Best of Sri Lanka

13 Nights / 14 Days

From awe-inspiring water bound excursions to venturing up to the world’s most expansive cave temple, uncover island’s most fascinating destinations with adventure trips in Sri Lanka offered by Silvertree Travel.

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AirportKalpitiyaAnuradhapuraSigiriyaKandyNuwara EliyaEllaKitulgalaSouthern or Western Beach ResortColomboAirport
TOUR HIGHLIGHTS
Pinnawala Elephant FoundationWilpattu National parkRitigala MonasteryMinneriya National Park
Sigiriya Rock FortressKite Surfing (May - October)Meemure village hikeTrain ride
Tea estate tourWhitewater raftingBeach experienceColombo city tour
tour route AirportKalpitiya
drive time 3 hours
tour highlights Transfer & Kite Surfing, Beach Experience

Upon your arrival at the Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be welcomed and assisted by a Representative of Silver Tree Travel. You will then be escorted to your vehicle and transferred to your hotel in Kalpitiya.

Check in to the hotel.

accommodation Late in the afternoon enjoy the sun and sand. Overnight stay at the hotel.
tour route Kalpitiya
drive time 0 hours
tour highlights Kite Surfing, Snorkeling

Experience kite surfing. I f you need to learn the art of kite surfing, we can arrange a training program at certified ground school. If you already an experience kite surfer, you can rent the equipment and ride the winds.

 

accommodation Check in at hotel and relax during the rest of the day.
tour route KalpitiyaAnuradhapura
drive time 2 hours
tour highlights Transfer, Wildlife Safari At Wilpattu

After breakfast, leave for Anuradhapura. Check in at hotel and leave for an evening safari at Wilpattu National Park.

Wilpattu sanctuary was decalred as a National Park in 1938, Wilpattu National Park is located on the west coast close to the historical city of Anuradhapura .The dry zone jungle is thickly grown. Wilpattu Natonal Park is home for many villus, or natural lakes which dot the landscape in the Wilpattu National Park. Except for two, These lakes contain rainwater, thus are important for resident and migratory water-birds.

The history of the park is also of interest with ancient ruins having been discovered in Wilpattu National Park. Queen named “Kuweni” (considered to be the mother of the Sinhala race) is said to have lived in the place known as Kalli Villu. Historical evidence also shows the fact that Prince Saliya, son of King Dutugemunu lived in Wilpattu over 2,000 years ago.

Wildlife in the Wilpattu National Park

There are approximately 30 species of mammals in the Wilpattu National Park which include the Sri Lankan Elephant, Sri Lankan Leopard, Lankan Sloth Bear, Sri, Spotted Deer, Buffalo, Sambar and Mongoose.

Birdlife in the Wilpattu National Park

Wetland bird species found in the Wilpattu National Park include the Garganey, Pin tail, Whistling Teal, Spoonbill, White Ibis, Large White Egret, Cattle Egret and Purple Heron. Also, many species of Gulls, Terns, Owls, Kites and Eagles are also lives here. The endemic Sri Lanka Jungle fowl, Little Cormorant and the Painted Stork can also Can be seen.

accommodation Overnight at hotel in Anuradhapura.
tour route AnuradhapuraSigiriya
drive time 3 hours
tour highlights Ritigala MonasteryElephant Safari

After breakfast leave to Ritigala monastery. Ritigala is a range of mountains which is near to Anuradhapura in the dry zone of Sri Lanka. It is about 42 km from Anuradhapura and can be reached passing Maradankadawala and turning off at Ganewelpola along Anuradhapura-Habarana highway. These one of the three strict nature reserves in Sri Lanka and is about 5 Sq. km in land extent.

This mountain range rises abruptly 2000 feet from the surrounding terrain which is about 500 feet above sea level .There are several peaks in the range and the highest peak is the Ritigala. Kodigala or the Flag Rock is the highest point (of Ritigala Peak) in this mountain range and is of a height of 2514 feet. It is also the highest elevation between the Central Hills of sri Lanka and the South Indian mountain ranges. This mountain range comprises three types of forests.The bottom part of the mountain range is Dry Mixed Evergreen Forest type,the middle part of the range is Tropical Montane Forest type and the highest terrain of Upper Montane Forest type. The mountain summits attract more rainfall than the surrounding areas and amidst dry weather at lower plains, the peaks get cladded with clouds and mist lowering the temperature at the summits.

