India Srilanka Spiritual Tour

Tour Duration: 23 Days / 22 Nights

Tour Route: Mumbai- Cochin-Munnar- Madurai-Rameshwaram- Kanyakumari-Trivandrum- Colombo-Kendy- Nuwara Eliya-Kataragama- Galle-Delhi- Srinagar-Gulmarg- Varanasi-Haridwar-Rishikesh

Day

1

Arrive Mumbai

On arrival in Mumbai, you will be given a garland welcome and will be transferred to Hotel. Our representative will assist your check in at the hotel Have a good night rest.

Day

2

Mumbai

Today start the tour of Mumbai city to start with tour will proceed to Gateway for India and later part will be given for Shopping in Coloba Area-Downtown area of Mumbai, Enjoy the shopping and later will proceed to Dargah of Haji Ali’s Dargah- A Dargah- A Mosque set in the Sea, Haji Ali Dargah is one of the most popular religious places in Mumbai, visited by people of all religions alike. Haji Ali Dargah is one of India’s most famous and prestigious landmarks situated about 500 yards from the Mumbai shoreline in the middle of the Arabian Sea off Lala Lajpatrai Marg. After lunch will have time for Shopping. Overnight in hotel.

Day

3

Mumbai

Today after breakfast Visit Siddhivinayak Temple and take blessings of Lord Ganesha to start the pilgrimage. Evening free. Overnight stay at Mumbai.

Day

4

Mumbai-Cochin

Today after breakfast dropped at airport and take the flight to Cochin. On arrival will meet & proceed to hotel. After check in, rest day free. Stay overnight at the hotel.

Day

5

Cochin –Munnar

Today after checking out the Cochin hotel, drive towards Munnar hills (130 Kms), the green Paradise of Kerala with unending expands of Tea plantations, spice plantations and a variety of flora and fauna. Check in your hill resort and after noon at leisure/ you can go to visit Munnar town and nearby places & Overnight stay.

Day

6

Munnar

Today after breakfast, go for sightseeing at Mattupetty Dam; a beautiful spot for viewing the picturesque Munnar, Kundala Lake- a natural lake with recreational facilities like boating and having excellent view of Western Ghats as well as the forest surrounded with. Also visit Eco point and tea plantations. After noon you can visit Eravikulam National park; where the endangering Nilgiri Tahr is conserved. Later drive back to your resort for Overnight stay.

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7

Munnar-Madurai

Today after breakfast drive to Madurai. On arrival & check in hotel. Later visit the Sri Meenakshi Sundareshwara Temple with its imposing gopurams and sculptures. Watch the evening Pooja at Sri Meenakshi Temple. Stay overnight at Madurai.

Day

8

Madurai - Rameshwaram

We drive to Rameshwaram (8th Jyotirlinga) amongst the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. Overnight Stay in Rameshwaram.

Day

9

Rameshwaram-Kanyakumari

After breakfast proceed for Kanyakumari - the land's end of India where the water of the Arabian Sea , the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. An important pilgrim centre of India, it is famous for the Amman Temples - a symbol of unity and sanctity -dedicated to the virgin Goddess, Kanyakumari. To its South - East lies the famous Vivekananda Rock memorial, a blend of all the architectural styles of India. Evening enjoy the beautiful sun set. Overnight at hotel in Kanyakumari.

Day

10

Kanyakumari-Trivandrum- Colombo-Kendy (Sri Lanka)

Today dropped at Trivandrum airport for flight to Colombo. Arrive in Sri Lanka you will be welcomed by a representative of Jetwing Travels & handed over to your respective guide, Proceed to Kandy.

Spice Garden in Mawanella to see the different 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

Kandy, including Upper Lake Drive, Market Square, Arts & Crafts Centre, Gem Museum & Temple of Tooth Relic. Kandy the hill capital, venue of the annual Perahera The last stronghold of the Sinhala Kings was finally ceded to the British in 1815. Kandy is an example of the Buddhism's influence in Sri Lanka today. Temple's shrines and monasteries keeping alive Buddhist traditions are everywhere.

Lunch at Restaurant

Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - ever since 4th Century A.D, when the Buddha's Tooth was brought to Sri Lanka hidden from sacrilegious hands in an Orissan princess hair, the Relic has grown in repute and holiness in Sri Lanka and throughout the Buddhist world. It is considered Sri Lankas most prized possession.

