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Southern India and Sri Lanka Intensive Tour tour
Abu Simbel Colombo Southern India and Sri Lanka Intensive Tour Trip

Southern India and Sri Lanka Intensive Tour

Bravo Asia Tours
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Travel Style: A lot of free time, with very few inclusions. Ideal for independent and/or low-key travelers and cruisers. Relaxed
Physical Level: Minimal walking. Motor vehicles for all major parts of trip. Wheelchair friendly (check for individual trips). Most cruises. Very Easy
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
20 days
From: $ 3,399 $ 170 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Explore Mumbai, the heart of the Hindi-language Bollywood film industry;
  • Visit Aurangabad, the Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves;
  • Watch Kerala’s ancient performing art - Kathakali dance show in Kochi;
  • Enjoy Backwaters cruise;
  • Transfer to Sri Lanka to take a bite of this black tea kingdom. 
  • Visit the temple of the tooth 
  • Admire traditional Kandyan Dance in Kandy.
  • Visit the tea plantation destination - Nuwara Eliya. 

Short Description

Combining Southern India and Sri Lanka in one vacation package, this tour will take you to the second large city in India - Mumbai, Kerala's humming city Cochin then to enjoy a cruise in Backwater. Flight to Colombo to start the trip of Sri Lanka with visiting to Galle, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Bentota.

Private tours give you the undivided attention of a guide, and often involve special access to sites and unique experiences not available to larger groups. This is a great option for families, couples, and small friend groups. Expect to pay a bit more for the extra service.
Trip Type Private Guided
Off the beaten track trips will stretch your comfort zone. They don't always feature tourist highlights, but dive deeper into local life and culture.
Itinerary Focus Off the Beaten Path
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
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Itinerary

Day 1: Mumbai
Namaste! Welcome to India. Meet your tour guide who holds Bravo Asia Tours’ greeting board at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport. We will transfer to hotel so you can fresh up after your long flight. Start this incredible India tour with the one of the oldest cities of India – Mumbai. Formerly called Bombay, Mumbai is a vibrant metropolitan and No1 city, located on India’s west coast. On the Mumbai Harbour waterfront stands the iconic Gateway of India stone arch, built by the British Raj in 1924. Offshore, nearby Elephanta Island holds ancient cave temples dedicated to Shiva. The city is also famous as the heart of the Hindi-language Bollywood film industry. There will be no tour on this day so you can take some time to get used to the new time-zone. Overnight in Mumbai

Day 2: Mumbai - Aurangabad
Today, we will have one day city tour of Mumbai before we head to Aurangabad by air. The tour begins at the city’s signature landmark, the Gateway of India, situated overlooking Mumbai’s harbor. Drive around Horniman Circle and visit the Town Hall, right beside the docks of Mumbai, and the Victoria Terminus. Next, you will visit the Prince of Wales Museum, built to commemorate King George V’s first visit to India in 1905. Take a break for lunch then continue our tour to the Flora Fountain and Fort area where you can view the impressive Gothic and Victorian buildings that were constructed during the British Raj. Drive up to Malabar Hill where the hanging gardens five a panoramic view of the city and the Queen’s Necklace. The tour ends with a visit to the famous Dhobi Ghat where you can observe the age old tradition of the Dhobis doing Mumbai’s laundry. Transfer to airport and board your flight to Aurangabad. You are greeted upon arrival and driven to your hotel. Overnight

Day 3: Aurangabad
We will have a full day tour of the UNESCO world Heritage site – the Ajanta Caves. There are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments dated back to the 2nd B.C. The incredible variety of paintings and sculpture were created in hard rock by using primitive yet ingenious to the devotion of the Buddhists, as well as the talents of their skilled craftsmen. After the tour of Ajanta, we will drive back to hotel. Overnight in Aurangabad

Day 4: Aurangabad - Mumbai
After breakfast and check out your hotel, we will continue our tour in Aurangabad to the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ellora Caves. There are 34 Caves and any one of them would individually be considered a significant attraction in most nations. Visit The Kailash Temple and Daulatabad Fort. This 14th century hilltop Fort is an impressive sight which’s once sloping sides were manually carved sheer on all sides so that no one could climb straight to the top. After this tour, we will drive to Aurangabad airport in time to board your evening flight to Mumbai. Drive to airport for check-in. Overnight in Mumbai