Historically, this has been called as Arittha Pabbatha (the mountain of Aritta) which can be translated as ‘Dreadful Rock’ or ‘Safety Rock’ or even ‘Riti trees’ growing upon it. Around 3rd Century BC, Aritta , who was the Chief Minister of King Devanampiyatissa, who later was ordained as the First Sri Lankan Monk and became an Arahath, spent his monastic life at Ritigala.

There are many monastic ruins of stones, terrace ways, circular terraces, a stone bridge, and remains of a giant stone banked pond built across a water stream.

To enter a Strict Nature Reserve, one needs prior permission obtained from the Forest Department but since the Archeological Department has allowed visitors to Ritigala to sight see around 60 acres of this prime Ecological wonder in the dry zone inside the forest land, strewn with archeological remains, one can have a glimpse of this wonderful and mystic Strict Nature Reserve, not found anywhere else in the island.

Located between Habarana and Polonnaruwa, the 8,890 hectares of Minneriya National Park consists of mixed evergreen forest and scrub areas and is home to favorites such as Sambhur deer and elephants.  However, the central feature of the park is the ancient Minneriya Tank (built in 3 rd. century AD by King Mahasena). This tank is an incredible place to observe the elephants that come to bathe and graze, as well as the huge flocks of birds (cormorants and painted storks to name but a few) that come to fish in the shallow waters.

accommodation Return to the hotel for overnight stay.
tour route Sigiriya
drive time 2 hours
tour highlights Sigiriya Rock FortressVillage Tour

In the early morning, visit the rock fortress of Sigiriya. The legendary sky citadel of Sigiriya, the “Lion Rock” famous for its frescoes of ‘Celestial Maidens’ is the most impressive site in Sri Lanka. Built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century on top of a vast 200m granite rock it took seven years to build and was abandoned after ten years of occupation when the King, defeated by his brother, committed suicide. Although it is a steep climb, the views and frescoes are definitely worth the effort. Sigiriya is best visited first thing in the morning or just before sunset when it is cooler and less crowded.

Take a tour of a local village nearby, enjoying the walks through paddy fields and the cool breeze.  It is an opportunity to get acquainted with the typical village life, as you meet village folk and their families.  You will engage in cookery demonstration along with a bullock cart ride. Just after the bullock cart ride you will also have a boat ride end to the with an authentic Sri Lankan lunch.

accommodation Return to hotel for overnight.
tour route SigiriyaKandy
drive time 3 hours
tour highlights Pinnawala Elephant Foundation

Late morning leave to Pinnawala Elephant foundation. Get close to this large beast and take a walk through the vegetation. Join in an Elephant bath to enjoy a cool spring of water during the hot day. To end the tour, you will experience homemade cooking at its best. Continue your trip to Kandy and check in at hotel.

Arrive in Kandy. Kandy is the old capital of Ceylon and the seat of the last Singhalese kingdom.  It is a charming city with the most important Buddhist temple in the country and is set around an ancient artificial lake amongst rolling hills that are covered by forests and tea plantations.  Set in the mountainous area of the island, there are fantastic views over the city from some of the hotels.

Kandy is a great place to buy gemstones.  Sapphires of all colors, rubies, tourmalines and spinel’s can all be found here.  Visitors are also invited to have a look around their workshop, where they will be able to see the design, and cutting, polishing and setting processes.

accommodation Overnight at hotel.
tour route Kandy
drive time 6 hours
tour highlights Meemure village hike

Take a day trip to the Hantana mountain range. Here you will hike up to a village called Meemure. Meemure is an isolated village in the Central Province of Sri Lanka, located 324m above sea level and hidden amongst the mountains. The only way to reach it is from the  ‘Hunnasgiriya’ mountain, which is part of the Knuckles range, approximately 50km from Kandy. It’s a difficult trail of 33km from Hunnasgiriya to Meemure with many tricky spots, though the view along it is excellent. The village itself receives abundant water in the form of waterfalls that have their sources in the evergreen forests of the Knuckles. East of the village lies the pyramid shaped Lakegala mountain; while the west is dominated by the picturesque Knuckles range. The northern boundary of Meemure borders a forest which runs to the ‘Pitawala Pathana’ grassland; and the south is bounded by Heen River.

accommodation Return to Kandy for Overnight.
tour route KandyNuwara Eliya
drive time 4 hours
tour highlights Scenic Train Ride, Tea State And Factory Tour

After early breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Nuwara Eliya by train.

