Vivid Sri Lanka Bike Tour

  • Ride through the the 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
  • 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, large 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 cuisine blended with aromatic spices, architecturally acclaimed temples, heritage sites and a scenic cycling route will engage your senses as you bike through the vivid Sri Lanka.

Quick Facts

  • Duration

    10 days / 9 nights

  • Start / End

    Negombo / Tangalle 

  • Price

    From $1,995 pp dbl. occ.

    + $450 for sgl. occ.

  • Hotels

    Casual Inns

  • Riding Style

    Active Rider

Group Departures

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ITINERARY

Brief Itinerary

* with shuttle
DayPlaceHotelDuration~ Cycling Distance
1NegomboTerrace Green Hotel1
2 – 3SigiriyaLakmini Lodge250km / 30mi* &
60km / 36mi*
4 – 5KandyRandholee Hotel250km / 30mi* &
25km / 15mi
6Nuwara EliyaThe Rock10km / 0mi*
7EllaLakshmis Hotel140km / 25mi*
8Udawalawe National ParkBig Game Campsite165km / 40mi*
9Tangalle Good Karma Hotel160km / 36mi
10Departure

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Negombo

We suggest that you arrive in Sri Lanka at least one day in advance 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 the ride to Sigiriya. 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 huge ‘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.

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

Day 3: Sigiriya

Today, we ride to Polonnurawa, an ancient Kingdom of Sri Lanka. We ride through a beautiful rain forests and beside a big lake to reach Polonnaruwa. More history await in Polonnurawa, where we explore the ruins of this architecture marvel. Later return to the hotel to relax rest of the evening.

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

Day 4: Kandy

After 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 Lion 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.

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

Day 5: Kandy

Our ride today will takes us through undulating hills, small villages and small shops on the corners of the roads. Feel free to strike up a conversation with locals. You will be delighted at the eagerness and warmth of Sri Lankans, to make guests feel at home.

Today we visit 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 for the night.

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

Day 6: Nuwara Eliya

Today’s ride will evoke some excitement, since you will be taking a train ride to Sri Lanka’s old British tea valley, Nuwara Eliya. 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.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Ella

Today we explore Horton Plains. We do a short hike passing friendly sambar deers, to Worlds End. After the hike, we are back on our bikes, winding down to the village of Ella.

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.

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

Day 8: 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: ~ 65km / 40mi*

Day 9: Tangalle

This morning it’s off to Tangalle, following one of the irrigation canals flowing towards the south. 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. 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 10: 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 hybrid/mountain 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

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

CarolCanada