North & South India Explorer

15 days from $3,945 per person*
  • Take a boat trip on the Kerala backwaters & visit rural villages.
  • With a private guide, visit must-see sites like the Taj Mahal, and Agra's Red Fort.
  • Get a henna tattoo, and learn to tie a traditional sari or turban.
  • Set out on private tea and spice tours with insight from a knowledgeable guide.
  • Expertly selected upscale accommodations throughout.
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Discover the beautiful contrasts of India's North and South. Marvel at the Taj Mahal, explore grand Jaipur's Red Fort, cruise the Kerala backwaters, tour spice villages & much more.

From opulent monuments to rural, agrarian ways of life, India has a wealth of striking sights to behold. Explore the treasures of the North, and the traditions of the South, on your customized itinerary through India. Find your footing on a private guided tour of bustling capital New Delhi and its Old Town, then discover the extravagant Taj Mahal in Agra, easily India's most iconic structure. Make your way to Jaipur's grand Red Fort, and perhaps take a lesson on how to tie a traditional sari or turban. Setting your sights south, learn about tea and spices, and their importance in the traditional agricultural ways of the region. Spot some of the 26 species of mammals living wild in a protected National Park at the foot of Anamudi, the highest peak south of the Himalayas. Take a boat tour on the Kerala backwaters, observing different scenes of the villages, paddy fields, coconut palms, fishermen and local life. A trip through India is a truly transformative experience.

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Day
Activities Hotel & Meals
Hotel & Meals
  • Day 1 Delhi
    Delhi
    • Airport Meet & Greet
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Representative
  • Day 2 Delhi
    Delhi
    • Tour - Private - Full Day Old & New Delhi Tour - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 3 Delhi to Agra
    Delhi to Agra
    • Transfer - Private - Delhi - Agra [4 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Tour - Private - Beyond the Taj Mahal - Walking the Heritage Trail - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
    Breakfast
  • Day 4 Agra
    Agra
    • Tour - Private - Taj Mahal & Fort - Vehicle/Guide/Driver
    • Professional Photograph at the Taj Mahal - Professional Photographer
    Breakfast
  • Day 5 Agra to Jaipur
    Agra to Jaipur
    • Transfer - Private - Agra - Jaipur [via Fatehpur Sikri (6 hrs)] - Vehicle/Driver/Guide(3)
    • Learn to Tie a Traditional Sari or Turban, with Henna Tattoo - Vehicle/Driver
  • Day 6 Jaipur
    Jaipur
    • Tour - Private - Amber Fort & City Palace, Observatory and Hawa Mahal (approx. 5 hrs) - Vehicle/Driver/Guide
  • Day 7 Jaipur to Cochin
    Jaipur to Cochin
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver
    • Air - Jaipur - Cochin [via Mumbai, 6 hrs] - Economy
    • Transfer - Private - Airport - Vehicle/Driver/Assistant
  • Day 8 Cochin
    Cochin
    • Tour - Private - Synagogue & Palace - Vehicle/Driver
    • Kathakali Dance Performance - Vehicle/Driver/Admission
  • Day 9 Cochin to Munnar
    Cochin to Munnar
    • Transfer - Private - Cochin - Munnar [4.5 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Tea Factory and Museum - Ticket
  • Day 10 Munnar
    Munnar
    • Semi-Private Eravikulam Wildlife Sanctuary - Ticket
  • Day 11 Munnar to Thekkady
    Munnar to Thekkady
    • Transfer - Private - Munnar - Thekkady [3 hrs ] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
    • Afternoon at Leisure
  • Day 12 Thekkady
    Thekkady
    • Tour - Private - Spice Tour - Entrance/Guide
  • Day 13 Thekkady to Kumarakom
    Thekkady to Kumarakom
    • Tour - Private - Nature Walk - The Guided Day Trek - Guide/Entrance
    • Transfer - Private - Thekkady - Kumarakom [3.5hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
  • Day 14 Kumarakom
    Kumarakom
    • Ship-based - Kerala Boat Tour - Boat/Driver
  • Day 15 Kumarakom
    Kumarakom
    • Transfer - Private - Kumarakom - Cochin [2 hrs] - Vehicle/Driver(3)
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Day 1: Delhi

For your added comfort, your English-speaking representative will be waiting for you outside the customs area with a sign with your name on it. Your representative will assist you to co-ordinate meeting up with your private driver and accompany you to your accommodation.

