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Discover Kerala and Sri Lanka

Get a quick intro to the diversity of South India before heading off to Sri Lanka, a culture-loving backpackers dream. Make your way down Indias southwest coast, watching sunsets through the fishing nets of Kochi before stretching out on whitesand beaches and dabbling in yoga in your free time. In Sri Lanka, discover beautiful ruins, hike through tea plantations, tour a spice garden, and say hello to beachy days once again on Hikkaduwa Beach. Its an 18-day journey thats just as much relaxation as it is adventure.

  • Duration: 18 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: AHKH/205177
  • Starts: Kochi, India
  • Finishes: Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
You will Visit
  • Kochi
  • Alleppey
  • Kollam
  • Varkala
  • Negombo
  • Anuradhapura
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Ella
  • Hikkaduwa

Itinerary

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Day 1: Kochi

Arrive at any time.
Arrive in Kochi at any time. There are no planned activities. Check into to the hotel (check-in time is 12.00 midday) and enjoy the city.

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Day 2: Kochi/Alleppey

Check out the Jewish Quarter and the spice markets before continuing to Alleppey. Explore Alleppey with an orientation walk. Experience local life at a homestay, and enjoy a guided walk along the lagoon.
Leaving early to avoid the heat, enjoy the Jewish Town with its old curio shops and the more than 400-year-old synagogue.

Travel afterwards to Alleppey, a golden streak of land woven with rivers, lakes, lagoons, and canals.

In the afternoon, we check out the island with a local English-speaking guide and learn about the way of life here. Afterwards, settle into a homestay and get to know your hosts.

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Day 3: Alleppey/Kollam

Explore the backwaters and its unique ecosystem on a ferry cruise. Transfer to Kollam.
Travel to Kollam by bus after enjoying a morning ferry cruise.

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Day 4: Kollam/Varkala

Enjoy lots of free time to explore the town, relax with an Ayurvedic massage, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple.

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Day 5: Varkala

Spend time wandering the peaceful gardens of an ashram devoted to Kerala's most eminent spiritual and social reformer and the mystical Janardhana Swamy Temple, or just head to the beach to relax and watch the Arabian Sea.

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Day 6: Varkala/Kochi

Return to Kochi. Take an orientation walk to Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, and the Chinese fishing nets. Opt to take in a local Kathakali dance performance.
Travel to Kochi and take an orientation tour visiting Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, and the Chinese fishing nets.

In the late afternoon/early evening, opt to watch Kathakali dancing (a Kerala traditional dance form).

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Day 7: Kochi/Negombo

Fly from Kochi to Negombo.
Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening followed by an optional dinner.

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Day 8: Negombo/Anuradhapura

Transfer to Anurhadapura, stopping at a local village en route and share a meal with the community. Opt for a safari.

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Day 9: Anuradhapura

Enjoy a free day to explore more of the region. Opt to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa Temple, or Dambulla Cave.

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Day 10: Anuradhapura/Kandy

Visit a spice garden en route to Kandy. Opt to visit the Temple of the Tooth, take in a cultural show, or watch a cricket match.

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Day 11: Kandy

Enjoy a free day to explore Kandy.

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Day 12: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya

Stop for breakfast at G Adventures-supported Sthree Craft Shop and Café. Travel to stunning Nuwara Eliya. Visit a tea plantation and opt to explore the nearby hills on foot.

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Day 13: Nuwara Eliya/Ella

Opt to trek the trails of Horton Plains National Park in the early morning. In the afternoon, travel to Ella and enjoy a free evening. Choose to relax and explore Ella or participate in a traditional cooking class.

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Day 14: Ella

Spend the morning trekking Little Adam's Peak. Later, enjoy some free time in scenic Ella. Opt to trek to Ella Rock or take a local cooking class.

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Day 15: Ella/Hikkaduwa

Set off towards the southern coast stopping en route for a walking tour of Galle Fort. Finish the day's journey oceanside on the beaches of Hikkaduwa.

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Day 16: Hikkaduwa

Enjoy a free day to bliss out on the beach or go on a whale or dolphin watching tour.

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Day 17: Hikkaduwa

Opt to relax on the beach or enjoy exploring this bustling beach town.

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Day 18: Hikkaduwa

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    • 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
    Transport
    • Private vehicle, walking, tuk-tuk, ferry, local bus, train, airplane
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