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Escorted Tours

Sri Lanka's Parks and Wildlife including

Kerala Beach Stay


Route:
  • UK
  • Wattala
  • Wilpattu
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala
  • Udawalawe
  • Sinharaja
  • Mirissa
  • Wattala
  • Kerala
  • UK

4 NIGHTS from £429pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy Kovalam's stunning beaches
  • Wildlife safaris in four national parks
  • Watch a feeding at the Elephant Transit Home
  • Trek the evergreen forest of Horton Plains
  • Walk the nature trails in Sinharaja Rain Forest
  • Enjoy a Tea Plantation tour in Nuwara Eliya
  • Visit Temples in Dambulla & Kandy

Extension from £429pp

Tour + Extension from £2228pp

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 on your overnight flight to Colombo.

2
Wattala

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel with the rest of the day free before your welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
3
Wattala to Wilpattu

Depart for Wilpattu with a stop at Anawilundawa, where the ocean, mangroves and lakes which meet attract flocks of birds.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Wilpattu

Enjoy a full-day safari at Wilpattu National Park and the chance to spot Sri Lankan leopards and other wildlife. Enjoy a barbeque dinner in Wilpattu.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Wilpattu to Kandy

Depart for Kandy, stopping to see the Dambulla Rock Temple and have lunch in Matale. Take a short tour of Kandy, with a visit to the Temple of the Tooth.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Kandy

Head to Udawattakele Nature Reserve for a forest trek, with the chance to spot deer, boar and monkeys. Return to your hotel for the afternoon at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Explore the spectacular botanical gardens of Peradeniya, then travel to Nuwara Eliya, stopping for a tea plantation tour. In Nuwara Eliya, take a short hike and scenic drive past rolling valleys and cascading waterfalls.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Nuwara Eliya

Trek the evergreen forests of Horton Plains, a 1.5-3-hour walk that takes you past thundering waterfalls, sheer cliffs and herds of wildlife. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure at your hotel back in Nuwara Eliya.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Nuwara Eliya to Yala

Journey to Lunugamwehera National Park for an afternoon jeep safari where you can observe the elephants, water buffalo and wild boar that inhabit the reserve. Continue on to Yala for the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Yala

In the early morning, travel by jeep through the oceanfront reserve of Yala National Park, home to the highest density of leopards in the world. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure, with the option to visit Kataragama Temple.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Yala to Udawalawe

Witness an elephant feeding at the Elephant Transit Home, a rehabilitation centre for abandoned elephants, then go on a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Udawalawe to Sinharaja

Travel to Sinharaja Rainforest, where you can enjoy the tropical setting on this afternoon's nature trail.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Sinharaja

Explore Sinharaja on another trail. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure or take an optional rainforest excursion.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Sinharaja to Mirissa

Journey to the coastal town of Mirissa and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at your beachfront resort.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Mirissa to Wattala*

Enjoy Mirissa with the morning at leisure or take a seasonal whale watching excursion (at a fee). Today marks the end of the tour for those staying

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Colombo to Kerala

Transfer to Colombo for your flight to Kerala, upon arrival transfer to your chosen beach hotel.

  • Breakfast
172
Kerala

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

18
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 Indira Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines (UL) departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage providing the exterior dimensions (height length width) do not exceed 115cm and 7kg in weight. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your e-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Heathrow Airport advises that check-in should be three hours before your flight departure time. 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 sufficient 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. It is not advisable to drink the tap water.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and able mobility. It involves walking trails and treks, climbing steep stairs and getting on and off coaches.

