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Escorted Tours

Jewels of Sri Lanka including
See the Highlights of Kerala

  • Route:
  • London
  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
  • Kerala
  • London
4 NIGHTS from £349pp

Tour Highlights

  • Authentic Keralan Houseboat Trip
  • Periyar Lake
  • Cochin City Tour
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • and more...
Extension from £349pp
Tour + Extension from £1544pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

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 349pp. This 3 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.

Day 1: UK to Colombo

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Colombo International Airport.

    Day 2: Colombo to Dambulla

    On arrival you will be met by your local guide and transferred to Dambulla with the rest of your evening at leisure.

    • Dinner

    Day 3: Dambulla

    Depart in the morning to explore the stunning Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a World Heritage Site dating back to the 5th century AD. Also known as the 'Lion Rock', it is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the jungle. Following lunch continue on to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa which was once a royal capital of the Sinhalese kingdom and is over 1000 years old. It was chosen as the capital as it was advantageously positioned to safeguard against possible attacks from the southeast, as well as supposedly having fewer mosquitoes! Here you can admire the ruins of the Royal Palace and wander round the Gal Vihare, famous for its splendid carved Buddha statues.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 4: Dambulla to Kandy

    After breakfast visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, where the impressive caves contain over 2000sq metres of painted walls and ceilings which were once gilded by the ancient King to mark his place of worship. You will then travel to Kandy en route visiting a spice garden followed by lunch and check in at your hotel. Continue to the famous Temple of Tooth Relic in the afternoon - Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic and one of the holiest shrines in the Buddhist world. After dinner relax whilst watching an eclectic cultural show, where performers will dazzle you with ornate costumes and traditional dances.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 5: Kandy

    Today you will travel to the beautiful botanical gardens in Peradeniya, boasting more than 4,000 species of trees, plants, orchids and creepers. Next a highlight of this tour is a trip to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975 to care for abandoned and wounded elephants. Witness these magnificent creatures in close quarters and see young elephants being fed, bathed and trained by the wildlife authorities. This evening enjoy a city tour of Kandy, including the bazaar and arts and crafts centre and a gem museum. Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings and after defending themselves for over three centuries from the Dutch and Portuguese it finally fell to the hands of the British in 1815.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 6: Kandy to Yala

    Leaving Kandy you will stop in Giragama to visit a tea plantation before continuing to Nuwara Eliya where you will participate in a walking tour of the town. Your journey continues through Sri Lanka's striking scenery to your hotel near Yala.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 7: Yala

    The morning is at leisure before your exciting jeep safari around the magnificent Yala National Game Park, the largest national park in Sri Lanka with a unique ocean front setting. The park is home to elephants, wild boars, buffaloes, bears, deer and crocodiles as well as a number of migratory and indigenous birds. You may even spot a leopard!

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 8: Yala to Mount Lavinia

    Following breakfast, you will arrive in Galle, once the chief port of Ceylon and the centre of the Dutch regime in the 17th century. A city tour lets you discover the majestic Galle Fort and the surrounding historic buildings which reflect the Dutch heritage which once reined the country. Travel north for your final night at the world famous Mou

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    See the Highlights of Kerala - Extension Starts

    Day 9: Colombo to Kochi (Cochin)

    Depart Sri Lanka in the morning for your flight to Kochi in India's beautiful southern state of Kerala, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    • Breakfast

    Day 10: Kochi to Alleppey

    Transfer to Alleppey to board an authentic houseboat, journeying through the scenic backwaters.

    • Breakfast

    Day 11: Alleppey to Thekkady

    Disembarking your houseboat after breakfast, your tour continues with a drive through the spectacular countryside arriving at the Thekkady Hill Station, home to a stunning wildlife sanctuary.

    • Breakfast

    Day 12: Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin)

    After an early morning boat ride on Periyar Lake, proceed to Kochi for a city tour.

    • Breakfast

    Day 13: Kochi to the UK

    Depart after breakfast for your return flight to the UK.

    • Breakfast
    Your Meals
    • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
    • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

    Included in the Price

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

    Important Information


    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 £72 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.


    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.


    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;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

    Physical Accessibility

    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 and boats. This tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

    Group Size

    The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10, and the maximum will be 40. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your 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
    12 Jan 201724 Jan 2017£379pp£1425pp£1804ppBook
    26 Jan 201707 Feb 2017£379pp£1425pp£1804ppBook
    09 Feb 201721 Feb 2017£379pp£1425pp£1804ppBook
    09 Mar 201721 Mar 2017£379pp£1425pp£1804ppBook
    23 Mar 201704 Apr 2017£379pp£1425pp£1804ppBook
    06 Apr 201718 Apr 2017£349pp£1525pp£1874ppBook
    20 Apr 201702 May 2017£349pp£1395pp£1744ppBook
    04 May 201716 May 2017£349pp£1195pp£1544ppBook
    18 May 201730 May 2017£349pp£1225pp£1574ppBook
    08 Jun 201720 Jun 2017£349pp£1325pp£1674ppBook
    22 Jun 201704 Jul 2017£349pp£1325pp£1674ppBook
    24 Aug 201705 Sep 2017£349pp£1625pp£1974ppBook
    07 Sep 201719 Sep 2017£349pp£1525pp£1874ppBook
    21 Sep 201703 Oct 2017£349pp£1425pp£1774ppBook
    05 Oct 201717 Oct 2017£379pp£1425pp£1804ppBook
    19 Oct 201731 Oct 2017£379pp£1425pp£1804ppBook
    02 Nov 201714 Nov 2017£379pp£1425pp£1804ppBook
    16 Nov 201728 Nov 2017£379pp£1425pp£1804ppBook
    30 Nov 201712 Dec 2017£379pp£1425pp£1804ppBook

    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.

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    Fact File

    • Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee
    • Average Flying time: 10½ - 14½ hours
    • Minimum temperature: 27°C
    • Maximum temperature: 29°C
    • Spoken Language(s): Sinhala, English

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