14 Day Sri Lanka & Southern India

Colombo - Sigiriya - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Yala National Park - Galle - Kochi - Munnar - Kumarakom - Alleppey - Kerala Backwaters


✓ Return international airfares with Singapore Airlines
✓ 12 nights accommodation in mostly 5 star hotels
✓ All airport transfers
✓ Breakfast daily, 1 lunch & 6 dinners
✓ Professional escorted guides
✓ In-depth sightseeing
✓ Flexibility to extend your stay

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Be enthralled by the magnificent sights and sounds of India on a journey that will take you to new heights of enrichment. Discover a destination where chaos and spirituality combine to ignite all your senses. Travel to Sri Lanka where UNESCO has recognised no less than eight World Heritage Sites making any trip to Sri Lanka unforgettable!

 

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Itinerary

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Day 1

Australia Colombo

A warm welcome awaits you at the arrival lounge of the Bandaranaike International Airport. You will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. Check in and relax after your international flight.

Please note: Most flights into Sri Lanka arrive late in the evening of day 1.

Hotel: 5★ The Gateway Hotel or similar

 

 

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Day 2

Colombo Sigiriya 

Today enjoy a late start, taking time to relax and prepare for an exciting first day of touring. We’ll leave the hotel around 9:30-10am bound for Sigiriya. This afternoon set out on an exclusively private jeep safari at the Minneriya (or Kauduala) National Park to witness the unique phenomenon of elephant gathering. During the dry season from June to September, hundreds of elephants gather around the Minneriya Tank for water. Such a large number of elephants could not be sighted at one place, anywhere else in the world! Outside of these months and depending on the elephant migration patterns the safari will be conducted in one of the surrounding parks. This evening enjoy some sundowner pre-dinner Arrack (a local cocktail) or something else to suit your tastes.

Hotel: 5★ Sigiriya Jungles or similar 
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

 

 

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Day 3

Sigiriya Lion Rock Sigiriya

This morning we climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress (Lion’s Rock), one of the most extraordinary artistic complexes of its time (477 – 498 AD). Declared as an UNESCO heritage site in 1982, this magnificent citadel allures artistic and architectural curiosity from around the globe. For lunch today, take part in a Cooking Demonstration of Sri Lankan rice and curry (5-6 curries) and enjoy this typical Sri Lankan lunch while overlooking the paddy fields. In the afternoon enjoy a sightseeing tour of the Medieval Capital City of Polonnaruwa. This was declared as an UNESCO heritage site in 1982. After the demise of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa became the middle historic capital of Sri Lanka (1017 – 1235 AD). This evening enjoy another round of sundowner pre-dinner Arrack (a local cocktail) or something else to suit your tastes.

Hotel: 5★ Sigiriya Jungles or similar 
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

 

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Day 4

Sigiriya Kandy

This morning we leave for Kandy. Enroute, visit the Matale Spice Garden to learn about an important agriculture iconic to Sri Lanka. We then continue on to Kandy, the Hill Capital (1514 – 1815 AD). Originally known as Senkadagala, the city eventually came to know as Kandy. Kandy was declared an UNESCO heritage site in 1988. The style and character of the Sri Lankan civilization at the time is well articulated in the heart of the city itself, with its lake, the temples including the Temple of the Tooth and the well preserved ruins of the royal palaces. Upon arrival in Kandy, enjoy an afternoon of leisure. Visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic with its guardian elephants - a deeply significant Buddhist site that contains a tooth of the Buddha collected from his funeral pyre. This site draws thousands of pilgrims from across the world.

Hotel: 5★ Earl’s Regency or similar
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

 

 

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Day 5

Kandy Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast we leave for the hill country town of Nuwara Eliya. Embark on the famous train journey which is said to be one of the most scenic and beautiful travel routes in the world. Apart from the breathtaking sceneries of the tea country and picturesque waterfalls, it is a chance for you to mingle with the local people. With the end of this unique experience comes your arrival in Nuwara Eliya, often referred to as ‘Little England’. This genteel highland community does have a rose-tinted, vaguely British-country-village feel to it, with its colonial-era bungalows and British roots.

Please note: It is not possible to confirm the train ticket reservation due to the fact that Sri Lanka Railway has a manual system for reservations. Tickets can only be booked 30 days prior to departure. The 1st and 2nd class is basic but has air-conditioning. On the rare occasion the train is fully booked we’ll conduct the route by road.

Hotel: 4★ Black Pool Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

 

 

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Day 6

Nuwara Eliya Yala/Tissamaharama

Today, leave for Yala/Tissamaharama. On the way we visit the Buduruwagala Temple, an ancient Buddhist temple in Sri Lanka. The complex consists of seven statues and belongs to the Mahayana school of thought. The statues date back to the 10th century. The gigantic Buddha statue still bears traces of its original stuccoed robe and a long streak of orange suggests it was once brightly painted. 

After checking in to the hotel spend your afternoon on a guided game drive exploring the dynamic wildlife and the most luxuriant plant life in Yala National Park. Being one of the largest parks in Sri Lanka, it is the ideal place to sight the rare and beautiful leopard! 

