Kerala Backwaters + Highlights of Sri Lanka

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  • duration 16 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 14+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Kochi, India
  • Ends Kochi, India
  • Houseboat Drift through the backwaters on a traditional houseboat
  • Homestay Enjoy a tasty homecooked curry whilst spending the night with a local family
  • Hill stations Head for hills and spend time in the cooler climate perfect for cultivating tea
  • Kochi Explore Kochi from the water, including Fort Kochi, St Francis Church and Mattancherry Palace
The Kerala Backwaters + Highlights of Sri Lanka tour starts and ends in Kochi. The Kerala Backwaters + Highlights of Sri Lanka is a national parks tour that takes 16 days taking you from Kochi, India and through other destinations in Asia.

Combine the tea plantations, spice gardens and backwaters of South India's Kerala with the highlights of the 'pearl of the Indian Ocean', Sri Lanka. In just over two weeks we get a real flavour for both countries and their different ways of life, culture and history. Kerala - Journey through lush plantations, wildlife havens and meet welcoming locals in 'God's Own Country' Houseboat experience- Witness waterfront village life as you cruise through the tranquil 'backwaters' on an overnight houseboat Sri Lanka- Walk around ancient capitals, Buddhist sites and search for leopards and other wildlife
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 177 reviews
Laura's review for another Explore tour
5 - Excellent
  • Laura
  • On Jan 04 2020
“It would have been useful to know how many hours driving there would be and how cold it would be. Overall a very good trip though and much better than expected.”
Rosey's review for another Explore tour
5 - Excellent
  • Rosey
  • On Dec 15 2019
Jane's review for another Explore tour
4 - Very Good
  • Jane
  • On Dec 31 2019
“Very Good”
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  • Day 1 : Join tour in Kochi
  • Day 2 : Explore the fort and Jewish Quarter of Kochi
  • Day 3 : Drive through spice and tea plantations to Munnar and enjoy free time in the town
  • Day 4 : Visit tea and spice plantations; drive to Thekkady
  • Day 5 : Take a walk in Periyar National Park
  • Day 6 : Take an optional cooking class or village walk
  • Day 7 : Board a houseboat and float through the backwaters
  • Day 8 : Free time to explore Kochi
  • Day 9 : Fly to Sri Lanka
  • Day 10 : Boat ride through Muthurajawela Wetlands
  • Day 11 : In search of leopards in Willpaththu National Park
  • Day 12 : Explore cave temples and take lunch with the locals
  • Day 13 : Climb Lions Rock at sunrise. Drive to Kandy
  • Day 14 : Learn about Sri Lanka’s tea en route to Unawatuna
  • Day 15 : Free time to explore Galle or whale watching (seasonal)
  • Day 16 : Drive to Colombo Airport where our trip ends
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  • 15 Breakfast, 3 Lunch, 3 Dinner
  • 12 nights comfortable hotel
  • 1 night simple boat
  • Bus, 4WD, Boat, Flight
  • Explore Tour Leader, Boat Crew, Driver(s)
  • Any international flights to/from Kochi are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Kerala Backwaters + Highlights of Sri Lanka tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Kerala Backwaters + Highlights of Sri Lanka tour. You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 59 days of departure.


A deposit of 257 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 59 days before departure. For any departures within 24 July 2020 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

Kerala Backwaters + Highlights of Sri Lanka tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this Kerala Backwaters + Highlights of Sri Lanka tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

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