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ABTA and ATOL Protected

Escorted Tours

Sri Lanka's Parks and Wildlife including

Sri Lanka Beach Stay


Route:
  • UK
  • Wattala
  • Wilpattu
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala
  • Udawalawe
  • Sinharaja
  • Mirissa
  • Sri Lanka Beach Stay
  • UK

4 NIGHTS from £349pp

Tour Highlights
  • Beautiful Beachfront Location
  • All Meals and Drinks Included
  • Excellent Spa Facilities
  • 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 £349pp

Tour + Extension from £2208pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay

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.
Choose a hotel from our handpicked options or speak to our reservations team about our entire range of hotels available.

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.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Karagama 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.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Rainforest excursion.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Sinharaja to Mirissa

Journey to the

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Mirissa to Kalutara

Enjoy Mirissa with the morning at leisure or take a seasonal whale watching excursion (at a fee). Afterwards, transfer to your chosen beach hotel for your extension.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Kalutara

Relax at your chosen beach hotel.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
19
Kalutara to the UK

Transfer to the airport for flight back to the UK.

  • Breakfast

Important Information

Visas

A visa is required for entry into Sri Lanka. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa for you on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote "Mercury Holidays". The cost of the visa is from £63. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for 3 months from the date of issue. Therefore, we recommend that you apply for your visa 8 weeks before travel, however, please be aware that your passport will be required for the application so make sure that you will not need it during this time. Alternatively, you can visit The High Commission of Sri Lanka at 13 Hyde Park Gardens, London, W2 2LU.
Please note: If you have chosen to add the 'Kerala Beach Stay' or 'Highlights of Kerala' extension to the end of your tour, you will need to obtain an Indian visa prior to your UK departure. The Travel Visa Company offers a service which takes can take up to 15 working days at busy times. The cost is approximately £134. Alternatively, you can apply for your own visa. You can apply in person or by post to the Indian Embassy in London: 142-148 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7DU. There are also regional centres elsewhere in the UK. Full details on the process can be found on the Indian Embassy website www.in.vfsglobal.co.uk.

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 10 days cover£35£69£99
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

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 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.

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
Royal Palms Beach Hotel
15 Oct 201902 Nov 2019£629£2179£2808SOLD OUT
19 Nov 201907 Dec 2019£619£2369£2988Please call to book
0800 781 4893
2020 DATES
14 Jan 202001 Feb 2020£669£2319£2988Book Now
21 Jan 202008 Feb 2020£669£2299£2968Book Now
11 Feb 202029 Feb 2020£669£2359£3028Book Now
03 Mar 202021 Mar 2020£669£2349£3018Book Now
14 Apr 202002 May 2020£519£2319£2838Book Now
19 May 202006 Jun 2020£519£2099£2618Book Now
02 Jun 202020 Jun 2020£519£1859£2378Book Now
15 Sep 202003 Oct 2020£529£2089£2618Book Now
13 Oct 202031 Oct 2020£529£2169£2698Book Now
17 Nov 202005 Dec 2020£619£2379£2998Book Now
2019 DATES
The Palms
15 Oct 201903 Nov 2019£469£2179£2648SOLD OUT
19 Nov 201908 Dec 2019£469£2369£2838Please call to book
0800 781 4893
2020 DATES
14 Jan 202001 Feb 2020£519£2319£2838Book Now
21 Jan 202008 Feb 2020£519£2299£2818Book Now
11 Feb 202029 Feb 2020£509£2359£2868Book Now
03 Mar 202021 Mar 2020£479£2349£2828Book Now
14 Apr 202002 May 2020£479£2319£2798Book Now
19 May 202006 Jun 2020£409£2099£2508Book Now
02 Jun 202020 Jun 2020£409£1859£2268Book Now
15 Sep 202003 Oct 2020£399£2089£2488Book Now
13 Oct 202031 Oct 2020£409£2169£2578Book Now
17 Nov 202005 Dec 2020£469£2379£2848Book Now
2019 DATES
Coral Sands Hotel
15 Oct 201903 Nov 2019£439£2179£2618SOLD OUT
19 Nov 201908 Dec 2019£449£2369£2818Please call to book
0800 781 4893
2020 DATES
14 Jan 202001 Feb 2020£459£2319£2778Book Now
21 Jan 202008 Feb 2020£459£2299£2758Book Now
11 Feb 202029 Feb 2020£459£2359£2818Book Now
03 Mar 202021 Mar 2020£449£2349£2798Book Now
14 Apr 202002 May 2020£349£2319£2668Book Now
19 May 202006 Jun 2020£349£2099£2448Book Now
02 Jun 202020 Jun 2020£349£1859£2208Book Now
15 Sep 202003 Oct 2020£349£2089£2438Book Now
13 Oct 202031 Oct 2020£349£2169£2518Book Now
17 Nov 202005 Dec 2020£449£2379£2828Book 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?

3* Mermaid - We have 2 rooms with no single supplement for the departure date of the 24th September 2014 subject to availability. A single supplement will apply on all other dates.

4* Sands - We have 2 rooms with no single supplement for departure dates between 14th May 2014 - 23rd October 2014 subject to availability. A single supplement will apply on all other dates.

5* Royal Palms Beach - a single supplement applies on all dates of the add-on part of the tour.

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

When to go

Please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.

Wattala

Kandy

Nuwara Eliya

Mirissa

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
  • For the visits/stays in the rainforest, we recommend you wear leech socks and long trousers.
Customer Rating:
10/10
Hazel England
5th Feb 2018

The pace of the tour was very hectic, especially as it was 2 weeks long. We were all exhausted towards the end.

Given the cost of the trip and the age demographic of the people on the trip I felt that the Big Game Camping wasn't in keeping with the rest of the accommodation we stayed in. The tents were very poor, in particular the toilet and shower. As we had done the itinerary the opposite way round and the camping was the last accommodation, we were all very tired and in need of some luxury, not roughing it.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
Tour Dossiers
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    Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay

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Hotels & Accommodation

Other Extensions

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

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.

4 nights
from £439pp
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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 499pp. 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
from £499pp
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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 £789pp
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Extend your trip with a Maldives 7 night Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • London
  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
  • 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.

7 nights
from £1149pp
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