Please note: Sections of Yala National Park close due to conservation efforts each year between September and October. The closure dates are advised by the Sri Lankan government 1-2 months prior and differ each year. As Yala National Park is made up of multiple sections, if one section is closed due to conservation works we will visit one of the open sections.

Hotel: 4★ Mandara Rosen or similar
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

 

 

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Day 7

Yala Galle Colombo

This morning we leave for Colombo. Enroute we explore the Galle Fort and its Fortifications. This is a city that exudes a perfectly blended essence of past and present. Declared as an UNESCO heritage site in 1988, the presence of Portuguese, Dutch and English is very evident in the fascinating architectural styles of the Galle Fort. Following this, as we continue on our way to Colombo we will be visiting a Turtle Hatchery. There are only seven species of marine turtles in the world and five are found in the warm, clear waters off Sri Lanka’s coast. The five species are the Hawksbill turtle, Loggerhead turtle, Green turtle, Leatherback turtle and the Olive Ridley turtle.

Hotel: 5★ Galle Face Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast, dinner

 

 

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Day 8

Colombo Kochi

Today say farewell your Sri Lankan guide and get ready for the next leg of your journey as we fly to Southern India. On arrival in Kochi, your Indian guide will welcome you on arrival and transfer you to your hotel. 

This afternoon, your guide will take you on a walk through the historic districts of the town. The walking tour will allow you to see the different cultural sides of Kochi, from the Jewish area including the Pardesi Synagogue to the Mattancherry Palace, known as the Dutch Palace to the locals. We will see Fort Kochi which is reminiscent of European streets and the famous Chinese Fishing Nets, used by the locals for hundreds of years. This evening, enjoy a Kathakali dance show, a traditional dance and costume show from the Kerala region.

Hotel: 5★ Crowne Plaza or similar 
Meals: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 9

Kochi Munnar

After breakfast, we drive inland to the hill town of Munnar, some 1,600m above sea level in the Western Ghats Mountains. The landscape becomes progressively more beautiful as we climb higher. Enroute, we stop at the Athirapally Waterfalls on the River Chalakudy. The waterfall drops from a height of 25m. In the monsoon season, the falls are known as the “Niagara of India” due to the force and volume of water flowing down. From here we can also admire the view of the Sholayar hills before continuing on to Munnar.

Hotel: 5★ Fragrant Nature Resort or similar 
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 10

Munnar

This morning enjoy a sightseeing tour of Munnar. The heart of a massive tea industry today, Munnar was a cool summer retreat for the British during colonial days. The hinterland around Munnar is dotted with English cottages amongst rolling hills and untouched forests. Visit the Tea Museum in the Nallathanni Estate to learn about the process of making tea and the old world machinery used in the 1800’s. We visit a local church built by the British before enjoying the afternoon at leisure or taking a stroll through the quiet pathways crisscrossing the endless tea plantations.

Hotel: 5★ Fragrant Nature Resort or similar 
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 11

Munnar Kumarakom

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the hotel before driving to Kumarakom, located on the shore of Lake Vembanad and laced with majestic canals and streams. Kumarakom is a beautiful backwater fishing village and a local bird paradise offering a plethora of exotic sights. On arrival, check in and enjoy some time at leisure.

Hotel: 5★ Vasundhara Sarovar Portico or similar 
Meals: Breakfast 

 

 

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Day 12

Kumarakom Alleppey Backwater cruise Alleppey Kumarakom

This morning we drive to Alleppey to board a houseboat for a scenic cruise through the famed backwaters. The houseboat is an adaptation of a kettuvallams boat which has been used for generations to transport rice and spices. Amazingly, not a single nail is used to hold these traditional boats together. The serene natural beauty and simple charm of the backwaters surprises at every turn. Enjoy sailing leisurely through canals which crisscross paddy fields and lagoons.

Hotel: 5★ Vasundhara Sarovar Portico or similar 
Meals: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 13

Kumarakom Kochi Australia

At the appropriate time you will be driven from Kumarakom to Kochi to board your homeward flight.

Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 14

Australia

Arrive home today.

 

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Inclusions & Fine Print

Inclusions

  • Return international airfares with Singapore Airlines
  • Internal Colombo to Kochi airfare
  • All airport transfers
  • 12 nights luxury accommodation in mostly 5 star hotels 
  • Daily breakfast, 1 lunch & 6 dinners which includes a memorable Sri Lankan cooking class plus sundowners in Sigiriya
  • The services of professional escorted guides throughout Sri Lanka and India
  • Incredible sightseeing including all entry fees
  • Game drives in Minneriya National Park and Yala National Park
  • Ride the famous train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya through the picturesque tea country (subject to availability)
  • Dedicated air-conditioned transportation including rail tickets
  • Kerala houseboat cruise

Unbelievable sightseeing included

  • Minneriya National Park - Elephant viewing
  • Sigiriya - Lion Rock Fortress
  • Kandy - Matale Spice Garden
  • Kandy - Temple of the Tooth Relic
  • Nuwara Eliya - Train ride through tea country
  • Yala National Park - Wildlife game drive
  • Galle - Galle Fort
  • Galle - Turtle Hatchery
  • Kochi - Jewish Area
  • Kochi - Pardesi Synagogue & the Dutch Palace
  • Kochi - Kathakali dance show
  • Munnar - Athirapally Waterfalls
  • Munnar - Tea Museum in the Nallathanni Estate
  • Alleppey - Backwaters cruise

Deposits

Secure your package with a deposit of $1,500 per person. You will then be invoiced for final payment 120 days prior to departure.