Relax and enjoy an airport transfer in a private vehicle, with driver, and English-speaking assistant.

Accommodation: The Leela Palace (5*)

The Leela Palace New Delhi boasts 260 rooms in the exclusive Diplomatic Enclave. Recently opened, The Leela Palace New Delhi is considered to be among the finest in India. The hotel is in close proximity to some of Delhi’s many tourist attractions: the Presidential Palace, the Prime Minister’s office and the Central Business District are a few of the sights in the vicinity. The Leela Palace New Delhi's rooms are the largest in the capital spanning more than 550 sq ft. while the Presidential Suite itself spans 4425 sq. ft. Each room is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities.

North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Qutab Minar, Delhi
Qutab Minar, Delhi
North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Leela Kempinski Palace
Leela Kempinski Palace

Day 2: Delhi

Spend the day on a privately guided full day tour of Old and New Delhi which boasts spectacular monuments and holy sites. The city of New Delhi was designed in the typically British colonial style, with tree-lined avenues and colonial bungalows. This tour takes you to the Laxminarayan Temple, a modern Hindu temple, and the famous Gate of India, which is a 42-meter high War Memorial Arch. Visit the Red Fort which was the palace for Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan's new capital, Shahjahanabad, when he moved his capital from Agra to bring prestige to his reign. Its wall is 1.5 miles long, and varies in height from 60 to 110 feet. At 72.5 meters, the Qutab Minar is the tallest brick minaret in the world. Surrounding the building are many fine examples of Indian artwork dating back to 1193. Afterwards view the Humayun's tomb, which is a complex of buildings of Mughal architecture dating to the Slave Dynasty (1268-1287 AD). The complex is a World Heritage Site and the first example of this type of Mughal architecture in India. This style of mausoleum is similar to the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Accommodation: The Leela Palace (5*)
North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Gate of India
Gate of India

Day 3: Delhi - Agra

Meet your driver guide for a private transfer to Agra. The drive will take approximately 4 hours.

The Heritage Trail of Agra takes you behind the scenes of the life throbbing in the shadows of the Taj Mahal, something that most visitors miss. A local youth from Agra, who is trained as a tour facilitator, will be guiding you along the trail. Learn about historical facts, listen to anecdotes and let your guide show you scenic spots from where you can take some amazing shots of the Taj from across the Yamuna River. The Heritage Trail leads you to some of the lesser known river front monuments such as the Ram Bagh, a paradise garden. It is one of the oldest Mughal Gardens built by the first Mughal Babar. You also visit the Gyarah Sidi (11 steps), an observatory that is said to have helped the early Mughals study star constellations and the Humayun Mosque. It is a rare remnant of pre-Taj architecture. Meet locals living in Agthe area, who will let you get a glimpse of their lives. Many of the beautiful gardens such as ones in front of the Chini ka Rouza are maintained by local residents. Another highlight of the trail is the village of Kachhpura where children perform street plays for visitors at the central courtyard. If you wish you can get a henna tattoo, an ancient Indian body art. Also, visit the Itmad-Ud-Daulah’s Tomb. The tomb is a Mughal mausoleum and often described as a "jewel box", sometimes called the "Baby Taj", the tomb is often regarded as a draft of the Taj Mahal.

Accommodation: ITC Mughal (5*)

Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture, the property boasts the 'Khwab Mahal' wing - Palace of Dreams. The opulent rooms and suites that resemble Miniature Palaces recreate a paradise for the contemporary Mogul - full of splendor and perfection which was the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty.

