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India to Sri Lanka: The Pink City & Spice Gardens

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 Trip Length
32 Days
 Trip Starts
Delhi
 Trip Finishes
Hikkaduwa
32 Day India to Sri Lanka: The Pink City & Spice Gardens Itinerary (G Adventures)
Countries Explored: Sri Lanka, India
Trip Style
18-to-Thirtysomethings
Departures
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Affordable
Max. Group Size
18
Pace
Moderate
Guide Level
Fully Guided
Trip Code
AHDS

Overview

Book online and enjoy exclusive savings on G Adventures 32 Day India to Sri Lanka: The Pink City & Spice Gardens. Now's the time to explore India on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Embrace the the hectic pace of Delhi before balancing it out with the beaches of Goa in the first leg of this epic subcontinental journey. Then, finish it off in the southern half of Sri Lanka, a culture-loving backpacker’s dream. Here you’ll discover beautiful ruins, hike through tea plantations, and chill out on Hikkaduwa Beach. And the best part? You’ll do it all with travellers of...read more a similar age and state of mind.

Itinerary

Arrive at any time and welcome to India's bustling capital - Delhi! Tonight, wander through the electric Karol Bagh market for your first night out; pick the best looking spot and cheers to new adventures and friends! Stay: Hotel Metropolitan, New Delhi

Relax on the morning train to Agra while admiring the arid terrain and small towns. On arrival, check the famous Taj Mahal world wonder off your bucket list as you marvel at the iconic Mughal architecture. Immerse yourself in a guided tour and learn of the mausoleum's unique history. Opt to visit Baby Taj and the Agra Fort, the Taj’s less famous—but no less impressive—sister monument, also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay: Crystal Inn Agra

Today we take a bus (always an adventure itself in India) to the capital of Rajasthan — Jaipur. Clothed in sandstone pink stucco, Jaipur is known as the "Pink City" and is one of the most important heritage cities in India. It's home to India’s second most visited site, the Hawa Mahal, or "Palace of the Winds." Ride a cycle rickshaw to the markets and enjoy an orientation walk through the stalls. 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. Stay: Rawla Mrignayani Palace

Admire the city from above by pre-booking the Jaipur Balloon Ride when booking your tour. Stay: Rawla Mrignayani Palace

If you want to see more of Jaipur before departing, pre-book the Cycle Tour and explore the city from a morning perspective. Stay: Hotel Tordi Garh (D)

Have a final taste of rural village life over a traditional lunch before travelling to Pushkar, often called Tirth Raj or the king of pilgrim centres. Cruise through Ajmer and over Snake Mountain to Pushkar — the site of the world’s only temple to the Hindu god of creation, Brahma. After settling into your accommodation, get your bearings on an orientation walk around the colourful city with cascading architecture and capture a group photo on the lake. Stay: Hotel New Park (B/L)

Before dawn, climb to the hilltop Savitri Temple and catch the sun rising over the towering Thar Desert mountains. Afterward, reflect on the serenity at one of the many cafés in town, stretch and meditate during a calming yoga session, or scour the markets. Opt for an unforgettable evening by dressing in traditional Indian clothing and partake in an authentic dinner cooked by cameleers in the desert, all with live entertainment! Stay: Hotel New Park

Continue south to 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 (wink, wink). With its own famous style of painting and plenty of artisans, Udaipur is a great place to stroll through. After the orientation walk, opt to take a boat ride on Lake Pichola with your fellow travellers. Stay: Hotel Royal Dezire Udaipur

Discover the early morning serenity of the city by pre-booking the Udaipur Sunrise Cycle tour, or opt to sharpen your culinary skills by pre-booking the Udaipur Cooking School class. Stay: Hotel Royal Dezire Udaipur

Discover the early morning serenity of the city by pre-booking the Udaipur Sunrise Cycle tour, or opt to sharpen your culinary skills by pre-booking the Udaipur Cooking School class. Stay: Hotel Royal Dezire Udaipur

Take a local bus to Ahmedabad and explore the famous Gandhi Ashram at Sabarmati. Immerse yourself in the peaceful environment of the riverside home that played an important role in India's freedom and learn of the sites unique history. From here, get some rest on an overnight train as you cruise to Mumbai.

