Discover India and Sri Lanka    *alt*

32 days, from £2299
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Description

Start with the hectic pace of northern Delhi before heading to the beaches of Goa and the fishing nets of relaxed Kochi in the first leg of this epic subcontinental journey. Finish it all off in the southern half of Sri Lanka, a culture-loving backpacker?s dream. Here you?ll get to discover beautiful ruins, hike through tea plantations, and chill out on Hikkaduwa Beach. And the best part? You?ll do it all with a group of new friends.

What's Included: G Adventures for Good: Breakfast at Sthree Craft Shop and Caf?, Kandy
Local Living: Alleppey Homestay, Alleppey. Entrance and guided tour of the Taj Mahal (Agra). Rural Tordi Sagar tour with local guide. Allepey Homestay. Sunrise at Savitri Temple (Pushkar). Gandhi Ashram visit (Ahmedabad). Morning ferry cruise on Kollam's backwaters. Neendakara Fishing Harbour visit. Orientation walks in Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Mumbai, Kochi, and Kollam. Internal flights. Spice plantation visit. Kandyan cultural dance performance. Temple of the Tooth visit (Kandy). Tea plantation visit (Ella). Little Adam's Peak Trek. Udawalawe NP safari. Galle City and Fort tour. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

Highlights: Tour the famous Taj Mahal, explore the ?Pink City? and Amber Fort, get a taste of village life with a traditional lunch, climb to the spiritual temple of Savitiri, enjoy dinner and traditional dancing, explore bustling Mumbai, check out the catch of the day at Kollam?s fishing docks, learn about local plants uses at a Spice Garden, visit a tea plantation

Group Size Notes: Max 18, avg 15

Meals Included: 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 3 dinners

Meals: Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. The above information applies to G Adventures group trips. For Independent trips please check the itinerary for details of meals included. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

Transport: Private vehicle, walking, train, metro, local bus, charter bus, jeep, tuk tuk, boat, plane.

Minimum Age: Minimum age of 18 years for this trip.

Max Pax: Max 18, avg 14.

Travel Style:18-to-Thirtysomethings

Physical Grading:3 - Average

Itinerary


 Day 1 Delhi

If you arrive early, wander through the heart of India's capital city and explore Old and New Delhi. Travel by the new metro or auto rickshaws and visit the famous Jama Masjid (Great Mosque) where you could climb the minaret for a bird's eye view of the old city. Explore Chandni Chowk, one of India's oldest and busiest markets or head to the colourful spice market -- a great photo opportunity.

Additional Notes:
Please note this tour departs Delhi early on Day 2, so book extra accommodation if you would like to explore the city. Day tours can be booked through the front desk of your hotel if you do arrive early.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting


 Day 2 Delhi/Agra

Agra is best known as the site of India?s most famous landmark, the Taj Mahal. Enjoy a guided visit to this icon of Mughal architecture either in the morning or late afternoon for the best light (this depends upon your arrival time). You also have the option to visit the Agra Fort, the Taj?s less famous?but no less impressive?sister monument.

Included Activities:
Taj Mahal Guided Tour

Transport:
Train


 Day 3 Agra/Jaipur

Today we take a bus ride?always an adventure itself in India? to the capital of Rajasthan, Jaipur, the former capital of a princely state of the same name. Clothed in pink stucco (in imitation of sandstone), Jaipur is known as the "Pink City" and is one of the most important heritage cities in India. It is home to India?s second most visited site, the Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of the Winds".

Take a cycle rickshaw to the markets and enjoy an orientation walk through the stalls. If you haven't tasted one yet, this is a great place to try a delicious masala chai (Indian chai tea).

In your free time, opt to visit the City Palace, the observatory, or check out a song-and-dance Bollywood film in India's largest movie theatre.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
There will be a stop around the half-way point for snacks and toilets.
Local bus


 Day 4 Jaipur

Enjoy a guided tour of the Amber Fort before having a free afternoon in Jaipur to explore the city.

Included Activities:
Amber Fort Guided Tour


 Day 5 Jaipur/Tordi Sagar (1D)

Go on an included guided walk through the local village and opt to participate in a cricket match with some locals.

