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Sri Lanka & India - 14 Day Special Private Tour including Wildlife, Spices, Tea Plantation, Houseboat and Beaches - is currently on backorder. You may still purchase now though and we'll ship as soon as more become available.
ITINERARY

Kochi - Periyar - Alleppey - Kochi - Colombo - Negombo - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Yala - Bentota - Colombo

Explore Kerala in the South of India and travel across the Laccadive Sea to Sri Lanka on this wonderful 14 day Private Tour. From elephants and leopards to tropical beaches and rainforests, with a mix of history, culture and unbelievable cuisine - this tour is one super fantastic holiday. 

This is a Private Tour - set up to provide you with the best possible unique experience at your own pace. Feel free to ask your chauffeur or guide to take a short break or detour if there is something you see along the way you would like to visit or photograph - they will be more than glad to support you.

* Price includes 13 nights' accommodation, 1 internal flight from Cochin (India) to Colombo (Sri Lanka), air-conditioned vehicle, all entrance fees, guides, 20 meals and more. Price does not include international return flights to India or from Sri Lanka. 

We would be happy to provide you with a quote for international flights. Flights from Australia to India & Sri Lanka are approximately $900 - $1200 per person return. The actual price varies depending on departure city, time of year and luck of the draw! 

We also offer Tailor Made Tours to Sri Lanka. Please contact us for more information. 

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Day 1: Arrival in Kochi

Your holiday begins in the bustling port city of Kochi, also known as Cochin. On arrival you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel for check in.

Spend the rest of the day at your leisure, settling in or you may choose to take the local ferry to the old market or enjoy a sunset cruise around the harbour (at your own expense). 

Overnight in Kochi: Casino Hotel / Fort Heritage or similar - Standard room (Standard); Eighth Bastion or similar Heritage Hotel - Standard room (Deluxe); Brunton Boatyard or Taj Malabar - Standard sea facing room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Dinner

Day 2: Discover Kochi and its blend of cultures

In the morning you will be collected by your guide and driver for a tour around the city of Kochi - discover what an interesting mix and blend of cultures Kochi is home to. Chinese, Judaism, Portuguese, Dutch and of course the British have all left their mark on this tropical port of the Malabar coast, making it a wonderful city to explore.  

Some of the main sights covered will be the Chinese fishing nets, the Vaniar Dhobi unit, the Dutch Palace, the Paradesi Synagogue, (the oldest in India, built in 1568), and the vibrant spice markets, still going strong after hundreds of years. The quaint Old Dutch houses around Jew Town are now home to boutiques and antique shops.

Spend the afternoon at your leisure and in the evening enjoy a Kathakali dance performance, the ancient pantomime dance drama of Kerala. Arrive a little early to see the performers applying their complex make-up - a fascinating experience. 

As an optional extra this evening, you can choose to partake in a cooking demonstration followed by dinner with a local culinary expert where you will learn the intricacies of cooking Keralan cuisine. The cost of this is AUD $38 per person. 

Overnight in Kochi: Casino Hotel / Fort Heritage or similar - Standard room (Standard); Eighth Bastion or similar Heritage Hotel - Standard room (Deluxe); Brunton Boatyard or Taj Malabar - Standard sea facing room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch or dinner

Day 3: Travel to Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary and visit a spice plantation

Today you will be driven inland to the wildlife sanctuary of Periyar (around 4 hours) home to elephants, tigers, bison, langurs and more. 

In the afternoon you will visit a spice plantation where you will learn all about how spices are grown. Delight in the aromas of cinnamon and discover the beauty of the cardamom flowers and the pepper plant leaves - a lovely experience. 

