Discover verdant tropical landscapes and enjoy tranquil stays by the waterfront on this tour of India and Sri Lanka. Begin your journey in Kerala – often called ‘God’s own country’, Kerala offers lush landscapes, plantation visits in the cardamom hills and pristine beaches. A houseboat takes you deep into the intricate network of backwaters that traverse almost all of the hinterland, and afterwards, you can enjoy leisurely walks in Cochin’s picturesque old town. Travel on to the gorgeous beaches of Sri Lanka for your fill of sun and surf. Relax under swaying palms and rejuvenate your body and soul with Ayurvedic massages at charming resorts.

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Itinerary Summary

DayPlaceHighlightsHotel Options
1 - 2CochinFort Kochi Harbor, Matancherry, Pardesi Synagogue, St. Francis ChurchEighth Bastion, Old Harbour
2 - 3Alleppey HouseboatBackwater, Relaxation, Houseboat, Paddy Fields, Village LifeXandari Riverscapes, Spice Coast Cruise
3 - 5MunnarMatupetty Dam, Tea Plantations, Soft Trekking, Kannan Devan Tea MuseumThe Windermere Estate, Spice Tree Munnar
5 - 6CochinFort Kochi Harbor, Matancherry, Pardesi Synagogue, St. Francis ChurchEighth Bastion, Old Harbour
6 - 7NegomboBeach, Relaxation, Buzzing Bars, Al Fresco DiningJetwing Blue Oceanic, The Wallawwa
7 - 9SigiriyaUNESCO World Heritage Site, Rock Fortress, Rock Paintings and FrescoesArika Villa, Dambulla, Amaya Lake Resort
9 - 10KandyTooth Temple, Magnificent Hills, Tea Plantations, Kandy Lake, Traditional Dance PerformancesClove Villa, Theva Residency
10 - 14BentotaCoconut Tree-Lined White Sandy Beaches, Diver’s Paradise, Traditional Masked Dance-DramaTemple Tree Resort & Spa, Bentota, Avani Bentota Resort & Spa
14 - 15ColomboGeoffrey Bawa Architecutral Excursion, Temples and Mosques, Independence SquareOzo Colombo, Kingsbury

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  • Beaches
  • Heritage
  • Landscape

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Itinerary Details

Day 1 - 2

International Arrival

Transfer from Airport to Hotel

Cochin

1 Day

Kochi, formerly Cochin, is considered the Queen of the Arabian Sea as it was one of the first European settlements in India, due its ideal positioning for trading.

Included Activities

Highlights of Cochin (Half Day)
Cochin is an engaging city to explore, from the absorbing views of Fort Kochi harbor with its huge Chinese fishing nets, to ancient mosques, Portuguese architecture, and the crumbling remnants of the British Raj. Explore Mattancherry, where you can observe murals and antiquities at the Dutch Palace and Cemetery. Indulge your senses browsing traditional spice and antique markets. Encounter the fascinating 400 year old, fully-functioning Parsi Synagogue in the Jewish quarter. Visit the original grave of Vasco da Gama in St. Francis Church, used before his remains were returned to Portugal. Discover Hill Palace, the state’s largest archaeological museum, which is located in the regal and artistic suburbs of Tripunithura. (Half Day, Private Activity & Transfer; Fitness Level: Easy; If you have a preference for timing, please tell your travel consultant at the time of booking, otherwise our team will schedule the tour at the best available time)

Hotel Options
Eighth Bastion – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Old Harbour – Opt 2
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 2 - 3

Drive from Cochin to Alleppey / Kumarakom (65 km, 1.5 hrs)

Alleppey Houseboat

1 Day

Cruise Kerala’s backwaters and stay overnight in a traditional kettuvallom, a boat made from coconut rope and wooden blanks.

Included Activities

Overnight Houseboat Experience in Alleppey
Cruise Kerala’s backwaters and stay overnight in a traditional kettuvallom, a boat made from coconut rope and wooden planks. This unique and exotic barge experience provides all the comforts of a hotel, with furnished bedrooms, a modern shower and toilet room, a living area and a shaded balcony for relaxing on as you enjoy uninterrupted views of rural Kerala. There is also a kitchen where the boat’s crew will rustle you up deliciously fresh meals and snacks, served traditionally on banana leaves. The skipper (captain), might moor up and take you to visit a backwater village, where you can meet local people and observe ancestral homes and places of worship. After a relaxing day, drop anchor and rest your head to the gentle sounds of the swishing lake waters.​

Hotel Options
RoomXandari Riverscapes-One Bedroom
MealsFull Board
StyleHouseboat
RoomOne Bed Room
MealsFull Board
StyleHouseboat
Day 3 - 5

Drive from Alleppey to Munnar

Munnar

2 Days

Munnar offers a haven of peace and tranquility within the verdant hills of Kerala.

