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South India with Sri Lanka

BANGALORE-MYSORE-COCHIN-KUMARAKOM-COLOMBO-DAMBULLA-PINNAWALA-NEGOMBO-KANDY

Highlight of Tour

The south Indian state of Tamil Nadu abounds with various tourist attractions, whose large chunk is occupied by man-made marvels especially temples. With its well-planned ‘Complete South India Tour’ package, Indian Holiday takes you some of the most sought-after destinations of this south Indian state.

You get a chance to explore popular cities such as Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Kanchipuram, Pondicherry, Trichy, Madurai and Thanjavur. Visit to popular temples like Rameshwaram temple, Krishna Mandapam temple is one of the major highlights.

Cities We Cover

BANGALORE-MYSORE-COCHIN-KUMARAKOM-COLOMBO-DAMBULLA-PINNAWALA-NEGOMBO-KANDY

Highlights

  • Chennai City Tour including St.Mary's Church
  • Visit to Mahabalipuram temples including Paandava Rathas
  • Explore Sri Aurobindo Ashram in Pondicherry
  • Visit to World Heritage Site of Brihadeeswarar Temple in Tanjore
  • Temple visit in Trichy including Ranganathaswami temple
  • Darshan at the very popular Meenakshi Amman Temple in Madurai
  • Day's excursion to Rameshwaram.

Price Includes

  • 13 Night's accommodation at listed hotels.
  • Daily Breakfast at the hotel
  • Air Condition transportation for all Private Transfers & Sightseeing.
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing excursions in each city.
  • Assistance on arrival at each city.
  • Packed drinking water during the rides, tours & excursion.
  • All kind of taxes related to package
  • 24/7 on-tour assistance in India

Price Excludes

  • International Airfare & Domestic air fare and entrance fee to monuments.
  • Any kind of personal Expenses such as like tips, Porter, Laundry & phone calls & Video/Still.
  • Camera charges
  • Travel insurance & Visa.
Itinerary

Day 1 Bangalore

A representative of Indian Journeys will meet you outside the Immigration & Custom / Baggage claim area and will escort you to your hotel. 

Day 2Bangalore – Mysore

Breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Bangalore.

Bangalore is a city of lakes, gardens, and tree-lined avenues. City tour visiting Nandi Bull temple, Lal Bagh gardens and Cubbon Park. Later in the afternoon drive through the picturesque evergreen hills and beautiful natural landscaped plains takes you to the Mysore Palace. En-route visit summer palace of Tipu Sultan.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 3Mysore - Hassan

After breakfast at hotel, proceed for city tour and Brindavan Gardens with its magnificent fountains. Go to Shettihalli Church. It’s an old church which was constructed in the 18th century. Then head towards Gorur dam. It is a giant dam which reflects the power of modern technology.

In the afternoon transfer to Hassan.

Overnight.

Day 4Hassan - Belure and Halebid Temples

Breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour.

Lord Fergusson, an authority on Indian architecture, observes ‘There are many buildings in India which are unsurpassed for delicacy of detail by any in the world, but the temple of Belure surpasses even these for freedom of handling and richness of fancy’. The virtuosity of Indian sculptors reached its peak at the temples of Belure and Halebid. This morning we will explore these majestic monuments.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 5Hassan – Bangalore Airport/Cochin

After breakfast at hotel, drive back to Bangalore airport, fly to Cochin – the picturesque seaport on the palm-fringed coast of Arabian Sea, laced with inland waterways and tropical lagoons. Sightseeing includes Cochin Fort, St. Francis Church – the oldest church in India and the Jewish Synagogues dating back to 16th century.

Overnight

Day 6Cochin - Kumarakom - Backwaters of Kerala

Breakfast at hotel, drive to Kumarakom – an island nestled between Vembanad Lake and backwaters in the lush green Kerala.

Board Premium House boat, while cruising in these floating luxury-villas, let your eyes settle for the rare and the unusual – skim past Chinese fishing nets, bowed-down paddy fields, local inhabitants engaged in making coir products, rustic homes, ancient temples and swaying coconut groves.

Lunch, evening tea & dinner will be served on board.

Overnight at houseboat.

Day 7Kumarakom – Cochin/Colombo – Legombo

After breakfast at hotel, transfer to airport, fly to Colombo.

Assistance on arrival transfer hotel in Negombo. Afternoon Free for leisure at the beach. Optional city tour of Negombo town, fish market, Dutch canal and Dutch church.

Overnight at hotel.

