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See the Highlights of Kerala


Route:
  • UK
  • Mumbai
  • Kanha National Park
  • Delhi
  • Shimla
  • Delhi
  • Highlights of Kerala
  • UK

4 NIGHTS from £359pp

Tour Highlights
  • Authentic Keralan Houseboat Trip
  • Thekkady Hill Station Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Periyar Lake
  • Cochin City Tour
  • Enjoy a Mumbai city tour
  • Search the animals of The Jungle Book on a safari
  • Tour the sights of Delhi on a rickshaw ride
  • Enjoy a tour of Shimla & visit the Kipling's residence
  • Toy Train ride into the Himalayan foothills
  • Explore Delhi's Chandni Chowk market

Extension from £359pp

Tour + Extension from £1608pp

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See the Highlights of Kerala

Why not continue your trip beyond Sri Lanka with a mini tour of the beautiful Indian state of Kerala from 359pp. This 4 night extension includes a tour of Cochin, one of India's major ports and trading centres and an overnight trip on an authentic Keralan Houseboat.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Mumbai

Depart London on your overnight flight to Mumbai.

2
Mumbai

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. After lunch, enjoy an afternoon tour of Mumbai, Kipling's birthplace and home for six years. Visit the bungalow where the writer was born, then the towering archway of The Gateway of India. Drive past the Gothic facade of the Bombay High Court, the ornate clock tower of the city university, elegant Victoria Terminus, and colourful Crawford Market, where the fountain built by Kipling's father still stands. Follow the coastal road to Mani Bhavan, Mahatma Gandhi's Bombay residence, before returning to your hotel.

  • Lunch & Dinner
3
Mumbai to Kanha National Park

After breakfast, depart Mumbai on your flight to Raipur, then drive through colourful rural landscapes to Kanha National Park for your two-night stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Kanha National Park

Witness the animals that inspired Kipling's Jungle Book adventures on today's full-day jeep safari through the bamboo forests and rolling grasslands of Kanha National Park. Look out for sambar deer, the four-horned Chausingha antelope, panthers and the prowling tigers that inspired the fearsome character, Shere Khan.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Kanha National Park to Delhi

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and morning before your afternoon flight from Raipur to Delhi.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Delhi

Engage your senses as you take in Delhi's colourful streets, spice-scented alleyways and rumbling rickshaws on today's full-day city tour. Explore the sprawling courtyards of Jama Masjid mosque then take a rickshaw ride through the labyrinth of stalls in Chandni Chowk market. Drive past the imposing walls of the Red Fort, stopping at Raj Ghat to visit Mahatma Gandhi's cremation grounds. Cross over into the neatly planned streets of New Delhi, visiting the commercial hub of Connaught Place, as you make your way to the soaring tower of Qutab Minar and the memorial at India Gate.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Delhi to Shimla

This morning, board your train to Chandigarh, where you'll transfer to the UNESCO-recognised Toy Train, a tiny locomotive that carries you to the city of Shimla in the Himalayan foothills for your three-night stay.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Shimla

Today's tour begins with a visit to one of the Kipling family's residences. Experience Shimla's woods as they were in Kipling's time at Potters Hill Arboretum then walk around Shimla's centre, past the grand State Museum, the hilltop location of Christ Church, and the boulevards of the Mall. After lunch, cross the 'Combermere Bridge' which appears in Kipling's book 'The Phantom Rickshaw' before driving into the Jakhoo Hills. Take in the statue of the Hindu god Hanuman then enjoy free time to explore the Mall.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Shimla

Enjoy a day at leisure to explore Shimla further. Alternatively, take an optional nature walk (at a fee) through the rural landscapes of the Himalayas.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Shimla to Delhi

Drive to Kalka railway station then board your train to Delhi, arriving in time for tonight's farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Delhi to the UK

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to the UK, or continue on to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast
12
Delhi to Kerala

After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Cochin in India's beautiful southern state of Kerala, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

  • Breakfast
13
Cochin to Alleppey

Today you will board a traditional houseboat which will be both your transport and accommodation. This leisurely cruise takes you through the winding backwaters of Kerala, meandering through the beautiful lagoons, rivers and canals whilst enjoying the local food and stunning rural scenery of the surrounding villages.

