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Trip Highlights
Trip code: AHKH

  • Explore 'God's Own Country' - Kerala
  • Experience the goodness of staying at a homestay in Alleppey
  • Go for a ferry cruise on Kollam backwaters
  • Explore the gorgeous coastal town of Varkala and enjoy an Ayurvedic massage
  • Go for a trek to the Little Adam's Peak
  • Chill on the beaches of this pristine island and soak in the sun!
  • Learn the Sinhalese language and also how to cook the local cuisine!
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Anuradhapura and Sigiriya

Tour Details

In a span of 18 days, explore the southernmost state of India, Kerala, before heading off to the tiny island nation, Sri Lanka. Experience the local lifestyle of the people living in the coastal towns of Kerala, go for ferry rides on the backwaters, soak in the freshness and witness the cultural grandeur of Kathakali dance shows. Fly off to Lanka, discover beautiful ruins, hike through tea plantations, visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, take a tour of the spice gardens and explore the offbeat tracks. Meet some amazing travelers from different parts of the world and return back home with an experience worth cherishing forever.
 

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Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Kochi

Feel the coastal vibes, once you arrive at the Cochin International Airport in the state of Kerala. You'll be received at the airport by our coordinator. Head straight to the accommodation and get some rest after your long flight. In the evening, you'll get to meet your travel mates for a brief orientation.

Day 2 - Kochi to Alleppey

In the morning, head out to explore the Jewish Quarter, witness the beauty of a 400-year-old synagogue, and the spice markets in Kochi, before continuing to Alleppey. There will be an Orientation walk, exploring the local lifestyle of this picturesque town. You'll be accommodated at a homestay, where you can spend the evening knowing more about your hosts.

Day 3 - Alleppey to Kollam

Explore the backwaters of Alleppey and its amazing ecosystem on a cruise, before boarding your bus for Kollam.
 

Day 4 - Kollam to Varkala

Explore the town, visit the temples, go for a relaxing Ayurvedic massage, and then continue your journey to Varkala. Visit the largest wholesale fishing market and harbor on the Arabian Sea, dating back to the 16th Century, You can also go for a stroll on the beaches and witness the gorgeous sunset.
 

Day 5 - Varkala

You can opt to visit the Janardana Swami Temple, which is about 2000-years-old. Otherwise, you can just laze on the beaches, soak in the sun and get tanned. There can surely be nothing better than a beachside retreat with a relaxing Ayurveda massage.
 

Day 6 - Varkala to Kochi

Today, you'll be heading back to Kochi to explore the town and do whatever you've missed out! We shall all explore the  Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, and the Chinese fishing nets. Later that day, you can also opt for a Kathakali Dance show. It'll be an absolute treat to watch the men dressed in elaborate costumes with vivid face paintings, doing the dance moves gracefully.
 

Day 7 - Kochi to Negombo

As your journey in Kerala comes to an end, get ready to explore Sri Lanka. Today, you'll be flying from Kochi to Negombo. Some new travelers might join you today. There will be a brief orientation followed by a group dinner, where you'll get to know your new friends and continue the journey with them. 

Day 8 - Negombo to Anuradhapura

It's time to travel to Anuradhapura. On the way, we'll stop at a local village and share a meal with the community folks.

Day 9 - Anuradhapura

You have the entire day to explore Anuradhapura, which is marked as a UNESCO Heritage City. You can also choose to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa Temple, and Dambulla Cave.

Day 10 - Anuradhapura to Kandy

On the way to Kandy from Anuradhapura, visit the Temple of the Tooth, which houses an important relic – a tooth of Lord Buddha kept in a well-preserved golden casket. After reaching Kandy, you can opt to go for the cultural show in the evening.
 

Day 11 - Kandy

It's your free day in Kandy. You can either choose to stay indoors and chill with your friends or head out to explore the town. You can go for a scenic stroll around the Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake).
 

Day 12 - Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

For breakfast, we'll be going to the Sthree Craft Shop and Café - to enjoy a local breakfast prepared by women and youth living with disabilities. Later, we'll continue our journey to the stunning town of Nuwara Eliya. Visit the tea plantations, and see how the finest Orange Pekoe Ceylon tea is produced.
 

Day 13 - Nuwara Eliya to Ella

Put on your trek shoes, because we'll go and explore the trails of Horton Plains National Park in the early morning.  In the afternoon, we'll continue our journey to Ella and enjoy a free evening, relaxing there. Those who have a knack for cooking can go for a cookery class as well.
 

Day 14 - Ella

In the morning, we'll go for a short hike to Little Adam's Peak. In the afternoon, enjoy a delicious local meal at Ella and return back to the cooking classes if you're interested. The adventure lovers can also choose to go for a trek to the Ella Rock.
 

Day 15 - Ella to Hikkaduwa

We'll stop en route for a walking tour of Galle Fort. And then continue the journey to Hikkaduwa, a beach paradise in southern Sri Lanka.
 

Day 16 to Day 18 - Hikkaduwa

You have 2 days to explore this gorgeous beach town. Soak in the sun, relax at the beaches, and go for a whale or dolphin spotting tour.

Note: On Day 18, you can book your flight for home, or carry on with your journey to some other exciting place. You can drop us a mail regarding your further journey or coordinate with our in-country staff member.
 

Dates & Cost

Price Includes
  • 24/7 In-country support
  • Breakfast at Sthree Craft Shop and Café, Kandy
  • Guided Kerala boat tour and homestay
  • Morning ferry cruise on Kollam backwaters
  • Neendakara Fishing Harbour visit
  • Orientation walks in Kochi and Kollam
  • Internal flights
  • Sri Lankan lunch at a local village
  • Spice garden visit, Tea plantation tour, Little Adam's Peak Tour, Galle Fort tour
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accomodations
  • Meals - 2 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 1 dinner
     
Price Excludes
  • International Airfare
  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance (available at nominal cost)
  • Add On Tours
  • Departure transfer to airport (can be arranged at nominal cost)
  • Vaccinations
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Any other personal cost
     

Living

Accommodation

Accommodation - Simple hotels/guest houses (16 nts), homestay (1 nt).

A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used in India. These can vary in terms of service, efficiency and cleanliness. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home. Power cuts can and are a regular occurrence in many places, especially throughout Central India. Although a number of hotels have generators there may be times when these won’t work. It is also recommended when you are in your room to lock the door, as staff will sometime enter without reason.

Meals

Meals Included - 3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a huge range of different foods - India is vegetarian heaven. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

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