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Escorted Tours

Sri Lanka's Parks and Wildlife


Route:
  • UK
  • Wattala
  • Wilpattu
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala
  • Udawalawe
  • Sinharaja
  • Mirissa
  • Wattala
  • UK
Tour Pace:

16 DAYS from £2069pp

Tour Highlights
  • Wildlife safaris in four national parks
  • Watch a feeding at the Elephant Transit Home
  • Trek the evergreen forest of Horton Plains
  • Walk the nature trails in Sinharaja Rain Forest
  • Enjoy a Tea Plantation tour in Nuwara Eliya
  • Visit Temples in Dambulla & Kandy

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Sri Lanka's Parks and Wildlife

Sri Lanka's oceanfront national parks, mangroves, swamps and tropical rainforests have given rise to the amazing range of animals and birds that inhabit its borders. Visit Yala National Park, home to the highest density of leopards in the world, trek through Udawattakele Nature Reserve to hidden forest monasteries and cave dwellings and spot endangered birds in the tropical undergrowth of Sinharaja Rainforest as you journey through the richest wildlife regions of this island nation.

Tour Itinerary

1
UK to Colombo

Depart London on your overnight flight to Colombo.

2
Wattala

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your hotel with the rest of the day free before your welcome dinner.

  • Dinner
3
Wattala to Wilpattu

Depart for Wilpattu with a stop at Anawilundawa, where the ocean, mangroves and lakes which meet attract flocks of birds.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
4
Wilpattu

Enjoy a full-day safari at Wilpattu National Park and the chance to spot Sri Lankan leopards and other wildlife. Enjoy a barbeque dinner in Wilpattu.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
5
Wilpattu to Kandy

Depart for Kandy, stopping to see the Dambulla Rock Temple and have lunch in Matale. Take a short tour of Kandy, with a visit to the Temple of the Tooth.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
6
Kandy

Head to Udawattakele Nature Reserve for a forest trek, with the chance to spot deer, boar and monkeys. Return to your hotel for the afternoon at leisure.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
7
Kandy to Nuwara Eliya

Explore the spectacular botanical gardens of Peradeniya, then travel to Nuwara Eliya, stopping for a tea plantation tour. In Nuwara Eliya, take a short hike and scenic drive past rolling valleys and cascading waterfalls.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
8
Nuwara Eliya

Trek the evergreen forests of Horton Plains, a 1.5-3-hour walk that takes you past thundering waterfalls, sheer cliffs and herds of wildlife. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure at your hotel back in Nuwara Eliya.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
9
Nuwara Eliya to Yala

Journey to Lunugamwehera National Park for an afternoon jeep safari where you can observe the elephants, water buffalo and wild boar that inhabit the reserve. Continue on to Yala for the night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
10
Yala

In the early morning, travel by jeep through the oceanfront reserve of Yala National Park, home to the highest density of leopards in the world. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Karagama Temple.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
11
Yala to Udawalawe

Witness an elephant feeding at the Elephant Transit Home, a rehabilitation centre for abandoned elephants, then go on a jeep safari in Udawalawe National Park.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
12
Udawalawe to Sinharaja

Travel to Sinharaja Rainforest, where you can enjoy the tropical setting on this afternoon's nature trail.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
13
Sinharaja

Explore Sinharaja on another trail. Enjoy the afternoon at leisure.
Optional excursion (payable locally): Rainforest excursion.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
14
Sinharaja to Mirissa

Journey to the coastal town of Mirissa and enjoy an afternoon at leisure at your beachfront resort.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
15
Mirissa to Wattala*

Enjoy Mirissa with the morning at leisure or take a seasonal whale watching excursion (at a fee). Today marks the end of the tour for those staying on for a beach extension, otherwise, transfer to Wattala.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
16
Colombo to the UK

Transfer to Colombo for your return flight to the UK.

  • Breakfast

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 £39. 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.
Please note: If you have chosen to add the 'Kerala Beach Stay' or 'Highlights of Kerala' extension to the end of your tour, you will need to obtain an Indian visa prior to your UK departure. The Travel Visa Company offers a service which takes can take up to 15 working days at busy times. The cost is approximately £72. Alternatively, you can apply for your own visa. You can apply in person or by post to the Indian Embassy in London: 142-148 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7DU. There are also regional centres elsewhere in the UK. Full details on the process can be found on the Indian Embassy website www.in.vfsglobal.co.uk.

Insurance

We strongly recommend that you and all members of your party are suitably insured as soon as you book your holiday. It is a condition of booking that you must have suitable travel insurance. It is important that you purchase travel insurance that suitably covers your participation in whatever activities you may undertake at the time that you make your booking. To assist you with this, we have arranged travel insurance in partnership with Holiday Extras. To arrange your travel insurance with Holiday Extras, please call 0800 781 4237 and quote 'WK830' for preferential rates. 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 Holidays 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 £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

Your flight is to Indira Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo with Sri Lankan Airlines (UL) departing from London Heathrow Terminal 3. Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage providing the exterior dimensions (height length width) do not exceed 115cm and 7kg in weight. Weight restrictions will be finalised on your e-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay extra at check-in. Heathrow Airport advises that check-in should be three hours before your flight departure time. If you wish to arrange Airport car parking or accommodation at preferential rates, we recommend you book this in advance with Holiday Extras on 0871 360 2000, quoting HX313.

