21 Day Journey Through India & Sri Lanka

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


✓ Return international airfares with Singapore Airlines
✓ 19 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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Itinerary

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Day 1

Australia Delhi

Today, board your international flight for Delhi. Arrival at Indira Gandhi International Airport with a meet and greet by our representative who will assist by transferring you to your hotel.

Hotel: 5★ Radisson Blu, Paschim Vihar or similar

 

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Day 2

Delhi

After breakfast, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Old Delhi beginning with a photo stop at the Red Fort. The walls of the massive Red Fort rise a daunting 33 metres (108 ft) above the bustle of Old Delhi as a reminder of the magnificent power of former emperors. Very near the fort is the 17th-century Jama Masjid, the largest mosque in India. Walk through the famous bazaars of Old Dehli and experience the hustle and bustle. Also visit Raj Ghat, the Mahatma Gandhi memorial, a simple black marble platform that marks the spot of his cremation. In New Delhi, visit the India Gate, the memorial of the First World War and the road that leads from there to the President House, flanked by the houses of Parliament, the Secretariat building, the Birla Temple and Lotus Temple.

Hotel: 5★ Radisson Blu, Paschim Vihar or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 3

Delhi Agra 

Today, we make our way to Agra. Agra rose to fame in the 17th century as the capital of the Mughal Empire and was beautified with gardens, waterfalls, bathhouses and canals. In modern times, the city houses a thriving crafts industry, including marble inlay work and carpets. In the afternoon, enjoy a sightseeing tour of Agra which includes the highlight of many, the awe-inspiring Taj Mahal. Built in the mid-17th century by Shah Jahan following the death of his queen, this mausoleum is an eternal love poem written in stone. During the visit, you can admire the intricacy of the work of the 20,000 craftsmen who were brought from Persia, Turkey, France and Italy to build this astonishing monument.

Hotel: 5★ Crystal Sarovar Premiere or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 4

Agra Bharatpur Sawai Madhopur (Ranthambore National Park)

After breakfast at the hotel, depart by road to Bharatpur to board the Jan Shatabdi Express train to Sawai Madhopur, the gateway to the famous Ranthambore National Park. Forget the over crowded pictures of train travel you have seen on social media. Long distance train travel in India is a pleasant experience with civilised, air-conditioned reserved seating. On arrival, transfer to your hotel for check-in. If you want evidence of the Project Tiger conservation programme's success, the Ranthambore National Park is a prime example as it is renowned for its tiger population.

Hotel: 4★ The Tiger Den or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 5

Ranthambore National Park

Today, explore Ranthambore National Park on a safari after breakfast at the hotel. Ranthambore is located in what was originally the private hunting ground of the maharajas of Jaipur. The park features a varied geography of forested hills, sweeping grasslands and lakes, all under the shadow of the ruins of the hilltop Ranthambore Fort, more than 200 metres above the surrounding plain. The park’s Bengal tigers are renowned for being fearless and roaming the park during the day. Other residents include leopards, striped Hyenas, sambar and chital deer, jackals, sloth bears, wild boars and more. Break for lunch and return to the park in the afternoon for yet more animal sightings. After, return to the hotel.

Hotel: 4★ The Tiger Den or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 6

Sawai Madhopur Jaipur

After breakfast at the hotel, we depart Agra and head to Jaipur, arriving in the ‘Pink City’ in the afternoon. Check-in on arrival and spend the remainder of the day at leisure.

Hotel: 5 ★ Indana Jaipur or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 7

Jaipur

After enjoying breakfast at the hotel we head out for a tour of the Amber Fort. Located on a spur overlooking a lake, Amber Fort’s robust, time-ravaged walls appear imposing from the outside but they hide an interior packed with beautifully decorated palaces, temples and landscaped gardens. Be dazzled by the Sheesh Mahal, a room with its four walls and ceiling completely embedded with glittering mirror pieces. Return to the old city to visit the City Palace and the beautiful Chandra Mahal and Mubarak Mahal Palaces within, as well as the intricately decorated Peacock Gate. After, make a stop at the spellbinding Hawa Mahal or Palace of the Winds and the famous Johari bazaar known for its jewels and saris. We will also be visiting the Tripolia bazaar with bronzes, sculptures and lacquerware, the Bapu bazaar renowned for its perfumes and textiles, and Chandpol bazaar for pottery and bracelets.

Hotel: 5 ★ Indana Jaipur or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

 

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Day 8

Jaipur Delhi Colombo

After a leisurely breakfast, drive back to Delhi and transfer to the airport to board your flight to Sri Lanka. 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. 

Hotel: 5★ The Gateway Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast

 

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Day 9

Colombo Sigiriya 

Today enjoy a late start allowing you to relax and prepare for the day ahead. 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 10

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, dinner

 

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Day 11

Sigiriya Kandy

Leaving the hotel this morning we make our way to 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 be known 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 Relic and the well preserved ruins of the royal palaces. On arrival in Kandy spend the afternoon at leisure. Visit the Temple of Sacred Tooth Relic with its guardian elephants - a deeply significant Buddhist site that contains a tooth of 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 12

Kandy Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast we leave for the hill country town of Nuwara Eliya. Embark on the famous train journey which is supposed 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 13

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 our 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 14

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 balanced 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. As we continue on to Colombo we will also 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 15

Colombo Kochi

Today say farewell to 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 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 16

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 17

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 along the quiet pathways crisscrossing the endless tea plantations.

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

 

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Day 18

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 19

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 have been used for generations to transport rice and spices. Amazingly, not a single nail is used to hold the 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 20

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 21

Australia

Arrive home today.

 

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Inclusions & Fine Print

Inclusions

  • Return international airfares with Singapore Airlines
  • Internal Delhi - Colombo / Colombo to Kochi airfare
  • All airport transfers
  • 19 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 Ranthambore, 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

Unbelievable sightseeing included

  • Delhi - Walk through the famous bazaars of Old Dehli
  • Delhi - Visit Raj Ghat, Mahatma Gandhi's memorial
  • Agra - Go inside the Taj Mahal
  • Ranthambore - Embark of a jeep safari to search for tigers and other wildlife
  • Jaipur - Explore Amber Fort
  • Jaipur - Learn about the City Palace and the Peacock gate
  • 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 contact 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 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.

Simply click HERE to arrange your policy.

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

Single Supplement: Single supplement is $1,499 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 $4,999. 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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