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
18 Sep 201807 Oct 2018£479£2019£2498Please call to book
0800 781 4893
16 Oct 201804 Nov 2018£479£2139£2618Book Now
06 Nov 201825 Nov 2018£479£2229£2708Book Now
20 Nov 201809 Dec 2018£479£2329£2808Book Now
2019 Dates
14 Jan 201902 Feb 2019£479£2289£2768Book Now
29 Jan 201917 Feb 2019£479£2339£2818Book Now
19 Feb 201910 Mar 2019£469£2339£2808Book Now
05 Mar 201924 Mar 2019£469£2319£2788Book Now
16 Apr 201905 May 2019£439£2319£2758Book Now
07 May 201926 May 2019£439£1899£2338Book Now
04 Jun 201923 Jun 2019£439£1799£2238Book Now
03 Sep 201922 Sep 2019£439£1979£2418Book Now
17 Sep 201906 Oct 2019£489£2029£2518Book Now
15 Oct 201903 Nov 2019£489£2139£2628Book Now
05 Nov 201924 Nov 2019£489£2239£2728Book Now
19 Nov 201908 Dec 2019£489£2359£2848Book Now
2018 Dates
18 Sep 201807 Oct 2018£559£2019£2578Please call to book
0800 781 4893
16 Oct 201804 Nov 2018£629£2139£2768Book Now
06 Nov 201825 Nov 2018£629£2229£2858Book Now
20 Nov 201809 Dec 2018£629£2329£2958Book Now
2019 Dates
14 Jan 201902 Feb 2019£599£2289£2888Book Now
29 Jan 201917 Feb 2019£599£2339£2938Book Now
19 Feb 201910 Mar 2019£569£2339£2908Book Now
05 Mar 201924 Mar 2019£559£2319£2878Book Now
16 Apr 201905 May 2019£489£2319£2808Book Now
07 May 201926 May 2019£489£1899£2388Book Now
04 Jun 201923 Jun 2019£489£1799£2288Book Now
03 Sep 201922 Sep 2019£489£1979£2468Book Now
17 Sep 201906 Oct 2019£579£2029£2608Book Now
15 Oct 201903 Nov 2019£629£2139£2768Book Now
05 Nov 201924 Nov 2019£629£2239£2868Book Now
19 Nov 201908 Dec 2019£629£2359£2988Book Now
2018 Dates
18 Sep 201807 Oct 2018£449£2019£2468Please call to book
0800 781 4893
16 Oct 201804 Nov 2018£449£2139£2588Book Now
06 Nov 201825 Nov 2018£449£2229£2678Book Now
20 Nov 201809 Dec 2018£449£2329£2778Book Now
2019 Dates
14 Jan 201902 Feb 2019£469£2289£2758Book Now
29 Jan 201917 Feb 2019£469£2339£2808Book Now
19 Feb 201910 Mar 2019£449£2339£2788Book Now
05 Mar 201924 Mar 2019£449£2319£2768Book Now
16 Apr 201905 May 2019£429£2319£2748Book Now
07 May 201926 May 2019£429£1899£2328Book Now
04 Jun 201923 Jun 2019£429£1799£2228Book Now
03 Sep 201922 Sep 2019£429£1979£2408Book Now
17 Sep 201906 Oct 2019£449£2029£2478Book Now
15 Oct 201903 Nov 2019£449£2139£2588Book Now
05 Nov 201924 Nov 2019£449£2239£2688Book Now
19 Nov 201908 Dec 2019£449£2359£2808Book 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

18 °C / 36 °C

Spoken languages

Sinhala, Tamil, English

What to pack
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Sunglasses and Hat
  • Rucksack
  • Binoculars
  • Camera and charger
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Long sleeve shirt and long trousers
  • Swimwear
  • Personal toiletries
  • Anti-bacterial hand sanitiser
  • A multi plug travel adapter
  • First aid kit
Tour Dossiers
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  • Kerala
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  • Maldives
    Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay

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Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Wattala
  • Wilpattu
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala
  • Udawalawe
  • Sinharaja
  • Mirissa
  • 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.

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See the Highlights of Kerala
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Wattala
  • Wilpattu
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala
  • Udawalawe
  • Sinharaja
  • Mirissa
  • Wattala
  • Highlights of Kerala
  • UK

Why not continue your trip beyond Sri Lanka with a mini tour of the beautiful Indian state of Kerala from 489pp. 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.

5 nights
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Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Wattala
  • Wilpattu
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala
  • Udawalawe
  • Sinharaja
  • Mirissa
  • Wattala
  • 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 £739pp
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