Cycle Sri Lanka

14 Days | Discover a world of spice and splendour on a cycling trip across Sri Lanka

4.9 out of 5 based on 84 reviews submitted.
EUR €2,150
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Guided by an expert local leader, this 10-day cycling trip through Sri Lanka will take you to tea plantations, fishing villages, national parks, cities and lush green jungles. From Negombo to Colombo, you’ll see why Sri Lanka is Asia’s most exciting new destination. 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, you can go on safari to spot leopards, take on optional food crawls, laze on the beaches of the southern coast, ride the rails (a must in Sri Lanka), explore the country’s premier Hindu and Buddhist sites, and see the famed UNESCO World Heritage site of Sigiriya. With days of riding and nights of feasting, Sri Lanka will soon make its way to your heart.

Trip overview

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Negombo, Sri Lanka
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
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Min 14
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
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This trip generates 38.98 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
  • Ride to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sigiriya – an ancient rock fortress surrounded by lush greenery. Climb the stairs of Lion Rock and be rewarded for your efforts with a morning breakfast at the top with panoramic views.
  • Cycle to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Anuradhapura and enjoy a guided bicycle tour of the ancient city, riding through woodlands, exploring the ruins and getting a peek of the sacred old Bo Tree.
  • Step back in time as you explore Sri Lanka’s most important religious and heritage sites, including the Temple of Tooth Relic and Kataragama.
  • Join optional food crawls in most locations and connect with the best local street food – from the freshly caught seafood of Negombo to the pulsing night markets of Colombo, this is the best way to experience Sri Lanka’s food cuisine.
  • After cycling through cities, national parks and historic sites, take the chance to relax on the sandy beaches of the southern coast. Go swimming in the clear waters, take an optional cycle to nearby Weligama to see the colourful fishing boats selling their catch on the shore and watch the sunset.
  • 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?
  • To complete this trip, it’s important that you’re both confident and competent in riding a bicycle. As the riding is mostly on sealed roads, with the occasional gravel path, no technical cycling skills are required. But some downhill practice is a great idea before your trip.
  • 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. This applies to the included activities which can add to the potential fatigue. The support vehicle will always be there if you need to take a break for an hour or a day.
  • Sri Lankan summers are very hot, with short, sharp monsoons in the southwest. Be sure to use adequate sun protection and drink plenty of water. The weather in this region also varies seasonally, so be prepared to get sweaty, and experience the occasional rainstorm, which may lead to a change of plans.
  • 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 here.
  • If you feel like doing all the riding but with less effort, you can hire an electric bike (e-bike) on this trip.


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12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 2 dinners


Bicycle (e-bike option available, subject to availability), Support vehicle, Train, Jeep


Hotels (13 nights)

  • Anuradhapura - Bodhi Tree Temple
  • Anuradhapura - World Heritage Site of ancient kingdom ruins
  • Anuradhapura - Isurumuniya Temple
  • Ritigala Monastery Entrance
  • Polonnaruwa ancient ruins
  • Sigiriya - Lion Rock Fortress Visit
  • Kandy - Temple of the Tooth
  • Kandy - Lunch at Hela Bojun
  • Giragama Tea Factory Tour
  • Scenic train ride from Kandy to Hatton
  • Yala/Udawalawe National Park - Wildlife safari
  • Buddhist Temple Visit
  • Galle - Traditional Sri Lankan Wood Carving - demonstration and participation
Add on activities
  • Kandy - Cultural Dance Performance - USD7

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Important notes

1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information.
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. An e-bike option (at additional cost) may be available on this trip. We have limited numbers of these bikes available and they are an 'on request' basis only. A request does not guarantee an e-bike, only a confirmed booking. Please ask your agent for more details at the 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.
6. Train tickets are in very high demand. We always try our best to secure tickets, but on the rare occasion that we cannot book them, you will continue your journey by private vehicle.
7. 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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4.9 out of 5 based on 84 reviews submitted.
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Matthias · Traveled March 2024
Excellent cycling trip with great very-well experienced tour leaders with fantastic service attitude , perfectly organized and great itinerary!
Review submitted 30 Mar 2024

Hilary · Traveled March 2024
Cycling Sri Lanka! What a way to experience this country up close. The wonderful scenery, the rich history and culture, the incredible food and the warm and welcoming people made this trip very special. Many thanks to our incredible crew, Vidu, Kasun, Danuska, Samntha and Kavindu for making our trip an unforgettable experience.
Review submitted 28 Mar 2024

Joanna · Traveled March 2024
This excellent trip is an amazing way to see Sri Lanka.
Review submitted 13 Mar 2024

Hannah · Traveled March 2024
Cycle Sri Lanka was phenomenal. Excellent guiding, stunning cycling routes, immersion into a rich culture. Highly recommended
Review submitted 14 Mar 2024

Christine · Traveled March 2024
This trip was really well organised, the itinerary ticked every box and our leader and his support crew were outstanding. Very highly recommend.
Review submitted 13 Mar 2024
Cycle Sri Lanka
EUR €2,150