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This tour of India takes in the highlights of the north and south – revealing some of the country’s wonderful secrets from hill stations to wildlife sanctuaries to elephant camp tours!  Travel from Kochi to Delhi and combine the slower delights of Kerala with the rush and jumble of Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan on this incredible adventure.

Best Time: October to March

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As a centre for the spice trade for centuries, cosmopolitan Kochi has an intriguing mix of cultural influences from both the Indian continent and overseas. The streets of Fort Kochi is where the city's extraordinary history of foreign influence and settlement is reflected in an assortment of architectural styles which have an old world charm
St. Francis Church is the oldest church constructed by the Europeans in India.

Chinese Fishing Nets are a fascinating sight at the entrance of the Cochin harbor. They were first brought to Kerala by the Chinese traders from Kubla Khan’s Court

The Dutch Palace which was built by the Portuguese is well known for its mural paintings representing scenes from the epics Ramayana and Mahabharatha. In the central courtyard of the palace is a temple dedicated to Pazhayannur Bhagavathy.

The Jewish Synagogue built in 1568 A.D was destroyed by the Portuguese in 1662 and rebuilt by the Dutch two years after. Scrolls of the Old Testament and a number of Copper Plates inscribed in the Hebrew script are preserved in the synagogue.

Santa Cruz Basilica is a Roman Catholic Church with beautiful paintings on its ceiling.
The Dutch Cemetery is situated near the entrance to the beach, a short distance away from St Francis Church.

Evening, enjoy Kathakali, the stately dance of Kerala- both make up and dance.



Kathakali make-up is the the slow metsmorphosis of mortals into immortal deities and demons. A lengthy affair, the process takes two-three hours to complete. Doing the facial using natural pigments like manayola, actors turn themselves into mythical beings step-by-step. And as the brilliant head-gear is fixed on their heads, they become larger than life.

Overnight at hotel in Kochi.
After breakfast drive to Munnar. Arrive Munnar , check in and freshen up.

Overnight in Munnar.
After breakfast proceed to the famous Rajamalai wildlife sanctuary. Spend the morning enjoying the beauty of the rolling grassland among which the rare species of Nilgiri Tahr or Nilgiri ibex graz. After Lunch proceed to visit the Rose garden, here you will see a variety of roses which is a feast for the eye. It is also a major bird watching spot, different variety of birds can be spotted here.

Overnight at Munnar.
Elephant Camp in The Punnathur Kotta, located 3 km from the Guruvayur temple is the largest elephant sanctuary in India. Once the property of the kings of Punnathur, this 10 acre camp is home to more than 60 elephants. The intriguing fact here is that all these elephants are offerings made by devotees to the temple.

This elephant camp has produced many renowned elephants like Guruvayur Kesavan and Guruvayur Padmanabhan, used during major temple festivals & processions to carry the temple idol like the Shiveli procession.

The elephants in the camp will participate in an elephant race held by the temple to determine who will carry the Guruvayurappan Idol during the festival. The Anayottam (Elephant Race) attracts thousands of tourists to this place.
October to March is the best time to visit the Park

Leave for Bandipur. Declared a National Park in 1974, Bandipur once served as the hunting ground of the Mysore Maharajas. Bandipur National Park covers an area of 890 sq km housing some of the most exotic species of flora and fauna. Bandipur National Park is popular for being home to Royal Bengal Tigers, Asian Elephants and chittals. One can also spot other wildlife like sambar, wild boar, jackal, gaur, barking deer, langur, etc. as well. Sightings of King cobra, viper, rat snake, python, common cobra, etc. are also common in the park.

Overnight at Bandipur.
The peaceful city of Mysore has a score of lovely parks, grand buildings, well-regarded yoga centres and an incredible palace, the product of its Wodeyar Dynasty heritage.
Sightseeing tour of Bangalore’s important destinations -Tipu's Palace, Bull Temple, Lalbagh, Vidhana Soudha (Outside view), Museum, Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple. Overnight at Bangalore.
It's big, it's bold, it's busy - and there is nowhere in the world quite like it. Delhi's sights and sounds are sure to engage and intrigue.
Famed for the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal, Agra is a city with a fascinating history and is rich in Mughal heritage, lush gardens and exquisite buildings and temples.
Best time to visit: October to March

Rajasthan is well-known for its wealth of temples, heritage buildings and 16th-century forts. The place is known for the rulers, at its extraordinary and beautiful best. The home of the Rajputs, a gathering of warrior groups who have regulated this part of India for 1000 years as per a code of valor and honor much the same as emulated by medieval Europe's knights.
Jaipur was designed by royalty and has delighted visitors for centuries with its pink-hued buildings, wonderful bazaars and rainbow of bright colours dancing along hectic streets.
Best Time: Peak Summer - March to May

Covering 392 sq km of forest, Ranthambhore National Park has over 40 species of animals and 300 species of birds, but its most famous inhabitants are its tigers.
With dusty hills in the background and tranquil lakes its centrepiece, Udaipur is a truly beautiful city with fabulous heritage buildings, restaurants and narrow laneways.
The holy city of Pushkar is a place of beauty with its whitewashed buildings, serene lake, rooftop restaurants and impressive temples.
Delhi – Departure transfer to the airport
Departure transfer to Airport

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