By the night experience a colourful show where you will be taken to mind blowing Sri Lankan culture extravaganza… Get ready for Heavy drumbeat and acrobatic act.
Dinner & Overnight stay at Kandy

Day

11

Kandy-Nuwara Eliya

After breakfast proceed to Nuwara Eliya

Sri Baktha Hanuman temple at Ramboda. On these hills of Ramboda where Hanuman was searching for Sitadevi, Chinmaya mission of Sri Lanka built a temple with Hanuman as the presiding deity. On every full moon day special pooja’s are conducted and witnessed by thousands of devotees. This temple is called Sri Baktha Hanuman temple. The image of Lord Hanuman here is 16 feet.

Seetha Amman temple The stream that runs from the hill, catered to the needs of Sitadevi during her stay at Ashok Vatika. She is said to have bathed in this stream. About a century ago of three idols was discovered in the stream, one of which was that of Sita. It is believed that the idols have been worshipped at this spot for centuries. Now there is temple for Lord Rama, Sitadevi, Luxshmana, and Hanuman by the side of this stream. It is interesting to note that foot prints akin to Lord Hanuman's are found by this river and some are of small size and some are of large size, which tells us of the immense powers of hanuman transforming himself into any size. Lunch at Restaurant

Enjoy “Tea experience”, which involves a visit a plantation to observe firsthand the process, starting from the plucking field where it all begins with the picking of “two leaves and a bud” to the factory where the processing begins. Originally introduced to the island around 1850 by the British, Ceylon Tea is world famous for its high quality and has remained a major contributor to the island’s economy for generations. Currently, Sri Lanka is one of largest exporter of tea worldwide. The high altitudes produce the best flavours, so Sri Lanka’s hill-country is the ideal environment to grow the most flavorsome tea. A guided tour around a Tea Factory is an enlightening experience.

Nuwara Eliya The ‘Little England’ of Sri Lanka, is set against beautiful backdrops of Mountains, Valleys, Waterfalls and Tea Plantations. It is supposed to be one of the coolest places in the Island, but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. All around Nuwara Eliya you will see evidence of the British influence, houses like country cottages or Queen Ann style mansions. The Victoria Park, in the middle of the town, is a lovely place for a stroll or a picnic and is also good for Birding as you get some rare birds in this Park. Seasons may be absent elsewhere in Sri Lanka, but here you can read them by the flowers.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya

Day

12

Nuwara Eliya-Kataragama

After breakfast proceed to Kataragama
Rawana Ella Cave is in the huge Ella Rock. In addition, Hanuman is said to have climbed up Ella Rock, in order to find Seetha in the cave. Seetha lived in this Cave for some time. It is said that Shiran Deraniyagala excavated this cave and found some pre historic fossils.
Lunch at Restaurant
Kataragama a popular pilgrimage destination frequented by adherents of all religions in Sri Lanka. The main shrine devoted to Skanda popularly described in eulogies as God having six faces and twelve arms whose assistance is sought for worldly gain. The history of the shrine dates back to 2 century BC. The annual procession held in July or August is the main event of the shrine with fire walkers and Kawadi dancers. Offering to the got are made at 4.30am 10.30am and 6.30pm daily.
Dinner & Overnight stay at Kataragama

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13

Kataragama-Galle

After breakfast proceed to Galle world heritage site

One of the most iconic scenes you’re bound to see in Sri Lanka is stilt fishing. An old tradition around Sri Lanka, stilt fishing had disappeared after the devastating tsunami that hit the country and other parts of the Indian Ocean, but soon the people returned to their customs, and now you can spot them sitting on their uncomfortable stilts, hoping to catch something. Though they may be beautiful to look at, stilt fishermen have it rough. They spend hours sitting on a thin plank, hoping to catch one or two fish about 5 cm-long, that they sell for about 2 cents each. The rough waves keep the big fish away, so they sometimes have to settle for the smallest catch.