North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  ITC Mughal
ITC Mughal

Day 4: Agra

Today your guide will pick you up from your hotel for a private tour of the Taj Mahal, the most beautiful monument built by the Mughals.  Taj Mahal is built entirely of white marble. Its stunning architectural beauty is beyond adequate description, particularly at dawn and sunset. It was built by Emperor Shah Jahan in the memory of his dear wife and queen Mumtaz Mahal. You should also visit Agra Fort, which is built of red sandstone and marble. This great monument of red sandstone dominating a bend in the river Yamuna, two kilometers northwest of Taj Mahal was constructed by the Mughals during 1565-1571.

While at the Taj Mahal, a professional photographer will take your photograph in front of the iconic landmark, so you can avoid the need for selfies! You'll get to leave with 2 framed photographs for a special keepsake of your spectacular trip.

Accommodation: ITC Mughal (5*)
North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Agra Fort
Agra Fort

Day 5: Agra - Jaipur

Transfer to Jaipur with private vehicle and driver guide. On the way, visit the ancient ghost city of Fatehpur Sikri. Built during the second half of the 16th century by the Emperor Akbar, the "City of Victory" was the capital of the Mughal Empire for only some 10 years. The complex of monuments and temples, all in a uniform architectural style, includes one of the largest mosques in India, the Jama Masjid.

Set out by private transportation for a traditional activity as you learn an essential local skill, where the men receive pointers on how to wind a turban and the ladies learn how to transform 6 yards of silk into a deceptively simple looking sari. You'll also be treated to a henna tattoo on your hand (temporary). Up to 2 hands are included, so either 1 hand each, or one person gets both hands decorated!

Accommodation: Jai Mahal Palace (5*)

The Jai Mahal Palace is set amidst 18 acres of beautifully landscaped Moghul gardens, and dates back to 1745 A.D. A masterpiece in the Indo Saracenic style of architecture, it blends spotlight-grabbing opulence with tantalizing comforts that transport guests to a world of Rajasthan magnificence. It is located downtown, close to the main shopping center and historical monuments.

North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Jantar Mantar
Jantar Mantar
North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Jai Mahal Palace
Jai Mahal Palace

Day 6: Jaipur

Spend the day today in the company of a knowledgeable English-speaking guide as you tour the Amber Fort and City Palace of Jaipur, the iconic Observatory and the Hawa Mahal.  The magnificent Amber Fort was established in 1592, and remained the citadel of the Kachhawaha rulers right until they moved their capital to Jaipur in 1727. Maharaja Man Singh I created this imposing monument on the remains of an ancient 11th century fort. Since the first half of the 18th century, the City Palace has been the abode to the rulers of Jaipur. The sprawling expanse of the breathtaking palace is a superb harmony of Rajput and Mughal architecture. Part of the palace has been converted into a museum, open to the public, while a section - Chandra Mahal - still remains the home of today’s maharaja.  The Observatory of Jaipur is inscribed on the World Heritage List as "an expression of the astronomical skills and cosmological concepts of the court of a scholarly prince at the end of the Mughal period". Within it, the Jantar Mantar is a collection of massive astronomical instruments, built of local stone and marble. Each instrument carries an astronomical scale marked on the marble inner lining, and bronze tablets were also employed.  Built in 1799, the whimsical Hawa Mahal - Palace of Winds - which adjoins the Palace has become quite the city icon, with its ornate façade in pale pink, tiered baroque like build, projecting ‘jharokha’ windows and balconies with perforated screens. These were designed so that the mysterious veiled ladies of the harem could look down upon the colourful and bustling bazaars below, remaining hidden themselves. Overlooking busy streets, it offers great views of the city.

Accommodation: Jai Mahal Palace (5*)
North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Hawa Mahal
Hawa Mahal

Day 7: Jaipur - Cochin

An airport transfer with private vehicle, driver and English-speaking representative is provided.

Fly today from Jaipur to Cochin via Mumbai. The flight duration is approximately six hours.

A transfer with private vehicle, professional driver and English-speaking assistant between the airport and Cochin is provided.

