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Secrets of Sri Lanka including

Kerala Beach Stay


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

4 NIGHTS from £379pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy Kovalam's stunning beaches
  • 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

Extension from £379pp

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Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay

Extend your tour with a relaxing beach stay in the Indian State of Kerala. Relax in the popular resort of Kovalam, known locally as the paradise of the south, amongst the coconut groves for which the town is famous.

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: Photo

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Marawila to Kerala

Transfer from the Club Palm Bay Hotel in Marawila to the Airport for your flight to Kerala.

  • Breakfast
102
Kerala

Relax at your chosen beach hotel or explore one of India's most fascinating states.

11
Kerala to the UK

Transfer to the airport for flight back to the UK.

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 Holidays 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

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

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

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
Uday Samudra Hotel
23 Oct 201804 Nov 2018£509£1489£1998SOLD OUT
2019 DATES
08 Jan 201920 Jan 2019£459£1519£1978Book Now
22 Jan 201903 Feb 2019£449£1519£1968Book Now
05 Feb 201917 Feb 2019£449£1639£2088SOLD OUT
19 Feb 201903 Mar 2019£449£1499£1948Book Now
05 Mar 201917 Mar 2019£449£1499£1948Book Now
19 Mar 201931 Mar 2019£439£1489£1928Book Now
30 Apr 201912 May 2019£409£1399£1808Book Now
14 May 201926 May 2019£409£1299£1708Book Now
28 May 201909 Jun 2019£409£1169£1578Book Now
11 Jun 201923 Jun 2019£409£1299£1708Book Now
03 Sep 201915 Sep 2019£409£1469£1878Book Now
17 Sep 201929 Sep 2019£409£1499£1908Book Now
15 Oct 201927 Oct 2019£469£1499£1968Book Now
12 Nov 201924 Nov 2019£469£1519£1988Book Now
26 Nov 201908 Dec 2019£469£1519£1988Book Now
2018 DATES
Vivanta By Taj - Green Cove Kovalam
23 Oct 201804 Nov 2018£629£1469£2098SOLD OUT
2019 DATES
08 Jan 201920 Jan 2019£559£1519£2078Book Now
22 Jan 201903 Feb 2019£559£1519£2078Book Now
05 Feb 201917 Feb 2019£559£1639£2198SOLD OUT
19 Feb 201903 Mar 2019£549£1499£2048Book Now
05 Mar 201917 Mar 2019£509£1499£2008Book Now
19 Mar 201931 Mar 2019£509£1499£2008Book Now
30 Apr 201912 May 2019£439£1399£1838Book Now
14 May 201926 May 2019£439£1299£1738Book Now
28 May 201909 Jun 2019£439£1169£1608Book Now
11 Jun 201923 Jun 2019£439£1299£1738Book Now
03 Sep 201915 Sep 2019£439£1469£1908Book Now
17 Sep 201929 Sep 2019£439£1499£1938Book Now
15 Oct 201927 Oct 2019£599£1499£2098Book Now
12 Nov 201924 Nov 2019£599£1519£2118Book Now
26 Nov 201908 Dec 2019£599£1519£2118Book Now
2018 DATES
Isola Di Cocco
23 Oct 201804 Nov 2018£439£1489£1928SOLD OUT
2019 DATES
08 Jan 201920 Jan 2019£419£1519£1938Book Now
22 Jan 201903 Feb 2019£419£1519£1938Book Now
05 Feb 201917 Feb 2019£419£1639£2058SOLD OUT
19 Feb 201903 Mar 2019£419£1499£1918Book Now
05 Mar 201917 Mar 2019£419£1499£1918Book Now
19 Mar 201931 Mar 2019£419£1499£1918Book Now
30 Apr 201912 May 2019£379£1399£1778Book Now
14 May 201926 May 2019£389£1299£1688Book Now
28 May 201909 Jun 2019£389£1169£1558Book Now
11 Jun 201923 Jun 2019£389£1299£1688Book Now
03 Sep 201915 Sep 2019£389£1469£1858Book Now
17 Sep 201929 Sep 2019£389£1499£1888Book Now
15 Oct 201927 Oct 2019£419£1499£1918Book Now
12 Nov 201924 Nov 2019£419£1519£1938Book Now
26 Nov 201908 Dec 2019£419£1519£1938Book 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.

Colombo Airport Closure 2017

Please note that if you are travelling on the Jewels of Sri Lanka, Secrets of Sri Lanka or Grand Tour of Sri Lanka main tours, Colombo Airport will be switching to nighttime operation in order to carry out refurbishment in early 2017. As a result, your extension may start a day later. If this is the case you will receive an extra evening meal in Sri Lanka prior to your flight in the evening. Your full itinerary and whether you are affected will be confirmed to you in writing post booking.

Alcoholic drinks

Please note that Kerala has strict laws regarding the governance of the sale of alcohol in public places including hotels and restaurants. The sale and consumption of alcohol is therefore often restricted in hotels, varying from one establishment to another. However, you may bring your own alcohol with you for private consumption in your room.

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

Kerala

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
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Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • London
  • Colombo
  • Galle
  • Sinharaja
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Passikudah
  • Sigiriya
  • Pinnawala
  • Marawila
  • Colombo
  • Sri Lanka Beach Stay
  • London

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.

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See the Highlights of Kerala
Tour Route
  • London
  • Colombo
  • Galle
  • Sinharaja
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Passikudah
  • Sigiriya
  • Pinnawala
  • Marawila
  • Colombo
  • Highlights of Kerala
  • London

Why not continue your trip beyond Sri Lanka with a mini tour of the beautiful Indian state of Kerala from 529pp. 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.

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Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • London
  • Colombo
  • Galle
  • Sinharaja
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Passikudah
  • Sigiriya
  • Pinnawala
  • Marawila
  • Colombo
  • Maldives
  • London

Indulge yourself with a fabulous extension to the Maldives. Arriving at Male airport you will be transferred to your hotel by speed boat for four nights of pure bliss. Enjoy spectacular views of the bluest seas from all directions whilst you unwind and relax on this island of paradise.

4 nights
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