Explore India & Sri Lanka
32 days from £1,954 (was £2,299)
- Explore the hustle and bustle of India’s capital in Delhi and discover the beauty of the Taj Mahal in Agra
- Spend time touring the ‘Venice of the East’ in Udaipur and enjoy some proper rest and relaxation on Goa’s gorgeous beaches
- Get to grips with the culture and traditions of a small community during a homestay with a local family in Alleppey
- Let us take care of all your transport, including three included internal flights!
- Explore the ancient temples and palaces of Anuradhapura and Kandy in Sri Lanka
- Hike through the beautiful natural landscape in Nuwara Eliya and Ella
Travel from bustling Delhi to the southernmost tip of India before heading to Sri Lanka to continue this incredible journey! Stopping at some truly remarkable destinations along the way, from the pink hue of Jaipur to the far-as-the-eye-can-see golden shoreline of Goa and the iconic Chinese fishing nets of Kerala, before hopping over to Sri Lanka to continue your Asian travels in this subcontinental tour. The second half of your trip takes you to Sri Lanka, where you’ll visit the exquisite and serene lakeside town of Kandy, ancient ruins of Sigiriya, and trek through beautiful, tumbling countryside. You’ll visit UNESCO World Heritage Sites, try your hand at Sri Lankan cooking, stay with a local community, watch local dance performances, and be humbled at spiritual sites and ancient temples. All this is wrapped up in 32 days – this is the ultimate journey of discovery through India and Sri Lanka.
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Day 1: Delhi
Arrive in India’s bustling and colourful capital any time today. Today is yours to explore as you please, take a rickshaw to both Old and New Delhi or discover one of India’s oldest and busiest markets – Chandni Chowk. In the evening, you’ll get to meet your tour guide and the rest of the group.
Day 2: Delhi to Agra
It’s an early start today as we make our way to the station to board a train that’ll take us to Agra for a guided tour of India’s most iconic landmark, the Taj Mahal. Depending on the train schedule, we’ll aim to visit the Taj by sunrise or sunset for a truly atmospheric experience.
Day 3: Agra to Jaipur
From Agra, we’ll head to Jaipur by bus. As we pull into the capital of Rajasthan, you’ll notice the colourful buildings that give Jaipur its alias of the Pink City. On arrival, we’ll take an orientation walk with our guide to get our whereabouts, but it’s well worth getting a guided tour of the city to learn more about its history and culture.
Day 4: Jaipur
We’ll make our way up to the impressive Amber Fort today for a guided tour to learn about the fort’s history and former inhabitants and to find out its significance in Jaipur today. Later on in the afternoon, you’ll have some free time to explore the city for yourself. Visit the City Palace or catch a Bollywood movie at the Raj Mandir Cinema.
Day 5: Jaipur to Tordi Sagar
We’ll wave goodbye to Jaipur today as we hop into our 4x4 to make the journey to the rural setting of Tordi Sagar. On arrival, we’ll take a guided walk of the local village and meet some of the residents as we stop by the local cobblers, potters, and take a walk through the busy market. Dinner included.
Day 6: Tordi Sagar to Pushkar
Enjoy a leisurely morning before sampling some delicious, traditionally prepared local food at one of the village hamlets before leaving Tordi Sagar to travel to Pushkar. We’ll drive through Ajmer and over Snake Mountain into the desert. On arrival, we’ll head out for an orientation walk of the city. Later, take a stroll through the bazaar to peruse the interesting and quirky wares on sale. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 7: Pushkar
It’s an early start for the group today as we make our way to Savitri Temple before dawn, climbing the hill in time to see the sunrise with a warm cup of chai. We’ll take a look around and enjoy some time to ourselves, where you could try out a local yoga class or enjoy a massage. In the evening, you can opt to head into the desert to enjoy a traditional meal made by local cameleers (extra cost).
Day 8: Pushkar to Udaipur
Making our way further south today, we’ll take a lengthy train ride through the beautiful Indian landscape to Udaipur, best known for its gorgeous lakes and palaces. On arrival you’ll get to stroll through the picturesque streets and alleys as our guide takes us to local market places and points of interest.
Day 9-10: Udaipur
The next couple of days are yours to spend as you like in this romantic city, so get out and explore your beautiful surroundings. There are plenty of optional activities to keep you entertained, you could jump in a rickshaw and visit the Monsoon Palace, take a cooking class with a local family, or take in a Rajasthani cultural show.
Day 11: Udaipur to Mumbai
We’ll leave the city of love behind today and make our way to Ahmedabad to explore the famous Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati, which was once the home of Mahatma Gandhi. In the evening, we’ll board an overnight train to Mumbai.
