Start with the hectic pace of northern Delhi before heading to the beaches of Goa and the fishing nets of relaxed Kochi in the first leg of this epic subcontinental journey. Finish it all off in the southern half of Sri Lanka, a culture-loving backpacker’s dream. Here you’ll get to discover beautiful ruins, hike through tea plantations, and chill out on Hikkaduwa Beach. And the best part? You’ll do it all with a group of new friends.
Day 1 Delhi
Arrive any time.
Day 2 Delhi/Āgra
Take a morning train to Agra, then a guided tour of the impressive Taj Mahal. Opt to visit Agra Fort and Baby Taj.
Day 3 Āgra/Jaipur
Take an orientation walk around town, then enjoy free time to explore other sites around town. Opt to see a Bollywood film.
Day 4 Jaipur
Enjoy a guided tour of the Amber Fort before having a free afternoon in Jaipur to explore the city. Admire the city from above by pre-booking the Jaipur Balloon Ride when booking your tour.
Day 5 Jaipur/Tordi Sāgar (1D)
Dive into rural life by visiting potters, cobblers, and markets. Opt to take a jeep safari or camel cart ride to the dunes for sunset. Head out for a hike in the hills or get a henna tattoo from local women.
Day 6 Tordi Sāgar/Pushkar (1B, 1L)
Enjoy a local lunch prepared by traditional methods at a village hamlet. Go on an orientation walk upon arrival to Pushkar.
Day 7 Pushkar
In the morning, climb Savitri Temple, perched atop a hill, and catch the sunrise. Enjoy some free time for shopping or yoga. Opt to partake in a traditional dinner in the desert cooked by cameleers, with local entertainment.
Day 8 Pushkar/Udaipur
Take an orientation walk and an optional boat ride.
Days 9-10 Udaipur
Free time to explore the "Venice of the East" with its lakes, palaces, and narrow lanes. Discover the early morning serenity of the city by pre-booking the Udaipur Sunrise Cycle tour extra, or opt to sharpen your culinary skills by pre-booking the Udaipur Cooking School extra.
Day 11 Udaipur/Mumbai
Take a local bus to Ahmedabad and explore the famous Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati. Overnight train from Ahmedabad to Mumbai.
Day 12 Mumbai
Arrive to Mumbai and take an orientation walk of Colaba and Fort Area. Enjoy free time to explore the bustling metropolis of Mumbai.
Day 13 Mumbai/Goa
In the morning, hop on a short flight to Goa. Head to the beaches of North Goa, sample tasty treats at the night markets, and take in the nightlife of this coastal state.
Day 14 Goa
Enjoy a free day to wind down in North Goa. Visit nearby beaches, scour the markets, and be sure to try to some delicious Goan cuisine and fresh seafood.
Day 15 Goa/Kochi
Fly to southern India and explore this major port city.
Day 16 Kochi/Alleppey (1L, 1D)
Explore the Jewish Quarter before continuing to Alleppey. Experience local life at a homestay, and enjoy a guided walk along the lagoon.
Day 17 Alleppey/Kollam (1B, 1L)
Explore the backwaters and its unique ecosystem on a ferry cruise. Transfer to Kollam.
Day 18 Kollam/Varkala
Enjoy lots of free time to explore the town, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple.
Day 19 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.
Day 20 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.
Day 21 Kochi/Negombo
Fly from Kochi to Negombo.
Day 22 Negombo/Sigiriya
Transfer to UNESCO World Heritage City, Sigiriya. Opt to visit the Dambulla Cave Temple or the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Day 23 Sigiriya
Enjoy a free day to explore more of the region. Opt to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa Temple, Minneriya National Park or Anurhadhapura historical site.
Day 24 Sigiriya/Digana (1L, 1D)
Visit a spice garden en route to G Adventures-supported homestay in Digana near Kandy. Arrive at Tamarind Gardens Farm for lunch before embarking on a guided village walk. Stop at the home of a jewellery maker who handcrafts delicate Kandyan jewellery and the cottage of a local woman making incense. Learn to make Sri Lankan bread or sweets while helping out with dinner.
Day 25 Digana/Kandy (1B)
Enjoy a free day of exploration. Opt for an early wake up call helping the Tamarind hosts feed the farm animals. In the afternoon, transfer to Kandy and opt to visit the Temple of the Tooth, enjoy a traditional Kandyan cultural show, or watch a cricket match.
Day 26 Kandy/Nuwara Eliya (1B)
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.
Day 27 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.
Day 28 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.
Day 29 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.
Day 30 Hikkaduwa
Enjoy a free day to bliss out on the beach or go on a whale or dolphin watching tour.
Day 31 Hikkaduwa
Opt to relax on the beach or enjoy exploring this bustling beach town.
Day 32 Hikkaduwa
Depart at any time.
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