Multi-Day Tour | Independent, Private

The Ultimate Indian Ocean Adventure: India, Sri Lanka and Maldives (26 days)

Remote Lands, Inc

Mumbai, India To Maldives, Maldives

Valid for Departures Now Through: 18 Mar 2019

Itinerary

DAY LOCATION(S) HOTEL MEALS DESCRIPTION
Day 1
Mumbai, India
Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Dinner

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, India
Taj Mahal Palace & Tower Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Day 3
Cochin, India
Mumbai, India
Brunton Boatyard Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, India
Brunton Boatyard Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, India
Cochin, India
Kumarakom Lake Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, India
Kumarakom Lake Resort Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, India
Kumarakom, India
Park Hyatt Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Day 8
Chennai, India
Park Hyatt Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, India
Chennai, India
Taj West End Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, Sri Lanka
Tintagel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 Park Street hotel.

Day 11
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Tintagel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Heritance Kandalama Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, Sri Lanka
Heritance Kandalama Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today explore Dambulla’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Dambulla Cave Temple and the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Next, take an elephant safari and befriend the friendly giants of the Asian jungles as you tour the natural surroundings.

Day 14
Kandy, Sri Lanka
Earl’s Regency Hotel Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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
Bahirawakanda Valley , Sri Lanka
Ceylon Tea Trails Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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
Bahirawakanda Valley , Sri Lanka
Ceylon Tea Trails Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Day 17
Galle, Sri Lanka
Bahirawakanda Valley , Sri Lanka
Amangalla Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, Sri Lanka
Amangalla Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, Sri Lanka
Galle, Sri Lanka
Amanwella Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Day 20
Tangalle, Sri Lanka
Amanwella Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, Sri Lanka
Amanwella Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, Maldives
Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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 by Per Aquum or Naladhu by Minor Group.

Day 23
Maldives, Maldives
Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, Maldives
Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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, Maldives
Four Seasons Resort at Kuda Huraa Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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.

Day 26
Maldives, Maldives
None Breakfast

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.

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VIP Arrival

The following VIP services are complimentary for all Virtuoso guests upon arrival at participating airports.

  • Meet and greet as you disembark the aircraft
  • Luggage assistance
  • Escort through immigration and customs formalities
  • Escort to your private guide

Further services may be available, contingent upon individual airport regulations. Please enquire for further details.

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Description

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.


Highlights

  • Receive royal treatment at five-star hotels along your journey

  • Visit some of India’s most revered sites, from city palaces, to temples, and more

  • Roam the historic, rolling tea fields of Sri Lanka’s Bogawantalawa Valley

  • Explore multiple mesmerizing UNESCO sites in three different countries

  • Watch baby sea turtles hatching on the shores of Tangalle

  • Safari through lush natural landscapes in India and Sri Lanka

About Us

Remote Lands is the world’s foremost ultra-luxe bespoke travel designer focused exclusively on Asia. We provide the very finest that Asia has to offer, from pool villas and private jets to unique experiences within far-flung cultures off the beaten path. Our attention to detail, personalized service, creativity and deep knowledge of Asia set us apart.

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Payment Notes
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Refund Policy
  • Fully refundable, less a 15% of total trip price cancellation fee, if cancelled 91 days or more before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • 50% of total trip price refundable if cancelled 30-90 days before departure, subject to the refund policies of each hotel, airline and other vendor
  • No refund less than 30 days before departure

  • Please note that some vendors have onerous cancellation policies with substantial penalties for changes where funds paid are non-refundable


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