Adventure & Romance at Sri Lanka & Kerala

15 Nights / 16 Days Long Tour Package

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Kerala, land of the beaches, temples, backwaters, safaris, succulent food, rich culture, and more, makes for an enthralling holiday. If this is not enough of excitement for you, you can pair it with a trip to Sri Lanka.
Sri Lanka is as close as it gets to nature..Elephant rides, safaris in the lush rainforests, enjoying the water gardens, leopard safaris, visiting the ancient city, Anuradhapura, taking a trip to the wondrous Buddhist pageant the Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic, and sunning on the beaches are just some of the wonderful experiences that come along with a trip to this exotic land.

Destinations Covered

Cochin Alleppey Kumarakom Munnar
Thekkady Madurai Chennai Colombo
Sigriya Dambulla Kandy Pinnawela
Colombo Bengaluru
Day 1 Arrive Cochin(15 NIGHTS/16 DAYS)
Day 01 : Arrive Cochin

COMPASS REPRESENTATIVE will receive you on arrival at the airport and transfer to the hotel.
The eventful history of this city began when a major flood in AD 1341 threw open the estuary at Kochi, till then a land locked region, turning it into one of the finest natural harbors in the world. Kochi thus became a haven for seafaring visitors from all over the world and became the first European town-ship in India when the Portuguese settled here in the 15th century.
The Dutch wrested Fort Kochi from the Portuguese in AD 1663 and later in the last phase of the colonial saga, the British took over, the town in 1795. During 1660's, Fort Kochi peaked in stature as a prime commercial centre and its fame spread far and wide - variously as a rich trade centre, a major military base, a vibrant cultural hub, a great ship building centre, a centre for Christianity and so on. Today, centuries later, the city is home to nearly thirteen communities. Overnight will be at Cochin.

Day 2 Cochin (15 NIGHTS/16 DAYS)
Day 02 : Cochin

Breakfast will be at hotel.
Proceed for a sightseeing tour of the Cochin city.
Old Cochin area - this is one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world. The Jewish community traces its history to nearly 2000 years ago. In 1948 the community numbered 2500 and today there are fewer that 30 people. The community is still centered round JEWTOWN where you will visit its crown Jewel, the Paradesi Synagogue. Built in 1568 and reconstructed after a Portuguese bombardment in 1662, the synagogue is distinguished by its tile roof and bell tower. The small synagogue is also known for its hand-painted, willow-patterned, blue and white Chinese floor tiles, and the many brass and crystal lamps that hang from the ceiling. Later visit the interesting International Pepper Exchange, also located in Jew town.

Chinese fishing nets - The Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles work on the principle of balance. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450. Vasco Da Gama Square, the narrow promenade that parallels the beach, is the best place to watch the nets being lowered and pulled out of the sea. Learn the operation of the interesting Chinese fishing nets erected on teak wood and bamboo poles which work on the principle of balance.

The other important places are the Vasco Da Gama Square, Santa Cruz Basilica, St. Francis Church, VOC Gate, Bastion Bungalow, Mattancherry Palace, etc. Records say they were first set up here between AD 1350 and 1450. In the evening proceed for KATHAKALI DANCE PRESENTATION. Overnight will be at Cochin.

Day 3 Madras - Madurai (15 NIGHTS/16 DAYS)
Day 03 : Madras - Madurai (by flight)

Drive to Alleppey after breakfast and enjoy the short tour of the small town walking through the markets and driving on the bridges.
Alappuzha is famous for its boat races, houseboats, coir products, fish and lakes. Alappuzha remains prominent on the tourist trial of Kerala as one of the major centers for backwater boat trips. "Kuttanad" in Alappuzha is one of few places in the world where farming is done below sea level. Kuttanad is a land of lush paddy fields and is called the 'Rice Bowl' of Kerala. Kuttanad stretches for 75 Km sandwiched between the sea and the hills.

Board the traditional houseboat for your cruise in the backwaters.

