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The Golden Triangle is a great starting point for anyone visiting India for the first time. The journey is made up of three of the most visited cities in north India – Delhi, Agra and Jaipur, offering a fantastic combination of history and culture.
Only after stepping foot in India will you realise that Indian cuisine, as you know it, just doesn’t exist. To paint both the delicate and punchy flavours of India with the same broad brushstroke overlooks the smorgasbord of dishes on offer from north to south. Tried and tested recipes balance coriander, cumin and cardamom with almost scientific precision, guaranteeing a culinary experience you will never forget.
Enjoy a sneak peek into daily life in India by staying at a haveli or in a homestay. If only for a few nights, you will be shoehorned into a family, enjoying traditional Indian hospitality, sampling home cooked food and exploring the path less travelled. Staying at one of these unique lodgings will give you an incredible insight into real India, and you will be welcomed with open arms by hosts whose wealth of local knowledge knows no bounds. Coming in all shapes and sizes, from plantation bungalows to historic houses, majestic forts and charming cottages, a short stay in one of these unique properties allows you to immerse yourself in India rather than simply visit it.
India is a magical country which welcomes travellers with a chaotic and colourful assault on the senses. Never is this more prominent than during one of the many festivals. Below we have listed the dates for the major festivals in India in 2017. Speak to one of our specialists about incorporating one of these into a tailor-made itinerary.
With millions of passengers on the move every day, travelling on some 71,000 miles of track, India's intricate network of railways are the arteries of the country, connecting its bustling cities with its sleepy villages and everywhere in between. The sprawling rail network reaches the nooks and crannies of India which are otherwise impossible to find. Amongst the country's miles of train tracks are some of the most picturesque rail journeys in the world, most notable of which are its famed toy trains. Whilst perhaps not the most efficient way of getting from A to B, the experience is an absolute must to add to your India itinerary.
At Home in Kerala
Cochin, Munnar, Thodupuzha, Backwaters
Best for: Culture History, Highlights, Off the beaten track
A diverse ten night itinerary taking you through the highlights of Kerala whilst staying in some of our favourite homestays. Enjoy delicious home cooking and gain an insight into local culture and traditions many never experience.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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There is no better way to discover authentic India than to stay in homestays, and no state offers a greater selection than Kerala. Although sometimes fairly basic, homestays are full of character, offering delicious home cooking, friendly and welcoming hosts, and an unrivalled insight into local life. This ten-night itinerary includes some of our favourite south Indian homestays alongside Kerala’s most well-known attractions. Stay in family-run homestays and a rural farmstay whilst discovering the cosmopolitan city of Cochin, the beautiful hill station of Munnar and Kerala’s glistening network of backwaters.
Days 1 - 4 : Cochin, Kerala and the South, India
Stay at The Francis Residence for 3 nights
The trip begins in Cochin, a cosmopolitan port city known for its unique blend of Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch and British influences. Upon arrival in Cochin, you will be collected and transferred to the Francis Residence, a warm and welcoming family-run homestay in a residential area just minutes away from the centre of Cochin. That first afternoon and evening is free to settle into your hotel before exploring the diverse cultural delights of Cochin with a private guide the following day, including the iconic Chinese fishing nets, St. Francis Church and the bustling markets of Ernakulam. On your second full day in the city, try your hand a preparing some local Keralan cuisine at a cooking class and enjoy a Kathakali performance in the evening, a classic Indian dance drama known for its elaborate costumes and characters that originated in Cochin.
Days 4 - 6 : Munnar, Kerala and the South, India
Stay at Mistletoe Homestay for 2 nights
From Cochin, you will be driven approximately four hours to the beautiful hill station of Munnar, a rural town nestled in Kerala’s Western Ghats. Spend two nights at Mistletoe Homestay, a simple property offering a welcoming atmosphere and stunning views over the surrounding valleys, tea plantations and rolling green hills. Your time in Munnar is free to spend how you wish, perhaps exploring Munnar’s tea and spice plantations, hill walking or mountain trekking before retreating to Mistletoe to enjoy some delicious freshly prepared Keralan cuisine.
Days 6 - 8 : Thodupuzha, Kerala and the South, India
Stay at Dewalokam for 2 nights
Leaving one rural retreat for another, on the morning of day six you will be driven to the wonderful farmstay retreat of Dewalokam. Set within a farm surrounded by jungle and plantations, Dewalokam is a lovely homestay offering a great range of activities, and is a wonderful place to relax and discover Kerala away from the common tourist trail. Spend your time in Dewalokam exploring the family rubber and spice plantations, touring the farm, trying some local cooking techniques or exploring the surrounding region by bicycle.
Days 8 - 11 : Backwaters, Kerala and the South, India
Stay at Philip Kutty's Farm for 3 nights
From Dewalokam, it is approximately a two and a half hours to Kerala’s backwaters, a vast network of waterways, lakes and lagoons. The next three nights will be spent at Philip Kutty’s Farm, a wonderful authentic homestay located on an island in Kerala’s backwaters. Spend your first full day on the backwaters enjoying a day cruise on an iconic Keralan Houseboat, where you can sit back and watch life pass you by as the boat gently meanders along the canals. Your second day at Philip Kutty’s is at your leisure to relax at the property, wander through the surrounding plantation, visit local markets, enjoy Ayurvedic treatments or enjoy a sunset cruise along the backwaters. Your Keralan homestay experience draws to a close on day 11, as you are transferred to Cochin airport in time to board your flight back home.
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From $2096 per person
All meals and experiences as per itinerary
Private car and guide
Ask our specialists for prices excluding flights from the UK. This price is as a guide only. The actual price is influenced by fluctuations in exchange rate, time of year, travel class of flights and the use of private versus shared excursions. Single supplements are likely to apply.