Kerala Golden Triangle Travel Plan
Best Indian Golden Triangle Tour Itinerary with Kerala
Kerala, the land of Gods, is an ultimate fun to explore. It gives you some precious moments with mother nature and let you participate in the adventurous activities. Kerala is one of the top 10 places in World that must be travelled once in a lifetime by National Geographic.
Plan 1: 9 Nights Golden Triangle With Kerala
Destinations covered: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Trivendrum - Alleppey - Kumarakom - Cochin
Duration of the tour: 09 Nights / 10 Days
Day 01 / Arrival Delhi
Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the airport & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 02 / Delhi
After breakfast proceed for sightseeing tour of Old Delhi & New Delhi :
OLD DELHI - A sight-seeing tour of Old Delhi would entail visiting the Raj Ghat - the memorial site where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated; Jama Masjid - the largest mosque in India and the Red Fort - once the most opulent fort and palace of the Moghul Empire. Enjoy the cycle rickshaw ride from Jama Masjid to Chandni Chowk.
NEW DELHI - An extensive sight-seeing tour of New Delhi would include a visit to the Humayun's Tomb, the Qutub Minar, a drive along the ceremonial avenue - Rajpath, past the imposing India Gate, Parliament House, the President's Residence, Lotus Temple and would end with a drive through the Diplomatic Enclave. Night stay in Delhi.
Day 03 / Delhi - Agra (By superfast air-conditioned train Dep. 06:10 hrs. Arriv. 08:05 hrs. ) Agra - Jaipur ( By road ) enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri
Early morning pick up from hotel & transfer to railway station to board the superfast air-conditioned train to Agra. Breakfast in the train. Arrive Agra in approx. 02 hours & visit the magnificent Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. 20,000 men laboured for over 17 years to build this memorial to Shah Jahan's beloved wife Also visit the Agra fort - the rusty and majestic red-sandstone fort of Agra stands on the banks of the river Yamuna and the construction was started by Emperor Akbar in 1566. At the Diwan-I-Am (hall of public audience), a colonnaded hall of red-sandstone with a throne alcove of inlaid marble at the back, the Emperor heard public petitions. At the Diwan-I-Khas (hall of private audience) where marble pavilions with floral inlays lend an ethereal ambience, the Emperor sat on his gem-studded Peacock Throne and met foreign ambassadors and rulers of friendly kingdoms & enjoy a lavish buffet lunch in a 5* hotel in Agra. After lunch drive to Jaipur enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri- a perfectly preserved red sandstone which was the estranged capital of mughal emperor Akbar, built in 1569 and deserted when its water supply failed. Arrive Jaipur & transfer to hotel. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 04 / Jaipur
After a relaxed breakfast proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort. Visit
AMBER FORT PALACE, City Palace, jantar Mantar and hawa Mahal. Evening enjoy an authentic Rajasthani dinner at CHOKHI DHANI VILLAGE RESORT with cultural programme. Night stay in Jaipur.
Day 05 / Jaipur - Trivandrum ( Via Mumbai )
After breakfast chek out from hotel and transfer to airport to board the flight for Trivandrum via Bombay . Arrive Trivandrum . Meet assist at the airport and transfer to hotel at Kovalam (Trivandrum - Kovalam approx. 16 kms. ). Kovalam is an internationally renowned beach of Kerala, with three adjacent crescent beaches. Kovalam has been a favorite haunt of tourists, especially Europeans, since the 1930s. A massive rocky promontory on the beach has created a beautiful Bay of calm waters ideal for sea bathing. The leisure options at this beach are plenty and diverse - sunbathing, swimming, herbal body toning massages, special cultural programs, Catamaran cruising etc. Evening enjoy the beach. Night stay in Kovalam.
Day 06 / Kovalam
After breakfast sightseeing of Trivandrum :
Padmanabha Swami Temple, the only one in Kerala where foreign nationals are allowed near the Sanctum Sanctorum. Known for its mural paintings and stone carvings, the temple is a blend of Kerala and Dravidian styles of architecture.
Kuthiramalika, a palace of the erstwhile Composer King of Travancore, displays a rare specimen of workmanship in the traditional Travancore style of architecture with exquisitewoodcarvings (closed on all Mondays).
