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Cycle the Backroads of Sri Lanka Overview
Hit the backroads on this Sri Lankan cycling adventure
Exploring Sri Lanka on two wheels gives you the chance to see the country’s diverse landscapes from a unique perspective. With friendly locals, lush mountainscapes, tropical beaches and plenty of curious wildlife, Sri Lanka is the Asian Subcontinent’s unpolished gem. Come and explore it with us.
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Get warmed up with a cycle down the narrow and often-deserted roads surrounding Sigiriya. Delve into the 3rd-century caves at Dambulla, home to dozens of Buddhist statues and a monastery tucked inside the cliff face. Then, climb to the summit of Sigiriya to admire the intricate frescoes painted onto the rock face and take in superb 360-degree views.
Relish the peaceful backroads of the Sigiriya Nature Reserve before hitting the highway to Polonnaruwa. Perhaps refresh with a swim in the pool before checking out some 10th-century ruins.
Cycle through canals before stop for lunch alongside the Amban Ganga River. In the afternoon, embark on a breathtaking ride with the Kalanduwa hills on one side and the borders of Wasgomuwa Wildlife Park on the other. Refuel with a hearty home-cooked curry served in traditional clay pots.
The going starts to get harder as the tour winds up into hill country. Upon arrival in Kandy, spend a free afternoon perusing the spice markets and local sights, perhaps visiting the famous Temple of the Tooth.
Get set for a tough day in the saddle or, choose to relax aboard the train. Take in views of terraced paddy fields while sipping on fragrant, locally grown tea.
In the morning, take an optional excursion to the sweeping Horton Plains. Then, cycle to Ella, stopping along the way for lunch and tea breaks and local eateries. Watch an ochre sunset from the view point at Ella Gap.
After an exhilarating descent on two wheels, stop to inspect the impressive Buddha statues at Buduruvagala, nestled amid a peaceful lakeside setting. Try to spot leopards in the belly of Yala National Park and absorb the colourful atmosphere of ancient Kataragama temple, where locals partake in the noisy night-time ritual of pooja.
Ride alongside the Bundala Bird Sanctuary, where flamingos can be spotted at certain times during the year. Then, lap up the spoils of a tropical beachside setting, making sure to admire the skill of stilt fishermen, who balance precariously above the breaking waves.
Explore Galle’s old Dutch fort, built in the 16th century, before continuing on to Colombo, where the journey ends.
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