Included Activities:
Tordi Sagar Local Village Tour

Transport:
4x4


 Day 6 Tordi Sagar/Pushkar (1B, 1L)

Have a final taste of rural village life with a traditional lunch before travelling to Pushkar.

This morning, travel to Ajmer and over Snake Mountain to Pushkar. The site of the world?s only temple to the Hindu god of creation, Brahma, Pushkar is often called "Tirth Raj," the Raj (king) of pilgrim centres.

After settling into our accommodation, we will take an orientation walk around Pushkar.

Included Activities:
Pushkar Orientation Walk

Transport:
4x4


 Day 7 Pushkar (1D)

Before dawn today, we climb to the hilltop Savitri temple. After the morning walk, there is nothing better than spending time at one of the many caf?s in town.

All rested, head into the desert and enjoy to a traditional meal prepared and served by local cameleers, with gypsy dancers and music.

Included Activities:
Savitri Temple Climb
Dinner in the desert


 Day 8 Pushkar/Udaipur

Continue south to lakeside Udaipur, famous worldwide for its plethora of breathtaking lakes and Raj-era palaces. It certainly lives up to its reputation as India's most romantic city.

With its own famous style of painting and plenty of artisans, Udaipur is a great place to stroll through.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Train


 Days 9-10 Udaipur

Free time to explore the "Venice of the East" with its lakes, palaces, and narrow lanes.


 Day 11 Udaipur/Mumbai

Take a local bus to Ahmedabad and explore the famous Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati. Overnight train from Ahmedabad to Mumbai.

Included Activities:
Gandhi Ashram Visit

Transport:
Local bus
Basic overnight train (beds)


 Day 12 Mumbai

Opt to shoot a picture of the Gateway to India, facing westward out to sea, and stop in for a cup of tea at the famous Taj Hotel next door. From here boats leave for Elephanta Island (also called Gharapuri Island or place of caves), famous for is cave temples carved straight from the rock.

People-watch on Chowpatty Beach or visit Crawford Market, one of South Mumbai's most famous markets. Try some of the many local specialties at one of Mumbai?s many top-notch restaurants, or go out on the town and sample the city?s famed nightlife firsthand.


 Day 13 Mumbai/Goa

Relax on a beach, visit the many Portuguese-built monuments, wander around the old churches of Old Goa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and discover Panjim, the capital.

Transport:
Plane


 Day 14 Goa

Enjoy a free day to wind down in North Goa. Visit nearby beaches, scour the markets, and be sure to try to some delicious Goan cuisine and fresh seafood.


 Day 15 Goa/Kochi

Fly to southern India and explore this major port city.

Additional Notes:
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.

Transport:
Plane


 Day 16 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


 Day 17 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


 Day 18 Kollam/Varkala

Enjoy lots of free time to explore the town, relax with an Ayurvedic massage, get treated by local healers, or visit the Varkala Temple.

Included Activities:
Kollam Fishing Docks Visit
Neendakara Fishing Harbour Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 19 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 20 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


 Day 21 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 22 Negombo/Anuradhapura (1L)

Transfer to Anurhadapura, stopping at a local village en route and share a meal with the community. Opt for a safari.

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 23 Anuradhapura

Enjoy a free day to explore more of the region. Opt to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa Temple, or Dambulla Cave.


 Day 24 Anuradhapura/Kandy

Visit a spice garden en route to Kandy. Opt to visit the Temple of the Tooth, take in a cultural show, or watch a cricket match.

Included Activities:
Spice Garden Visit

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 25 Kandy

Enjoy a free day to explore Kandy.


 Day 26 Kandy/Nuwara Eliya (1B)

Stop for breakfast at G Adventures-supported Sthree Craft Shop and Caf?. 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 Caf?

Transport:
Private Vehicle


 Day 27 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


 Day 28 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 29 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
Private Vehicle


 Day 30 Hikkaduwa

Enjoy a free day to bliss out on the beach or go on a whale or dolphin watching tour.


 Day 31 Hikkaduwa

Opt to relax on the beach or enjoy exploring this bustling beach town.


 Day 32 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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