Cultural Journey through South India and Sri Lanka
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Embark on a captivating Cultural Journey through the mystical landscapes of South India and Sri Lanka. Discover the historical gems of Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, Trichy, and Madurai, delving into ancient temples, grand palaces, and bustling bazaars. Continue your expedition in Sri Lanka, exploring the cultural marvels of Kandy, Sigiriya, and Colombo, where breathtaking scenery and rich heritage await. Experience the vibrant traditions, savor authentic flavors, and create unforgettable memories on this remarkable private tour.
Day 1: Arrive Chennai - City Tour
Upon your arrival in Chennai, our representative will meet you at the airport and assist you with the transfer to your hotel. After check-in and breakfast, embark on a city tour of Chennai. Visit popular attractions such as Marina Beach, Fort St. George, Kapaleeshwarar Temple, and the Government Museum. Explore the vibrant markets and bustling streets of Chennai. Overnight stay in Chennai.
Day 2: Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry (Driving distance: approx. 150 km)
After breakfast, drive to Pondicherry with a stop at Mahabalipuram. Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Mahabalipuram, known for its ancient temples and rock-cut sculptures. Visit the famous Shore Temple, Arjuna's Penance, and the Five Rathas. Continue your journey to Pondicherry and check in to your hotel. Spend the evening exploring the serene beaches and charming French Quarter of Pondicherry. Overnight stay in Pondicherry.
Day 3: Pondicherry - Thanjavur (Driving distance: approx. 175 km)
After breakfast, drive to Thanjavur, also known as Tanjore. En route, visit the magnificent Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Continue your journey to Gangaikondacholapuram, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, known for its beautiful Chola architecture. Explore the intricately carved Brihadisvara Temple. Later, visit Darasuram to admire the Airavatesvara Temple. Arrive in Thanjavur and check in to your hotel. Overnight stay in Thanjavur.
Day 4: Thanjavur - Trichy (Driving distance: approx. 55 km)
After breakfast, visit the Brihadeeswara Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the largest temples in India. Explore the Tanjore Palace and Art Gallery, known for its exquisite collection of sculptures and artifacts. Later, drive to Trichy (Tiruchirappalli) and check in to your hotel. In the afternoon, visit the famous Rock Fort Temple and Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple. Enjoy the beautiful views from the top of the Rock Fort. Overnight stay in Trichy.
Day 5: Trichy - Madurai (Driving distance: approx. 140 km)
After breakfast, drive to Madurai, a city known for its rich cultural heritage. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and relax. In the afternoon, visit the famous Meenakshi Amman Temple, dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Shiva. Explore the intricate carvings and vibrant architecture of the temple. Later, visit the Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace, known for its Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. Overnight stay in Madurai.
Day 6: Madurai - Colombo (Flight)/ Colombo - Sigiriya (Driving distance: approx. 170 km)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka.
Upon your arrival in Colombo, you will be greeted by our representative and transferred to Sigiriya. Check in to your hotel and relax. Overnight stay in Sigiriya.
Day 7: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Minneriya - Sigiriya (Driving distance: approx. 40 km)
After breakfast, proceed to Polonnaruwa, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka. Explore the well-preserved ruins of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, including the Royal Palace, Gal Vihara, and the Sacred Quadrangle. In the afternoon, enjoy a jeep safari at Minneriya National Park, known for its large population of elephants and other wildlife. Witness the spectacular gathering of elephants at the Minneriya Tank. Return to Sigiriya for an overnight stay.
Day 8: Sigiriya - Kandy (Driving distance: approx. 90 km)
After breakfast, visit the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climb the ancient rock fortress and admire the stunning frescoes and breathtaking views from the top. Drive to Kandy, a beautiful city nestled amidst lush green hills. En route, visit a spice garden in Matale and learn about the various spices grown in Sri Lanka. Enjoy a cultural show featuring traditional music and dance performances in the evening. Overnight stay in Kandy.
Day 9: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya (Driving distance: approx. 75 km)
After breakfast, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, which houses the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Embark on a scenic drive to Nuwara Eliya, also known as "Little England" due to its British colonial charm. En route, visit a tea plantation and factory to witness the process of tea production. Enjoy a refreshing cup of Ceylon tea amidst the picturesque tea estates. In Nuwara Eliya, visit Gregory Lake, Hakgala Botanical Garden, and the colonial-era buildings. Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.
Day 10: Nuwara Eliya - Yala (Driving distance: approx. 150 km)
After breakfast, drive to Yala, home to the famous Yala National Park. Upon arrival, check in to your hotel and relax. In the afternoon, embark on an exciting jeep safari in Yala National Park, known for its diverse wildlife, including elephants, leopards, and a variety of bird species. Explore the park's natural beauty and enjoy the thrill of spotting wildlife in their natural habitat. Overnight stay in Yala.
Day 11: Yala - Galle - Bentota (Driving distance: approx. 210 km)
After breakfast, drive to the coastal town of Galle. Visit the UNESCO-listed Galle Fort, a well-preserved colonial-era fortification. Explore the narrow streets, Dutch colonial buildings, and beautiful seaside views. Continue your journey to Bentota, a popular beach destination. Check in to your beachfront resort and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Bentota.
Day 12: Bentota - Colombo (Driving distance: approx. 80 km)
After breakfast, enjoy some leisure time on the beautiful beaches of Bentota. You can indulge in water sports activities or simply relax by the azure waters. In the afternoon, drive to Colombo, the vibrant capital city of Sri Lanka. Embark on a city tour of Colombo, visiting the Galle Face Green, Gangaramaya Temple, Independence Square, and other notable landmarks. Overnight stay in Colombo.
Day 13: Departure from Colombo
After breakfast, depending on your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the Colombo International Airport for your departure.
- Assistance on arrival at airport.
- 12 Nights' accommodation in selected price category hotels.
- Daily breakfast at hotels.
- Private AC car/van for airport transfers, sightseeing, and excursions as per the program.
- English speaking tour guide on sightseeing days (local guide in each city), as per program.
- Monument entrances and activities charges mentioned in the itinerary.
- Bottled drinking water in car.
- Government taxes.
- Any flight tickets.
- Camera charges at monuments if any.
- Meals other than mentioned in the inclusions.
- Expenses of personal nature like liquor, laundry, tips, telephone, fax, internet etc.
- Gratuities and optional activities.
- Anything not mentioned in inclusions.