Accommodation: Brunton Boatyard (Fort Kochi) (5*)

The Brunton Boatyard possesses a remarkable sense of scale, evident the moment you turn into the tiled forecourt. The lobby is a vault of sunlight and air, framed by arches and overhung with punkahs - enormous, old-fashioned fans of Indo-Portuguese origin. Most rooms have a balcony. The corner suites are large with a separate sitting / dining and a private pantry for the Butler. All bathrooms too enjoy a great view and there is no better way to enjoy a luxurious bath than to lie in the long tub and keep the window shutters open to watch a fascinating scene below. The hotel has its own private jetty, which doubles up as a ‘café’, overlooking the pool garden and the sea.

North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Brunton Boatyard
Brunton Boatyard

Day 8: Cochin

Your guide will pick you up from your accommodation for your private tour of Cochin. The first stop is the Paradesi Synagogue. Built in 1568, it is the oldest synagogue in the Commonwealth of Nations. The synagogue is magnificently decorated with Chinese tiles and Belgian chandeliers. Giant scrolls of the Old Testament can be found here. Then visit Dutch Palace offering a fantastic view of the city. This palace is notable for some of the best mythological murals in India, particularly in the bed chambers. In that room one can see the entire story of Ramayana on the walls. The palace also contains rare examples of traditional Kerala flooring, which look like polished black marble but are actually a mixture of burned coconut shells, charcoal, lime, plant juices and egg whites.

This evening, enjoy a Kathakali dance performance. Dating back to the 17th century, it originated in the southern Indian state of Kerala. The word Kathakali literally means "Story-Play". It is known for its large, elaborate makeup and costumes. Usually performed only by men, the actors rely heavily on hand gestures to convey their story.

Accommodation: Brunton Boatyard (Fort Kochi) (5*)
North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Paradesi Synagogue
Paradesi Synagogue
North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Kathakali Performer
Kathakali Performer

Day 9: Cochin - Munnar

Meet your driver for a private transfer from Cochin to Munnar. The transfer takes approximately 4.5 hours. 

Munnar Tea Museum stands as an effort to acknowledge the hard labor of the futurists who showed great willpower to transform Munnar into a major tea plantation center in Kerala. The tea museum outlines the development of Munnar's tea estates, which is veritably conveyed through the displays that include the elementary tea roller as well as the modern fully automated tea factory. These machineries depict various stages of tea processing. One can also learn about the production of black tea. A sundial placed on a granite block sitting in the tranquilities of the compound welcomes every guest in the museum. The artifact was crafted by Art Industrial School at Nazareth, Tamil Nadu, in the year 1913. It symbolizes the growth and prosperity, which the Munnar tea estates experienced.

Accommodation: Windermere Estate (4.5*)

One of the best hotels in India, Windermere Estate in Munnar is the perfect accommodation option for business and leisure travelers. Ranking high among the hotels in Munnar in India, this hotel is buttressed with the finest possible amenities for the visitors. Perched atop the mountains 3 km from Munnar, the convenient location of Windermere Estate in Munnar helps the tourists to explore the land of Munnar with ease. The hotel, set on a cardamom plantation 1600 meters above sea level, is 95 km away from Cochin International Airport.

North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Athukadu Waterfall
Athukadu Waterfall
North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Windermere Estate
Windermere Estate

Day 10: Munnar

The sanctuary stands out for the stark beauty of its rolling grasslands spread over 97 square kilometers of unblemished natural splendor. Anamudi, the highest peak south of the Himalayas, towers over the sanctuary in majestic pride. The slopes of the hills abound in all kinds of rare flora and fauna. The Atlas Moth, largest of its kind in the world, is a unique possession of the park. The sanctuary was declared as a National Park in 1978. The park is breathtakingly beautiful and is easily comparable to the best mountain ranges found anywhere in the world.

Accommodation: Windermere Estate (4.5*)
North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Anamudi
Anamudi

Day 11: Munnar - Thekkady

A private transfer from Munnar to Thekkady is provided.

In the afternoon, enjoy some time on your own to relax.

Accommodation: Spice Village (4.5*)

The Land Where Pepper Grows. Spice Village is located in the Periyar wilderness, high in the western ghats of Kerala. For centuries, the area attracted voyagers and adventurers, mercenaries and empire builders, kings and merchant princes. Men and women drawn not only by the lure of spices, but by the romance and wild beauty of the land. The Portuguese and the Jews of Cochin visited as traders, turning the natural bounties of the area into wealth. Pepper and cardamom, cinnamon and ginger, nutmeg, mace and anise the Periyar hills became nature's taste factory in the 14th century, as Cochin became nature's harbour, the port of lading for a spice-hungry world. Today, it's the rainforests, the animals and the vast silences that attract the modern visitor.

