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45telephone: 0845 330 8579 (local call rate, UK only)international telephone: +44 1453 844 400www.mountainkingdoms.comT here is a gentle start to the holiday with a two-night stay near the coast in an area of rivers and lagoons, rich in bird life. Travelling on to Kandy, situated in the hilly heart of the island, there will be opportunities to visit the central tenets of Sinhalese culture, including the golden - roofed Temple of the Tooth. Three days are then spent in the Knuckles range, offering a chance to experience this beautiful area, using simple lodges. We then drive north to visit the great sights of Sigiriya Rock, Dambulla, and Polonnaruwa. We'll enjoy a full day trekking at the mysterious ruined forest monastery of Ritigala, before returning to Colombo. Hotels on this trip have been carefully selected for their character.Tailor Made Holidays Although Sri Lanka is a relatively small island, within its palm-fringed shores there is a wealth of things to see and do. Why not let us Tailor Make your perfect holiday?S outhern India is a whole different world from the north. Hotter in the lowlands, palm trees predominate, and it is famous for mile after mile of white sandy beaches and gigantic Hindu temples. There are also lovely foothills to walk in; ranges like the Nilgiri Hills are famous for their tea and coffee plantations.This gentle trek utilises British Raj tea-planter bungalows of quaint, old-fashioned atmosphere to explore the attractive Anamalai range. As if this was not enough, we have tailored this trip to take in the backwaters of Kerala, the spice markets of Cochin, the astonishing temples of Madurai, and game viewing on foot in Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary in the Cardamom Hills.Gentle Trekking Kandyan Kingdoms, Sri Lanka Combine walking in the remote Knuckles Mountains with cultural highlights.Gentle Trekking Spice Trails of Kerala, India An easy paced trip combining glorious day walks with atmospheric accommodation. Tea pickers, Keith Chignell£1,745£1,895£2,295£2,475Land OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedSat 19 Mar - Sat 02 Apr 11Sat 08 Oct - Sat 22 Oct 11Sat 17 Mar - Sat 31 Mar 12Day Walks: 6 Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 3 Estate Bungalow: 6 Guesthouses: 3 Houseboat: 1Optional: Single Room £tbcInsurance: £95Trek | Duration: 15 DaysGrade: Gentle Day Walks: 7 Local LeaderAccommodation (nts): Hotels: 11 Guest House: 2Optional: Single Room £400Insurance: £95Trek | Duration: 15 Days£1,350£1,395£1,465£2,095£2,045£2,125Land OnlyLand OnlyLand OnlyFlight IncludedFlight IncludedFlight IncludedSun 10 Apr - Sun 24 Apr 11Sun 18 Dec - Sun 01 Jan 12Sun 01 Apr - Sun 15 Apr 12Sun 10 Jul - Sun 24 Jul 11Grade: Gentle Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 2 clientsFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comFor detailed itineraries see www.mountainkingdoms.comSouthern India & Sri Lanka In contrast to the deserts and mountains to the north of the subcontinent, the landscapes of the south have an altogether gentler appeal; Indian Ocean sunsets and rolling hills combine with culture and history - perfect for relaxed exploration. Guaranteed to run for a minimum of 4 clients

Central Asia & ChinaCentral Asia has acted as the crossroads for the movement of people and goods along the Great Silk Road for thousands of years. Vast deserts and rolling steppe, cut occasionally by verdant valleys, contain massive mountain ranges such as the Altai, the Kun Lun, and the Tien Shan; the latter often called the "Celestial Mountains".China is transforming itself from an ancient society into a modern day economic dynamo, and after many years of isolation, is opening its arms to visitors. This new found confidence, coupled with an abundance of cultural, historic and scenic sights makes China today's must-see destination.46Download holiday itineraries fromwww.mountainkingdoms.come: info@mountainkingdoms.comRegistan Square Samarkand, Malcolm Rutter