Southern India and Sri Lanka 2023

Travelers: up to 14
15 Days
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Arrival Point
Cairo
Departure Point
Cairo
Trip Length
15 Days
Group Size
up to 14

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WOMEN ONLY TOUR TO India & Sri Lanka

Southern INdia & Sri Lanka at a glance

Beginning in the South of India, this tour embraces the iconic experiences of the region before whisking you off to Sri Lanka to explore heritage-listed temples, ancient fort towns and clear beaches. This well-rounded itinerary will provide a fascinating insight into both countries.

Wander the cool, emerald hills of tea plantations, and spot tigers at a wildlife sanctuary before watching scenery float by from the deck of a Keralan houseboat, the heady smell of chai tea on the nose. We continue onwards into Sri Lanka, tapping into the spice trading routes that heavily influenced architecture, food and culture worldwide. Immersive days lead us deeper into lush jungles and onward to explore ancient temples, sampling a wealth of aromatic foods, Ayurvedic spices, and local traditions along the way.

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India and Sri Lanka are notably challenging countries to travel, and we have made it our priority to make this the most rewarding and life changing trip removing many of the challenges travelers often face, yet still connecting you to the culture in a deeply authentic way. We have secured high-end 4 and 5 star accommodation, enlisted air-conditioned, private vehicle transfers, covering your inter-country flight and all tips in advance. All you need do is sit back, and embrace the journey.

Proof of travel insurance is required before joining day 1 of any Meetup Tour. International flights are not included. All SoFe Travelers are required to prove that they are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 OR produce a negative test taken at least 72 hours before the start of the Meetup Tour.
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A SoFe Travel leader joins groups larger than 5, maximizing your adventure and ensuring you’re well taken care of.¬†

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Enjoy our hand-picked, premium accommodation combining the best of design, location and comfort.  

Itinerary

Day 1

WELCOME TO KOCHI!
Airport pickup & welcome dinner

Welcome to the fascinating town of Kochi! A trading port since the Roman era, and a melting pot of  Portuguese, Dutch, Chinese and British influences, Kochi is reflective of a truly eclectic Kerala. Your accommodation today is a Dutch themed contemporary hotel, conjuring up visions of 300-year-old trade routes to India. We will pick you up from the airport and recommend arriving before 3pm so that you can meet the group and guide for a 6pm welcome, and your first dinner together at a local restaurant recommended by our guide. Meals: dinner

women only tour to India and Sri Lanka

Day 2

KOCHI
Mantancherry Palace, Kathakali dance & Malabari cooking class

Stepping right into Kochi’s rich cultural history, we visit the billowing Chinese fishing nets, the Mattancherry Palace (which houses some of India’s best mythological murals), the Jewish Synagogue and the fascinating Jewish quarter filled with old shops, warehouses and spice auction rooms before attending an evening theatre performance at a Kathakali dance event. This classical, powerful dance style combines storytelling with physical technique and artistic nuance. For supper, we’ll learn how to cook Keralan cuisine from a local resident, before tucking into the fruits of our labour and chatting over dinner about life in Kochi.¬†¬†Meals: breakfast and dinner

Day 3

KOCHI TO MUNNAR
Look for wildlife on a scenic drive through tea fields

After breakfast we travel by private vehicle, threading our way through valleys to the serene hill station of Munnar which is famed for its sprawling tea plantations. This belt of green, lush forests is home to endangered animals like the Neelakurinji and Nilgiri Tahr and was once the summer refuge of colonial British rulers. Expect a temperature drop due to the elevation gain Рand perhaps even atmospheric, misty scenes as we enter the fertile tea-growing land.  Meals: breakfast  |  Drive time: 5 hours

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Day 4

MUNNAR
Tea plantation visit & Mattupatty Dam

We honour all things tea today, starting off at a nearby tea garden and plantation to learn about the different types of tea grown in this region. If the Tea Museum’s rather erratic scheduling allows, we’ll pop in for tasting too, before journeying onward to scenic Muttupatty Dam. At a height of 1700m above sea level, this storage masonry dam forms a beautiful lake, where you have the optional activity of joining a boat ride.¬†Meals: breakfast

Day 5

MUNNAR
Solo day

We have time off today to do as the visiting British rulers did Рrelax, and enjoy the scenery at our own leisurely pace. Munnar is situated in the middle of seven wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. Optional activities include visiting Eravikulam National Park, doing a guided bird watching walk, or simply taking a moment to slow down and reflect on your travel experiences thus far Рpreferably with a journal and cup of tea at hand. Meals: breakfast

