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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, Kerala and the South, India
Best for: Culture History, Honeymoon, Family
Malabar House, situated in one of the many Dutch colonial buildings in Cochin, is an award-winning luxury boutique hotel with just 17 rooms that makes a stylish and peaceful honeymoon sanctuary in the heart of the city’s hustle and bustle.
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Beautiful Malabar House provides a fantastic introduction to Southern India. Its 17 individually styled en-suite rooms and suites combine bright colours, heavy wooden furniture and unusual sculptures to create a sense of freshness and tradition at the same time. The roof garden suites are particularly lovely, and have outdoor terraces with a sitting area overlooking the courtyard.
The restaurant, Malabar Junction is one of the finest seafood restaurants in the south of India, and blends tradition and innovation, serving up superb gourmet food that ranges from a southern Indian thali to duck roasted with fennel and pineapple. There is also a wine lounge showcasing the emerging and mostly excellent Indian wines, and serving tapas dishes that combine eastern and western flavours.
The hotel makes a wonderful base for exploring Cochin. Visit some of the museums, browse through the antique markets and marvel at the array of exotic spices and fabrics on sale in Jewtown. For guests wanting to relax and do their own thing, the hotel has a swimming pool, a spa offering Ayurvedic massages and bikes which can be hired to explore the streets of the city.
When to go
Southern India’s tropical climate means the area isn’t as dry as much of India, though temperatures stay pretty consistent all year round. You can expect a light sprinkling of rain any time of year but the beaches are best visited during the months of November to February with warmer temperatures and minimal rainfall. The hot season between March to June brings high levels of humidity making it best to visit the hill stations which provide relief from the hotter lowlands. Monsoon season begins in July lasting until September, bringing marginally more rain than other times of the year. Once the monsoon subsides in September, the stunning emerald landscape marks an exceptional time for hiking or visiting hill stations.
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Things to do
Watch a Kathakali Performance
Enjoy a classical Indian dance drama which originated in Kerala in the 17th Century. Famous for its elaborate costumes and even more over-the-top characters, it offers a wonderful nights' entertainment along with music and percussion.
Markets of Cochin
A tour of the markets of Ernakulam, the newer and more vibrant of part of Cochin. Explore Broadway, and shop amongst its bustling alleyways and old world charm.
Cooking Demonstration with Nimmy Paul
Nimmy Paul has been teaching people how to cook Keralan cuisine for over 20 years and is renowned for hospitality. This experience allows you to understand Keralan cuisine with her in her home.
Visit to Kumbalangi Village
Visit Kumbalangi Village, a miniature fishing village near Kochi, for a typical Keralan village experience. Explore its natural beauty and observe fishermen using traditional Chinese nets.
Photography tour of Cochin
Explore Cochin with a photographer guide who will take you to the perfect spots to capture the soul of the city on your camera.
Ernakulam walking tour
A tour of the bustling and vibrant Ernakulam, one of Cochin’s newest parts. Enjoy a ferry ride to the district and explore busy narrow market streets and local refreshments.
Kalaripayattu Martial Arts Experience
Enjoy a Kalaripayatttu performance, thought to be one of the oldest martial arts in existence.
Cycling Tour of Different Communities of Cochin
Cochin is a melting pot of different ethnicities, religions and cultures. This cycling tour allows you to visit a variety of communities and learn about their traditions.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Shahpura, Udaipur, Cochin, Munnar, Madurai, Thekkady and Periyar National Park, Backwaters, Marari
Discover beguiling India and all it has to offer on this 19 night itinerary, taking you from the glittering palaces and mighty forts of the north to the rolling hills, vibrant temples, and enchanting backwaters of the south.