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Sri Lanka and Lower Ganges

Trip Code: TINRS22
22 Days
48 Meals
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Trip Inclusions

  • 14 nights in premium accommodation and 7 nights cruising the Lower Ganges on the RV Rajmahal
  • The services of a Travelmarvel Tour Director and Cruise Director
  • 49 meals, plus soft drinks, local beers and spirits are included on board your cruise, and regional wines are available with lunch and dinner on board
  • Visit the ancient brass-working village of Matiari in West Bengal
  • Visit the Pink City of Jaipur
  • Unlock the secrets of Murshidabad’s mysterious Hazarduari Palace
  • Stay for two nights at the peaceful Amaya Hills, nestled in the beautiful hilltops of Kandy
  • Take an enchanting train ride through tea plantations and picturesque hill country to Ella

Map & Itinerary

Trip Notes

  • Itinerary and inclusions are subject to change
  • Flight from Kolkata to Negombo on Day 11 is unescorted
  • Prices include transfers, tipping, flight from Kolkata to Negombo porterage and port charges
  • Low or high water levels may cause disruption to cruising
  • Prices are for land/cruise/rail and specified internal flights only. Flights not specified are not included
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Insider Experience

Enjoy an included special or unique excursion or event

Insider Experience

Enjoy an indulgent stay at Taj Bengal in Kolkata.


Arrive in Kolkata and transfer to your premium hotel, the Taj Bengal.

Stay: Two Nights, Kolkata, Taj Bengal

Embark on a sightseeing tour to take in some of Kolkata’s famous landmarks, including Mullik Ghat Flower Market, the Howrah Bridge and Mother Teresa’s House. Tonight, dinner will be served at your hotel.

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This morning, board your river ship. Sail past the old Danish colony of Serampore before arriving in the city of Barrackpore.

Stay: Seven Nights, Lower Ganges River, RV Rajmahal

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Cruise to Chandannagar and spend time exploring. See the 18th-century French church and the Dupleix’s House.

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Insider Experience

Embark on a traditional rickshaw ride through the town of Kalna and take in all its main sights.


Discover Kalna today, famous for its iconic terracotta temples. It’s onwards through the countryside to Mayapur. See the ISKCON temple, which dominates the town’s skyline.

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Insider Experience

In Matiari, see first-hand how locals beat brass to make water pots and other utensils, while learning the heritage behind the workmanship.


Explore the riverside village of Matiari. Later, pay a visit to the iconic battlefield of Plassey.

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Begin with a trip to the Khushbagh garden. Continue cruising upstream, where the Hazarduari Palace dominates the Murshidabad waterfront. Later, see the Katra Mosque before visiting Nashipara and Kathgola Palaces.

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This morning, take a stroll through the fields of Baranagar. Here, visit three miniature terracotta temples before continuing up the Lower Ganges. Tonight, your ship moors close to the Farakka Barrage.

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Discover the city of Gaur. The city is strewn with ancient monuments and the remains of mosques. Rejoin the ship above the Farakka lock gate and make the most of your last evening on board.

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Disembark this morning and transfer by local train to Kolkata. Visit Victoria Memorial and St Paul’s Cathedral. Tonight, enjoy dinner at Sonargaon Restaurant.

Stay: Kolkata, Taj Bengal

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Fly from Kolkata to Negombo in Sri Lanka, where you’ll be met and transferred to your hotel overlooking a lagoon.

Stay: Negombo, Jetwing Lagoon

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Insider Experience

Relax overlooking Sigiriya Rock Fortress at Aliya Resort and Spa.


Today, venture to the World Heritage-listed Dambulla Cave Temple. Home to over 150 incredible Buddha paintings and statues, Dambulla is the largest and most well-preserved cave-temple complex in Sri Lanka. Explore the five sanctuaries, each containing ornate statues and ancient art relating to the life of Buddha. Later this afternoon, arrive at Aliya Resort and Spa, your home for the next two nights. Tonight, enjoy a special Sri Lankan Welcome Dinner.

