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Grand Tour of Sri Lanka with Sri Lanka Beach Stay

17 Day Escorted Tour With 5 Day Extension

Sri Lanka, Indian Ocean
Challenging Pace

Extend your stay with an extension to the wonderful beach resort of Kalutara on the north west coast of the country. Indulge in a calming massage or relax by the beach before returning to the UK. <b>Choose a hotel from our handpicked options or speak to our reservations team about our entire range of hotels available.</b>

2022 Dossier

2023 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Beautiful Beachfront Location
  • All Meals and Drinks Included
  • Excellent Spa Facilities
  • Tours of Colombo, Kandy & Galle
  • The beautiful beaches of Passikudah and Mirissa
  • Explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress & Dambulla Rock Temple
  • Visit the ancient capital, Anuradhapura
  • Discover the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya
  • Safari through Udawalawe and Yala Parks
Train
Coach
Boat
Airplane
Walking
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Number of nights

This map is for the main tour only

Itinerary

Day 1
UK to Colombo

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Colombo.

Day 2
Colombo

On arrival, you will be transferred to your hotel in Colombo. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 3
Colombo

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today, enjoy a half-day tour starting with the vibrant temples and bazaars of Pettah. Next, visit the Old Dutch hospital, a highlight of the newly restored Fort complex. After lunch, enjoy the afternoon at leisure before a welcome cocktail and dinner.

Day 4
Colombo to Dambulla

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, enjoy breakfast before your leisurely journey to Dambulla. After lunch, continue to Dambulla Rock Temple. This collection of impressive caves contains over 2000 square metres of painted walls and ceilings, which were once gilded by the ancient King to mark his place of worship.

Day 5
Dambulla to Anuradhapura

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today starts with an early morning journey north to the ancient city of Anuradhapura, the spiritual heart of the Cultural Triangle. On route, visit the sleepy village of Mihintale and its nearby sacred mountain peak and temple complex. After lunch, embark on a city tour. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura is the first capital and undoubtedly the grandest city of ancient Sri Lanka. The city ruins are one of South Asia's most evocative sites and contains a rich collection of crumbling temples, vast monasteries and elaborate palaces. Learn about its fascinating history and marvel at the sacred Bodhi tree.

Day 6
Dambulla to Sigiriya

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Undoubtedly a highlight of the tour, today's excursion is to the awe-inspiring Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The ancient city of Sigiriya is a World Heritage Site and the city ruins lie on the slopes and summit of the imposing granite peak, towering above the jungle below. Climb up steps carved into the rock face to see the fortified palace and enjoy the spectacular views over this ancient citadel. Return to your hotel for lunch and enjoy an afternoon at leisure.

Day 7
Dambulla to Passikudah via Polonnaruwa

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After an early breakfast, depart Dambulla and visit the city of Polonnaruwa. Scattered over gently undulating woodland, explore the monumental ruins of the ancient garden-city, before continuing to Passikudah.

Day 8
Passikudah

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Today has been left at leisure for you to relax and enjoy Passikudah's powder-white sands and emerald waters on Sri Lanka's laid-back, less-visited east coast.

Day 9
Passikudah to Kandy

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After breakfast, travel toward Kandy, visiting a spice garden in Matale on route. After lunch, continue to the Central Hills Kandy and head to the famous Temple of the Tooth which houses Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic - a tooth of Buddha. You will arrive in time for 'pooja' when the heavily guarded room housing the relic opens to both pilgrims and travellers.

Day 10
Kandy

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Cradled amongst misty hills, the small city of Kandy exudes history, culture and beauty. Explore the famous botanical gardens of Peradeniya, full of exotic palms, colourful orchids and home to over 4,000 species of trees and plants. Then, enjoy a tour followed by an afternoon and evening at leisure.

Day 11
Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Sri Lanka is one of the world's largest exporters of tea and today you will travel to Nuwara Eliya, which has been the capital of this industry since the 19th century. En route to your hotel, stop at a tea plantation and inhale the heavenly scent of the Ceylon tea brand.