Overnight in Periyar: Wildernest / Abad or similar - Superior room (Standard); The Mountain Courtyard or similar - Elegant room (Deluxe); Spice Village or similar - Standard Villa (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast and lunch or dinner

Day 4: More wildlife in Thekkady and a night on a special houseboat

Take an early morning boat ride on Lake Periyar and look out for the incredible wildlife of the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary. Located in the thick forest of Thekkady, the Sanctuary is home to thousands of birds, bison, elephants, sambar, the Malabar giant squirrel, striped mongeese and more. Tigers and leopards live here too but sightings of these are rare outside of the months of April and May.  

Drive down the hills of the Western Ghats (mountain range) for around 4 hours to the backwaters of Alleppey. Set on Vembanad Lake, this is one of Kerala’s most beautiful spots and where you board your Houseboat.

Enjoy cruising in the labyrinthine waterways, seeing local village life as it has been for years - fishermen casting their nets, children coming home from school by canoe, and ‘toddy tappers’ men who can scale the tallest coconut palms in order to extract the sap. Cruise past water lilies in glorious blooms of colour as exotic birds dive in search of fresh fish.

A note on the houseboats or kettuvalam as they are called:

These are traditional boats made out of wood, bamboo, coconut fibre, jute, coir etc. and have air-conditioned rooms with an ensuite toilet and shower. There are 1 - 4 bedrooms depending on the size of your group and houseboat and each boat has a kitchen where the cook prepares the meals, plus a big open area with a dining table and sitting area with sofas and chairs.

After you board the boat there is usually a short cruise before the boat is moored at a place where lunch is served. After lunch the cruise begins again through the narrow canals, stopping to show you the local life along the way. The boat is again moored around sunset, where it stops for the night to prepare and serve dinner. In the morning after breakfast the boat again starts cruising, before returning to the jetty.

Overnight in Alleppey: AC Houseboat - Standard room (Standard); Deluxe AC Houseboat - Standard room (Deluxe); Premium AC Houseboat - Standard room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: Enjoy the morning in Alleppey and travel to Negombo, Sri Lanka

After breakfast cruise through the narrow backwater canals observing local life close-up and personal, with villagers working in the rice fields, ferries plying their trade and local fisher folk fishing. After you disembark at the boat jetty you will be taken overland to the airport in Kochi (around a 2 hour drive) where you will board your flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka.  

On arrival in Colombo you will be met at the airport and driven to Negombo (around 1 hour) where you will be taken to your hotel.

Overnight in Negombo: Rani Beach Resort - Deluxe Room (Standard); Goldi Sands Hotel - Standard Sea View Room (Deluxe); Surya Luxury Resort & Spa - Deluxe Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast

Day 6: The exotic city of Kandy and Buddha's tooth!

After a leisurely breakfast at the hotel, you will be driven to Kandy (around 3 and a half hours).

Set on a plateau amongst the rainforest with mountain views from every angle, the city of Kandy is a spectacular place to visit. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, traditional life, folklore and legends have been kept alive in this small city. The surrounding villages are the heart of Sri Lanka's handicraft industry - these include the world’s best blue and star sapphires as well as many other varieties of precious stones and silver and gold jewellery.

Enjoy a city tour of Kandy including the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - home to a tooth of Buddha (you won't actually see the tooth as it is kept in a golden casket). 

In the evening enjoy a cultural dance show. 

*For certain departures in August, enjoy the Kandy Esala Perahera Festival. It is also known as the Festival of the Tooth and is one of the grandest Buddhist festival in Sri Lanka. It is an annual procession that pays homage to the Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha. It's a colourful and lively festival with traditional dances and costumes, fire-dancing, great food and much more. 

Overnight in Kandy: Hotel Topaz or similar - Deluxe room (Standard); Queen's Hotel/Earl Regebt or similar - Standard room (Deluxe); Earl's Regency - Deluxe Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Discover Nuwara Eliya, its tea and cooler climate

Today you will be driven to Nuwara Eliya (a 3 hour drive). Along the way, visit the magnificent Ramboda waterfall and visit a tea plantation and tea factory where you will learn all about the process of manufacturing tea and how it is graded. Enjoy a cup of the world famous pure Ceylon tea straight from the factory.