Stay: Two Nights, Sigiriya, Aliya Resort and Spa

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Today after breakfast, head to the World Heritage site of Polonnaruwa for a tour of its ancient city. Once a prosperous religious centre, it was the second capital of Sri Lanka after the destruction of Anuradhapura in AD993. Explore the fascinating ruins and discover a world of archaeological treasures. Have lunch in Polonnaruwa before returning to the hotel. This afternoon, you may wish to embark on a safari to see the herds of elephants in Minneriya National Park (additional expense).

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Stay for two nights at the peaceful Amaya Hills. Situated in the hilltops of Kandy, the hotel looks out to the green mountains of Hanthana.


This morning, visit the World Heritage-listed ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya. Rising 200 metres above the central plains, this spectacular geological formation was once home to an ancient civilisation. If you’re feeling active, climb the open staircases to the top of Sigiriya and take in the impressive views at its summit. Alternatively, visit the Sigiriya Museum. Take a guided tour of the area before departing for Kandy. En route enjoy lunch at a local spice garden. Later today, you will arrive in the historic city of Kandy. Here, depart on a guided tour of Kandy’s major sights, such as the World Heritage-listed Temple of the Tooth. Later, experience a traditional Sri Lankan cultural performance before continuing to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Kandy, Amaya Hills

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Today you will visit the Royal Botanical Gardens of Peradeniya. Home to over 4,000 species of exotic flora and fauna, the gardens are renowned for their collection of beautiful orchids. You may choose to spend the rest of the day in Kandy exploring at your leisure or simply return to your hotel for an afternoon of relaxation.

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This morning, journey onwards to the lush, green hills of Nuwara Eliya. En route, visit one of the many famous tea plantations and factories. Here, learn all about the traditions behind the tea making while you sample some of the world’s finest Ceylon tea. This afternoon, take in a tour of Nuwara Eliya.

Stay: Nuwara Eliya, Araliya Green Hills Hotel

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Insider Experience

Take an enchanting train ride through tea plantations and picturesque hill country to Ella.

INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Nestled amid splendid vegetation, enjoy both style and privacy at Jetwing Yala.


This morning, head to Nanu Oya to board a unique train for the journey to Ella (subject to availability). As you travel, take in the lush, green hill country. Later, continue to Yala where you’ll check in to your hotel.

Stay: Two Nights, Jetwing Yala

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Train travelling through lush tea plantations, India

Board a Jeep and venture out on a morning safari in Yala National Park. The park is home to over 32 species of mammals including elephants, crocodiles and sloth bears. Its star attraction, however, is the spectacular Sri Lankan leopard. Spend the afternoon at your leisure, or head out on an optional afternoon safari for a chance to see more of the park’s wonderful wildlife (additional expense).

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Insider Experience

Stop in at the Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home, where displaced baby elephants are cared for and rehabilitated.


Journey to Galle, stopping en route for lunch. A fortified city, Galle is steeped in history. Here you’ll depart on a tour and see many of its major landmarks. Admire the Dutch-colonial architecture and marvel at the ancient mosques, churches and grand mansions of this World Heritage-listed city. Continue to your beach-side hotel in Ahungalla.

Stay: Two Nights, Heritance Ahungalla

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The day is free for you to enjoy at your relaxing beach-front hotel. You may like to join an optional tour to the Lunuganga Estate (additional expense).

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INSIDER EXPERIENCE

Enjoy a special Farewell Dinner at Lagoon Seafood Restaurant.


After breakfast, depart for the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. Take a guided tour of the city and see many of its sights. You will also get to explore the city further on a tuk tuk ride.

Stay: Colombo, Cinnamon Grand

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Your holiday comes to an end this morning with a transfer to the airport for your onward flight.

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In all we had a fantastic holiday. We would recommend Travelmarvel to all who'll ask.