Classic Sri Lanka Bike Tour

  • Ride through the scenic backroads
  • Get to see the very best of Sri Lanka – sandy beaches, the lush green hills and thick wilderness
  • Local food is an integral part of this trip and you will get plenty of this
  • Get acquainted with the remnants of a historically rich period

This trip entails travelling back in time to 2500 years ago to the heart of the Sri Lankan civilization. We take you through the significant historical monuments, largely temples from the significant dynasties to tea plantations, wildlife and easy paced coastal cycling stretch. Fresh seafood, scenic villages and a variety of social and topographical landscape await you on this cycling tour. Enjoy Sri Lanka’s rock fortress at Sigiriya and medieval capital of Polonnaruwa. Besides the ancient trail, enjoy the hill station of Nuwara Eliya, home to the tea planters community , and elephants at Udawalawe. Local food, intricate architecture at temples and a brilliant cycling route will captivate your sense.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    10 days / 9 nights

  • Start / End

    Negombo / Tangalle

  • Price

    From $3,795 pp dbl. occ.

    + $775 for sgl. occ.

  • Hotels

    Premiere Inns

  • Riding Style

    Easy Rider

Group Departures

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ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceHotelDuration~ Cycling Distance
1NegomboGoldi Sands1
2 – 3SigiriyaJet Wing Vil Uyana250km / 30mi* &
60km / 37mi*
4 – 5KandyKandy House250km / 30mi* &
25km / 15mi
6 – 7HattonGovernor’s Mansion240km / 25mi
8UdawalaweBig Game Camps160km / 37mi*
9TangalleMaya Villa160km / 37mi
10Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Negombo

We suggest that you arrive in Sri Lanka at least one day in advance, before the biking begins and settle in at your hotel in Negombo near the Bandaranaike International Airport to recover from your flight journey.

Day 2: Sigirya

Today morning, meet your tour leader at the hotel in Negombo. After a short transfer, we get ready for the day’s cycling. An easy paced ride will take us through the rural hamlets Sri Lanka and we finally arrive in Sigriya,

Sigiriya is a small town named after the large Lion Rock. It was here that King Kasyapa decided to forge his roots, build a palace on high rock and embellish its sides with frescos. The rock converted into a Buddhist monastery after the King’s death, right until the 14th century.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi*

Day 3: Sigirya

History awaits to be explored today, as you ride to Polonnaruwa, an ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka, which came into existence during the 12th century. The initial stretch is through a forest, with lots of greenery. The ride is mostly flat with few rolling patches in between. You ride along a large water tank in Minneriya and reach the ruins of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. We explore the remains of this architectural wonder and later return to the hotel to relax rest of the evening.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 37mi*

Day 4: Kandy

After an early breakfast, we head to the 5th century rock fortress of Sigiriya. The last part of climb, starting from the ‘lion paw’ is quite steep. The ruins of the palace on the summit are surpassed only by the magnificent aerial view of the surrounding jungle.

After walking down from the Sigiriya rock, we take a short transfer to the cycling start point. Back on to the saddle and bike along small village roads, relishing the sights of paddy and vegetable farms in the countryside.

Our next base to explore Sri Lanka’s cultural capital, Kandy. Perched amongst the tea-clad hills of the Kandy Plateau, this is home to one of the most significant sites for Buddhists: the Temple of Sacred Tooth Relic. Before we visit this, we arrive into a luxurious boutique hotel, Kandy House through country roads. An erstwhile abode to Kandyan noblemen, the hotel has enough cosy spaces to settle in with a book, or go for a spa treatment or just indulge in the great food. For all the cycling that is planned for you, there is enough time to enjoy the Sri Lankan hospitality.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 31mi*

Day 5: Kandy

Since this a well-paced cycling trip, today we take a short easy ride along the countryside of the picturesque Kandy. Clumpy green hills covered in a moss like carpet of bright tea shrubs, keep us company through the ride. Kandy is known as the hilly respite from the plains of Colombo, so expect clean crisp cool air to refresh you completely.

Later in the day, we make our way to the Temple of the Tooth Relic. A temple held in great Buddhist veneration, this is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy and houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Of the rituals performed in this temple, the one held on Wednesday is of great importance. The tooth is washed with a herbal concoction, which is said to have healing powers; the water is distributed amongst devotees. After spending considerable time here, we return to Kandy House for the night.

Meals: Breakfast
Distance cycled: ~ 25km / 15mi

Day 6: Hatton

Today’s ride will evoke some excitement, since you will be taking a train ride to Sri Lanka’s old British tea valley, Hatton. It may get little bumpy at times, a train experience is never to missed in Sri Lanka. Looking through the train window, immerse yourself in picturesque sceneries and mesmerising views of the Sri Lanka’s beautiful hill country.

We arrive at Hatton and check in at the Governor’s Mansion, a mansion amidst the tea valley. The place still retains its old world charm with wooden lofts. Perfect ambience coupled exquisite comforts to transport you back to the colonial times of Sri Lanka.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Hatton

Today you can plan your own day. Go for a short biking in Hatton through the tea estates is perfect way to explore the area. Learn about the hard working people in the tea plantations, who bring us one of the world’s best tea or head to Horton Plains and Worlds End.

Horton Plains is one of Sri Lanka’s better-known National Parks – a vast stretch of grasslands and thick forests known for its avian life and thickly green vegetation. This is the only national park in the country that you can explore on foot, although on designated trails. It’s here that the country’s three major rivers initiate, making it one of the most fertile lands on this soil. World’s End is a dramatic scenic viewing point in the park, which can be reached by a 4km-walking trail.

