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Delhi to Colombo

15 days  |  Delhi to Colombo  |  from USD $3,069  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Combine the incredible sites of India's Golden Triangle with Sri Lanka's ancient ruins, verdant jungles, cool mountains and amazing wildlife. Explore the legendary Taj Mahal and pink city of Jaipur, Dambulla's rock temple and the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, sip pure Ceylon tea and discover the bustling city of Colombo.

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Day 1

Saturday. Upon arrival into Delhi, you'll be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The remainder of the day is free to relax or explore this bustling capital city.
Overnight: Delhi

Day 2

This morning, our Welcome Meeting takes place. We then enjoy a full day sightseeing tour of Old and New Delhi, taking in the Red Fort, Jama Masjid - India’s oldest and largest mosque and Raj Ghat - the site of Gandhi’s cremation in Old Delhi, and the Rajpath and India Gate in New Delhi. Tonight, we enjoy a group Namaste Dinner at a restaurant specialising in classic Indian cuisine.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Delhi - Agra. Departing Delhi, we make our way to Agra, the erstwhile capital of the Mughal empire. Our first stop here is the impressive Agra Fort, which boasts some of India's finest Mughal buildings behind its fortified walls. Later we travel on to the legendary Taj Mahal. Built by the order of Emperor Shah Jahan in the 17th century in affectionate memory of his beloved wife Mumtaz, the Taj Mahal is perhaps one of the most extravagant monuments to love ever built and has no peers.
Overnight: Agra  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Agra - Jaipur. En route to Jaipur we visit the ghostly former Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri, which has been deserted for over four centuries after it was allegedly abandoned due to a lack of water Thanks to the very durable red sandstone from which it was built, Fatehpur Sikri still remains well-preserved and is a fascinating place to explore. Later we drive to Jaipur, the bustling capital of the state of Rajasthan. The rest of the day is free for you to spend at your own leisure.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Very early this morning there is the opportunity to sail over the lofy hilltop forts and regal palaces of Jaipur in a hot air balloon, on our Balloon Over Jaipur Bolt-on. We then travel beyond Jaipur to the stunning 16th century Amber Fort where we enjoy a tour of the fort's well-preserved interior and grounds. Reaching the fort is an experience in itself, as we ride up the road in princely style aboard Indian elephants - subject to regulations and availability. Later we visit a cotton weaving house to see a demonstration of fabric dyeing and block printing before touring the City Palace and Jantar Mantar - an old yet cleverly designed space observatory.
Overnight: Jaipur  |  Breakfast

Day 6
Village life, rural India

Jaipur - Alsisar. Today we drive to the semi-desert Shekhawati region, which lies in a triangular area between Delhi, Jaipur and Bikaner. The small towns in this region were once important trading posts, and today their legacy is carried on through the beautiful painted havelis that were constructed by wealthy merchants here in the 18th and 19th centuries. Later we enjoy a walk through a local village and time to relax.
Overnight: Alsisar  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Alsisar - Delhi. This morning we make a quick visit to the children and teachers at a local school in Alsisar where we operate our ‘Change for Children’ programme, before returning to Delhi. The remainder of the afternoon and evening is free for you to further explore the city. Opt for a meal in the heart of the city or simply relax and chat with group members at the hotel.
Overnight: Delhi  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Delhi - Colombo. Our tour of India concludes today. Transfer to Delhi airport for your flight to Colombo in Sri Lanka.

