Cycle the Backroads of Sri Lanka

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  • 2012-01-01 - 2013-12-31

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.

  • 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

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Day 1 Sigiriya/Dambulla

Built as a royal citadel on top of a 200m high rock mass, Sigiriya is an impressive fortress with some fantastic views, glorious water gardens and 5th-century frescoes. Dambulla's most famous attraction is a beautifully preserved complex of cave temples, which contain paintings and ancient Buddha statues, some carved from the solid rock.

Day 3 Polonnaruwa

Polonnaruwa was the ancient capital of the Indian Chola Dynasty and its 1000-year-old remains feature beautiful palaces, temples, stupas and massive stone Buddhas.

Day 4 Matale Region

The jungle gives way to plantations in Sri Lanka's central spice-growing region - the renowned spice gardens of Matale are among the best in the country.

Day 5 Kandy

Sri Lanka's culture capital, Kandy is a pleasant city surrounded by lush green countryside - it's home to a picturesque lake, old shops, a bustling market and some great restaurants.

Day 7 Nuwara Eliya

Nestled in Sri Lanka's enchanting hill country, Nuwara Eliya was favoured by the British colonialists, both for its temperate climate and the fine tea which is produced in the region.

Day 8 Ella

Ella is a sleepy highland village with some spectacular scenery - on a clear day you can see the coast shimmering in the distance from the famous viewpoint at Ella Gap.

Day 9 Tissamaharama/Yala National Park

The capital of the old Ruhuna Kingdom, Tissamaharama is a charming town on the shores of Lake Tissa - a beautiful location with abundant birdlife. Encompassing a variety of diverse ecosystems, Yala National Park has an impressive array of wildlife including elephants, leopards, sloth bears and lots of birds.

Day 11 Ahangama

A small fishing village on the south-west coast, Ahangama is famous for its stilt fishermen who wait poised on their poles for the day's catch to swim by.

Day 13 Galle/Colombo

Used by the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British during its colourful history, the port town of Galle features an impressive Dutch fort with extensive walls containing many interesting buildings. Sri Lanka's commercial heart, Colombo is a cosmopolitan mix of vibrant street markets, colonial buildings, interesting museums, fine restaurants and great shopping opportunities.