The Napier Museum, houses a rare collection of archaeological and historic artifacts, bronze idols, ancient ornaments, a temple chariot and ivory carvings (closed on all Sundays & Wednesdays).
Shree Chitra Art Gallery, displays select paintings by Raja Ravi Varma, Svetlava & Nicholas Roerich, including some exquisite works from the Rajput, Mughal and Tanjore schools of art in India. The collection includes paintings from China, Japan, Tibet and Bali (closed on all Mondays & Wednesdays). The evening is free to relax on the Beach. Night stay in Kovalam.
Day 07 / Kovalam - Alleppey
After breakfast leave to Alleppey by surface 165 kms. On Arrival transfer to Kettuvallam (House Boat). Cruise start after Lunch on board . Houseboats or ‘Kettuvalloms’ are luxurious boats with well-appointed bedrooms and ensuite bathrooms. You can sunbathe on the deck or observe the palm fringed landscape from your cabins. Apart from the mesmerizing surroundings it’s the life along the coast that adds a touch of exotica to this experience. The locals’ travel in canoes and you will find vegetable sellers, fishermen and other traders bringing household goods, door to door in small wooden boats. As you cruise along the backwaters you can ask your captain to stop at villages, paddy fields and other places. Night stay at house boat.
Day 08 / Alleppey - Kumarakom
After breakfast move from house boat at Kumarakom and transfer to the backwater resort. Kumarakom is also one of the enchanting backwater regions of Kerala. The labyrinthine network of rivers, canals, streams and lagoons which form the famed backwaters offer stunning views and is an ideal place to relax. Visit Kumarakom bird sanctuary located on the banks of the backwaters and renowned for its varied avian population. Local varieties such as Waterfowls, Cuckoos and Owls, as well as the migratory Siberian Cranes can be viewed here. Day excursion to the bird sanctuary. Night stay in Kumarakom.
Day 09 / Kumarakom - Cochin
After breakfast drive to Cochin. On arrival in Cochin transfer to hotel. Cochin, A port town since early centuries, Cochin attracted traders and invaders from the world over. Also known as the spice coast of India. Later sightseeing tour of cochin including The Hill Palace Museum, a fully-fledged archeological museum and Kerala’s first ever Heritage Museum are the main attractions (closed on Mondays). Chinese Fishing Nets, this unique style of huge cantilevered fishing nets were erected between 1350 and 1450 AD by traders from the Court of Kubla Khan, a Chinese King. Santa Cruz Basilica, this historic church was built by the Portuguese and elevated to a Cathedral by Pope Paul IV in 1558. Pope John Paul II proclaimed the Church a Basilica in 1984. The Jewish Synagogue, constructed in 1568, this is the oldest Synagogue in the Commonwealth (closed on Saturdays & Jewish Holidays). The area around the Synagogue, called Jew Town, is the centre for Spice & Handicraft shops.Mattanchery Palace (Dutch Palace), built by the Portuguese in 1557 and presented to the Regent of Kochi (closed on Fridays). Return to hotel rest of the day free/ shopping at Ernakulam. Evening Witness Kathakali the famous dance drama of kerala. This dance is characterised by some great story telling, amazing costumes and extensive make-up. Start early to see the artist preparing themselves for the show (5 PM ). Watch in detail the ritual worth seeing hour long process of make-up as part of our daily KATHAKALI performance. After the Performance, you will have a unique opportunity to take photographs along with the artists in colorful costumes as a souvenir. Entire performance will be supported with commentary in English. Night stay in Cochin.
Day 10 / Cochin - Departure
After breakfast check out from hotel and transfer to airport.
Plan 2: 15 Nights Golden Triangle Tour with Kerala
Kerala is an Indian state located on the Malabar Coast of south-west India. Kerala is a popular tourist destination famous for its backwaters, Ayurvedic treatments and tropical greenery.
