South India / Srilanka Tour

Day 01

TORONTO

EUROPE

Flight from Toronto to Europe

Day 02

BANGALORE

India

Arrive at Bangalore airport in the middle of the night, transfer to the hotel. Rooms are ready for immediate occupation.

Overnight at the hotel.

Day 03

BANGALORE

India

Lazy morning at the hotel to recover from the fatigue of the long flight. Breakfast is served from 7am to 10am. Its 11.30 pm at Toronto, try and get some sleep.

Lunch at 1:00pm; after lunch start an orientation tour of the city of Bangalore - home to countless software, electronics and business outsourcing firms. Visit the important landmarks of the city and return to hotel for dinner and Overnight.

Day 04

BANGALORE / MYSORE

India

An ancient city with more than 600 glorious years of legacy, Mysore is one of the most flamboyant places in India. The city is known for its glittering royal heritage, bustling markets, magnificent monuments, cosmopolitan culture and a friendly populace. It is also a thriving center for the production of silk, sandalwood and incense. After breakfast at the hotel, drive to Mysore (200 km), en route, visit the island fortress of Srirangapatnam. Arrive at Mysore, check in followed by lunch at the hotel. After lunch, drive up the Chamundi Hill, situated at a height of 3475 feet for a spectacular view of the city below. On the way down, stop to say hello to Nandi (Shiva’s bull) that was carved out of a solid rock in 1659. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

“If you haven’t been to Mysore, you haven’t seen South India.”

Day 05

MYSORE

India

After breakfast, drive to Somnathpur, 20 miles from Mysore, to discover the astonishingly beautiful Keshava Temple. Built in 1268 by the Hoysala kings, the temple is one of the finest examples of their architecture. The star shaped temple is adorned with superb stone sculptures depicting various scenes from the epics of Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

Return to Mysore for lunch. After lunch visit the Mysore Palace: amongst the grandest of India’s royal buildings, this fantastic palace was the former seat of the Wodeyar Maharajas. Mysore palace gets more visitors per day than the Tajmahal in the North. Later, take a walk in the Devaraya Market. This spellbinding 19th century market is a lively bazar that combines both the ancient and modern faces of India. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 06

Mysore / Shravanbelgola / Bangalore / Cochin

India

This morning, two hours’ drive will bring you to this small town called Shravanbelgola, the most important Jain site in South India. It is dominated by the colossal 58-ft high monolithic Statue of Gomateshwara, carved in AD 981. To get to see this largest monolithic statue in the world, you need to climb, bare foot, 644 steps carved in the granite rock. After the rock climbing session, stop at a local restaurant to have the packed lunch brought from Mysore. After lunch, continue drive to Bangalore airport for the flight to Cochin. This flight will take us to one of India’s most beautiful and successful states, Kerala. Famous for its azure seas, palm shaded backwaters, rice fields, coconut groves, beautiful hills with tea & spice plantations, and a wide variety of flora & fauna. Upon arrival, check in followed by dinner and overnight at Hotel.

Day 07

COCHIN

India

Nowhere in India, could you find such a heady mix: giant fishing nets from China, a 400 years old synagogue, ancient mosques, Portuguese houses, Dutch Palaces and crumbling remains of the British Raj. The result is an unlikely blend of medieval Portugal, Holland and an English village grafted onto the tropical Malabar Coast in India, this is Cochin. After the breakfast, visit Fort Cochin starting by the Dutch Palace, Pardesi Synagogue and the Jew Town. Visit St. Francis Church, where the adventurer Vasco da Gama, who died in Cochin, was buried for 14 years before his remains were taken to Lisbon. Stroll by the Chinese fishing nets dating back to 1400 AD. Return to hotel for lunch.

In the evening, witness the rich culture of Kerala’s performing arts. Kathakali, the famous dance-drama of Kerala, with its elaborate ritualized gestures, heavy masks like make ups, recounts the stories of Ramayana and Mahabharata. After the dance show, return to hotel for dinner and overnight.

Day 08

COCHIN / KUMARAKOM

India

After breakfast, drive to the small town of Alleppey to board a Kettuvallam, the traditional rice boats of Kerala to enjoy a cruise in the scenic backwaters. It is one of India’s most enchanting experiences to glide along the lusciously green landscaped, palm shaded canals lined by back-in-time villages, many of which are only accessible by boats. Hot Lunch onboard.

After the cruise, drive to Kumarakom. Upon arrival, check-in at hotel. Dinner and overnight.