Continue on to Nuwara Eliya - translating to "City of Light" this lovely town is also called Little England as the effects of colonial days are still felt here and the climate is somewhat cooler. Home to the famous Ceylon Tea, some of the world's best tea comes from this area. The mountain slopes are a spectacular sight covered in the bright green tea plantations, all adding to the unique character of Nuwara Eliya.

Overnight in Nuwara Eliya: Royal Hills or similar - Standard room (Standard); Araliya Green Hills or similar - Deluxe room (Deluxe); The Grand Hotel/Araliya Green City or similar - Deluxe Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 8: A walk in Horton Plains National Park

Today set off early for Horton Plains for a trek in the National Park.

Horton Plains National Park is a 1.5 hour drive from Nuwara Eliya and is on a plateau in the central highlands near the village of Ohiya. The views of the surrounding grasslands and cloud forest are spectacular. . 

The trek today is 9km and can take around 3 hours depending on each individual. A reasonable level of fitness is required and we recommend good walking shoes. If you would prefer not to do the hike we can arrange a visit to the Seetha Amman temple and Victoria Park.

On the way back to the hotel enjoy a city tour of Nuwara Eliya visiting Gregory Lake, Strawberry Farm and the local bazaars.

Overnight in Nuwara Eliya: Royal Hills or similar - Standard room (Standard); Araliya Green Hills or similar - Deluxe room (Deluxe); The Grand Hotel/Araliya Green City or similar - Deluxe Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner 

Day 9: Yala National park - leopards, elephants, sloth bears...

After breakfast you will be driven to Yala National Park - Sri Lanka's most famous National Park (a 6 hour drive). Enjoy the countryside and scenery of Sri Lanka along the way. Upon arrival you will be taken to your hotel.

Yala was a former hunting ground under British rule and is now protected with National Park status and has been since 1938. It is said to have the world's biggest concentration of leopards as well as being home to elephants, sloth bears, crocodiles, peacocks, sambars, jackals, spotted deer and more. Before the rainy season, the low water levels bring the animal into the open making it a fantastic time to visit. The best months are between February and July.

In the evening you will be taken on a jeep safari in the Park to spot wildlife. 

*Please note that Yala National Park can sometimes close in September. If this is the case we will arrange an alternate wildlife tour. 

Overnight in Yala: Tamarind Lake or similar - Deluxe Room (Standard); Kithala Resort or similar - Deluxe Room (Deluxe); Cinnamon Wild - Jungle Chalet (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 10: The seaside town of Galle

This morning you will be driven to Bentota (a 6 hour drive). Along the way visit the seaside town of Galle - an old fortified city founded by the Portuguese. It is now an Archaeological Reserve and has been identified as a living World Heritage Site.

Continue on to Bentota/Wadduwa where you will be taken to your hotel. 

Overnight in Bentota/Wadduwa: Coco Royal Beach Resort or similar - Standard Room (Standard); Taprobana Beach Resort or similar - Deluxe Room (Deluxe); Cinnamon Bay - Superior Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 11: A day at leisure in the beach town of Bentota/Wadduwa

The area of Bentota and Wadduwa is famed for its palm fringed beaches and golden sands - making for a picturesque tropical beach holiday. Here you can swim, snorkel, sail, wind surf, canoe or simply relax on the shores. The scenery is fantastic as is the shopping at the local shops and bazaar. 

Overnight in Bentota/Wadduwa: Coco Royal Beach Resort or similar - Standard Room (Standard); Taprobana Beach Resort or similar - Deluxe Room (Deluxe); Cinnamon Bay - Superior Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 12: At leisure in Bentota/Wadduwa

Spend the day as you wish enjoying the beach, your resort and the beautiful surrounds of Bentota and Wadduwa.

