CLASSIC TOUR OF INDIA -SRILANKA- MALDIVES

This specially prepared 23 days itinerary will give you an excellent experience from start to finish. Guide will pockup from Delhi airport, will take you through Agra to explore Fatehpur Sikri and Buland Darwaza. And then to Jaipur to visit Taj Mahal - one of the seven wonders of the world surely the most extravagant expression of love ever created. Later board flight from Jaipur to Mumbai. Upon arrival in Mumbai airport board flight to Cochin. Upon arrival, travel to Munnar - a hill station located in Idukki. Explore the most sought after destination Eravikulam National Park, Anamudi Peak and Mattupetty , Periya National Park and Tiger Reserve. Then travel to Kumarakom, next to Alleppey for houseboating - Alleppey is one of the most important tourist centres in the state. Next to visit Kovalam. In Kovala, explore Veli tourist village, Vellayani Lake, Kovalam beach. Later board flight to Colombo. Upon arrival at Colombo, travel to Sigiriya. In Sigiriya, explore the famous Dambulla Cave Temple, Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. And then travel to Kandy. In Kandy, explore Royal Perandeniya gardens, Temple of the Tooth, Kandu Lake. Later, travel to Colombo airport to board flight to Male. In Male, explore the oldest and more ornate mosque 'Male Friday Mosque' and Hulhule Island, National Museum and Thilafushi.

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OVS/DELHI

Upon arrival at Delhi airport, guide will transfer you to the hotel.Rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight stay in hotel.

DELHI

Morning after breakfast at the hotel, Delhi sightseeing.

DELHI - the capital of kingdoms and empires is now a sprawling metropolis with a fascinating blend of the past and the present. It is a perfect introduction to the composite culture of an ancient land. Head to crowded bazaars of Old Delhi.

OLD DELHI- Old Delhi was established by Mughal Emperon and the streets are narrow and bustling.

Raj Ghat- the cenotap site where the father of Nation Mahatma Gandhi was cremated, Jama Masjid- architectural monument built by Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. Jama Masjid is the city's oldest and largest mosque.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL

AGRA

After morning breakfast drive to Agra (4hrs if drive).Upon arrive at Agra, check into the hotel. After some rest, visit Fatehpur Sikri, Buland Darwaza.

TAJ MAHAL - is one of the most beautiful monuments, is one of the wonders of the world. Taj Mahal is an ivory-white marble mausoleum on the south bank of Yamuna river in the Indian 
City of Agra. It was commissioned in 1632 by the Mughal emperor, Shah Jahan, to house the tomb of his favouritE wife, Mumtaz Mahal. The Tomb is the centrepiece of a 12 hectare complex, which includes a mosque and a guest house, and it is set in formal gardens bounded on three sides by a crenellated wall.

FATEHPUR SIKRI - is a city in the Agra District of Uttar Pradesh. Fatehpur Sikri sits on rocky ride, 3 km in length and 1 km wide and palace city is surrounded by a 6 km wall on three sides with the fourth bordered by a lake. This Modern city was founded in 1569 by the Emperor Akbar, and served as the capital of the Mughal Empire from 1571 to 1585.

BULAND DARWAZA - Buland Darwaza or the "Gate of Magnificence", was built in 1576 AD by Akbar to commemorate his victory over Gujarat. It is the main entrance to the palace at Fatehpur Sikri, a town which is 43 km from Agra, India. Buland Darwaza is the highest gateway in the world and is an example of Mughal architecture. It displays Akbar's empire. The Buland Darwaza is made of red and buff sandstone, decorated by white and black marble and is higher than the courtyard of the mosque.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL

 

JAIPUR

Morning after breakfast in Hotel proceed to Jaipur by road and upon arrivat at Jaipur, check into the hotel.

JAIPUR - the fabled "Pink City" of the desert named after Jai Singh, the former Maharaja of Jaipur. Jaipur is the picturesque capital of Rajasthan. It was first planned city in India, beautifully laid out gardens and parks, attractive monuments and marvelous heritage hotels, which were once the residence of Maharajas, are worthy of administration. Jaipur is an enthralling historical city and the gateway of India's most flamboyant state.

