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India with the Family: Taj, Backwaters & Beach


  • Itinerary:
    Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi - Cochin - Periyar - Alleppey Backwaters - Marari
  • Duration:
    14 days / 13 nights (flexible)
  • Price:
    from £ 1,885.- per adult (excluding flights)
  • From £ 1460, - per child (up to 11 years)
Enjoy the highlights of North and South India on this family trip. Marvel at the magnificent Taj Mahal, try your hand at classical dancing in Cochin, try and spot elephants in Periyar and spend the night on a converted rice barge floating down the lush backwaters of Kerala. Then it’s time to take it easy and relax with your family on a dreamy, palm-fringed beach. We recommend taking this trip in Autumn or Christmas school holidays to try and get the best weather.
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Days 1-4 – Authentic starter pack

Settle gently into colourful and exhilarating India, a riot on the senses. Touching down amidst the commotion of Delhi can be something of a culture shock, so this trip is designed to give you and your family a softer landing. You’ll spend one night in Central Delhi before driving on to the Pink City of Jaipur, crammed with fairy-tale palaces, historic splendour and heaving bazaars stuffed with beautiful textiles. Your hotel in Jaipur also has a pool so you can have a refreshing dip and acclimatise.

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Days 4-5 – Sunrise at the Taj Mahal

Today your family will visit mystical monkey temples and ghost cities en route to sunrise at the Taj Mahal. A real wonder of the world, it’s a building that will take your breath away. India’s Golden Triangle is the stuff of legend, with the ethereal Taj Mahal at its pinnacle. This trip will take you from the Pink City of Jaipur to Agra, where you’ll watch dawn break over the Taj Mahal.

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Days 5-6 – Back to Delhi

Your family will be collected in at your hotel in Agra by our driver and transferred by air-conditioned car to our airport hotel in Delhi, where you’ll spend 1 night. The next day you’ll be collected from your hotel and transferred to the airport in time for your domestic flight to Cochin.

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Days 6-8 – Classical dance in Cochin

After you land, you’ll be greeted by your new driver and whisked into the city. You’ll stay in the colonial home of a local family in the historic Fort Cochin district. This is the perfect place to stay with your family. You can visit the Dutch Palace, the Jewish Synagogue in the heart of the Jewish district, and the Saint Francis Church (the oldest European church in India). In the afternoon, we’ve arranged a Kathakali dance class for you which both kids and adults will enjoy!

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Days 8-11 – Backwaters and wildlife

Sure to be a highlight for all the family, next you’ll board a wooden houseboat as you drift through tropical backwaters and spot wild elephant in the untamed jungle of exotic Kerala. Trek into the forest to scout for sambar deer, wild boar and maybe even a mongoose or two. Kerala is India’s exotic, emerald heart, packed with lush scenery and a tangle of overgrown backwaters. Next, you’ll spend a night aboard a classic Kerala houseboat, drifting through the tiny canals under starry skies.

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Days 11-14 – Relax on palm-fringed shores

Marari is the place for a family beach break in India. It’s a friendly fishing village, lined with palm trees and an idyllic and tranquil beach. It’s the perfect place to end your India trip, so kick back and take it easy. Spend your days relaxing in a hammock, taking a refreshing dip in the pool or just lazing on the beach. Pure bliss!

Today is the final day of your India family holiday and you’ll be transferred back to Cochin airport for your international flight home.

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India with the Family: Taj, Backwaters & Beach