In the evening, opt for a cup of tea at the famous Taj Hotel and people-watch on Chowpatty Beach or visit Crawford Market, one of South Mumbai's most famous. Sample some local specialties at one of Mumbai’s many top-notch restaurants as you go out on the town with your fellow travellers and sample the city’s famed nightlife firsthand. Stay: Hotel Fortune

Hop on a short morning flight to North Goa. Head to the white sand beaches, visit the many Portuguese-built monuments, wander around the churches of Old Goa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and discover Panjim, the capital. In the evening, opt to sample tasty treats at the night market and take in the nightlife of this coastal state. Stay: Alor Holiday Resort

Enjoy a free day to wind down in the paradise that is Goa. Relax on the beaches with your favourite drink in hand or mingle in the many beach bars. Scour the markets, and be sure to try some delicious Goan cuisine and fresh seafood. Get ready to dance the night away for your big night out as a group. Enjoy a drink on us and cut a rug. Stay: Alor Holiday Resort

Don't fret if you can't fit all the excitement into one afternoon, you'll get a second chance to experience Kochi when you return in a few days. Stay: Hotel Gama Heritage

Travel to Alleppey, a golden streak of land woven with rivers, lakes, lagoons, and canals. Enjoy an empowering lunch before checking out the island along the lagoon with a local guide and learn about the way of life here. Settle into a homestay and get to know your hosts. Stay: Tranquil Heritage Homestay (L/D)

Explore the unique ecosystem of Alleppey backwaters on a morning ferry cruise. Afterward, travel down the coast by bus to the port city of Kollam. On arrival, choose to relax on the beach, climb Thangassery Light House, or peruse the nightlife. Stay: Hotel Sea Pearl (B)

Note that Kollam Harbour is closed to visitors May through June. Stay: Nikhil Residence

Choose your own adventure today, exploring Varkala solo or with your new friends. Spend time wandering the peaceful gardens of an ashram devoted to Kerala's most eminent spiritual and social reformer at the mystical Janardhana Swamy Temple. Or head to the beach and relax while watching the Arabian Sea with a drink in hand. Stay: Nikhil Residence

Return to Kochi by train and take an orientation walk visiting Fort Kochi, St Francis Church, the Dutch cemetery, and the Jewish Quarter with curio shops and a synagogue more than 400-years-old. In the late afternoon, continue to wander the streets or opt to catch a traditional Kathakali dance performance. For your big night out as a group, immerse yourself in the exciting Kochi nightlife. Enjoy a drink on us and reminisce about the life-changing adventures you've shared. Stay: Hotel Gama Heritage

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure (yay! more friends). You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening followed by an optional dinner. Stay: Hotel J Negombo

Travel to the centre of the island to explore the UNESCO World Heritage City, Sigiriya. Opt to visit the Dambulla Cave Temple or the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Stay: IORA Resort

Spend the day freely exploring more of this ancient yet luscious region. Opt to visit the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, view elephants on a safari drive in Minneriya national park, or go back in time at the Anurhadhapura historical site. Stay: IORA Resort

Visit a medicinal spice garden en route to Digana. After, enjoy lunch before embarking on a guided village walk for insight into rural daily life. Maybe stop at the home of a crafter who hand-makes delicate Kandyan jewellery or the cottage of a local woman making incense. Later, learn how to cook Sri Lankan bread or sweets while helping out with dinner. Stay: Oruthota Chalets (L/D)

Enjoy breakfast and soak in the views of the Victoria Reservoir over tea before departing for Kandy. Have an afternoon of free time to explore the sweet city, opting to visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth, view a traditional Kandyan cultural show, or root for a team at a cricket match. Stay: Oak Ray City Hotel (B)

