Sri Lanka: Hike, Bike & Kayak

10 Days | Through forest, seaside and mountain peaks, get active and explore the countless UNESCO sites of Sri Lanka

4.8 out of 5 based on 60 reviews submitted.
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On a 10-day active adventure in Sri Lanka, you’ll see the best UNESCO World Heritage sites and varied landscapes of this beautiful country. Cycle through tea plantations, kayak down rivers and hike to ancient fortresses from Negombo to Colombo. Explore Sigiriya’s Lion Rock, wander through the Knuckles Mountain Range and feel the breeze in your hair as you fly past the Golden Valley of Ceylon on two wheels. Sri Lanka is one of Asia’s most exciting destinations and it’s not hard to see why – with expansive coastlines, ancient ruins, rugged mountain peaks and wildlife-filled national parks, it’s a dream for travellers who like to get outdoors and experience a truly wild landscape.

Trip overview

Map of Sri Lanka: Hike, Bike & Kayak including Sri Lanka
Start
Negombo, Sri Lanka
Finish
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Theme
Multi-active
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 30 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 Gin River on a half day paddle through Sri Lanka’s ever-changing landscape. Float past forests, sandbanks and plantations while keeping an eye out for wildlife along the way.
  • Come face with one of Sri Lanka’s most storied sites as you hike to the ancient carved rock fortress of UNESCO World Heritage site – Sigiriya, which rises dramatically from the surrounding plains.
  • Hike through the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Knuckles Mountain Range and encounter Sri Lanka's lush scenery and amazing biodiversity. Visit the observation point ‘Mini World’s End’ and see the sheer drop into the Thelgamuwa Valley and its forest floor below.
  • Cycle a mostly downhill route through the green heart of Sri Lanka’s tea country in ‘the Golden Valley of Ceylon’.
  • Get to know the layered history of Galle during a cycle and walking tour, uncovering the city’s maze of streets, historic buildings, lighthouse and the famed 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.
6. 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. E-bike hire only applies to days 6 & 7. A request does not guarantee an e-bike, only a confirmed booking. Please ask your agent for more details at the time of booking.

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Reviews

4.8 out of 5 based on 60 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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Rebecca · Traveled April 2024
What a way to see and experience Sri Lanka. From start to finish the trip was fantastic. The people really made it special, not just the group but every person we met along the way. (Note that the cycling is more challenging than the description suggests and you can’t take your bag to the camp, only an additional day pack). It was an add tire I’ll never forget.
Review submitted 17 Apr 2024

Valeria · Traveled April 2024
We had a great time during this tour! Sri Lanka is a beautiful country full of great landscapes and culture! Our guide, Vidu, made it ever more special! However, be aware that this trip, as it is now, is not only more challenging than advertised, but for the cycling part you need to be confident to ride on a steep route with cars along (I’ve never done route cycling before and was definitely very anxious for it). Also, be aware there might be some leeches along different parts of the trip 🪱 if you are looking for a trip that will take you to all temples and cultural sites, this is not it, but if you’re looking for an active holiday with some cultural bits, this is your perfect kind of trip!
Review submitted 19 Apr 2024

Yvette · Traveled April 2024
Simply the best holiday! Sri Lanka is beautiful and the option to hike her mountains, and cycle her luscious tea plantations is a wonder to experience. Come ready to have fun, see some amazing sights, and eat yummy food - but leave your expectations of five-stars at home.
Review submitted 16 Apr 2024

Roger · Traveled April 2024
This very varied trip through Sri Lanka gave me a very good impression of the country and its people. We had really good tour guides. The safari was one of the many highlights. It should be borne in mind that the tour is somewhat more demanding than advertised due to the full program. Due to the heat and humidity, hiking, biking and kayaking tours are strenuous.
Review submitted 17 Apr 2024

Francisco · Traveled April 2024
The trip is focused on dedicating time to do the physical activities rather than dedicating time to explore the country on your own. The experience is good but if you are looking for a well balanced trip, this is not it. there is little time to explore on your own unless you decide not to do the activities with the rest of the group. I felt that the itinerary is not yet optimized to make the most out of time in each location dedicating a little too long to the physical activities or the transportation to them leaving some very interesting points of interest out in favor of an extra hour or 2 at a kayak or a bike. The activities on their own are not too demanding, yet at least the bike, require you have a little experience in road cycling so you feel more confident when you start the ride in busy streets or roads.
Review submitted 21 Apr 2024
Sri Lanka: Hike, Bike & Kayak
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ZAR  29,439