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13-Day India & Sri Lanka Highlight Tour

Tour route: India: Delhi - Jaipur - Agra - Delhi, Sri Lanka: Colombo - Negombo - Pinnawala - Sigiriya - Anuradhapura - Matale - Kandy


  • Tour code: INOT-SA-006
  • Price inclusions: All transportation mentioned in itinerary (flight, train, ship, private car, etc.); private guides & drivers, hotels, meals (based on your meal plan), and all service charges & taxes.
  • Travel date: private tour with flexible travel date
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Day 1: International Arrival, Delhi at Leisure

Welcome to India! Upon arrival at India Gandhi International Airport, you will be greeted by your chauffeur guide and then be escorted to you hotel where your guide will help you check in and brief you about the following tours. The rest of the day is yours to relax and adjust to the new time zone.

Overnight: Delhi

Day 2: Delhi Sightseeing
After breakfast at the hotel, you will head for the Old Delhi for the magnificent Jama Masjid, India’s largest mosque. Then have a glimpse of the local life at the bustling local bazaar of Chandni Chowk by a rickshaw tour.

Pass by Red Fort before drive to New Delhi for the tallest stone tower in India, 800-year-old Qutub Minar surrounded by ancient Hindu and Muslim complex. Continue to Raj Ghat - the cremation sites of Mahatma Gandhi. 

Drive along the city landmark of India Gate, President's House, Parliament House & Government Secretariat Buildings. Finish today with an insight into the local religion at a colorful Hindu temple-Laxmi Narayan Temple.

Overnight: Delhi
Meals: Breakfast
Day 3: Delhi - Jaipur (By Car, Approx. 4-5 Hrs, 265Km)

After breakfast, head to Jaipur by private A/C car, stopover for coffee break or photo opportunities are at your request any time en-route. On arrival check in at hotel, afternoon is free for your rest.

Note: Driving time in the program is approximate, subject to the traffic, weather and road conditions.

Overnight: Jaipur
Meals: Breakfast
Day 4: Jaipur Sightseeing

After breakfast, we start with a visit to the hillside Amber Fort, the ancient capital of the state; inside experience the kingly palaces incl. the Sheesh Mahal (Palace of Mirrors).
Later drive back to the ‘pink city’ of Jaipur and stop at façade of the famous Hawa Mahal (Palace of the Winds) and your chauffeur guide shows you the best angle for a perfect picture. 
Continue to the City Palace Museum for its superb collection of Rajasthani costumes and armory; do check the local time yourself at Jantar Mantar- the largest stone observatory in world that still in service today. Drive through the pink rose residential & business areas before you are escorted back to the hotel. 

Tips:Be careful for the hard sell from hawkers all along the way - it's strongly suggested to just ignore them completely if you have no interest to buy; don't talk to them, no 'no thanks' either.

Overnight: Jaipur
Meals:Breakfast

Day 5: Jaipur - Agra (By Car, Approx. 5 Hrs, 289 Km)

Breakfast then head east to Agra, en-route a brief exploration to the former royal city of Fatehpur Sikri (about 1.5 hrs), one of the finest examples of Mughal architectural splendor at its height, built by Emperor Akbar in 1569 and abandoned after 15 years due to scarcity of water. Lunch time after that and then proceed to Agra. Upon arrival, be met and check in hotel.

Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast
Day 6: Agra Sightseeing

Today you start with an early morning visit to Taj Mahal (closed on Friday) which frees you from the crowds and heat in daytime. This white-marble world wonder was built by a great emperor in memory of his beloved.

Later visit the palatial Royal Pavilions at the red sandstone Agra Fort for a glimpse of the royal Mughal lifestyle. 

Overnight: Agra
Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Agra - Delhi(By Car, 4.5 Hrs)/Delhi - Colombo (By Air, 4 Hrs)

After breakfast, we escort you to Delhi airport in time for your flight to Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka. Upon arrival, you will be greeted by your chauffeur guide, who will take care of you during your tour in Sri Lanka, and then be transferred to Negombo to check in the hotel.

Note: Buddhism is extremely respected in Sri Lanka, any disrespectful words or acts may cause deportation or denial of entry, e.g. Buddha tattoos, kissing/climbing/riding Buddha statue, drinking inside a temple, etc. 

Overnight: Negombo
Day 8: Negombo - Pinnawala - Sigiriya(By Car, 4 Hrs, 132 Km)

After breakfast, check out and head for to Pinnawala where you can visit the Elephant Orphanage and get in close proximity with semi-wild elephants during their morning feeding and river bathing. After lunch, proceed to Sigiriya known as the country’s rich cultural triangle. Upon arrival check in to hotel, the rest of the day at your leisure.        

Overnight: Sigiriya 
Meals: Breakfast
Day 9: Sigiriya Sightseeing

Breakfast at hotel, then we take a morning excursion to Sigiriya for its 5th-century legendary sky citadel of “Lion Rock”, discovered in 1907 by British Explorer John Still, the citadel is arguably the most impressive site in Ceylon; although a steep climb is requested, the views and frescoes are definitely worth the effort. In the late afternoon, transfer to hotel and free to relax. 