Please note: The flight from Delhi - Colombo is not included in the cost of this tour. Sri Lankan Airlines and Jet Airways fly direct. If you provide us with your flight details, we will be there to meet you at Colombo airport and transfer you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Day 9

Colombo - Polonnaruwa. Today we head inland to Polonnaruwa. On the way we visit a local Sunday market before arriving at one of Sri Lanka’s most impressive cave temples, the Dambulla Rock Temple. This stunning complex of five caves contains over 150 images of Buddha including an impressive 14 metre statue carved out of the cave rock. After exploring this ancient site we continue on to Polonnaruwa. This fascinating 11th century city is home to many interesting ruins and famous monuments including the Royal Palace and the Gal Vihara. Polonnaruwa was once the capital and is also the second most ancient city in Sri Lanka. It is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Overnight: Giritale  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya – Kandy. Our first stop today is the impressive Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Located atop a rock plateau overlooking lush jungle foliage this granite rock fortress is accessed via a steep set of stairs up the side of the rock, and along the way there is an opportunity to see a fantastic collection of frescos known as the Heavenly Maidens of Sigiriya. Climb to the summit and enjoy spectacular views of the jungle below and mountains in the distance.

Once we’ve fully explored the rock we take a jeep ride and short canoe trip to the village of Kayanwala. Here, we try our hand at preparing a meal of curry, dahl, spiced rice, pickle and more in the mud brick home of a local family. En route to Kandy we stop off a spice garden in Matale, to see the different herbs and spices, which Sri Lanka is famous for. You will be introduced to different spices and shown how some of these spices are grown and processed.

Arriving to Kandy, we attend a cultural performance of traditional Sri Lankan music and dance.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Day 11

This morning we take a sightseeing tour of Kandy - the last capital of the Sri Lankan kings. Our first stop will be the Temple of the Tooth Relic, allegedly home to one of Buddha’s teeth. After driving around the Kandy Lake - built by the last Sinhala king, visiting the local bazaar and a gem museum we take Tuk Tuk ride up into the surrounding hills.

This afternoon we visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage where we meet some of the 78 elephants in their care. Some of these elephants were abandoned as babies, others born in the facility and unable to return to the wild and a few with disability - one elephant is blind. Today's highlight will be to watch the herd bathe uninhabited in the nearby river.

Before returning to Kandy we stop at a working tea factory at Geragama. Geragama Tea Factory is located in close proximity to the city of Kandy was established in the year 1903, manufacturing 'Low Grown' and 'Long Leaf' tea.
Overnight: Kandy  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya. This morning offers free time before transfering to the railway station for a scenic train trip. Passing kilometre upon kilometre of verdant tea plantations that hug the winding mountain passes, we'll see waterfalls, suspension bridges and tea pickers on our journey up to Nuwara Eliya - Sri Lanka’s most popular hill resort. Nuwara Eliya is also the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country producing a significant share of the world’s best tea. Opt to sit outside, within the open viewing section of the carriage for uninterrupted views of the magnificent landscape. Later on we embark on a sightseeing tour of the region referred to locally ‘Little England’.
Overnight: Nuwara Eliya  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 13

Nuwara Eliya - Udawalawe National Park. Today we head south to Embilipitiya, our base for exploring Udawalawe National Park. This national park is probably one of the best places to spot the famous Sri Lankan Elephant, the biggest of all the Asian Elephants. The park is also home to the elusive leopard, the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear and different species of deer. We take an afternoon game drive here before returning to our hotel for the night.
Overnight: Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya  |  Breakfast

Day 14

Udawalawe National Park - Colombo. This morning with a visit to the Gem Mine and Museum at Ratnapura. Sri Lanka is famous for its gem industry and is home to 40 out of the 85 types of gems in the world.

Arriving to Colombo, we commence a city tour seeing the Fort area in the north of the city, famous for its government buildings and interesting shops. We explore the Fort area in the north of the city, famous for its government buildings and interesting shops. We'll see the stunning Gangarama Temple and take a stroll along Galle Face Green, a popular spot for kite flying and games of cricket.
Overnight: Colombo  |  Breakfast

Day 15

Saturday. Our tour comes to an end today after breakfast and hotel check out. Included transfer to Colombo airport for your onward flight.
Breakfast

Extend Your Stay!