Duration of Tour : 15 Nights / 16 Days
Destination Covered : Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi - Trivandrum - Kovalam - Kumarakom - Allepey - Thekkady - Munnar - Cochin - Delhi.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi
After arriving Delhi you will be met by our representative. He will address you about the location and then shift you to Hotel by our own cab. Rest of the day free for your own activities. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 2: Delhi
After having breakfast, get ready for the morning tour of Delhi. Visit: Raj Ghat and Shanti Vana,
Red Fort and Chandni Chowk,
Qutub Minar ,
Laxminarayan Temple - a modern Hindu temple.,
Also drive past President's House, Parliament House, Government Secretariat Buildings and Connaught Place shopping centre. Overnight at Delhi.
Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur (206 kms - 4 hrs)
In early morning, we will drive to Jaipur. On arrival check in at hotel. Rest of the day is available for the leisure activities.
Day 4: Jaipur
In early morning visit Amber Fort. Amber Fort was the ancient capital of the State. Visit the Sheesh Mahal or the Hall of Victory glittering with mirrors.
Afternoon tour of Jaipur: - Jaipur - the capital of Rajasthan, is a dreamland built with red and pink sandstone, splendid monuments adorn the whole city. Popularly known as ‘Pink City’. Built by Maharaja Jai Singh, the notable astronomer, this city is 260 years old. Visit Maharaja's City Palace, the Observatory & Ram Niwas Gardens. Drive past Hawa Mahal & through the pink rose residential & business areas. Overnight Jaipur.
Day 5: Jaipur - Agra (256 kms - 5/6 hrs)
Detailed Itinerary: - Be ready in early morning to drive to Agra enroute visiting Fatehpur Sikri. Fatehpur Sikri is 40 kms from Agra and built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. See the graceful buildings including the Jama Masjid, Tomb of Salim Chisti, Panch Mahal and other Palaces. Overnight Agra.
Day 6: Agra - Delhi (203 kms - 3 hrs)
Taj Mahal was built by the Moghul Emperor Shah Jahan in 1630 for his Queen Mumtaz Mahal to enshrine her mortal remains. It is widely considered as one of the most beautiful buildings in the world and stands as a symbol of eternal love. Later visit the Agra Fort containing the Pearl Mosque, the Halls of Public and Private Audience. Afternoon drive to Delhi. After Reaching Delhi, check into the hotel. Overnight stay in Delhi.
Day 7: Delhi Trivandrum - Kovalam
Detailed Itinerary: - After having some breakfast, you will be transfer to Domestic Airport to Catch the Flight for Trivandrum. After arriving at the Trivandrum airport, you will be met by our Golden tour representative who will escort you to the hotel of Kovalam. Rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight stay at the hotel.
Day 8: Kovalam
The day is at leisure to explore the famous and elegant sea shore with its natural beauty besides enjoying some of the best Ayurvedic treatments that benefit both body and soul at the Ayurveda Resort in Kovalam. Enjoy the water sports and other activities. An optional day tour to Kanya kumari which is a 3 hrs drive from Kovalam. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 9: Kovalam - Kumarakom
Get up early in the morning and proceed to Kumarakom (120 km). On arrival check in at Hotel. Kumarakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna and also get an opportunity to catch the glimpse of farms.
Afternoon visit the Bird Sanctuary, where you can see the variety of species of the birds and other animals roaming around the sanctuary. In the evening takes an optional sun-set cruise at Vembanad Lake.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 10: Kumarakom - Alleppey
Enjoy gorgeous sights and sounds that will be really attractive to add up to an experience of a lifetime while cruising around the backwater. Overnight stay at the houseboat.
Day 11: Alleppey - Thekkady
In the morning proceed to Thekkady (3 hrs). On arrival check in at Hotel. The day is at leisure to go around and visit some spice gardens. Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 12: Thekkady
In the morning proceed to visit Periyar wild life sanctuary to explore rare spices of birds and animals amidst lush green forest surrounded by the biggest rain water lake. During your boat cruise, you will also be able to have a look at many wild animals lying on the banks of Lake Periyar.
Day 13: Thekkady - Munnar
In the morning proceed to Munnar (enroute visit Mattupatty dairy farm and Idukki Dam, enjoy the boating, take the heavenly fragrance of fresh tea wafting out of the innumerable tea processing plants). On arrival check in at Hotel. Take some rest and in the afternoon proceed for a city tour of Munnar. Overnight stay at hotel.