Day 5: Mumbai - Kochi/Cochin
After breakfast and check out your hotel, we will continue our tour to Cochin. Your tour guide of Bravo Asia Tours will meet you and hold the greeting board with your name on it. Transfer to hotel for rest until lunch. Start your exploration of South India with a tour to island of Cherai. Visit the 19th century Azheekkal Sree Varaha Venkateswara Temple – the temple Ratha then the Portuguese Fort, the Pallipuram Church. This exploration is followed by a walk on Cherai beach that allows you to experience coastal Keralan culture. In the evening, there will be a Kathakali dance show in local theatre. This dance is Kerala’s ancient performing art, which tell story through dancing and music. The dance form is an ancient forefather of many Asian dance forms. Overnight in Cochin

Day 6: Kochi/Cochin
Our tour of Cochin starts from the Jewish Synagogue (closed on Fridays and Saturdays), which was built in 1568 and is still an active house of worship for the few remaining Jews in the area. Then we will move on to Jew Street. After the Jew area, we will visit the St. Francis Church, one of the first European churches built in India. The famed Vasco Da Gama was buried in its courtyard for a few years before his remains were returned to Portugal. After lunch, our tour will continue to the most photogenic attractions in Cochin, the Chinese fishing nets. Tour ends with a short walking of Fort Kochi. We will be back to hotel so you can have a freshen up. This evening we will go to have dinner with a famous Keralan Chef and her family at their home. This is the highlight of our Cochin tour, you can even learn Keralan cuisine from the Chef. Overnight in Cochin

Day 7: Kochi/Cochin
The morning after breakfast, we will check out the hotel and drive to the backwaters. Your most treasured travel memories of this India tour start from boarding your houseboat at Alleppey. Overnight in onboard

Day 8: Backwaters - Kochi/Cochin - Colombo
Disembark from your houseboat in the morning and drive back to Cochin International Airport and catch the later afternoon flight to Colombo. Ayubowan! Welcome to Sri Lanka. Meet your tour guide at Bandaranaike International Airport and board on the vehicle to hotel in Colombo. Overnight in Colombo

Day 9: Colombo - Kandy
Today, you will then be transferred to the former Royal capital of Kandy (approximately 4hours). Once here, you will have time to settle into your hotel and to enjoy some time at leisure. Overnight in Kandy

Day 10: Kandy
Leisurely morning followed by a visit to the Temple of the Tooth, one of the most famous Buddhist sites, not just in Sri Lanka but in the religion worldwide followed by a visit to an early evening performance of traditional Kandyan Dance. Overnight in Kandy

Day 11: Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
Sri Lanka is renowned for its high quality black tea. Today’s journey is to the breathtaking mountainous region of Nuwara-Eliya which is considered to be the most important location for tea production in Sri Lanka. This 3 hours road trip is packed with scenic view of tea plantations and mountains. We will visit a tea plantation and a tea factory; learn how to classify tea and their helpful uses other than beverage. Overnight in Nuwara-Eliya

Day 12: Nuwara Eliya - Horton Plains National Park
This early morning after breakfast, we will drive (approximately 1 hours) to visit Horton Plains National Park, the coldest and windiest location on the island. It contains breathtaking landscapes and is important for conservation purposes. The park contains a bounty of endangered species of flora and fauna, and furthermore some of them are confined to the highlands of the island. Here you will be able to witness amazing landscapes, interspersed with rocky outcrops and beautiful lakes, many types of bird, animals and flowers. Overnight in Nuwara-Eliya

Day 13: Nuwara Eliya - Galle
This morning you depart the tea country and head south and along the coastline to Galle (approximately 6.5 hours driving), a UNESCO World Heritage Site where small back streets in the Dutch Fort provide a very charming experience. Evening at your own leisure. Overnight in Galle

Day 14: Galle
Today you will undertake a private city tour of Galle with your chauffeur guide. Galle is a UNESCO world heritage site and is home to a beautiful Dutch fort, with quaint streets and pretty walkways. The fort area is the largest remaining fortress of its kind in Asia! Overnight in Galle

