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 very special journey, you will have a good sense of two very special countries and their unique place in the world.
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ITINERARY at a Glance
Arrive Colombo. Fast track clearance at Airport. Drive to Wallawwa.
Drive Cultural Triangle. Visit to Sigiriya.
AM visit to Polonnaruwa and PM at Minneriya National Park.
Drive Kandy. Visit Spice Garden and Ena De Silva’s estate. Moonrise over Hunas Mountain with the artist Raju.
Visit Botanical Gardens, Cemetery, museum, Queen’s Hotel, Temple of the Tooth, market, Dalada Maligawa for puja.
Drive Peradeniya to see station and catch train to Nawalapitiya. Afternoon to explore on foot or by bicycle.
Option 1: AM Visit to Tea Factory with resident planter and wander tea trails. PM on your own.
Option 2: Visit Tea Factory continue to Nuwara Eliya for the day.
Option 1: Drive Kandy and take sea plane to Colombo. Option 2: Drive Colombo (7 hours)
With both options: PM private tour of town with local resident. Dinner at Ministry of Crab.
Fly Chennai in India. PM Excursion to Mahabalipuram.
Explore Chennai – Fort St. George, Kapaleeswarar Temple, Georgetown. Enjoy Arubathimoovar Festival.
Fly Madurai. Walk around town and market. PM visit to Minakshi Temple.
Early AM at temple. Drive Chettinadu to visit special mansions with special Chettinadu lunch.
Drive Thekaddy. Boat ride on Periyar.
AM jungle walk in buffer zone. PM visit to spice plantation.
Drive Alleppy and board houseboat to cruise backwaters. Overnight on the boat.
Disembark. Drive Cochin. Evening Kathakali show.
Tour Cochin – Synagogue, palace, Fort, Chinese Fishing Nets.
Transfer to airport and fly Mumbai. Met. Dinner on your own and then transfer to International Airport for flight out.