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State of India

DELHI - AGRA - FATEHPUR SIKRI - JAIPUR - COCHIN - ALLEPPY - KOVALAM KANYAKUMARI - KOVALAM - TRIVENDRUM

Day 01 / Arrive Delhi
Arrive Delhi at International Airport, welcome by presentable representative of Indian Travel Desk meets and assists and escorted transfer to Hotel. Evening visit to Laxmi Narayan Temple (Known as Birla Temple also) and pray to God for safe journey and life memorable tour back to Hotel. Evening visit to Indian Gate, Parliament House (outside). Overnight stay at Hotel

Day 02 / Delhi - Agra (By Train)
Early Morning pickup from Hotel and transfer to Railway Station to board the super-fast Shatabdi Express Train for Agra, arrive Agra meet and assist by Indian Travel Desk representative and transfer to Hotel. Later visit to Taj Mahal - Monument to Love which was built in 1630 by Mghal Emperor Shah Jahan as a tomb for his beloved wife Mumtaz Mahal. Construction of the Taj Mahal began in 1631, and is believed to have taken 18 years to complete, with over 20,000 craftsmen working around the clock. The design and construction is said to be that of the legendary architect, Ustad Ahamad Lahori. Legend has it that once construction was completed, Shah Jehan had Lahori's hands cut off, and blinded, so he would never be able to duplicate the structure. What makes the Taj Mahal unique is its perfect proportions, distinct femininity, medium of construction and ornamentation. Its marble exterior reflects rose and golden tints at sunrise and sunset, while it is dazzling white during the day. It is impossible to visualize the Taj Mahal in any surrounding others than its paradoxical garden. Paradise, in Islam, is visualized as a lush garden where running streams flow. When the Mughals brought this concept to India they elevated it to heights of Incomparable artistry then visit to AGRA FORT - Fort built in red sandstone with its magnificent palaces, halls of public and private audience and the beautiful gardens. This is where Emperor Shah Jahan was kept under house arrest by his third son Aurangzeb and spent the last year of his life viewing the Taj Mahal from across the river Jamuna. Evening at leisure. Overnight at Agra.

Day 03 / Agra - Jaipur (232 Kms - 5 Hrs. Drive)
After breakfast drive to Jaipur via the Ghostly deserted red sandstone city of Fatehpur Sikri, built in 1569 by the Great Emperor Akbar. Today it is deserted & left in solitude to reminisce over its past glory. Jaipur is also known as The Pink City of India, and also noted for its craftsman skilled in the art of cutting precious stones and famed for its garnets and rubrics. On arrival transfer to Jaipur you will transfer to hotel later visit to City Palace which is a blend of Rajasthani and Mughal architecture. A part of palace has been converted into museum. It has an impressive collection of arts, carpets, enamelware and weapons, Later visit Palace of Winds also known as Hawa Mahal, this elaborate building, now little more than a fa├žade, is encrusted with delicate screens and carved balconies from which the royal ladies, confined to their quarters, could sneak views of the outside world. Past, present and future merge at Jai Singh's Observatory, where time has been accurately measured since the 17th century. Overnight stay at Jaipur.

Day 04 / Jaipur - Cochin (By Air)
After breakfast you will transfer to Airport to board the flight for Cochin. Arrive Cochin meet and assist by Indian Travel Desk representative and transfer to Hotel. Cochin - Capital oasis state of Kerala & on to the Malabar Coats & Kochi, one of the India's most colorful cities, the Dutch palace built by the Portuguese in 1557 and renovated by the Dutch from 1663 with its beautiful murals and Jew town including the antique warehouses and shops, spices trading house and the Jewish synagogue built in 1568, the oldest in the commonwealth. This inter, connected series of Islands & shoreline presents a vivacious blend of Cultures & Religions; Kochi is the only place in the country where you can see Portuguese Churches, a Jewish Synagogue, Hindu Temples, Dutch Architecture & Mosque nearly side by side. This evening a memorable experience in any journey in Kerala is a Boat Trip along the Palm Fringed Lakes & Backwaters of the Area; we enjoy this extraordinary excursion today. As we sail along the shady canals we see cantilevered Chinese fishing nets. From our launch, we enjoy use of narrow produced - Laden dugouts & the everyday life of families living on narrow spits of land between the waters. Later we attend the performance of the Kathakali, one of India's most famous Classical dances. Lavish Costumes & Exotic makeup & Masks intensify the beauty of the dancers, intricate moments. Overnight stay

Day 05 / Cochin - Alleppey (60 kms / 01 hrs.)
After breakfast transfer to Alleppey to meet your way own floating hotel in the famous backwaters. The moving master piece, have been plying the inland waterways of southwest India for untold centuries and originally used as cargo rice boats. The fully furnished and palm covered boats (single & double) bedrooms with attached bath, sit out, kitchen and living room made of traditional wood. In each houseboat, there are 3 men staff (crew), comprising a cook and two well trained punters throughout the cruise. Punters stand on each end of the boat for punting and directing the boat. Kerosene-lit lamps along will be available for light and mosquito nets will be provided. Traditional vegetarian and non-vegetarian Kerala cuisines are served. A journey through the backwaters of Kerala which offer one of the world's truly unforgettable experiences, myriad network of silent lagoons, freshwater river, hyacinth covered canals that wind their way through colorful corridors of forests, palms and fruit trees. A canoe expedition via an intricate network of canals, through backwater villages where daily continues unaltered, as it has for centuries. You will see lush palm groves and stretches of rice fields. Overnight stay.