Day 12: Mumbai
Waking up bright and early in the bustling metropolis of Mumbai, we’ll start the day with an orientation walk through the Colaba and Fort area of the city. You’ll then have the whole day to yourself to discover Mumbai at your own pace.
Day 13: Mumbai to Goa
This morning, we’ll head to the airport to board our first included internal flight to Goa. It’s a short journey by air, and on arrival you’ll have the rest of the day to enjoy Goa’s famous golden sand beaches. In the evening, head out to enjoy some local street food and to sample the lively Goan nightlife.
Day 14: Goa
Another free day awaits you today, so make the most of your beachside location and take some time to unwind with some beach relaxation before perhaps going on a group tour of Old Goa and trying out the local cuisine.
Day 15: Goa to Kochi
Heading back to the airport today, we’ll hop on another included internal flight to Kochi where you might be welcoming new travellers to the group. Spend some time taking a look around town before joining an optional group meal tonight.
Day 16: Kochi to Alleppey
You’ll get a bit of time today to check out Kochi’s spice markets and charming Jewish Quarter before we depart for Alleppey. On arrival, we’ll take an island tour to see the rivers, lakes, and canals of this quaint and quiet place. In the afternoon, you’ll be introduced to a local family, who you’ll be staying with tonight in a green palm house. Lunch and dinner included.
Day 17: Alleppey to Kollam
This morning we’ll bid farewell to our host family and board a ferry for a cruise along the backwaters for great views of the surrounding countryside and a closer look at the unique ecosystem here. Afterwards, we’ll board the bus to Kollam. On our arrival we’ll walk through the streets and town centre with our guide. Breakfast and lunch included.
Day 18: Kollam to Varkala
Begin your day with a trip to the fishing docks in Kollam and walk around the busy docks as fishermen unload their catch before heading to Neendakara Harbour to the largest fishing market on the Arabian Sea. Afterwards, we’ll make the journey to our next stop, Varkala.
Day 19: Varkala
Enjoy a relaxing day in peaceful Varkala walking through the gardens of Janardhana Swamy Temple and get in touch with your spiritual side. If you prefer, you could spend an even less strenuous day beside the sea, watching local fisherman casting their nets from the comfort of a palm tree.
Day 20: Varkala to Kochi
We’ll return to Kochi today and on arrival, we’ll go out on an orientation walk of the local area visiting Fort Kochi, Dutch Palace and Jewish Quarter. Later on, we’ll make out way over to the coast to watch the huge Chinese fishing nets at work and check out an optional Kathakali dance.
Day 21: Kochi to Negombo
Making our way to the airport today, we’ll board another plane to take us from India to Sri Lanka – arrival times will vary on flight bookings. You may find some of your travel buddies leaving the tour at this point as well as some new travellers joining the group.
Day 22: Negombo to Anuradhapura
We’ll leave Negombo this morning and make the journey to Anuradhapura, stopping on the way to join the community of a local village for a traditional meal. On arrival to Anuradhapura, take a walk around the city or opt to visit the Dambulla Cave Temple.
Day 23: Anuradhapura
You’ll have free time to explore Anuradhapura at your own pace today. Roam the local streets or trek through close by countryside for a picturesque picnic, or why not visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress? You could also fit in a trip to the Polonnaruwa Ancient Capital, if you like.
Day 24: Anuradhapura to Kandy
Making our way to Kandy today, we’ll stop at a herbal centre and learn about the traditional medicinal uses of various spices for holistic treatments. On arrival to Kandy, take a walk around the beautiful city, relax beside the lake, or visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth.
Day 25: Kandy
Enjoy some free time in Kandy and make your own schedule today. There’s plenty to see and do, from taking a walk around the stunning Royal Botanical Gardensto checking out the local art scene, or going on a guided trek through the Knuckles range in Hill Country.
Day 26: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
Leaving Kandy today, we’ll stop at Sthree Craft Shop and Café to enjoy a delicious local breakfast prepared by women and young people with disabilities. On arrival to Nuwara Eliya, we’ll head to a local tea plantation before walking through the surrounding hillsides. Breakfast included.
Day 27: Nuwara Eliya to Ella
Go on an optional trek this morning through the gorgeous natural trails of Horton Plains National Park. In the afternoon, we’ll drive to Ella and enjoy some downtime. If you like, tour the local spice garden and take a Sri Lankan cookery class.
Day 28: Ella
Today you’ll spend the morning hiking up Little Adam’s Peak – a small mountain with astonishing views over the local countryside and town. Later on, head back into Ella and if you’ve still got some energy, why not trek through the rubber trees and valleys to Ella Rock?