After some rest, visit Hawa Mahal.

HAWA MAHAL - "Palace of Winds" is a papce in Jaipur, India, so naed because it was essentially a high screen wall built so the women of the royal household could observe street festivals while unseen from the outside. Constructed of red and pink sandstones the palace sits on the edge of the city palace, and extends to the Zenana, or women's chambers. The palace is a firv storey pyramidal shaped monument that rises 50 feet from its high base. The top three floors of the structuee have a dimension of one room width while the first and second floors have patios in front of them. The front elevation, as seen from the street, is like a honeycomb web of a beehive, built with small portholes.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL

JAIPUR - COCHIN

Morning after breakfast, guide will transfer you to airport to board flight to Cochin.On arrival meet and greet by our representative and check into hotel and after a couple of hours rest. Move on to explore the city of Cochin.The Queen of Arabian Sea is a vibrant city situated on the southwest coast of the Indian peninsula in the breathtakingly scenic and prosperous state of Kerala, hailed as 'God's Own Country'. Cochin is also referred to as the Gateway to Kerala.

  Overnight stay COCHIN

 

COCHIN - MUNNAAR

Breakfast at the hotel. Later drive onwards to Munnar (5-6 hrs) on arrival transfer to hotel for 2 nights.Munnar is one of the popular Hills station established during the British era set amongst the Kannan Devan hills. It is famous for its lush green tea estates, natural surroundings, lakes, reservoirs, and forests.The quiet environs of Munnar attract the traveler to relax in the lap of Mother Nature.  Later in the afternoon visit Old Munnar town, Tea Museum.

Overnight stay at MUNNAR

 

 

MUNNAR

After the breakfast, proceed for an excursion to Eravikulam and back.Eravikulam Wildlife sanctuary is the natural habitat of the NilgiriTahr. Half the world population of the rare mountain goat which is fast becoming extinct is found here. Also visit Eco-point, Matt petty Indo-Swiss project, Top station etc.

Overnight stay in Hotel

ALLEPPEY - KOVALAM

Morning after breakfast at the hotel, travel to Periyar. On arrive at Periyar, check into the hotel. After some rest, visit Periyar National Park, Tiger reserve, Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary.

PERIYAR NATIONAL PARK - Periyar National Park in Kerala is protected wildlife reserve. The area covering 350 sq km right in the middle of serene Periyar Lake was declared as a National Park in the year 1982. The National Park is situated right at the heart of Pandalam Hills and Cardamom Hills of Southern western Ghats. The aroma of wet mud during monsoon season gives a special appeal to the National Park during this season, even though a lot of wildlife is spotted at this time.

 

PERIYAR TIGER RESERVE - Periyar, in Kerala, is the best-known wildlife sanctuary in South India. Though billed as a tiger reserve, Periyar is really famous for its wild elephants, 100-year old artificial lake and its setting in the beautiful thickly forested Western ghats. The Periyar, semi-evergreen and moist deciduous forests. The national park and the tiger reserve is rated as one of the best wildlife sanctuaries in india for wildlife photography, bird watching, wlephant herds and tiger watching.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL

 

KUMARAKOM/ALLEPPY

After breakfast at the hotel, travel to Kumarakom (127 km) by road.

KUMARAKOM - Kumarakomnis a popular tourism destination located near the city of Kottayam, in Kerala, India, famous for its backwater tourism. It is set in the backdrop of Vembanad Lake, the largest lake in the State of Kerala. Kumrakom is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna. Kumarakom bird sanctuary is a noted bird sanctuary where many species of migratory birds visit. Fishing, agriculture and tourism are the major economic activities. The place has expanses of mangrove forests, paddy fields and coconut groves. Fruits like banana, mango, jackfruit, ambazhanga, puli (tamerind), chaambenga, peraycka (Guva), aathaycka and pineapple grow here.

After sightseeing in Kumarakom, continue drive to Alleppey for houseboating.