North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Elephant
Elephant
North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Spice Village Courtyard
Spice Village Courtyard

Day 12: Thekkady

Take a private tour of a Kerala spice plantation, where you can see how natural pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, and nutmeg are grown. The spice plantations in Kerala are captivating farms to wander in and the various spices are cultivated in different sections of each plantation. On the spice plantation you can go for nature walks, bird watching treks, taste the various spices and breathe in the fragrant air.

Accommodation: Spice Village (4.5*)
North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Plantation Workers
Plantation Workers

Day 13: Thekkady - Kumarakom

Today your guide will pick you up from your accommodation to walk one of the different trails traversing diverse nature habitats. The treks are generally between 4 and 5 kilometers in length. This is an interpretive program offers excellent opportunity to watch birds, butterflies and other wildlife. The trails often pass through evergreen and moist deciduous forests interspersed with marshy grasslands. The walking tour lasts for about 3 hours departs between 7.00 a.m. and 10.30 am and returns between 2.00 p.m. and 3.00 p.m. A maximum of 5 persons can go for trekking at a time along each nature trail, accompanied by a trained tribal guide. The Nature Walk is the right program to feel nature, hear her whispers and smell her flowers.

Meet your driver for a private transfer to Kumarakom.

Accommodation: Coconut Lagoon (5*)

Coconut Lagoon is a boutique hotel located in an abandoned coconut plantation on the shores of the Vemabanad Lake. An ideal getaway for romantic holidays and family gatherings, this hotel charms you with its serenity, country side charm and greenery. Kumarakom, where the hotel is situated, is a favourite among holiday makers who are longing for a respite from the bustling city life. Coconut Lagoon captures all the nuances of this quaint little island, and tops it off with supreme facilities. This resort is surrounded by backwaters and is accessible only by boat.

North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Traditional Boat
Traditional Boat
North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Coconut Lagoon
Coconut Lagoon

Day 14: Kumarakom

Alleppey is spread through canals, lakes and lagoons. Your private guide will lead you by boat through a maze of canals where you can observe different scenes from the villages, paddy fields, coconut palms, fishermen and local life.

Accommodation: Coconut Lagoon (5*)
North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Alleppey
Alleppey

Day 15: Kumarakom

Meet your driver for a private transfer to Cochin. The drive will take approximately 2 hours.

Accommodation: Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard)

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.

Trip Terms & Conditions

  • Your deposit is due immediately on booking (30% of program price, minimum $350). The balance is due 90 days prior to departure.
  • Cancellations of confirmed bookings 90 days or more prior to departure will receive full refund minus a $350 (per person) administrative fee and any non-refundable paid fees (e.g. non-refundable airfare, cruise or hotel deposits). 60-89 days will be subject to loss of 30% of program price. 30-59 days will be subject to loss of 50% of program price. 29 days or less will be subject to loss of 100% of program price.
  • Tour quotes do not include airfare to/from the trip start point unless noted on the itinerary
  • Cost increases in currency exchange, government fees, taxes, surcharges or hotel/lodge tariff increases between quote date and start date are payable by the client.
  • Availability cannot be guaranteed until booked. We will exercise best efforts to book hotels per the itinerary, however, in busy seasons and with client bookings made within 90 days of tour date we may be forced to offer substitutes.
  • Payment of the program price constitutes your acceptance of the terms and conditions set out at www.kensingtontours.com/terms-and-conditions
  • Living Standards and practices at destination may differ from those in North America with respect to provisions of utilities, services and accommodation.

