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Discover Kerala and Sri Lanka

Discover Kerala and Sri Lanka


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

Stay with a local family in Alleppey for a real taste of the culture, check out the catch of the day at Kollam’s fishing docks, visit the G Adventures-supported Sthree Craft Shop and Café, learn about local plants uses at a Spice Garden, trek to Little Adam’s peak

Now's the time to explore South India and Sri Lanka on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Get a taste of South India's diversity before making your way to Sri Lanka, a small island that packs a huge cultural punch. You and your fellow trip-mates will make your way down India's southwest coast, watching sunsets in Kochi before laying out on whitesand beaches and dabbling in (or tumbling through) yoga in your free time. In Sri Lanka, 'gram some beautiful ruins, hike through tea plantations, tour a spice garden, and say hello to even more beachy days at Hikkaduwa. This 18-day journey lets you relax or run around as much as you see fit.

Day 1: Kochi
Arrive at any time and welcome to the port city of Kochi, known for its unique fishing nets, artsy cafes, and tasty seafood. Get to know your fellow travellers over dinner and drinks in the seaside neighbourhood of Fort Kochi. Stroll along the tropical backwaters and capture a group photo in the stunning scenery. Pick the best looking spot and cheers to new adventures and friends!
Activity: Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.
Activity: Connect with new friends on your first night out in a new destination. Only available on 18-to-Thirtysomethings tours.
Accommodation: Gama Heritage (or similar)

Day 2: Kochi/Alleppey
In the morning, explore Kochi's Jewish Quarter with curio shops and a synagogue more than 400-years-old. Travel afterwards to Alleppey, a golden streak of land woven with rivers, lakes, lagoons, and canals. Enjoy an empowering lunch before checking out the island along the lagoon with a local guide and learn about the way of life here. Settle into a homestay and get to know your hosts.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Explore the area, known as the "Venice of the East," on foot with a local English-speaking guide and learn about the way of life here.
Activity: Enjoy a stay with a local family in Alleppey and get a real taste of the culture and what life on the islands is like. Learn how to cook some delicious Kerala dishes and dig in and enjoy the meal after your lesson.
Activity: Enjoy a traditional Kerala lunch prepared by women of the Planeterra Theruvarom Empowerment Project, which provides women from rural areas an alternative source of income by honing their hospitality and culinary skills. Learn about the local cuisine and socio-economic fabric of the region as you get to know the women. All while taking in live entertainment!
Accommodation: Alasr Heritage Home (or similar)
Meal(s): Lunch Dinner

Day 3: Alleppey/Kollam
Explore the unique ecosystem of Alleppey backwaters on a morning ferry cruise. Afterward, travel down the coast by bus to the port city of Kollam. On arrival, choose to relax on the beach, climb Thangassery Light House, or peruse the nightlife.
Activity: Enjoy a morning ferry ride through the backwaters, observing the unique ecosystem with blue-green stretches of water and coconut trees.
Transport: Climb aboard, grab a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.
Meal(s): Breakfast Lunch

Day 4: Kollam/Varkala
Visit the Kollam Harbour and experience the importance of fishing for the community. Afterward, settle into a private vehicle and see who can count the most palm trees as you cruise down the coast to tropical Varkala. Enjoy lots of free time to explore the town, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple.
Activity: See where all of the action happens in this busy port city and walk around Kollam's bustling fishing docks.
Activity: Visit the largest wholesale fishing market and harbour on the Arabian Sea, dating back to the sixteenth century. Take in the sights and sound of a busy fish market at work, and check out the morning's fishing haul.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Nikhil Residence (or similar)

Day 5: Varkala
Choose your own adventure today, exploring Varkala solo or with your new friends. Spend time wandering the peaceful gardens of an ashram devoted to Kerala's most eminent spiritual and social reformer at the mystical Janardhana Swamy Temple. Or head to the beach and relax while watching the Arabian Sea with a drink in hand.
Free Time: Lots of free time to explore the town, relax with an Ayurvedic massage, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple.
Accommodation: Nikhil Residence (or similar)