Overnight: Sigiriya 
Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Sigiriya - Anuradhapura(By Car, Approx. 1.5 Hrs, 65 Km)

Breakfast at hotel, today will start with a visit to the famous Dambulla Cave Temple which is noted for magnificent Buddha Images and rock painting dating back to 2nd century BC. 

Later continue to one of the best preserved ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Anuradhapura - for 15 centuries, it was the capital of Sri Lanka. In the afternoon engage in a city tour of Anuradhapura including the Abayagiri complex.

Overnight: Anuradhapura
Meals: Breakfast
Day 11: Anuradhapura - Matale - Kandy(By Car, Approx. 3 Hrs, 140 Km)

After breakfast continue to Kandy , en route stop by a Spice Garden at Matale, where you will learn a variety of spices, even taste an herbal brew, and communicate with a local cooker during the Cookery Demonstration in the garden; you can also try an Ayurveda massage based on natural herbs if time allows. When arrive in Kandy in the afternoon, check in to hotel and take some rest. 

Later in the evening, a cultural Dance performance & amazing Fire eating will put a perfect end to today’s sightseeing. 

Overnight: Kandy 
Meals: Breakfast
Day 12: Kandy Sightseeing
After breakfast you will attend the puja (chanting) morning ceremony at the Dalada Maligawa (Temple of the Tooth) where the sacred tooth relic of Buddha is placed and preserved. Later visit the National Museum of Kandy where hosts the Royal Palace complex, council chamber - a unique wooden pillared hall dating back to 1784, and Devale complex. Next visit Royal Botanical Garden at Peradeniya. You will find more than 300 varieties of exquisite orchids blooming in profusion, and trees and plants used for the traditional Ayurvedic medicine in a spicy garden. 

Later in the afternoon take a visit to local gem museum & lapidary, highly reputed for quality Ceylon blue sapphire and delicate handicraft. Evening is your free time; a leisure walk around the city lake might sound good to you.

Overnights: Kandy
Meals: Breakfast
Day 13: Kandy - Airport(By Car, Approx. 2.5 Hrs, 110 Km)/Departure

After breakfast, check out on time, you will be transferred to the Colombo International Airport for your departure flight.

Meals: Breakfast

Recommended Accommodation for Your Journey

Good accommodation choice will in no doubt enhance your tour experience. Our well-established partnership network with key hotel chains in India, Nepal, Bhutan and Sri-Lanka will bring you the benefits of competitive hotel rate and guaranteed room availability.

We pick hotels for you based on:

Location: geographically convenience values for your precious holiday time. So properties we use are either in downtown area close to main city attractions and amenities, or convenient for sightseeing or transportation.
Facility & Service Quality: all hotels are inspected strictly and regularly, must be with great performance on accommodating English speaking customers, and excellent feedbacks from our pervious clients as well.
Diversity for Choice: many styles and grades of hotels are available for different budgets, tastes and culture backgrounds.

Hotel Criteria for Each Tour Class

Note: Bhutan is less developed with fewer hotels criteria for choice, and most of the hotels there aren't as high standard as those in Western society.

Hotel Arrangement for Standard Tour Class

Usually conveniently located and meet the basic requirements of a comfortable stay: decorative lobbies and nice guest rooms with AC, TV, hot water, shower and private bathrooms. On-site restaurants may be average in size but offer breakfast, lunch and dinner. In most cases, staffs have basic command of English. Usually 3 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Comfortable Tour Class

Normally you'll stay at formal and large hotels conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby. Quality service, fully furnished rooms, restaurants, room service, fitness center and swimming pool (in some cases there is no pool) all together offer an above-average accommodation experience.
Usually good 4-star hotels are adopted or boutique hotels at request. Hotels best available will be arranged if no qualified choice, e.g. in remote area.

Hotel Arrangement for Superior Tour Class

Usually properties are conveniently located with shopping, dining and entertainment facilities nearby and offer a better service and hotel facility than that in hotels of Comfortable Tour Class. Usually 4-4.5 star hotels or boutique hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for First Tour Class

Deluxe hotels with high-end service and an extensive range of facilities for an excellent accommodation experience. Multiple restaurants on site with extensive menus for choice, room service available 24/7, fitness center and concierge service round out the experience. Usually 5 star hotels are adopted.

Hotel Arrangement for Deluxe Tour Class

The most luxury hotels are used and only available in some particular cities. These properties have top-notch service and unique location, such as a lake or a historic site, and usually incorporate some of the country’s most exquisite architecture traditions. Usually top 5 star or the best available hotels are adopted.

Meals

Normally, India Odyssey Tours put breakfast in your itinerary except for in Bhutan (all meals included). Lunch won’t be included for the sake of tour convenience, while dinner is also excluded as some travelers might want a little culinary adventure themselves. But surely your tour guide/driver is always glad to offer their advice.

Breakfast

It is normally served at the hotel where you stay. Depending on the hotel, the breakfast would be in western style, local style, or a combination.

Lunch

Usually lunch won’t be included considering the fact that sometimes travelers may want to stay somewhere longer/shorter or need other minor changes during daily sightseeing, and it’s better to decide the lunch site then rather than pre-arranging it. For sure our tour guides/drivers will be happy to advice good places to you, and we strongly suggest qualified local restaurant or hotels around the scenic spots for the sake of your health.

