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Jewels of Sri Lanka including
Sri Lanka Beach Stay

  • Route:
  • London
  • Colombo
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Yala
  • Mount Lavinia
  • Sri Lanka Beach Stay
  • London
4 NIGHTS from €301pp

Tour Highlights

  • Beautiful Beachfront Location
  • All Meals and Drinks Included
  • Excellent Spa Facilities
  • Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage
  • and more...
Extension from €301pp
Tour + Extension from €1644pp

To book call us on 1800 804 006

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.

Day 1: UK to Colombo

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Colombo International Airport.

    Day 2: Colombo to Dambulla

    On arrival you will be met by your local guide and transferred to Dambulla with the rest of your evening at leisure.

    • Dinner

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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 young 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Sri Lanka Beach Stay - Extension Starts

    Day 9: Mount Lavinia to Sri Lanka Beach Hotel

    Transfer to your chosen hotel on one of Sri Lanka's stunning beaches

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 10 - 11: Sri Lanka Beach Hotel

    Relax at your chosen beach hotel.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 12: Sri Lanka to the UK

    Transfer to the airport for flight back to the UK.

    • Breakfast
    Your Meals
    • Included Breakfast will always be served at your accommodation each morning during the tour.
    • Included Lunch and Dinner, where included, will be served in local restaurants or at your accommodation.

    Important Information


    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 £30. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for 3 months from the date of issue. We therefore 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.


    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.


    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

    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.