Enjoy a traditional breakfast prepared by women and youth living with disabilities at G Adventures-supported Sthree Craft Shop and Café. Travel on to the rolling hills and luscious forests of Nuwara Eliya. Visit a tea plantation and opt to explore the beauty on foot. Stay: Royal Hills Hotel (B)

If you want to experience morning mist flowing through the valley, wake early and trek the serene trails of Horton Plains National Park. In the afternoon, cruise to the laid-back village of Ella and enjoy a free evening to explore or relax. Stay: Oak Ray Ella Gap Hotel

Spend the morning trekking Little Adam's Peak to get a 360-degree view of Sri Lankan countryside encompassing the giant Ella Rock and textured green mountains. For the rest of the day, enjoy the freedom to explore scenic Ella more in-depth. Opt to trek Ella Rock, venture to the iconic Nine Arches Bridge, or hunt for some waterfalls with your fellow explorers. Stay: Oak Ray Ella Gap Hotel

Set off towards the southern coast stopping en route to explore the indestructible Galle Fort. Finish the day's journey oceanside on the white sand beaches of Hikkaduwa. Stay: Coral Rock by Bansei Hikkaduwa

Enjoy a free day to bliss out on the beach sipping your favourite drink or jump on a boat in search of whales and dolphins. For your big night out, follow your CEO to the best beach bar in town, enjoy a drink on us, and dance under the stars. Perhaps take a night swim, who knows, see where the night takes you. Stay: Coral Rock by Bansei Hikkaduwa

Another day in paradise to recover from last nights fun. Relax on the beach, snorkel with sea creatures, or wander through the bustling beach town. Pick a local restaurant with your buds and reminisce about all the awesome adventures you've experienced over a farewell dinner. Stay: Coral Rock by Bansei Hikkaduwa

Wow! What a trip, right? Luckily there is no such thing as goodbye, only until next time. Hug your new friends, exchange social medias, and depart at any time.

Trip Inclusions

  • 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.
  • 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.

  • Your G for Good Moment: Lunch at Theruvarom Women Empowerment Project, Alleppey
  • Your G for Good Moment: Breakfast at Sthree Craft Shop and Café, Kandy
  • Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends
  • Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Moment - Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your Discover Moment: Udaipur
  • Your Big Night Out Moment: Dance the Night Away, Goa
  • Your Local Living Moment: Alleppey Homestay, Alleppey
  • Your Big Night Out Moment: Kochi Nightlife, Kochi
  • Your Big Night Out Moment: Hikkaduwa Beach Bar, Hikkaduwa
  • Entrance and guided tour of the Taj Mahal
  • Rural Tordi Sagar tour with local guide
  • Allepey Homestay
  • Sunrise at Savitri Temple
  • Gandhi Ashram visit
  • 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
  • Tea plantation visit
  • Little Adam's Peak Trek
  • Udawalawe NP safari
  • Galle City and Fort tour
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

  • Simple hotels/guest houses (30 Nights), overnight train (1 Night)
  • A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used in India. These can vary in terms of service, efficiency and cleanliness. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home. Power cuts can and are a regular occurrence in many places, especially throughout North and Central India. Although a number of hotels have generators there may be times when these won’t work. It is also recommended when you are in your room to lock the door, as staff will sometime enter without reason.
  • Accommodation will be varied throughout your adventure. Some nights on this tour will be multi-share. This may involve 4-6 group members sharing a room. The majority of accommodation will have shared bathroom facilities.
  • Where we use multi-share hostels, rooming requests of any kind cannot be taken. For private accommodation please see tours in our Classic Travel Style.

  • CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout, local guides

  • 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners

  • Private vehicle, walking, train, metro, local bus, charter bus, jeep, tuk tuk, boat, plane

  • Accommodation, itinerary and inclusions subject to change.
  • Price is for land, cruise and internal flights as specified. Flights not specified are not included
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