Lunch at Restaurant

Galle Fort, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, originally built by the Portuguese and then further developed by the Dutch and the British, covers nearly four sq kms, and is protected by 12 bastions and connecting ramparts. During the early 18th century the Old Dutch Gate was the entrance point to the Fort. Subsequently the British built the Main Gate which is still used today. Buildings of interest include the Dutch Reformed Church, All Saints Church, Amangalla Hotel (formerly the New Oriental Hotel), and the lighthouse and bell tower. The Dutch also developed what was then an innovative tide-based sewage-system within the Fort. A maze of narrow roads lined with small houses and shops with Dutch names still remain.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Galle

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14

Galle- Colombo

After breakfast proceed to Colombo

On arrival, check-in to the hotel. After freshen up, visit the Bhimashankar Temple to seek blessings of Lord Shiva. Return to the hotel for dinner and have a comfortable overnight stay at the hotel.

Panchamuga Anjaneyar Temple in Dehiwala the only Temple in the world to have a chariot for Anjaneyar. Hanuman’s mother is Anjan. Hanuman is known as Anjan + Aiyar = Anjaneyar in South India (Hanuman in North India).

Colombo a drive through the city taking you to the busy commercial areas as well as the tree lined residential, Cinnamon Gardens, Visit Fort, the former British administrative centre and military garrison, Sea Street - the Goldsmiths quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area, where is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, and the Dutch Church of Wolfendhal dating back to 1749. Also visit the BMICH, see the replica of Avukana Buddha & the Independence Square.

Lunch at Restaurant

From buzzing bazaars to stylish boutique outlets, Colombo is increasingly becoming a popular shopping destination within Asia. Odel is Sri Lanka’s most famous shop, a growing department store in the centre of town. Western-label clothes are sold at a fraction of overseas prices. Other attractions include home wear stores like Paradise Road, Suriya and Gandhara. Saffron Villas is popular for antique furniture. Barefoot is famous for its hand spun and vibrantly-coloured fabrics. There are several good quality jewellers. If you want to get a feel for the trading heart of the city, spend a hectic morning wandering the narrow streets of Pettah Bazaar where you will find anything from steel pots to the latest mobile phones.

Dinner & Overnight stay at Colombo

Day

15

Colombo-Delhi

Today dropped at Colombo airport for flight to Delhi. On arrival will be meet & transfer to hotel for overnight stay.

Day

16

Delhi-Srinagar

Today dropped at airport for flight to Srinagar. On arrival in Srinagar and transfer to the houseboats is the novelty in Kashmir, docked at the famous Nageen Lake and overlooking the mountains. The entire houseboats are hand-made and it takes more than 5years to make one houseboat. Houseboats are furnished with walnut wood furniture, handmade curtains and have attached bathrooms, a separate living room and a dining room, late proceed start tour by visiting the most awaited place proceed to Mughal Gardens:

With terraced lawns, cascading fountains, paint-box- bright flowerbeds with the panorama of the Dal Lake in front of them - the three Mughal Gardens of Chesmashahi, Nishat and Shalimar are the Mughal Emperors' concept of paradise and are today very popular places for picnics and excursions. In spring, the gardens are bursting into colors from the blooming flowers of daffodils, pansies, daisies, iris, narcissus, etc.

Shalimar Bagh: Built by Emperor Jahangir for his wife Nur Jehan, Shalimar is a beautiful garden with sweeping vistas over gardens and lakes, and shallow terraces rising one above the other. A canal lined with polished stones and supplied with water from Harwan runs through the middle of the garden.

Nishat Bagh: Situated on the banks of the Dal Lake, with the Zabarwan Mountains as its backdrop, this garden of bliss' commands a magnificent view of the lake and the snow capped Pir Panjal mountain range which stands far away to the west of the valley. Nishat was designed in 1633 AD by Asaf Khan, brother of Nur Jehan. Later part will be shopping for Silk, Woolen Shawls and carpets and a visit to Carpet Factory. Overnight in houseboats.

Shopping
You can shop for the unique Pashmina Shawls, Carpets, Papier-mache, Silk and Tweeds, Woodwork, Pherans, Metalware, Wall hangings with naqqashi work, Chain Stitch Embroidery, Cricket Bats, saffron, dried fruits, walnuts, almonds and much more. All these hand-made items are unique and form an identity of the Kashmir valley.

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17

Srinagar-Pahalgham- Srinagar

After breakfast will proceed to famous Mountain place called Pahalgham- is known as Shepards Village, Enjoy the visit mountains and Gushing Rivers Lidder and enjoy the Horse rides. Evening return to Srinagar for overnight stay.