Check into a traditional houseboat of Kerala Style and go on a leisurely backwater cruise along the lake on a thatched houseboat. The houseboat with all modern comforts lets you discover the countryside at your own pace. You will have lunch, dinner and breakfast in the Houseboat. A ride on the houseboat is a fabulous way to explore the fascinating beauty of the backwaters.

Cruise through the backwaters towards Kumarakom. Lunch will be served on the boat. The menu is simple and traditional. The cook (chef) of the boat prepares the lunch from fresh materials and even you can have a peek at the recipe. Tea and snacks would be served in the evening. The boat will be anchored in the backwaters along a paddy field and you can go for a stroll into the village or relax at the deck of the boat. Dinner will be on the boat. Overnight will be at Houseboat

Day 4 Madurai - Periyar(15 NIGHTS/16 DAYS)
Day 04 : Madurai - Periyar (128 Kms / 3 hrs)

Fourth daymorning excursion will take you from Madurai to Periyar “lazy hill station”, upon reaching, first check in your hotel/resort and later refreshing get ready to discover one of the wonderful wildlife sanctuaries of South India on boat over Periyar Lake to see wild elephant, boar, deer, the great Indian tiger etc. In evening visit spice plantations like cardamom, cinnamon, pepper, coffee, tea estates etc. on your way back to the hotel/resort and buy some fragrant spices. Overnight stay in Periyar.

Day 5 Periyar - Kumarakom(15 NIGHTS/16 DAYS)
Day 05 : Periyar - Kumarakom (115 Kms / 3 hrs)

On day five, early morning drive to boat landing point from where the hotel's courtesy boat will take you to “Kumarakom”. Upon arrival you will spend rest of the day at leisurein hotel or explore the Kumarakom bird sanctuary which is extent over 14 acres of land andhaunt for migratory birds, like the Siberian Stork, egret, darter, heron and teal and local birds like the water fowl, cuckoo, owl and water hen. A cruise,houseboats or motor boatsare available on hire along the Vembanad Lake whichis the best way to experience the sanctuary. Overnight stay in Kumarakom.

Day 6 Kumarakom - Cochin(15 NIGHTS/16 DAYS)
Day 06 : Kumarakom - Cochin (85 Kms / 2 hrs)

Sixth day morning present you a golden chance of little backwater cruise journey to Alleppey noted as the “Venice of the East” and back to Kumarakom. Later drive to Kochi. Upon arrival, check in and relax at the hotel or explore some sightseeing or shopping which are located in and around hotel. Overnight stay in Kochi.

Day 7 Cochin - Goa(15 NIGHTS/16 DAYS)
Day 07 : Cochin - Goa (by flight)

After an early breakfast, our representative will accompany you for a brief sightseeing tour of Kochi including Chinese Fishing Nets, St. Francis Church, Jewish Synagogue, Dutch Palace, Historical Fortand then transfer to Airport for afternoon flight to Goa. On arrival of the peculiar equatorial beach destination, check in and rest full day at hotel/resort or you will walk around the Goa beaches andremove the tired feeling of vital tour. Overnight stay in Goa.

Day 8 Goa(15 NIGHTS/16 DAYS)
Day 08 : Goa

Eighth day of Alluring South Indian Panoramas Package captivates you with a sightseeing of Old Goa and Panjim with its splendid churches and cathedrals. Later in the evening enjoy a relaxing cruise on the Mandovi River with the songs and dance numbers that are presented by local performers on the boat. Overnight stay in Goa.

Day 9 Goar(15 NIGHTS/16 DAYS)
Day 09 : Goa

Have your tempting breakfast in Goa and pass time on your personal sense or tact in the equatorial heaven notable as Goa. Overnight stay in Goa.

Day 10 Goa - Bombay (15 NIGHTS/16 DAYS)
Day 10 : Goa - Bombay (by flight)

Morning free at leisure. In afternoon fly toward to Mumbai. On arrival our agent will escort you from domestic to the International Airport/Railway Station in time to connect flight/train for onward destination.

