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Family Indian Discovery

India - Trip code FKB Family
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724Kg of CO₂e
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Days 14
Deposit From US$221
Price from US$2210
Flights not included

Why book this trip?

Combine north and south India in two weeks. Visit the magnificent Taj Mahal, explore the grand monuments of Delhi and cruise the backwaters of tropical Kerala in the south. Spend a night at a homestay, cook up a fragrant curry using local ingredients, hire bikes and explore ornate temples and, kick back and relax with two days relaxing on the stunning Indian Ocean.

  • Houseboat - Float through the backwaters and sleep on a traditional boat
  • Periyar National Park - Look out for wildlife on a boat trip in the park
  • Kochi - Discover Fort Kochi, St Francis Church and Mattancherry Palace and watch a Kathakali show
  • Included meals

    Breakfast: 13

    Lunch: 5

    Dinner: 5

  • Trip staff

    Explore Tour Leader

    Boat Crew


    Local Guide(s)

  • Transport





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    1 nights simple boat

    2 nights simple homestay

    6 nights comfortable hotel

    4 nights premium hotel

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    Trip pace:


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    Group Size:

    12 - 18


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select the itinerary that you wish to explore.

Day 1 - Trip starts in New Delhi.

Arrive in New Delhi, India's bustling capital which successfully combines the ancient with the modern. Amidst the tall and modern skyscrapers, there are still the remnants of a bygone time with numerous monuments and temples.

For those arriving today our Leader plans to meet you in the hotel reception at 6pm for the welcome meeting and suggest evening dining options. Should you miss the welcome meeting, your Leader will inform you of any essential information as soon as you catch up.

If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you'll need to arrive into New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International airport (airport code DEL), which is 18km, around 40 minutes from our hotel.

There are no activities planned on our first day.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single Room Unavailable

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: None

Day 2 - Full day in New Delhi, exploring the city by metro and rickshaw.

This morning, we will travel to Old Delhi by metro and walk around the narrow, packed lanes of this fascinating part of the city, culminating with a jamboree of sounds at Chandni Chowk and Chawari Bazaar. A short cycle rickshaw ride then takes us to the Jama Masjid mosque, a sublime example of Mughal architecture built by Emperor Shah Jahan and a welcomed oasis of calm in the midst of the city.

Whilst in Old Delhi we will take a detour to Pranthae wali gali, a narrow side street, to try some of the capital's street food treats straight from the stall sellers. Try aloo chaat (fried potato and spice mix) or paneer tikka (cottage cheese marinated in spices) along with freshly cooked breads such as parathas and rotis.

The afternoon is kept free for further exploration or to relax at our hotel.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single Room Unavailable

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 3 - Travel to Agra and visit its fort. Take a rickshaw to witness sunset at the magnificent Taj Mahal.

Leaving Delhi, we drive south to Agra (around 4 hour's drive) known to the world as the city of the 'Taj Mahal'. Agra is still associated with the Mughals, who besides being the countries rulers were also great builders. Agra Fort, which is the seat and the stronghold of the Mughal Empire is a vivid reminder of the opulence and makes Agra one of the most remarkable cities in India.

Our first stop is the imposing Agra Fort, whose grandeur and importance has seen it inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Built by Emperor Akbar and then embellished by his grandson, Shah Jahan, this was once a great city, with palaces, mosques and halls all lying behind the protective embrace of 20m high walls.

Towards the end of the day we make a sunset visit of the world-renowned Taj Mahal by rickshaw. Celebrated for its architectural magnificence and aesthetic beauty, Emperor Shah Jahan built this exquisite white marble mausoleum for his favourite queen, Mumtaz Mahal, commissioned in 1631. The palace took 20,000 artisans twenty two years to complete.

Watching the sun set over this great monument is a wonderful way of witnessing the fading light. Declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Taj Mahal has always evoked varying emotions from wonder to poetic verse and over the centuries has become a symbol of love and flawless beauty.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single Room Unavailable

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 4 - Continue to Jaipur with a stop at the beautiful Keoladeo Ghana National Park for a rickshaw bird watching tour.

