Sri Lanka and South India: Architecture, Animals, Arts and Ambiance
Although both South India and Sri Lanka both have lots of oceanfront and beaches, grow tea in the highlands, and have a long history of trading and commerce, there are many differences between these two areas. This trip combines some of the hallmarks of both Sri Lanka and South India – visits to Hindu, Buddhist, Christian and Jewish sites from Polonnaruwa to the synagogue in Cochin, opportunities to see and actually practice local crafts, touring with some of the top country experts, a backwater cruise and time in national parks. When you finish this journey, you will have a good sense of two very special countries and their unique place in the world.
Dates and Land Cost
Starting at $7695.00 per person (based on groups of two or more)
Dates: Thursday, March 06, 2014 - Sunday, March 23, 2014, Friday, August 08, 2014 - Monday, August 25, 2014 and Thursday, September 04, 2014 - Sunday, September 21, 2014
Please note: Custom dates and prices available
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|Day 1||Arrive Colombo. Fast track clearance at Airport. Drive to Wallawwa.|
|Day 2||Fly into the Cultural Triangle, overflying Sigirya, Lunch at Bawa’s Kandalama. Visit Dambulla Cave Temples.|
|Day 3||AM visit to Sigiriya. PM visit to Polonnaruwa and Minneriya National Park.|
|Day 4||Drive Kandy. Visit Spice Garden and Ena De Silva’s estate. Moonrise over Hunas Mountain with the artist Raju.|
|Day 5||Visit Botanical Gardens, Cemetery, Queen’s Hotel, boat ride on lake, Temple of the Tooth for evening Puja, Dance show at Arts and Crafts Center.|
|Day 6||Drive Peradeniya to see station and catch Tea Train to Hatton. Afternoon to explore on foot or by bicycle.|
|Day 7||AM Visit to Tea Plantation. Afternoon visit to villages – homes, schools and markets. View of Golden Bowl.|
|Day 8||Drive Colombo. PM private tour of town with local resident. Dinner at Ministry of Crab.|
|Day 9||Fly Chennai in India. PM Excursion to Mahabalipuram.|
|Day 10||Explore Chennai – Fort St. George, Kapaleeswarar Temple, Georgetown.|
|Day 11||Fly Madurai. Walk around town and market. PM visit to Minakshi Temple.|
|Day 12||Early AM at temple. Drive Chettinadu to visit special mansions with special Chettinadu lunch.|
|Day 13||Drive Munnar – a Hill Station.|
|Day 14||Free Day with car and driver. Visit Eravikulam National Park or Tea Museum.|
|Day 15||Drive Alleppy and board houseboat to cruise backwaters. Overnight on the boat.|
|Day 16||Disembark. Drive Cochin. Evening Kathakali show.|
|Day 17||Tour Cochin – Synagogue, palace, Fort, Chinese Fishing Nets.|
|Day 18||Transfer to airport and Fly Mumbai. Met. Dinner on your own and then transfer to International Airport for flight out.|