Day 6: Varkala/Kochi
Return to Kochi by train and take an orientation walk visiting Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, and Chinese fishing nets. In the late afternoon, continue to wander the streets or catch a traditional Kathakali dance performance. For your big night out as a group, immerse yourself in the exciting Kochi nightlife. Enjoy a drink on us and reminisce about the life-changing adventures you've shared.
Transport: Climb aboard, take a seat, and enjoy the ride.
Activity: Get to know the delightful city of Cochin through this guided walk. Visit the Dutch Palace and Jewish Quarter, with its 400-year-old synagogue. Explore St Francis Church, the oldest church in India.
Free Time: Visit any sites skipped on the first visit to Kochi.
Activity: Whether it's a pub crawl, drink specials or a bonfire on the beach, celebrate late into the night with your new best friends.
Accommodation: Gama Heritage (or similar)

Day 7: Kochi/Negombo
Fly from Kochi to the stunning island country of Sri Lanka, landing first in Negombo. Spend the evening at the beach relaxing under a leaning palm tree and toast to the sun a goodnight.
Accommodation: Hotel J Negombo (or similar)

Day 8: Negombo/Sigiriya
Cruise to the center of the island to explore the UNESCO World Heritage City, Sigiriya. Opt to visit the Dambulla Cave Temple or the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Head out to discover the area.
Accommodation: Pelwehera Village Resort Dambulla (or similar)

Day 9: Sigiriya
Spend the day freely exploring more of this ancient yet luscious region. Opt to visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, say hello to the Elephants in Minneriya National Park, or go back in time at the Anurhadhapura historical site.
Free Time: Get out and explore.
Accommodation: Pelwehera Village Resort Dambulla (or similar)

Day 10: Sigiriya/Digana
Visit a Kandy medicinal spice garden en route to the G Adventures-supported homestay in Digana. Arrive at Tamarind Gardens Farm for lunch before embarking on a guided village walk. Stop at the home of a crafter who hand-makes delicate Kandyan jewellery and the cottage of a local woman making incense. Learn how to cook Sri Lankan bread or sweets while helping out with dinner.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Visit a herbal centre where students of Ayurveda learn the traditional medicinal uses of various spices for massages and treatments. Enjoy demonstrations and learning about the different plants and their uses.
Activity: Get a crash course in local life with a village walk through Digana. Learn about some of the essential local industries like it's milk collection point and dolomite mine. Meet with a local jeweller creating handicrafts from copper sheets and precious stones then take home personally crafted incense after a lesson in incense production by a local woman. Employing other women from the community, watch as oils and resins are mixed to craft the perfectly scented incense!
Activity: Explore the small village of Digana, lend a hand with the farm, learn to cook authentic Sri Lankan dishes, and wake up in tranquility surrounded by palm trees. A dolomite mining community, this project supports efforts for alternative income in Digana as well as improved access to food and water.
Accommodation: Tamarind Gardens Homestay (or similar)
Meal(s): Lunch Dinner

Day 11: Digana/Kandy
Early birds can opt to get a productive start to the day by joining the Tamarind hosts for first-hand experience with farm life and get up close with the animals. Enjoy breakfast at the Gardens and soak in the views of the Victoria Reservoir over tea before departing for Kandy. Have an afternoon of free time to explore the sweet city, opting to visit Temple of the Sacred Tooth, view a traditional Kandyan cultural show, or root for a team at a cricket match.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Explore Kandy with a full free day.
Accommodation: Oak Ray City Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 12: Kandy/Nuwara Eliya
Enjoy a traditional breakfast prepared by women and youth living with disabilities at G Adventures-supported Sthree Craft Shop and Café. Travel on to the rolling hills and luscious forests of Nuwara Eliya. Visit a tea plantation and opt to explore the beauty on foot.
Activity: The town of Nuwara Eliya produces the finest Orange Pekoe Ceylon tea, and is inhabited mainly by tea planters and plantation workers. Pay a visit to one of the factories to learn all about tea production.
Activity: Make a pit stop at Sthree Craft Shop and Café to enjoy a local breakfast prepared by women and youth living with disabilities. Led by the Women's Development Centre, they provide livelihood opportunities through hospitality and handicraft training, empowering the surrounding community.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Royal Hills Hotel (or similar)
Meal(s): Breakfast

