Golden Triangle & Kerala Backwater 16 days

 
  • Covid-19 Safe
  • Private tour
  • Solo friendly
  • Family friendly
  • Eco Aware

The famous Golden Triangle is combined with Backwater of Kerala. Three most popular tourist destinations Delhi, Agra & Jaipur provide you a slice of British, Rajputana and Mughal royalty. While in Kerala you will witness the unparalleled natural, historical and heritage charm of the South India. This tour will take you to rich historical sights of Cochin, to aromatic tea estate in Munnar. Encounter with exotic wildlife in Periyar, cruise on backwaters of Alleppey and relax on the beaches of Kovalam.


Day 1 Arrive Delhi

On arrival at Delhi airport assistance & transfer to hotel (check in/out time 12pm). Rest time free for personal activities. Overnight at hotel.

Day 2 Delhi (B)

City tour of Delhi. In Old Delhi visit the majestic Red Fort (closed on Monday) the residence of the Mughal emperor for nearly 200 years until 1857. Jama Masjid one of the largest mosques in the world built by Shah Jahan. Cycle Rickshaw ride in Chandni chowk & Khari Baoli Spice Market a busy shopping area with markets full of spices, dried fruit, silver jewelry and vivid saris, while the narrow side streets are crowded with tiny shops selling essential oils, stationery and traditional Indian sweets. Raj Gath the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi where he was cremated after his assassination.

In New Delhi visit Humayun Tomb the first garden-tomb in Indian subcontinent and an early example of Mughal architecture commissioned by Humayun`s first wife Empress Bega Begum in 1569-70. Qutab Minar a 73-metres tall minaret that forms part of the Qutb complex a fine examples of Afghan architecture. Lotus Temple a Bahai House of Worship notable for its flowerlike shape. Also drive pass President House, Parliament & India Gate etc. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3 Delhi - Agra (210km) (B)

Drive to Agra check in at hotel.

Later visit Taj Mahal an ivory-white marble mausoleum commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his favourite wife Mumtaz Mahal, it also houses the tomb of Shah Jahan himself. Agra Fort the main residence of the emperors of the Mughal Dynasty until 1638. And Itmad-ud-Daula Tomb commissioned by Nur Jahan for her father Mirza Ghiyas Beg. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4 Agra - Jaipur (245km) (B)

Drive to Jaipur via visiting Fatehpur Sikri an abandoned predominately a red sandstone construction sprawling over a huge area. See the graceful buildings including Diwan-E-Khas hall, Jodha Bai Palace, Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal & Buland Darwaza. Next visit Abhaneri a small village popular for India`s deepest, largest and amazing step well & a Hindu Temple.

Continue drive to Jaipur check in at hotel. Evening explore the local market of Pink City. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5 Jaipur (B)

City tour of Jaipur the first planned city of India. Established in 1727 by Jai Singh II, the king of Amber when he shifted his capital from Amber to the new city because of the rapidly-growing population and an increasing water scarcity. Noted architect Vidyadhar Bhattacharya used the established principles of Vastu Shastra to build the city. In 1876, the Prince of Wales visited Jaipur and the entire Jaipur city was painted in pink the symbolic colors of hospitality to welcome him. Jaipur rises up majestically against the backdrop of the forts Nahargarh, Jaigarh and Garh Ganesh Temple. In morning visit Amber Fort followed by Jaigarh Fort. Later visit City Palace, Observatory, Hawa Mahal, Sisodia Rani Garden & Birla temple. Explore the famous bazaars of Pink City with its rich history and heritage exudes an amazing mix of royalty and art. Overnight at hotel.

Day 6 Jaipur - Cochin (B)

Transfer to airport to board flight for Cochin. On arrival at Cochin airport assistance & transfer to hotel.

Day 7 Cochin (B)

City tour of Cochin the lovely seaside city flanked by the Western Ghats on the east and the Arabian Sea on the west. You will find here a unique mix and match of traditional as well Western architecture and lifestyle. Visit Fort Cochin a charming seaside area known for its Dutch, Portuguese & British colonial architecture and elaborate bamboo fishing nets at Fort Kochi Beach. St. Francis Church was the original burial site of explorer Vasco da Gama. Upscale eateries and chic cafes serve Keralan specialties, and quaint shops sell cotton clothing and handmade souvenirs. Heritage buildings house contemporary art galleries. Also visit Jewish Synagogue & the Mattancherry Dutch`s Palace. Evening, enjoy the Kathakali Dance show.