Day 12
Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawe

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

A morning tour of Nuwara Eliya begins today, driving through the lush, green tea plantations dotted with the colourful saris of the women working in them. Lunch will be served in a local village, Ella, with far-reaching views over the misty landscapes beyond.

Day 13
Udawalawe to Tissamaharama

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Udawalawe national park is renowned for its elephant viewing opportunities against the stunning backdrop of the surrounding hills. Rising early this morning, embark on a Jeep safari within Udawalawe National Park, home to elephants, deer, water buffalo, monkeys and a variety of bird species. Just outside the park is the Elephant Transit Home, an inspirational project started to rehabilitate injured elephants. The rest of the day is at leisure.

Day 14
Tissamaharama and Yala National Park

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

After some free time this morning, enjoy a Jeep safari in the nearby Yala national park awaits. Seek elephants, sloths, deer and, with the highest density of leopards in the world, you may even be lucky enough to spot one of these elusive animals. Please note that Yala National Park maybe closed for 30 days each year commencing around the month of September. The tour will visit Lunugamvehera National Park instead.

Day 15
Tissamaharama to Mirissa

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Departing Tissamaharama, you will travel to the Mirissa. The idyllic crescent of beach, fringed with coconut palms and soft golden sands, is the perfect place to crack open a coconut and relax.

Day 16
Mirissa and Galle

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

This morning, you will travel to Galle, an ancient fort and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This national treasure has been inhabited by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, all of whom left their distinctive marks, visible through the sleepy streets strewn with colonial buildings, r

Day 17
Mirissa to Sri Lanka Beach Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Transfer to your chosen hotel on one of Sri Lanka's stunning beaches.

Day 18-19
Sri Lanka Beach Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Relax at your chosen beach hotel.

Day 20
Sri Lanka Beach Hotel

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Continue relaxing at your chosen beach hotel for your last full day and night.

Day 21
Sri Lanka to the UK

Breakfast

Transfer to the airport for flight back to the UK.

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Dates & Prices

Royal Palms Beach Hotel

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2023
from £3,208
4 Dates
4th Jan - 24th Jan
£3,658
11th Jan - 31st Jan
£3,358
18th Jan - 7th Feb
£3,208
25th Jan - 14th Feb
£3,208
February 2023
from £3,158
3 Dates
1st Feb - 21st Feb
£3,208
8th Feb - 28th Feb
£3,158
15th Feb - 7th Mar
£3,158
March 2023
from £2,798
2 Dates
8th Mar - 28th Mar
£3,058
15th Mar - 4th Apr
£2,798
April 2023
from £2,598
2 Dates
19th Apr - 9th May
£2,598
26th Apr - 16th May
£2,698
May 2023
from £2,398
1 Date
24th May - 13th Jun
£2,398
June 2023
from £2,498
2 Dates
7th Jun - 27th Jun
£2,498
21st Jun - 11th Jul
£2,518
July 2023
from £3,518
1 Date
26th Jul - 15th Aug
£3,518
August 2023
from £3,218
1 Date
9th Aug - 29th Aug
£3,218
September 2023
from £2,728
3 Dates
6th Sep - 26th Sep
£2,828
13th Sep - 3rd Oct
£2,728
20th Sep - 10th Oct
£2,728
October 2023
from £2,728
2 Dates
4th Oct - 24th Oct
£2,728
18th Oct - 7th Nov
£2,918
November 2023
from £2,918
3 Dates
1st Nov - 21st Nov
£2,918
8th Nov - 28th Nov
£2,918
22nd Nov - 12th Dec
£3,018