Day 13: Nuwara Eliya/Ella
If you want to experience morning mist flowing through the valley, wake early and trek the serene trails of Horton Plains National Park. In the afternoon, cruise to the laid-back village of Ella and enjoy a free evening to explore or relax. If you are feeling foodie, opt to participate in a Sri Lankan cooking class.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Free Time: Enjoy a free afternoon to relax or explore.
Accommodation: Oak Ray Ella Gap Hotel (or similar)

Day 14: Ella
Spend the morning trekking Little Adam's Peak to get a 360-degree view of Sri Lankan countryside encompassing the giant Ella Rock and textured green mountains. For the rest of the day, enjoy the freedom to explore scenic Ella more in-depth. Opt to trek Ella Rock, venture to the iconic Nine Arches Bridge, or hunt for some waterfalls with your fellow explorers.
Free Time: Get outside and explore scenic Ella.
Activity: Enjoy a hike up Little Adam's peak to catch stunning views of the town below.
Accommodation: Oak Ray Ella Gap Hotel (or similar)

Day 15: Ella/Hikkaduwa
Set off towards the southern coast stopping en route to explore the indestructible Galle Fort. Finish the day's journey oceanside on the white sand beaches of Hikkaduwa.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Activity: Visit the Galle Fort, a 16th-century fort first built by the Portuguese, and later occupied by the Dutch. The ramparts are still standing even after being battered by Mother Nature, including the 2004 tsunami.
Transport: Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.
Accommodation: Coral Rock by Bansei Hikkaduwa (or similar)

Day 16: Hikkaduwa
Enjoy a free day to bliss out on the beach sipping your favourite drink or jump on a boat in search of whales and dolphins. For your big night out, follow your CEO to the best beach bar in town, enjoy a drink on us, and dance under the stars. Perhaps take a night swim, who knows, see where the night takes you.
Activity: Follow your CEO to the best beach bar, grab a drink on us, and cheers to all the life-changing adventures you've shared with new friends. Dance under the stars and perhaps take a night swim, who knows, see where the night takes you.
Free Time: Enjoy a free day to do as much or as little as you'd like.
Accommodation: Coral Rock by Bansei Hikkaduwa (or similar)

Day 17: Hikkaduwa
Another day in paradise to recover from last nights fun. Relax on the beach, snorkel with sea creators, or wander through the bustling beach town. Pick a local restaurant with your buds and reminisce about all the awesome adventures you've experienced over a farewell dinner.
Free Time: Don't waste a single second. Whether it's on the beach or throughout the town, get out and explore!
Accommodation: Coral Rock by Bansei Hikkaduwa (or similar)

Day 18: Hikkaduwa
Wow! What a trip, right? Luckily there is no such thing as goodbye, only until next time. Hug your new friends, exchange social medias, and depart at any time.
Activity: Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

Please Note: This tour is only applicable for 18 to 30 year olds.

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Inclusions

Meals Included
3 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport
Private vehicle, walking, tuk-tuk, ferry, local bus, train, airplane.

Inclusions
Your G for Good Moment: Lunch at Theuvoram Women Empowerment Project, Alleppey Your G for Good Moment: Breakfast at Sthree Craft Shop and Café, Kandy Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Local Living Moment: Alleppey Homestay, Alleppey Your Big Night Out Moment: Kochi Nightlife, Kochi Your Local Living Moment: Tamarind Gardens Farm, Digana Your Big Night Out Moment: Hikkaduwa Beach Bar, Hikkaduwa. Guided Kerala boat tour and homestay. Morning ferry cruise on Kollam's 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.

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Accommodations

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

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Questions & Answers

Question: How many suitcases can I take with me on my trip?

Each person is allowed one "check-in," and one "carry-on." Remember to take all valuables with you as "carry-on", because electronic equipment, cameras, laptops, jewelry, business documents and money are not covered by the airlines' liability, so always carry them aboard with you.

Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

G Adventures Tours Customer Reviews

Overall Rating
4
Accommodations
3.6
Itinerary
4.1
Professional Staff
4.3
Repeat with Operator
4
Value for Money
3.9

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It was a great tour and are guides were very knowledgeable.

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The G Adventures tour was fantastic.

Very satisfied with tour, enjoyed it very much.

I liked the variety of activities and the chance to opt out without undue pressure. I met some really fun people on this tour.

Everyone connected with the tour went above and beyond. The tour was more than I ever dreamt!

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Great trip at a reasonable price.

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