Quintessential North & South

22 Days: Delhi > Cochin

  • Delhi
  • Agra
  • Jaipur
  • Pushkar
  • Udaipur
  • Mumbai
  • Mahabalipuram
  • Tanjore
  • Madurai
  • Kovalam
  • Thottapally
  • Alleppey
  • Cochin

Quintessential North and South India

Trip Code: AITQNS

Superior hotels: AU$8,425 per person

Deluxe hotels: AU$10,895 per person

Prices are valid until 30 September 2024, excluding the Christmas / New Year period.

Please contact us for a detailed itinerary and current prices.

Price includes:

•    Double room with breakfast in all places

•    All meals at Chettinad Mansion, Maria’s Heritage Villa and on board the Houseboat

•    Transport by Air conditioned car with English speaking driver

•    English speaking guide in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Mumbai, Mahabalipuram, Tanjore, Madurai and Cochin

•    Cycle rickshaw ride in Old Delhi

•    Elephant / jeep ride at Amber Fort

•    Rickshaw ride with Naturalist at Bharatpur

•    Boat ride on Lake Picola

•    Boat trip to Elephanta Caves

•    Kathakali Dance and harbour cruise in Cochin

•    Arrival and departure assistance at airports

•    Mineral water in the vehicle throughout the trip

•    All Taxes

Not Included:

•    Entrance and camera fees at monuments and sightseeing places

•    Lunch and dinner other than those specified

•    Tips, Porterage, drinks and items of a personal nature

•    Peak season surcharges Nov 5th – 15th , Dec 20th – Jan 10th, Dec 24th and 31st Gala Events

•    Flight Udaipur – Mumbai, Mumbai – Chennai Approx AUD$480 per person

Superior hotels:

Delhi – Almondz Hotel

Agra – Mansingh Palace

Bharatpur – Laxmi Niwas Palace

Jaipur – Shahpura House

Pushkar – Jagat Palace

Udaipur – Lake Picola

Mumbai – Godwin

Mahabalipuram – Ideal Beach Resort

Tanjore – Parisutham

Chettinad – Chettinad Mansion

Madurai – Royal Court

Kovalam – Isola Di Cocco

Alleppey Backwaters – Maria’s Heritage Villa and Spa

Cochin – Tower House

Based on availability – if these are not available, hotels in the same category will be provided.

Deluxe hotels:

Delhi – The Hans

Agra – Marina

Bharatpur – The Bagh

Jaipur – Alsisar Haweli – Suite

Pushkar – Pushkar Palace

Udaipur – Udai Kothi

Mumbai – Gordon House

Mahabalipuram – Temple Bay

Tanjore – Sangam

Chettinad – Chettinad Mansion

Madurai – Hotel Pandyan

Kovalam – Travancore Heritage

Deluxe Houseboat

Alleppey – Marias Villa

CochinGrand Residencia

Based on availability – if these are not available, hotels in the same category will be provided.


  • Introduction

    Covering only a handful of highlights of North and South India, this itinerary will give you an idea of just how varied the two halves of the country are, in an action packed three week trip.

    According to the India Unbound approach to planning and visiting India, 22 days to visit both North and South India is very ambitious! But we understand that sometimes people want a wide-ranging experience in a short space of time. This itinerary is for such people.

    If you have even less than three weeks but still want to sample both North and South India, the itinerary can be reduced to 10 nights: the Golden Triangle (Delhi, Jaipur and Agra) in the north and Cochin and an overnight houseboat journey in Kerala.

    If you are short on time, please make an inquiry and mention how much time you have and what your interests are. We would be happy to send you a customised itinerary.

  • Day 1 Delhi

    Delhi is a bustling, bursting city of more than 12 million people. After arrival to a traditional welcome, transfer to hotel and overnight in Delhi.

  • Day 2 Delhi

    With so many museums, galleries, historical monuments, temples and mosques to see, one could spend days covering all that Delhi offers to the visitor. With the help of an expert local guide, you can choose the sights and activities that interest you, so that you get the most out of your time in this amazing city.

  • Day 3 Agra

    Drive 4 hours to Agra; check in to your hotel and then visit the vast Agra Fort, where there are great views of the Taj Mahal.

