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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. 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.
Northern Kerala and Karnataka
Mysore, Coorg, Neeleshwar, Tellicherry, Sultan's Battery, Cochin
Best for: Culture History, Beach, Family
A diverse two week itinerary introducing the highlights of south India’s lesser visited northern Kerala and Karnataka regions, including historic palaces, picturesque hill towns and an entrancing backwater cruise.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
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Karnataka and northern Kerala is a beautiful region featuring culturally diverse cities, small coastal villages and rolling green landscapes. Despite its apparent charm, the region is much less visited than some of the tourist hotspots further south, resulting in plenty of remote towns, untouched scenery and hidden delights to discover.
Starting in Mysore, ascend the hills into the stunning coffee-plantation of Coorg, before enjoying a private cruise on northern Kerala’s Valiyaparamba Backwaters, a virtually undiscovered glistening network of waterways without the crowds found further south. From there, travel to the fishing town of Tellicherry followed by some time to soak up the beauty of the Wayanad hills before ending the trip in Kerala’ s cosmopolitan port city of Cochin. Throughout, stay at some wonderful rural retreats and boutique gems, including a working plantation, a traditional homestay and an iconic Keralan houseboat.
Days 1 - 3 : Mysore, Karnataka
Stay at Royal Orchid Metropole for 2 nights
After arriving in Bangalore Airport, you will be met by one of our representatives and driven approximately three and a half hours to Mysore, Karnataka’s ‘City of Palaces’. You will spend the next two nights at The Royal Orchid Metropole, a welcoming heritage hotel in the centre of Mysore. The following day, explore the historic delights of Mysore with a local specialist guide, including the Mysore Palace and the 125 year old market, which stands today as a bustling sea of colour with over 700 stalls selling a variety of products. If you are lucky enough to be in Mysore on a Sunday, the Palace is illuminated by nearly 100,000 bulbs, creating a magnificent evening spectacle.
Days 3 - 5 : Coorg, Karnataka
Stay at The School Estate for 2 nights
On the morning of day three, you will be driven approximately three hours to Coorg, a beautiful coffee growing region in the south of Kerala’s Western Ghats. Spend the next two nights at The School Estate, a 19th century plantation bungalow that is now a wonderful boutique homestay surrounded by coffee estates, plantations and finely manicured gardens. Your time at The School Estate is free to spend how you wish, enjoying the numerous trails leading from the property, birdwatching or relaxing amongst the gardens.
Days 5 - 7 : Neeleshwar, Kerala
Stay at Neeleshwar Hermitage for 2 nights
From Coorg, you will be driven approximately three hours to Neeleshwar, where you will spend two nights at the small beach resort of Neeleshwar Hermitage. Spend that afternoon and the following day relaxing at the hotel, lounging by the swimming pool, enjoying Ayurvedic treatments at the spa or relaxing in your private courtyard.
Day 7 - 8 : Neeleshwar, Kerala
Stay at The Lotus Houseboat for 1 night
Today, you will be driven the short journey to the backwaters to board the Lotus Houseboat, a converted rice barge that provides comfortable accommodation for exploring the northern Kerala backwaters. After boarding, sit out on deck and watch life unfold on the banks of the water as the boat slowly meanders along the river. As the boat continues cruising, you will have the opportunity to hop ashore to visit snake temples and small fishing communities. That evening, enjoy a delicious dinner on-board before retreating to your cabin for a night on the backwaters.
Days 8 - 10 : Tellicherry, Kerala
Stay at Ayisha Manzil for 2 nights
On the morning of day eight, you will disembark the houseboat before driving approximately three hours to the coastal fishing town of Tellicherry. The next two nights will be spent at Ayisha Manzil, a simple homestay overlooking the Arabian Sea known for its delicious authentic Malabar food and cooking classes, which you will experience the following evening. You may be lucky enough to witness a Theyyam dance during your stay, a visually stunning worship ritual involving large red headdresses and elaborate costumes that occurs irregularly between the months of November to March.
Days 10 - 12 : Sultan's Battery and Wayanad, Kerala
Stay at Tranquil Resort for 2 nights
From Tellicherry, you will be driven approximately three and half hours inland to Sultan’s Battery, a beautiful town nestled in northern Kerala’s Wayanad Hills. The next two nights will be spent at Tranquil Resort, a superb hideaway on the site of a working coffee, pepper and nut plantation. That afternoon and following day are at your leisure. With over 13 walking trailing to choose from, bird watching facilities, an outdoor pool and over 400 acres of plantations, there is much to keep guests occupied during their stay.
Days 12 - 14 : Cochin, Kerala
Stay at Old Harbour Hotel for 2 nights
On the morning of day 12 you will be driven approximately three hours to Kozhikode station, in time to catch a five hour train to the Keralan city of Cochin. Upon arrival, you will be driven to Old Harbour Hotel, a charming boutique hotel in the heart of the colonial city. That afternoon and evening are at your leisure, before exploring the highlights of Cochin the following day with a private guide, including St. Francis Church, the iconic Chinese fishing nets and the bustling markets of Ernakulam. You may also wish to spend an evening watching a Kathakali performance, a classic Indian dance drama known for its elaborate costumes and characters that originated in Cochin.
That’s just one idea…
We have endless ideas on holidays to India and are experts at designing unique holidays tailored specifically to you. Call us on 020 3141 2850 to talk through your ideas and let’s see what we come up with. It’s what we do best.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8916
From $3611 per person
All meals and experiences as specified on itinerary
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.