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Grand Tour of Sri Lanka including

Kerala Beach Stay


Route:
  • London Heathrow
  • Colombo
  • Anuradhapura
  • Nilaveli
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Udawalawe
  • Tissamaharama
  • Mirissa
  • Colombo
  • Kerala
  • London Heathrow

4 NIGHTS from €391pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy Kovalam's stunning beaches
  • Tours of Colombo, Kandy & Galle
  • The beautiful beaches of Nilaveli and Mirissa
  • Explore Sigiriya Rock Fortress & Dambulla Rock Temple
  • Visit the ancient capital, Anuradhapura
  • Discover the tea plantations of Nuwara Eliya
  • Safari through Udawalawe and Yala Parks

Extension from €391pp

Tour + Extension from €2327pp

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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.

2
Colombo

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

  • Dinner
3
Colombo

Colombo, the capital of Sri Lanka, is a bustling, cosmopolitan city whose colonial history is still very much evident along wide, shaded boulevards and among its Victorian churches and tumbledown cafes. An introductory half-day city tour visits the vibrant temples and bazaars of Pettah, selling seemingly everything from traditional jewellery to Ayurvedic medicines. A trip to the Old Dutch hospital is a highlight of the newly restored Fort complex, home to some of Colombo's chicest restaurants, cafes and shops. After lunch rest of day at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Colombo to Anuradhapura

Today you will leave the capital and head north to the ancient city of Anuradhapura, the spiritual heart of the Cultural Triangle. On route, visit the somnolent village of Mihintale and its nearby sacred mountain peak and temple complex. Ancient monastic dwellings and meditations spots are connected by beautiful old stone steps amongst rocky hills.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Anuradhapura to Passikudah

Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura's city ruins are one of South Asia's most evocative sites and contain a rich collection of crumbling temples, vast monasteries and elaborate palaces. Marvel at the sacred Bodhi tree, the oldest authenticated tree in the world. Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant before travelling east to Passikudah.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Passikudah

Today has been left at leisure for you to relax and enjoy Passikudah's powder-white sands and emerald-blue waters on Sri Lanka's laid-back, less-visited east coast.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Passikudah to Dambulla

This morning, journey to Sri Lanka's second ancient city. Scattered over gently undulating woodland, explore the monumental ruins of the ancient garden city of Polonnaruwa. Afterwards, continue on to the scenic town of Dambulla where you will spend the next two nights.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Dambulla and Sigiriya

Undoubtedly a highlight of the tour is today's excursion to the awe inspiring Sigiriya rock fortress. The ancient city of Sigiriya is a World Heritage Site and the city ruins lie on the slopes and summit of the imposing granite peak, towering above the jungle below. Climb up steps carved into the rock face to see the fortified palace and brilliant frescoes or enjoy the spectacular views of ancient citadel and jungle from the lily-pad-covered moats that surround the rock. Return to your hotel for lunch and to enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. Please note: photography is prohibited in parts of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Prohibited areas will be clearly signposted.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
9
Dambulla to Kandy

After breakfast, visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, where the impressive caves contain over 2000 square metres of painted walls and ceilings which were once gilded by the ancient King to mark his place of worship. After some time to explore here, a stop will be made at a typical Sri Lankan spice garden to observe how a variety of spices are grown. You will arrive into Kandy this afternoon and head to the famous Temple of the Sacred Tooth. The golden-roofed temple houses Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic - a tooth of Buddha; you will arrive in time for 'pooja' when the heavily guarded room housing the relic is open to both pilgrims and travellers alike.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Kandy

Cradled amongst misty hills, the small city of Kandy exudes history, culture and beauty with its calm centrepiece lake surrounded by rolling forested landscapes and colourful houses. Explore the famous botanical gardens of Peradeniya, full of exotic palms, colourful orchids and home to over four thousand species of trees and plants. Then enjoy a tour of the city followed by a day at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

This morning you will journey to Nuwara Eliya, often referred to as 'Little England' due to its plethora of colonial bungalows, well-tended hedgerows and pretty rose gardens. The picturesque mountain town is blessed with a salubrious climate and breathtaking views over the surrounding valleys, meadows and peaks. Sri Lanka is one of the world's largest exporters of tea and Nuwara Eliya has been the capital of this industry since the 19th century. En route to your hotel, you will make a stop at a tea plantation to observe the rich traditional process and inhale the heavenly scent of the prestigious Ceylon tea brand.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Nuwara Eliya to Udawalawe

A morning tour of Nuwara Eliya begins today, driving through the lush green tea plantations dotted with the colourful saris of the women working in them. Lunch will be served in a local village, Ella, with far reaching views over the misty landscapes beyond before continuing to Udawalawe.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Udawalawe to Tissamaharama