Day 09

KUMARAKOM / PERIYAR

India

Morning is free to enjoy and immerse in the natural beauty, in and around your hotel. After lunch at hotel, take the uphill road for Periyar. This will be the most picturesque road journey of the tour, passing by the sumptuous natural landscapes; at first, a sea of rubber plantations – then come the spice plantations and finally it is tea as far as the eye can see - with the clumpy green bushes carpeting the sculpted-seeming hills.

Arrive at the hotel in Periyar. Check-in followed by dinner at the hotel.

Day 10

Periyar / Madurai

India

After breakfast, we visit a spice garden to familiarize you with some of India’s famous spices. Return to hotel for lunch and then drive to Madurai…Upon arrival, check in to hotel Courtyard by Marriott. One of the oldest cities in India, Madurai is to the South what Varanasi is to the North: a brilliant metropolis that used to trade with ancient Rome and outlasted her destruction. The principal attraction of the town is the Sri Meenakshi Temple, dedicated to the triple breasted, fish eyed Goddess.

It is considered by many to be the height of South Indian Temple Architecture, and is as vital to the aesthetic heritage of this region as the Taj Mahal is to the North India.

Day 11

MADURAI

India

This enormous temple complex is dedicated to Lord Shiva known here as The Handsome God and his consort Parvati or Meenakshi. After breakfast, visit the Royal Palace of Thirumalai Nayak built in 1636 and considered as one of the most beautiful secular building of South India. Then visit the Sri Meenakshi Temple as well. Return to hotel for lunch.

After a relaxed afternoon, return to the temple in the late evening to witness the amazing bed chamber ceremony. Dinner and overnight at the hotel.

Day 12

MADURAI / TANJORE

India

Tanjore was one of the most remarkable nations of Dravidian history. This was one of the few kingdoms to expand Hinduism beyond India and the bedrock for aesthetic styles that spread from Madurai to Mekong. It was also the ancient capital of the great Chola Empire. The glorious past is still present in Brihadishwara or just “Big” Temple. The crowning glory of Chola temple architecture, it was commissioned in 1010 by Rajaraja Chola. The temple’s thousand year anniversary celebrations were held in 2010. After breakfast, drive to Tanjore and visit the “Big” temple, discover the Tanjore Royal palace which today, houses the prettiest collection of bronze statues of the Chola Empire. Return to hotel for lunch.

After lunch, go to the outskirts of the town to look for small workshops where the ancient “lost wax” technique is still used to make bronze statues. In the evening, enjoy an exclusive show of the most famous South Indian Classical Dance, the Bharat Natyam. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 13

Tanjore / Darasuram / Pondicherry

India

After breakfast, drive to the city of Pondicherry, the largest French Colony in India, en route stop and visit the all granite temple of Darasuram, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Arrive at the city of Pondicherry and have lunch at your hotel.

After lunch, take a city tour full of colonial charmes. Visite the Ashram of Sri Aurobindo, a famous poet and hindu philosopher. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 14

Pondicherry / Mahabalipuram

India

Here, you will be left in no doubt that the small village of Mahabalipuram is truly deserving of its World Heritage Site status. It was once a major sea port and the second capital of Pallava kings in 6th and 7th century. Today, it is rightly called the cradle of Indian Art. Here we will visit the very first monolithic temples, rock cut temples, the first built up temple of south India, and one of the largest carved base reliefs in the world showing the descent of the Ganges.

Return to hotel after the sightseeing. Late afternoon free to enjoy the beach or any other independent activity. Overnight at the hotel.

Day 15

MAHABALIPURAM / MADRAS

India

After breakfast, drive to Madras, 35 miles. Upon arrival, take a city tour visiting the landmark of this largest metropolis of south India. Return to hotel for lunch with rest of the afternoon free to relax.

Day 16

MADRAS / COLOMBO

India

Early morning transfer from hotel to Madras airport to connect to flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Day 17

Indian Ocean

India

Coming out from the Colombo airport, you will be welcomed by Sri Lankan guide. Start the day by visiting the Buddhist temple of Rajamahavihara of Kelania before taking the road to Negombo, a famous fishing village on the Indian Ocean.

