Sri Lanka With Kerala Backwater Cruise

Introduction

Endless beaches, timeless ruins, welcoming people, oodles of elephants, fun trains, famous tea and flavourful food make Sri Lanka irresistible. Sri Lanka's 2000-plus years of culture can be discovered at ancient sites where legendary temples boast beautiful details even as they shelter in caves or perch on prominent peaks.

Kerala is South India's most serenely beautiful state. This slender coastal strip is defined by its layered landscape: almost 600km of glorious Arabian Sea coast and beaches; a languid network of glistening backwaters; and the spice- and tea-covered hills of the Western Ghats, dotted with fiercely protected wildlife reserves and cool hill stations.

Tour Highlights

  • Cruising on the Kerala Backwaters
  • Visit Temples and Dance performance of Sri Lanka
  • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Spice Garden visit
  • Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala
  • Experience the bygone era of Bronze art work
  • Experience Kathakali Dance, Martial Arts and Bronze Art work in Kochi
  • Cooking demonstration and home hosted meal
  • Multicultural city “Cochin”
  • Relax at the pristine beaches of Kerala

 

Destinations Covered

Detailed Itinerary

  1. Day 1 Arrive Colombo - Negombo

    Colombo

    On arrival you will be met & greeted at airport. Later transfer to your hotel in Negombo.

    Overnight at Hotel (B)

  2. Day 2 Negombo – Sigiriya - Habarana

    Sigiriya

    After breakfast, drive to Habarana. En-route explore the World's heritage site Sigiriya and climb the 5th century Sigiriya fortress, built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD).

    Overnight at Hotel (B)

  3. Day 3 Habarana – Polonnaruwa - Habarana

    Polonnaruwa

    Morning take excursion to Polonnaruwa - which was the 2nd capital city of Sri Lanka, built in the 11th and 12th centuries AD, and which is a world heritage site. Here you can see the ruins of the Royal Palace, the Gal Viharaya, where 4 splendid statues of the Buddha in 'Upright', 'Sedentary' and 'Recumbent' postures are carved out of rock.

    Overnight at Hotel (B)

  4. Day 4 Habarana – Dambulla – Matale - Kandy

    Kandy

    After breakfast, leave for Kandy. En-route visit Dambulla and visit the Dambulla Rock Temple. Climb up to the temple, which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. Also, visit a spice garden in Matale to see the different types of flavours. The island is famous for and how they are grown.

    Overnight at Hotel (B)

  5. Day 5 Kandy

    Kandy

    Visit the Kandy town and Bazaar, the arts & crafts centre and a gem museum and a lapidary. Enjoy the tuk tuk ride in the Kandy bazaar. In the evening, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic and thereafter witness a cultural show featuring traditional Sri Lankan dancing.

    Overnight at Hotel (B)

  6. Day 6 Kandy – Pinnawala - Negombo

    Negombo

    Morning drive to Negombo. En-route visit the Elephant Orphanage in Pinnawala - This orphanage is the home for about 89 elephants, out of which some are baby elephants found abandoned or orphaned in the wild.

    Overnight at Hotel (B)

  7. Day 7 Negombo – Colombo - Kochi

    Kochi

    Today, drive to Colombo airport to board your flight to Cochin, where ancient meets contemporary. Beautiful churches, 500 plus years old fishing nets, impressive museums, fascinating synagogues and more.

    Overnight at Hotel (B)

  8. Day 8 Kochi

    Kochi

    Roam around in the lanes of Fort Kochi and hopping between its histories. Visit the Jew town and synagogue, St. Francis church and Dutch Palace. Witness the stunning sunset and the centuries old Chinese fishing nets.

    Overnight at Hotel (B)

  9. Day 9 Kochi – Backwater Cruise

    Kochi

    Morning transfer to Marad jetty to embark on your traditional river cruise boat RV Vaikundam. Cruise through the magnificent waterways of Kerala and explore Vaikom – the land of natural rubber latex and spices.

    Overnight Onboard (B,L,D)

  10. Day 10 Backwater Cruise - Vaikom

    Kochi

    After breakfast, enjoy the traditional Kathakali dance performance. Later cruise to Chenganda to meet the coir weaver and mussel & prawn farmers. Evening get down on an island to visit a local farm house, where the hostess will demonstrate her culinary skills. Overnight Onboard (B,L,D)
  11. Day 11 Backwater Cruise - Birding

    Kumarakom

    After a light breakfast set out for a canoe ride to watch the migratory as well as the endemic birds of Kumarakom. Post breakfast cruise through the interiors of Kuttanad and enjoy the folk dance performance by village girls.

    Overnight Onboard (B,L,D)

  12. Day 12 Backwater Cruise

    Kochi

    Cruise to Kainakari, another interior yet vibrant village of Kuttanad and visit a traditional Ayurveda centre. Take a short cruise to visit the Chavara Bhawan, the ancestral home of Saint Kuriakose Chavara.

    Overnight Onboard (B,L,D)

  13. Day 13 Backwater Cruise

    Kochi

    After breakfast, explore the Mannar village, famous for the traditional ornate locks, and lamps and vessels of different sizes and designs. Later cruise to Champakkulam village and you may visit an old church, school and local artisans (on weekdays).

  14. Day 14 Backwater Cruise – Excursion to the Mainland

    Kochi

    After breakfast, drive to Konni to spend time with elephants at shelter at the backdrop of forest. Proceed to Aranmula village which is home to a family of craftsmen who are skilled at making mirror out of a special combination of certain metals.

    Overnight Onboard (B,L,D)

  15. Day 15 Backwater Cruise

    Kochi

    Arrive in Karumadi village. Here visit 11th century statue of Buddha preserved in a small shrine. Cruise to Kanjippadom village to visit a dock where on week days you can watch building or repair of wooden boats. Post lunch time free to relax. Farewell dinner on-board.

    Overnight Onboard (B,L,D)

  16. Day 16 Backwater Cruise – Alleppey - Marari

    Alappuzha

    Disembark at Alleppey, also named as Venice of the East, as per the visualization of the British. Later, take a guided tour of the heritage part of the town. Drive to Marari Beach, named after the tiny fishing village of Mararikulam, its tranquil and pristine character makes it suitable for relaxation.

    Overnight at Hotel (B)

  17. Day 17 Marari

    Mararikulam

    Full day free to relax at resort or unwind at the palm-swayed & silvery Marari beach.

    Overnight at Hotel (B)

  18. Day 18 Marari – Kochi – Departure

    Kochi

    In time transfer to Cochin airport to board your flight to your onward destination.

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