The Palms

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Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2023
from £1,198
4 Dates
4th Jan - 24th Jan
£3,498
11th Jan - 31st Jan
£1,198
18th Jan - 7th Feb
£3,048
25th Jan - 14th Feb
£3,048
February 2023
from £2,978
3 Dates
1st Feb - 21st Feb
£3,048
8th Feb - 28th Feb
£2,998
15th Feb - 7th Mar
£2,978
March 2023
from £2,678
2 Dates
8th Mar - 28th Mar
£2,878
15th Mar - 4th Apr
£2,678
April 2023
from £2,498
2 Dates
19th Apr - 9th May
£2,498
26th Apr - 16th May
£2,598
May 2023
from £2,298
1 Date
24th May - 13th Jun
£2,298
June 2023
from £2,398
2 Dates
7th Jun - 27th Jun
£2,398
21st Jun - 11th Jul
£2,398
July 2023
from £3,398
1 Date
26th Jul - 15th Aug
£3,398
August 2023
from £3,098
1 Date
9th Aug - 29th Aug
£3,098
September 2023
from £2,598
3 Dates
6th Sep - 26th Sep
£2,698
13th Sep - 3rd Oct
£2,598
20th Sep - 10th Oct
£2,598
October 2023
from £2,598
2 Dates
4th Oct - 24th Oct
£2,598
18th Oct - 7th Nov
£2,788
November 2023
from £2,788
3 Dates
1st Nov - 21st Nov
£2,788
8th Nov - 28th Nov
£2,788
22nd Nov - 12th Dec
£2,888

Accommodation

The hotels listed below are provided for guidance only and final confirmation of your accommodation will be sent to you approximately 90 days before you travel
Coral Sands Hotel
4 nights
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
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Royal Palms Beach Hotel
4 nights
Kalutara, Sri Lanka
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Tour Reviews

Kevin Morley

27 Mar 20

All hotels were 100% excellent, with the exception of The Palm Garden Village in Anuradhapura.

Christopher Dainty

26 Mar 20

Quality accommodation

Trevor Denison

14 Mar 20

All very good. With such a comprehensive Itinerary, all meals included, great value for money. Guide, hotels, meals, organisation all excellent.

Elizabeth Ward

11 Mar 20

We enjoyed every one of the hotels. They were different but all good quality.

Andy Heard

16 Feb 20

Great selection of a variety of hotels all providing excellent comfortable accommodation, great food and superb hospitality .

Wayne Sherratt

29 Nov 19

The hotels could not be faulted. Some were different but a pleasure to stay in them.

B Evans

08 Nov 19

Excellent holiday, special thanks to Kusum guide/ driver. Superb hotels and well organised.

David Alastair Fleming

26 Oct 19

Generally excellent, but some variability, especially with lunch stops.

Christine Moloney

26 Apr 19

Some of the hotel rooms & around the pools could have been a bit cleaner. The food & hotel staff were excellent. This was one of the best tour holidays we have taken. The size of the group was perfect as we were able to get on & off the coach quickly & was more friendly with a small number people. The food could not be faulted & the places we ate, other than the hotels, were such a good choice.

David Seares

21 Apr 19

All hotels were of a good standard

Michael Sabec

07 Apr 19

Very high standard of hotels throughout the tour. Meals in all the hotels were excellent with a very good choice of Sri Lankan or western food. The excellent and knowledgeable service provided by the tour guide, assisted by the coach driver and his assistant, made this a very memorable tour.

Matthew Forde

01 Apr 19

All the hotels were excellent, the rooms were terrific in all locations. Most of the service was of a high quality although there were occasional lapses due to lack of training. The buffets were generally well presented and fulsome. The tour was amazing value for money and the guide Lathif was exceptional and ensured the tour exceeded all our expectations.

James Neary

28 Mar 19

Most of the Hotels were very good. All reviewed on Trip Advisor individually

Stuart Wilkinson

18 Mar 19

All the hotels were of a very good standard with all staff being friendly and helpful. All the hotels varied in style which made the trip all the more enjoyable.

M Glover

15 Mar 19

Sudesh our tour guide was outstanding and after many tours around the world, he is probably the best guide we have ever met.

Denise Stendall

26 Feb 19

All hotels were good,they were all very helpful providing gluten free food for my husband and at every meal, Ernest, our guide, spoke to the chef on our behalf. The whole trip was well organised, the hotels were good, everything went beyond our expectations. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.

Richard Swaine

09 Feb 19

All the hotels selected were good and some of a very high class.

All the meals were beyond our expectations

Marion Slade

09 Feb 19

We were most impressed by the standard of hotels used throughout. All were well located, very clean and furnished and appointed to a high standard. We especially enjoyed the Calm Resort at Pasikudah and the Amaya Hills hotel.