Day 6

MUNNAR TO PERIYAR
Guided spice plantation visit & martial arts display

We’re off to Periyar National Park and Tiger Reserve, perched around a picturesque lake in the ranges of the Western Ghats. After checking into our hotel we’ll visit a spice plantation to learn about ayurvedic cures, spice extracts and wood crafting. Our walk here offers insights into the inner workings of spice growing and processing. Later this evening we attend a session on Kalaripayattu (martial arts) designed for the ancient battlefield. We’ll witness combative techniques unique to India.¬†Meals: breakfast and lunch¬† |¬† Drive time: 4 hours

Day 7

PERIYAR TO ALLEPPEY
Walk through a wildlife sanctuary & houseboat cruise

Be on the lookout for bison, wild boar and tigers during our guided nature walk through the Periyar Wildlife Sanctuary! Optionally, enjoy a boat ride over the lake, a vital source of water for local wildlife. If you’re lucky you might see elephants drinking along the water’s edge. We drive to Alleppey; fondly called the ‘Venice of the East’ with its famed backwaters and islands adorned with simple homesteads and evergreen coconut groves. Here, we board a traditional Keralan (kettuvallam) houseboat for an overnight cruise through the crisscrossing network of lagoons and channels. Our houseboat will be your home for the night – complete with western toilets, private bedrooms, a dining area, and a sundeck.¬†Meals: breakfast¬† |¬† Drive time: 4 hours

Houseboat in Allepey on women only tour to India and Sri Lanka

Day 8

ALLEPPEY
Solo day

Today is a solo day! We usually head straight for an optional Ayurvedic massage. Emphasizing conscious well-being and connection, Ayurveda translates to ‘the Knowledge of Life’ and originated approximately 5000 years ago, making it the world’s most ancient system of preventative healthcare. Our tranquil accommodation overlooks the waters of Punnamada Lake. Spend some downtime on the lawns watching houseboats go by, or stretch your muscles with a yoga session. Meals: breakfast

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Day 9

ALLEPPEY TO KOCHI TO SRI LANKA
Flight to Sri Lanka & home-cooked meal

Say Phir Milenge (see you again) to India and Ayu-Bowen (greetings in Sinhalese) to Sri Lanka! Today is a long travel day, but one that leaves us in an entirely new country for the second stage of our Meetup Tour adventure. We depart Alleppey early in the morning for our transfer back to Kochi, where we’ll board a flight to Colombo, Sri Lanka. After transferring to our hotel and freshening up we’ll be ready for yet another journey, this time exclusively for our tastebuds. Prepare for a delicious Negombo home-cooked dinner, sampling fresh seafood and local favourites like pol sambol (tasty coconut dish) and roast paan (crispy bread).¬†Meals: breakfast and dinner
Homecooked dinner on women only tour to Sri Lanka and Southern India

Day 10

NEGOMBO TO DAMBULLA TO SIGIRIYA
Explore the Dambulla Cave Temple

We leave Negombo today with an early rise, and visit the incredible Dambulla Cave Temple on our way to Sigiriya. This magical complex of five caves is filled with over 150 statues and paintings of Buddha – some as many as 2000 years old. It’s deservedly listed as a World Heritage Site and has been a place of worship for thousands of years. We arrive at our hotel in Sigiriya, nestled amongst decades old indigenous trees, rolling fields and chena growth typical of the Central Province.¬†Meals: breakfast

Day 11

SIGIRIYA
Climb Sigirya rock fortress & attend a traditional pottery demonstration

We beat the heat of the day with an early start, driving 30-minutes to arrive at the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. This ruined fortress is one of Sri Lanka’s premiere sight. For those who make the climb to the top, it offers astounding views. This is a steep climb with sections of uneven slopes, so wear sturdy footwear. If you don’t want to climb,¬† the garden at the base of the rock still offers fantastic shots of the fortress from below. This afternoon we’ll be shown how to create traditional pottery by a local pottery maker. Get involved in the pottery making process –¬†you will be welcomed in by the village community!¬†Meals: breakfast

Climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress on a women only tour to India and Sri Lanka

Day 12

SIGIRIYA TO KANDY
Visit Sacred Tooth Relic & join a Sinhalese family for dinner

Kandy is the last capital of Sri Lanka’s ancient kings era. We visit the gold-roofed temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, home to Sri Lanka’s most important Bhuddist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. If you have a sweet-tooth, you’ll enjoy Kandy even more: tonight we are joining a Sinhalese family for dinner and a cooking class, crafting string poppers and making chicken curry with spice-infused coconut milk before filling up on speciality sweets inspired by Dutch and Portuguese dessert traditions.¬†Meals: breakfast and dinner¬† |¬† Drive time: 3.5 hours

Day 13

KANDY TO AHUNGALLA
Roadtrip & solo afternoon at a beach town

We journey south via private vehicle to Ahungalla. This small coastal town has fantastic stretches of beach with plenty of local restaurants and bars to choose from. You’re free to wander this afternoon, exploring at your leisure. Meals: breakfast¬† |¬† Drive time: 5 hours