Included Activities

Complimentary Activities At Spice Tree
With its myriad activities, Spice Tree caters to both the nature enthusiast and the incurable romantic. The day begins with yoga at 0730 hrs, a guided Bison Valley Plantation Village Walk at 0830 hrs, followed by an Ethnic Cooking Class. At 1600 hrs it is time for Tea Tasting with experts, followed by a trek to the Dolmen Houses – remnants from the Stone Age, at 1700 hrs. For guests who are more interested in botany, the resort also offers Nature Walks with a trained naturalist. Kids will love the Origami session or the Towel Art Session in the afternoon.

Highlights Of Munnar
Explore this beautiful panoramic town with its sprawling tea plantations! Begin with a drive to Mattupetty Dam where, at Top Station and Echo Point, views of lush mountainsides await and your voice will echo back. Head onwards to Kundala Dam, where you can go boating. The following day, after a dinner in the town and a good night’s sleep, enjoy a drive through winding lanes as you witness the exotic forest and grassland flora. Enjoy a 20 minute trek on a paved path before returning to the city. Discover the Kannan Devan Tea Museum, where you will learn about the town’s former flourishing tea industry through photos and old machinery. Visit the Antiques museum and enjoy a 30 minute documentary of Munnar. Before the sun sets, experience a local tea tour and tea production demonstration.

Hotel Options
RoomGarden Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
RoomSpice Tree-Classic Room With Jacuzzi
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 5 - 6

Drive from Munnar to Cochin (160 km, 4.5 hrs)

Cochin

1 Day

Kochi, formerly Cochin, is considered the Queen of the Arabian Sea as it was one of the first European settlements in India, due its ideal positioning for trading.

Included Activities

Traditional Kathakali Dance Show
Discover the art and culture of Kerala. Spend an evening at the Greenix Village in Cochin where you can enjoy a special performance of some of Kerala’s most celebrated dance forms. Learn the complex rhythm and artistic skills of popular classical dance forms such as Kathakali, Mohiniyattam and Bharatanatyam, performed by trained dancers over a period of two hours. The most famous and popular of these is Kathakali – a harmonious blend of dance, drama, music, literature and painting. Observe the detailed make up, grand costumes and intricate gestures which characterize this art form. (Half Day, Evening Activity & Transfer; Duration: 2.5 hours, from 1700 hrs to 1930 hrs including observing performer’s makeup session)

Hotel Options
Eighth Bastion – Opt 1
RoomStandard Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Old Harbour – Opt 2
RoomSuperior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 6 - 7

Transfer from Hotel to Airport

Flight from Cochin to Negombo

Transfer from Airport to Hotel

Negombo

1 Day

Negombo is a bustling beach town with plenty of opportunities for rest and relaxation! Nestled on the rim of Negombo Lagoon, the town boasts a long stretch of buzzing yet beautiful beach, and is located close to Colombo.

Hotel Options
RoomJetwing Blue-Deluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
The Wallawwa – Opt 2
RoomThe Walawwa - Garden Suite
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
Day 7 - 9

Drive from Negombo to Sigiriya (156 km, 4 hrs)

Sigiriya

2 Days

Sigiriya is the ideal location if you wish to venture back in time! Unearth this UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back 5,000 years to the Mesolithic period.

Included Activities

Half Day Jeep / Elephant Safari In Minneriya Park (From Sigiriya)
Set out to observe wild elephants and birds in their natural habitat at Minneriya Park, ideal for the ‘off season’ safari enthusiast. Situated in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka betwixt four ancient cities, it spans 8,889 hectares and offers visitors the chance to observe animals from a suitable distance without disturbing the natural environment. Spot large herds of over 100 elephants and look out for birds like the Sri Lanka Jungle-fowl, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot; mammals like Sambar, Spotted Deer, Leopard, Sloth Bear. You might also spot endemics like the Toque Macaque and Purple-faced Langur.

Day Trip To Polonnaruwa (From Sigiriya)
Polonnaruwa..the medieval capital of Sri Lanka, was the second capital city of the country after the destruction of the ancient city of Anuradhapura in 993 (from 10th-12th century AD). Note ancient Sri Lankan architecture from the 12th Century..see Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas and the monumental ruins of the garden city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century. Visit the ruins of the King’s Council Chamber, the Royal Citadel, the Kumara Pokuna, the Royal Pavilion, the Vatadage Relic House, Kiri Vehera and Gal Vihare; see Art, Architecture and Sculpture at Gal Viharaya, Thuparamaya Image House and Lankatilaka Image House.

Dambulla Rock Cave Temple Visit
Encounter the largest and best preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka during this one hour visit! Dating back to the 1st century, the Dambulla rock caves became a Buddhist temples when they were converted into residential quarters for monks. You will be amazed by the five caves that sit under a vast overhanging rock. Each one now acts as a shrine room and contains numerous images of Lord Buddha and bodhisattvas, as well as various gods and goddesses. Mural paintings line the walls, depicting Buddha’s journey to enlightenment and his teachings. Throughout the centuries, this has been a sacred pilgrimage site for Buddhists.

Highlights Of Sigiriya
Sigiriya, which translates to Lion’s Rock, is aptly named as it juts out of a granite peak, standing tall at 180 meters and dominating the surrounding dense jungle. Witness Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which is uniquely shaped and can be seen from great distances. You can also discover the fascinating rock paintings and frescoes of Sigiri apsaras (mythical dancing damsels), painted inside the cavity of the western rock face. Discover the style of 7th to 10th century graffiti by visiting the Mirror Wall! Kindly note that this activity requires a good level of physical fitness due to the steep steps to reach the fortress.

