Discover Kerala & Sri Lanka: Islands & Ruins

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Kochi to Hikkaduwa

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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.

What’s included

  • 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 Foodie Moment: Lunch at Theuvoram Women Empowerment Project, Alleppey Your Local Living Moment: Tamarind Gardens Farm, Digana
  • 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

Highlights

  • 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

Itinerary

Kochi Arrive at any time. 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!
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.
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, opt to relax on the beach, climb Thangassery Light House, or peruse the nightlife.
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, opt to get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple.
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.
Varkala/Kochi Return to Kochi by train and take an orientation tour visiting Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, and the Chinese fishing nets. In the late afternoon, opt to watch a traditional Kathakali dance performance or immerse yourself in the nightlife with your fellow travellers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hikkaduwa Another day in paradise! Opt to relax on the beach, snorkel with sea creators, or wander through the bustling beach town. Pick a local restaurant and reminisce about all the life-changing adventures you've just experienced.
Hikkaduwa Depart at any time.
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