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Grand Tour of Sri Lanka including
See the Highlights of Kerala

  • Route:
  • London Heathrow
  • Colombo
  • Anuradhapura
  • Nilaveli
  • Dambulla
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Udawalawe
  • Tissamaharama
  • Mirissa
  • Colombo
  • Highlights of Kerala
  • London Heathrow
4 NIGHTS from $pp

Tour Highlights

  • Authentic Keralan Houseboat Trip
  • Periyar Lake
  • Cochin City Tour
  • Tours of Colombo, Kandy & Galle
  • and more...
Extension from $pp
Tour + Extension from $0pp

To book call us on 1300 286 155

See the Highlights of Kerala

Day 1: UK to Colombo

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Colombo.

    Day 2: Colombo

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

    • Dinner

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    Day 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

    See the Highlights of Kerala - Extension Starts

    Day 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 with colonial buildings, restaurants and small boutique shops.

    • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

    Day 17: Mirissa to UK

    After breakfast transfer to Colombo airport for your flight back to the UK.

    • Breakfast

    Day 18: Colombo to Kochi (Cochin)

    Depart Sri Lanka in the morning for your flight to Kochi in India's beautiful southern state of Kerala, where you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

    • Breakfast

    Day 19: Kochi to Alleppey

    Transfer to Alleppey to board an authentic houseboat, journeying through the scenic backwaters.

    • Breakfast

    Day 20: Alleppey to Thekkady

    Disembarking your houseboat after breakfast, your tour continues with a drive through the spectacular countryside arriving at the Thekkady Hill Station, home to a stunning wildlife sanctuary.

    • Breakfast

    Day 21: Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin)

    After an early morning boat ride on Periyar Lake, proceed to Kochi for a city tour.

    • Breakfast

    Day 22: Kochi

    Depart after breakfast and check out for your transfer to Cochin Airport where this tour comes to an end.

    • Breakfast
    Colombo Airport Closure 2017

    Please note Colombo Airport will be switching to nighttime operation in order to carry out refurbishment in early 2017. As a result, an extra night may need to be spent in Colombo on selected dates prior to flying to Kerala. Your full itinerary and whether you are affected will be confirmed to you in writing post booking.

    Included in the Price

    • Included Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
    • Included All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation
    • Included Accommodation in 3, 4 & 5* hotels
    • Included 43 Meals including 15 Breakfasts, 13 Lunches & 15 Dinners
    • Included Entry fees to all sights
    • Included Arrival Transfer
    • Included Departure Transfer

    Important Information


    An Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is required for travel to Sri Lanka, and must be obtained prior to arrival. It is an electronic authorisation issued by the Sri Lankan Government that is the equivalent of a visa, however no label or stamp is placed in the passport. The ETA is valid for 6 months from the date of issue and for a stay of up to 30 days.
    There is a non-refundable processing fee for some categories of the ETA, and people intending to visit Sri Lanka should visit the nearest Embassy or Consulate regarding visa requirements. More information can also be found at

    Please note for this Kerala Extension you will also need to obtain an Indian Visa prior to departing Australia. The Indian Government has launched its TVOA scheme through the Electronic Travel Authorisation (ETA) facility. Eligible Australians may apply for an ETA for tourism related travel of 30 days or less. Further information on eligibility is available on the Government of India's website at
    All other Australian visa applicants (i.e. those not applying for TVOA) will need to make an appointment online prior to submitting their visa application through the Indian Bureau of Immigration website at


    You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure and be able to provide evidence of your cover to our agents and ground suppliers.
    It is your responsibility to ensure that the insurance cover you purchase is adequate for your particular needs. If you choose to travel without adequate insurance cover, we will not be liable for any losses howsoever arising.


    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;,,, 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

    Tipping is common practice and seen as a way of life in Sri Lanka. It is customary to tip both your driver and guide 200 rupees (approximately $2) per person per day.

    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 $200 - $400 will be sufficient for the duration of the tour, depending on how much of a bargain-hunter you are!

    Tour Dates & Prices

    StartEndExtension PriceTour PriceTotal Price
    29 Aug 201819 Sep 2018$389pp$2069pp$2458pp
    12 Sep 201803 Oct 2018$429pp$2089pp$2518pp
    26 Sep 201817 Oct 2018$429pp$2069pp$2498pp
    10 Oct 201830 Oct 2018$399pp$2089pp$2488pp
    24 Oct 201813 Nov 2018$399pp$2069pp$2468pp
    07 Nov 201827 Nov 2018$399pp$2169pp$2568pp
    21 Nov 201811 Dec 2018$399pp$2169pp$2568pp
    09 Jan 201929 Jan 2019$399pp$2169pp$2568pp
    16 Jan 201905 Feb 2019$399pp$2199pp$2598pp
    23 Jan 201912 Feb 2019$399pp$2399pp$2798pp
    06 Feb 201926 Feb 2019$399pp$2389pp$2788pp
    13 Feb 201905 Mar 2019$399pp$2249pp$2648pp
    20 Feb 201912 Mar 2019$399pp$2189pp$2588pp
    06 Mar 201926 Mar 2019$359pp$2079pp$2438pp
    13 Mar 201902 Apr 2019$359pp$2049pp$2408pp
    03 Apr 201923 Apr 2019$359pp$1999pp$2358pp
    17 Apr 201907 May 2019$359pp$1949pp$2308pp
    24 Apr 201914 May 2019$359pp$1899pp$2258pp
    01 May 201921 May 2019$359pp$1699pp$2058pp
    15 May 201904 Jun 2019$359pp$1899pp$2258pp
    29 May 201918 Jun 2019$359pp$1889pp$2248pp
    12 Jun 201902 Jul 2019$359pp$1989pp$2348pp
    19 Jun 201909 Jul 2019$359pp$1989pp$2348pp
    26 Jun 201916 Jul 2019$359pp$1989pp$2348pp
    28 Aug 201917 Sep 2019$339pp$2089pp$2428pp
    11 Sep 201901 Oct 2019$399pp$2089pp$2488pp
    18 Sep 201908 Oct 2019$399pp$2089pp$2488pp
    25 Sep 201915 Oct 2019$399pp$2089pp$2488pp
    09 Oct 201929 Oct 2019$399pp$2089pp$2488pp
    16 Oct 201905 Nov 2019$399pp$2089pp$2488pp
    23 Oct 201912 Nov 2019$399pp$2089pp$2488pp
    06 Nov 201926 Nov 2019$399pp$2189pp$2588pp
    13 Nov 201903 Dec 2019$399pp$2189pp$2588pp
    20 Nov 201910 Dec 2019$399pp$2189pp$2588pp

    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 Colombo Airport will be switching to nighttime operation in order to carry out refurbishment in early 2017. As a result, an extra night may need to be spent in Colombo on selected dates prior to flying to Kerala. Your full itinerary and whether you are affected will be confirmed to you in writing post booking.

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    • Minimum temperature: 18°C
    • Maximum temperature: 34°C

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