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Trip cost includes:

- Round trip air, including fuel surcharges and taxes from New York or Los Angeles

- Accommodation on a twin share basis

- Daily breakfast

- Airport / railway station transfers in India

- Sightseeing and excursions by air-conditioned vehicles, with English speaking local guides

- Entrance fees to all monuments listed in the itinerary

- Local taxes & service charges on the above

Not included are visa fees, personal expenses of all kinds, travel insurance, meals other than breakfast.


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Wildlife and outdoors adventure vacation in India


Explore the wonder that is India on this trip that takes you from Kerala, on the south western coast of India all the way across to the tea estates and the famous Kaziranga wildlife reserve of Assam on North Eastern India. On the way, discover the ancient port city of Cochin, Kerala's Periyar National Park, the fabulous Hindu temple city of Madurai in Tamil Nadu, the royal city of Mysore with the neighboring Hoysala temples of Belur and Halebid as well as the Eastern metropolis of Calcutta - once the capital of the British Raj and now a bustling city full of life and culture.


Elephant back photo safari, Kaziranga National Park, Assam
Elephant back photo safari, Kaziranga National Park, Assam

Trip Highlights include:

  • Cochin, spice trading port since the 15th century

  • Backwaters of Kerala

  • Trekking in Periyar National Park, nature reserve

  • Hiking through Tea and Cardamom Plantations in Munnar

  • Madurai, with the famous Meenakshi Temple

  • Bangalore, garden city and hi-tech center

  • Belur & Halebid, home of magnificent temples & shrines

  • Wildlife in Kaziranga National Park, UNESCO World Heritage Site

  • Calcutta - everything you have imagined, and then some!

Trip Itinerary

Day 1 – USA to Singapore Shortly after midnight today, catch your Singapore Airlines flight to Asia. Arrive in Singapore the next day later after crossing the International Dateline.
Day 2 – Singapore to Cochin After a brief layover at Singapore's Changi Airport, take the short evening flight to Cochin.
Day 3 – Cochin Set on a cluster of islands, Cochin has an eclectic past and you can visit a Jewish Synagogue, a Christian Church where the explorer Vasco da Gama was initially buried, a Dutch Palace built by the Portuguese and the Chinese fishing nets which line the seafront.
Day 4 – Cochin to Kumarakom Travel to Alleppey, where you embark on a cruise through the scenic backwaters, past coconut plantations, rice fields and waterfront villages until landing at your lakeside resort hotel.
Day 5 -  Kumarakom to Periyar Drive past miles of rubber and coffee plantations as you head towards the wildlife reserve of Lake Periyar. During a late afternoon boat ride on the lake you may see herds of wild elephants and lots of exotic tropical birds.
Day 6 – Periyar Start early morning for an easy trek into the forest, rich in bird life and arboreal animals like giant squirrel and Nilgiri langur. Then board a bamboo raft and drift for about three hours on the lake with a panoramic view of forest-clad hill reflected on the lake. Animals like elephant, gaur and sambar usually keep close to the edges of the lake. Hike back to the boat landing in the afternoon.
Day 7 – Periyar to Munnar Wake up early this morning for another wildlife spotting cruise on the lake. Later head for the hills of Munnar, a favorite summer resort of the colonial British. With its expanse of tea and spice plantations, pristine valleys and forests, this is a haven of peace and quiet.
Day 8 – Munnar Enjoy the scenery during a 3 hour trek, through tea-covered slopes, to the peak of the highest mountain in Southern India, the approx. 6,700 ft high Anaimudi, the Elephant's Head.
Day 9 – Munnar to Madurai Leaving the highlands of Kerala continue overland through the charming countryside to Madurai, in the plains of Tamil Nadu.
Day 10 – Madurai Visit the landmark Meenakshi Temple with its 985 pillars, each exquisitely carved. Many of these are hewn from a single block of granite, and each produces a different musical tone when tapped! A major pilgrimage center, the city is crammed with shops and street markets, famous for its traditional handicrafts in bronze and brass.
Day 11 – Madurai to Hassan Catch an early morning flight to Bangalore and continue overland to Hassan, the gateway for the amazing 12th century temples of Belur and Halebid . On the way stop at Sravanbelagola, a Jain pilgrimage center with a remarkable statue.
Day 12 – Belur and Halebid Belur is famous for its temples with intricate sculptures and friezes that took 103 years to build! The walls of the Hoysaleswara Temple in Halebid are covered with endless sculptures of gods and goddesses, animals, birds and dancing girls, no two of which are the same. This magnificent temple - guarded by a Nandi bull - was never completed, despite 86 years of labor. Return to Bangalore late afternoon and fly to Calcutta for an overnight stop.
Day 15 – Calcutta to Kaziranga Take a morning flight to Guwahati in India’s eastern state of Assam. Drive to the Kaziranga National Park, habitat of the one-horned rhinoceros, tigers, leopards and a host of other fauna and flora.
Day 15 & 15 – Kaziranga National Park The mighty Brahmaputra River runs through this impressive nature reserve, an UNESCO World Heritage site. Go wildlife spotting during a morning Elephant Safari and a jeep excursion in the afternoon.
Day 16 – Kaziranga to Calcutta Early this morning drive through picturesque tea estates back  to Guwahati and fly to Calcutta, arriving late in the afternoon.
Day 17 - Calcutta Take a guided tour of the city this morning, with the afternoon free to explore on your own. Late this evening you will be transferred to the airport for the overnight flight from Calcutta to Singapore.

Day 18 - Singapore to USA

Morning departure for your flight back to the US, arriving on the same day. 


Cochin, Kerala Backwaters, Kumarakom, Periyar NP, Munnar, Madurai, Bangalore, Hassan, Halebid, Calcutta, Kaziranga National Park

18 Days from $5,132

Independent Tour of India from Kerala via Karnataka to Assam
1/1 - 3/31/17 $5,132 $5,864
4/1 - 5/31/17 $5,277 $5,975
6/1 - 8/31/17 n/a n/a
9/1 - 9/30/17 $5,132 $5,864
10/1 - 11/30/17 $5,488 $6,180
12/1 - 12/31/17 $5,799 $6,420
1/1 - 3/31/18 $5,580 $6,291
Single occupancy surcharge on request

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We offer two categories of accommodation: Silver hotels are carefully selected for their excellent value - all  rooms have private facilities. Gold hotels are better located, offer more spacious rooms with better amenities and a higher standard of service.
 The departure date determines the price applicable. All prices are per person and based on twin-share accommodation.


Wild elephants at Periyar National Park, Kerala, India
Wild elephants at Periyar NP

Harvesting tea in a plantation, Munnar, Kerala
Tea plantation, Munnar, Kerala

Somnath temple, Mysore, India
Somnath temple, Mysore


Rhino at Kaziranga National Park, Assam, India
Rhino at Kaziranga NP, Assam


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