Kerala & Sri Lanka

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NEGOMBO – KANDY – GALLE – COCHIN – BACKWATERS  – KOVALAM  – NEGOMBO

India has this equally fascinating neighbour in Sri Lanka. Culturally and historically, Sri Lanka is blessed with a wealth of native as well as colonial impressions all over. To club Sri Lanka with Kerala, which is a unique destination in itself sounds like an interesting idea? Negombo in Sri Lanka is the best way to begin exploring this fabulous country. It has the first beach resort developed in this beautiful land. Just 15kms away from the airport, the city was once the cinnamon port of the country – primarily a fisherman’s abode and a sea foodie’s paradise. Negombo still has the old fishing techniques, which are an unusual sight. 

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The catamarans the fishing nets are happy impressions of the times when the Dutch, the Portuguese later and then the British ruled this part too. It is a place worth discovering through its canals that are picturesquely connected to the lagoon. Further ahead the tour takes you to Kandy, which is the most sacred city of Sri Lanka. It is world famous for the sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. The colorful pageant that venerates the Tooth Relic once a year is a great spectacle.

The Sri Lankan journey continues with Galle, which is a spectacular sample of a fortified city built by the Europeans built in Asia. Galle also has the Maritime Museum and Shiva Temple worth a visit. This lovely journey then brings you to the backwaters, houseboats and the coconut grove experience to Kerala. That makes this tour all the more interesting and adds a different charm to it. The kettuvellums and the serene rivers along with tranquillity do not let you feel the change in the national boundaries.

After exploring Kochi and Kovalam beaches along with the churches and the temples, one feels rejuvenated when one returns to Negombo again!!

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International flights included - more Special Value inclusions listed below

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Special Value

  • A gift when you book your tour with us, a DVD film called ‘Mystic India.’
  • International flights included
  • A useful gift is given to you on arrival
  • Private arrival and departure transfers
  • Private car & driver for all road transfers
  • Snack Hamper, with juice and water in your private car
  • Mobile phone to use while in India to keep in contact with our local office and your driver
  • Meals as per itinerary (B = breakfast) (HB = breakfast, lunch or dinner) (FB = breakfast, lunch & dinner)
  • Private guide for sightseeing in all major cities
  • Entrances to all monument and places of interest included
  • Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • See the Tempe of the Tooth in Kandy
  • Cultural Dance show in Kandy
  • Visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens in Kandy
  • Explore the Dutch Fort in Galle
  • Day excursion to Balapitiya
  • Boat ride on the Madhu River
  • Private tour of Colombo
  • Visit the Dutch Palace in Cochin
  • See the Jewish Synagogue & St Francis Church
  • Spend the day and night on your own private Houseboat
  • Beach stay in Kovalam
  • Beach stay in Negombo

 Our Tour features the following locations

NEGOMBO: Sri Lanka – Negombo located on the western coast is a great place to start or end your stay in Sri Lanka, being close to the airport. Enjoy local Sri Lankan food, where seafood is very popular being caught daily by the local Negombo fishermen. Enjoy a walk the long stretch of beach or just relax beachside, waiting for that perfect sunset.

KANDY: Sri Lanka – The Hill Capital of Kandy was the last bastion of the Sinhala kings and is a charming city offering a living record of a magnificent past. Centre of attraction in Kandy isWhile here you will visit the Dalada Maligawa, the temple housing the sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha.

GALLE: Sri Lanka -Dutch Fort at Galle, close to the island’s southernmost point, 173km from Colombo, has the distinction of being the best-preserved sea fort in South Asia. A living heritage site, this 90 hectare (222 acres) attraction is a superb blend of architecture, with fortifications that resemble those in the coastal areas of Portugal.

COCHIN: Those Chinese fishing nets sitting along the harbour are a sight you simply cannot forget. Popularly called the gateway to God’s own country, Kochi manages to hold out on its own with its picturesque locals, leisurely activities, luxe accommodation and incredible homestays. The city is primarily divided into three major areas, modern-day Ernakulam and the historic districts of Fort Cochin, where all our client stay, then there is Mattancherry. Each area boasts fascinating architecture, spice markets, amazing food and interesting attractions. A beautiful Portuguese Palace, 17th-century Dutch homes, a synagogue and India’s first European Church ensure there is much to see and do in Kochi. The resulting mix presents a fascinating blend of a medieval English village full of Portuguese and Dutch architecture, a testimony to the sentiments that have drawn travellers and traders for more than 600 years to this beautiful port town. The best time to visit Kochi is between the months of October to April.

BACKWATERS: Standing in your very own houseboat, watching the sun’s shimmering rays engulf a sea of green with their dying breath, waking up to the sound of chirping birds, serenading your loved one under a moon-lit sky and exploring idyllic old-world villages, the backwaters of Kerala are a true treat for the weariest of travellers. This maze of canals and lagoons stretches over 900 kms. That link five large lakes to each other. The waterways have traditionally been used to ferry spice and rice across the country, but are now becoming famous as one of the most romantic attractions that India has to offer.

