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Viceroy Express amongst the tea plantations, Sri Lanka
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Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage, Sri Lanka
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The beautiful coastline between Colombo and Galle, Sri Lanka
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Galle, Sri Lanka
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Through the Tea Gardens to Badulla
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Climbing the Nilgiri Rack Railway to Ooty, India
Sri Lanka and South India
Thursday 10th April - Sunday 27th April 2008

We combine the beautiful island of Sri Lanka with the tropical south of India. On board the 'Viceroy Express' we steam through palm trees, along sparkling beaches and up into the cool highlands – the train winds through pristine tea gardens revealing dramatic views and scenery. In India we follow the south-western coast from Trivandrum to historic Cochin, a fusion of Portugese, Jewish, British and Indian influences. We explore the Kerala waterways by barge before continuing to the outstanding Nilgiri Rack Railway. We relax on our train and enjoy this unique railway climbing the escarpment of the Blue Mountains to 'snooty' Ooty, high in the Western Ghats.

Price per person:
Includes flights in economy class, rail journeys specified, hotels & breakfasts, transfers, excursions indicated and other meals as specified.
Escorted holiday: £3780.00
Single room supplement: £500.00
Deposit for the holiday: £200.00
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Day 1 - Fly London to Colombo.
We fly from London to Colombo viaDubai.

Day 2 - Free afternoon.
Arrival and transfer to the historic Mount Lavinia Hotel for three nights. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 3 - Sightseeing in Colombo.
Full day sightseeing in Colombo. Morning in the city to include Cinnamon Gardens, Pettah Market and Kelaniya Temple. Later we visit Dermatogada railway depot and Museum or shop in the city centre.

Day 4 - Viceroy Express to Galle
Depart from nearby Mount Lavinia station on the Viceroy Express, steam hauled along the palm-fringed coast to historic Galle. Lunch is served on
the train. In Galle we visit the Dutch Fort and Lighthouse. Return by Viceroy Express to Mount Lavinia.

Day 5 - Steaming into the Hills
Depart by the 'Viceroy Express' from Mount Lavinia to Kandy. The train now begins its climb through the jungle and plantations into the hills. Stop en route to visit the Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawela. Arrive at Kandy and transfer to our hotel for two nights.

Day 6 - Relaxing day in Kandy Morning sightseeing tour including the Temple of the Tooth, Lake and Botanical Gardens. Afternoon free to relax in this attractive town.

Day 7 - Steam to Nanu Oya
Continue in the very comfortable 'Viceroy Express' with steam to Nanu Oya. This is one of the finest rail journeys in the world with stupendous views. Coach transfer from Nanu Oya to the
luxury Tea Factory Hotel.

Day 8 - Relaxing in Nuwara Eliya
Morning sightseeing tour of colonial Nuwara Eliya nestled in the cool highlands. Visit the Botanical Gardens and a tea plantation. Afternoon at leisure.

Day 9 - End of the line at Badulla
Start with a coach journey to Badulla – a notable journey in its own right. Here we rejoin the 'Viceroy Express' and travel back to Nanu Oya, the most spectacular part of this amazing railway. Transfer to Nuwara Eliya.

Day 10 - The Viceroy Express
Morning departure from Nanu Oya for an all-day journey returning to Colombo Fort station. Overnight in Colombo.

Day 11 - Colombo to Trivandrum
Transfer to Colombo airport for a morning flight to Trivandrum. A sightseeing tour is scheduled and then we transfer to Varkala, located on the beaches of Kerala.

Day 12 - By train to Cochin (Kochi)
Late morning transfer to Quilon to join an express train to Ernakulum arriving mid afternoon. Transfer by coach and boat to our hotel on Willingdon Island for two nights.

Day 13 - The Kerala Waterways
Morning departure for a memorable boat cruise of the famous Kerala waterways. Lunch is included - isolated amongst the canals and palm trees in this unique part of India. Return to Cochin.

Day 14 - Cochin to Coimbatore
Transfer to Cochin Harbour Terminus station for morning departure to Coimbatore arriving mid afternoon. Transfer to hotel on the city outskirts for one night.

Day 15 - Nilgiri Rack Railway
Transfer to Mettupalayam Junction station for a charter steam train to Ooty, using comfortable carriages and pushed by a huge SLM Metre gauge rack tank engine. An astonishing climb up a shear escarpment into the Blue Mountains on the last steam- worked ‘every day’ rack railway in the world. Transfer to Hotel.

Day 16 - Touring the Blue Mountains
Morning sightseeing taking in Dodabetta Peak, the highest point in the Western Ghats, Charing Cross and the Botanical Gardens. Afternoon visit to a Tea Garden and Coonoor depot and station to see the afternoon departures. Return to Ooty.

Day 17 - Coimbatore to Chennai
Morning transfer to Coimbatore Airport. Mid afternoon flight to Chennai and transfer to our last hotel. Farewell Dinner included.

Day 18 - Back to London
Transfer to Chennai Airport and fly to London via Dubai. Arrive London the same day.

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