How to extend your stay

Some customers like to enhance their holiday by arriving early and/or staying behind. If you wish to do so, please follow the following steps:

  1. Follow the ‘book now’ prompts.

  2. After selecting your departure date and completing your bedding configuration details, please select if you wish to 'arrive early' and/or 'stay behind' in the 'extra services' field.

  3. In the 'special requests', field please specify your extension requirements.

  4. Complete the remaining booking requirements and click ‘pay now’.

  5. After finalising your purchase a member of our reservations team will be in contact with you to discuss your extension request.

A $150 per person supplement plus any fare difference applies if you wish to confirm your extension. You will be contacted after purchase for collection of this payment. All additional accommodation and sightseeing is at your own arrangement.

Singapore Stopover Package - $499 per person

  • 3 nights at the 4 star Furama Riverfront or similar
  • Breakfast daily
  • Return airport transfers

If you wish to book the Singapore stopover package either before and/or after your package, please request 'Singapore stopover package' in the 'Special Requests' field prior to making your purchase. Please note, the Singapore stopover package must be paid in full after paying your tour deposit. You will be invoiced to collect this payment.

The $150pp extension supplement does not apply if selecting this option.

Fine Print

Booking Process

  • Follow the ‘Book Now’ prompts
  • Select your travel dates, departure city, number of travellers, room preference and any extra services.
  • Click ‘Checkout’ to login or create an account. You’ll need an account to review your details and download documentation.
  • Click ‘Pay Now’ to proceed to payment.
  • Note - all payments are processed by our trusted gateway Paypal where you a given two options.
  • Pay using your Paypal account
  • Pay using your credit card by proceeding as a guest – a Paypal account is not required
  • Once your order is complete, you will be prompted to complete a booking form so that we can fulfil your booking.
  • Your booking is confirmed once your booking form is submitted and you can begin the countdown to your Inspiring Vacation!

Airfare Information

  • Full service airline used will be Singapore Airlines (Sri Lankan Airlines or Emirates if unavailable)
  • Internal airfares with Sri Lanka airlines or similar
  • Flights will require a minimum of 1 transit (maximum 2).
  • All tickets will include 23kgs checked baggage
  • Once ticketed, flights are non-refundable. Any changes will be subject to the airline rules and change fees.
  • Full names as per passport (including all middle names) are required.
  • Any airline schedule changes or cancellations are beyond our control.

Exclusions

  • Visas
  • Travel insurance (recommended)
  • Tipping
  • Anything not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Personal expenses

Day 5 - Train Journey

Please note  that it is not possible to confirm the train ticket reservation due to the fact that Sri Lanka Railway has a manual system for reservations. Tickets can only be booked 30 days prior to departure. The 1st and 2nd class is basic but has air-conditioning. The non-airconditioned 3rd class sometimes is the only option based on availability. On the rare occasion the train is fully booked we’ll conduct the route by road.

Travel Insurance

We strongly encourage all travellers to purchase travel insurance to protect yourself against the unexpected.

We have partnered with QBE Insurance to offer our customers competitive rates for their Travel Insurance. You can book comprehensive or budget cover, earn Qantas Frequent Flyer points and save 25% on retail rates.

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Documentation: final documentation including e-tickets and hotel details will be provided approximately 30 days prior to travel.

Single Supplement: Single supplement is $1,199 per person in addition to the twin share price.

Land only: A $800 per person reduction from the twin share price applies if you wish to arrange your own airfares. Should you wish to purchase land only, please select this option in the booking process, under 'Departure City'. Internal airfares from Sri Lanka to India are still included when selecting this option.

Triple share: Available. Please purchase 3 x $3,999. If you wish to purchase triple share please phone 1300 376 832.

Premium Economy Upgrade: Not available.

Business Class Upgrade: Available from an additional $4,500 per person in addition to the standard price (subject to availability). Please specify this as a 'Special Request' when completing your booking and you will be quoted for the additional fare. In the event your selection is unavailable or that you are dissatisfied with the quote, you will be provided with a full refund.

Itinerary: The total length of the tour in days includes time spent in flight and is subject to change depending on the flight schedule, please refer to the day by day itinerary for the time spent on land.

Group Size: 2-30 people

Children: Children must be 2 years old or over and share a room with parents at all times. Children are the same price as adults.

Accommodation: The accommodation listed is subject to change. Any changes will be of an equal or higher standard. Bedding configurations (double or twin) are requests only. All efforts will be made to meet your preferences however any changes are beyond our control.

 

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