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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      USD $2,615
      CAD $2,660
      AUD $2,765
      EUR €1,870
      GBP £1,655
      NZD $3,270
      ZAR R25,195
      CHF FR2,305
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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later India South & North.
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Days 1-2 Kochi

Visit fragrant spice bazaars, antique shops, Mattancherry Palace and Fort Cochin. Enjoy an exciting Kathakali dance performance in the evening.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 3-4 Ootacamund

Ride the famous Ootacamund toy train through rolling plantations and learn the secret of making the perfect brew at a tea garden.
ACCOM: Resort - 2

Day 5 Mudumalai National Park

Stay in a jungle retreat at the foot of the Nilgiri Hills. Safari into the wilds of Mudumalai National Park, home to tigers, panthers, elephants and spotted deer.
ACCOM: Jungle resort - 1

Days 6-7 Mysore

View the illuminated stained glass windows of the ornate Palace of Mysore, once belonging to the Maharaja. Dine with a long-time friend of Intrepid and travel to the Keshava Temple - a great example of Hoysala architecture.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 8 Mamallapuram

Travel to Mamallapuram, cycle around the Shore Temple and see the massive rock carving known as Arjuna's Penance.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 9 Pondicherry

Follow the scenic south coast of India to French-influenced Pondicherry and visit the Sri Aurobindo Ashram.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 10 Madurai

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

Days 11-12 Periyar National Park

Travel through rubber, tea and coffee plantations, and then breathe in the fresh aroma of spices on a visit to a spice farm. At Periyar National Park, join a forest guide and try to track herds of elephants.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 13 Kerala Backwaters Homestay

Share a traditional feast with a local family and take a sunset boat tour through the Kerala backwaters.
ACCOM: Homestay - 1

Day 14 Kochi

Enjoy free time to explore the vibrant streets of Kochi and admire the medieval Portuguese, Dutch and British Raj architecture before wrapping up this southern Indian adventure.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 15-16 Delhi

Chaotic Delhi is awash with historical sites, museums and markets. Visit the wonderful walled city of Old Delhi and see one of its most impressive buildings, the Jama Masjid. Join the crowds to explore the bazaars; everything is for sale here from fireworks and silks to copper and spices.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 17 Agra

Travel by train to the Mughal city of Agra. Learn the tragic love stories and mysterious legends of the Red Fort. Visit the iconic Taj Mahal - constructed from marble and inlaid with jade, crystal and sapphire, it must be seen to be believed.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Day 18 Rural Heritage Stay

Journey to rural Rajasthan to stay at a royal family residence. Explore the village, meet villagers and chat with traditional craftspeople for a unique insight into local life.
ACCOM: Heritage Property - 1

Days 19-20 Jaipur

Visit the Amber Fort en route to Jaipur, Rajasthan's 'Pink City'. Jaipur is bursting at the seams with markets filled with jewellery, textiles and folk-based arts. After bargaining for souvenirs, there's an opportunity to laugh, shout and cheer with locals at a lively Bollywood film.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 21-22 Bundi

Journey through rural Rajasthan to Bundi. Admire stunning murals at the palace that presides over the town's Brahmin-blue rooftops, explore the enchanting alleyways and experience life in remote Rajasthan.
ACCOM: Heritage Property - 2

Days 23-24 Rural Heritage Stay

Journey through rural Rajasthan to the quaint city of Bassi. Spend the first night in a beautiful fortified mansion then spend the second night in a deluxe tent camping under the stars.
ACCOM: Deluxe permanent tent - 1, Heritage Property - 1

Days 25-26 Udaipur

Rolling hills, white marble palaces and lakes come together to make Udaipur the most romantic city in Rajasthan. Visit City Palace, one of the largest royal palaces in India.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Days 27-28 Pushkar

With India's only Brahma temple and a holy lake, Pushkar is the place to rub shoulders with pilgrims and sadhus (holy men). For a change of pace, take a camel ride into the desert and witness a magical sunset among the dunes. In free time, shop, explore or head to a hilltop temple for views over the town. A hot chai at the top makes the effort worthwhile!
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Day 29 Delhi

Come full circle on return to the hum of Delhi.