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15 Days
San Francisco
Colombo
Min Age : 15+

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.

Itinerary Summary
DAY PLACE HIGHLIGHTS HOTEL OPTIONS
1 – 2 Cochin Fort Kochi Harbor, Matancherry, Pardesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church Eighth Bastion, Old Harbour
2 – 3 Alleppey Houseboat Backwater, Relaxation, Houseboat, Paddy Fields, Village Life Xandari Riverscapes, Spice Coast Cruise
3 – 5 Munnar Matupetty Dam, Tea Plantations, Soft Trekking, Kannan Devan Tea Museum The Windermere Estate, Spice Tree Munnar
5 – 6 Cochin Fort Kochi Harbor, Matancherry, Pardesi Synagogue, St. Francis Church Eighth Bastion, Old Harbour
6 – 7 Negombo Beach, Relaxation, Buzzing Bars, Al Fresco Dining Jetwing Blue Oceanic, The Wallawwa
7 – 9 Sigiriya UNESCO World Heritage Site, Rock Fortress, Rock Paintings and Frescoes Arika Villa, Dambulla, Amaya Lake Resort
9 – 10 Kandy Tooth Temple, Magnificent Hills, Tea Plantations, Kandy Lake, Traditional Dance Performances Clove Villa, Theva Residency
10 – 14 Bentota Coconut Tree-Lined White Sandy Beaches, Diver’s Paradise, Traditional Masked Dance-Drama Temple Tree Resort & Spa, Bentota, Avani Bentota Resort & Spa
14 – 15 Colombo Geoffrey Bawa Architecutral Excursion, Temples and Mosques, Independence Square Ozo Colombo, Kingsbury
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.

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Standard Room

Breakfast

Boutique

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Superior Room

Breakfast

Boutique

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

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Xandari Riverscapes-One Bedroom

Full Board

Houseboat

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One Bed Room

Full Board

Houseboat

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.

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Garden Room

Breakfast

Resort

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Spice Tree-Classic Room With Jacuzzi

Breakfast & Dinner

Resort

DAY 5 - 6
Drive from Negombo to Sigiriya (156 km, 4 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)

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Standard Room

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Boutique

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Superior Room

Breakfast

Boutique

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.

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Jetwing Blue-Deluxe Room

Breakfast

Beach Resort

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The Walawwa – Garden Suite

Breakfast

Resort

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

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.

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Deluxe Room

Breakfast

Resort

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Standard Room

Breakfast & Dinner

Resort

DAY 9 - 10
Drive from Sigiriya to Kandy (96 km, 2.5 hrs)
Kandy
2 Days

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.

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Clove Superior Room

Breakfast

Boutique

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Deluxe Room

Breakfast

Boutique

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.

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Standard Ocean View Room

Breakfast & Dinner

Resort

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Avani Bentota Superior Room

Breakfast

Beach 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.

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Sleep Room (Double)

Breakfast

International

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Kingsbury – Superior Ocean View

Breakfast

International

Drive from Colombo to Negombo (53 km, 1.5 hrs)
International Departure
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Price & Inclusions

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