Overnight in Bentota/Wadduwa: Coco Royal Beach Resort or similar - Standard Room (Standard); Taprobana Beach Resort or similar - Deluxe Room (Deluxe); Cinnamon Bay - Superior Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 13: At leisure in Bentota/Wadduwa

Spend the day as you wish enjoying the beach your resort and the beautiful surrounds of Bentota and Wadduwa.

Overnight in Bentota/Wadduwa: Coco Royal Beach Resort or similar - Standard Room (Standard); Taprobana Beach Resort or similar - Deluxe Room (Deluxe); Cinnamon Bay - Superior Room (Super Deluxe)

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 14: A city tour of Colombo before departing 

Today after breakfast you will be driven to Colombo (around 2 hours). Enjoy a sight seeing tour visiting the highlights of the city including Independence Square, Wolfendral Church, The Courtyard and also some local shopping areas - the length of the tour will depend on time available to coincide with your departure flight. 

When it is time for your flight you will be taken to the airport. 

Meals included: Breakfast 

 

All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard and location will be booked.

INCLUSIONS
Inclusions:
  • 13 nights' accommodation 
  • 26 meals included: Daily breakfast and a mix of lunches and dinners. 
  • Chauffeur driven air-conditioned car as per itinerary. 
  • Flight from Kochi to Colombo
  • All airport transfers – a representative will be there to meet you on arrival and get you to the airport on time for your departure.
  • Assistance at airports and all major cities. 
  • English speaking guide for sightseeing as detailed in the itinerary (in each location you will have a different guide).  Please note that for the Kerala section you will have a guide and driver and for the Sri Lankan part your driver will also be your guide. 
  • Entrance fees to the monuments and parks as detailed in the itinerary.
  • Bottled mineral water in the vehicle during journeys and transfers. 
Highlights:
  • Discover the wonders of Kochi, Kerala's major port city. 
  • Enjoy a day at the Periyar wildlife sanctuary and enjoy a boat ride spotting elephants, bison and other wildlife. 
  • Spend the night on a houseboat in the backwaters of Alleppey - a very special experience. 
  • Explore the UNESCO town of Kandy in the hills, visit the famous Sacred Temple of the Tooth Relic and enjoy a city tour. 
  • Travel to the heart of Sri Lankan tea country - Nuwara Eliya. Visit the Ramboda waterfall, a tea plantation and enjoy the quaint town.
  • Take a walk in the famous Horton Plains National Park with its spectacular views and lush forest. 
  • Visit Yala National Park - rich in wildlife- leopards, elephants, crocodiles, deer... and much more.
  • Visit the World Heritage seaside town of Galle
  • Spend 3 days relaxing on the beaches of Bentota - white sandy beaches lined with palm trees. 
MORE INFO

Travelbay India & Sri Lanka 14 Day Map 

Travelbay Sri Lanka Tours - 14 Day map

How to get there:

This tour starts in Kochi (Cochin), India and ends in Colombo, Sri Lanka. 

Travelbay works together with an excellent corporate flight booking company and is happy to provide you with a quote and organise your flights. We charge a $50 booking fee for this service. Alternatively, if you would like to arrange flights yourself you can find more information and suggestions here.

If you are wanting to know more about how far it is between destinations and how long your flight will take, you can visit www.travelmath.com and use their trip calculator.

    Timezones:
    To help you calculate the time difference we recommend World Time Buddy.

    Visa information: 
    If a visa is required for any country you are visiting it is each travellers responsibility to ensure they have obtained a valid visa prior to travel. Every country has different requirements and it also depends on the nationality of the passport you are travelling on. 

    To find out the visa requirements for your destination, you can check here with Visalink.

    If a visa is required you can use the services on the same link, or you may wish to apply directly yourself.

    In addition to the above link, we have provided some more information on visas here: Visa Information page

    Please note: Every country has different visa requirements and charges. To support we attempt to provide you with the latest information and links. However, please be aware that it is each traveller’s responsibility (and not Travelbay’s) to ensure that you have a valid visa if required for any country you visit.

