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Cultural Journey through South India and Sri Lanka

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Embark on a 13-day Cultural Journey through South India and Sri Lanka, a captivating odyssey filled with UNESCO World Heritage Sites, spiritual temples, and colonial history. Begin in Chennai, exploring Marina Beach and Fort St. George, then head to Pondicherry's French Quarter. Marvel at ancient temples in Mahabalipuram and discover architectural wonders in Thanjavur and Trichy. Experience Sri Lanka's beauty with visits to Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, and a thrilling safari in Yala National Park. Explore cultural gems in Kandy, colonial charm in Galle, and tranquil coastal bliss in Bentota. Your journey concludes in Colombo, offering a dynamic blend of history and modernity.

Day 1: Arrival in Chennai - City Tour

Your adventure commences as you touch down in Chennai, where you'll be warmly welcomed and transferred to your comfortable hotel. After check-in, savor a delightful breakfast to fuel your day of exploration. Embark on an exciting city tour, beginning with the iconic Marina Beach, known for its golden sands and vibrant atmosphere. Dive into history at Fort St. George, an impressive colonial-era structure. Continue your journey to the Kapaleeshwarar Temple, an architectural masterpiece that radiates spiritual significance. Your cultural expedition extends to the Government Museum, where you'll encounter a captivating collection of art and historical artifacts. Conclude your day with a leisurely stroll through bustling markets, soaking in the lively atmosphere. Retire for the night at your Chennai hotel.

Day 2: Chennai - Mahabalipuram - Pondicherry

Start your day with a delectable breakfast and prepare for a scenic drive to the charming town of Pondicherry. En route, make an enchanting stop at Mahabalipuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site renowned for its ancient temples and remarkable rock-cut sculptures. The Shore Temple, Arjuna's Penance, and the Five Rathas beckon you to explore their grandeur. Continue your journey to tranquil Pondicherry, where the echoes of French colonial history harmonize with Indian culture. Discover serene beaches and the picturesque French Quarter. Check in at your hotel and unwind, soaking in the unique ambiance of Pondicherry.

Day 3: Pondicherry - Thanjavur

Your day kicks off with a scenic drive to Thanjavur, a city steeped in history and culture. En route, be captivated by the mystical Chidambaram Nataraja Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Continue your journey to Gangaikondacholapuram, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for its Chola architecture. Explore the intricately carved Brihadisvara Temple before arriving in Thanjavur. Check in at your hotel and relax, ready to immerse yourself in the historical richness of the city. Overnight stay in Thanjavur.

Day 4: Thanjavur - Trichy

Awake to a new day and embark on a captivating exploration of the Brihadeeswara Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This grand temple is one of the largest in India, boasting impressive architecture and intricate carvings. Your cultural journey continues to the Tanjore Palace and Art Gallery, which houses a remarkable collection of sculptures and artifacts. Prepare for your drive to Trichy, a city steeped in tradition and spirituality. Upon arrival, check in at your hotel, and take some time to relax. Later, venture out to explore the iconic Rock Fort Temple, an ancient temple complex that sits atop a massive rock formation, offering breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape. Dive into the spiritual essence of the Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple and witness its architectural marvel. Retire for the night in Trichy.

Day 5: Trichy - Madurai

Begin your day with breakfast and a scenic drive to Madurai, a city brimming with cultural heritage. Check in at your hotel upon arrival, and take some time to unwind. As the day unfolds, visit the Meenakshi Amman Temple, a mesmerizing place of worship dedicated to Goddess Meenakshi and Lord Shiva. Marvel at its intricate carvings and vibrant architecture. The adventure continues with a visit to the Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace, an architectural marvel that seamlessly combines Indian and European design elements. Rest for the night in the culturally rich city of Madurai.