Day 29: Ella to Hikkaduwa
We’ll make the journey to Hikkaduwa today, stopping on route to take a guided tour of the impressive Galle Fort. At Hikkaduwa, get checked in and settled at your accommodation before making for the beach, or take a look around town.
Day 30-31: Hikkaduwa
The next two days are yours to do as you please in Hikkaduwa. There are numerous nature and wildlife tours and a whole range of water activities to take part in. You can even go out on a boat tour to watch the dolphins playing in the water right beside you!
Day 32: Farewell
It’s time to say our goodbyes today. There are no scheduled activities, so you are free to depart at any time. If you plan fly out of Colombo International Airport, please allow plenty of time as the journey to the airport can take 3-4 hours depending on traffic.
Please note activities and itineraries are subject to change.
- 31 nights’ accommodation including a homestay in Alleppey
- All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
- Internal flights
- 3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners
- Entrance and guided tour of the Taj Mahal
- Rural Tordi Sagar tour with local guide
- Sunrise at Savitri Temple in Pushkar
- Gandhi Ashram visit in Ahmedabad
- Morning ferry cruise on Kollam's backwaters
- Neendakara Fishing Harbour visit
- Orientation walks in Jaipur, Pushkar, Udaipur, Mumbai, Kochi, and Kollam
- Spice plantation visit
- Kandyan cultural dance performance
- Temple of the Tooth visit in Kandy
- Tea plantation visit in Ella
- Little Adam's Peak trek
- Udawalawe safari
- Galle City and Fort tour
- 24/7 emergency support
- International flights
- Airport transfers
- Travel Insurance
- Some meals
- Optional activities
Your accommodation in both India and Sri Lanka will consist mainly of guesthouses and hostels, some of which will be on the basic side, but all are clean and comfortable and are in a great location at each destination. The majority of the places you stay in will be based on two to four people in the group sharing a room – you will always share with travellers of the same sex, but if you’re travelling with a friend or partner let us know when you book so we can make sure you’re in a room together. There is also the option to book a single room at an additional charge, subject to availability; please contact us for more details.
3 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners are included in this trip. Aside from these included meals, you will need to pay for your own meals but this is a fantastic opportunity to sample a range of India and Sri Lanka’s delicious food and you won’t be short of places to choose from. Your guide will always be able to suggest different places to eat if you’re unsure. Do still let us know if you have any dietary requirements when you book, just so we’re aware, and let your tour guide know if there’s anything specific you can’t eat while you’re in India and Sri Lanka. We recommend budgeting between USD610-795 for meals that are not included.
You’ll need to arrange your flight to arrive in Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL) on day one of your itinerary, the welcome meeting will normally take place at around 6pm on day one. Your trip ends in Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka on day 32, so you’ll need to arrange transport to Colombo and return flights or onward travel from Colombo Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), which is around a three to four hour journey depending on traffic, so please make sure you allow plenty of time for the journey and check in.
Please note, we can arrange an airport transfer for you when you arrive. Please contact a Travel Advisor for more information.
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
The minimum age for this trip is 18, the maximum age is 39 years.
A visa is required for entry to India and must be obtained before you travel. You can apply for a tourist visa or an e-tourist visa via the Indian High Commission. Your passport will need to be machine readable, have two blank pages available for immigration stamps, and must have at least six months' validity remaining on entry to India.
You will need to get a visa before arrival for Sri Lanka with a UK passport. You can apply for a Electronic Travel Authorization visa online (ETA) through the offical Sri Lankan ETA website.
We recommend you check the latest visa regulations with the Sri Lanka Embassy.
You should also ensure that your passport will still be in date for six months after your return. All visa information is subject to change and you should consult the nearest High Commission or Embassy for the most up to date information.
Are Flights Included In The Cost Of This Trip?
All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure. Please note: only one piece of luggage that weighs up to 15kg will be permitted on our internal flights in India. For any extra weight the airline may charge an additional fee at the time of check-in which you will need to pay for.
Do I Need Any Vaccinations?
We’re not qualified to offer you medical advice, so you should visit your GP well ahead of time to find out what inoculations you might need. Remember to tell them exactly where you’re travelling to as vaccination and medication requirements vary between different regions. You’ll also need to make sure you have enough of any prescribed medication to see you through the duration of your trip.
Do I Need To Bring A Mosquito Net?
You can do if you like as nets won’t be provided at most places we stay in. Although if you keep windows and doors closed in your room you shouldn’t be bothered by mosquitoes. An insect repellent with a high DEET percentage will be just as effective as a mosquito net, especially when you’re out and about.