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Trails of Tradition: Discovering South India and Sri Lanka

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Product Code : AGORA784

Embark on a cultural odyssey with our "Trails of Tradition" tour, unraveling the rich heritage of South India and Sri Lanka. Immerse yourself in the vibrant tapestry of Cochin's historic sites, sail through the serene backwaters of Alleppey, and explore the ancient temples of Madurai and Trichy. In Sri Lanka, marvel at the iconic Sigiriya Rock, stroll through Kandy's cultural heart, and unwind on the pristine beaches of Bentota. This 16-day journey promises an unforgettable blend of tradition, history, and natural beauty.

Day 1: Arrive Cochin

Upon arrival in Cochin, our representative will greet you and facilitate your transfer to the hotel. After checking in, the remainder of the day is at your leisure to explore the lively city on your own.

 

Day 2: Cochin - Alleppey

Start your day with a delicious breakfast before embarking on a city tour of Cochin, also known as Kochi. Visit renowned landmarks, including the iconic Chinese Fishing Nets, St. Francis Church, Mattancherry Palace, and the Jewish Synagogue. In the evening, proceed to Alleppey, famed for its tranquil backwaters. Check into your houseboat for an overnight stay, cruising through the picturesque backwaters.

 

Day 3: Alleppey - Thekkady (140kms)

After a hearty breakfast, check out from the houseboat and drive to Thekkady. Upon arrival, delve into the world of spices with a visit to a spice plantation, discovering the aromatic spices grown in the region. In the evening, witness a traditional martial art and Kathakali dance show, providing insight into Kerala's rich cultural heritage. Enjoy an overnight stay in Thekkady.

 

Day 4: Thekkady - Madurai (160kms)

Commence your day with an exhilarating boat safari on Periyar Lake in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary, offering opportunities to spot diverse wildlife amid serene surroundings. Post-safari, drive to Madurai, a vibrant city renowned for its magnificent temples. Check into your hotel, relax, and in the evening, visit the architectural marvel, Meenakshi Amman Temple. Overnight stay in Madurai.

 

Day 5: Madurai - Trichy (140kms)

Explore Madurai further after breakfast, visiting the Thirumalai Nayakkar Palace celebrated for its grandeur. Later, drive to Trichy (Tiruchirappalli), a city steeped in ancient temples. Visit the iconic Rockfort Temple and the sprawling Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple, one of India's largest Hindu temples. Enjoy an overnight stay in Trichy.

 

Day 6: Trichy - Thanjavur (60kms)

Post-breakfast, continue your exploration of Trichy, visiting the Jambukeswarar Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and the iconic St. Joseph's Church. Afterward, drive to Thanjavur (Tanjore) and marvel at the architectural masterpiece, the Brihadeeswarar Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Overnight stay in Thanjavur.

 

Day 7: Thanjavur - Pondicherry (180kms)

Enjoy breakfast and set forth on a scenic drive to Pondicherry, a charming coastal town influenced by French culture. Enroute, explore the magnificent Gangaikonda Cholapuram and Darasuram, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites, along with the famous Nataraja Temple in Chidambaram. Continue your drive to Pondicherry, check into your hotel, and spend the evening exploring serene beaches and quaint streets. Overnight stay in Pondicherry.

 

Day 8: Pondicherry - Mahabalipuram - Chennai (160kms)

After a fulfilling breakfast, drive to Chennai via Mahabalipuram. Explore UNESCO-listed sites, including the Shore Temple, Arjuna's Penance, and the Five Rathas, showcasing remarkable ancient rock-cut architecture. Continue your drive to Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu. Upon arrival, check into your hotel, unwind, and enjoy an overnight stay in Chennai.

 

Day 9: Chennai - Colombo (flight)

Post-breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka. Upon landing, you'll be transferred to your hotel in Colombo. Later, embark on a city tour of Colombo, the vibrant capital of Sri Lanka. Visit prominent attractions such as Gangaramaya Temple, the National Museum, Independence Memorial Hall, and explore the lively Pettah Market. Take a leisurely stroll along Galle Face Green, a popular promenade overlooking the Indian Ocean. Enjoy an overnight stay in Colombo.

 

Day 10: Colombo - Sigiriya (170kms)

After a nutritious breakfast, embark on your journey to Sigiriya. En route, visit the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, providing an opportunity to witness these gentle giants up close and even participate in their feeding. Continue to Sigiriya and check-in to your hotel. In the afternoon, explore the ancient Dambulla Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known for its stunning rock cave paintings and statues.

 

Day 11: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya

Commence the day with breakfast before embarking on a memorable climb to the top of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire ancient frescoes and marvel at the engineering brilliance of this ancient rock citadel. In the afternoon, explore the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, another UNESCO World Heritage Site, renowned for well-preserved ruins and archaeological sites. Discover the Royal Palace, Gal Vihara, and the Sacred Quadrangle. Return to Sigiriya for an overnight stay.

 

Day 12: Sigiriya - Kandy (90kms)

After a hearty breakfast, proceed to the cultural capital of Sri Lanka, Kandy. En route, visit a spice garden in Matale to learn about the different spices grown in Sri Lanka. Upon arrival in Kandy, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, housing the sacred tooth relic of Lord Buddha. In the evening, relish a cultural dance performance showcasing traditional Sri Lankan music, dance, and drumming. Enjoy an overnight stay in Kandy.

 

Day 13: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya (80kms)

Set out for Nuwara Eliya after breakfast, also known as "Little England" due to its pleasant climate and colonial-era architecture. En route, visit the Ramboda Falls and a tea plantation, providing insights into the tea production process. Upon reaching Nuwara Eliya, explore the picturesque city, including the scenic Gregory Lake and the Hakgala Botanical Garden. Enjoy an overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.

 

Day 14: Nuwara Eliya - Yala (150kms)

Following breakfast, depart for Yala, home to the renowned Yala National Park. Upon arrival, check into your hotel and relax. In the afternoon, embark on an exciting jeep safari in Yala National Park, offering opportunities to spot a wide variety of wildlife, including elephants, leopards, and crocodiles. Enjoy an overnight stay in Yala.

 

Day 15: Yala - Galle - Bentota (190kms)

After a wholesome breakfast, proceed to Bentota, a picturesque coastal town. En route, explore the historic city of Galle, known for its well-preserved Dutch colonial architecture. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Galle Fort, and stroll through charming streets filled with boutique shops and cafes. Continue your journey to Bentota and check into your beachfront hotel. Enjoy an overnight stay in Bentota.

 

Day 16: Bentota - Colombo (80kms)/ Departure Flight

Bid farewell to the beautiful beach town of Bentota after breakfast and embark on a scenic drive to Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka. Upon arrival in Colombo, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight, marking the end of this enriching journey.

- Assistance on arrival at airport.

- 15 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.