Day 14: Munnar
Munnar is home to lush green tea, coffee and spice plantations. So in the morning, first of all we will visit the beautiful tea gardens and spice plantations. Munnar is a great place to visit for the summer vacations. In afternoon, visit the Eravikulam National Park. Overnight stay at your hotel in Munnar.
Day 15: Munnar - Cochin
After having some south Indian breakfast, get ready to proceed to Cochin (4hrs drive). On arrival check in to hotel.
Cochin - the palm green commercial town of Kerala has one of the finest natural harbours in the world. The illuminated port town is a beautiful sight in the night. Afternoon visit the ancient buildings and Chinese Fishing Nets. In the evening there is an optional visit to watch Kathakali Show (a traditional dance form of Kerala). Santa Cruz cathedral is another attraction of Kochi. You will surely enjoy the climate and places of visits.
Overnight stay at Hotel.
Day 16: Cochin - Onward Destinations
After farewell dinner, assistance and transfer to the Cochin airport/Railway Station in time to connect your onward flight/train home.
Plan 3: 17 Nights Kerala with Golden Triangle
Duration: 17 Nights / 18 Days
Places Covered: Delhi - Agra - Jaipur - Delhi - Chennai - Trivandrum - Cochin - Periyar - Madurai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram - Chennai
Day 01: Arrival at Delhi
Company representatives will receive you on arrival at the international airport in Delhi late in the night or midnight. Transfer to your hotel. Relax. Overnight will be at Delhi.
Day 02: Delhi
Breakfast will be at the hotel. Start a full-day tour of Old and Delhi. Overnight will be at Delhi.
Day 03: Delhi - Agra
Start for Agra early in the morning after breakfast. En-route you will visit the SIKANDRA. Check in at hotel.
Overnight will be at Agra.
Day 04: Jaipur
Enjoy your breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for a morning excursion to Amber Fort. Elephant ride ascent to the fort. Relax in the evening or visit the markets. Overnight will be at Jaipur.
Day 05: Jaipur - Delhi
After leisurely breakfast proceed for shopping. Leave for Delhi after lunch. Reach Delhi and you will be transferred to airport for flight with sweet memories of India after FAREWELL DINNER.
Day 06: Delhi - Chennai
Transfer to hotel Le Meridien (near the airport)
Day 07: Chennai - Trivandrum
Transfer to Somatheeram Ayurvedic Resort
Day 08: Ayurvedic Beach Resort
Relax and enjoy the facilities at the resort including private beach, yoga, massage, nature walks, classical music and dance programs on open-air stage, visits to local traditional village.
Day 09: Backwaters of Kerala
From the resort drive to the pier to board a private rice boat. Meals and overnight on houseboats.
Day 10: Backwaters - Cochin
Morning relax on houseboat, after lunch drive to Cochin 65 Kms/ 1 1/12 hrs.), transfer to hotel. Taj Mallabar Hotel, overlooking the harbor, sea facing rooms.
Day 11: Cochin
Full day sighseeing: Dinner at traditional Kerala restaurant. Taj Mallabar Hotel
Day 12: Periyar
Periyar Wild life Sanctuary Home to bison, antelopes, sambars, wild boars, monkeys, langurs, a wide variety of birds, and some 750 elephants. Hotel Taj Garden Retreat
Day 13: Periyar - Madurai
Relax at Periyar in the morning. In afternoon, drive to Madurai, "The Temple City of India." Evening relaxed overview of the city, independent strolling. Hotel Taj Garden Retreat in Madurai, cottages.
Day 14: Madurai
Full day sighseeing:
Day 15: Madras
Full day sightseeing of Madras: Hotel Taj Coromandel, superior room
Day 16: Drive to Kanchipuram
Visit temples of Kanchipuram enroute to Mahabalipuram. On arrival in Mahabalipuram transfer to Hotel FishermanÕs Cove.
Day 17: Mahabalipuram
Morning relax; afternoon sightseeing: Five Rathas, Shore Temple, ArjunaÕs Penance, Mandapams, Krishna Mandapam.
Day 18: Madras
Relax in the morning. Late afternoon drive back to Madras (80kms./2hrs. drive). Transfer to international airport for flight home.