Wild Sri Lanka Bike Tour

  • Bike through different topographies of Sri Lanka – tea plantations, beaches, hills, forests and historic towns
  • Get to see the very best of Sri Lanka – sandy beaches, the lush green hills and thick wilderness

Experience the diverse landscape & beautiful stretches of biking and wildlife experiences! 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 ruins of Polonnaruwa 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, exotic bird life at Bundala, blue beaches in Tangalle with a classic end of journey at Galle.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    14 days / 13 nights

  • Start / End

    Negombo / Galle 

  • Price

    Casual Inns: From $2,795 pp dbl. occ.

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Active Rider

Group Departures

PRIVATE TRAVEL

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ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceCasual InnsDuration~ Cycling Distance
1NegomboTerrace Green Hotel1
2SigiriyaSigiriya Village Hotel130km / 18mi
3 – 4PolonnaruwaThidas Arana Lake Hotel250km / 30mi
30km / 18mi
5 – 6KandyRandholee Hotel280km / 48mi*
7 – 8Nuwara EliyaThe Rock280km / 48mi
30km / 18mi
9EllaLakshmis Hotel145km / 27mi*
10Udawalawe National ParkKalu’s Hideaway160km / 36mi*
11 – 12TangalleAnanthaya Beach260km / 36mi
13GalleDeco On 44140km / 24mi
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

Meet you tour leader, at your hotel in Negombo and get ready for a ride to Sigiriya. An easy paced ride takes us through the rural hamlets Sri Lanka. Later we take a shuttle and finally arrive in Sigriya.

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.

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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi*

Day 3: Polonnaruwa

Have an early morning breakfast and get ready to take a classic loop around Sigiriya visting Dambulla cave along the way. We come back to Sigiriya hotel, freshen up and then take one hour transfer to Polonnaruwa. History awaits to be explored at Polonnaruwa, an ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka, which came into existence during the 12th century. 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: ~ 50km / 30mi

Day 4: Polonnaruwa

We explore the remains of this architectural wonder on bike and later return to the hotel to relax rest of the afternoon. In the evening, we take a village walk. There is an option of riding in the morning along the canal.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 5: Kandy

Wake up to the rhythm of nature and to the music of birds. Back on the saddle, we ride 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 and reach the ruins of the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. The ride is truly extraordinary.

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: ~ 80km / 48mi*

Day 6: Kandy

Today you can plan your own day. If you wish, visit the Temple of the Tooth Relic after lunch, 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 7: Nuwara Eliya

Today is the most spectacular ride past tea plantations 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, Dinner
Distance cycled: ~ 80km / 48mi

Day 8: Nuwara Eliya

It’s a classic loop today around Nuwara.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 30km / 18mi

Day 9: Ella

Today we explore Horton Plains. After an early breakfast, we  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 10: 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 11: 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 12: Tangalle

There is an optional ride today to Bundala Bird Sanctuary to explore some amazing bird life here. The ride is mostly flat and past paddy fields with glimpse of ocean along the way. People who want to enjoy the blue water beach of Tangalle can take the day at leisure.

Meals: Breakfast
Distance cycled: ~ 50km / 30mi (optional)

Day 13: Galle

A classic coastal route today takes us to Galle. Erstwhile Gimhathiththa, the town is rife with Dutch and Portuguese architectural remnants, museums, cathedrals and a beautiful coastline to enjoy the sunny beaches. Later in the afternoon, explore Galle Fort on foot.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance cycled: ~ 40km / 24mi*

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 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