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Secrets of Sri Lanka


Route:
  • London
  • Colombo
  • Galle
  • Sinharaja
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Passikudah
  • Sigiriya
  • Pinnawala
  • Marawila
  • Colombo
  • London
Tour Pace:

9 DAYS from £1169pp

Tour Highlights
  • Beautiful beaches of the East in Passikudah
  • Explore Sinharaja Rainforest
  • Tea plantations in Nuwara Eliya
  • Sigirya Rock fortress
  • Tour of charming colonial Galle
  • Stay at historical Mount Lavinia
  • Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home

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Secrets of Sri Lanka

Journey through tropical lowland rainforests, rolling tea plantation-covered mountains and discover pristine white-sand beaches in the east of the island.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Colombo

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

2
Mount Lavinia

On arrival you will be transferred to the Mount Lavinia hotel. Dating back to 1806 when it was the British Governor's residence, the hotel exudes colonial charm, has its own private beach and beautifully positioned pool and terrace. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

  • Dinner
3
Mount Lavinia to Sinharaja

Depart the capital to travel down to the South of the island to visit the colonial town of Galle, without a doubt Sri Lanka's foremost urban attraction. Your guided city tour will explore Galle Fort, a walled town built by the Dutch in the 18th Century, and now a world heritage site. Inside the walls, you will find the old Colonial traders' houses transformed into a lovely mix of boutique art galleries, shops, and bohemian cafes, infused with the scents of spices and the tropics. After enjoying lunch in Galle you will travel to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, the last major undisturbed area of rainforest in Sri Lanka, where you will spend the next two nights at the award-winning Rainforest Eco Lodge. Each of the architecturally designed 16 chalets has its own living room and private deck to enjoy the breathtaking views of the forest canopy, rice paddies, and tea gardens. Enjoy a gentle and relaxing introductory walk around the tea estate and surrounding grounds.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Sinharaja

Enjoy an early morning walk around the forest on a bird and butterfly trail discovering many species of flora and fauna endemic to the forest. After a well-deserved breakfast, there will be further opportunity to explore this UNESCO heritage recognised rainforest on a guided walk. Dinner will be prepared with ingredients from the lodge's own gardens.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Sinharaja to Nuwara Eliya

Today your group will leave the tropical lowlands of Sinharaja and travel up into Sri Lanka's mountainous interior to Nuwara Eliya, the city of light. En route visit the inspirational Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe, which is a rehabilitation project for orphaned elephants so that they can be released back into their natural environment. On arrival in Nuwara Eliya enjoy a visit to a tea estate and factory nestled up in the hills to see the entire manufacturing process.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Nuwara Eliya to Passikudah

This morning enjoy a tour of Nuwara Eliya passing British red post boxes, pretty Victoria Park, the 18 hole golf course and the pink bricked Victorian post office. The group will then travel to Passikudah via the small village of Mahiyangana. On arrival in Passikudah check into your hotel for your next two nights. The largely undiscovered east of the island boasts the best beaches in Sri Lanka, with pristine white sands and turquoise shallow waters.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Passikudah

Enjoy a full day at leisure relaxing on the beautiful Passikudah beach. Dive and snorkeling enthusiasts may choose to explore the healthy coral gardens teeming with colourful fish whilst others may take this opportunity to recharge their batteries lounging with a good book.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Sigiriya to Marawila

Depart early this morning to visit the stunning Sigiriya Rock fortress, a world heritage site dating back to the fifth century. Climb up steps carved into the rock face to the summit or enjoy the spectacular views of ancient citadel and jungle from the lily-pad-covered moats that surround the rock. Journey to Innamaluwa where you will visit a spice garden and enjoy a relaxing foot massage. After, proceed to Marawila for your overnight stay, stopping in Dambulla for lunch on the way. Please note: Photography is prohibited in parts of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Prohibited areas will be clearly signposted.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Colombo to the UK

After breakfast transfer to Colombo airport for your flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

British passport holders are currently required to obtain a visa in order to travel to Sri Lanka. Further to visa advice should be sought from the applicable tourist authority for other nationalities and for general queries. We strongly advise you to check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy for the most up-to-date guidelines regarding required passport validity.

Insurance

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.

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

Your flight is to Colombo Airport is with Sri Lankan Airlines (UL), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3. Each passenger is entitled to 30kg of hold luggage and hand luggage that you are permitted to carry one item of hand baggage (max 5kg - 56x36x23cm) in addition to one small personal item on-board the aircraft. Weight restrictions will be finalized on E-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Check-in should be at least 3 hours before departure.