This morning we drive to the Keoladeo Ghana National Park in Bharatpur. Initially a Maharaja's hunting estate built in 1956, it is now a bird sanctuary to some 375 species of birds including egrets, darters, cormorants, herons and painted storks with their colourful beaks and plumage.

After a busy first two days the pace relaxes as we take a bird-watching tour by cycle rickshaw and hope to see some of these magnificent birds.

Our journey continues on to Jaipur, the vibrant capital of Rajasthan which is renowned for its forts and palaces that have encapsulated an image of the 'Pink City' due to its pink-coloured buildings. An ideal base for touring the royal state, the city has the distinction of being the third jewel of India's 'Golden Triangle'. Its main claim to fame is that it is India's first 'planned' city built by the famous 18th century astronomer King Sawai Jai Singh II.


Grade: Premium Hotel

Single Room Unavailable

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5 - Full day in Jaipur, known as the 'pink city'. Visit the Amber Palace and Fortress and Hawa Mahal also known as the Palace of the Winds.

After breakfast we head to the fabulous Amber Fort situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur city. The fort is surrounded by fortified battlements with ruins that are spread over the surrounding Aravalli hills. Our visit incorporates the chambers and hallways of the palace, famous for its design and decoration as well as Ganesh Pol, an imposing gateway painted with images of the elephant-headed god, Ganesh. We also make a stop at the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) - a five-storied wonder with a spectacular pyramidal facade with overhanging windows with latticed screens, domes and spires.

In the afternoon, we visit the City Palace Museum which has a superb collection of Rajasthani costumes, armoury including swords with chiselled handles, an art gallery with an excellent collection of miniature paintings and rare astronomical works. We also see the awe-inspiring Jantar Mantar Observatory, a stone astrological and astronomical observatory built by Maharaja Jai Singh in the 18th century.

During the winter months the Mandawa Haveli hotel in Jaipur provides puppet show for inhouse guests, please speak to the hotel reception for details.


Grade: Premium Hotel

Single Room Unavailable

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6 - Fly to Kochi in Southern India.

Bidding farewell to northern India, we fly to Kochi a port city on the Indian Ocean and the commercial capital of Kerala. Cochin or Kochi has long been praised as the 'Queen of the Arabian Sea'. Strategically located on the east-west sea route, Kochi is Kerala's major port and boasts one of the finest natural harbours in the world and is the most cosmopolitan of the state's cities.

Your flight details will be provided by our trip leader as these are booked locally. Depending on which flight we take, there may be time to wander around the historic centre before dinner.


Grade: Premium Hotel

Single Room Unavailable

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 7 - Drive to Fort Kochi, visit the Mattancherry Palace and watch the famous Kathakali Dancers.

We take an auto-rickshaw (3-wheeler automated 'scooter') to Fort Kochi. Fort Kochi is the oldest European settlement in India, dating back to 1500, with a blend of English, Dutch and Portuguese influence. This morning we take our time to explore this great city and take in some of the sites including the bustling fish markets as well as the historic Jewish quarter.

Later in the morning we head to Mattancherry Palace, built by the Portuguese in the 16th century. The Palace features several exquisite Kerala murals depicting Hindu temple art, portraits and exhibits of the Rajas of Kochi. A blend of colonial and Kerala architecture, it was a gift to the local ruler by the Portuguese in exchange for trading rights. The palace was later renovated by the Dutch and is widely referred to as the Dutch Palace these days.

This evening we see the famous Kathakali dancers. With its origins coming from the traditional temple rituals and an art form known as Koodiyattam, the performers use face makeup which can take up to three hours to paint on and makes this dance so unique within the country. Their features are heavily emphasised with their facial expressions and coordinated eye movements being important within the dance - during our visit, we can see the process of applying the make-up.


Grade: Premium Hotel

Single Room Unavailable

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 8 - Drive to Thekkady famous for its wildlife and picturesque landscapes, free afternoon.

This morning we drive to Thekkady via the meandering roads through the high ranges and past rubber and tea plantations. We should arrive early afternoon; the rest of the day is free.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single Room Unavailable

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 9 - Boat trip in Periyar National Park, visit a tea factory and drive to Mancombo village for homestay visit.

