon arrival in Agra, check in to your hotel for overnight stay.
This morning witness the surreal views of the Taj Mahal by sunrise. Step inside this eternal symbol of love and appreciate the intricate designs and symmetries that rhyme as a poem written in marble. Taj Mahal is an extravagant display of love, built by Shah Jahan in memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal.
Later visit the splendid Agra fort, built in red sandstone, encapsulating magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and beautiful gardens
Enjoy the evening at leisure in Agra.
Option to watch a classic Theatre Performance: This evening, you have the option to watch a live theatre performance, introducing you to the story of the Taj Mahal. Watch the spectacular performance - â€œMohabbat the Taj â€“ The saga of loveâ€, staging the largest replica of the Taj Mahal, and presenting the legend of love that created this magnificent mausoleum (at extra charge)
After breakfast, embark on a leisurely drive to Jaipur - land of the Rajputs. Jaipur is an exuberance of colour, dance and traditional arts and crafts. Known, as the 'Pink City', Jaipur is home to ancient forts and palaces and is one of India's most well planned cities.
En route to Jaipur, visit Fatehpur Sikri, the capital city of the Mughal Empire in the 16th century. Upon arrival check in at your hotel for 02 nights stay. Enjoy an evening at leisure in Jaipur.
Option for Home Hosted Dinner: This evening you have the option to learn more about local lifestyle and culture of India with dinner at an Indian home. Spend time talking to your hosts and learn about their way of life. You may also opt for a unique opportunity to step inside an Indian kitchen and learn the age old art of Indian culinary delights. Your hosts will be happy to share their secret recipes and give you some handy tips about Indian cooking (at extra charge)
This morning, visit the Amber fort, which was built in the 16th century. An elephant ride will help you ascend to this hilltop fort (elephants are subject to availability). Alternatively, you could choose to walk or drive up to the fort.
This afternoon, visit the City Palace complex with its museums and Jantar Mantar, the ancient astronomical observatory, and the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds), built in the 18th century. This palace with its innumerable windows and screened balconies was especially built for the royal women to view the city and processions from behind their purdahs.
Later explore the many facets of Jaipuri crafts such as semi precious jewels, pottery, colourful embroidered fabrics with mirror work, woven carpets etc â€“ watch artisans at work and enjoy souvenir shopping in this colourful city of Jaipur.
After breakfast, embark on a return drive to Delhi, where you will be transferred to the International Airport to catch your flight back home. Travelite (India) services terminate at Delhi.
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