Sri Lanka and South India: Architecture, Animals, Arts and Ambiance

India and Sri Lanka

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.

Dates

Land Cost

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$7395.00

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Person

Based on 4-6 People
(excluding international air)

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ITINERARY at a Glance


Day 1


Arrive Colombo. Fast track clearance at Airport. Drive to Wallawwa.

Day 2


Drive Cultural Triangle. Visit to Sigiriya.

Day 3


AM visit to Polonnaruwa and PM at 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, museum, Queen’s Hotel, Temple of the Tooth, market, Dalada Maligawa for puja.

Day 6


Drive Peradeniya to see station and catch Tea Train to Hatton. Afternoon to explore on foot or by bicycle.

Day 7


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.

Day 8


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.

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 Thekaddy. Boat ride on Periyar.

Day 14


AM jungle walk in buffer zone. PM visit to spice plantation.

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.

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