Dinner

Dinners will not be included in your meal plan unless you have that requirement. Enjoying the local food could be one of your best experiences in the incredible India & South Asia. This is why we offer you this flexibility of food choice, and you can always get advice from your tour guides/drivers.

If you have certain food allergies or special requirements such as vegetarian food, let us know. We will do our best to accommodate your needs.

Private Guide & Transfer

You will have a private tour guide, private driver, and an air-conditioned vehicle escorting you at every destination you travel across South Asia. This will provide you with maximized personal care, security, and flexibility.

All tour guides of India Odyssey Tours are qualified professionals and registered English Speaking Tourist Guides who are reassessed annually. All of our tour vehicles are clean and in excellent condition, manned with licensed & experienced drivers.

Private Tour Guide

You will always be greeted punctually on arrival at each destination airport. At every departure, you’ll be escorted & assisted until you have checked in and passed through the security checkpoint.

All of our tour guides in every destination are locals. Knowing the area well, they are good at guiding you around and telling background stories of the tour sites, as well as showing you the secret spots for best photos.

If any change of itinerary is needed for unexpected reasons, your private tour guides will be more than accommodating in suggesting alternatives to ensure that you always have a wonderful experience.

Private Vehicle & Licensed Driver

With our comfortable and safe private transportation, your tour will be more relaxing and less tiresome, keeping you in the best spirits to make the most out of your journey across South Asia.

Your vehicle in each destination is air conditioned, insured, clean, and regularly maintained. Your private driver is licensed and always put your safety first.

Reviews on: India & Sri Lanka Highlight Tour

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Clients: samN3374RV

From: Canada

Travel Consultant:
Mavis Jiang
We just completed the 46 day, yes an "Odyssey" tour of these 3 great destinations. We had a great experience as we were backed by Mavis at Odyssey daily if the need of some help arose as it does in all complicated itinerary. Mavis was very professional, patient and helpful in planning and executing this tailor made trip. We recommend using Odyssey-Mavis to plan your future trip. Sam and Michela Alibrando
Rating: December 13th, 2016

Clients: Rod-Lindy

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Monica Mo
We were focussed on Mughal era forts, palaces and monuments in Delhi, Agra, Jaipur, Nagaur and Jodhpur - and we managed a bit of shopping too. Odyssey's Monica Mo did a great job in customizing the 11 day itinerary and responding to our preferences for sites and hotels. We were well-supported by Odyssey representatives when arriving in and leaving from New Delhi airport.
We didn't try to do too much and were satisfied that we gained some knowledge and insights in the brief time we had. We were very pleased with our driver Suresh Kumar - his driving skills, his conversation, his vehicle, and his general level of concern for us. Local tour guides were all proficient and extended our enjoyment of the sites with their understanding of relevant history.
We would highly recommend Odyssey Tours.
Rating: December 9th, 2016

Clients: alsisi

From: Canada

Travel Consultant:
Kyle Li
Thank you very much to Kyle Li and Odyssey India for arranging an amazing custom 24 day trip through India. His patience in reworking the itinerary several times was greatly appreciated as were his suggestions. The entire trip was magical and went off without a single problem. We were met when and where expected and treated with kindness and hospitality by the various drivers, reps and guides. Thank you so much. It was a trip to remember forever. India Odyssey is highly recommended. Thank you!!
Rating: December 6th, 2016

Clients: Susannah Farrell

From: Australia

Travel Consultant:
Miranda Zhang
I was wanting a tailor made 3 day itinerary of the Golden Triangle as I was on a short layover. I contacted Odyssey and was lucky enough to be put in touch with Miranda. I have worked in travel for a decade and am extremely finicky about every last detail (I would not be the easiest client by a long shot). I changed things up so many times and Miranda was just ideal in dealing with me and was so flexible and adaptable it blew my mind. We had the perfect trip and everything ran like clockwork. Miranda is a true asset to your business and I have recommended her far and wide to colleagues and clients as soon as they mention India. Really impressive and truly tailor made trips for any budget. Fabulous company and fabulous staff.
Rating: December 6th, 2016

Clients: John Pendleton

Travel Consultant:
Catherine Wang
We have just returned from a 13 night holiday to India arranged by Catherine Wang .As two mature travelers who were taking their first trip to India we were a but unsure of how we would cope with such a different place to anywhere we had travelled before.Catherine had been very easy to deal with during the planning stages of our holiday ,always replied very quickly and helped put everything we wanted to do together in one package. We hoped that the holiday would be as easy as the planning. And it was, everything happened just as planned and we had a fantastic trip, all the hotels were lovely and there was always someone to help us and look after us. We were delighted when Catherine called us while on tour to check that everything was OK. On our last transfer in Delhi we had a 8 hour layover at the airport which we were not looking forward to ,but much to our delight a car and driver had been organized to take us into the city to do some final sightseeing, this was such a better option than just sitting at the airport. We will certainly be using Catherine to organize our next holiday.
Rating: December 6th, 2016
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