Spirited Sri Lanka Bike Tour

  • Bike through different topographies of Sri Lanka – tea plantations, beaches, hills, forests and historic towns
  • Hike in the panoramic mountain ranges
  • 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

Experience the diverse landscape & beautiful stretches of biking and hiking with an overnight stay in the Knuckles mountain range! 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, breathtaking views from the Knuckles range 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.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    14 days / 13 nights

  • Start / End

    Negombo / Tangalle 

  • Price

    From $4,900 pp dbl. occ.

  • Hotels

    Premiere Inns

  • Riding Style

    Active Rider

Group Departures

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ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceHotelDurationActivity~ Cycling Distance
1NegomboGoldi Sands10km / 0mi
2 – 3SigiriyaJet Wing Vil Uyana2Biking50km / 30mi* &
60km / 37mi*
4 – 5Knuckles Mountain RangeMadulkelle Tea and Eco Lodge2Biking,
Hiking or Rest Day
60km / 36mi
6 – 7KandyKandy House2Biking50km / 30mi* &
25km / 15mi
8 – 9Nuwara EliyaThe Grand Hotel2Train0km / 0mi
10EllaThe Mountain Heavens1Biking, Walking45km / 27mi*
11 – 12Udawalawe National ParkKalu’s Hideaway2Biking60km / 36mi*
13TangalleMaya Villa1Biking60km / 36mi
14Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Negombo

Arrive in Sri Lanka 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
Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 37mi*

Day 4: Knuckles Mountain Range (1100m)

A classic switchback ride today takes us to the best hiking region in Sri Lanka, Knuckles Nature Reserve. Yes, they call it Knuckles range, since it resembles the closed human fist, when viewed from certain points in Kandy.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 42mi

Day 5: Knuckles Mountain Range

We hike through nature trails in the forest, passing few villages, following the paths of local villagers, listening to the songs of the birds and capturing the breathtaking views we come by.

Today we spend another night in Knuckles, sleeping in the nature.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: 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, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 7: Kandy

Today you can plan your own day. You can take it as a rest day and just relax at your hotel. If you wish, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic, a temple held in great Buddhist veneration, and 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.

Meals: Breakfast

Day 8 & 9: Nuwara Eliya

Today we take a train to Sri Lanka’s old British tea valley, Nuwara Eliya. Adventurous can also ride. 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

Day 10: Ella

Today we explore Horton Plains. After an early breakfast, we will transfer you to Horton plains for a walk till Worlds end.

Horton Plains is one of Srilanka’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.

We have lunch and further ride towards our destination, Ella.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 & 12: 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.

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 13: 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, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 60km / 36mi

Day 14: Colombo Airport

Your leaders will make arrangements for transportation to the Colombo International Airport.

Meals: Breakfast

*With shuttle – short transfers

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. 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