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 93 reviews submitted.
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ZAR  42,650
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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

Map of Cycle Sri Lanka including Sri Lanka
Start
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Finish
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Theme
Cycling
Destinations
Sri Lanka
Physical rating
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Style
Original
Ages
Min 14
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
HPXC
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.

Itinerary

Map of Cycle Sri Lanka including Sri Lanka

Inclusions

Meals

12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 2 dinners

Transport

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

Accommodation

Hotels (13 nights)

Activities
  • 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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Reviews

4.9 out of 5 based on 93 reviews submitted.
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Kay · Traveled April 2024
Having just completed the 14 day cycle tour of SriLanka at the end of the season I highly recommend. While most of our group chose an ebike option, 3 of us grunted it out on manual bikes. You will require a certain level of fitness but by no means does it need to be Tour de France level. The days are organised with early morning bike rides around amazing sites and with your guide you will learn about Sri Lankan history and so much more. What an interesting and diverse country this is. Beautiful, warm and receptive people waiting to be put on the map again.
Review submitted 12 May 2024

heather · Traveled April 2024
Indie and the crew made the cycle trip around sri lanka really special. They made it personal, and went above what the crew needed to do. I would highly recommend this trip for the culture, history, scenery, glimpse into sri lankain life, buddism and wildlife. You will come away wanting to know more about the beautiful island.
Review submitted 08 May 2024

Gillian · Traveled April 2024
I highly recommend Intrepid’s bike tour through Sri Lanka! This tour showed us the beauty of this country in a ‘close up’ way through a wonderful itinerary with a fabulous tour guide and supportive staff who helped us make wonderful memories. Intrepid think through every detail to ensure our experience is the best possible. I will definitely book with Intrepid again.
Review submitted 07 May 2024

Michael · Traveled April 2024
The local crew and Team leader Ku made our experience of Sri Lanka are totally memorable one with interesting converstion and insights into the real Sri Lanka and culture. Made a difference to get off the usual tourist trails and explore the real culture . We ate food we laughed , we shared stories and all the while were comforted in the fact our team and leader were ensuring our safety and comfort. If you are considering this trip I say Go for . Big thanks to all the crew.
Review submitted 06 May 2024

Kathy · Traveled April 2024
Highly recommend this holiday. A real insight into life in Sri Lanka, with lots of variety. The people are so welcoming. It is uplifting to see so many smiling happy people. The food is fabulous & you can eat well on a very limited budget. Our tour guide Ku was particularly good & his team catered for all our needs, with drinks & snacks at the ready & moving our luggage from place to place. The cycling was well organised. I felt safe at all times and had lots of laughter too!
Review submitted 26 Apr 2024
Cycle Sri Lanka
From
ZAR  42,650