Example Itinerary

The Ultimate Indian Ocean Adventure: India, Sri Lanka and Maldives

Duration
26 days / 25 nights
Price Per Person
From $30,100
Interests
Romance
Destinations
India, Maldives, Sri Lanka
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Embark on a 26-day-long tour that is sure to leave you with enough incredible memories to last a lifetime. Start your journey in the bustling metropolis of Mumbai, India and explore urban life in a world removed. Explore the countryside of Sri Lanka on a walking tour of the tea plantations. Appreciate the natural wonders of Southern Asia on multiple safari treks. And spend the last days of your adventurous tour unwinding in the stunning and tranquil Maldives. 

This itinerary is an example. It’s designed to inspire you and provide you with thoughtfully curated ideas. You can choose to do this exact itinerary or completely personalize it. All trips are 100% bespoke.

Highlights

  • Kerala Backwaters: One of south India's most beautiful gems is this palm-fringed network of criss-crossing waterways, rivers, lakes, and mangroves. Cruise past lush paddy fields and coconut groves on a private traditional wooden boat.
  • Galle: This ancient port located at the very south of the teardrop-shaped island is a UNESCO-designated world heritage site as the best existing example of a Portuguese fortified city in South Asia. Even before then, it has been a prominent seaport for centuries with Persians, Arabs, Greeks, Romans, Indians, and Chinese doing business at its port.
  • Dream Beach: A sun & sea destination away from the rest of the world, just the word 'Maldives' conjures images of overwater bungalows, pristine water, and perfect soft sand. Cap off your adventure with blissful days indulging in doing absolutely nothing in paradise.

Day-by-Day

Day 1 Mumbai

Touch down in Mumbai, India’s most affluent locale. Your driver will be waiting to take you to the luxury Taj Mahal Palace & Tower. Check in, rest and feel refreshed. The rest of the day is yours to explore your surroundings and relax before the busy days ahead.

Day 2 Mumbai

Today your private guide will take you on a whirlwind tour of bustling, vibrant Mumbai. Starting with the Prince of Wales Museum and a look to India’s fascinating past. Next up, Victoria station, the historic railway station is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finish off the tour with a visit to the markets of Malabar Hill. Take in the colors and chaos of the space with its many foreign sights, scents and sounds. Enjoy dinner at one of your hotels on-site fine dining restaurants.

Mumbai

Day 3 Cochin

Wake at your leisure and enjoy a delicious breakfast at the hotel. Today you will transfer to Cochin. Check in at one of three recommended hotels - Brunton Boatyard, Vivanta by Taj Malabar or the Malabar House. Spend the rest of the day relaxing and exploring the hotel and surrounding sights.

Day 4 Cochin

Today you will explore Cochin Bay, and take the Colonial Cochin Tour. The winding, narrow streets of this southern city will transport you back in time. Take in the charming blend of colonial architecture and native aesthetics as they meet in a beautiful fusion of culture.

Day 5 Kumarakom

Rise and shine early this morning, before visiting Cochin’s famous Jew Town, Paradesi Synagogue, and the beautiful Dutch Palace before packing up and transferring to Kumarakom. Check in at the luxury Kumarakom Lake Resort.

Day 6 Kumarakom

Kumarakom is home to a rich ecosystem of mangrove forests, paddy fields, coconut groves and a plethora of exotic bird species. Take a boat through the backwaters and visit the Bird Sanctuary. Round off the day with a sunset cruise.

Day 7 Chennai

Enjoy breakfast at the hotel before transferring to Chennai. Check in to the Leela or Park Hyatt hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure.

Chennai

Day 8 Chennai

Today you will visit the country’s most impressive artesian commune, the Cholamandal Artists’ Village. Next, learn of the region’s social-political landscape with a visit to the Government Museum. Last stop on today’s tour is the city’s oldest railway station, the Southern Railway Terminus. Spend the evening relaxing at your hotel.

Day 9 Bangalore

Enjoy a scrumptious breakfast before your departure to Bangalore, India’s third-largest city. Check in to your suite at the Taj West End Hotel. Rest, refresh and relax for the rest of the day.

Day 10 Colombo

You will spend the first half of the day exploring Bangalore, the country’s tech hub. Visit Lal Bagh botanical gardens, home to India’s most extensive collection of tropical plants. Next see the Dodda Basavana Gudi, or Bull Temple and the Bangalore Palace. Depart for Colombo and check in to the Tintagel or Uga Residence.

Colombo

Day 11 Colombo

Start your day off with a spiritually-inspiring visit to the Gangaramaya Temple. Continue on to the Seema Malakaya Temple, a temple in the middle of a lake only reachable by a small bridge. Take a tour of the National Museum and stop at the historic military fort. As the sun begins to set, head for the local markets and shop for some traditional trinkets or try some of the local foods.

Day 12 Dambulla

Enjoy breakfast at your hotel before departing for Dambulla. Check in to the Heritance Kandalama. Spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful area, and admiring the cliffside architecture of your charming hotel, lounge by the pool or treat yourself to the world-renowned Six Senses Spa with an Asian, Swedish or Ayurvedic massage.