    Currency information:
    The currency used in India is the Indian Rupee and in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee.

    What currency to take with you is a personal choice. Some people prefer to take US$ cash as a backup whilst others prefer to take AUD$ cash – it depends on what you are comfortable with. There are ATM machines available and you should let your bank know that you will be using your card over there to avoid them freezing any 'suspicious' activity.

    Vaccination information:
    Travelbay recommends you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels.  Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information. 

    Sri Lanka has experienced outbreaks of Dengue Fever in the recent past. We recommend speaking with your doctor about Dengue Fever if you have any concerns. The best form of protection against Dengue Fever is to simply protect yourself from mosquito bites. We recommend wearing long pants and tops along with a good quality mosquito repellent (with a concentration of at least 10% DEET, although DEET should be avoided on young children). You can also travel with a plug-in mosquito repellent to use in your room at night.

    Electricity and Adaptors
    A useful resource to find out what plug or adaptor you might need for any country can be found by clicking here: https://whatplug.info/to/ and then selecting the country or countries you are visiting.

    Climate:

    Kerala
    Kerala is in the South of India and is only 10° North of the equator. The climate is tropical and the coastal regions are warmer than the highlands.

    Winter: From October to March. Temperatures are cooler at this time of year but as it is a tropical region it is still warm. Temperatures range from 24°C to 32°C and rainfall is minimal.

    Summer: April to September. Towards the end of February temperatures start to climb. In April the temperature can reach 36°C and the lows are around 32°C. The Westerns Ghats (mountain range) prevent the dry Northern Winds that much of India experiences. A cool breeze from the Arabian Sea help keep the temperatures more moderate when compared with other parts of India. There can be erratic rainfall during the months of April and May. 

    Monsoon season: Late May/Early June – October. During these months there can be periods of torrential rain. Temperatures range from 19°C to 36°C and the average rainfall during this season is 2500mm – 3000mm.

    Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka has a tropical climate with a wet and dry season. Parts of the hill country can be temperate and cool. Colombo lies 7° North of the equator and so temperatures are hot all year round with minimal difference throughout the year. The average temperature is around 28°C to 30°C. May to August are the warmest months and this coincides with the rainy season. 

    Monsoon season: There are 2 different monsoons in Sri Lanka - one relating to the Northern and Eastern regions and the other relating to the Southern and Western areas. It is the latter that is relevant for this particular tour and is called the Yala monsoon. It brings rain between May and September. In general when it does rain, the downpours are usually short and sharp. 

    Dry season: In the South Western areas of Sri Lanka the dry season runs from December to March. 

    Peak season: The end of December and into February is peak season for travel in Sri Lanka.

    September to April is a popular time for visitors’ due to the milder and cool climate. 

    In February, Chinese New Year is celebrated and there can be an increase in tourists at this time of year. 

    July and August is a popular time to travel to Kandy as the Esala Perahera festival is on at this time (the dates vary each year according to the moon). 

    Private tours:
    Private tours are a fantastic way to see a country. You have your own driver and also an English speaking tour guide. We can put on vehicles of any size so these tours can cater for anyone from a single traveller to a large group.

    Everything is set up for your benefit. You can go to the toilet when you want, stay a little longer or leave a little earlier at your visits and there are no heavy sales – it is all about you!

    For more information on our Private Tours, click here.

    Travelbay tip: Ask the local guides about the best places to dine.

    Vehicle description:

    For information on vehicles used in India, please click here: India Tours - Vehicle Information

    And for vehicles in Sri Lanka, please click here: Sri Lanka Tours - Vehicle Information

    Tipping tips:

    Tipping is entirely at your discretion. 

    In response to some customers questions here are a few guidelines:

    It is usual to tip the waiters, porters, guides and drivers. Tips are not included in the bills for hotels, transport companies or any other suppliers. At hotels and restaurants, about 10% of the bill is usually acceptable. Tipping is not necessary for taxis or for cheaper restaurants. It is a good idea to check if service charges are included in your restaurant bill. If not, a tip of 10% of the total bill is normal. 