The Leela Palace (5*): Delhi

The Leela Palace New Delhi boasts 260 rooms in the exclusive Diplomatic Enclave. Recently opened, The Leela Palace New Delhi is considered to be among the finest in India. The hotel is in close proximity to some of Delhi’s many tourist attractions: the Presidential Palace, the Prime Minister’s office and the Central Business District are a few of the sights in the vicinity. The Leela Palace New Delhi's rooms are the largest in the capital spanning more than 550 sq ft. while the Presidential Suite itself spans 4425 sq. ft. Each room is equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and amenities.

North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Leela Kempinski Palace
Leela Kempinski Palace

ITC Mughal (5*): Agra

Sprawled over 35 acres of luxurious gardens, and in close proximity to the Taj Mahal, ITC Mughal is a fitting tribute to the great Mughal builders of the past. The only Indian hotel to have won the prestigious Aga Khan Award for its excellent representation of Mughal architecture, the property boasts the 'Khwab Mahal' wing - Palace of Dreams. The opulent rooms and suites that resemble Miniature Palaces recreate a paradise for the contemporary Mogul - full of splendor and perfection which was the hallmark of the Mughal Dynasty.

North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  ITC Mughal
ITC Mughal

Jai Mahal Palace (5*): Jaipur

The Jai Mahal Palace is set amidst 18 acres of beautifully landscaped Moghul gardens, and dates back to 1745 A.D. A masterpiece in the Indo Saracenic style of architecture, it blends spotlight-grabbing opulence with tantalizing comforts that transport guests to a world of Rajasthan magnificence. It is located downtown, close to the main shopping center and historical monuments.

North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Jai Mahal Palace
Jai Mahal Palace

Brunton Boatyard (Fort Kochi) (5*): Cochin

The Brunton Boatyard possesses a remarkable sense of scale, evident the moment you turn into the tiled forecourt. The lobby is a vault of sunlight and air, framed by arches and overhung with punkahs - enormous, old-fashioned fans of Indo-Portuguese origin. Most rooms have a balcony. The corner suites are large with a separate sitting / dining and a private pantry for the Butler. All bathrooms too enjoy a great view and there is no better way to enjoy a luxurious bath than to lie in the long tub and keep the window shutters open to watch a fascinating scene below. The hotel has its own private jetty, which doubles up as a ‘café’, overlooking the pool garden and the sea.

North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Brunton Boatyard
Brunton Boatyard

Windermere Estate (4.5*): Munnar

One of the best hotels in India, Windermere Estate in Munnar is the perfect accommodation option for business and leisure travelers. Ranking high among the hotels in Munnar in India, this hotel is buttressed with the finest possible amenities for the visitors. Perched atop the mountains 3 km from Munnar, the convenient location of Windermere Estate in Munnar helps the tourists to explore the land of Munnar with ease. The hotel, set on a cardamom plantation 1600 meters above sea level, is 95 km away from Cochin International Airport.

North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Windermere Estate
Windermere Estate

Spice Village (4.5*): Thekkady

The Land Where Pepper Grows. Spice Village is located in the Periyar wilderness, high in the western ghats of Kerala. For centuries, the area attracted voyagers and adventurers, mercenaries and empire builders, kings and merchant princes. Men and women drawn not only by the lure of spices, but by the romance and wild beauty of the land. The Portuguese and the Jews of Cochin visited as traders, turning the natural bounties of the area into wealth. Pepper and cardamom, cinnamon and ginger, nutmeg, mace and anise the Periyar hills became nature's taste factory in the 14th century, as Cochin became nature's harbour, the port of lading for a spice-hungry world. Today, it's the rainforests, the animals and the vast silences that attract the modern visitor.

North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Spice Village Courtyard
Spice Village Courtyard
North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Spice Village Cottage
Spice Village Cottage

Coconut Lagoon (5*): Kumarakom

Coconut Lagoon is a boutique hotel located in an abandoned coconut plantation on the shores of the Vemabanad Lake. An ideal getaway for romantic holidays and family gatherings, this hotel charms you with its serenity, country side charm and greenery. Kumarakom, where the hotel is situated, is a favourite among holiday makers who are longing for a respite from the bustling city life. Coconut Lagoon captures all the nuances of this quaint little island, and tops it off with supreme facilities. This resort is surrounded by backwaters and is accessible only by boat.

