Classic Lankan Cycling Loop
11 Days : Sri Lanka is also known as the Teardrop of India. The country which is bounded by the Indian Ocean on all sides is nothing short of a paradise for every kind of a traveller.
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Vacation Style Holiday TypeCycle Tours, Family Vacations
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Small Group
Sri Lanka is also known as the Teardrop of India. The country which is bounded by the Indian Ocean on all sides is nothing short of a paradise for every kind of a traveller. You have numerous Buddhist dagobas, ancient cave temples, heritage sites and colonial forts in addition to vast stretches of tea hills, golden sand beaches and turquoise blue waters. Join us on a cycling safari past paddy fields, canals and villages to the hearts of the Lankan people.
- Cycle to the ancient city of Anuradhapura
- Visit the Sigiriya Lion’s Rock Fortress
- Visit the Golden Temple at Dambulla
- Visit to the Sacred Tooth Relic Temple
- Cycle through the high altitude mountain trails and Tea Plantations
- Visit Ella Rock
- Game drive at Udawalawe National Park
- Explore the Fort city of Galle
- Modern hybrid Giant cycles
- Meals as mentioned
- Tour leaders
- Activities as mentioned
- Bottled water and refreshments
- Licences and govt taxes
- Luxury SUV
- Travel Insurance
Ayubowan. A 1 hour transfer from the airport takes you to the Colombo Hotel. The rest of the day is to rest – beat jet lag and get set for your cycling adventure through Sri Lanka. Depending on your arrival time and time for rest, visits can be arranged to highlights in Colombo including the Gangaramaya Temple, Geoffrey Bawa’s Art Gallery, the National Museum and many others.
Cycling Distance : ~ Nil Kms // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : – / – / –
A much needed transfer out of all the buzz and traffic in Colombo to the outskirts of Negembo takes you to the cycling route past stretches of beach road passing many fishing communities and villages. It’s about time for lunch when you’ve noticed that the sun and the wind are in competition to make it that much more difficult for you. After lunch transfer out about an hour before you start beating out straight sets on open road past the Willapattu National Park towards your hotel at Anuradhapura.
Cycling Distance : ~ 70 Kms // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : B / L / D
Today’s highlight will be the half-day cycling excursion to the UNESCO Ancient City of Anuradhapura ( 1st WHS ). The city’s greatest treasures are the dagobas constructed of bricks and are hemispherical in shape. The city’s most renowned relic is the sacred Bo Tree, which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained Enlightenment.
Bikes all out – you could also go cycling past the ruins to learn about the kingdoms that ruled this ancient city. After an inspiring sightseeing of the Heritage Sites, head to your equally inspiring resort for a stay that feels one with the place and its past.
Leaving Anuradhapura we head up past vast stretches of paddy fields on tarmac. The tour takes you into the country-side and makes sure you get a feel of the sounds and habits of a Lankan village. Paddy fields and coconut farms are fed by a large network of canals in these parts. Your ride takes you closer to the UNESCO Heritage site of Sigiriya which has ancient remains as early as the 15th century BC. This ancient site stand testimony to the Sri Lankan culture, beliefs and habits of the rulers of Ceylon. After lunch, you’re free to laze around in a pool or chit-chat with birds in the park.
The ride next-day takes you to the Golden Cave Temple @ Dambulla ( 2nd WHS ). Apart from the numerous statues of Lord Buddha you would also notice fine frescoes that are believed to date back as far as 1st century BC when King Valagam Bahu took refuge here during his exile from Anuradhapura. Your cycling route covers paddy and wild grass fields apart from numerous spice and coconut plantations following an old irrigation canal. After lunch we head to the rock fortress of Sigiriya ( 3rd WHS ). This is quite steep and is not recommended for people suffering from vertigo or giddiness. The ruins of the palace on the summit is surpassed only by the magnificent aerial view of the surrounding jungle.
Cycling Distance : ~ 80 Kms // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : B / L / D
Today we head towards our next base to explore Sri Lanka’s hill town of Kandy. Perched amongst the tea-clad hills of the Kandy Plateau, this is home to one of the most significant sites for Buddhists: the Temple of Sacred Tooth Relic ( 4th WHS ).
Later in the day, we make our way to the Temple of the Tooth Relic. A temple held in great Buddhist veneration, this is located in the royal palace complex of the former Kingdom of Kandy and houses the relic of the tooth of Buddha. Of the rituals performed in this temple, the one held on Wednesday is of great importance. The tooth is washed with a herbal concoction, which is said to have healing powers; the water is distributed amongst devotees. After spending enough time here, we return to the hotel for the night.
Since this a well-paced cycling trip, today we take a short easy ride of 40km along the countryside of the picturesque Kandy. Clumpy green hills covered in a moss like carpet of bright tea shrubs, keep us company through the ride. Kandy is known as the hilly respite from the plains of Colombo, so expect clean crisp cool air to refresh you completely.
On our ride, we encounter tea pickers, undulating hills, small villages and small shops on the corners of the roads. Feel free to strike up a conversation. You will be delighted at the eagerness and warmth of Srilankans to make you feel at home.
Cycling Distance : ~ 75 Kms // Overnight : Hote // Meals : B / L / D
Take the first train from Kandy to Nuwara Eliya. After check in and lunch at hotel, head out cycling in the hill country and bike past tea plantations, the ubiquitous temples, homes of the Tamil tea workers. Today’s ride evokes some excitement to conquer the climb to Sri Lanka’s old British tea valley. The ride is through terraced paddy fields, ridiculously green surroundings, small waterfalls and of-course the famous tea gardens. The ride is easy paced with a consistent climb through the route; there are a few patches of relief where you can relax and let the slopes work their magic.
Cycling Distance : ~ 80 Kms // Overnight : Hote // Meals : B / L / D
This morning we transfer from hotel to Hakgala National park for a nature walk – heading out of the city for our biking towards Udawalawe National Park later. In the folklores, it says the Sri Lankan demon King Ravana after abducting Sita, kept her hidden in this area and the area was offered to Sita as a pleasure garden. Hakgala National Park and the area is mentioned in the Ramayana as Ashoka Vatika. After a refreshing walk, pedal out towards Udawalawe to watch herds of elephants gathered in the Park. The ride downhill from Ella and past the Ravana falls is enthralling and unforgettable. You shouldn’t miss the long stretches of forest road to Udawalawe National Park as well.
Cycling Distance : ~ 80 Kms // Overnight : Hote // Meals : B / L / D
A morning safari on jeeps to the Udawalawe National Park to watch the wild-life that Sri Lanka is renowned for is an unforgettable experience. Elephants gather in groups around lakes and water bodies. You would also be able to sight many birds endemic to the region.
After visits to the park, you’re biking inland towards the west coast past the Sinharaja Forest reserve. Although a long distance we’d like you to try as much as you can on your last biking day. Rest of the day leisure at the beach.
Cycling Distance : ~ 50 Kms // Overnight : Hote // Meals : B / L / D
On the final day, transfer to Negembo for your onward flight home.
Cycling Distance : ~ Nil Kms // Hotel : NA // Meals : B / – / –