Day 8 Cochin - Munnar (140km) (B)

Drive to Munnar check in at hotel. During the British rule in India, Munnar was the summer resort of the Government officials. The natural beauty, calmness and mild cold climate throughout the year make it the favorite tourist places. The tea estates, hills, lakes and forests inside Munnar range expose its beauty.

Day 9 Munnar (B)

Visit Pothamedu which offers an excellent view of the tea, coffee and cardamom plantations in Munnar. Mattupetty dam and its reservoir, a concrete gravity dam built between the hill ranges for water storage for hydroelectric projects. Rajamala a hill station in Eravikulam National Park a natural habitat of the Niligiri tahr 2695 Mts above sea level. Half the world`s population of the rare mountain goat or tahr which is fast becoming extinct, is now found here. Mattupedi Dairy Farm, famous for the Indo-Swiss Farm, a highly specialized dairy farm which comes under Indo-Swiss Livestock Project. Echo Point, go there and scream as loud as you can and wait for a minute to hear your echo back! Also visit Tea Museum to know more about the century old culture a lively glimpse of how the tea culture flourished across South India. Overnight at hotel.

Day 10 Munnar - Ramakkalmedu - Thekkady (110km) (B)

Drive to Thekkady via Ramakkalmedu one of the windiest places in Asia and being so, one can find here a wind farm generating electricity. Visit Frog Rock, Turtle Rock and the highest twin-statue in Kerala called Kuravan & Kurathi. Evening watch Kalaripayattu (Martial Arts for self-defense) & Kathakali Dance show performance.

Day 11 Thekkady - Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary - Kumarakom (B)

Visit Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary on a boat. The tropical evergreen and deciduous forests teeming with elephants, bison, sambar deer, wild dogs, jungle cats, tiger and wild boar along with various species of snake including cobras, vipers, kraits and many non-poisonous snakes is a wildlife lover`s dream. A variety of birds such as grey jungle fowl, Malabar grey hornbill, woodpeckers and bulbuls also have found a home in this sanctuary. Afterwards take a spice plantation tour to see crops of cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. You could stop at the local market and pick some fragrant spices. Continue drive to Kumarakom check in & overnight at hotel.

Day 12 Thekkady - Alleppey (130km) (B,L,D)

Transfer to Alleppey boat jetty to board houseboat and sail through the tropical countryside enchanting backwaters. While sailing enjoy palm fringed narrow canals winding through the vast expanse of paddy fields and the neat tiny hamlets lined up along either side of the canals, the panoramic sights one can never forget. Pass through one of the few areas in the world where farming is done below sea level. Alleppey is referred as the Venice of the East, due to canals, backwaters, and lagoons. Boats are the main mode of transportation here, you can see Shikara boats, small motor boats, passenger boats, cargo boat, and houseboats. Evening enjoy sunset from the sun-deck of the houseboats. The Houseboats have generated electricity, sitting cum dining area, separate bedroom with attached English toilets, sun deck and fully loaded kitchen with a chef & driver. Overnight in houseboat.

Day 13 Alleppey - Kovalam (200km) (B)

Drive to Kovalam check in at hotel. Rest time free and easy for personal activities relax on the beach.

Day 14 Kovalam (B)

City tour of Trivandrum. Visit Sree Padmanabhaswamy Temple embellished in gold-plated covering, the temple sanctom is opened only to Hindu. Attukal Temple, rich in cultural heritage and adorned by impeccable Tamil architecture. The city has a rich tradition of nurturing art and culture since ancient times, witness same by visiting Museums. Napier Museum, renowned for its fine collection of sculptures, paintings and musical instruments. Kuthira Malika built in the 1840 is an iconic monument that gives you a curious insight into the glorious history of Kerala. The museum houses artifacts like the ethnic jewelry that was once worn by the queens, wooden paintings and carvings, armory and idols made of the purest metal. Sri Chitra Art Gallery a perfect place for art lovers housing some of the famous work of Raja Ravi Verma and art objects belonging to the Mughals, Rajputs and Tanjore art schools. Drive through famous beaches which include Shankumugham Beach, Kovalam Beach, Vizhinjam Beach & Light House Beach Road. Overnight at hotel.