After breakfast, we drive to Thekkady which is the closest settlement to the Periyar National Park. A stunning setting on the shores of Lake Periyar, our base is home to a myriad of wildlife such as elephant, wild pigs, monkey and the flying squirrel. The park also boasts some 260 species of birds including darters, ospreys and kingfishers. We take a guided boat trip in the hope of spotting some of these wild creatures although sightings cannot be guaranteed. The park itself is made up of a variety of habitats including open grasslands and semi-evergreen forests with an abundant number of ferns, orchids and air-plants all making up a beautiful ecosystem.

Later in the day, drive to the rural Chennmkary Village to visit a tea factory. The site houses photographs and machines depicting the flourishing tea industry that the region is famous for with an explanation of each stage of the tea making process.

There is ample time to further explore the village and meet our hosts for the next two days. Options for this afternoon include taking a short walk amongst the fruit and medicinal plants that surround the village, as well as strolling through banana and coconut plantations. There is also the option to travel by canoe and visit the famous temples of Karumadikuttan, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Accommodation at Mancombo village, close to Chennmkary is spread over several village houses that is simply styled with traditional Kerala furniture. Due to space constraints, families may need to share a room together. The houses are close together, approx. 5-10 minutes walk between them and all have bedding and towels provided. The locals will cook the meals for the group and we all dine together giving the opportunity to understand how they live. The villagers grow their own rice, vegetables, coconuts and spices which are all used in the meals.


Grade: Simple Homestay

Single Room Unavailable

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10 - Free day to explore Mancombo Village including nature walks and canoe trips.

Today is left free to explore the area with the opportunity to take a stroll through the serene Kerala hamlets and experience the tropical forests filled with the fragrance of medicinal flowers. To cover more expanses you can sail through the interior villages and backwaters in a non-mechanized open canoe to get a chance of experiencing traditional Kerala hamlets.


Grade: Simple Homestay

Single Room Unavailable

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11 - Drive to Alleppey and board a houseboat to explore the Kerala Backwaters

This morning we drive to the lively backwater centre of Alleppey where we board our houseboats and begin our relaxing cruise into the network of the Kerala backwaters.

On the more open canals, you can see boats with large sails - the bow often carved in the shape of a dragon. These vessels are a lifeline for the villages with a number acting as taxis, mail delivery carriages and goods transport. You may see great pyramids of coconuts or even the odd buffalo being carried along in this time honoured fashion. We plan to stop off at several points of interest en-route including the Chambakulam Saint Foreine Church and Chambakulam Chundan - the famous snake boats.

Our houseboats are converted from old rice-barges, with walls and roofs of coir. Furnishings are simple yet comfortable with en-suite bathrooms and an area to relax and watch riverside life as we go by. Whilst the engine boat is running there will be some power supply to charge cameras. The air conditioning will be limited to night time only in order to conserve power. Traditional Kerala cuisine is served on board.


Grade: Simple Boat

Single Room Unavailable

Meals Provided: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 12 - Drive to the beach resort of Mararikulam

Disembarking the houseboat, we drive the short journey to the resort in Mararikulam with the rest of the day free to enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and beach activities. Mararikulam is a typical fishing village which is located on the southwest coast of Central Kerala and offers an unblemished and pristine shoreline, swaying coconut palms, thatched huts and a view point to watch the striking sunsets.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single Room Unavailable

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 13 - Full day at the resort of Mararikulam

Today is a free day at Mararikulam to enjoy the beach.


Grade: Comfortable Hotel

Single Room Unavailable

Swimming pool available

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Day 14 - Trip ends in Mararikulam

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel in Mararikulam.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Mararikulam at any time. If your flight is departing later in the day luggage storage facilities are available at our hotel. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you need to depart from Cochin International Airport (airport code COK), which is 75km, around two hours from the hotel.

Meals Provided: Breakfast

Trip information

Climate and country information



There is considerable variation between the different regions of India but, in general, the climate is tropical. Summer temperatures on the plains are very hot, but cooled by the South-West Monsoon, which lasts from June- September. During these months it can be very wet and therefore very humid. At altitude, temperatures can become quite cool at night even in the summer and may drop below freezing between December and February so warm clothing is necessary. In the winter, northern and mid India can be very cool, with cold evenings, so warm clothing, including plenty of layers, are essential. The south of India remains warm and sunny during the winter months.