North & South India Explorer Tours 2017 - 2018 -  Coconut Lagoon
Coconut Lagoon

Depart (Int`l Airport) (standard): Global Location

Depart from International Airport. End of itinerary.

We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
We can customize this private tour just for you. Any element can be tailored – activities, length, hotels and destinations.
Call us at 1 888 903-2001 or request a quote.
  • Bonnie Carroll — August 14, 2017 — India & Area

    The trip was FABULOUS! We are now loyal Kensington converts - you took care of everything, and each day unfolded with new surprises and adventures! They were made aware (by Kensington??) that it was our shared birthday trip (my 60th!) and so each Oberoi really outdid themselves in doing special birthday celebrations! Wow, amazing! Just overwhelming!

  • Pamela L — August 22, 2017 — India & Area

    Everything was great, when we wanted to change something they were very good at doing so. I was more than satisfied. Thanks for a wonderful trip.

  • Bruce Rubin — August 14, 2017 — India & Area

    I loved working with Kenny and all the people at Kensington Tours. I loved how easily everything flowed during our journey. Your people were mostly wonderful with a few who simply showed up. We had a few hotel rooms that were less than perfect but in the case of Varanasi I mentioned my displeasure and the room was immediately changed. Many of the hotels were as luxurious as promised and the service was impeccable. We truly loved our trip and would happily use your services again and recommend them to our friends.

  • Renee Martin — August 14, 2017 — India & Area

    Really great experience! The quality and the individuality of how our tour was designed was perfect! Would definitely like to do another tour with Kensington!

  • Richard B. — July 15, 2016 — India & Area

    Guides and especially drivers were very good, indeed.

  • Alicia H. — June 30, 2016 — India & Area

    Each of my guides was absolutely wonderful, making a whirlwind tour feel well-paced and meaningful as well as providing interesting historical/cultural insights and offering excellent shopping and restaurant recommendations. In particular, Sanjil made sure I got all of the best photo angles of the Taj Mahal. Vivek was an amazing story-teller who went above and beyond to make Udaipur come alive, and Indrajeet was an excellent teacher of India's many religions and cultural traditions. The Oberoi hotels were unbelievable; I have never stayed in more luxurious accommodations or experienced more attentive service! This tour was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

  • William C. — May 19, 2016 — India & Area

    Mahipal, our driver for 10 days, was absolutely excellent. My wife has had 3 previous neck surgeries, and cannot ride in a bumpy vehicle. Mahipal was careful to make our travel as smooth as humanly possible. Thank you! Sunita Singh was excellent in arranging everything we needed, as well as our driver.

  • Sherri W. — May 18, 2016 — India & Area

    The choice of hotels and the guides selected for each city were very knowledgeable. We especially liked Rotan in Jodhpur, Gowinda in Jaipur, Iqbal in Agra and Mr Satya Gupta in Deli. They were all very patient, humorous, and happened to be willing photographers. They even made restaurant suggestions for local places outside the hotel. Great versatility. Our driver, Mr. Ronnert Singh, navigated those tough Indian roads safely and flawlessly. We've taken a few tours but quite frankly Kensington was one of the best.

  • James H. — May 18, 2016 — India & Area

    The pacing was well thought out. It's about as easy as you will ever do, i think, touring for a month in India. The Oberoi Hotels were uniformly excellent.

  • Diana D. — May 12, 2016 — India & Area

    Just arrived back from a spectacular 13-day visit to Rajasthan, Delhi, Agra and Varanasi. Sunita Singh of Kensington put together a perfect itinerary to give us a taste of Indian sights, sounds, people and culture and the hotel bookings exceeded our expectations. Everywhere we went we were met by the local Kensington representatives, who more than handled any request we came up with. We felt well cared for throughout the trip. The local guides selected by the local Kensington representatives were knowledgeable about their home city and they were very flexible and accommodating in seeking to make the trip special. Since we were driven in a private van from Udaipur to Jodhpur to Jaipur to Agra and back to Delhi, we could not have been in better hands. Our driver was spectacular. The trip was a success and we could not be happier. Thank you Kensington for a very special trip.

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