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The Sri Lanka Experience Tour

Route:
  • Colombo
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Udawalawe National Park
  • Colombo

5 DAYS from £389pp

Tour Highlights
  • City tours of Colombo and Kandy
  • Enter the magnificent Temple of the Tooth.
  • Wonder the beautiful Botanical Gardens in Peradeniya
  • Visit a tea factory and plantation
  • Explore the delightful colonial retreat of Nuwara Eliya
  • Experience a captivating jeep safari in the Udawalawe National Park and visit an Elephant Transit Home

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The Sri Lanka Experience Tour

Experience Sri Lanka's beloved highlights and picturesque interior on this captivating 5 day mini tour. Displaying rolling hills blanketed by tea bushes, vibrant cities that unfurl before the senses and a dynamic spectacle of wildlife, the distinct qualities of this magnificent island make for a truly spectacular adventure.

Tour Itinerary

1

Arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport where you will be greeted and transferred to your hotel in Colombo. This afternoon, undertake a city tour within Sri Lanka's commercial capital; alive with a quirky urban ambience this bustling metropolis is a striking juxtaposition to Sri Lanka's quintessential rural landscapes and, offers a multitude of tourist hotspots and captivating hidden gems to discover. Your driver/guide can show you Colombo's highlights including the culturally diverse bazaar of the Pettah district for a unique shopping experience and a visit to the Buddhist Gangarama Temple's eclectic architectural display boasting superb views of the city skyline across Beira Lake. The capital is renowned for laidback bars including those found at the Dutch Hospital - steeped in rich colonial history - and the best selection of restaurants in Sri Lanka. Continue on to the Ramada Colombo (or similar) for dinner and your overnight stay.

2

This morning take a scenic drive past a verdant backdrop of Sri Lanka's countryside before arriving in the city of Kandy. Known as the capital of the hill country, this cultural hub is surrounded by luscious countryside and hosts some of the country's most important historical sights. Tour the Temple of the Tooth, an epicentre of the UNESCO sacred city and one of the holiest shrines said to house a relic of the Buddha. Visit the Gem Museum to inspect the magnificent stones sourced from the nearby riverbeds that are still traditionally panned for. In the evening take in a riveting cultural show that incorporates local music and dance. Dinner and overnight stay at the Hotel Topaz (or similar).

3

Journey to the nearby Peradeniya Botanical Gardens, a stunning display of native flora once reserved for royalty; a vivid collection of orchids, towering coconut palms, and an aromatic spice garden reside within this area of outstanding natural beauty. En route, stop off at the tea plantation to learn how prestigious Ceylon Tea is grown and processed before arriving in the city of Nuwara Eliya. As you enter this picturesque location observe endless waterfalls and rolling hills blanketed by luscious tea bushes; drive past striking colonial houses, rose gardens and well-kept hedges which are reminiscent of the English countryside on your way to the hotel for the evening. Dinner and overnight stay at Glenfall Reach Hotel (or similar).

4

This morning travel through the hill country to your next hotel situated near a tour highlight, the Udawalawe National Park - One of Sri Lanka's most beloved parks. Tour this expansive reservation from the comfort of a jeep and spot the heard of elephants who roam the plains with their baby calves. Surrounded by a breathtaking mountainous backdrop, your safari will take you past the reservoir to see macaques, crocodiles and if you're lucky, you may spot the elusive leopards, sloth bears or porcupines that reside within the dense jungles of the park. Dinner and overnight stay at Grand Udawalawe Safari Resort (or similar).

5

Start your final day by visiting the nearby Elephant Transit Home to witness over twenty of these majestic creatures being cared for, including baby orphans who can drink a staggering forty pints of milk a day. Later that morning travel back to Colombo for a flight back to the UK or continue on to your Sri Lankan beach stay.

Important Information

Visas

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 £63. The visas take around 10 working days to issue and are only valid for 3 months from the date of issue. Therefore, we 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. Alternatively, you can visit The High Commission of Sri Lanka at 13 Hyde Park Gardens, London, W2 2LU.

Minimum

This tour will run with a minimum of 1 people.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UK - Arrive UK Price
01 Sep 2020 - 30 Sep 2020 £389
01 Oct 2020 - 31 Oct 2020 £389
01 Nov 2020 - 30 Nov 2020 £429
01 Dec 2020 - 20 Dec 2020 £429
21 Dec 2020 - 15 Jan 2021 £425
16 Jan 2021 - 20 Jan 2021 £415
21 Apr 2021 - 30 Apr 2021 £415
Please note

Single travellers & couples may not always travel as a group. If the hotels detailed are not available alternatives will be used of a similar standard. The tour may also be reversed but all sites mentioned & content will remain the same.

Flight Times

Depending on flight times, a night may need to be spent in Colombo prior to the tour or prior to departing for Maldives or Kerala (for extension in Maldives or Kerala). The cost on Half Board is £119pp. Single supplement from £65pppn.

Fact File
  • Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee
  • Average Flying time: 10-14 hours
  • Spoken Language(s): Sinhala, Tamil, English
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