Time difference to GMT



3 Pin Round


Catholicism, Hindu, Islam and Sikhism


Hindi and English.

Budgeting and packing

Optional activities

The following excursions and/or activities are usually available and may be arranged locally. Estimated costs are provided below for guidance only, are on a per person basis unless shown otherwise, and may depend on the number of participants. Prices quoted are correct as of the date these tour notes were originally issued but may change at any time due to currency fluctuations. Please note: These activities are booked and paid for direct with the supplier and do not form part of your Explore holiday contract.

Kochi - Harbour Cruise £18.00 per boat (for one hour).
Kanyakumari - (tip of India) £8.00.


Bear in mind that the area is tropical with high humidity. Lightweights are needed all year round with some warmer clothes (i.e. fleece and long trousers) for the cooler winter evenings (November to March) in Vanilla County. Bring a swimming costume for the beaches. Please note that for visits to temples and city sightseeing, tight fitting sleeveless t-shirts, brief or tight shorts and miniskirts should be avoided, since they attract unwelcome attention.


Walking shoes or trainers and sandals.



Luggage: On tour

Please bring one main piece of baggage and a daysac. Remember - hotel porters are not always available, so don't overload yourself.


Binoculars, torch, insect repellent and water bottle.


Explore leader
Tipping isn't compulsory, and we work hard to ensure that our leaders all receive a fair wage. However, you might want to recognise a leader that's done a great job or really added to your trip by giving them a tip. We're often asked about the recommended amount. It's a tricky one, and down to personal preference, but we'd recommend between £15 to £20 per person per week as a guideline
Local crew
Although entirely voluntary, tipping is a recognized part of life in this region of the world. Some local staff will look to members of the group for personal recognition of particular services provided. In order to make things easier for you, your leader may organise a group's tips kitty for included activities and meals and if this is the case, they will account for it throughout the tour.

Accordingly, you should allow GBP45 per family member - this breaks down to GBP20, approx. 1'700 Indian Rupees for the North section of the trip and GBP25, approx. 2'150 Indian Rupees for the Southern Section of the trip.
For all non-included services and meals on your trip please tip independently at your discretion.
International Departure Taxes
Airport departure tax: as from 01 March 2011, a new departure tax will be applicable for all flights departing from Trivandrum International Airport. A tax of INR575 will now need to be paid at the airport before you join your onward flight.


Food and drink

The costs for meals may vary depending upon location, type of restaurant and number of courses eaten and so the prices given are an average guide. Local restaurants located off the beaten track may be less expensive, whereas an upmarket restaurant located in the centre of a major city may charge more.

Lunch price
Dinner price
Beer price
Water price
Foreign Exchange
Local currency
Indian Rupee Recently new 500 and 2000 rupee notes have been bought in to circulation and as the old notes are no longer accepted there have been some cash flow issues. You don't need to worry about being given old notes as it's very easy to tell the difference, the new notes are pristine in comparison with most Indian money which is fairly tatty.
Recommended Currency For Exchange
GBP/US$ are the best currency to change into local currency.
Where To Exchange
The Indian rupee is a restricted currency and it is best not to obtain in the UK as rates are very poor. You can either change money at the airport on arrival or in major towns during the tour. Your Tour Leader will advise you on the best places in each town. Both GBP and USD cash are easy to exchange at the airport and at hotels however you will be restricted to changing £60 cash at a time and it's not possible to change money at these locations using a credit or debit card.
ATM Availability
ATMs are available in most large cities in India but they are very limited elsewhere so please do not rely on this.
Credit Card Acceptance
Very rarely, only in the larger outlets.
Travellers Cheques
Opportunities to exchange are limited.
Transport, Accommodation & Meals

Transport Information

Bus, Boat, Flight, Rickshaw

Accommodation notes

Accommodation in India is as varied as the country itself. On our tours we stay in a mix of hotels, heritage properties, camp sites and homestays. Standards do not equate to standards in the UK and it's best to approach each type of accommodation with an open mind. Service can be slow in places especially when travelling with a group. For the most part hotels do not have heating so in the winter months it can be chilly and if you feel the cold you may wish to ask for extra blankets. Hot water is not always available 24 hours a day in some of the smaller properties, and with a group staying you might find if you are showering last you may miss out on the hottest water.

