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Strolling in the Franco-Indian fusion in Pondicherry
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Tasting South India's unique sweet and spicy cuisine
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Meet friendly locals in the small villages we visit
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Stay in exceptional accommodation in heritage hotels and deluxe resorts

South India & Sri Lanka

This tour is a delightful and satisfying combination of two of the most enchanting and culturally rich areas in South Asia. These still relatively less travelled treasures of the sub-continent promise days filled with discovery!

Begin with the magnificent heritage of Tamil Nadu in the south east of India, home to one of the world’s last surviving classical civilizations, with over 3,500 years of continuous cultural history. We’ll see extraordinary temples, some crafted in sublimely sculpted sandstone and others decorated with kaleidoscopic colours. The temples are bustling, not with tourists but with people using the place for prayer and celebration as they have for millennia.

It’s not just the built environment; you’ll chill in the French colonial vibe of Pondicherry and stroll its ocean-front promenade, explore the fabulously decorated courtyard mansions of little-travelled Chettinad, and learn to prepare a traditional meal. Along the way you’ll enjoy delicious dining from vibrant street food to haute cuisine and stay in charming and comfortable heritage inns that reflect a real sense of place.

The second part of the trip is to the historic heartland of spectacularly scenic Sri Lanka with its concentration of extravagant ruins, caves temples, and rock fortresses. Prepare to be amazed by the timeless wonders of its 2000-plus years of culture with five UNESCO World Heritage Sites on this route. Meet with monks in sacred caves, taste Ceylon tea at the plantation, enjoy flavourful cuisine, and stay in comfortable, quiet resorts.

Now is the time to experience the myriad charms of alluring South India and the riches of the heavenly island of Sri Lanka.
Alumni Expeditions Cultural Explorations

India | 14 days
Alumni Expeditions

Dates:
Nov 01-15, 2019
Cost:
US$5595
Group Size:
Limited to 22 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; ccommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; meals as indicated in the itinerary: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners; all transportation by air conditioned private coach; complimentary bottled water at hotels and on excursions; flight from Madurai to Colombo; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; all activities; all entrance fees; taxes and gratuities for guides, drivers, hotels, restaurants; fully escorted by your Worldwide Quest Tour Director

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Meet in Chennai
Day 2: The Shore Temple at Mamallapuram
Day 3: Along the Coromandel Coast to Pondicherry
Day 4: Explore the capital of French India
Day 5: The kaleidoscopic Sri Ranganathaswamy temple
Day 6: Tanjore’s magnificent temple complex, Chettinad
Day 7: Chettinad's fabulous mansions
Day 8: Madurai’s Fish-Eyed Goddess
Day 9: Fly to Colombo, drive to Anuradhapura
Day 10: The Sacred Royal City
Day 11: Dambulla’s Caves and Sigiriya’s Rock Fortress
Day 12: Medieval Polonnaruwa
Day 13: Spice gardens, Temple of the Tooth
Day 14: The ocean city of Colombo
Day 15: Depart Colombo
Optional Extension: Varanasi
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Your Tour Leader

Manoj Abraham heads up the logistics team in our Delhi office. Whether designing tours with a painstaking attention to detail or leading our travellers across Asia, Manny draws on his exceptional network of contacts to create intimate and enriching experiences.

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Alumni Expeditions Cultural Explorations

India | 14 days
Alumni Expeditions

Dates:
Nov 01-15, 2019
Cost:
US$5595
Group Size:
Limited to 22 participants

Includes:
Airport transfers for passengers arriving and departing as per the group itinerary; ccommodation based on double occupancy in hotels listed or similar; meals as indicated in the itinerary: 14 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 8 dinners; all transportation by air conditioned private coach; complimentary bottled water at hotels and on excursions; flight from Madurai to Colombo; sightseeing with qualified English-speaking guides; all activities; all entrance fees; taxes and gratuities for guides, drivers, hotels, restaurants; fully escorted by your Worldwide Quest Tour Director

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"A tropical destination filled with cultural gems."

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