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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.
Cochin, Munnar, Thekkady and Periyar National Park, Backwaters, Marari Beach
Best for: Honeymoon, Culture History, Imagine Favourites
Staying in luxurious boutique hotels whilst exploring glistening waterways, lush hill stations and sandy shores, this two week trip is perfect for honeymooners or couples wishing to discover Kerala’s romantic side.
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Taking in some of Kerala’s most beautiful landscapes, spectacular architecture and the enchanting backwaters coupled with some wonderfully serene and intimate hotels, this 14 night itinerary is the ultimate romantic getaway. Begin the trip with a couple of days exploring the diverse culture and architecture of Cochin, before immersing yourself in Kerala’s mountainous beauty at two serene rural retreats. It is then time to discover Kerala’s criss-cross of waterways, known as the backwaters, including a night on one of their emblematic houseboats. The trip ends with a relaxing stay at Marari Beach, the perfect end to this peaceful and intimate escape.
Days 1 - 3 : Cochin, Kerala
Stay at Old Harbour Hotel for 2 nights
Upon arrival in Cochin, you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to the Old Harbour Hotel, a small colonial-style hotel brimming with charm. The following day, discover the cultural and historic delights of Cochin with a private guide, exploring particular highlights of Mattancherry Palace, Kochi Fort, the buzzing markets of Ernakulam and the famed Chinese fishing nets.
Days 3 - 5 : Munnar, Kerala
Stay at Windermere Estate for 2 nights
From Cochin, it is approximately a four hour drive to the beautiful hill station of Munnar, where you will spend the next two nights at Windermere Estate. Located just outside of Munnar in Kerala’s Western Ghats, Windermere Estate is a wonderful plantation retreat offering stunning scenery and superb hospitality. Spend your time at Windermere strolling through tea and spice plantations, touring tea museums, ambling to hidden waterfalls, hill trekking or simply relaxing whilst soaking up the beautiful rural surroundings.
Days 5 - 7 : Thekkady and Periyar National Park, Kerala
Stay at Paradisa Plantation Retreat for 2 nights
Leaving one rural haven for another, you will be driven approximately four hours to Paradisa Plantation Retreat, an intimate and secluded hill retreat occupying terraces carved into Kerala’s Cardamom Hills. The next day is free to spend how you wish. Perhaps enjoy some walks through the surrounding plantation and beyond, venture into the Periyar Tiger Reserve in search of wildlife or visit a local organic tea factory. Alternatively, the property’s swimming pool is a fantastic spot to pause for a while and take in the stunning panoramic valley views.
Day 7 - 8 : Backwaters, Kerala
Stay at Houseboat Lakes and Lagoons for 1 night
On the morning of day seven, you will be driven three hours to Alleppey to board a private houseboat. Spend that day and overnight on the houseboat gently exploring Kerala’s magical maze of backwaters. Sit out on your deck and watch the world go by and enjoy some delicious Keralan cuisine.
Days 8 - 11 : Backwaters, Kerala
Stay at Purity for 3 nights
On the morning of day eight, it is for time for a different backwater experience as you are transferred to Purity, a boutique retreat hidden amongst the coconut groves that line water’s edge. Spend the next two days lounging by Purity’s large outdoor swimming pool, enjoying treatments at their Ayurvedic Spa, and enjoying romantic candlelit dinners by the lakeside. Wildlife boat excursions, fishing trips on the lake, local village walks and temple tours can also easily be arranged for those seeking a more active backwater experience.
Days 11 - 15 : Marari, Kerala
Stay at A Beach Symphony for 4 nights
The final stop on this romantic escape is the tranquil shores of Marari Beach, approximately a 30 minute drive from Purity. Spend the next four nights at A Beach Symphony, an intimate beach retreat with just four private cottages. The property boasts a large swimming pool, a number of seating areas and a wide stretch of deserted sandy beach mere steps away. Although an ideal place for doing nothing, guest can borrow bicycles or take a Tuk Tuk to explore the surrounding area. With attentive personalised service, A Beach Symphony is the perfect place to end a romantic getaway. Consult with the chef for a delicious dinner of your choice on your veranda, or enjoy a private candlelit dinner amongst the gardens.
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From $2350 per person
Meals and experiences as per 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.