    Although we give below a few general guidelines, it is to be remembered that tipping is a sign of gratification for good service, and therefore please view the guidelines as the middle ground, which can be adjusted depending on the level of service you feel you have received. 

    Please note the below amounts are per person for individual travellers and are based on Indian Rupees. 

    Guides, Escorts and Transport:

    • Guide (Full Day) Rs 500 – Rs 800 per day 
    • Guide (Half Day) Rs 400 – Rs 600 per day 
    • Tour Escort Rs 500 – Rs 1000 per day 
    • Driver for the tour Rs 300 – Rs 500 per day 
    • Driver for local duties Rs - 500 per day 

    Hotels/ Restaurants:

    • Bell Boy Rs 30 – Rs 50 per member of staff 
    • Room Service & Restaurants About 10% of the bill total (Unless service charge is mentioned as included) 

    Population: 1.3 billion (India) and 21 million (Sri Lanka)

    Language: 

    There is no national language in India. Hindi and English are both official languages. India has over 1,000 spoken languages. The languages with the most number of speakers are Hindi, Bengali, Telugu, Marathi and Tamil. 

    In Sri Lanka several languages are also spoken with Tamil, Sinhala and English being the official languages. 

    Predominant religion:

    In India, Hinduism is the predominant religion followed by Islam, Christianity, Sikh, Buddhism and Jainism.

    In Sri Lanka around 70% of the population are Theravada Buddhists followed by Hindus, Muslims and Christians. 

    Some interesting facts:

    The backwaters of Kerala with its interconnected network of canals, lakes and inlets is estimated to be around 900 kms of maze like waterways. 

    India, Pakistan and Bangladesh used to be one country. After British rule ended in 1947 these countries eventually became independent. 

    Sri Lanka was known as Ceylon before 1972.

    In Sri Lanka each full moon is public holiday. These days are called Poya Days and all the moons have their own name. Many shops and businesses are closed on Poya days and the sale of meat and alcohol is forbidden.

    In the 16th century Sri Lanka was a Portuguese colony and in the 17th century it was a Dutch colony. It was ceded to the British in 1796 and was under British rule until it gained independence in 1948. 

    More Travelbay India and Sri Lanka Tours: 

    Travelbay India - 9 Day Golden Triangle plus Tigers of Ranthambhore Travelbay Sri Lanka Tours - 8 Day Super Gorgeous Highlights Tour 

    Travelbay  India - 7 Day Irresistible Kerala Tour Travelbay  India - 15 Day Colourful Rajasthan Tour        

    TERMS
    Terms & Conditions

    Booking Process:

    Upon purchase of your tour online you will immediately receive a receipt and order confirmation. Travelbay will contact the tour operator to confirm availability for all accommodation and transportation for your tour.

    As soon as we have confirmed the dates (usually within 24 hours sometimes a little longer at weekends) we will email you your booking confirmation.

    We will request further information from you to ensure that all your personal preferences are taken care of. This will include details such as your accommodation preferences, dietary requests, allergies, health issues, emergency contact and any special requirements. We will also request a copy of each traveller’s passport.

    Very Important:

    It is important to note your dates are only confirmed once we have been in touch with you to confirm availability. Therefore, please wait on purchasing your international flights until you have received a booking confirmation from us. In the unlikely event that there is no availability on your chosen date we will offer you alternate dates. If these do not suit we will fully refund your payment.  

    Booking Information:

    • Quoted prices are per person.
    • Booking valid for selected and booked travel dates.
    • Please book at least 30 days prior to your desired date of travel. 
    • Bookings are subject to availability.
    • Child prices: Children under 5 are free. Please contact us for prices of children 5 and over as it will vary depending on the age of the child and group size. 
      • Minimum group size is 2.
      • The listed "Price per person ~ single room" relates to having your own room for the tour (with a minimum of 2 people on the tour). If you are a single traveller, please contact us for a single traveller price.