  • Breakfast
14
Alleppey to Thekkady

Disembarking your houseboat after breakfast, your tour continues with a drive through the spectacular countryside. Journey on to Thekkady, a stunning area located high in the Cardamom hills containing tea gardens, rubber, coffee and pepper plantations. Following lunch, a visit to a plantation and spice market await you.

  • Breakfast
15
Thekkady to Cochin

A highlight of Thekkady is the Periyar National Park, India's largest wildlife sanctuary. Board a boat at Periyar Lake where you can view various species of wildlife and enjoy picturesque scenery. Proceed to Cochin for a city tour to see the impressive Chinese fishing nets, before taking a ride through the village roads in a tuk-tuk. You will see the Mattanchery Duch Palace and St. Francis, the oldest European church in India.

  • Breakfast
16
Cochin to the UK

Depart after breakfast for your return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

A visa is required for entry into India. British Citizen Passport Holders will need to obtain an e-Tourist Visa (eTV) for travel to India. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa is approximately £96 per person. The Travel Visa Company can only apply for this 30 days before your proposed travel date and takes around 10 working days to issue. It is only valid for a 30 day single entry stay from the date of arrival. When calling the Travel Visa Company they will advise you of any changes to the fees or the procedure, they will also advise you of all information they will require in order to apply for the visa.

Insurance

You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Direct is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 17 days cover£39£75£129
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. 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 Direct 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.

Payment

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.

Flight Information

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.

Health and Vaccinations

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.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves climbing steep stairs and getting on and off coaches and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

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.

Tour Guide

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.

Currency Information

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.

The currency in Kerala is the Indian Rupee (RS). The Rupee is a closed currency and officially you are not allowed to take any cash out of Kerala. 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.

Personal Expenses

Tipping is common practice and seen as a way of life in Sri Lanka. It is customary to tip both your driver and guide 200 rupees (approximately £1) per person per day.

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!

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2018 DATES
15 Oct 201829 Oct 2018£419£1249£1668SOLD OUT
12 Nov 201826 Nov 2018£429£1479£1908SOLD OUT
2019 DATES
07 Jan 201921 Jan 2019£439£1629£2068Book Now
04 Feb 201918 Feb 2019£449£1619£2068Book Now
18 Feb 201904 Mar 2019£449£1599£2048Book Now
04 Mar 201918 Mar 2019£429£1579£2008Book Now
18 Mar 201901 Apr 2019£429£1529£1958Book Now
08 Apr 201922 Apr 2019£359£1479£1838Book Now
06 May 201920 May 2019£379£1379£1758Book Now
20 May 201903 Jun 2019£379£1329£1708Book Now
10 Jun 201924 Jun 2019£379£1279£1658Book Now
14 Oct 201928 Oct 2019£429£1249£1678Book Now
11 Nov 201925 Nov 2019£399£1489£1888Book Now
25 Nov 201909 Dec 2019£429£1499£1928Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Travelling Alone?

We have 2 rooms available on every tour date for single occupancy use, however a single supplement must be paid on the add-on part of the tour.

Hotel Change 2019 dates

Please note for ALL 2019 departure dates, your hotel in Cochin will be the 5* Hotel Casino. Please refer to your final ticketing documentation for more details.

What to expect

Fact File
Min/Max temperature

10 °C / 34 °C

When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Mumbai

Delhi

Shimla

Kerala

What to pack
  • Insect repellent
  • Sun cream
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Sunglasses and Hat
  • Rucksack
  • Binoculars
  • Camera and charger
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Long sleeve shirt and long trousers
  • Swimwear
  • Anti-bacterial hand sanitiser
  • Personal toiletries
  • First aid kit
  • An electric plug converter
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  • UK
  • Mumbai
  • Kanha National Park
  • Delhi
  • Shimla
  • Delhi
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This add-on tour must be taken at the end of the main tour.

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  • Kanha National Park
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  • Shimla
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