Get a quick intro to the diversity of South India before heading off to Sri Lanka, a small island nation that packs a huge punch. Make your way down India’s 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. It’s an 18-day journey that’s just as much relaxation as it is adventure.
Day 1 Kochi
Arrive at any time.
Day 2 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 3 Alleppey/Kollam (1B, 1L)
Explore the backwaters and its unique ecosystem on a ferry cruise. Transfer to Kollam.
Day 4 Kollam/Varkala
Enjoy lots of free time to explore the town, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple.
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.
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.
Day 7 Kochi/Negombo
Fly from Kochi to Negombo.
Day 8 Negombo/Sigiriya
Transfer to UNESCO World Heritage City, Sigiriya. Opt to visit the Dambulla Cave Temple or the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Day 9 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 10 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 11 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 12 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 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.
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.
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.
Day 16 Hikkaduwa
Enjoy a free day to bliss out on the beach or go on a whale or dolphin watching tour.
Day 17 Hikkaduwa
Opt to relax on the beach or enjoy exploring this bustling beach town.
Day 18 Hikkaduwa
Depart at any time.
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