Day 15: Galle
We don’t arrange any tour today in Galle. You can explore this city independently. If it is the right season you will have the chance to arrange a whale watching excursion. Galle whale watching trip is available from November to April. Ship is scheduled to sail on every Saturday and Sunday at 0700 hrs from Naval Base at Galle harbor. Overnight in Galle

Day 16: Galle - Bentota
This morning you will drive along the coast with your chauffeur guide to the sleepy town of Bentota and the beautiful crescent shaped beaches. In the afternoon your chauffeur-guide will take you to the lovely Brief Garden which is just outside of Bentota. Previously the home of the landscape architect Bevis Bawa, the gardens make for an interesting afternoon excursion. Overnight in Bentota

Day 17: Bentota
Enjoy a day at leisure today in Bentota. We would recommend going to visit a nearby turtle hatchery where a local project is helping to release baby turtles back into the ocean. Overnight in Bentota

Day 18: Bentota
Free day in Bentota. Overnight in Bentota

Day 19: Bentota
Free day in Bentota. Overnight in Bentota

Day 20: Bentota - Colombo
Your tour guide will be assistant of hotel check out, then escort you to the Colombo Airport for your onward flight. Our tour service is officially ends here. It is time for us to say goodbye this time. The whole team of Bravo Asia Tours looks forward to our next meeting on your trip to Asia.

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The second time that I took on the tour and both times I enjoyed.

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Asia is still reasonable priced for us so we choose private tour of Bravo Asia Tours and it was really worth the money given! This is the second time that I visited Asia, and also the second time that I took on the tour and both times I enjoyed. Private car and tour guide, show you through while telling the related stories in a funny way.
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We would not have been able to appreciate Cambodia the way we did without this tour

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The 12 day tour also includes trips to Siem Reap(Angkor), Tonle Sap Lake, Battambang and Phnom Penh which was a great way to learn more about Cambodia and the current socioeconomic conditions of the area. We would not have been able to appreciate Cambodia the way we did without this tour, and would highly recommend BAT.
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We would never have had such an amazing experience in Myanmar without them.

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Since we are not the worldliest of travelers and were a little hesitant about being on our own in Southeast Asia, we wanted the comfort of local escorting guides and found BAT in our research. You may be thinking timid Americans, and to a certain extent, we were. But, Andy and the people from the Yangon office eliminated all anxiety. We felt completely comfortable everywhere we went. It was like having a guide, translator, world history text books and security blanket all wrapped up in one. And, with one of my kids having some stomach issues in Yangon, both our guide, Samath and the driver, Yu, went way out of their ways to take care of us. We would never have had such an amazing experience in Myanmar without them.
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I would like recommend Bravo Asia Tour for multinational tour in Asia.

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I would like recommend Bravo Asia Tour for multinational tour in Asia. I do my research on internet and have contacted several tour operators. It appears to me that BAT is by far the best. (1) They don't over- charge. (2) Their service is good. Pick up on time and our guides went with our flow instead of rushing us from one spot to another. We had a tea break by a river and my young boys got very excited and decided to go for a swim. We spent about an hour there and he never pushed us to leave. (4) We visited a local market and my children were happy to see the strange food or snacks etc. People were very friendly there. (5) The car was clean and comfortable (6) the trip didn't appear to be a tourist trap. (7) Even my 5 and 7 years old boys had a great time! If you want to go to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand, look no further. Different tour operators are slightly different but this one is really good enough.
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Can't say enough good things about this company. We will be back to do the India tour!

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We just returned from our trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. We went as a family of 4 and we will remember it always. The tour was well organized, we were never rushed and we got to decide what we wanted to do or what we wanted to skip. Andy, our travel consultant was patient and helpful throughout the whole trip. Can't say enough good things about this company. We will be back to do the India tour!
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Worth every penny for first class service.

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My partner and I spent 16 days in Laos and Cambodia recently and this was a wonderful trip. The tour is perfect, and our guides were superb. Most of them are very knowledgable and funny. We learnt so much about the two countries, with no pressure put on us and all our needs catered for. We visited villages, local markets… which were all fantastic! I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone! Worth every penny for first class service. It is a must do!!! Felicia Mauer
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