Mike Hill

08 Dec 18

All hotels were good/excellent- generally buffet meals - occasional waiter service for a change would be appreciated. The guide is singled out for special mention for his attention to detail and planning efficiency it was reassuring to have a good safe driver.

M Braide

30 Oct 18

Highly organised with attention to detail and planning. The tour was very well planned with two stops at coastal resorts to ease the pace of the tour. The driver gave excellent service. The hotels generally very good standard.
A fantastic value for money tour, with one of the best tour managers that I have ever met. Highly recommended.

Katie Philpott

05 Oct 18

Most of the hotels were very good quality. I particulary liked the Hotel Palm Garden and The Calm Resort.

Katrina Matthews

19 Sep 18

Fantastic good quality 3 and 4 star hotels some with amazing views

Leonard Goodes

15 Sep 18

Hotels were of a high standard and represented good value for money.

Peter Williams

10 Jul 18

All hotels were excellent. Rooms and food brilliant! All staff very good and helpful.

Theresa Robinson

20 May 18

All hotels were excellent

Owen Woodward

17 Mar 18

Some hotels a bit dated but generally all good

Neil And Sharon Walker

28 Jul 17

Excellent accommodation and food. Far exceeded our expectations.

Jon & Anne Sass

28 Mar 17

The hotels were of exceptional high standard. All in fantastic locations, rooms excellent and food and service extremely good. Have no negatives at all, very good value.

Jennifer Hancock

07 Dec 16

The standard of the hotels we visited was good . We have no complaints about any hotel .

Mark Symes

06 Oct 16

Excellent tour with great guide and hotels.

Carol Bickerstaff

09 Jun 16

Newton the guide was very patient and informative and a wonderful host. The driver was fabulous and made us feel safe even when others were testing him with their bad driving. Chmi was a very pleasant young man and very helpful on the coach getting water with a smile.

John Coyne

09 Jun 16

Absolutely first class!! The guide was knowledgeable and a great travel companion. Excellent value given the quality of hotels and the small size of the group.

John Coyne

31 May 16

Absolutely first class!! Knowledgeable guides and fantastic tour companions. Exceptional value given the quality of hotels and small size of groups.

David Tyler

31 Mar 16

All Hotels were excellent with a good range of facilities. Buffet meals were also good with a wide selection.

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Important Information

A visa is required for entry into Sri Lanka. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote "Mercury Holidays". The cost of the visa is from £63. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for 3 months from the date of issue. Therefore, we recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel, however, please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so make sure that you will not need it during this time. Alternatively, you can visit The High Commission of Sri Lanka at 13 Hyde Park Gardens, London, W2 2LU. Please note: If you have chosen to add the 'Kerala Beach Stay' or 'Highlights of Kerala' extension to the end of your tour, you will need to obtain an Indian visa prior to your UK departure. The Travel Visa Company offers a service which takes can take up to 15 working days at busy times. The cost is approximately £134. Alternatively, you can apply for your own visa. You can apply in person or by post to the Indian Embassy in London: 142-148 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7DU. There are also regional centres elsewhere in the UK. Full details on the process can be found on the Indian Embassy website www.in.vfsglobal.co.uk.

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24-hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.

If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

All flights are operated by Sri Lankan Airlines. Each passenger is entitled to 20kg of hold luggage & hand luggage of 5kg not exceeding 56cm x 36cm x 23cm in size. Flight times are for guidance only & subject to change. These timings are for the Jewels of Sri Lanka tour only and may vary. If you have booked an optional add on please contact our reservations department for more information.

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, http://travelhealthpro.org.uk/, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot, and includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. Please note there are approximately 1,300 steps to Sigiriya Rock Fortress. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

This is a fully escorted tour with local guides throughout ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge at all times.

The currency in Sri Lanka is the Sri Lankan Rupee (LKR). The Rupee is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of Sri Lanka. US Dollars and GBP are also widely accepted in these destinations, should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you. Therefore, it is very important that you budget carefully.

You will need to take some extra money with you to cover any personal purchases, such as souvenirs, laundry and extra drinks and snacks. Approximately £100 - £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!