Day 15 Kovalam (B)

Day free for personal activities & relax on the beach.

Day 16 Kovalam - Trivandrum Airport / Departure (B)

As per flight schedule transfer to Trivandrum Airport to board flight for onward destination.

* Please check prices for full list of inclusions and exclusions


Inclusions and exclusions

  • Assistance on arrival at airport
  • 15 Nights accommodation in selected price category hotels
  • Meal as per day plan (B- Breakfast, L- Lunch, D- Dinner)
  • Private air conditioned deluxe car for airport transfer, sightseeing and excursion as per program
  • English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program
  • Monuments entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary
  • Bottled drinking water in car
  • Government taxes
  • Agra x 1 nights Howard Plaza the Fern/ Atulyaa Taj DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Agra x 1 nights Radission Hotel/ Crystal Sarovar Premier DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Agra x 1 nights Trident Hotel/ Courtyard by Marriott DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Alleppey x 1 night Deluxe Houseboat (ATDC Houseboat/ Dream Boats) DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Alleppey x 1 night Luxury Houseboat (Xandari Riverscapes/ Lakes & Lagoons) DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Alleppey x 1 night Premium Houseboat (Abad Premium Houseboats/ Rainbow Premium Houseboats) DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Cochin x 2 nights Casino Hotel/ The Avenue Regent DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Cochin x 2 nights The Dune Hotel/ Abad Plaza DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Cochin x 2 nights Xandari Harbour/ Le Meridien DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Delhi x 2 nights Le Meridien/ The Claridges DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Delhi x 2 nights Madhuban Hotel/ Meridian Plaza DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Delhi x 2 nights The Royal Plaza/ Country Inn & Suite Saket DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Jaipur x 2 nights Holiday Inn City Centre/ Lemon Tree Premier DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Jaipur x 2 nights ITC Rajputana/ Hilton Jaipur DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Jaipur x 2 nights Redfox Hotel/ Park Ocean DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Kovalam x 3 nights Estuary Island Resort/Uday Samudra Leisure Beach Hotel DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Kovalam x 3 nights Harmonia Beach Resort/ Sagara Beach Resort DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Kovalam x 3 nights Vivanta by Taj - Green Cove/ The Leela Kovalam Beach DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Munnar x 2 nights Chandys Windy Woods/ Tea County DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Munnar x 2 nights Fort Munnar/ Abad Copper Castle DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Munnar x 2 nights Nature Zone Jungle Resort/ Fragrant Nature Munnar DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Pariyar (Thekkady) x 2 night Abad Green Forest/ Hotel Treetop DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Pariyar (Thekkady) x 2 night Spice village/ Cardamom County DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Pariyar (Thekkady) x 2 night The Elephant Court/ Cardamom County DEPENDING ON PRICE SELECTED
  • Jaipur - Cochin flight fare approx INR 9,500 per person in economy class
  • Camera charges at monuments
  • Meals other than mentioned in day plan
  • Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc
  • Gratuities & optional activities
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions

Available in

English, French, German, Russian, Spanish, Italian
(Other than English guide subject to availability and at additional cost)


Available for

Infants, Children, Students, Adults, Seniors



Departure & Return

Start city: Delhi , NCR, India

Pick up times available: 09:00

Pick up location: Delhi Airport

Ends at: Trivandrum Airport

Nearest airport: Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)



Covid-19 measures

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience

We are Eco Aware:

  • Education & exploration
    Education & exploration
    The product is educational rather than entertainment focused - it respects and gives insight into local traditions and/or environment
  • Interaction with locals or nature
    Interaction with locals or nature
    The major part of the tour is spent on interacting with local communities, their representative(s) (other than guides) or observing the nature or animals without disturbing their natural habitat and environment
  • Licensed tour guide
  • Local or indigenous tour guide(s)

Cancellation policy

0% cancellation fee - 15 days or more before the travel date
20% cancellation fee - between 7-14 days before the travel date
50% cancellation fee - between 3-6 days before the travel date
100% cancellation fee - between 0-2 days before the travel date

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from $1467 per person

* Minimum of 1 adults are required on this tour

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* Free cancellation until 15 days before departure