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 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.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 6, and the maximum will be 16. If in the unlikely event there are less than 6 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and 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.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, drinks and snacks. Approximately £200 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are! Tipping is customary in Sri Lanka. Should you wish to tip, this will be collected by your guide at the end of your tour for your convenience. We would recommend approximately £3-5 per person, per day for the driver and guide and £4 per person, per day for the national guides. It is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency, please do not give coins as these are difficult to exchange.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPriceBook Now
2018 Dates
11 Sep 201819 Sep 2018£1449SOLD OUT
23 Oct 201831 Oct 2018£1469SOLD OUT
20 Nov 201828 Nov 2018£1469Book Now
2019 Dates
08 Jan 201916 Jan 2019£1499Book Now
05 Feb 201913 Feb 2019£1499SOLD OUT
19 Feb 201927 Feb 2019£1489Book Now
05 Mar 201913 Mar 2019£1489Book Now
30 Apr 201908 May 2019£1399Book Now
14 May 201922 May 2019£1299Book Now
28 May 201905 Jun 2019£1169Book Now
11 Jun 201919 Jun 2019£1299Book Now
03 Sep 201911 Sep 2019£1459Book Now
17 Sep 201925 Sep 2019£1489Book Now
15 Oct 201923 Oct 2019£1489Book Now
12 Nov 201920 Nov 2019£1499Book Now
26 Nov 201904 Dec 2019£1499Book 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 limited number of rooms with no supplement available on selected dates. However, if you are happy to share with another passenger of the same gender, then let us know at the time of booking and we will endeavour to find you a travelling partner. Alternatively, please ask about our single supplement prices in order to book your own twin room.

Private Tours:

Private Tours are also available at a supplement, please speak to reservations for more details.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Sri Lankan Rupee

Average Flying time

10-14 hours

Min/Max temperature

27 °C / 29 °C

Spoken languages

Sinhala, Tamil, English

When to go

Weather and Climate
Please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Sri Lanka

What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Long Trousers and a top with sleeves is required when entering any religious sites
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Denise Scobie
12th Jun 2018

All Sri Lanka hotels were very good
The eco lodge in the rainforest was lovely but needed refurbishment...but we were told they were in the progress of doing that ..it diidnt take anything away from the holiday

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Stephanie Shearn
5th Mar 2018

On the whole, hotels were of a good quality.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Pauline Smith
6th Nov 2017

First Hotel was good, accommodation suitable and food good.
Hill Top Hotel, food was excellent but hotel a little tired.
Rain Forest Eco-lodge and Amethyst Hotel wonderful. Food was amazing and staff really wend out of their way to make sure everything was perfect.
Palm Beach hotel accommodation and food poor. Felt like a 60's holiday camp.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Donna Mcgovern
22nd Mar 2017

Good mix of hotels

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Leslie Bradshaw
2nd Mar 2017

All very good

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Susan Fowler
22nd Feb 2017

All lovely hotels and big rooms with good food and views

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
8.8/10
Gail O
31st Oct 2016

Excellent service by guide and driver who got us to our destinations safely. We were well looked after and the food was plentiful. All the accommodation was of a high standard and the staff we always helpful and polite.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Martyn Wallace
3rd Oct 2016

All hotels were excellent.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Elizabeth Blakey
27th Sep 2016

A great tour with a very good guide who looked after us excellently.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Rosamund Willis
22nd Sep 2016

Our guide was knowledgeable, helpful and always put the customer first. The itinerary was well balanced and we were informed daily what was in store and how to prepare for the day. An excellent tour covering a variety of different experiences and culture, covering such contrasting areas in such a short time.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
10/10
Alan Mckee
22nd Sep 2016

Excellent! Excellent tour leader, very informative & really thorough. Lovely hotels, especially Mount Lavinia and the food was excellent throughout.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
6.3/10
Jeanette Andrews
12th Jun 2016

Mount Lavinia Excellent
Rain Forest Eco Lodge one night would have been enough.
Hill Club arrived after dark left early in morning it was cold in room
Amethyst Resort Excellent
Club Palm Bay Excellent again arrived in dark left early in morning.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Customer Rating:
7.5/10
Barbara Jones
19th Dec 2015

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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  • Pinnawala
  • Marawila
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