Afternoon free to enjoy the beautiful beach and the great opportunity to swim in the Indian Ocean. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 1

Negombo / Anuradhapura / Habarana

SRI LANKA

After breakfast, drive to the sacred city of Anuradhapura to visit its Stupas and particularly the sacred Bo tree (Ficus Religiosa) under which Buddha attained enlightenment. This tree was brought and planted by Sangha Mitra, daughter of Indian Emperor Ashoka, in 3rd century BC. Lunch at a local restaurant. Continue drive to the village of Habarana. Check in followed by dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 2

Habarana / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa

SRI LANKA

After breakfast, visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress dating back to the 5th century. Climb 800 steps to get the breath taking view from the top of this Lion Rock. Stop midway to appreciate the splendid frescos of Sigiriya Maidens, the finest examples of Sri Lankan rock paintings.

Continue drive to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the ruines of which are spread over 60 acres. Visit of different temples and stupas. Lunch will be served in pristine settings of local specialties. Return to hotel in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight.

Day 3

Habarana / Dambulla / Kandy

SRI LANKA

Morning visit the Dambulla caves whose walls are covered by paintings illustrating the life of Buddha. Lunch on a spice plantation. Continue drive to the exquisite city of Kandy. Visit the Royal Botanical Garden of Peradeniya. This beautiful paradise of more than 120 acres of tropical plants was conceived in 1370. The British contributed heavily in its beauty making it one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world.

Check in and dinner at your hotel.

Day 4

KANDY / NUWARA ELIYA

SRI LANKA

After breakfast, visit the holy temple of the Tooth Relic of Buddha. Take a look at the majestic mahogany trees planted during the British Raj. It was in the pillared hall of this temple that the charter of independence was signed on the 4th February 1948. Transfer to the Kandy Railway Station to take a train ride up to the town of Gampola. Then drive the most beautiful and picturesque road of the Island to Nuwara Eliya also called ‘Little England’. Stop enroute for lunch as well as on a tea estate to taste the Ceylon Tea. Sir Thomas Lipton started his tea plantation in the 1890’s right here. It is still operating in the nearby town of Haputale. Nuwara Eliya (pronounced New Relia) is One of the coolest little town of Sri Lanka. What makes it unique is that it doesn’t look Asian at all. You feel as if you have stepped back in time to the 1920’s in England. At an altitude of 1890 m, the town is made of Old Victorian Architecture bordering the race track and golf course. Timber houses are now restaurants and even the post office, public toilet, information Centre and police headquarters look like they are from jolly old England rather than from a Buddhist Country in the Far East.

Upon arrival, take a walk in the town. Then check in at an old British colonial villa turned in to a hotel. Dinner and overnight at hotel.

Day 5

Nuwara Eliya / Colombo / Airport

SRI LANKA

After breakfast, drive down hill road to country’s economic capital, Colombo. Lunch at a local restaurant. After lunch, take a brief tour to see the landmarks of the biggest city of the country.

Late afternoon, departure transfer to Colombo International Airport for the return flight back home.

Total cost for this tour will be 3075.00 US $ per person on twin sharing basis

Single supplement for the tour will be 1166.00 US $.

THIS COST INCLUDES

Accomodation for 15 NTS + Early check-in on day one (Twin Sharing Rooms at all places).. INCLUDING ALL TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGES..

On Full Board Basis

All transfers and visits by One AC Large dlx Coach *INCLUSIVE OF FUEL CHARGES, TAXES, DRIVER ALLOWANCE, OVERNIGHT CHARGES ETC...

Boat ride at Udaipur- Lake Pichola.

Elephant Ride At Amber Fort – Amber.

Boat ride at Ganges --Varanasi.

Present Entrance Fees of monuments.

Accompanying English Guide Charges.

Local guide in Ahmedabad and Amritsar

One Tour Leader free on 15 paying pax.

PRESENT GST

French or English speaking Tour Director from Ottawa to Ottawa All Tips on the tour are included ( Porters, Restaurants, Mounuments, Local Guides, Drivers and helpers etc.)

The cost does not include

Domestic Airfare, Meals not specified, Expenses of personal nature such as telephone bills, laundry, bar bills etc

IMPORTANT NOTE

We will not be responsible, If airlines cancels the flight or change the schedule.. We will be there to do whatever best possible so that you continue your trip and keep enjoying it.. But in doing this, if any extra expense incurred, will be borne by the clients..

You must buy and travel with your travel insurance, as we do not provide any insurance from our side.

If Govt increases the Taxes or Entrance fees further to the monuments, we will inform you and will be charged accordingly.

If Govt increases the Taxes or Entrance fees further to the monuments, we will inform you and will be charged accordingly.

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