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Jewels of Sri Lanka including

Kerala Beach Stay


Route:
  • London
  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
  • Kerala
  • London

4 NIGHTS from €492pp

Tour Highlights
  • Enjoy Kovalam's stunning beaches
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Rock Temple
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • City Tour of Kandy and Galle
  • Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya
  • Tea Factory and Plantation
  • Safari through Yala National Park

Extension from €492pp

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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 International Airport.

2
Colombo to Dambulla

On arrival you will be met by your local guide and transferred to Dambulla which will take approximately 4 hours. The rest of your evening at leisure.

  • Dinner
3
Dambulla

Depart in the morning to explore the stunning Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a World Heritage Site dating back to the 5th century AD. Also known as the 'Lion Rock', it is a citadel of unusual beauty rising 200 metres from the jungle. Following lunch continue on to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa which was once a royal capital of the Sinhalese kingdom and is over 1000 years old. It was chosen as the capital as it was advantageously positioned to safeguard against possible attacks from the southeast, as well as supposedly having fewer mosquitoes! Here you can admire the ruins of the Royal Palace and wander around the Gal Vihara, famous for its splendid carved Buddha statues. Please note: photography is prohibited in parts of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Prohibited areas will be clearly signposted.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Dambulla to Kandy

After breakfast, visit the Dambulla Rock Temple, where the impressive caves contain over 2000sq metres of painted walls and ceilings which were once gilded by the ancient King to mark his place of worship. You will then travel to Kandy en route visiting a spice garden followed by lunch and check in at your hotel. Continue to the famous Temple of Tooth Relic in the afternoon - Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic and one of the holiest shrines in the Buddhist world. After dinner relax whilst watching an eclectic cultural show, where performers will dazzle you with ornate costumes and traditional dances.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Kandy

Today you will travel to the beautiful botanical gardens in Peradeniya, boasting more than 4,000 species of trees, plants, orchids and creepers. Next, a highlight of this tour is a trip to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage, established in 1975 to care for abandoned and wounded elephants. Witness these magnificent creatures in close quarters and see elephants being fed, bathed and trained by the wildlife authorities. This evening enjoy a city tour of Kandy, including the bazaar and arts and crafts centre and a gem museum. Kandy was the last capital of the ancient kings and after defending themselves for over three centuries from the Dutch and Portuguese it finally fell to the hands of the British in 1815.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Kandy to Yala

Leaving Kandy you will stop in Giragama to visit a tea plantation before continuing to Nuwara Eliya where you will participate in a walking tour of the town. Your journey continues through Sri Lanka's striking scenery to your hotel near Yala.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Yala

The morning is at leisure before your exciting jeep safari around the magnificent Yala National Game Park, the largest national park in Sri Lanka with a unique ocean front setting. The park is home to elephants, wild boars, buffaloes, bears, deer and crocodiles as well as a number of migratory and indigenous birds. You may even spot a leopard!

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Yala to Mount Lavinia

Following breakfast, you will arrive in Galle, once the chief port of Ceylon and the centre of the Dutch regime in the 17th century. A city tour lets you discover the majestic Galle Fort and the surrounding historic buildings which reflect the Dutch heritage which once reined the country. Travel north for your final night at the world famous Mou

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Mount Lavinia to Kerala

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

  • Breakfast
102
Kerala

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

11
Kerala to the UK

Transfer to the airport for flight back to the UK.


Your Meals

Please take cash for drinks in the hotels as cards are not always accepted.