Day 06 / Alleppey - Kovalam (170 kms / 4 hrs)
After breakfast drive to Kovalam. En-route visit to Kollam - Kollam is a beautiful place and has many places that are worth visiting. Kollam is famous for its beautiful backwaters and a boat ride through the meandering lagoons and rivers is sure to be a mind-blowing experience. Arrive Kollam and visit to Ariankavu Pilgrimage This popular pilgrim center is located at some distance from Kollam, yet is worth the visit. The temple holds its annual festival in December and is a grand spectacle to watch out for. Mahatma Gandhi Beach This beautiful beach is located just 2 kilometers from Kollam and is a fascinating place for taking long walks along the seashore. The sea is calm over here, which makes it ideal for bathing, and swimming. Palaruvi Waterfalls The Palaruvi waterfalls are a series of beautiful rapids, cascading through steep heights and falling down below to make a shallow pool. The water over here is almost white in color giving an impression that it is milk instead of water.

Thangassery Beach : Located at a distance of 5 kilometers from Kollam, this scenic beach is an ideal spot to laze around and has the ruins of an old fort, which gives it a mystical look then continue our drive toward Kovalam. Arrive Kovalam. Check into hotel. Just forget to yourself in the combination of Sea, Sun and Sandy beach. Night stay at Kovalam.

Day 07 / Kovalam
Kovalam an uncluttered beach of silvery sands fringed with rows of tall palms, a sheltered bay, a wide choice of water sports. Kovalam is the perfect place for a seaside holiday. Kerala beaches may be take a backseat because of the backwaters, but entire 900-km length of the Kerala coast is lined with sandy beaches, rocky promontories and coconut palms that definitely merit a visit in every tourist itinerary. Touring the beach sites of Kovalam can make any beach holiday a delightful one, as Kerala's beaches are renowned for the gentle surf and blue waters. Kovalam has three crescent shaped beaches separated by rocky outcroppings. Shallow waters stretching for hundreds of metres are ideal for swimming. The beaches have steep palm covered headlands and are lined with shops that offer all kinds of goods and services. The larger of the beaches is called Light House Beach for its 35 metre high light house which towers over it atop Kurumkal hillock. The second largest one is Hawah Beach named thus for the topless European women who used to throng there. It was the first topless beach in India. Samudra, is least affected of all by the changing times and the tourist inflow. Situated on the Malabar Coast along the Kerala shoreline is a small village of Kovalam. This quiet town of Kovalam came on the tourist map, when its beautiful and secluded beaches were discovered. Today Kovalam has become one of the most popular beach hangouts in India. Kovalam means a grove of coconut trees and truly the coconut trees along the beaches gives it a ravishing look. Arrive Kovalam be relax in the combination of Sea, Sun and Sandy beach. Overnight stay at Kovalam.

Day 08 / Kovalam - Kanyakumari - Kovalam
After breakfast drive to Kanyakumari. Arrive Kanyakumari and visit to Temple Of Goddess Bhagavathi : Goddess Bhagavathi Temple in Kanyakumari is picturesquely located at the confluence of the three oceans - the Indian Ocean, the Bay of Bengal and the Arabian Sea. Originally built by Pandyas, it was expanded later by Nayaks. The image of the Goddess in the sanctum looks serene and beneficent. The eastern gate of the temple facing the Bay of Bengal is opened only five times a year. Swami Vivekananda Rock Memorial : The memorial was erected to commemorate the evening of December 25, 1892, when Swami Vivekananda visited Kanyakumari as a pilgrim and swam to the rock in the sea and spent the whole night there in deep meditation. Only after that, he resolved to serve his Motherland and spread the message of Vedanta. Gandhi Mandapam: It enshrines the spot where the urn containing the ashes of Mahatma Gandhi was kept for public view before immersing its contents in the three seas. Built like an Oriyan temple, the uniqueness in its construction lies in the fact that on October 2nd, Gandhiji's birthday, the sun's rays fall on the place where his ashes were kept. Drive back to Kovalam. Night stay at Kovalam.

Day 09 / Kovalam - Trivendrum Departure (20 kms / 30 mnts)
After breakfast time come to say Good Bye to this "God Own Country" After breakfast you will transfer to Trivendrum Airport to board the flight for your onward destination. Tour end with sweet memories.

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