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Secrets of Sri Lanka including
See the Highlights of Kerala

  • Route:
  • London
  • Colombo
  • Galle
  • Sinharaja
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Passikudah
  • Sigiriya
  • Pinnawala
  • Marawila
  • Colombo
  • Highlights of Kerala
  • London
4 NIGHTS from $pp

Tour Highlights

  • Authentic Keralan Houseboat Trip
  • Periyar Lake
  • Cochin City Tour
  • Explore Sinharaja Rainforest
  • and more...
Extension from $pp
Tour + Extension from $0pp

To book call us on 1300 286 155

See the Highlights of Kerala

Day 1: Colombo to Mount Lavinia

On arrival you will be transferred to the Mount Lavinia hotel. Dating back to 1806 when it was the British Governor's residence, the hotel exudes colonial charm, has its own private beach and beautifully positioned pool and terrace. Enjoy a welcome dinner at the hotel.

  • Dinner

Day 2: Mount Lavinia to Sinharaja

Depart the capital to travel down to the South of the island to visit the colonial town of Galle, without a doubt, Sri Lanka's foremost urban attraction. Your guided city tour will explore Galle Fort, a walled town built by the Dutch in the 18th Century, and now a world heritage site. Inside the walls, you will find the old Colonial traders' houses transformed into a lovely mix of boutique art galleries, shops and bohemian cafes, infused with the scents of spices and the tropics. After enjoying lunch in Galle you will travel to the Sinharaja Forest Reserve, the last major undisturbed area of rainforest in Sri Lanka, where you will spend the next two nights at the award-winning Rainforest Eco Lodge. Each of the architecturally designed 16 chalets has its own living room and private deck to enjoy the breathtaking views of the forest canopy, rice paddies and tea gardens. Enjoy a gentle and relaxing introductory walk around the tea estate and surrounding grounds.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3: Sinharaja

Enjoy an early morning walk around the forest on a bird and butterfly trail discovering many species of flora and fauna endemic to the forest. After a well-deserved breakfast, there will be further opportunity to explore this UNESCO heritage recognised rainforest on a guided walk. Dinner will be prepared with ingredients from the lodge's own gardens.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 4: Sinharaja to Nuwara Eliya

Today your group will leave the tropical lowlands of Sinharaja and travel up into Sri Lanka's mountainous interior to Nuwara Eliya, the city of light. En route visit the inspirational Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe, which is a rehabilitation project for orphaned elephants so that they can be released back into their natural environment. On arrival in Nuwara Eliya enjoy a visit to a tea estate and factory nestled up in the hills to see the entire manufacturing process.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 5: Nuwara Eliya to Passikudah

This morning enjoy a tour of Nuwara Eliya passing British red post boxes, pretty Victoria Park, the 18 hole golf course and the pink bricked Victorian post office. The group will then travel to Passikudah via the small village of Mahiyangana. On arrival in Passikudah check into your hotel for your next two nights. The largely undiscovered east of the island boasts the best beaches in Sri Lanka, with pristine white sands and turquoise shallow waters.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Passikudah

Enjoy a full day at leisure relaxing on the beautiful Passikudah beach. Dive and snorkelling enthusiasts may choose to explore the healthy coral gardens teeming with colourful fish whilst others may take this opportunity to recharge their batteries lounging with a good book.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 7: Sigiriya to Marawila

Depart early this morning to visit the stunning Sigiriya Rock fortress, a world heritage site dating back to the fifth century. Climb up steps carved into the rock face to the summit or enjoy the spectacular views of ancient citadel and jungle from the lily-pad-covered moats that surround the rock. Journey to Innamaluwa where you will visit a spice garden and enjoy a relaxing foot massage. After, proceed to Marawila for your overnight stay, stopping in Dambulla for lunch on the way. Please note: Photography is prohibited in parts of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Prohibited areas will be clearly signposted.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

See the Highlights of Kerala - Extension Starts

Day 8: Colombo

After breakfast transfer to Colombo airport for your onward journey, or to your chosen extension.

  • Breakfast

Day 9: 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 10: Kochi to Alleppey

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

  • Breakfast

Day 11: 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 12: Thekkady to Kochi (Cochin)

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

  • Breakfast

Day 13: Kochi

Depart after check out for your transfer to Cochin Airport where this extension 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 4* hotels
  • Included 20 Meals including 7 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches & 7 Dinners
  • Included Entry fees to all sights
  • Included Arrival Transfer
  • Included Departure Transfer

Important Information

Visas

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 www.eta.gov.lk.

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 indianvisaonline.gov.in/visa/tvoa.html.
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 boi.gov.in/content/apply-visa-online.

Insurance

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.

Payment

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.

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 May 201810 Jun 2018$399pp$1189pp$1588pp
12 Jun 201824 Jun 2018$399pp$1299pp$1698pp
11 Sep 201823 Sep 2018$439pp$1449pp$1888pp
23 Oct 201804 Nov 2018$469pp$1469pp$1938pp
20 Nov 201802 Dec 2018$469pp$1469pp$1938pp
08 Jan 201920 Jan 2019$419pp$1499pp$1918pp
05 Feb 201917 Feb 2019$419pp$1499pp$1918pp
19 Feb 201903 Mar 2019$419pp$1489pp$1908pp
05 Mar 201917 Mar 2019$419pp$1489pp$1908pp
30 Apr 201912 May 2019$369pp$1399pp$1768pp
14 May 201926 May 2019$389pp$1299pp$1688pp
28 May 201909 Jun 2019$389pp$1169pp$1558pp
11 Jun 201923 Jun 2019$389pp$1299pp$1688pp
03 Sep 201915 Sep 2019$389pp$1459pp$1848pp
17 Sep 201929 Sep 2019$389pp$1489pp$1878pp
15 Oct 201927 Oct 2019$419pp$1489pp$1908pp
12 Nov 201924 Nov 2019$419pp$1499pp$1918pp
26 Nov 201908 Dec 2019$419pp$1499pp$1918pp

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: 27°C
  • Maximum temperature: 29°C

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