Hotel Options
Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleResort
RoomStandard Room
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
StyleResort
Day 9 - 10

Drive from Sigiriya to Kandy (96 km, 2.5 hrs)

Kandy

1 Day

Kandy was established in the 14th century and was the last independent city and capital of the Singhalese kingdom.

Included Activities

Highlights Of Kandy
Delve into regality as you explore the last royal capital. Venture to Dalda Maligawa, the gold-roofed Temple of the Tooth, which houses the most sacred Buddhist relic, a tooth of Lord Buddha. Observe the many pilgrims conducting pujas (prayers) throughout the temple complex. Surrounded by aromatic tea plantations, magnificent hills and set by a lake, you can also enjoy some wonderful scenic views. Take a leisurely stroll around Lake Kandy, a protected lake where fishing is banned. Sip up the history of tea drinking pioneers like Lipton and Taylor at the Ceylon Tea Museum, a 1920s vintage tea factory. Enjoy traditional dance performances that capture the imagination and connect audiences to the tribal roots of the performers.

Hotel Options
Clove Villa – Opt 1
RoomClove Superior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Theva Residency – Opt 2
RoomDeluxe Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBoutique
Day 10 - 14

Drive from Kandy to Bentota (191 km, 5 hrs)

Bentota

4 Days

Bentota offers a pristine beachside experience in southwestern Sri Lanka.

Hotel Options
RoomStandard Ocean View Room
MealsHalf Board (Breakfast & Dinner)
StyleResort
RoomAvani Bentota Superior Room
MealsBreakfast
StyleBeach Resort
Day 14 - 15

Drive from Bentota to Colombo (62 km, 2 hrs)

Colombo

1 Day

Colombo, the bustling capital city of Sri Lanka, has something for everyone! A strategic port on the ancient Spice Route, the city is a potpourri of colonial influence, from the British to the Portuguese and Dutch.

Included Activities

Highlights Of Colombo
Venture out to explore the interesting and historical landmarks of this colourful and teeming city. Wander the exciting Pettah area where you can soak up the hustle and bustle of the bazaar. Religions peacefully co-exist in this neighborhood and you can discover many temples and mosques. Discover the affluent residential area of Cinnamon Gardens and take a trip to the town hall, located close to Independent Square and Old Parliament. If you get tired of the urban jungle, the sea front awaits you at Galle Face Green. As Colombo strives to join the cosmopolitan chic clique, there are an increasing number of stylish eateries and boutique galleries for you to indulge in.

Hotel Options
Ozo Colombo – Opt 1
RoomSleep Room (Double)
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational
Kingsbury – Opt 2
RoomKingsbury - Superior Ocean Vw
MealsBreakfast
StyleInternational

Drive from Colombo to Negombo Airport (53 km, 1.5 hrs)

International Departure

 Price & Inclusions

  • Option 1 From $ 2,985 /person
  • Option 2 From $ 3,080 /person

Prices are in USD and exclude international flights. This trip price is based on low season rates for accommodation and other applicable services, and may change depending on availability, currency fluctuations and number of people traveling together. For high season prices, please contact us with your exact travel dates and preferences.

Price Includes

  • Accommodation in one double room for 15 days / 14 nights
  • Meals as indicated
  • Flights mentioned below on Economy Class unless otherwise specified:
    • Cochin – Negombo
  • All activities as listed :
    • Cochin: Highlights of Cochin (Half Day)
    • Alleppey Houseboat: Overnight Houseboat Experience in Alleppey
    • Munnar: Complimentary Activities at Spice Tree
    • Munnar: Highlights of Munnar
    • Cochin: Traditional Kathakali Dance Show
    • Sigiriya: Half Day Jeep / Elephant Safari in Minneriya Park (from Sigiriya)
    • Sigiriya: Day Trip to Polonnaruwa (from Sigiriya)
    • Sigiriya: Dambulla Rock Cave Temple Visit
    • Sigiriya: Highlights of Sigiriya
    • Kandy: Highlights of Kandy
    • Colombo: Highlights of Colombo
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A high-quality air conditioned, safety-tested vehicle with an English-speaking Chauffeur Guide except during your stay at the beach
  • All activities specified in the itinerary, including entrance fees, when accompanied by our tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes
  • All airport and hotel transfers
  • A high-quality air conditioned vehicle with unlimited mileage and a trusted chauffeur throughout your trip, apart from during your stay at a beach/backwater resort or houseboat if applicable.
  • All activities described in the itinerary, including entrance fees wherever applicable, accompanied by our tour guide
  • Your Trip Coordinator: a 24/7 point of contact, supporting you during your trip
  • Welcome kit including all important documents and information regarding your itinerary
  • Insolvency insurance
  • Fees and taxes
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Backwaters to Beaches – Best of Kerala & Sri Lanka

15 days $ 2,985 / person

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