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Escorted Tours

Sri Lanka Highlights including

Kerala Beach Stay


Route:
  • UK
  • Colombo
  • Waikkal
  • Dambulla
  • Sigiriya
  • Polonnaruwa
  • Kandy
  • Pinnawala
  • Colombo
  • Kerala
  • UK

4 NIGHTS from £439pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy Kovalam's stunning beaches
  • Enter the iconic cave temples of Dambulla and witness the stunning statues and murals of Buddha
  • See the awe-inspiring ruins of the Sigiriya Rock citadel, the summit palace, and fortress built 1,500 years ago
  • Discover the archaeological treasures of Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO heritage site
  • Take a tour of delightful Kandy and visit the sacred Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
  • Immerse yourself in the floral beauty and diversity of Peradeniya's Royal Botanical Gardens, home to over 4,000 species of plants
  • Get a close-up look at the larger-than-life residents of Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage

Extension from £439pp

Tour + Extension from £1438pp

or call us on 0800 781 4893

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 for your scheduled overnight flight direct to Colombo

2
Colombo to Waikkal

On arrival in Colombo, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Waikkal for a welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
3
Waikkal to Dambulla

Leave for Dambulla, visiting the iconic cave temple complex, dating back to the 1st century BC. The five caves contain some 150 stunning Buddha statues and exquisite wall paintings. Gilded and embellished by former kings of Sri Lanka, the murals of the 'Golden Rock' cover an impressive 2100 square meters, centred around a fifteen-meter-high reclining Buddha hewn straight out of the cave wall. Continue on to your hotel in Dambulla for a relaxing afternoon.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa

After an early breakfast take a drive to the most revered site, the Sigiriya Rock. On the flat summit of this immense rock are the ruins of the ancient palace and fortress citadel built 1,500 years ago. Stroll through some of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world and step through the gigantic lion claws, the sole remains of the vast brick lion that gave the rock its name. Continue to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the island's ancient former capital and now a UNESCO world heritage site. The city's Archaeological Park and gardens contain a well-preserved collection of statues and other carvings to enjoy.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Dambulla to Kandy

Kandy, last capital of the ancient kings' era, is the gateway to Sri Lanka's lush central highlands and tea plantations. The palaces and parks built by the Sri Lankan monarchs rub shoulders with fine British colonial architecture created after the handover in 1815. The last of those monarchs designed the beautiful Kandy Lake, adjacent to Kandy's 'crown jewel', the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of the most sacred places in the Buddhist world. Check in to your hotel in the evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Kandy

After breakfast visit the beautiful Royal Botanical Gardens at nearby Peradeniya. Home to over 4,000 species of plants these stunning gardens were once the exclusive reserve of Sri Lankan royalty. Later, travel to see the holiest shrine in Sri Lanka, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth. While the revered relic stays inside a golden casket, you can join the white-robed devotees as they make their offerings and prayers. Afterwards, be entertained by a cultural show, before returning to your hotel for the evening.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Kandy to Colombo via Pinnawala

After breakfast leave Kandy and head for the famous Elephant Orphanage at Pinnawala, founded in 1975 to look after the growing number of orphaned elephants abandoned in Sri Lankan forest. Experience these wonderful creatures at close quarters as you learn about the important work this centre does. On completion, continue on to Colombo for your final night at the world famous Mount Lavinia Hotel. Immerse yourself in the old-world ambience of this magnificent building, built over 200 years ago as the Governor's residence. A suitable setting for your farewell dinner.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Colombo to UK, or on to Extension

After breakfast transfer to Colombo International Airport for departure to the UK or onwards to your Extension.

  • Breakfast
9
Mount Lavinia to Kerala

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

  • Breakfast
10
Kerala

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

11
Kerala

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

12
Kerala

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

13
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 £49pp 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 initial flight is to Colombo International Airport with Sri Lankan Airlines (UL), departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3.
IMPORTANT: Please note that final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.
Baggage allowance (per person): Each passenger is entitled to 30KG of hold luggage plus 1 item of hand luggage of 5kg not exceeding 56cm x 36cm x 23cm in size and 1 personal item such as a handbag, briefcase or laptop case. 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. If you have booked an optional add-on please contact us for more information.
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

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, www.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, & includes some climbing of stairs and getting on and off coaches. Please note there are approximately 1300 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
2019 DATES
Uday Samudra Hotel
09 Sep 201909 Sep 2019£439£1259£1698Book Now
07 Oct 201907 Oct 2019£519£1339£1858Book Now
21 Oct 201921 Oct 2019£519£1359£1878Book Now
04 Nov 201904 Nov 2019£529£1359£1888Book Now
2020 DATES
13 Jan 202024 Jan 2020£519£1469£1988Book Now
10 Feb 202021 Feb 2020£519£1599£2118Book Now
09 Mar 202020 Mar 2020£519£1469£1988Book Now
20 Apr 202001 May 2020£459£1399£1858Book Now
11 May 202022 May 2020£459£1299£1758Book Now
18 May 202029 May 2020£459£1199£1658Book Now
01 Jun 202012 Jun 2020£459£999£1458Book Now
07 Sep 202018 Sep 2020£449£1259£1708Book Now
21 Sep 202002 Oct 2020£449£1319£1768Book Now
19 Oct 202030 Oct 2020£539£1359£1898Book Now
16 Nov 202027 Nov 2020£549£1419£1968Book 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.

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

Sri Lanka

Kerala

What to pack
  • Sunglasses, Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Warm clothing and thermals in winter
  • Long trousers and a top with sleeves (required when entering any religious sites)
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug converter - the electricity in Sri Lanka is 230 volts and is a 3 round pin plug or a UK plug
  • Mosquito repellent
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Antibacterial hand gel
  • Binoculars
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Small day pack for excursions
  • Waterproof, lightweight jacket
  • Lightweight clothing
Tour Dossiers
Other Extensions
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    Yala National Park

    2 nights from £299pp

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  • Sri Lanka
    Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay

    4 nights from £339pp

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  • Maldives
    Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay

    4 nights from £789pp

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  • Maldives
    Extend your trip with a Maldives 7 night Beach Stay

    7 nights from £1119pp

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Hotels & Accommodation

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Yala National Park
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Colombo
  • Waikkal
  • Dambulla
  • Sigiriya
  • Polonnaruwa
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala National Park
  • Galle
  • Colombo
  • UK

Yala National Park is home to an incredible range of wildlife including leopards, elephants and crocodiles, as well as hundreds of bird species. Visit this amazing park on this 2-night extension.

2 nights
from £299pp
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Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Colombo
  • Waikkal
  • Dambulla
  • Sigiriya
  • Polonnaruwa
  • Kandy
  • Pinnawala
  • Colombo
  • Sri Lanka Beach Stay
  • UK

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.

4 nights
from £339pp
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Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Colombo
  • Waikkal
  • Dambulla
  • Sigiriya
  • Polonnaruwa
  • Kandy
  • Pinnawala
  • Colombo
  • Maldives
  • UK

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
from £789pp
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Extend your trip with a Maldives 7 night Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Colombo
  • Waikkal
  • Dambulla
  • Sigiriya
  • Polonnaruwa
  • Kandy
  • Pinnawala
  • Colombo
  • Maldives
  • UK

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.

7 nights
from £1119pp
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