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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.
Opulent Hyderabad and the South
Cochin, Tellicherry, Sultan's Battery and Wayanad, Coorg, Mysore, Hyderabad
Best for: Culture History, Luxury, Walking Trekking
A wonderfully varied two week itinerary combining Kerala’s iconic backwaters and forested mountains with Karnataka’s coffee plantations and historic palaces before finishing in one of India’s most extravagant palace hotels.
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This two week itinerary introduces you to the highlights of south India’s Kerala and Karnataka states, finishing with a slice of luxury at Hyderabad’s Taj Falaknuma Palace, a grand hotel exuding opulence and regal splendour. Beginning in the cosmopolitan city of Cochin to explore its diverse cultural influences, you then travel north along the coast to the small fishing town of Tellicherry to try some delicious Malabar cuisine and hopefully catch a rare Theyyam dance performance. From Tellicherry, you travel up into the beautiful undulating landscapes of Wayanad and Coorg, followed by a visit to Mysore, Karnataka’s ‘city of palaces’, and finally, a luxurious stay in Hyderabad. Including authentic homestays, rural nature retreats, a boutique city hotel and a lavish palace, this itinerary is perfect for those looking to experience a taste of all what India’s southern region has to offer.
Days 1 - 4 : Cochin, India
Stay at Old Harbour Hotel for 3 nights
The first stop is Cochin, a city known for its unique blend of Portuguese, Chinese, Dutch and British Influences. Upon arrival to Cochin’s airport, you will be collected by one of our representatives and transferred to the Old Harbour Hotel, an intimate boutique property in the heart of colonial Cochin. That afternoon and evening are at your leisure to settle into your surroundings before enjoying a private guided tour the following day, visiting highlights including St. Francis Church, the markets of Ernakulam and the famed Chinese fishing nets. On your second day in Cochin, you will be taken to the backwaters for a day on an iconic Keralan houseboat, where you can sit out on your private deck and watch life pass you by as the boat gently meanders along the waterways.
Days 4 - 6 : Tellicherry, India
Stay at Ayisha Manzil for 2 nights
Early on the morning of day four, you will be driven to Cochin’s train station in time to catch a train to the small coastal village of Tellicherry, approximately a six hour journey. The next two nights will be spent at Ayisha Manzil, a fairly simple homestay known for its delicious Malabar cuisine and cooking classes. Spend that evening and the following day exploring the local area, trying your hand at some local Indian cooking and perhaps catching a Theyyam performance, a visually stunning worship ritual involving large red headdresses and elaborate costumes that occurs irregularly between November and March.
Days 6 - 8 : Sultan's Battery and Wayanad, India
Stay at Wayanad Wild for 2 nights
From Tellicherry, you will be driven approximately four hours up into the mountains to Wayanad Wild, a secluded nature retreat set amongst the dense forests of Wayanad, surrounded by stunning mountains scenery, lush rice paddies and endless rubber, spice and coffee plantations. Spend that afternoon and the following day enjoying a number in-house excursions offered from Wayanad Wild as you wish. Perhaps enjoying guided nature walks, photographey classes, treks to nearby hillocks, visiting tea plantations, bamboo rafting or simply relaxing by the outdoor swimming pool and soaking up the rural scenery.
Days 8 - 10 : Coorg, India
Stay at The School Estate for 2 nights
From one rural retreat to another, you will be driven approximately four hours to Coorg, a beautiful area known for its green undulating landscapes and picturesque coffee plantations. The next two nights will be spent at the School Estate, a boutique homestay occupying a 19th century plantation bungalow surrounded by finely manicured gardens, lush plantations and coffee estate. Experience Indian country living over the next two days, enjoying a number of walks available around the property, bird watching, coffee picking or relaxing in one of the many secluded seating areas dotted throughout the gardens.
Days 10 - 12 : Mysore, India
Stay at Gitanjali Homestay for 2 nights
From Coorg, it is approximately a three hour drive to Mysore. Often referred to as the ‘City of Palaces’, this nick-name will become clear the following day as you enjoy a private guided tour of the city, visiting highlights including the magnificent Mysore Palace and Mysore’s bustling market, home to over 700 stalls selling everything from natural incense to silk saris. That evening, try your hand at cooking some traditional Indian dishes at a cooking class followed by a dinner with a local family in their home. Whilst discovering the delights of Mysore you will be staying at the wonderful property of Gitanjali, a warm and welcoming homestay just outside the hustle and bustle of Mysore's city centre.
Days 12 - 15 : Hyderabad, India
Stay at Taj Falaknuma Palace for 3 nights
On the morning of day 12, you will be driven approximately three hours to Bangalore airport in time to catch a one hour flight to Hyderabad, India’s technology hub. The next three nights will be spent at the visually stunning Falaknuma Palace, a lavish 19th Century Palace that radiates opulence and regal grandeur. On your first full day in Hyderabad, enjoy a tour of the city’s most renowned attractions and a street food tour, taking you around the Lad Bazaar to discover the traditions and influences behind some of Hyderabad’s most popular delicacies. On your second day, visit the Pochampalli village on a textile tour to observe and learn about different silk weaving techniques. The next day sees your Indian adventure draw to a close as you are driven to Hyderabad airport in time for your flight back home.
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From $4258 per person
Meals and experiences as per itinerary
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