Cycle West-East of Lanka
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 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 into the heart of the Lankan people
- Cycle to the ancient city of Anuradhapura
- Visit the Sigiriya Lion’s Rock Fortress
- Visit the Golden Temple at Dambulla
- Cycle through the coastal stretch
- Pristine beaches of Sri Lanka
- Jeep safari at Udawalawe National Park
- Paddy fields and vegetable farms
- Modern hybrid Giant cycles
- Meals as mentioned
- Tour leaders
- Activities as mentioned
- Bottled water and refreshments
- Licences and govt taxes
- Luxury SUV
- Luggage transfer
- Travel Insurance
“Ayubowan” in the local language means welcome to Sri Lanka. Your driver & local guide will meet you at the international arrivals with a placard in hand. From here we transfer to coastal Negembo (about 1/2 hour) where we begin our cycling adventure to experience the inland delights of Sri Lanka. We bike 25 km along a picturesque route past many fishing communities and communities before heading for lunch which is served in a cozy little beach restaurant. With peace, good food and a great start you’re up and ready for an insightful tour into rural Serendib.
After lunch a short and much needed transfer to bike on routes past forests of the Wilpattu National Park to enter the Ancient and cultural centre of Buddhism. Anuradhapura is one of the most venerated and holiest Buddhist places in Sri Lanka. Later in the evening go on a guided tour of the relics & temples to understand the cultural history of Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura is a UNESCO World Heritage Site also revered as a holy site by the majority local Sinhalese people.
Cycling Distance : ~ 80 Kms // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : – / L / –
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.
Today’s highlight will be the half-day cycling excursion to the UNESCO Lion’s Rock Fortress @ Sigiriya. The ride next-day takes you to the Golden Cave Temple @ Dambulla. 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.
Though seemingly gentle, this ride is definitely alive; taking you towards the East coast branded for its pristine sea shore, turquoise blue waters and breath-taking views. It is one of those attractions that’s off the usual Sri Lankan tour itinerary but one that is gaining popularity, adding to Sri Lanka’s reputation as a certain travel destination among domestic and foreign travelers. The routes are lovely and you will love the flat lands. You will cycle past jungles, national parks and many villages. It is interesting to witness the conditions of the locals on the east coast. The area here tells you just how much the people have been affected by the war. The north and east coast were predominantly LTTE territory.
We could head out the next day cycling further north to check the military posts, fishing communities and tsunami affected areas. During season you will find numerous onion, carrot, cabbage and sweet potato farms. The areas has many lagoons and is a heaven for bird-watchers and birding enthusiast. The East coast is going to be an amazing time for bird watcher-bikers. Common sightings of the white throated king-fisher as well as Indian Roller bird is guaranteed.
Cycling Distance : ~ 70 Kms, ~10 Kms // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : B / L / –
What draws tourists to Passikudah is the reef that runs across making it one of the safest and calmest stretches of coastline in the east. The reef is home to lovely coral formations and reef fish and dotted with palmyrah trees on sand so soft it almost disappears in your hands. Diving here is an option you cannot miss.
Today’s cycling is on lonely roads with beaches to your left and vast jungles and forests to your right. The area also has a few villages that are sparsely populated. The tropical weather in the afternoon can be daunting but the right amount of wind lashing against you is a relief. Tamil Hindus, Sinhala Buddhists and Muslims have been living alongside for generations. The town of Batticaloa was a Portuguese colony and therefore it is dotted with many catholic churches, forts, museums and palaces. It is usual for light showers in Februray and this cools down the temperatures. There’s so much to do at your resort at Passikudah with beach so clean you’d never want to get into the room and the sea-bed so low you could sleep in the turquoise waters without even realizing it.
Cycling Distance : ~ 50 Kms, // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : B / L /
Cycling further along the east coast sheds more light into the life of the locals who thrive on fishing and paddy. Experience the sunrise and sunset by the coastline as well as traditional fishing practices of the eastern coast just minutes away from your resort @ Thompukandam. The small town of Nintavur is simple and you are free to go for a walk into the villages or head out into the paddy-fields and the stream at the resort to head to the beach a furlong away.
Thompukandam Village Resort is located in the village of Nintavur and the closest town to Nintavur is Kalmunai. The resort is the best for a relaxing stop-over between Passikudah and Arugam bay.
Cycling Distance : ~ 70 Kms // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : B / L / –
Arugam Bay is considered one of the top five surfing locations in the world. Season offers some exceptionally fine point breaks which starts from early April through to late October. The wave size is commonly 2ft-3ft with the occasional set wave at 4ft-5ft with the point having a modest reef bottom. There can be long lulls between consistent swells, generally the Arugam Bay experience is suited to a longer stay. What are cyclists doing in Arugam Bay ? Frankly, we’re here for a stop-over and chill over some beer and head over to the surf points to watch youngsters surf around in style. It is possible to take a surfing class and hire surf boards at anytime of the year.
Cycling Distance : ~ 60 Kms // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : B / L / –
Udawalawe National Park
This morning we bike towards Lahugala National Park and Udawalawe National Park later. After a refreshing stop over, pedal out towards Udawalawe to watch herds of elephants gathered in the Park.
The park is situated just south of the Central Highlands, of which escarpment brings about an enrapturing backdrop. At the center of the park lies the Udawalawe Reservoir. Udawalawe National Park established in the year 1972, with the objective of protecting the catchment area of Udawalawe reservoir,which provides water for agriculture and hydro-power generation spreads over an area 30,821, resembles an African game park: it is mainly thorny-shrub jungle with grasslands.
Cycling Distance : ~ 60 Kms // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : B / L / –
Cycling today starts after your visit to the park where you can watch numerous elephants herd around and in close quarters. With an early lunch cycling starts through villages and back-roads through plantations of banana and paddy-fields. The route stretches towards the sea south of the island to arrive closer to Galle. There’s nothing much that needs to be said about the beaches in Hikaduwa. Hikkaduwa is a hip and happening beach town with all kinds of travellers thronging the hamlet for wonderful experiences of the beach.
Hikkaduwa’s beach and night life make it a popular tourist destination. It is a well-known international destination for board-surfing.
Hikkaduwa was affected by the tsunami caused by the 2004 Indian Ocean Earthquake along with nearby villages Telwatta, Paraliya (Queen of the Sea rail disaster), Dodanduwa, Kahawa and Ratgama. In the aftermath of the tsunami, many of the families who had lost everything were given Sewing machines as part of the relief operations. As a result, the town has a multitude of tailors who will custom make shirts, pants, and shorts.
Cycling Distance : ~ 40 Kms // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : B / L / –
Depart to Colombo
Transfer to Colombo after breakfast.
Cycling Distance : ~ Nil // Hotel : NA // Meals : B / – / –