Udawalawe national park is renowned for its elephant viewing opportunities against the stunning backdrop of the surrounding hills. Rising early this morning, embark on a jeep safari to witness these majestic creatures in their natural habitat. As well as being home to over 250 elephants, deer, water buffalo, monkeys and a variety of bird species can also be found in the park. Just outside the park is the Elephant Transit Home, an inspirational project started to rehabilitate orphaned elephants. After this visit, depart for Tissamaharama to enjoy lunch and the rest of day at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Tissamaharama and Yala National Park

After some free time this morning, a jeep safari in the nearby Yala national park awaits. Covering a vast 1200 square kilometres, Yala is Sri Lanka's largest national park boasting a uniquely stunning ocean front setting. Journey through the heartland of wildlife, home to elephants, sloths, deer and, with the highest density of leopards in the world, you may even be lucky enough to spot one of these beautifully elusive animals.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Tissamaharama to Mirissa

Departing Tissamaharama, you will travel to the sleepy coastal resort of Mirissa. The idyllic crescent of beach, fringed with coconut palms is the perfect place to crack open a coconut and relax on the soft golden sands by the calm turquoise waters.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Mirissa and Galle

This morning will be at leisure for you to further relax or choose an optional whale watching excursion. The south coast of Sri Lanka is arguably the best place in the world to see planet earth's largest ever creatures, the Blue Whale. Alternatively, visit the nearby Hikkaduwa preschool to see a charity project funded and supported by Mercury Holidays. Late this morning you will travel to Galle, a fort area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This national treasure has been inhabited by the Portuguese, Dutch and British, all of whom left their distinctive marks visible in the walled Galle Fort and through the sleepy streets strewn

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
17
Mirissa to Kerala

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

  • Breakfast
182
Kerala

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

19
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 €300pp 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.

