India South & North Itinerary

This all-encompassing tour of India travels from Kochi to Delhi via cultural and scenic highlights. In a nutshell, explore India's beaches, jungles, deserts and cities.

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Happy local ladies in colourful Saris travelling by boat

Men in pink turbans stand in front of the Taj Mahal

Local man canoeing in Kerala surrounded by reflections

Local women chatting in bright streets of Pondicherry

Range of bright colourful dyes available from street vendor

Traditional tribal dancer in traditional dress and jewellery

Days 1-2 Kochi

Welcome to India! Kochi is where the South and North adventure gets underway, with a ferry ride to Fort Cochin, the aromatic spice bazaars and the beautifully restored Mattancherry Palace. In the evening, attend a Kathakali dance performance.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 3-4 Ootacamund

Travel to Ootacamund and ride the famous toy train through rolling plantations. Visit a tea garden, soak up the tranquil vibe and appreciate why many Indians choose to holiday in Ooty.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 5 Mudumalai National Park

Try to spot tigers, elephants and spotted deer on a safari in Mudumalai National Park.
ACCOM: Jungle resort - 1

Days 6-7 Mysore

Travel to Mysore to view the Maharaja's Palace, dine with a local friend of Intrepid and visit the Keshava Temple.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 8 Mamallapuram

Cycle to the Shore Temple and view incredible carvings.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 9 Pondicherry

Aurobindo Ashram
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 10 Madurai

Witness mysterious rituals at the Sri Meenakshi Temple in Madurai - a labyrinth of lamp-lit corridors.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 11-12 Periyar National Park

Travel through rubber, tea and coffee plantations and stop at a spice farm. Search for elephants and other wildlife with a guide at the Periyar Sanctuary.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 13 Kerala Backwaters Homestay

Share a traditional feast with a local family before taking a stunning sunset cruise through the backwaters of Kerala.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Day 14 Kochi

Return to Kochi for a relaxing day of shopping or sightseeing.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 15-16 Delhi

Arrive in colourful Delhi, a chaotic mixture of museums, bazaars and businessmen. Take a walking tour of the magnificent Old City and visit Jama Masjid.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 17 Agra

Be enchanted by the iconic Taj Mahal and stroll the grounds of the majestic Red Fort.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 18 Rural Rajasthan Heritage Stay

Meet villagers and local craftspeople, then sleep in a converted fort in rural Rajasthan.
ACCOM: Heritage Property - 1

Days 19-20 Jaipur

Visit Jaipur, the 'Pink City', and explore the halls of the Amber Fort.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 21 Ranthambore National Park

Search for Bengal tigers among the lakes and ruined palaces of Ranthambore National Park.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 22 Bundi

Inspect the murals of Bundi Palace and take in the serene atmosphere of this hillside city.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 23-24 Bijaipur

Stay in a fortified mansion in Bijaipur and visit tiny villages.
ACCOM: Deluxe permanent tent - 1, Heritage Property - 1

Days 25-26 Udaipur

Visit City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 27-28 Pushkar/Camel Safari

Travel through the desert near Pushkar on a camel safari and watch the sun set over the golden dunes.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 29 Delhi

Travel back to the bustle of Delhi, India's chaotic capital, where the tour ends.