    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
    Royal Palms Beach Hotel
    19 Apr 201801 May 2018€557pp€1668pp€2225pp
    17 May 201829 May 2018€584pp€1455pp€2039pp
    07 Jun 201819 Jun 2018€584pp€1511pp€2095pp
    14 Jun 201826 Jun 2018€584pp€1567pp€2151pp
    21 Jun 201803 Jul 2018€584pp€1623pp€2207pp
    23 Aug 201804 Sep 2018€584pp€1847pp€2431pp
    30 Aug 201811 Sep 2018€584pp€1791pp€2375pp
    06 Sep 201818 Sep 2018€610pp€1679pp€2289pp
    14 Sep 201826 Sep 2018€610pp€1623pp€2233pp
    20 Sep 201802 Oct 2018€610pp€1589pp€2199pp
    04 Oct 201816 Oct 2018€610pp€1567pp€2177pp
    11 Oct 201823 Oct 2018€610pp€1679pp€2289pp
    18 Oct 201830 Oct 2018€610pp€1679pp€2289pp
    01 Nov 201813 Nov 2018€810pp€1600pp€2410pp
    08 Nov 201820 Nov 2018€810pp€1679pp€2489pp
    29 Nov 201811 Dec 2018€810pp€1679pp€2489pp
    10 Jan 201922 Jan 2019€797pp€1623pp€2420pp
    24 Jan 201905 Feb 2019€797pp€1735pp€2532pp
    07 Feb 201919 Feb 2019€797pp€1903pp€2700pp
    21 Feb 201905 Mar 2019€797pp€1791pp€2588pp
    07 Mar 201919 Mar 2019€797pp€1679pp€2476pp
    21 Mar 201902 Apr 2019€743pp€1791pp€2534pp
    11 Apr 201923 Apr 2019€610pp€1791pp€2401pp
    25 Apr 201907 May 2019€610pp€1735pp€2345pp
    Club Palm Bay
    19 Apr 201801 May 2018€557pp€1668pp€2225pp
    17 May 201829 May 2018€451pp€1455pp€1906pp
    07 Jun 201819 Jun 2018€451pp€1511pp€1962pp
    14 Jun 201826 Jun 2018€451pp€1567pp€2018pp
    21 Jun 201803 Jul 2018€451pp€1623pp€2074pp
    23 Aug 201804 Sep 2018€451pp€1847pp€2298pp
    30 Aug 201811 Sep 2018€451pp€1791pp€2242pp
    06 Sep 201818 Sep 2018€451pp€1679pp€2130pp
    14 Sep 201826 Sep 2018€451pp€1679pp€2130pp
    20 Sep 201802 Oct 2018€451pp€1589pp€2040pp
    04 Oct 201816 Oct 2018€451pp€1567pp€2018pp
    11 Oct 201823 Oct 2018€451pp€1679pp€2130pp
    18 Oct 201830 Oct 2018€451pp€1679pp€2130pp
    01 Nov 201813 Nov 2018€557pp€1600pp€2157pp
    08 Nov 201820 Nov 2018€557pp€1679pp€2236pp
    29 Nov 201811 Dec 2018€557pp€1679pp€2236pp
    10 Jan 201922 Jan 2019€571pp€1623pp€2194pp
    24 Jan 201905 Feb 2019€571pp€1735pp€2306pp
    07 Feb 201919 Feb 2019€571pp€1903pp€2474pp
    21 Feb 201905 Mar 2019€531pp€1791pp€2322pp
    07 Mar 201919 Mar 2019€531pp€1679pp€2210pp
    21 Mar 201902 Apr 2019€557pp€1791pp€2348pp
    11 Apr 201923 Apr 2019€557pp€1791pp€2348pp
    Mermaid Hotel and Club
    19 Apr 201801 May 2018€398pp€1668pp€2066pp
    17 May 201829 May 2018€358pp€1455pp€1813pp
    07 Jun 201819 Jun 2018€358pp€1511pp€1869pp
    14 Jun 201826 Jun 2018€358pp€1567pp€1925pp
    21 Jun 201803 Jul 2018€358pp€1623pp€1981pp
    23 Aug 201804 Sep 2018€411pp€1847pp€2258pp
    30 Aug 201811 Sep 2018€411pp€1791pp€2202pp
    06 Sep 201818 Sep 2018€411pp€1679pp€2090pp
    14 Sep 201826 Sep 2018€411pp€1623pp€2034pp
    20 Sep 201802 Oct 2018€411pp€1589pp€2000pp
    04 Oct 201816 Oct 2018€411pp€1567pp€1978pp
    11 Oct 201823 Oct 2018€411pp€1679pp€2090pp
    18 Oct 201830 Oct 2018€411pp€1679pp€2090pp
    01 Nov 201813 Nov 2018€517pp€1600pp€2117pp
    08 Nov 201820 Nov 2018€517pp€1679pp€2196pp
    29 Nov 201811 Dec 2018€517pp€1679pp€2196pp
    10 Jan 201922 Jan 2019€517pp€1623pp€2140pp
    24 Jan 201905 Feb 2019€517pp€1735pp€2252pp
    07 Feb 201919 Feb 2019€517pp€1903pp€2420pp
    21 Feb 201905 Mar 2019€517pp€1791pp€2308pp
    07 Mar 201919 Mar 2019€424pp€1679pp€2103pp
    21 Mar 201902 Apr 2019€424pp€1791pp€2215pp
    11 Apr 201923 Apr 2019€424pp€1791pp€2215pp

    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.

    Fact File

    • Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee
    • Average Flying time: 10-14 hours
    • Minimum temperature: 27°C
    • Maximum temperature: 29°C
    • Spoken Language(s): Sinhala, Tamil, English

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    Hotels and Accommodation

    Mermaid Hotel and Club

    Mermaid Hotel and Club

    Amaya Lake

    Amaya Lake

    Turyaa Kalutara

    Turyaa Kalutara

    Amaya Hills

    Amaya Hills

    Royal Palms Beach Hotel

    Royal Palms Beach Hotel

    Chandrika Hotel

    Chandrika Hotel

    Club Palm Bay

    Club Palm Bay

    Mount Lavinia Hotel

    Mount Lavinia Hotel

    Other Extensions

    Extend your tour with a Kerala Beach Stay


    Tour route

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

    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.


    See the Highlights of Kerala


    Tour route

    • 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 399pp. 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.


    Extend your trip with a Maldives 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.


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