India, Sri Lanka & the Maldives

November 27, 2015
18 Days
Aboard the Island Sky
100 Guests
From $14,980

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India, Sri Lanka & the Maldives

Expedition Highlights

  • Wander through Goa’s ancient streets past distinctive colonial Portuguese architecture, and enjoy a cooking demonstration and lunch in a traditional Goan home.
  • Visit two World Heritage Sites on your Sri Lanka tour—Kandy’s fabled Temple of the Tooth and the Dutch-built Galle Fort.
  • Savor delicious local delicacies at a pineapple plantation near Mangalore.
  • Discover the bustling metropolis of Mumbai and the elaborate depictions of the Hindu god Shiva in the caves of Elephanta Island, a World Heritage Site.
  • Explore the scenic Kerala backwaters by local boat to observe the rituals of daily life, and enjoy a cultural performance of classical Kathakali dance.
  • Snorkel among dazzling corals and prolific marine life in the northern isles of the Maldives, a sure highlight of your India adventure travels.
  • Meet the hospitable residents of tiny, traditional fishing villages on some of the Maldives’ lesser-visited islands.
  • We have eliminated the single supplement in all categories on this voyage! Book a stateroom as a solo traveler and pay the double occupancy rate.

I am often asked about my favorite destination, a challenging question at any time. But in the end, I would have to say India. All the senses seem like they have been on holiday until you get to India; the colors, the smells, the amazing flavors, the touch of soft saris, the sounds of humanity going about their daily lives. India is an enchanting destination that I yearn to return to.

Shirley Campbell

Expedition Team

Island Sky

Built in 1992 and recently refurbished, the Island Sky is a comfortable and contemporary expedition vessel. Public spaces include a large lounge, elegant bar with piano, library stocked with fiction and reference books along with a selection of games, and a single-seating dining room. Outside decks feature a bar, spa pool, and a sun deck where meals are served in pleasant weather. All suites feature ocean views, a sitting area, en suite bathroom, large wardrobes, small refrigerator, and television.

Additional Exploration

Wild Western India
Pre-voyage extension:
Wild India
November 22November 29, 2015
From $6,460

Discover India's great diversity of birds, reptiles, and mammals, and explore the heartland of this dynamic subcontinent. From bustling cities and remote villages to exquisite World Heritage Site temples and tombs, our expedition uncovers the dramatic diversity of India's landscapes. Journey to Bandhavgarh National Park to search for tigers and deer, visit Old and New Delhi, and discover Khajuraho's exquisite 1,000-year-old Hindu temples. 

Gear Up!

  • Waterproof Camera Case
Waterproof Camera Case

Guaranteed 100% waterproof, this camera case is perfect for the digital camera you’ll take along on your India tour. Snap photos of the bustling metropolis of Mumbai and the Portuguese architecture of Goa right through the ultra-clear case, then tuck your pricey hardware away. An adjustable/detachable shoulder strap makes it extra convenient. 

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Beyond the Destination

Interesting Perspectives from Previous Expeditions to India, Sri Lanka & the Maldives

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    Keen on Kathakali

    August 27, 2015 | Blog Post

    Exotic figures striking Kathakali poses grace the famous frescoes of Kochi’s Mattancherry Palace, and appear among the stone carvings in Kerala’s many temples, as well. Indeed, colorful Kathakali images adorn everything from travel posters and guidebooks to T-shirts and coffee mugs, and have become the de-factor symbol of this southwest Indian state.

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    Where to Shop: India Edition

    June 9, 2015 | Blog Post

    Our India, Sri Lanka & the Maldives expedition takes place during the holiday season, the perfect time to finish up shopping for your friends and family! This region offers plenty of local gifts that you simply can’t get elsewhere.

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    Majesty of the Maldives

    May 13, 2015 | Blog Post

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    Top Ten Reasons to Travel to India by Small Ship

    April 25, 2015 | Blog Post

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    India and the Maldives with Sri Lanka & the Lakshadweeps 2011 Field Report

    February 17, 2012 | Field Report

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  • Cochin

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    October 27, 2010 | Blog Post

    To see and know all of India would take a lifetime, or several, which makes the belief in reincarnation a useful concept. Of course, working in travel for 13 years, I had a good sense of the individual elements that comprise this diverse land—its religions, people, landscapes, and sacred places.

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    Snorkeling in the Maldives

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    August 12, 2009 | Blog Post

    As I prepare to lead the 2010 Maldives trips, I am reminded of the distinct beauty of the place. The archipelago is comprised of twenty-two coral atolls including 1,200 separate isles and islets, only 200 of which are inhabited.

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    Welcome to My India

    July 20, 2006 | Blog Post

    I cannot imagine a more wonderful introduction to the people and places of my homeland than a journey to India by ship. As you stop to explore the cities and villages, you will have many rare opportunities to witness the oldest living culture in the world—and to see it both from a historical perspective and as a nation with a strong future and global vision.

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