After a day of outdoors, it’s back to the comforts of the Mansion for the night.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 25mi

Day 8: Udawalawe National Park

Today the ride to Udawalawe National Park is along gravel roads and tea estate tracks through the heart of tea plantations of Sri Lanka. Chat along with tea pickers and ride on the narrow tracks flanked by acres of fresh green tea bushes. You finally enter the Udawalawe National Park, home to hundreds of Sri Lankan Elephants and other wild animals.

We stay at Big Game tented camps tonight. A true jungle experience with well planned safaris and knowledgeable staff, the national park helps you assimilate the wildlife at close quarters.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 37mi*

Day 9: Tangalle

This morning it’s off to Tangalle. Time for an infusion of something different in the topography – bananas! The crisp air of the countryside and the rural setting is perfect to understand and enjoy the interiors of the country. Its only when we have to hit Tangalle, is when we hit the main road. And that’s when the warm clammy seaside air hits you, sometimes heavy with the weight of the smell of fish.

Tonight we stay at Hotel Maya. The heritage property is what you need after a long day of riding. The boutique villa has only five carefully restored rooms. Feel at home while you get thoroughly spoil by the brilliant hospitality.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 37mi

Day 10: Colombo Airport

Your leaders will make arrangements for transportation to the International Airport or for your onward journey.

Note: If time permits (as per your flight time), we make a short visit to Galle, Southern most tip of the country, having rode through the entire length of the country. Erstwhile Gimhathiththa, the town is rife with Dutch and Portuguese architectural remnants, museums, cathedrals and a beautiful coastline to enjoy the sunny beaches.
Meals: Breakfast

*With shuttle – short transfers.

Premiere Inns

Jet Wing Vil Uyana: Sigiriya (2 nights)

A rustic ambience masquerades the absolute luxury that is offered at the Jet Wing Vil Uyana in Sigiriya. Clear blue skies to swim under, thatched roofs of cottages and unruly vegetation keep comforts like a well a equipped spa under the wraps, until you step in and notice the brilliant use of local materials used to create an ethereal ambience.

Kandy House: Kandy (2 nights)

Symmetric arches, a weathered tiled roof and antiques strewn amongst the rooms, transports travellers to an era of noblemen. Now converted into a plush boutique hotel, Kandy House still regales travellers with its elegant charm. Only 9 rooms make the atmosphere intimate and tranquil to enjoy the surroundings.

Governor’s Mansion: Hatton (2 nights)

At the Mansion, you will be in the middle of tea scaped hills as far as your eyes can see. Apart from the fact that the view is fantastic, it helps understand the importance of tea plantations for the country. Live like a British Planter here.

Big Game Camps*: Udawalawe (1 night)

Big Game Safari tented safari camp preserves the natural ambience and the awe-inspiring quality of the jungle atmosphere with the shade of the stately Kumbuk trees.

*Casual Inn

Maya Villa: Tangalle (1 night)

The meticulously restored heritage property blends all modern comforts with a deliberately retained old world ambience, and a heavy infusion of luxury. Hammocks, a swimming pool, small porticos to relax in and antique furniture makes Maya comfortable as well as exquisite to sooth weary travellers.

INCLUSIONS & MORE

we go the extra mile

Beautiful Hotels

On this Premiere Inn tour, experience the best of luxury hotels at each destination. They are chosen carefully so that you are well rested, get a drift of the local character or an enthralling view from your verandah! Under circumstances of non-availability of hotel, we will put in equivalent or a better hotel. Any extras at hotel are at your expense.

Quality Bikes

When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Most of our tours in Sri Lanka run on some of the best mountain/hybrid bikes in the cycling tour industry. Upright position, excellent traction and optimal comfort under gravel roads are some of the characteristics.

Outstanding Food

Local food plays an integral part in experiencing the culture of region and we make sure that you get plenty of this. The inclusion of daily meals is highlighted in detailed itinerary. Drinking water and soft drinks such as juice, tea/coffee is included while riding. Plenty of fresh fruits, cookies and water is provided while cycling.

Charming Guides

Our most visible and perhaps most important role is played by a Trip Leader, the folks who make a trip exciting, comfortable, knowledgeable and who are able to steer you towards the real experience! In most of the trips, we have two guides riding with you. One is leading the group of riders and other is closing at the back.

Comfortable Support Van

A Van follows the group of riders throughout the trip and carries all belongings. If at any point riding seems a little hard, the van takes you for as long or as little as you wish it to. It also provides you refreshments along the way and sometimes a chilled beer.

Guaranteed to Depart Tours

We run most of our tours with minimum 2 people traveling and sometimes even with 1 person, without any extra fee. Rest assured, your trip is always guaranteed to depart. If for some reasons you don’t wish to join a tour then you can always transfer to another trip or we’ll give you a credit which you can settle against any future trip.

Entrance Fees & Transportation

Entrance fees to historic sites, museums, temples & other exclusive events and transportation from rendezvous to final drop-off is always included in your tour price. Our tour designers give as much focus on non-cycling activity as on cycling.

Deep Local Knowledge & Presence

Presence of local associations and ad-hoc field network allows us to leverage local know-how and deliver on what is promised to you without any culture and communications barrier.

Singles Friendly

It is applicable in cases where you want to opt for a room alone or we don’t find a room partner. In other cases, we will try to club you with another person, preferably of same sex.

REVIEWS

from our friends

Cycling in Sri Lanka was a fantastic combination of challenging physical activity; beautiful weather; stunning scenery; exotic plants and wildlife; and fascinating history and culture.

LynnCanada

Sri Lanka trip was awesome. Dibin is super and the team rocks!

Preeti & ShirazIndia