These extraordinary boats have, for hundreds of years, plied the backwaters weighed down with their cargoes of rice, fruit, coir and other crops. They have been the primary source of transport between the villages of this area that are not accessed by road. From your vantage point onboard, cruising the backwaters at your own pace, you will see loin-clothed fishermen delicately balancing on their narrow canoes, women weaving or gossiping on the shore and you will be constantly accompanied by the happy sounds of children either playing in the canals or at the water’s edge.

KOVALAM: India – Kovalam, an uncluttered beach of silvery sands fringed with rows of tall palm trees. Once just a series of sandy bays separated by rocky promontories, deserted except for some fishing villages, it has become a major tourist centre. Kovalam is a pleasant seaside place with a sheltered bay and a wide choice of water sports.

What our clients say

Thank you for designing our tour to Kerala and Sri Lanka, the transition and services in both countries were seamless. We would especially like to highlight our driver and guide in Sri Lanka; Sanjaya was a gentleman who was full of knowledge not only in the major sightseeing areas but throughout the whole journey.

Mark & Fiona – Leamington Spa

Kerala & Sri Lanka

Kerala & Sri Lanka Tour

DAY 01 – FLY TO SRI LANKA
Fly to Sri Lanka.

DAY 02 – ARRIVE COLOMBO – NEGOMBO BEACH
Arrive, meet & greet then transfer to your hotel. Rest of the day is at leisure to relax after your flight.

DAY 03 – NEGOMBO – KANDY(B)
After breakfast, drive to Kandy visiting Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage en route.

Later continue your journey to Kandy, on arrival check-in at your hotel then in the afternoon take a city tour. Evening, witness the cultural dance show

DAY 04 – KANDY(B)
After breakfast, visit Peradeniya Royal Botanical Garden. Rest of the day is at leisure for Independent activities.

DAY 05 – KANDY – GALLE (B)
After breakfast drive to Galle en route with a visit to Galle Dutch Fort on arrival.

Rest of the day is at leisure for Independent activities.

DAY 06 – GALLE (B)
After breakfast, a day excursion to Balapitiya where you will take an exciting boat safari among the mangrove on the Madhu River. Afterward, visit a turtle hatchery.

DAY 07 – GALLE (B)
You will be at leisure to relax and explore on own

DAY 08 – GALLE – COLOMBO – COCHIN (B)
Breakfast is at your Hotel. After breakfast drive to Colombo and board flight to Cochin.

On arrival you are met and transferred to your hotel in Fort Cochin, after check in you are then at leisure to relax and explore on own

DAY 09 – COCHIN (B)
Breakfast is at your hotel. Enjoy full day sightseeing visit Dutch Palace, Jewish Synagogue, St. Francis Church & Chinese Fishing Nets

Evening enjoy a Kathakali dance show

DAY 10 – COCHIN – ALLEPPEY – BACKWATERS (FB)
Drive to Alleppey and board the Rice Barge Houseboat.

The backwaters a myriad network of canals and lagoons, at times only a few yards inland from the sea, and stretching for miles. These freshwater waterways wind their way through the tropical jungles of palms and fruit trees, vibrant green paddy fields and small, water based settlements.

DAY 11 – ALLEPPEY – KOVALAM (B)
After breakfast, you will disembark your houseboat then drive south to Kovalam (3 hrs). Check-in at your hotel, then at leisure

DAY 12 – KOVALAM (B)
A day at leisure to relax or explore the beach.

DAY 13 – KOVALAM (B)
A day at leisure to relax or explore the beach.

DAY 14 – KOVALAM – TRIVANDRUM – COLOMBO – NEGOMBO (B)
Drive to Trivandrum airport to board the flight to Colombo. Arrive Colombo and drive to Negombo.

Rest of the day is at leisure to relax.

DAY 15 – NEGOMBO BEACH (B)
After breakfast, city tour of Colombo.

Later return to your hotel then the rest of the day is at leisure to relax.

DAY 16 – NEGOMBO – COLOMBO OR ONWARDS (B)
Today Srilanka bids you farewell with your transfer to the international terminal.

Kerala & Sri Lanka

Kerala & Sri Lanka Tour

Hotels

Our from price based on the following hotels twin/double share. Single supplement, triple share reductions or for alternative hotels, contact us to discuss your requirements further. We can design a tour just for you, based on your style and budget.


Kerala & Sri Lanka

Kerala & Sri Lanka Tour

Extensions

Here are some examples of extensions you can add to this tour. For other ideas and to discuss your requirements contact us. We can design an itinerary for you, based on your dates, duration, style, and budget.


After Kandy, before Galle stay in the Tea Plantation region of Hatton. Hatton serves as a gateway to Adam’s Peak and Sinjaraja Forest Reserve and is better known for its tea plantations and industry.

Include Dambulla in your tour, 3 hours drive from Kandy. The Rock Temple is a magnificent gallery of Buddha images and wall and ceiling paintings not seen anywhere else on the Island.

Kerala & Sri Lanka

Kerala & Sri Lanka Tour

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