Sri Lanka: Hike, Bike & Kayak

10 Days | From seaside to mountaintop, get active in Sri Lanka

4.9 out of 5 based on 37 reviews submitted.
Multi-Active Adventures
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AUD $2,570
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Ride through tea plantations, kayak down rivers and hike to ancient fortresses on an active adventure from Negombo to Colombo. Sri Lanka is one of Asia’s most exciting 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 outdoors. Explore the country’s premier sites while wandering through the wilds on this Sri Lankan experience.

Trip overview

Map of Sri Lanka: Hike, Bike & Kayak including Sri Lanka
Start
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Finish
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Theme
Multi-Active Adventures
Destinations
Sri Lanka
Physical rating
Indicates how physically exerting a trip is, and how fit you will need to be to enjoy it. More info on physical ratings
Style
Original
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 12
Trip code
HPXM
This trip generates 35 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Kayak down the sparking Gin River, taking in Sri Lanka’s ever-changing landscape. Float past forests, sandbanks and plantations while keeping an eye out for wildlife along the way.
  • Encounter Sri Lanka's amazing scenery and biodiversity while hiking through the Knuckles Mountain Range and on to the ‘Mini World’s End’.
  • Cycle a mostly downhill route through the green heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country in ‘the Golden Valley of Ceylon
  • Slip down a few gears in the laidback coastal town of Weligama, where inviting sandy beaches offer a welcome break for sore muscles, and fantastic waves give you the chance to stay active.
  • Come face to face with one of Sri Lanka’s most storied sites as you hike to the ancient carved rock fortress of Sigiriya, rising dramatically from the surrounding plains.
  • Get to know the layered history of Galle during a cycle and walking tour, uncovering the city’s maze of streets, colonial buildings and famous 17th-century fort.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This trip requires a good level of fitness to be able to enjoy the physical activities included.
  • While the activities are diverse, they are all run at a relaxed pace and do not require a high level of expertise/experience to participate in. All travellers will need to be competent swimmers to take part in the kayaking section of this trip.
  • The weather in this region varies seasonally. Be prepared to get sweaty, and for the occasional rainstorm which may require a change of plans. Drink plenty of water and remember a good quality hat and sun block.

Itinerary

Map of Sri Lanka: Hike, Bike & Kayak including Sri Lanka

Inclusions

Meals

9 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

Private vehicle, Jeep, Taxi, Kayak, Mountain Bike

Accommodation

Hotel (7 nights), Camping with basic facilities (2 nights)

Activities
  • Sigiriya - Lion Rock Fortress Visit
  • Minneriya National Park
  • Knuckles Mountain Range - Village Walk
  • Knuckles Mountain Range guided trek
  • Knuckles Mini World's End Guided Trek
  • Hatton Tea Country Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Kandy - Scenic train ride from Kandy to Hatton
  • Golden Valley of Ceylon Guided & Vehicle Supported Cycling
  • Galle - Galle Fort Walking tour
  • Gin River Kayaking
  • Galle Guided Cycling Tour
  • Colombo - City walking tour
Add on activities
  • Kandy - Temple of the Tooth - USD7
  • Adam's Peak Trek - per group - USD20

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement excludes Days 3 & 4 (Camping). Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. In case of weather conditions leading to cancellations or delays in the included outdoor activities, this trip will operate on an alternate itinerary.
3. It is vital that you provide us with your height at least 30 days prior to your trip starting so we can ensure the correct sized bike for you.
4. You do not need to bring a sleeping bag or sleeping mat. Your luggage will transported by vehicle and will meet you at the camp site.
5. Please provide your full name exactly as per passport at the time of booking for train tickets. Fees may apply for amendments to details within 45 days of departure, and in some cases you will be required to cover the cost of issuing new tickets.

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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 37 reviews submitted.
Reviews are from travellers who have completed their trip and want to share their experience. We show all reviews, but may remove any that include profanity or inappropriate content, are unrelated to the trip or reveal personal details.

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Alice · Traveled January 2024
Normally I travel independently but this trip converted me! It allowed me to see parts of Sri Lanka I wouldn't have reached alone, to do activities I may not have attempted, and to learn about Lankan history and culture. The wonderful local team made us feel like a family.
Review submitted 27 Jan 2024

Dominik · Traveled January 2024
What a trip..... im at home now but still really sad that i had to leave this group and this beautiful country. sam our tourguide and his friends did a super exellent job. they were very friendly, funny, great knowledge und helpful at any time. i felt never unsafe or uncomfortable. this tour was just amacing: delicious food very day, well organized and i enjoyed every minute. Thanks you
Review submitted 25 Jan 2024

Sarah · Traveled January 2024
After years of backpacking Intrepid offers a stress free way to explore a country and its culture with economy and sustainability, environmentally aware. What a fabulous time had in Sri Lanka made truly special by our guide Sam and his team. Each day extra activities were offered to give further insight and experiences that I felt so lucky to have the opportunity to see and be a part of. I would highly recommend the hiking biking and kayaking trip here in Sri Lanka to see all of its beauty on offer as well as learning so much about my own physical and mental strength.
Review submitted 24 Jan 2024

Erin · Traveled January 2024
Great trip seeing a variety of landscapes and wildlife. Sam the tour leader was fantastic, very supportive and knowledgeable. The trip is very active and challenging at times, be prepared for steep ascents and decents on the hike & plenty of hills on the bike but the support team are great at helping you through and the sense of achievement is great!
Review submitted 23 Jan 2024

Alfonso · Traveled December 2023
This tour provides a great introduction to Sri Lanka and it’s history, people, landscape and culture (including food). That said, the biking is a bit more challenging than currently described on the website, particularly the inclines / uphills. Nonetheless Dodan is an exceptional guide.
Review submitted 01 Jan 2024
Sri Lanka: Hike, Bike & Kayak
From
AUD $2,570