      • If you would like to arrive before the start of tour or leave later and require extra nights’ accommodation, please contact us and we can arrange it for you.

      • If you have any other special requests including having a quote for a custom tour please let us know as we can make arrangements.
      • Please note: The luggage limit for checked in baggage for many domestic flights in India is 15kg. For carry on it is 7kg. Some flights allow more but you cannot depend on this. If your luggage exceeds the allowed rate then you are responsible for paying any excess charges. Again these vary, but start at around AUD5 per kg and are sometimes more for longer flights. 
      • Prior to completion of your booking we take great care to go through all the details together with you until we get everything exactly as you would like it. At that point we confirm your booking and the details and you pay for it. If after payment, you decide to make further changes we will do what we can to accommodate them and will also need to charge an additional $50 administration fee.

        Inclusions:

        • 13 nights' accommodation
          • Check-in & check-out time: generally, check in is after 2 pm and check out before 12 pm. Early check-in and late check-out are subject to room availability and may generate additional full day room rate.
        • 26 meals included - daily breakfast and a mix of lunches and dinners. 
        • All transportation throughout the tour in an air-conditioned vehicle. 
        • Flight from Kochi, India to Negombo, Sri Lanka with Sri Lankan Airlines. 
        • All airport transfers – a representative will be there to meet you on arrival and get you to the airport on time for your departure.
        • Please note: There is one airport transfer on arrival and one airport transfer on departure for the group booked. If within your group you will be arriving separately, please contact us for a quote.
        • Assistance at airports and all major cities.
        • English speaking guide for sightseeing as per the tour program (in each location you will have a different guide). Please note that for the Kerala section you will have a guide and driver and for the Sri Lankan part your driver will also be your guide. 
        • Entrance fees to the monuments and parks as mentioned in the itinerary.
        • Bottled mineral water in the vehicle during journeys and transfers. 

          Exclusions:

          • International airfares to and from India (we can provide you with a quote for these).
          • Meals not outlined in the itinerary.
          • Drinks for all meals.
          • Travel insurance. Please contact us if you would like a quote.
          • Optional cooking demonstration on Day 2. AUD $38 per person.
          • Camera fee wherever levied. 
          • Any visa fee.
          • Any additional taxes levied by the Government of India and/or Sri Lanka on the tourism sector in future will be payable by the guest.
          • Any sudden increase in the entrance fee. The price is based on the presently applicable fee. 
          • Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/ stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.
          • Tips and gratuities.
          • Personal expenses such as telephone, laundry etc.
          • Others not indicated in the inclusions.

            General Terms & Conditions:

            • Your contract with Travelbay commences upon us providing you with a booking confirmation (not upon payment).
            • By purchasing this tour you confirm that you have read, understood and agree to these terms and conditions.
            • All prices we list are in AUD unless otherwise stated and include GST where payable.
            • This package, including any unused portion, cannot be exchanged for other services or cash.
            • Some accommodation providers may require that you present a credit card or cash deposit upon check-in to cover any additional expenses that may be incurred during your stay, for example mini-bar. You are responsible for the payment of any such additional expenses.
            • Please check baggage allowance prior to travel. The allowance may vary according to the destination, airline, cruise or coach operator. You are responsible for any excess baggage fees.
            • Travelbay recommends travel insurance. We would be pleased to provide you with a quote and support you in your insurance needs. Please click here or contact us on 1800 020 020.
            • It is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid visa, if required. Please click here for more information on visa requirements.
            • Passport and visa regulations can change and it is your responsibility to ensure that you possess the relevant travel documents before you travel. Delays can be experienced in obtaining a passport or visa, so you are advised to apply in plenty of time. We accept no responsibility in any regard in relation to customers who are denied entry to a country because they do not possess the correct travel documents.
            • It is also your responsibility to ensure that you hold a passport that is valid for at least six months beyond your date of return. If you hold multiple passports, you may be required to present your passport of residence on departing that country. If you hold a passport for a country to which you are travelling, you may be obliged to produce that passport on entering the country. Accordingly, you could be obliged to carry more than one passport when travelling overseas. You should make your own enquiries in relation to your specific circumstances and requirements.
            • It is your responsibility to ensure that all your details are recorded correctly. Any request for a name change after documents have been issued may incur amendment fees or result in the original booking being cancelled and in the case of airlines, the loss of a seat.
            • When purchasing flights, cruises and other carriage and travel services, the name on the passport must match the name on the ticket otherwise you may not be able to travel and insurance may be invalid. If, after purchasing products or services but before traveling, any member of your party changes their name you must notify the relevant carrier, or us, immediately so that the necessary changes can be made to your documentation. You may incur a fee.
            • Travelbay recommends you check with your doctor as to any immunisations that you may require or that are recommended for your travels.  Alternatively, you can visit The Travel Doctor or Travelvax for more information. For those of you who have any medical conditions please also ensure you are fit to travel and have all the medication you need with you. Recommended inoculations for travel may change and you should consult your doctor for current recommendations before you depart. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet all health entry requirements, obtain recommended inoculations, take all recommended medication, and follow all medical advice in relation to your trip.
            • Many but not all suppliers have facilities for people who require assistance. If you have any disabilities or require special assistance, please let us know at the time of booking so we can check if suitable services are available.
            • It is your responsibility to review travel prohibitions, warnings, announcements and advisories issued by the relevant government agencies prior to booking travel or departing to international destinations. For Australian travellers, information on conditions in various countries and the level of risk associated with travel to particular international destinations can be found on the Australian Government's travel advisory and consular assistance service website currently located at http://www.smarttraveller.gov.au. For travellers from other countries we recommend you check the travel recommendations of your country.
            • By offering reservations for travel-related products or services in relation to particular international destinations, Travelbay does not represent or warrant that travel to such points is advisable or without risk, and Travelbay is not liable for damages or losses that may result from travel to such destinations.
            • Travelbay sells tours on behalf of other Suppliers/Tour Operators. We rely on the relevant third party suppliers. Travelbay and the airlines, hotels and other Suppliers providing Services made available on or through this Website are independent parties and are not related parties. To the fullest extent permitted by law, Travelbay is not liable for the acts, errors, omissions, representations, warranties, breaches or negligence of any such Suppliers or for any personal injuries, death, property damage, or other damages or expenses resulting therefrom.
            • Whilst we take great care to provide clear and accurate information, there may be occasions where there are inaccuracies or errors. To the maximum extent permitted by law, Travelbay does not guarantee the accuracy of, and disclaims liability for, any errors or other inaccuracies relating to the information, descriptions and activities displayed on this website and in our promotional material.
            • All accommodation and hotels are subject to change. If the stated hotel is not available a hotel of a similar standard and location will be booked.
            • Hotel ratings displayed on this Website and in our promotional material are intended only as general guidelines, and Travelbay does not guarantee the accuracy of the ratings. Hotel room images are representative only and the actual room occupied may vary in inclusions and décor.
            • In some circumstances, some specific products or services as contained on this website and promotional material may not be available due to circumstance beyond our control. In that situation, we will do our best to provide replacement products and / or services of a comparable nature and quality. Travelbay and our respective Suppliers make no guarantees about the availability of specific products and services.
            • Subject to relevant laws, if Travelbay merges, sells or otherwise changes control of our business or this Website, we reserve the right, without giving notice or seeking consent, to transfer or assign your Personal Information, content and rights that we have collected from you and any agreements we have made with you.
            • Travelbay reserves all intellectual property rights, including but not limited to, copyright in material and/or services provided by us.

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