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 sufficient time before your departure. Sources of information include; www.fco.gov.uk, www.travelhealthpro.org.uk, www.hpa.org.uk, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic. It is not advisable to drink the tap water.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with a good level of fitness and able mobility. It involves walking trails and treks, climbing steep stairs and getting on and off coaches.

Group Size

The minimum number of travellers in your group will be 10. If in the unlikely event there are less than 10 people booked on your tour date, we will endeavour to reduce any disruption to your holiday and try to operate your tour with lower passenger numbers. If we are not able to operate your departure date then you may be asked to change to a different date and 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 Rupee or Rs. 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 Sri Lanka should you wish to keep an alternative currency on you.

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 £400 per person will be sufficient for the duration of the tour. Tipping is customary in Sri Lanka. Should you wish to tip, this will be collected by your guide at the end of your tour for your convenience. We would recommend approximately £3-5 per person, per day for the driver and guide and £4 per person, per day for the national guides. It is asked that if you do not tip in the local currency, please do not give coins as these are difficult to exchange.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKPrice
2018 Dates
18 Sep 201803 Oct 2018£2019
16 Oct 201831 Oct 2018£2139pp
£1989pp
06 Nov 201821 Nov 2018£2229
20 Nov 201805 Dec 2018£2329pp
£2179pp
2019 Dates
14 Jan 201929 Jan 2019£2289
29 Jan 201913 Feb 2019£2339
19 Feb 201906 Mar 2019£2339
05 Mar 201920 Mar 2019£2319
16 Apr 201901 May 2019£2319
07 May 201922 May 2019£1899
04 Jun 201919 Jun 2019£1799
03 Sep 201918 Sep 2019£1979
17 Sep 201902 Oct 2019£2029
15 Oct 201930 Oct 2019£2139
05 Nov 201920 Nov 2019£2239
19 Nov 201904 Dec 2019£2359
Itinerary changes

The order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions or for operational purposes. Your local guide will inform you of any schedule changes as they are informed of them. Some road construction and/or weather conditions may lengthen the driving times. Our intention is to adhere to the day-to-day itinerary as printed; however, the order of events and sightseeing may vary according to local conditions.

Yala National Park

Please note that Yala National Park may close during September and October. If this does occur, you will visit the nearby Lunugamwehera National Park instead.

Reversed Itinerary

Please note that on 16/10/2018, 06/11/2018 and 20/11/2018 this tour's itinerary will be reversed. The Sri Lankan beach stay extension will also start on day 15 on these dates.

What to expect

Fact File
Currency

Sri Lankan Rupee

Average Flying time

10-14 hours

Min/Max temperature

18 °C / 36 °C

Spoken languages

Sinhala, Tamil, English

What to pack
  • Insect repellent
  • Suncream
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Waterproof lightweight jacket
  • Sunglasses and Hat
  • Rucksack
  • Binoculars
  • Camera and charger
  • Loo paper for public WCs
  • Long sleeve shirt and long trousers
  • Swimwear
  • Personal toiletries
  • Anti-bacterial hand sanitiser
  • A multi plug travel adapter
  • First aid kit
Customer Rating:
10/10
Hazel England
5th Feb 2018

The pace of the tour was very hectic, especially as it was 2 weeks long. We were all exhausted towards the end.

Given the cost of the trip and the age demographic of the people on the trip I felt that the Big Game Camping wasn't in keeping with the rest of the accommodation we stayed in. The tents were very poor, in particular the toilet and shower. As we had done the itinerary the opposite way round and the camping was the last accommodation, we were all very tired and in need of some luxury, not roughing it.

  • Overall Satisfaction
  • Value for money
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Extend your tour with a Sri Lanka Beach Stay
Tour Route
  • UK
  • Wattala
  • Wilpattu
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala
  • Udawalawe
  • Sinharaja
  • Mirissa
  • B#Sri Lanka Beach Stay
  • UK

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.

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  • UK
  • Wattala
  • Wilpattu
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala
  • Udawalawe
  • Sinharaja
  • Mirissa
  • Wattala
  • B#Kerala
  • UK

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.

4 nights
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  • UK
  • Wattala
  • Wilpattu
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala
  • Udawalawe
  • Sinharaja
  • Mirissa
  • Wattala
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  • UK

Why not continue your trip beyond Sri Lanka with a mini tour of the beautiful Indian state of Kerala from 489pp. 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.

5 nights
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  • Wattala
  • Wilpattu
  • Kandy
  • Nuwara Eliya
  • Yala
  • Udawalawe
  • Sinharaja
  • Mirissa
  • Wattala
  • B#Maldives
  • UK

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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