You will board the Badulla Train and enjoy a brief train ride to Nanu Oya station. Your vehicle will travel ahead of you and pick up from this station. Continue the rest to Nuwara Eliya by your vehicle. En Route you will visit a local tea factory and plantation. Ceylon tea is a world-famous beverage. You will experience the processing plant and take an educational tour with the tea pickers who work very hard to pick only the best tea leaves for ideal for consumption.

accommodation Rest of the day is free to relax. Overnight stay at hotel.
tour route Nuwara Eliya
drive time 4 hours
tour highlights Horton Places & Water Falls

After early Breakfast at the hotel.  Leave for Horton Plains National Park is a protected area in the central highlands of Sri Lanka and is covered by montane grassland and cloud forest. The Horton Plains are the headwaters of three major Sri Lankan rivers, the Mahaweli, Kelani, and Walawa. In Sinhala the plains are known as Maha Eliya Plains. Stone tools dating back to Balangoda. This region was designated a national park in 1988. It is also a popular tourist destination and is situated 32 kilometres (20 mi) from Nuwara Eliya and 8 kilometres (5.0 mi) from Ohiya.

Nuwara Eliya is famous for its richness in nature and water falls. You will continue your tour to visit the beautiful water falls located at various hills and valleys.

accommodation Return to hotel for overnight.
tour route Nuwara EliyaElla
drive time 3 hours
tour highlights Ella Scenic Drive, Hike To Little Adams Peak

Take this scenic drive to Ella. Take a lunch stop at 98 Acres hotel overseeing the beautiful scenic valleys and hills of the region. Late afternoon climb up to the top of the mount of Little Adams peak.

accommodation Return to hotel in Ella for overnight.
tour route EllaKitulgala
drive time 3 hours
tour highlights Scenic Drive, White Water Rafting

After breakfast, leave to Kitulgala. Kitulgala is famous for its gushing white water from the hill country giving a good opportunity for rafters and non-rafters alike to master their experience. These water paths are situated in between lush thick forests which is part of the Sinha raja Forest reserve.

You will take a raft to experience the white water river down hills. Lunch will be organized on site and after which you will continue your journey to the southern or western coast.

accommodation Check in at hotel.
drive time 3 hours
tour highlights Water Sports, Beach

Sri Lanka´s coastal areas are popular for all types of beach activites. This includes water sports, whale watching, snorkeling or just relax and enjoy the sun.

drive time 4 hours
tour highlights Colombo City Tour

After breakfast, Leave to Colombo. Colombo is the Commercial Capitol of Sri Lanka. Walking Through the alleys and shops are an adventure of its own. Taste many types Sri Lankan and international cuisines. Complete your holiday by shopping in Colombo, onr of the bargain hot spot in asia.

accommodation Arrive at the hotel to rlax and for overnight.
tour route ColomboAirport
drive time 2 hours
tour highlights Trabsfer

Check out from hotel and transfer to the airport depending on your flight departure time.

Welcome and assistance on arrival in Sri Lanka by a representative of Silver Tree Travel.
Transport in air-conditioned vehicles, according to itinerary as mentioned above with an English-speaking chauffeur guide.
Accommodation for 13 Nights on a meal plan indicated on the itinerary above.
Lunch as indicated in the itinerary.
Entrance fees for sights & attractions indicated above.
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Compulsory Supplements during peak period
Christmas and New Year’s Supplements.
Optional tours and attractions
Tea / coffee, soft drinks, alcohol or any other beverages
Tips and gratuities
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