Airport Extras
If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras - Tel. 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, 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 Price
2018 Dates
Uday Samudra Hotel
29 Aug 201818 Sep 2018€447€2351€2798
12 Sep 201802 Oct 2018€458€2384€2842
10 Oct 201830 Oct 2018€503€2384€2887
24 Oct 201813 Nov 2018€503€2373€2876
07 Nov 201827 Nov 2018€503€2463€2966
21 Nov 201811 Dec 2018€503€2463€2966
2019 Dates
09 Jan 201929 Jan 2019€458€2485€2943
16 Jan 201905 Feb 2019€458€2519€2977
23 Jan 201912 Feb 2019€458€2743€3201
30 Jan 201919 Feb 2019€458€2743€3201
06 Feb 201926 Feb 2019€458€2720€3178
13 Feb 201905 Mar 2019€458€2855€3313
20 Feb 201912 Mar 2019€458€2788€3246
27 Feb 201919 Mar 2019€458€2788€3246
06 Mar 201926 Mar 2019€458€2384€2842
13 Mar 201902 Apr 2019€458€2351€2809
20 Mar 201909 Apr 2019€436€2351€2787
28 Mar 201917 Apr 2019€436€2351€2787
03 Apr 201923 Apr 2019€436€2272€2708
17 Apr 201907 May 2019€436€2239€2675
24 Apr 201914 May 2019€436€2183€2619
01 May 201921 May 2019€436€1936€2372
15 May 201904 Jun 2019€436€2160€2596
29 May 201918 Jun 2019€436€2149€2585
12 Jun 201902 Jul 2019€424€2261€2685
19 Jun 201909 Jul 2019€424€2261€2685
26 Jun 201916 Jul 2019€424€2261€2685
28 Aug 201917 Sep 2019€424€2373€2797
11 Sep 201901 Oct 2019€402€2373€2775
18 Sep 201908 Oct 2019€480€2373€2853
25 Sep 201915 Oct 2019€492€2373€2865
09 Oct 201929 Oct 2019€492€2384€2876
16 Oct 201905 Nov 2019€492€2384€2876
23 Oct 201912 Nov 2019€492€2384€2876
06 Nov 201926 Nov 2019€492€2485€2977
13 Nov 201903 Dec 2019€492€2485€2977
20 Nov 201910 Dec 2019€492€2485€2977
2018 Dates
Vivanta By Taj - Green Cove Kovalam
29 Aug 201818 Sep 2018€503€2351€2854
12 Sep 201802 Oct 2018€514€2384€2898
10 Oct 201830 Oct 2018€570€2384€2954
24 Oct 201813 Nov 2018€648€2373€3021
07 Nov 201827 Nov 2018€648€2463€3111
21 Nov 201811 Dec 2018€648€2463€3111
2019 Dates
09 Jan 201929 Jan 2019€615€2485€3100
16 Jan 201905 Feb 2019€615€2519€3134
23 Jan 201912 Feb 2019€615€2743€3358
30 Jan 201919 Feb 2019€604€2743€3347
06 Feb 201926 Feb 2019€604€2720€3324
13 Feb 201905 Mar 2019€570€2855€3425
20 Feb 201912 Mar 2019€570€2788€3358
27 Feb 201919 Mar 2019€570€2788€3358
06 Mar 201926 Mar 2019€559€2384€2943
13 Mar 201902 Apr 2019€514€2351€2865
20 Mar 201909 Apr 2019€492€2351€2843
28 Mar 201917 Apr 2019€480€2351€2831
03 Apr 201923 Apr 2019€480€2272€2752
17 Apr 201907 May 2019€480€2239€2719
24 Apr 201914 May 2019€480€2183€2663
01 May 201921 May 2019€480€1936€2416
15 May 201904 Jun 2019€480€2160€2640
29 May 201918 Jun 2019€480€2149€2629
12 Jun 201902 Jul 2019€480€2261€2741
19 Jun 201909 Jul 2019€480€2261€2741
26 Jun 201916 Jul 2019€480€2261€2741
28 Aug 201917 Sep 2019€480€2373€2853
11 Sep 201901 Oct 2019€458€2373€2831
18 Sep 201908 Oct 2019€559€2373€2932
25 Sep 201915 Oct 2019€559€2373€2932
09 Oct 201929 Oct 2019€570€2384€2954
16 Oct 201905 Nov 2019€660€2384€3044
23 Oct 201912 Nov 2019€660€2384€3044
06 Nov 201926 Nov 2019€660€2485€3145
13 Nov 201903 Dec 2019€660€2485€3145
20 Nov 201910 Dec 2019€660€2485€3145
2018 Dates
Isola Di Cocco
29 Aug 201818 Sep 2018€424€2351€2775
12 Sep 201802 Oct 2018€424€2384€2808
10 Oct 201830 Oct 2018€469€2384€2853
24 Oct 201813 Nov 2018€469€2373€2842
07 Nov 201827 Nov 2018€469€2463€2932
21 Nov 201811 Dec 2018€469€2463€2932
2019 Dates
09 Jan 201929 Jan 2019€469€2485€2954
16 Jan 201905 Feb 2019€469€2519€2988
23 Jan 201912 Feb 2019€469€2743€3212
30 Jan 201919 Feb 2019€469€2743€3212
06 Feb 201926 Feb 2019€469€2720€3189
13 Feb 201905 Mar 2019€469€2855€3324
20 Feb 201912 Mar 2019€469€2788€3257
27 Feb 201919 Mar 2019€469€2788€3257
06 Mar 201926 Mar 2019€458€2384€2842
13 Mar 201902 Apr 2019€436€2351€2787
20 Mar 201909 Apr 2019€413€2351€2764
28 Mar 201917 Apr 2019€413€2351€2764
03 Apr 201923 Apr 2019€413€2272€2685
17 Apr 201907 May 2019€413€2239€2652
24 Apr 201914 May 2019€413€2183€2596
01 May 201921 May 2019€413€1936€2349
15 May 201904 Jun 2019€413€2160€2573
29 May 201918 Jun 2019€413€2149€2562
12 Jun 201902 Jul 2019€413€2261€2674
19 Jun 201909 Jul 2019€413€2261€2674
26 Jun 201916 Jul 2019€413€2261€2674
28 Aug 201917 Sep 2019€413€2373€2786
11 Sep 201901 Oct 2019€391€2373€2764
18 Sep 201908 Oct 2019€458€2373€2831
25 Sep 201915 Oct 2019€469€2373€2842
09 Oct 201929 Oct 2019€469€2384€2853
16 Oct 201905 Nov 2019€469€2384€2853
23 Oct 201912 Nov 2019€469€2384€2853
06 Nov 201926 Nov 2019€469€2485€2954
13 Nov 201903 Dec 2019€469€2485€2954
20 Nov 201910 Dec 2019€469€2485€2954
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 / 34 °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.

Colombo

Dambulla

Nilaveli

Nuwara Eliya

Kandy

Yala

Galle

Kerala

What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat in summer
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Leave plenty of space in your case for shopping!
  • Long Trousers and a top with sleeves is required when entering any religious sites
Other Extensions
  • Sri Lanka
    Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay

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  • Maldives
    Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay

    4 nights from €783pp

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Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • London Heathrow
  • Colombo
  • Anuradhapura
  • Nilaveli
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Udawalawe
  • Tissamaharama
  • Mirissa
  • Colombo
  • Sri Lanka Beach Stay
  • London Heathrow

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
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See the Highlights of Kerala
Tour Route
  • London Heathrow
  • Colombo
  • Anuradhapura
  • Nilaveli
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Udawalawe
  • Tissamaharama
  • Mirissa
  • Colombo
  • Highlights of Kerala
  • London Heathrow

Why not continue your trip beyond Sri Lanka with a mini tour of the beautiful Indian state of Kerala from 469pp. 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.

4 nights
from €525pp
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Extend your trip with a Maldives Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • London Heathrow
  • Colombo
  • Anuradhapura
  • Nilaveli
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Udawalawe
  • Tissamaharama
  • Mirissa
  • Colombo
  • Maldives
  • London Heathrow

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 €783pp
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