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zExploring South India & Sri Lanka

Small Group Discoveries

  • Dine at Cochin’s best restaurant, famed for its fine preparation of seafood fresh from the Arabian Sea.
  • Spend an unforgettable day aboard a traditional houseboat exploring Kerala’s tranquil backwaters!
  • Join our Yoga master for early morning meditation overlooking the pristine beaches of Kovalam.
  • Ascend Sri Lanka’s magnificent rock fortress of Sigiriya and take in the views from the ancient gardens of this 5th-century citadel.
  • Visit a fragrant spice plantation on Sri Lanka
  • Ascend to an historic British hill station and harvest fine Ceylon tea on a picturesque tea plantation.

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Day
1

Welcome to Cochin (Kochi)

Check in to the Vivanta by Taj Malabar Hotel in the heart of this historic city.

Day
2

The Queen of the Arabian Sea

Your tour of India’s first European settlement includes the Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue and St. Francis Church. Dine at Fort Kochi, the city’s finest seafood restaurant, and enjoy a performance of traditional Kathakali dance. Meals B,D

Day
3

Cruising the waters of Kerala

Explore the quiet backwaters of Kerala on your privately chartered houseboat. After lunch onboard, check in to the Kumarakom Lake Resort. Meals B,L

Day
4

A day in Kumarakom

Enjoy an early morning visit to the Kumarakom Bird Sanctuary, a vital habitat for a variety of migratory birds. The rest of your day is at leisure followed by an evening motorboat excursion along the meandering canals of Kerala. Meals B

Day
5

The historic beach resort of Kovalam

Visit Mannarasala Temple, with its 30,000 images of serpent gods, and opulent Krishnapuram Palace. Continue to your enchanting resort, The Leela. Meals B

Day
6

A day in paradise

Join our yoga master for a morning meditation session. The rest of the day is yours to enjoy the cliff-top setting of your resort. Meals B

Day
7

Fly to Sri Lanka

Transfer to the airport for your included flight to Colombo. Then journey into the central plains to Sigiriya and check in to the Vil Uyana Hotel. Meals B

Day
8

Discover Sigiriya c

Rising 650 feet above the plains, the rock fortress of Sigiriya is an astounding palace complex of gardens, pools, and fountains built in the 5th century. Your tour takes you to the summit for glorious views of the countryside. Meals B

Day
9

Drive to Kandy c

Visit Matale, surrounded by fragrant spice plantations, and continue on to historic Kandy. Check in to the Chaaya Citadel and tour Dalada Maligawa, a revered temple strongly associated with the early spread of Buddhism. Meals B

Day
10

Sightseeing in historic Kandy

The final stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings is revered to this day as the island’s cultural capital. Today you’ll visit the Royal Botanical Gardens, laid out in 1832 and considered one of the world’s finest. Meals B

Day
11

Into the highlands of Sri Lanka

Travel to Nuwara-Eliya and check in to the unique Heritance Tea Factory Resort, set on a lush organic tea plantation. Try your hand at tea harvesting and sample fine Ceylon Tea. Meals B

Day
12

A day in the highlands

This day is yours to relax and enjoy the amenities of your resort, surrounded by the misty mountain ranges and cool verdant forests which made this a favored hill station of the British. Meals B

Day
13

Travel to Colombo

Continue to the Galle Face Hotel in Colombo. Meals B

Day
14

Discover Colombo

A morning orientation tour takes you through the capital, a vibrant port that resonates with Sri Lanka’s millennia-old cultural heritage and its rich Colonial history. Meals B

Day
15

Depart Sri Lanka

Our tour services end this morning after breakfast. Meals B

Private Tour Add-Ons

Varanasi

Our 3-day FreeStyle Travel package features your choice of city-center hotel, daily breakfast, private airport transfers and in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.

Mumbai (Bombay)

Our 3-day FreeStyle Travel package includes 2 nights hotel, daily breakfast, private airport transfers and sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide.

Delhi & the Taj Mahal

Our 4-day FreeStyle Tour features your choice of hotel, daily breakfast, in-depth sightseeing with your own personal car, driver and guide and chauffeured airport transfers.

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