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  • London
  • Colombo
  • Galle
  • Sinharaja
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Passikudah
  • Sigiriya
  • Pinnawala
  • Marawila
  • Colombo
  • Highlights of Kerala
  • London
4 NIGHTS from £359pp

Tour Highlights

  • Authentic Keralan Houseboat Trip
  • Periyar Lake
  • Cochin City Tour
  • Explore Sinharaja Rainforest
  • and more...
Extension from £359pp
Tour + Extension from £1528pp

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 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.

Day 1: UK to Colombo

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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    See the Highlights of Kerala - Extension Starts

    Day 9: Colombo to 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: 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

    Day 11: 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

    Day 12: 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

    Day 13: Cochin to the UK

    Depart after breakfast for your return flight to the UK.

    • Breakfast
    Colombo Airport Closure 2017

    Please note Colombo Airport will be switching to nighttime operation in order to carry out refurbishment in early 2017. As a result, an extra night may need to be spent in Colombo on selected dates prior to flying to Kerala. Your full itinerary and whether you are affected will be confirmed to you in writing post booking.

    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

    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 £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.

    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 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 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
    21 Nov 201703 Dec 2017£399pp£1455pp£1854ppBook
    06 Feb 201818 Feb 2018£409pp£1479pp£1888ppBook
    20 Feb 201804 Mar 2018£409pp£1479pp£1888ppBook
    06 Mar 201818 Mar 2018£409pp£1479pp£1888ppBook
    15 May 201827 May 2018£379pp£1379pp£1758ppBook
    29 May 201810 Jun 2018£359pp£1169pp£1528ppBook
    12 Jun 201824 Jun 2018£379pp£1279pp£1658ppBook
    11 Sep 201823 Sep 2018£379pp£1479pp£1858ppBook
    23 Oct 201804 Nov 2018£409pp£1479pp£1888ppBook
    20 Nov 201802 Dec 2018£409pp£1479pp£1888ppBook

    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 Colombo Airport will be switching to nighttime operation in order to carry out refurbishment in early 2017. As a result, an extra night may need to be spent in Colombo on selected dates prior to flying to Kerala. Your full itinerary and whether you are affected will be confirmed to you in writing post booking.

    Fact File

    • Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee
    • Average Flying time: 10-14 hours
    • Minimum temperature: 27°C
    • Maximum temperature: 29°C
    • Spoken Language(s): Sinhala, Tamil, English

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