Family swimming

The hotels in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Kochion and Mararikulam have swimming pools

Essential Information

Government Travel Safety Advice

We strongly recommend that you check your government's travel advisory for up-to-date information and advice about your destination: safety and security, entry requirements, health, local laws and customs. For UK citizens, check the latest Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office advice.

Please refer to our COVID-19 entry requirements page for any country-specific conditions of entry. Whilst we strive to update this on a regular basis we recommend you also check the FCDO website for the latest advice on entry requirements in this fast-evolving situation. Information can change at any time.

Under 18 immigration guidance

Please note that some countries require proof of parental consent when travelling overseas with under 18s. Please check requirements with the relevant embassy or consular office well in advance of travel if this applies to your party.

Price Guarantee

Once your booking has been confirmed we guarantee the price will not increase, whatever the circumstances. Before booking please ensure you have read our important tour pricing information.Booking Conditions

Visa and Passport Information

India: Holders of passports endorsed 'British citizen\ , as well as Australian, New Zealand and US passport holders may be eligible for the e-Tourist Visa to enter India.

The visa can be applied for through the official Indian government visa website only - . Please check all eligibility criteria that can be found on the website but important points are listed below -

You must be arriving into one of 29 selected entry points which can be found via the official Indian Government website link above. However, you can exit from any of the authorised immigration check posts in India.

Passports must have at least 6 months validity from the date of arrival in India and at least two blank pages for stamping. Visa applications will take approximately 4 days to process.
There are different validity visas and the costs are as follows:

30-day validity (travelling between April and June) - $10
30-day validity (travelling between July and March) - $25
1-year validity - $40
5-year validity- $80

Those applying for a 30 day electronic visa can only apply within 30 days of arrival for your visa to be valid. Furthermore double entry is permitted and you can only obtain two 30-day visas in a calendar year.

Please note these costs are subject to frequent change so you should check on the official Indian government visa website mentioned above. Biometric data will be collected on arrival in India.

If you are not eligible for the e-Tourist Visa, please refer to VFS Global to apply for your Indian visa -

Whilst the online form offers a relatively quick way to apply for a visa, some applicants have reported difficulty in completing the form. If you do require assistance, then you may consider applying through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. They can complete the online visa on your behalf for a service fee + the visa cost. See to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour.

If you do require assistance in obtaining a visa then you may be able to apply through Explore's recommended visa service in the UK, Travcour. See to download the relevant visa application for your trip, if applicable (UK citizens only), along with details of how to apply for your visa through Travcour. The Team at Travcour will be happy to answer specific questions relating to visa applications, please call them directly on 0208 5431846.

It is your responsibility to ensure that you are in possession of a full passport, with the correct validity for your chosen destination.

Booking conditions

Before booking your Explore trip, please ensure that you read both our Essential Information and Booking Conditions.

Minimum age restrictions

For our group tours, the minimum age is 16. The minimum age on Family trips varies between 7 and 11 - please check the 'Family information' section of the trip page for more information. 

Your safety and enjoyment on tour

We want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable holiday, so we ask you to confirm when booking this trip that you are fit and able to fully participate in all elements of the itinerary. If you have any concerns about your fitness or ability to complete any of the activities, please get in touch with our Customer Relations team at as soon as possible. Our tour leaders are trained and experienced in managing differing abilities within a group, but if they have concerns about a group member’s ability to safely participate in any element of the itinerary or believe someone’s presence could affect the safety or enjoyment of the holiday for others, in accordance with our Booking Conditions our tour leaders have the authority to ask an individual to miss an activity or activities. This decision would never be taken lightly, but on the rare occasions our tour leaders ask someone to sit out part of the tour, refunds will not be offered and individuals may be liable for additional costs incurred. 


Find out more about Trip Transfer Terms and Conditions before you book.

Booking a land only package with Explore

Customers who have chosen to book on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements of our tour, please ensure that you have checked your tour specific ‘Joining Instructions’ prior to booking your own travel arrangements. Your joining instructions can be found below in the dates and prices information. 

