India & Sri Lanka Wildlife Tour
Combine the highlights of India’s famous ‘Golden Triangle’ with Sri Lanka’s stunning landscapes and incredible wildlife.
Gaze in awe at the spectacular Taj Mahal in Agra and admire the historic monuments of Delhi and the Royal Palaces of Jaipur in northern India before heading south to Sri Lanka for an enchanting introduction to the country’s magnificent wildlife and beautiful national parks. Trek through the jungle and enjoy thrilling jeep safaris in search of elephants and the elusive leopard.
Red Fort at Agra
Royal Palaces of Jaipur
Horton Plains National Park, Sri Lanka
Yala National Park, Sri Lanka
This is one of the best combined tours of India’s Golden Triangle and the wildlife of Sri Lanka.
Itinerary in Brief
- Delhi: 1 night
- Agra: 2 nights
- Jaipur: 2 nights
- Delhi: 1 night
- Mount Lavinia: 1 night
- Nuwara Eliya: 2 nights
- Yala: 3 nights
- Embilipitya: 1 night
Day 1: Delhi
Upon arrival, transfer to your hotel for one night. Evening at leisure with an optional ‘Glimpses of Delhi’ tour which visits Lodhi Garden, the Gandhi Smriti museum, where you follow Gandhi’s final footsteps, and the beautiful Birla Mandir Temple.
Day 2: Delhi to Agra
Morning visit to Old Delhi, the city’s cultural beating heart, to see the Jama Masjid – one of the largest mosques in Asia, and drive past the UNESCO-listed Red Fort. Continue to New Delhi which boasts tree-lined boulevards and magnificent landmarks. In the afternoon drive to Agra for a two night stay (130 miles, approx. 5 hours). B.
Day 3: Agra
Morning visit to the spellbinding Taj Mahal, an architectural masterpiece and incredible white marble mausoleum dedicated to eternal love. Enjoy a short tour around Agra including the impressive 16th Century Red Fort of Agra which boasts fairytale palaces and beautiful mosques. Afternoon at leisure with an optional tour to the Taj Mahal at sunset, or the tour of Itimad-Ud-Daulah’s tomb, known as ‘Baby Taj’. B.
Day 4: Agra to Jaipur
Leave Agra for the Pink City of Jaipur for two nights. Stop en route at the beautifully preserved deserted Mughal city of Fatehpur Sikri and the traditional village of Abhaneri which is home to one of India’s largest step wells (160 miles, approx. 6 hours). B.
Day 5: Jaipur
Morning visit to the formidable Amber Fort which is perched on a hilltop overlooking Maota Lake. In the afternoon return to Jaipur and visit the Royal Observatory and the striking Maharajah’s Palace. Admire the unique beehive structure of the Hawa Mahal (Palace of Winds) and enjoy a rickshaw ride to a local market. B.
Day 6: Jaipur to Delhi
Drive back to Delhi for a final night (160 miles, approx. 5 hours). B.
Day 7: Delhi to Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Mount Lavinia on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka (approx. 3½ hours). Transfer to your hotel for one night.
Day 8: Mount Lavinia to Nuwara Eliya
Drive to beautiful Nuwara Eliya before stopping for lunch at Kitulgala and a brief stop to view the beautiful St. Clair’s and Devon waterfalls before enjoying two nights surrounded by lush Nuwara Eliya (approx. 115 miles, 5½ hours). B, L.
Day 9: Nuwara Eliya
An early start takes you to the Horton Plains with a picnic breakfast before entering the National Park for a guided walk. Please note this is a trekking experience so please dress appropriately. B.
Day 10: Nuwara Eliya to Yala
Head southeast and enjoy a jeep safari into Yala National Park, the most visited park in Sri Lanka and famed for its elephants, spotted deer, jackal and sloth bear. After your safari, transfer to your hotel within the park for three nights. B, D.
Day 11: Yala
Today you have a full at at leisure in which to relax. Alternatively you could enjoy optional excursions or head back into Yala National Park for another chance to spot those elusive leopards. B, D.
Day 12: Yala
This morning you will head to the Debarawea tank bund wher eyou can spot a plethora of birds, before stopping off at the Buddhist Dagabas to learn about the history and culture of this area. You’ll enjoy lunch at the Priyankara Hotel, and then continue on to Bundala National Park. B, L, D.
Day 13: Yala to Embilipitiya
Today you will have the chance to visit the Elephant Transit Home, home to orphaned baby elephants who are raised here before being released back into the wild. Explore Udawalawe National Park on a jeep safari, and spot large herds of elephants and hopefully leopards, deer, crocodile and a whole host of other animal and bird life. B.
Day 14: Embilipitiya
After breakfast either transfer to the airport for your onward journey or leave for Galle to visit the Dutch Fort and enjoy lunch at Lady Hill before transferring to your chosen beach resort. B.
You can extend your beach stay in Sri Lanka or perhaps head off to the Maldives.
Need to Know
- Meals on tour: Prices include breakfast on Days 1-6 and 8-13; and dinner on Days 10-12.
- Accommodation on tour: The hotels in India are of a 4 Star standard. The hotels in Sri Lanka are of a 3, 3½ or 4 Star Standard.
- Tour Guide: In India the tour is accompanied by a professional, English-speaking local tour manager from Days 1-7. In Sri Lanka the tour is accompanied by a local guide from the afternoon of Day 7 to Day 14. For beach extensions in Sri Lanka or the Maldives, assistance is provided by our local representatives.
- Upgrade your Tour: In India, upgrade to your own private vehicle with an escort from Days 2-7 on the group departure dates, maximum 2 passengers per tour. Then in Sri Lanka, enjoy your own driver-guide from Days 8-14, based on 2 people in a vehicle. From a supplement of £367 per person.
- Two complimentary bottles of 500ml mineral water per person per day
- Porterage and tips for meals are included. We recommend tipping your driver and guide at the end of your holiday
- Local conditions may necessitate slight variations to timings of the itinerary
- Driving times are approximate and do not include time taken for sightseeing, meals and comfort stops
- Check-in at hotels in India is only after 12pm.
- Due to foggy weather in Dec and Jan in North India, there may be slight changes in the timing of sightseeing due to low visibility
- The Festival of Colours, Holi, will be celebrated all over India on 17 Mar 2014 which may cause a slight change to the itinerary.
- The itinerary may be subject to change
- The tour involves some early starts
- Children under 6 are not permitted.