Best of Sri Lanka & Kerala Backwaters Bike Tour

  • Get to see the very best of two countries in South Asia, Sri Lanka and Kerala (South India) – sandy beaches, the lush green hills and thick wilderness and the Kerala backwaters
  • Bike through different topographies of Sri Lanka – tea plantations, beaches, hills, forests and historic towns
  • Bike in the charming Backwater region of Kerala, in South India
  • Local food is an integral part of this trip and you will get plenty of this

Experience the diverse landscape & beautiful stretches of biking in two countries of South Asia – Sri Lanka and Kerala (South India). We take you through the historical monuments, temples from the significant dynasties to tea plantations, wildlife and serene coastal stretches. Fresh seafood, scenic villages and a variety of social and topographical landscape await you on this unique cycling holiday. Enjoy Sri Lanka’s rock fortress at Sigiriya and cultural capital of Kandy. Besides the ancient trail, enjoy the hill station of Nuwara Eliya, home to the tea planters community, elephants at Udawalawe and the blue beaches in Tangalle.

Arrive in Kerala after experiencing Sri Lanka. Get introduced to Kerala, a small state of India. Ride along the coast of Kerala on a bike and let yourself immerse in the eternal backwaters of Kerala.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    14 days / 13 nights

  • Start / End

    Sigiriya (Sri Lanka) / Kovalam (Kerala, India) 

  • Price

    Casual Inns: From $2,995 pp dbl. occ.
    Premiere Inns: From $5,200 pp dbl. occ.
    The price is indicative and may vary due to size of group, accommodation, time of year you travel

  • Hotels

    Casual or Premiere Inns

  • Riding Style

    Active Rider

Group Departures

PRIVATE TRAVEL

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ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlacePremiere InnsCasual InnsDurationActivity~ Cycling Distance
1 – 2SigiriyaJet Wing Vil UyanaLakmini Lodge2Biking60km / 37mi*
3KandyKandy HouseRandholee Hotel1Biking50km / 30mi*
4 – 5Nuwara EliyaThe Grand HotelThe Rock2Biking, Hiking45km / 27mi*
6EllaThe Mountain HeavensLakshmis Hotel1Train45km / 27mi*
7Udawalawe National ParkBig Game CampsiteBig Game Campsite1Biking60km / 36mi*
8TangalleMaya VillaGood Karma Hotel1Biking60km / 36mi
9KochiOld harbour hotel,
Brunton Boatyard, Malabar House
Fort House,
Tower House
1Walking0km / 0mi*
10 – 11Alleppey / KumarakomCoconut Lagoon,
Kumarakom Lake resort, Purity
Emerald Isle,
Pamba Heritage
2Biking, Kayaking45km / 27mi*
12KollamHouseboatHouseboat1Rest day0km / 0mi*
13KovalamNiramaya Retreat, Vivanta Taj Green coveHarmonia1Biking60km / 36mi*
14Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Pre-tour Day Note: Arrival in Colombo
Arrive in Colombo Bandaranaike International airport (CMB) and take a taxi to Sigiriya, which is around 4 hours drive. A faster way is using Air Taxi – Cinnamon Air.

Alternatively, you can spend a pre-tour night in Negombo and arrive to Sigiriya on day 1 of the tour.

Day 1: Sigirya

Meet you tour leader, at your hotel and get briefed about the tour.

Sigiriya is a small town named after the huge 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.

Later in the evening, 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.

Meals: Dinner

Day 2: 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
Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi*

Day 3: Kandy

Wake up to the rhythm of nature and to the music of birds. We spend half-day hiking and after lunch back on the saddle and make a descend to 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.

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

Day 4: Nuwara Eliya

Today we ride to Sri Lanka’s old British tea valley, Nuwara Eliya. With gradual climbs and few steep hills to conquer, it is a beautiful journey which will take you to the hill country of Sri Lanka. The biking may be hard sometimes and the only thing that will keep you going is picturesque scenery and panoramic views of beautiful mountain ranges.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi*

Day 5: Nuwara Eliya

Head towards 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6: Ella

Today we take a train ride towards our destination, Ella. 

Meals: Breakfast

Day 7: Udawalawe National Park

Today the ride to Udawalawe National Park is along gravel roads , through forests with grass lands, shrubs and teak plantations of Sri Lanka. 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 / 36mi*

Day 8: 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. As we close in to Tangalle, that’s when the warm clammy seaside air hits you, sometimes heavy with the weight of the smell of fish. If we stick to timing, there will be no better way to spend the evening than to see the sun descending into the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Sri Lanka.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi*

Day 9: Colombo, Sri Lanka to Kochi (Kerala), India

We will transfer to the Colombo International Airport to catch the flight to Kochi(COK).

One of the foremost trading hubs on the western coast of India, Fort Kochi drew colonial interest with its aromatic spices. Along with traders from China, Portugal, Arab and Holland, in came a cocktail of religions, cultural practices and diverse food. Kerala owes it cosmopolitan vibe to the traders who braved the seas to come to this land.

Fort Kochi is dotted with remnants of the past, which you can discover on foot/ bike. Step out to see the Vasco Church, Basilica, Dutch Cemetery and the famous Chinese fishing nets, which lie in a 2km radius. In the evening, head to Greenix Village to see the well organised traditional dance show, Kathakali (you can also see the face painting before the show).

Meals: Breakfast

Day 10: Kumarakom / Alleppey

This is going to be a easy ride,along the coast of Kerala to the beautiful region of backwaters.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 45km / 27mi*

Day 11: Alleppey

We step into a kayak today. Soon you will be kayaking the backwaters, through inland canals, with people living very close to the water edges. See the village life in action and hear the stories from our local guide. Enjoy a simple lunch in a local village restaurant. Get the best picture imprinted to your memory on this last day of the Kerala adventure.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Kayaking : half-day

Day 12: Kollam

We check-in into a houseboat today. These floating wonders are luxuriously furbished, with all modern facilities. After all the cycling, there is no better way to relax other than floating in the tranquil waters of the massive Vembanad Lake. The boat also takes you through hyacinth carpeted canals, which meander close to the villages; a great way to see the backwater countryside and habitat near the water. We spend until next morning here and then it’s off on the bikes again.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Rest Day

Day 13: Kovalam

This is not a hectic day except for the humidity in the air, which may exhaust you a bit. Arrive at the Kovalam Beach, one of serene fishing village. This day, you can just relax or walk on the beach, watching the fishing boats coming in and the place bursting with activity as the catch is sorted.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi*

Day 14: Trivandrum Airport (TRV)

For a leisurely final morning in Kovalam Beach, consider taking a stroll along the beach and see the sights. Your leaders will make arrangements for transportation to the Trivandrum International Airport.

*With shuttle – short transfers

INCLUSIONS & MORE

we go the extra mile

Beautiful Hotels

On this Casual Inn tour, experience the best of small boutique 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. Fresh fruits, cookies, salted chips & 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

I loved it! It really did exceed my expectations. Thank you!

CarolCanada