Discover a world of spice and splendour on a two-wheeled trip across Sri Lanka.
Ride through tea plantations, quaint fishing villages, and swathes of lush green jungle on this cycling adventure from Negombo to Colombo. Sri Lanka is gaining traction as one of Asia’s most exciting new destinations and it’s not hard to see why. With pristine coastline, ancient ruins, rugged peaks and wildlife-filled national parks, it’s a dream for travellers who like to get active. In between two-wheeled treks, laze on the beach, ride the rails (a must in Sri Lanka), explore the country’s premier Hindu and Buddhist sites, and taste the flavours of the tantalising night markets.
Cycling allows you to get closer to the real Sri Lanka, with a leopard-spotting safari and scenic train trip taking the sightseeing to the next level.
From the sensational seafood of Negombo to the pulsing night markets of Colombo, Sri Lanka a feast for the senses. Optional ‘food-crawls’ in most locations connect you with the best local street food.
Step back in time as you explore Sri Lanka’s most important religious and heritage sites, including the Temple of Tooth Relic and Kataragama.
Forget the coffee stops, this is Le Tour with a twist. Visit a tea factory in Giragama for a guided tour and taste of Sri Lanka’s most beloved beverage.
Relax and unwind along the famous sandy beaches and azure waters of Sri Lanka’s southern coast.
Experience a fascinating slice of traditional culture with a Kandyan dance performance in Kandy.
While the cycling distances on this trip are relatively short, the terrain of Sri Lanka is naturally hilly, so you’ll need to be reasonably fit, especially given the warm climate. The support vehicle will always be there if you need to take a break for an hour, or a day.
As the riding is mostly on sealed roads, with the occasional gravel path, there are no technical cycling skills required. But some downhill practice is a great idea before your trip.
There’s the possibility of a few hiccups along the way – perhaps a puncture here and there – but there’s no doubt this is an incredibly rewarding adventure.
The weather in this region varies seasonally. Be prepared to get sweaty, and for the occasional rainstorm which may require a change of plans.
Sri Lankan summers are very hot, with short, sharp monsoons in the south-west. Be sure to use adequate sun protection and drink plenty of water.
If you have issues with heights, you might like to opt out of climbing the Lion Rock at Sigiriya (Day 6). There are lots of rough, narrow steps and tight walkways to be overcome.
If you feel like doing all the riding but with less effort we have the option of hiring an electric bike (e-bike) on this trip.
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1. A single supplement is available on this trip, please see trip notes for details.
2. Bicycle hire is included in your trip price. Please advise your height at time of booking so as we can organise a suitable sized bike.
3. This trip has an option of an electric-motor assisted bicycle (e-bike) at an additional cost. Please enquire at time of booking.
4. Bike helmets are compulsory on this trip. We are unable to hire bike helmets locally so please ensure you bring your own bike helmet from home.
5. Due to Intrepid's stance on elephant cruelty we do not visit the Perahera Festival and cannot purchase tickets on your behalf.
Our Cycle Sri Lanka trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews in the last year.
Cycling is the only way I would recommend to see Sri Lanka as the pace of life is so slow, you need to move at the same speed. One of the main draws is the wildlife and you need to be able to creep up on it rather than whizz past. Yes, it's hot and it's sometimes hard work but you will feel like you have really earn't that massive pile of rice and curry at the end of the day! The nature is unbelievable as is the history of this tiny island..read up on it and understand the culture.
Review submitted 05 Jul 2017
This trip has it all - culture, good food, history, religion, scenery, wildlife...it's the perfect balance between exercise and having fun. Our entire group were left feeling uplifted and that we had a really good overview of the country. The weather is humid which makes the cycling challenging at times but your body does adjust. I would encourage anyone who is regularly active, likes cycling and is interested in exploring new places to book this trip.
Review submitted 17 May 2017