You may also be eligible for the Free Explore Transfer.

Joining Tour Abroad

Customers booked on the ‘Land Only’ arrangements will receive a Free Transfer, provided you arrive and depart on the tour only itinerary start and end dates. The complimentary transfers will be arranged from the Explore designated airport or train station to your trips joining point, and then back from the ending point to the designated airport or train station. Generally the airport or station that Explore have selected will be the one that is closest to the town or city where the trip starts, or the one nearest to the joining point. It will be either an airport or train station but not both.

The exception to this rule is customers who are booked on a tour where the joining and ending point is at the designated airport or train station.  

Free transfers are not available for Self-Guided, Polar, Tailormade or Tours for Churches customers.

If you are not eligible for the Free Transfer then you will need to make your own way through to the joining and ending point. On a majority of our tours Explore will be able to provide a private transfer at an additional cost. Please ask for a quote at the time of booking.  

For more information regarding the Explore Free Transfer click here


It is a condition of booking with Explore that you have adequate valid travel insurance. It is your responsibility to arrange appropriate travel insurance and ensure you have read and understood the full terms and conditions of your travel insurance policy to ensure that you are covered for all activities you intend to undertake whilst on the tour, including all optional activities. Your Insurance Policy must fully cover you for medical expenses and emergency repatriation to your home country. Please ensure your policy includes medical emergency helicopter evacuation in the event of illness or injury and covers the entire duration of your holiday. If you are trekking at altitude please ensure that there is no upper altitude limit which may limit or exclude cover for your trip. The cost of many of our Polar Voyages will exceed the capped amount covered by standard insurance premiums and you will be required to pay an additional premium to cover the full value of your trip. Please ensure that you are covered for the full amount of your holiday cost, as insufficient cover could invalidate a claim under the policy. Medical and repatriation insurance cover is not mandatory for UK residents who are travelling on trips within the United Kingdom.
Read more information about what travel insurance is required.

Flight information

Explore offers a wide range of flexible flying options to make joining and leaving our trips easy. Read more about them here.

Flight Information

You are able to book this tour on a 'land only' basis or as a ‘flight inclusive’ package. Your flight inclusive package will be fully protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) ATOL protection scheme.


Booking a flight inclusive package with Explore

We have a good selection of flights not only from London but from many regional airports around the UK allowing us to compare fares between scheduled carriers as well as low cost and charter airlines. Our dedicated flights team will match the best flight options to your arrival and departure airport.

On our website we display a UK flight inclusive package guide price which is generally based on a London departure. To avoid paying supplements or to secure your preferred flight option, we recommend booking as early as possible, especially for peak travel dates.

Ability to swim

An ability to swim is essential for your safe enjoyment of the water based activities on this trip. If you wish to participate in these activities then we insist that you are able to swim.



Nothing compulsory, but we recommend protection against Tetanus, Infectious Hepatitis, Typhoid and Polio. Please consult your travel clinic for the latest advice on Malaria, Dengue and Zika Virus. Please check the latest requirements with your travel clinic or doctor prior to departure. The above is not an exhaustive list. Further information regarding vaccinations and travel health advice can be found by following the NHS and NaTHNaC links at Explore Travel Health and from your local healthcare provider. Visa and vaccination requirements are subject to change and should be confirmed by you before travelling.

Family Information
Triple rooms: This trip allows the option for triple rooms to be included within the booking on all night stops within the holiday. If you would like this option, a discount may be applicable on the cost of the trip - please ask our Sales team for further information.

Average Age: As a guide we have identified the actual average age of the children who have travelled on this trip over the the last 5 years, to help you decide whether it's the right one for your family. The average age on this trip is 14 years old.

Minimum age: This trip is suitable for children of all ages from 7 upwards. On certain trips there may be some flexibility to accept children from the age of 5 if travelling with older siblings, please speak to our reservations team for details.
Additional Information

Why book this trip

This holiday gives one of the few adventures that takes in both the north and south of the country - imagine one day discovering the Taj Mahal and Amber Palace in Jaipur and then flying to the Kerala region where we sleep on a houseboat, cook a curry and relax on beaches by the Indian Ocean. A true journey across the whole of India.

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