Day 6: Madurai - Colombo (Flight) - Colombo - Sigiriya

After breakfast, embark on an exciting journey to Sri Lanka. Catch a flight from Madurai to Colombo, Sri Lanka's vibrant capital. Upon landing in Colombo, you'll be warmly greeted and transported to the captivating Sigiriya. Check in at your hotel and unwind amidst the serene surroundings. An overnight stay in Sigiriya awaits, setting the stage for more adventures to come.

Day 7: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Minneriya - Sigiriya

As the sun graces the day, partake in a hearty breakfast and prepare for an extraordinary day of exploration. You'll visit Polonnaruwa, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Explore well-preserved ruins, such as the Royal Palace, Gal Vihara, and the Sacred Quadrangle, immersing yourself in the historical ambiance. Your adventure continues with a thrilling jeep safari in Minneriya National Park, celebrated for its diverse wildlife, including elephants. Witness the captivating congregation of these majestic creatures near the Minneriya Tank. Return to Sigiriya for an overnight stay, filled with memories of a day immersed in history and nature.

Day 8: Sigiriya - Kandy

Savor breakfast before visiting the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Embark on an adventurous climb, marvel at the stunning frescoes, and soak in breathtaking panoramic views from the summit. Your journey then leads you to Kandy, a city nestled amidst lush hills. Along the way, visit a spice garden in Matale, where you'll learn about Sri Lanka's aromatic spices and experience their scents. In the evening, savor a cultural show featuring traditional music and dance performances, celebrating the rich heritage of Sri Lanka. Retreat for the night in Kandy, ready for more enchanting experiences.

Day 9: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya

The day commences with breakfast and a visit to the Temple of the Tooth Relic, which houses the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. Your journey then takes you to Nuwara Eliya, often referred to as "Little England" due to its British colonial charm. En route, you'll experience the art of tea production at a tea plantation and factory. Enjoy a refreshing cup of Ceylon tea amidst picturesque tea estates, and take in the serene natural beauty that surrounds you. In Nuwara Eliya, explore Gregory Lake, Hakgala Botanical Garden, and the colonial-era buildings, which create a unique and captivating atmosphere. You'll rest for the night in Nuwara Eliya, immersed in the charm of this idyllic town.

Day 10: Nuwara Eliya - Yala

Following breakfast, journey to Yala, home to the renowned Yala National Park. Check in at your hotel upon arrival and take some time to relax. In the afternoon, an exhilarating jeep safari in Yala National Park awaits, celebrated for its diverse wildlife, including elephants and leopards. Engage with the wilderness and relish the thrill of spotting wildlife in their natural habitat. An overnight stay in Yala is an opportunity to continue your wildlife adventure.

Day 11: Yala - Galle - Bentota

After breakfast, drive to the picturesque coastal town of Galle. Explore the UNESCO-listed Galle Fort, a remarkably preserved colonial-era fortress. Stroll through its narrow streets, admire the Dutch colonial architecture, and savor beautiful seaside views. Your journey then leads you to Bentota, a popular beach destination. Check in at your beachfront resort and indulge in water sports or bask by the azure waters, soaking in the tropical paradise that surrounds you. An overnight stay in Bentota is your gateway to relaxation and seaside adventures.

Day 12: Bentota - Colombo

Enjoy the morning by the captivating beaches of Bentota. Whether it's water sports activities or simply unwinding by the water's edge, the choice is yours. In the afternoon, journey to Colombo, the vibrant capital of Sri Lanka. An exciting city tour of Colombo awaits, providing you with the opportunity to explore the Galle Face Green, Gangaramaya Temple, Independence Square, and other remarkable landmarks that shape the city's rich culture and history. An overnight stay in Colombo completes your Sri Lankan journey, celebrating its diverse landscapes and heritage.

Day 13: Departure from Colombo

Your journey comes to a close. After breakfast, depending on your flight schedule, you'll be transferred to Colombo International Airport for your onward journey, taking with you cherished memories of an adventure filled with history, culture, wildlife, and the natural beauty of India and Sri Lanka.

- 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.