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

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

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
01 Nov 201813 Nov 2018€536€1612€2148
08 Nov 201820 Nov 2018€536€1679€2215
29 Nov 201811 Dec 2018€536€1679€2215
2019 DATES
10 Jan 201922 Jan 2019€525€1712€2237
17 Jan 201929 Jan 2019€525€1701€2226
24 Jan 201905 Feb 2019€525€1768€2293
31 Jan 201912 Feb 2019€525€1925€2450
07 Feb 201919 Feb 2019€525€1925€2450
21 Feb 201905 Mar 2019€525€1813€2338
07 Mar 201919 Mar 2019€525€1712€2237
14 Mar 201926 Mar 2019€525€1701€2226
21 Mar 201902 Apr 2019€492€1791€2283
28 Mar 201909 Apr 2019€492€1813€2305
11 Apr 201923 Apr 2019€492€1970€2462
25 Apr 201907 May 2019€492€1757€2249
16 May 201928 May 2019€492€1533€2025
23 May 201904 Jun 2019€492€1455€1947
06 Jun 201918 Jun 2019€492€1343€1835
13 Jun 201925 Jun 2019€492€1567€2059
27 Jun 201909 Jul 2019€492€1589€2081
22 Aug 201903 Sep 2019€492€1903€2395
05 Sep 201917 Sep 2019€492€1791€2283
19 Sep 201901 Oct 2019€492€1679€2171
03 Oct 201915 Oct 2019€548€1589€2137
31 Oct 201912 Nov 2019€548€1679€2227
07 Nov 201919 Nov 2019€548€1656€2204
21 Nov 201903 Dec 2019€548€1701€2249
2018 DATES
Vivanta By Taj - Green Cove Kovalam
01 Nov 201813 Nov 2018€693€1612€2305
08 Nov 201820 Nov 2018€704€1679€2383
29 Nov 201811 Dec 2018€704€1679€2383
2019 DATES
10 Jan 201922 Jan 2019€693€1712€2405
17 Jan 201929 Jan 2019€693€1701€2394
24 Jan 201905 Feb 2019€693€1768€2461
31 Jan 201912 Feb 2019€693€1925€2618
07 Feb 201919 Feb 2019€693€1925€2618
21 Feb 201905 Mar 2019€637€1813€2450
07 Mar 201919 Mar 2019€637€1712€2349
14 Mar 201926 Mar 2019€637€1701€2338
21 Mar 201902 Apr 2019€559€1791€2350
28 Mar 201909 Apr 2019€559€1813€2372
11 Apr 201923 Apr 2019€559€1970€2529
25 Apr 201907 May 2019€559€1757€2316
16 May 201928 May 2019€559€1533€2092
23 May 201904 Jun 2019€559€1455€2014
06 Jun 201918 Jun 2019€559€1343€1902
13 Jun 201925 Jun 2019€559€1567€2126
27 Jun 201909 Jul 2019€559€1589€2148
22 Aug 201903 Sep 2019€559€1903€2462
05 Sep 201917 Sep 2019€559€1791€2350
19 Sep 201901 Oct 2019€637€1679€2316
03 Oct 201915 Oct 2019€637€1589€2226
31 Oct 201912 Nov 2019€716€1679€2395
07 Nov 201919 Nov 2019€716€1656€2372
21 Nov 201903 Dec 2019€716€1701€2417
2018 DATES
Isola Di Cocco
01 Nov 201813 Nov 2018€492€1612€2104
08 Nov 201820 Nov 2018€503€1679€2182
29 Nov 201811 Dec 2018€503€1679€2182
2019 DATES
10 Jan 201922 Jan 2019€648€1712€2360
17 Jan 201929 Jan 2019€648€1701€2349
24 Jan 201905 Feb 2019€648€1768€2416
31 Jan 201912 Feb 2019€648€1925€2573
07 Feb 201919 Feb 2019€648€1925€2573
21 Feb 201905 Mar 2019€648€1813€2461
07 Mar 201919 Mar 2019€648€1712€2360
14 Mar 201926 Mar 2019€648€1701€2349
21 Mar 201902 Apr 2019€604€1791€2395
28 Mar 201909 Apr 2019€604€1813€2417
11 Apr 201923 Apr 2019€604€1970€2574
25 Apr 201907 May 2019€604€1757€2361
16 May 201928 May 2019€604€1533€2137
23 May 201904 Jun 2019€604€1455€2059
06 Jun 201918 Jun 2019€604€1343€1947
13 Jun 201925 Jun 2019€604€1567€2171
27 Jun 201909 Jul 2019€604€1589€2193
05 Sep 201917 Sep 2019€604€1791€2395
19 Sep 201901 Oct 2019€604€1679€2283
03 Oct 201915 Oct 2019€648€1589€2237
31 Oct 201912 Nov 2019€648€1679€2327
07 Nov 201919 Nov 2019€648€1656€2304
21 Nov 201903 Dec 2019€648€1701€2349
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

27 °C / 29 °C

Spoken languages

Sinhala, Tamil, English

When to go

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

Sri Lanka

Kerala

What to pack
  • Sunscreen and hat
  • Waterproof clothing
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Camera and charger
  • An electric plug converter
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Binoculars
  • Long Trousers and a top with sleeves is required when entering any religious sites
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  • London
  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
  • Sri Lanka Beach Stay
  • London

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  • London
  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
  • Highlights of Kerala
  • London

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.

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Tour Route
  • London
  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
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  • 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.

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