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The south-Indian state of Kerala and the emerald isle of Sri Lanka combine to create an unforgettable holiday that offers culture and relaxation in equal measure on this magical multi centre holiday.

Both Kerala and Sri Lanka are bursting with incredible natural scenery that must be seen to be believed. Lush green jungles, immaculate beaches, fragrant tea and spice plantations and pretty towns grace the landscapes of these beautiful destinations. And while both places have plenty in common, there are enough subtle differences between the two to guarantee a unique experience.

With so much beautiful scenery to enjoy, a multi centre holiday to Kerala and Sri Lanka is the perfect chance to get back to nature. Sprawling national parks give visitors a chance to see animals in their natural habitat, while a visit to a turtle hatchery gives you the unique experience of seeing baby turtles being born.

Scratch beneath the surface of these captivating places and you’ll find rich and fascinating cultures waiting to be discovered. In both Kerala and Sri Lanka, hints of the colonial past can be seen in the architecture of cities like Cochin and Galle. In Kandy and other provinces, traditional dances are performed nightly, while an overnight stay in a houseboat on the backwaters gives travellers a truly authentic Keralan experience.

Both Sri Lanka and Kerala are known for their cuisine, which is heavily flavoured with fragrant herbs and spices grown in nearby plantations. Be sure to sample some local dishes as you immerse yourself in local life.

An intoxicating fusion of culture, cuisine, history and nature, our Kerala and Sri Lanka multi centre holiday is the perfect choice for travellers seeking a trip that is both invigorating and relaxing.

Duration

12 Days

Guide Price

£2,299 pp

Recommended For

Adventure, Beach, City, Couples, Culture, Honeymoons, Wildlife

Options

Private basis

Traditional houseboat

Trip Highlights

  • Spend an unforgettable night on a traditional thatched houseboat in Kerala’s wild backwaters
  • Spot majestic wild elephants in Udawalawe National Park
  • Get back to nature with a walking wildlife tour
  • See baby turtles born at a turtle hatchery

Start your Journey

Day 1

Kerala, India

Explore Kerala’s magnificent natural landscape and immerse yourself in south-Indian culture, on the seven night Classic Kerala tour. This special tour is made of unforgettable moments and is the perfect travel itinerary for nature lovers who want to get close to Kerala’s diverse wildlife.

At the wildlife sanctuary in Periyar, you’ll have the rare opportunity to see elephants bathing in the lake. Then a night spent on a traditional thatched houseboat on the Keralan backwaters lets you stay in the heart of nature and makes for a truly authentic Keralan experience.

Visitors interested in Kerala’s colonial past will enjoy a visit to the coastal city of Cochin. Admire the historical Portuguese and Dutch architecture and take in the influence of Arab, Chinese and European merchants.

With an impressive coastline tracing the shores of the sparkling Arabian sea, Kerala also offers blissful beaches where your time in south India can come to a relaxing conclusion.

Day 2

Sri Lanka

With a tropical landscape, thriving wildlife, rich culture and delectable cuisine, Sri Lanka has echoes of Kerala, while possessing its own distinctive charm.

It’s easy to immerse yourself in the traditional customs of this wonderful country. At night, theatres around the island come alive with the unmistakable sound of native instruments being played to enthusiastic crowds, and traditional dances are performed to captivated audiences.

In the vibrant city of Kandy, shimmering temples sit alongside colonial buildings and bustling market stalls sell a variety of local goods, as well as delicious Sri Lankan dishes. Just a stone’s throw away is Yala National Park, where you can see elephants, leopards and other wild animals roaming free.

No visit to Sri Lanka would be complete without a tour of one of the lush tea plantations in the hills of Nuwara Eliya. Take time to reflect on all you’ve seen in this enchanting country as you sip a cup of fine Ceylon tea and admire the view.

After all that adventure, your holiday comes to a perfect conclusion with a relaxing few days on one of Sri Lanka’s pristine beaches.

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