HOUSEBOATING - The house baots of Kerala are new addition to the travel and tourism of the states backwaters. Alleppey is one of the most important tourist centres in the state, with a large network of inlamd canals caring it the sobriquet "Venice of the East". Alleppey is also known for its spectacular snake-boat races held on the second saturday of August, every year. This competition - the Nehru boat race takes its name from India's first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru, who inaugurated in 1952.

OVERNIGHT STAY IN HOUSEBOAT

 

KOVALAM-COLOMBO-SIGIRIYA

Morning after breakfast, travel to Kovalam beach, Veli tourist village, Vellayani Lake.

KOVALAM - Kovalam is a beach town bu the Arabian sea in Thiruvananthapuram city. The leisure options at the beach are plenty and diverse. Kovalam has three beaches seperated by rocky outcroppings in its 17 km coastline, the three together form the famous crescent of the Kovalam beach.

*LIGHTHOUSE BEACH

     The southernmost beach, the Lighthouse Beach is the one most frequented by tourists, Lighthouse Beach got its name due to the old Vizhinjam Lighthouse located on a 35 meter high on top of the Kurumkal hillock.

*HAWAH BEACH

     Eve's Beach, more commonly known as Hawah Beach, ranks second in the early days, 

is a beehive of activities with fishermen setting out for sea.

*SAMUDRA BEACH

     A large promontory seperates this part from the southern side. Samudra Beach doesn't have tourists thronging there or hectic business.

 

VELI TOURIST VILLAGE - Veli tourist village is a popular picnic destination in Thiruvananthapuram district. It consists of a large garden on the southern banks of Veli lagoon. A floating bridge connects this garden to the Veli beach. This picnic destination offers a wide range of attractions such as play areas for children, various boat rides in Veli Lake, games, horse rides, swimming pool, shopping stalls, cafeteries, a floating restaurant, a long walkway connecting to Aakulam Lake, stone and grass sculptures by Kanayi Kunhiraman which dots the garden landscape, a collection of pet birds such as pigeons and swans, small pond with fish and tortoises and more.

 

VELLAYANI LAKE - Vellayani Lake or Vellayani Kayal as known in local language, is the largest fresh water lake in Thiruvananthapuram district of Kerala, India. This Lake attracts a lot of tourists. There is a boat race in the lake during Onam which attracts a huge crowd. Country boat race service is available from Kovalam Beach to reach the lake.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL

SIGIRIYA

Morning after breakfast at the hotel, guide will transfer you to airport to board flight to Colombo. Upon arrive at Colombo, travel to Sigiriya.

SIGIRIYA - Sigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rocky nearly 200 metres high. Upon arrive at Sigiriya, visit Pinnawala elephant orphangae.

 

PINNAWALA ELEPHANT ORPHANAGE - Pinnawala elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located in Pinnawala village, 13 km northeast of Kegalle town ij Sabaragamuwa Province of Sri Lanka. Pinnawala is notable for having the largest herd of captive elephants in the world.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL

SIGIRIYA-KANDY

Morning after breakfast, visit Dambulla Cave Temple & climb Sigiriya fortress.

DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE - Dambulla Cave Temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 kilometres east of Colombo and 72 kilometres north of Kandy. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and staatues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL

KANDY

Morning after breakfast, travel to Kandy (72 km). On arrival at Kandy, check into the hotel. After some rest, visit Royal Perandeniya Gardens.

ROYAL PERANDENIYA GARDENS - Royal Botanic Gardens, Perandeniya are about 5.5 km to the west of the city of Kandy in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It attracts 2 million visitors annually. It is near the Mahaweli River. It is renowned for its collection of orchids. The garden includes more than 4000 species of plants, including orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees. Attached to it is the National Herebarium of Sri Lanka.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL

KANDY-COLOMBO

After breakfast at the hotel, visit Temple of Tooth, Kandy Lake.

TEMPLE OF THE TOOTH - Sri Dalada Maligawa or the Temple of the sacred Tooth Relic is a Buddhist Temple in the city of Kandy, Sri Lanka. It is located in the royal palace complex of the former kingdom of Kandy, which houses the relic of the tooth of the Buddha. Since ancient time, the relic has played an important role in local politics because it is believed that whoever holds thr relic holds the governance of the country. Kandy was the last capital of the Sri Lanka kings and is a World Heritage site mainly due to the temple.