Day 11 Hubli - Goa (15 NIGHTS/16 DAYS)
Day 11 : Sigiriya and Around

Enjoy the breakfast at hotel. Visit the Sigriya rock fortress.

SIGIRIYA : Sigriya, a city, palace and garden complex centering a 200 meter high rock is a glowing tribute to the vision of King Kashyapa who created this 'Palace in the Sky' in the 5th century AD. In a sheltered pocket of the giant rock are the celebrated paintings of 5th century AD. These are the few that are remaining from around 500 paintings that once covered the rock surface. Meticulously planned water gardens at the foot of the rock are the earliest such gardens found in Asia.

Enjoy the city sightseeing and evening will be at the hotel. Overnight will be at Sigriya.

Day 12 Sigiriya - Dambulla - Kandy (15 NIGHTS/16 DAYS)
Day 12 : Sigiriya - Dambulla - Kandy

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Proceed to Kandy en route visit the cave Temple Dambulla. Dambulla Rock Temple is a magnificent gallery of Buddha images and wall and ceiling paintings not seen anywhere else in the Island. It is a complex of five cave temples with its origin going works of the Kandyan period (18th century). Proceed to Kandy after lunch. In the evening visit the Temple of Tooth Relic. Dinner will be along with a cultural KANDYAN dance performance with a FIRE WALKING show. Overnight will be at Kandy.

Day 13 Kandy - Pinnawella - Colombo (15 NIGHTS/16 DAYS)
Day 13 : Kandy - Pinnawella - Colombo

Enjoy breakfast and then proceed on a city tour of Kandy.

KANDY : After breakfast leave for Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. The garden was built as a pleasure garden and was expanded by the British. It is 147 acres in extent and has a amazing variety of trees, flowers and plants. This garden is easily one of the best of its kind in the world. Visit the University of Peradeniya, laid out near the banks of the Mahaweli River. This is the longest river in Sri Lanka. Proceed to Colombo en route visit to Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage.

PINNAWELA : Leave for Pinnawela, visit the Elephant orphanage located on the banks of the Maha Oya. This orphanage is for young elephants found Abandoned by their parents having fallen into pits ravines etc., and lost from their natural habitat. It is most interesting to visit at feeding or bathing time. Proceed to Colombo after lunch. Check in at hotel. The capital city is spread along the shore of the Indian Ocean for some miles, where business and commerce begin and end. The Cinnamon Gardens and Pettah are Colombo's busiest and most traditional Bazaar area. Visits to the Hindu temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Dutch Church at Wolfe dhal dating back to 1749, the historic Devatgahaha mosque and the Gangarama Temple give a good cultural feel about the country. While the city holds less obvious interest than many other parts of the island. Its still a colorful enough place and worth a visit to see what makes Sri Lanka tick. Overnight will be at Colombo.

Day 14 Colombo (15 NIGHTS/16 DAYS)
Day 14 : Colombo

If interested proceed for morning safari. Breakfast will be at the hotel. Enjoy the serene environment of the hotel. Later drive to Khajuraho airport to take flight for Varanasi. Reach Varanasi and check into the hotel. Picturesquely situated on the crescent shaped left bank of the holy River Ganges, Varanasi, one of the ancient seats of learning in India, is said to be a compound of the names of two streams, the Varuna and the Assi, which still flow in the north and south of the city respectively. This name seems to have been corrupted, in medieval times to Varanasi, which was in use till May 1956, when it was changed to Varanasi, by an order of the Government of India. Varanasi is probably one of the most ancient living cities in India. From time immemorial it has been a great religious center for Hindus and one of their most sacred places of pilgrimage, being visited by millions of people every year. To every visitor Varanasi offers a breathtaking experience. The rays of the dawn shimmering across the Ganges; the high-banks; the temples and shrines along the banks bathed in a golden hue …soul stirring hymns and mantras along with the fragrance of incense filling the air…and the refreshing dip in the holy waters gently splashing at the Ghats. Varanasi – The land where experience and discovery reach the ultimate bliss. Varanasi is also renowned for its rich tapestry of music, arts, crafts and education. Some of the world – renowned exponents India has produced in these fields were schooled in Varanasi’s cultural ethos. Luminaries apart, Varanasi abounds in the art of silk weaving, an exotic work of art which manifests itself in precious Banarasi silk saris and silk brocades which are cherished as collector’s items across the world today. In the evening, witness Aarti at the ghats of Varanasi. The chants of religious hymns by priests, the sound of conch shells, bells, gongs, the smell of camphor and incense sticks will mesmerize you as you sit by the dark waters of the ancient river. Your guide will be at hand to explain the proceedings and the significance of the Vedic hymns recited by the priests. Overnight will be at Varanasi.