Extend your stay with a relaxing 4 day beach break. Located on the south west of the island, palm fringed Kalutara offers sandy white beaches, azure waters, colourful markets and opportunities for surfing and water sports. For more information on our 4 day beach break, contact us.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Almondz Hotel, Delhi
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The modern and smart Almondz Hotel offers guests good sized well appointed rooms which all come with complimentary Wi-Fi. The in-house restaurant is highly recommended providing diners with delicious food and a friendly service. Please note that the majority of hotel rooms do not have windows.

Utkarsh Vilas, Agra
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Utkarsh Vilas is a simple, comfortable hotel with large rooms.

Mandawa Haveli, Jaipur
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

The beautiful heritage style Mandawa Haveli is a fine example of typical Rajasthan architecture - set in terraced gardens with pretty courtyards. All rooms are well appointed with intricately carved wooden beds and king-size royal portraits. An evening spent enjoying a lavish Rajasthani dinner in front of a traditional folk dance is highly recommended. Well located in the heart of Jaipur city on Sansar Chandra Road, just a few minute’s drive from the Palace of the Winds.

Indra Vilas, Alsisar
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

Indra Vilas is a beautiful haveli with spacious rooms and set in 10 acres of land.

OZO Colombo Sri Lanka, Colombo
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

OZO Colombo is a modern and stylish hotel, with sweeping Indian Ocean views from its rooftop infinity pool and many of its rooms. There's free WIFI access throughout the hotel and the guestrooms are bright and airy with all modern amenities. OZO is centrally located on Marine Drive, near Galle Road and just a 10 minute drive from the city centre.

Deer Park, Giritale
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Deer Park Hotel is a luxurious collection of cottages in a gorgeous setting. All rooms are traditionally furnished with comfortable beds and also offer air conditioning, mini bar and beautiful en-suite facilities. Some rooms even come with a splendid open air bathroom.

Hotel Topaz, Kandy
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Hotel Topaz is a charming hotel with a stunning roof top view. The elegant rooms are spacious with private balconies and good facilities.

Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Once the residence of the former Governor of Sri Lanka, Sir Edward Barnes, the Grand Hotel is a colonial style property set amongst very picturesque grounds. Guest rooms are large, traditionally designed with very comfortable beds. Free Wi-fi is available in the lobby and restaurants and the underground bar serves up a superb array of cocktails. Be sure to try the traditional Sri Lankan hoppers as part of the breakfast buffet. Well located in the high elms of Nuwara Eliya just a short walk from town.

Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort, Udawalawe N.P. and Embilipitiya
Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Situated on 7 acres of land, the Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort is the only hotel of it's class in the area. Rooms are spacious with beautiful hard wood flooring and artwork depicting the wildlife of Udawalawe. Food here is delicious and plentiful with an extensive breakfast menu. The outdoor pool is a great place to relax by and enjoy a refreshing splash in after a good day on safari. Well located just a few minutes drive from Udawalawe National Park.

Trip Highlights

Old and New Delhi - The Red Fort, India's largest mosque Jama Masjid and Gandhi's crematorium Raj Ghat
Fatehpur Sikri - An ancient abandoned Mughal city
The Pink City of Jaipur - The Amber Fort, regal City Palace and ancient observatory of Jantar Mantar. Elephant ride into Jaipur's Amber Fort
Sigiriya - the iconic Lion Rock Fortress
Dambulla's Rock Temple - Stunning cave complex
Matale - Exotic Spice Gardens
Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage
Scenic train ride from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya and drive though Nuwara Eliya's 'Little England'.
Ratnapura - heart of the nation's gem mining industry
Taj Mahal - India's most famous monument and Agra Fort
India's rural Shekhawati region famed for its beautiful Rajasthani architecture and classic havelis
Colombo - The Fort area, Galle Face Green and Gamgarama Temple
Polonnaruwa - the ancient capital city of Ceylon
Kayanwala village visit & cookery demonstration
Kandy - city tour including Tuk Tuk ride, Temple of the Tooth and cultural performance
Giragama Tea Factory - a working tea factory with a long history
Udawalawe National Park - home to the nation's largest herd of Asian Elephants