Day 13 Dambulla

Today explore Dambulla’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Dambulla Cave Temple and the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Dambulla

Day 14 Kandy

Take a half-day trip to the ancient kingdom of Polonnaruwa, yet another UNESCO site of the beautiful region. An afternoon departure will bring you to Kandy, Sri Lanka’s cultural capital. Check into the Earl’s Regency Hotel, and relax poolside or explore your surroundings and get a good night’s rest.

Day 15 Bogawantalawa Valley

Today you’ll explore the city of Kandy, tour the Bahirawakanda Monastery and experience life through the eyes of a Sri Lankan monk. Visit the Temple of the Tooth and be amazed by its adornment in tiny white lights. Today transfer to Ceylon and check in at the Ceylon Tea Trails hotel, where each room and suite comes with a personal butler. Have your personal butler draw you a bath and relax.

Day 16 Bogawantalawa Valley

The region is known for its tea and sprawling estates - today you will take the Ceylon Tea Trail working plantation hike. Feel refreshed after a tea tasting at the plantations. Return to your suite and enjoy the exclusive royal treatment offered by your hotel.

Bogawantalawa Valley

Day 17 Galle

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before a half-day trek up Adam’s Peak, a sacred space of worship for centuries. Next, on to the stunning coastal city of Galle, where you will check into the Amangalla hotel. Enjoy the five-star treatment you will receive at this historic hotel and spend the rest of the day relaxing.

Day 18 Galle

Begin the day with a spectacular experience – take a whale watching tour! Next check out the Ancient Port of Galle, another UNESCO World Heritage Site. Round off the day of incredible sights with a visit to the Yatagala and Rhumasala temples.

Day 19 Tangalle

After breakfast depart for Tangalle. Here you will experience the unique opportunity to view baby sea turtles hatching on a remote, isolated beach. Check in to the Amanwella resort before taking a local cooking class and learning some of the secrets of the delicious Sri Lankan dishes.

Tangalle

Day 20 Tangalle

Today visit the impressive Mulkirigala Rock temple, standing 676-feet tall. This unique temple is unlike any other in the world. Make your way through the winding cave temples of Mulkirigala. Enjoy a relaxing evening at the luxury hotel.

Day 21 Tangalle

Today embark on an exciting safari through Yala National Park on a full day tour. This wildlife sanctuary is home to a rich array of aquatic bird species, tropical plants and many natural wonders. Return to your hotel for a good night’s rest.

Day 22 Maldives

Today depart for the final destination on the tour, the stunning Maldives. It’s time to unwind. Fly in to the capital of Male, hop on a speedboat, and cruise to the paradisiacal Kaafu Atoll. Check in to one of our recommended luxury resorts: Four Seasons Kuda Huraa, One & Only Reethi Rah, Baros Maldives, Huvafen Fushi or Velassaru.

Resorts By Speedboat

Day 23 Maldives

Start your day with a relaxing and invigorating yoga session on the soft beach sand. After breakfast, you’ll take an unforgettable sea plane flight through the Maldives, giving you an epic view of the country’s stunning scenery. In the afternoon, you may enjoy some leisure time on the beach. Toast the sunset aboard a Dolphin Cruise, and enjoy a tasty beachside dinner.

Day 24 Maldives

A leisurely beach morning can be broken up with snorkel sessions through the vibrant reefs that line the shores of Kaafu Atoll. Later on, give parasailing a try, and enjoy yet another bird’s-eye view of the exquisite beaches that surround you. In the afternoon, you’ll unlock the secrets behind Maldivian cooking. Relax afterwards with an indulgent spa treatment, to help you wind down for the evening.

Day 25 Maldives

Keep your zen vibe going with some early morning Tai Chi. Mid-morning, you’ll learn all about the pink corals that add such color to the surrounding crystal waters from a resident marine biologist. You’ll even get to replenish the coral population by planting some yourself! Laze the afternoon away on the beach. Return home to freshen up ahead of a romantic private beach dinner tonight.

Resorts By Speedboat

Day 26 Departure

Say goodbye to the Maldives today, as you’re whisked away by speedboat to Male, where you’ll be assisted with check in for your international departure flight for your onward travels.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Price is based on double or twin hotel room occupancy and includes accommodation, transfers, car/driver, English-speaking guide, activities and entrance fees, breakfasts and some casual lunches while touring. Flights and optional special activities will be quoted separately. Most personal expenses, including dinners, alcoholic beverages, spa treatments and gratuities can be paid on the spot while traveling. Prices may vary depending on season, choice of accommodation and other factors.

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With Remote Lands you'll travel with people who have made Asia the solitary focus of their own lifelong adventure. As our guest, in the continent that our north American founders Catherine and Jay have adored and explored for decades, you'll discover Asia on a journey that is completely, authentically your own, adapted from our own remarkable experiences and adventures over the years.

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