Day 8Negombo / Pinnawala / Dam bulla (265 km / 7.5 hrs incl. 1 hr in Pinnawala)

After breakfast, leave for Dam bulla. En route visit the ever popular elephant orphanage in Pinnawela. Check in at Heritance Kandalama or Green Paradise Resort. In the afternoon, visit the 5th century Sigiriya rock fortress. This world heritage site, consists of the remains of a palace on the top of the rock, a mid level terrace that includes the Lion Gate and the mirror wall with its frescoes of the ‘Heavenly Maidens’, a lower palace on theslopes below the rock, the moats, walls and water gardens that extend for some hundreds of meters out from the base. Return to hotel. Overnight stay. 

Day 9Dam bulla / Polonnaruwa / Dambulla (210 km / 6 hrs sight-seeing)

After breakfast leave for Polonnaruwa. Built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, Polonnaruwa is a World Heritage Site. It comprises the Brahmanic monuments built by the South Indian Cholas, and the ruins of the fabulous garden-city created by Parakramabahu during the golden age of Polonnaruwa in the 12th century. Irrigation systems for superior to those of the Anuradhapura age were constructed. These systems to this day supply the water necessary for paddy cultivation during the dry season. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya (4 huge statues of Buddha carved out of rock), the Audience Hall, the Lotus Bath, King Parakramabahu’s statue, and the remains of a former Temple of the Tooth Relic. Return to hotel. Overnight stay

Day 10Dam bulla / Kandy (117 km / 3.5 hrs)

After breakfast leave for Kandy. En route visit Dam bulla Rock Temple. Dating from the 1st century B.C., this World Heritage Site has been a place of pilgrimage for 22 centuries. The cave monastery, with its five sanctuaries, is the largest and best preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. Also on the way, visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different spices which Sri Lanka is famous for. Check in. A World Heritage Site and once capital of the Sinhalese Kandyan kingdom, Kandy is the religious capital of Sri Lanka and a place of pilgrimage. The Temple of the Tooth houses Sri Lanka’s most important religious relic, the sacred tooth of Buddha. Visit Kandy town; the market, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum and lapidary. In the evening visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and see a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing. Return to Hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 11Kandy / Nuwara Eliya / City Tour / Kannapolis (116 km / 5 hrs)

After breakfast leave for Nuwara Eliya, the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing a significant share of the world’s best quality tea. En route, visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where the entire process from planting to packing stage will be explained to you in addition to how tea is graded and tasted. Also do cities tour of Nuwara Eliya – which because of its energizing mountain climate and scenery is Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Sri Lanka’s highest mountain Pidurutalagala (8,282 feet) is located here. Nuwara Eliya is also home to the Golf Club – one of the finest 18 hole golf courses in South Asia. Check in to your hotel Heritance Tea Factory or Cocoon Hills. Overnight stay

Day 12Nuwara Eliya / Ratnapura / Udawalawe (261 km / 7 hrs)

After breakfast leave for Ratnapura. Enjoy an exciting day trip to the heart of the Sri Lanka’s interior and see the “City of Gems” Ratnapura, which has a reputation for producing some of the world’s finest sapphires, rubies, garnets, aquamarines, zircons and alexandrites. No diamonds or emeralds are found in Sri Lanka. Visit the gem museum where you could see a scaled down model of a typical gem pit, showing the different strata of stones. They will also demonstrate the equipment used at the various stages of polishing and cutting of a gem stone. You will see the transformation of a small stone plucked out of the earth to a sparkling status symbol on your finger. Proceed to Udawalawe where you will be received by representatives at the entrance to the National Park and taken on a safari tour.

Check-in to hotel. Overnight stay.

Day 13Udawalawe / Colombo (294 km / 7 hrs)

Continue safari tour. Return to camp site for late breakfast and depart for Colombo. It is a fascinating drive along Sri Lanka’s coastline and several interesting fishing villages where the Stilt fisherman precariously perched on a stick in the shallow waters of the Indian Ocean near Koggala with a fishing rod in his hand is an interesting sight.

Check-in to Hotel. Evening at leisure. Enjoy the nightlife in Colombo. 

Overnight stay.

Day 14Colombo / City Tour (40 km / 1.5 hrs)

Breakfast at hotel, proceed for sightseeing tour of Colombo including a visit to Gangaramaya Temple, a Hindu temple, the Wolvendaal Dutch Church, Hultsdorf Law Courts and Independence Square. You will be driven through the bazaar district of Pettah, the commercial ‘Fort’ area and the wealthy residential area of Cinnamon Gardens. Also shop for Gems, Handicrafts and ‘Ceylon Tea’

Later transfer to airport, fly to your onward destinations.

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