Day 14

AHUNGALLA
Whale and dolphin watching & farewell dinner

Today we have exciting whale and dolphin watching in store for you at the town of Mirissa! Blue whales are¬† during whale watching season (November to April). After our early start and water activity,¬† we move on to a town widely considered to be the best preserved colonial town in Sri Lanka: Galle. At its core is a World Heritage listed Dutch fort surrounded on three sides by the ocean. Its streets hold a treasure trove of ancient mosques and churches, museums, boutiques and more. Your guide will share tales of Galle’s past,¬† through to present day. `We have a final farewell dinner here, seeing out your Sri Lankan adventure before returning to Arungalla. Meals: breakfast and dinner¬† |¬† Drive time: 3.5 hours

Visit Galle on a women only tour to India and Sri Lanka.

Day 13

FAREWELL FOR NOW

As your tour comes to a close, ask your guide to help arrange transportation to the airport which is an approximate 2 -2.5 hours drive away from the hotel. Check out by 12pm. Enjoy breakfast, and if you’re like us, start dreaming about your next adventure! Meals: breakfast

Want to see Northern India too? Dates for Northern India are right before every Southern India and Sri Lanka departure. Email us for details meetuptours@sofetravel.com.

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Hand-picked Accommodation

Our accommodation is carefully chosen to give you the best combination of comfort, location, and style. These are photos from our collection of favorite hotels to give you a sense of the accommodation you can expect with us. All of our accommodation is 4 and 5 star with many beautiful views in prime locations.

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Fragrant Nature, Kochi

Sip chai from the rooftop with endless views of the harbour. This 5 star hotel is located right in the heart of the old trade route and when you aren’t lounging by the pool, you can¬†walk down to the many shops and historical sites.¬†We love this place – it feels like an oasis, shielded from the busy streets of the city.¬†

Allepey Houseboat on women only tour to Sri Lanka and Southern India
Marvel Cruise, Kerala

Float down the river in a Kettuvallam, a traditional boat remodeled for ultimate comfort and Instagrammable style. Relax on the many cushions and watch the lush jungle landscape pass by while being fed delicious local cuisine Рlike the queen you are. 

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Heritance Ahungall

This hotel is on our list of favs: the beach couldn’t be any closer and the rooms are bright and airy, making it the perfect place to soak up the last moments of Sri Lanka, and time with your new solo traveling friends. Watch cotton candy skies at sunset and toast to a trip of a lifetime¬†

Details

Arrival: Indira Gandhi International Airport (code DEL) 

  • We will will have an airport transfer waiting for you when arrive on day 1. The transfer will take you from the airport to our group hotel in Delhi.
  • If you arrive a day or two early,¬†the airport transfer is not included.¬†Please email us directly if you book flights outside this window so we can assist with arranging a transfer and an early night in the hotel .
  • Our tour starts at 6pm, so we recommend that you arrive no later than 3pm on day 1. However, we will pick you up from the airport anytime.

Departure: Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL). You can leave anytime on the last day. Check out is at 10am.

  • Airfares
  • Visa fees if applicable
  • Travel insurance (mandatory)
  • Airport drop off
  • A non-refundable $500 deposit is required to hold your spot.
  • Final payment is due 90 days before departure.
  • Pay as much as often as you like until the due date.
  • If you cancel your spot earlier than 90 days before departure, you can apply your payment to any trip within the next year.
  • No refunds on deposits.

Most nationalities are required to possess a visa in order to enter India. The process is relatively simple, but takes a few dates to process. Please be sure you apply for the e-visa at least a week before departure, but earlier is better. Apply here. 

The itinerary is subject to change due for any reason – weather, unexpected cancellations, impromptu local opportunities, or surprise additions.

All bookings are subject to our terms and conditions.

Comprehensive travel insurance is mandatory or you may be refused to join the tour. See our guide for help choosing a plan.

Our domestic flight allows up to 30lbs/15kg check-in luggage. If you bring more weight, there will be a fee at the airport. 

What our travelers say

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“If you are thinking about doing a SoFe tour -do it! It was so awesome to connect and explore a country with like-minded solo female travelers. I loved getting to experience a country and connect with other SoFe travelers in network. I really appreciated the security of going with a group as well, especially for a country such as India. ” Michelle P. | India

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“India was spectacular – it was vibrant, beautiful, dirty, spiritual, and chaotic – all at once! SoFe provided a wonderfully curated trip through the northern region of the country. Our guides brought the places we visited to life. Shopping was exceptional! Thank you Nidhi and Nikki for a life-changing trip!” Leslie R. | India

Photos from the road

We looove to collect and share photos from our Solo Female Traveler Meetup Tours. To see more images from India, check out the stories on our Instagram! @solofemaletravel. When you travel with us, tag @sofetravel so we can find your posts.

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