  • Day 4 Jaipur

    Dawn visit to the Taj Mahal with a local guide. After breakfast and departure visit the deserted city of Fatehpur Sikri, then continue on to Jaipur, a 4 hour drive. Afternoon free for a wander through the old city, a spot of bargaining/shopping in the local bazaar, or for relaxing at one of Jaipur’s lovely heritage hotels, some of which have swimming pools. [Image: Joshua Doubek].

  • Day 5 Jaipur

    Full day for sightseeing with a local guide. As with Delhi, you can choose the sights and activities that interest you. Most often people visit Amber Fort, the City Palace, and the Maharaja’s astronomy park, complete with oversized and remarkably accurate sun dials.

  • Day 6 Pushkar

    Drive 3 hours to Pushkar; transfer to hotel and afterwards head out with a local guide for a short walking tour of the town. Rest of the evening at leisure or spend the time along the ghats (steps) of Pushkar.

  • Day 7 Udaipur

    After breakfast drive 5 hours to Udaipur; a lovely city, situated on an azure lake and hemmed in by the lush Aravalli hills. Relax in the evening at a lakeside restaurant.

  • Day 8 Udaipur

    After breakfast, start a sightseeing tour of Udaipur with a visit to the City Palace, followed by a visit to the Jagdish Temple and the local folk museum. Later in the day, proceed for boat cruise on the placid waters of Lake Pichola.

  • Day 9 Mumbai

    Transfer to the airport for flight to Mumbai. You will be met on arrival and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day free at leisure.

  • Day 10 Mumbai

    A full day to explore Mumbai with a local guide; morning city tour and afternoon excursion to Elephanta Caves. Later in the afternoon hit the streets for some serious shopping, be it for high-end designer wear or in the bazaars for local goods – or just stroll around and soak up the big city buzz. Mumbai has great restaurants and bars which deserve some of your time.

  • Day 11 Mahabalipuram

    Morning flight to Chennai, where you will be met and then driven 2 hours to Mahabalipuram. Later in the afternoon visit the World Heritage listed temples and carvings with a local guide, including Arjuna’s Penance.

  • Day 12 Tanjore

    Give yourself enough time in the morning to have a swim before heading off on a 5 hour drive to Tanjore. Your hotel here has a lovely palm-fringed swimming pool.

  • Day 13 Madurai

    Drive 4 hours to Madurai. The Madurai cityscape is dominated by the towering gopurams or entrance gates of the Meenakshi temple, the focal point of this busy little city. [Image: Adam Jones].

  • Day 14 Madurai

    Full day with local guide for a visit to the temple, Gandhi museum, Nayak palace, tailor’s market and fruit and vegetable market.

  • Day 15 Kovalam

    Depart Madurai early for a 6 hour drive to Kanyakumari, the southern-most tip of the Indian subcontinent; enjoy lunch by the ocean and then continue on to Kovalam and the famed beaches of Kerala, where you can enjoy a sunset stroll on the beach by the Arabian Sea.

  • Day 16 Kovalam

    Full day for relaxation on the beach with the opportunity to enjoy an Ayurvedic massage.

  • Day 17 Thottapally

    In the morning visit Krishnapuram Palace before continuing on to Thottapally where you board a private, air-conditioned houseboat for afternoon of cruising and overnight stay on the boat. The three staff will prepare your meals on board with fresh local ingredients.

  • Day 18 Alleppey

    Disembark at Alleppey and short transfer to a backwater guest house. There are some beautiful, small guest houses and homestays tucked away in the small canals in this part of Kerala – something to suit all budgets and interests, and we know the best of them! Afternoon free to enjoy this laid back part of the world.

  • Day 19 Alleppey

    There are many activities to fill your time – a walk to the local village, a cooking class, a visit to small cottage industry factories such as coir (coconut fibre) mat making. Otherwise relax and take it easy.

  • Day 20 Cochin

    Drive 2 hours to Cochin. Your hotel is in the historic area of Fort Kochi, which is a quiet area, perfect for an afternoon stroll or afternoon tea in one of the restored colonial buildings by the water front. In the evening, enjoy a performance of Kathakali, a highly colourful and skilled traditional Keralan dance.

  • Day 21 Cochin

    Day for sightseeing of Cochin with a local guide, including the Chinese fishing nets, India’s oldest church, the Dutch Palace and the synagogue and ‘antique’ shops in Jewtown.

  • Day 22 Cochin

    Transfer to the airport for connecting flights home or to another Indian city for further travels.

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