Day

18

Srinagar-Delhi- Varanasi

Today after breakfast dropped at for flight to Varanasi. (Via Delhi)On arrival in Varanasi. After a traditional welcomes at the airport and transfer to hotel. Later afternoon will start our first visit to Holy Ganges for Sunset, A perfect time to be by the ghats and experience the Spiritual Bliss by being there for Rituals. Experience the lamp lit by local priest and put the on holy ganges to float and chanting the mantra and holy songs and bajans. Enjoy the spiritual Harmony. Later come back to hotel. Overnight in hotel.

Day

19

Varanasi

Enjoy the early morning boat ride on the Ganges. Visit the Durga Temple and the Vishwanath Temple or Visheshwar (11th Jyotirlinga) amongst the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva. You can also visit some of the silk brocade and weaving centres in Varanasi if time permits. Overnight stay in Varanasi.

Day

20

Varanasi-Delhi- Haridwar

Morning after breakfast drive to Haridwar, On arrival & check in hotel. After fresh up Visit Famous River ganga Arti At Hari ki Pauri Haridwar is the gateway to the four pilgrimages of Uttarakhand. It's also your starting point on the journey to the sacred sources of the Ganga and the Yamuna Rivers. This holy city is home to some of the most sacred Hindu rituals. Round the year, devotees from all over the country flock here in their thousands to perform "Poojas" or prayers. Renowned for the "Maha Kumbh Mela" which appears Every 12 years and the enchanting "Aarti" at "Har Ki Pauri" which captives the beholder with hundreds of burning wick lamps floating down the Ganga, this town has been distinguished for centuries in the Indian society. Evening back you Hotel.

Day

21

Haridwar-Rishikesh- Haridwar

After breakfast proceeds to Rishikesh Enjoy the Ram Jhula Ramjhula is situated 3Km north of Rishikesh. Lakshman Jhula

2 kilometers from Swarg Ashram, is the well-known Lakshman Jhula a suspension bridge 450 feet long and built in 1939. Named after Lord Ram's younger brother Lakshman, it has temples dotting its either side, including the famed Lakshman Temple at Tapovan. One more noteworthy ashram is the 13 storeyed Kailashananda Ashram, with each storey being dedicated to a different deity. Triveni ghat, To be found in the heart of town, is the most famous bathing ghat, where most pilgrims take a holy dip earlier than they visit the various temples. This is done generally in the early mornings, with the pilgrims offering prayers and milk at the Ghat and feeding the fish in the water. An amazing sight here is the evening arati, a ceremony accompanied by lights, drums and chanting, with the entire ghat lit with lamps glowing from a distance. Overnight at Hotel.

Day

22

Haridwar-Delhi

Today after breakfast drive to Delhi. On arrival & check in hotel for overnight stay.

Day

23

Delhi Departure

Morning dropped at airport for flight to your onward destination with sweet memories of Incredible India

Tour Cost Includes

  • Hotels with Bed & Breakfast Basis IN INDIA ONLY
  • Arrival and departure transfers as per tour itinerary
  • Entire tour with English speaking Driver
  • Food and lodging for the driver
  • Toll, parking, permits, gasoline, State entry for the car
  • All sightseeing & transfer by AC Toyota Innova car
  • Excursion tours as per tour itinerary
  • Flight tickets for Mumbai-Cochin/Trivandrum-Colombo/Colombo-Delhi/Delhi- Srinagar-Srinagar-Delhi/Dehi-Varanas/Varanasi-Delhi.
  • Meals on Full Board Basis, commencing with Lunch on Day 01 & ending with Breakfast on Last Day in Sri Lanka only/li>
  • Nights’ accommodation in hotels specified or similar.
  • Transportation in A/c Car or Micro Van with a service of an English speaking chauffer guide in Sri Lanka only.
  • Entrance fees to the all the above mentioned place in Sri Lanka part only.
  • All the government taxes.

TOUR COST NOT INCLUDES

  • Things of personal nature
  • Tips & Porter age
  • Lunch & Dinner in India Part
  • Entrance fee of Monuments in India Part
  • Visa Charges FOR India and Srilanka are not included.
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress – US$ 30 per person.
  • Anything extra which is not includes in “TOUR COST WILL BE INCLUDED”