Discover Kerala and Sri Lanka

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Kochi to Hikkaduwa

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Tour description provided by G Adventures

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.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Tamarind Gardens Farm, Digana G Adventures for Good: Breakfast at Sthree Craft Shop and Café, Kandy Local Living: Alleppey Homestay, Alleppey
  • 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
  • Share a meal with a community en route to anuradhapura
  • Learn about local plants uses at a spice garden
  • Trek to little adam’s peak

Itinerary

Day 1 Kochi Arrive in Kochi at any time. There are no planned activities. Check into to the hotel (check-in time is 12.00 midday) and enjoy the city. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Kochi/Alleppey (1L, 1D) Leaving early to avoid the heat, enjoy the Jewish Town with its old curio shops and the more than 400-year-old synagogue. Travel afterwards to Alleppey, a golden streak of land woven with rivers, lakes, lagoons, and canals. In the afternoon, we check out the island with a local English-speaking guide and learn about the way of life here. Afterwards, settle into a homestay and get to know your hosts. Included Activities: Alleppey Guided Walk Alleppey Homestay Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Day 3 Alleppey/Kollam (1B, 1L) Travel to Kollam by bus after enjoying a morning ferry cruise. Included Activities: Alleppey Ferry Cruise Orientation Walk Transport: Local bus (3.00 hour(s))
Day 4 Kollam/Varkala Note that Kollam Harbour is closed to visitors in May through june. Included Activities: Kollam Fishing Docks Visit Neendakara Fishing Harbour Visit Transport: Private Vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours)
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 Travel to Kochi and take an orientation tour visiting Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, and the Chinese fishing nets. In the late afternoon/early evening, opt to watch Kathakali dancing (a Kerala traditional dance form). Included Activities: Orientation Walk Transport: Train (3.50-4.00 hours)
Day 7 Kochi/Negombo Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening followed by an optional dinner.
Day 8 Negombo/Sigiriya Transfer to UNESCO World Heritage City, Sigiriya. Opt to visit the Dambulla Cave Temple or the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50 hour(s), 156km)
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) Accommodations at Tamarind Gardens Farm homestay are simple and authentic. Rooming will be in twin and triple-share rooms. Included Activities: Spice Garden Visit Digana Guided Village Walk Tamarind Gardens Farm Transport: Private Vehicle
Day 11 Digana/Kandy (1B) Early birds can opt to get a productive start to the day and join their Tamarind hosts for their morning routines. Join Ayesha and Nalin at 6:00 am for first-hand experience with farm life. Get up close with the farm animals, feeding the cows and chickens. Enjoy breakfast at Tamarind 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 stunning city that is Kandy, opting to visit a cultural dance, the Temple of the Tooth, or a cricket match. Transport: Private Vehicle
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. Included Activities: Tea Plantation Visit Breakfast at Sthree Craft Shop and Café Transport: Private Vehicle (3.00 hour(s), 80km)
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. Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50-2.00 hours)
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. Included Activities: Little Adam's Peak Trek
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. Included Activities: Galle Fort Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (4.50-5.00 hours) Private Vehicle (0.50 hour(s))
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. Additional Notes: The Colombo airport can be reached by private taxi or bus. Your CEO can help you arrange a transfer. Included Activities: Departure Day
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