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Sri Lanka's Parks and Wildlife with Sri Lanka Beach Stay

16 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>

2020 Dossier

2021 Dossier

Tour Highlights

  • Beautiful Beachfront Location
  • All Meals and Drinks Included
  • Excellent Spa Facilities
  • Wildlife safaris in four national parks
  • Watch a feeding at the Elephant Transit Home
  • Trek the evergreen forest of Horton Plains
  • Walk the nature trails in Sinharaja Rain Forest
  • Enjoy a Tea Plantation tour in Nuwara Eliya
  • Visit Temples in Dambulla & Kandy
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 overnight flight to Colombo.

Day 2
Wattala

Dinner

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel with the rest of the day free before your welcome dinner.

Day 3
Wattala to Wilpattu

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Depart for Wilpattu with a stop at Anawilundawa, where the ocean, mangroves and lakes which meet attract flocks of birds.

Day 4
Wilpattu

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Enjoy a full-day safari at Wilpattu National Park and the chance to spot Sri Lankan leopards and other wildlife. Enjoy a barbeque dinner in Wilpattu.

Day 5
Wilpattu to Kandy

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Depart for Kandy, stopping to see the Dambulla Rock Temple and have lunch in Matale. Take a short tour of Kandy, with a visit to the Temple of the Tooth.

Day 6
Kandy

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Head to Udawattakele Nature Reserve for a forest trek, with the chance to spot deer, boar and monkeys. Return to your hotel for the afternoon at leisure.

Day 7
Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Explore the spectacular botanical gardens of Peradeniya, then travel to Nuwara Eliya, stopping for a tea plantation tour. In Nuwara Eliya, take a short hike and scenic drive past rolling valleys and cascading waterfalls.

Day 8
Nuwara Eliya

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Trek the evergreen forests of Horton Plains, a 1.5-3-hour walk that takes you past thundering waterfalls, sheer cliffs and herds of wildlife. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure at your hotel back in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 9
Nuwara Eliya to Yala

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Journey to Lunugamwehera National Park for an afternoon jeep safari where you can observe the elephants, water buffalo and wild boar that inhabit the reserve. Continue on to Yala for the night.

Day 10
Yala

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

In the early morning, travel by jeep through the oceanfront reserve of Yala National Park, home to the highest density of leopards in the world. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.<br><b>Optional excursion (payable locally):</b> Karagama Temple.

Day 11
Yala to Udawalawe

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Witness an elephant feeding at the Elephant Transit Home, a rehabilitation centre for abandoned elephants, then go on a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park.

Day 12
Udawalawe to Sinharaja

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Travel to Sinharaja Rainforest, where you can enjoy the tropical setting on this afternoon's nature trail.

Day 13
Sinharaja

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Explore Sinharaja on another trail. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.<br><b>Optional excursion (payable locally):</b> Rainforest excursion.

Day 14
Sinharaja to Mirissa

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Journey to the

Day 15
Mirissa to Kalutara

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Enjoy Mirissa with the morning at leisure or take a seasonal whale watching excursion (at a fee). Afterwards, transfer to your chosen beach hotel for your extension.

Day 16-18
Kalutara

Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Relax at your chosen beach hotel.

Day 19
Kalutara 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 2021
from £2,938
2 Dates
19th Jan - 6th Feb
£3,088
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529
26th Jan - 13th Feb
£2,938
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529
February 2021
from £2,888
2 Dates
9th Feb - 27th Feb
£2,908
16th Feb - 6th Mar
£2,888
March 2021
from £2,838
2 Dates
2nd Mar - 20th Mar
£2,888
9th Mar - 27th Mar
£2,838
April 2021
from £2,628
1 Date
12th Apr - 30th Apr
£2,628
May 2021
from £2,478
2 Dates
3rd May - 21st May
£2,478
17th May - 4th Jun
£2,678
June 2021
from £2,288
2 Dates
31st May - 18th Jun
£2,288
14th Jun - 2nd Jul
£2,378
August 2021
from £2,438
2 Dates
10th Aug - 28th Aug
£2,438
30th Aug - 17th Sep
£2,608
September 2021
from £2,558
2 Dates
13th Sep - 1st Oct
£2,608
27th Sep - 15th Oct
£2,558
October 2021
from £2,658
1 Date
11th Oct - 29th Oct
£2,658
November 2021
from £2,958
2 Dates
2nd Nov - 20th Nov
£2,958
16th Nov - 4th Dec
£2,958

The Palms

More info
Dates
Price (per person)
Dates available
January 2021
from £2,788
2 Dates
19th Jan - 6th Feb
£2,938
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529
26th Jan - 13th Feb
£2,788
Call to Book:
0333 242 7529
February 2021
from £2,718
2 Dates
9th Feb - 27th Feb
£2,758
16th Feb - 6th Mar
£2,718
March 2021
from £2,718
2 Dates
2nd Mar - 20th Mar
£2,718
9th Mar - 27th Mar
£2,718
April 2021
from £2,618
1 Date
12th Apr - 30th Apr
£2,618
May 2021
from £2,408
2 Dates
3rd May - 21st May
£2,408
17th May - 4th Jun
£2,608
June 2021
from £2,218
2 Dates
31st May - 18th Jun
£2,218
14th Jun - 2nd Jul
£2,308
August 2021
from £2,358
2 Dates
10th Aug - 28th Aug
£2,358
30th Aug - 17th Sep
£2,508
September 2021
from £2,458
2 Dates
13th Sep - 1st Oct
£2,508
27th Sep - 15th Oct
£2,458
October 2021
from £2,558
1 Date
11th Oct - 29th Oct
£2,558
November 2021
from £2,828
2 Dates
2nd Nov - 20th Nov
£2,828
16th Nov - 4th Dec
£2,828

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
The Palms
4 nights
Beruwala, Sri Lanka
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Coral Sands Hotel
4 nights
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
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Tour Reviews

Barbara Wilson

28 Mar 20

Some lovely hotels, loved the ecolodge. The least favourite was the Mirrissa beach.

Beryl Mchale

03 Mar 20

All the hotels were quite different, some with more facilities than others, but they were all more than adequate and some were exceptionally good. The food everywhere was great.

Sarah Woodes

04 May 19

The tour guide we had Prasantha was truly amazing. He was so knowledgable about everything and spotted things we would never have picked out. He went out of his way to make sure we got the most out of the trip and became a friend to us all. Having such an amazing guide certainly helped to enhance our trip.

C Hemming

15 Mar 19

Our guide service was outstanding.

Hazel England

05 Feb 18

The pace of the tour was very hectic, especially as it was 2 weeks long. We were all exhausted towards the end.

Given the cost of the trip and the age demographic of the people on the trip I felt that the Big Game Camping wasn't in keeping with the rest of the accommodation we stayed in. The tents were very poor, in particular the toilet and shower. As we had done the itinerary the opposite way round and the camping was the last accommodation, we were all very tired and in need of some luxury, not roughing it.

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 £49pp 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 sufficient time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic. It is not advisable to drink the tap water.

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and able mobility. It involves walking trails and treks, climbing steep stairs and getting on and off coaches.

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, meaning that you will be met on arrival by your national guide who will remain with you for the duration of your trip. You will also be joined by a local guide in each of the cities which you visit, 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!