KANDY LAKE - Kandy Lake is also known as Kiri Muhuda or the Sea of Milk, is an artificial lake in the heart of the hill city of Kandy, Sri Lanka, built in 1807 by king Sri Wickrama Rajasinghe next to the Temple of the Tooth. The Kandy Lake offers a place for a stroll or a jog. The shady path surrounding the lake provides a view of the hills and the town.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE HOTEL

COLOMBO

Morning after breakfast, travel to Colombo (96 km).

COLOMBO - Colombo is thr commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka. According to the Brookings Institution, Colo,bo metropolitan area has a population of 5.6 million in the city proper. It is the financial centre of the Island and a popular tourist destination. Colombo's geography is a mix of land and water. The city has many canals and, is the heart of the city, the 65 hectare Beira Lake. The Lake is one of the most distinctive landmarks of Colombo, and was used for centuries by colonists to defend the city

OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL

COLUMBO

Morning after breakfast, guide transfer you to Colombo airport to board flight to Male.

MALDIVES

Upon arrival at Male, pick up and transfer to the hotel.

MALE - is the capital and most populous city in the Republic of Maldives. The city is geographically located at the southern edge of North Male Atoll. Administratively, the city consist of a central Island, an airport Island, and two other islands governed by the Male City Council. Visit Male Friday Mosque, Hulhule Island.

 

MALE FRIDAY MOSQUE - The Male Friday Mosque or the Male Hukuru Miskiy is one of the oldest and most ornate mosque in the city of Male, Kaafu Atoll, Maldives. The Mosque is opposite the Medhuziyaraiy and the Muleeage in Male. The mosque was built in 1658, during the reign of Ibrahim Iskandar. The Male Friday Mosque is oriented west. Its prayer carpet is angled towards the mosque's northwest corner, so worshippers can face Mecca while they pray.

 

HULHULE ISLAND - Hulhule Island is an Island in the North Male Atoll of the Maldives where the airport is located. The airport is located on this Island along with some official premises, Maldivian Bureau of Meterology. The Island also serves as a hub for travellers wishing to connect to a domestic flight to the further outluing atolls, such as Laamu.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT THE HOTEL

Departure

Morning after breakfast, travel to National Museum, Thilafushi, Nort Male Atoll.

NATIONAL MUSEUM - National Museum in Maldives is one of the main tourist attraction destinations of the country. Located in the Sultan Park, which was a part of the Sultan's Palace, it is basically a conversion of the old palace building. The museum has a valuable collection of objects of the past that depict the history and rich cultural heritage of the country.

THILAFUSHI - Thilafushi is an artificial Island created as a municipal landfill situated to the west of Male, and is located between Kaafu Atoll's Giraavaru and Gulhifalhu of thr Maldives. It is geographically part of the Vaadhoo channel. Thilafushi originally was a lagoon called "Thilafalhu" with a length of 7 km and a width of 200 metres at the Shallo-west region.

OVERNIGHT STAY AT HOTEL

Departure

Morning after breakfast, guide will transfer you to airport to board onward flight.DD

Inclusions:
  • Meet & Assistance upon arrival by a GLOBES TRAVEL Representative
  • All transfers & sightseeing's as per itinerary using Air-conditioned standard Car, also included are expenses pertaning to the vehicle like fuel, drivers batta,road tolls,parking Only
  • Hotel accommodation on a bed and breakfast basis inclusive of all applicable Taxes.
  • Entrance to monuments as per the itinerary
  • Services of a qualified, English-speaking guide for all sightseeing's as per itinerary
  • Elephant ride at Amber fort  
Exclusions:

Any airfare, Visa, Insurance, Meals other than specified, Activities other than mentioned, Tips, laundry, telephone calls, drinks and any other item of a personal nature Meals and services not specified, anything not mentioned in the Price Includes section

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