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Taking a cooking class in Chettinad
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Catching a colourful festival
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Staying in beautiful heritage inns
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Strolling in the Franco-Indian fusion in Pondicherry
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Learning about temple architecture

South India & Sri Lanka

Discover a lush, tropical world and staggering cultural riches in the heartland of South India where Hindu culture originated and continues to flourish. Vibrant living temples decorated in kaleidoscopic colours host seemingly non-stop festivals for us to discover and enjoy. Beyond the spectacular and elaborately carved temple complexes are other treasures such as the French colonial fusion of Pondicherry, and the splendidly restored courtyard mansions of Chettinad.

A short flight takes us to Colombo in Sri Lanka from where we set off to explore the great fortresses, ruined palaces and shrines, and sacred places of one of the world’s first Buddhist kingdoms. We’ll visit the Templeof the Tooth when pilgrims present flowers to the shrine; the palaces, monasteries, and monuments of the epic site of Anuradhapura, hidden away in dense jungle for generations; and the monumental ‘palace in the sky’ of Sigiriya on the summit of Lion’s Rock.

We’re staying in some particularly lovely heritage inns on this trip, and indulging in delicious and distinctive cuisine, making this both a more serene and soothing India experience.
Classic Explorations Cultural Explorations

India | 15 days
Classic Explorations

Dates:
Nov 01-15, 2018
Cost:
Approx. US$5295
Group Size:
Limited to 14 participants

Includes:
Accommodation, most meals, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, flight to Colombo, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Worldwide Quest tour leader.

Itinerary at a Glance

Day 1: Meet in Chennai
Day 2: The magnificent temple at Mamallapuram
Day 3: Franco-Indian fusion in Pondicherry
Day 4: The spectacle of Brihadishwara Temple
Day 5: Lavish mansions of Chettinad
Day 6: A cooking class at the mansion
Day 7: The massive temple at Madurai
Day 8: Flight to Colombo; drive to Anuradhapura
Day 9: Sacred Buddhist shrines in India’s spiritual heart
Day 10: The wonder of the Rock Fortress of Sigiriya
Day 11: Tooth relic temples, stupas at Polonnaruwa
Day 12: Spice gardens, pilgrimage site of Dambulla
Day 13: The monumental ensemble of Kandy
Day 14: Monasteries and the colonial city
Day 15: Depart Colombo
Optional Extension: Southern Sri Lanka
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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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Classic Explorations Cultural Explorations

India | 15 days
Classic Explorations

Dates:
Nov 01-15, 2018
Cost:
Approx. US$5295
Group Size:
Limited to 14 participants

Includes:
Accommodation, most meals, all activities and entrance fees, all ground transportation, flight to Colombo, expert local guides, arrival and departure transfers at destination, accompanied by Worldwide Quest tour leader.

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"A tropical destination filled with cultural gems."

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