Included

14 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners (including Namaste Dinner in Delhi)
Touring of Delhi, Jaipur, Agra, Shekhawati region, Alsisar, Colombo, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Udawalawe NP
Scenic train trip Kandy - Nuwara Eliya, canoe and Tuk Tuk trips
Airport arrival and departure transfers on day 1 and day 15
All relevant transfers and transportation in private air-conditioned vehicles.
14 nights - 3-4 star and heritage hotels
Elephant ride to Amber Fort - Jaipur
Jeep safari/ game drive in Udawalawe National park
Escorted by an English speaking Indian and Sri Lankan tour guide for groups of 6 or more

Not Included

International flights (including the flight from Delhi - Colombo) and visas
Entrance Fees: USD $230-$250
Tip for your tour guide in India & Sri Lanka. We recommend you allow $3 - 7 USD per day per traveller. Tipping your tour guides is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: USD $40-$50

The trip was flawless from start to finish. Satish was a complete professional and gave lots of information throughout, made us laugh, gave honest insight into Indian culture and arranged every details to perfection. Have had the trip of a lifetime and will definitely return to India.

Joanna Battery

Tour in India & Sri Lanka. Excellent tour visiting major sites and others of interest. Kandy Festival was wonderful. Hotels excellent but generally isolated - opportunities to eat elsewhere would have been appreciated.

Robyn Wootton

Our guide opened my eyes to what a beautiful, vibrant, hectic, exciting country India is. And what a contrast Sri Lanka was - tropical & calm! Thank you for a great time.

Nicola Spencer

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing.

Please note that this tour will be in Kandy for its most famous festival - Esala Perahera, aka The Festival of the Sacred Tooth or the Kandy Festival. We will attend the colourful Kandy Festival pageant on this tour and the entrance fee is included. For details refer to the Trip Notes.
Kandy Festival departure
This is a special Diwali departure, which includes our own Diwali celebrations!
Diwali Departure
Easter departure, book early!
Easter Departure
Xmas departure, book early!
XMAS Departure
2015
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
Please note that this tour will be in Kandy for its most famous festival - Esala Perahera, aka The Festival of the Sacred Tooth or the Kandy Festival. We will attend the colourful Kandy Festival pageant on this tour and the entrance fee is included. For details refer to the Trip Notes.
USD $3369
USD $1199
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
This is a special Diwali departure, which includes our own Diwali celebrations!
USD $3119
USD $1199
 
USD $3349
USD $1199
2016
Price/Person
Single Supp.
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
Easter departure, book early!
USD $3069
USD $1199
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
 
USD $3069
USD $1199
Xmas departure, book early!
USD $3069
USD $1199

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $1079
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Please note that the connecting flight between Delhi - Colombo is not included in the cost of the tour and will need to be arranged independently. Alternatively you can contact us we'll be happy to arrange it for you.

This tour is also available on a private basis.

FAMILY DEPARTURES: Families with teens, aged 12 and above are welcome to join our tours marked with the 'Family' icon below. The adult/ price per person cost applies.

SPECIAL DEPARTURES:
15 AUGUST 2015 tour will be in Kandy for its most famous festival - Esala Perahera, also known as The Festival of the Sacred Tooth or the KANDY FESTIVAL. Included within this tour is the opportunity to attend the colourful Kandy Festival. A small supplement has been added to our tour price for this departure.

07 NOVEMBER 2015 tour includes special DIWALI arrangements. On this tour we celebrate Diwali in Jaipur at the Birla Temple. See the Trip Notes for details. A small supplement has been added to our tour price for this departure.

Tour Details
Starts
Delhi
Ends
Colombo
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star & heritage hotels
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2

The trip was flawless from start to finish. Satish was a complete professional and gave lots of information throughout, made us laugh, gave honest insight into Indian culture and arranged every details to perfection. Have had the trip of a lifetime and will definitely return to India.

Joanna Battery
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