Day 15 Colombo - Bangaluru (15 NIGHTS/16 DAYS)
Day 15 : Colombo - Bangaluru

Breakfast will be at the hotel. Spend the day in leisure. Transfer to the airport for flight to Bengaluru. Reach Bengaluru and check into the hotel. Legend goes that King Veeraballa of Vijayanagara once lost his way in forest. Hungry and tired, he came upon a lone hut in the thick forest where he met an old woman. When he asked for food, she gave him baked beans ('Benda Kalu' in Karnataka).The King found this humble meal taste better than his royal kitchen menu. To commemorate this incident, he called the place "Benda Kalu Ooru" (place of baked beans). Capital of the Southern state of Karnataka, Bengaluru today is Asia's fastest growing cosmopolitan city. It is home to some of the most high tech industries in India. Bengaluru is also home to some of India's premier scientific establishments. Blessed with a salubrious climate, gardens & parks, natural lakes, architectural landmarks, shopping malls, the best restaurants and pubs in this part of the globe, business opportunities, Bengaluru is the ideal gateway to India and beyond. Bengaluru offers something for everyone-music and dance concerts (Western and Indian), dramas, exhibitions, carnivals, conferences and more. Enjoy shopping or just sit in one of the numerous modern pubs in downtown area just enjoying the latest music and crowd. It will be a nice experience as the weather in this city is pleasant all through the year. Overnight will be at Bengaluru.

Day 16 Colombo - Bangaluru (15 NIGHTS/16 DAYS)
Day 16 : Bangalore Departure

After breakfast proceed for the sightseeing of Bangalore.

Vidhana Soubha : This splendid neo-Dravidian granite building that dominates the northern boundary of the Cubbon Park is the home of the State Legislature and the Secretariat. The massive sandalwood door of the Cabinet room is a spectacular feature of this imposing building. The Vidhana Soudha is bedecked in illuminated glory during special periods and is a sight worth viewing.

Lal Bagh : Hyder Ali laid out this famous botanical garden and his son added horticultural wealth to them by importing plants and trees from several countries. The garden today houses over 1000 species of flora which include rare and enchanting collection of tropical plants, trees and herbs. The Glass House, modeled along London's CRYSTAL PALACE, is the center of attraction in this 2350 acre park. Bi-annual flower shows attracting participants from all over India is held in the Glass House. In July, 2003 it was decided that the Department of Horticulture and Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) would jointly take up the development of Lal Bagh Botanical Gardens.

Tipu Sultan's Palace & Fort : The Bengaluru Fort was built by Kempe Gowda and expanded by Tipu Sultan. Within its walls is the well preserved 16th century Ganapathi Temple. The Bengaluru Palace was built by a Wodeyar king in 1887. Inspired by the Windsor castle, this palace was built in the Tudor style, complete with Gothic windows, the foiled windows, battlements and turrets resembling the Daria Daulat Palace in Srirangapatanam, this summer palace has been constructed largely of wood and is famous for it's carving and paintings. Today as per the flight timings you will be transferred to the airport to take flight back home with sweet memories of the tour.


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