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.

Start
Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
Finish
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Countries
Sri Lanka
Themes
Cycling
Code
HZXS
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 16
Group size
Min 6, Max 16
Carbon offset
0kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Take in 360-degree views from Sigiriya Fortress
  • Cycling down peaceful backgrounds and forest tracks
  • Spot leopards in Yala National Park
  • Wander through fragrant village spice markets
  • Sample locally grown tea in the hill country
  • Relax by the beach in Ahangama

Itinerary

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, visit an aromatic tea factory before cycling to Ella, stopping along the way for lunch and a tea break at 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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Inclusions

Meals
n/a
Transport
4x4, Bicycle, Support vehicle
Accommodation
Hotel (13 nights)
Included activites
  • Buddha statues
  • Jeep safari
  • Kataragama Temple
  • Polonnaruwa - Cycling tour
  • Sigiriya - Rock Fortress

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Notes

1. You may bring your own bike, or hire one at additional cost. Your sales consultant will be able to advise the cost for bike hire. Please see Trip Notes (Important Notes) for details.
2.PREMIUM DEPARTURES
The following departures are Premium departures -
HZXS130804
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On these departures we stay in a range of
excellent hotels, ranging from comfortable modern properties to
older properties bursting with character. Many have pools, and most
have excellent facilities as well as restaurants serving tasty local
specialities and international dishes. As hotels are located in slightly
different locations than the hotels we use on our standard departures
then some days of the itinerary maybe slightly altered.

Important notes

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