Best of Sri Lanka Bike Tour

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Overview

This trip offers a perfect introduction to Sri Lanka. We ride through some of the best that Sri Lanka has to offer such as tea plantations, mountains, wildlife, and beaches.

Fresh seafood, scenic villages, and a variety of social and topographical landscapes await you on this cycling tour. Enjoy the hill station of Nuwara Eliya, home to the tea planters community, and elephants at Udawalawe. Local cuisine blended with aromatic spices and a scenic cycling route will engage your senses as you take on this short biking trip in Sri Lanka.

Start

Colombo | 17:00hrs

Finish

Colombo

Lodging

premiere

Level

easy to moderate

Avg. dist. cycled

50km or 30mi

Suitable for

Age: 16+

Highlights

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myriad landscapes

Ride through the the different topographies of Sri Lanka – tea plantations, beaches, meandering irrigation canals, hills, forests and historic towns

Itinerary

DAY 1NegomboJetwing LagoonD

Day 1: Negombo

We suggest that you arrive in Sri Lanka at least one day in advance and settle in at your hotel in Negombo near the Bandaranaike International Airport to recover from your flight journey.

Our guide meets you at your hotel at 17:00hrs. We do bike fit and convene over dinner tonight.

DAY 2 KandyEarls RegencyL,D30km / 18mi*cycling

Day 2: Kandy

Our guide meets at 8:30am at your hotel in Negombo/Colombo. After a short transfer, get ready for the day’s cycling. An easy-paced ride takes us through the rural hamlets of Sri Lanka and we finally arrive in 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. We arrive at a luxurious boutique hotel, Kings Pavilion through country roads. An erstwhile abode to Kandyan noblemen, the hotel has enough cozy spaces to settle in with a book, or go for a spa treatment, or just indulge in the great food. For all the cycling that is planned for you, there is enough time to enjoy Sri Lankan hospitality.

DAY 3Nuwara EliyaHeritance Tea FactoryB,L,D

Day 3: Nuwara Eliya

Today we take a spectacular train journey past tea plantations to Sri Lanka’s old British tea valley, Nuwara Eliya. With gradual climbs and few steep hills to conquer, it is a beautiful journey that takes us to the hill country of Sri Lanka with a climb of about 1,400m. Second class tickets on a train can be booked in advance, however, 1st class tickets are only available closer to departure and the availability depends on that day. Though usually available, there may be chances that we have to take a journey in a shuttle instead or by bike if you prefer.

We arrive at Nuwara Eliya and check-in at the Heritance Tea Factory Hotel, remodeled from an old tea factory that used to be present in the days of the Raj. The place still retains its old-world charm with wooden lofts, old brass fans, and even an original engine that was the main source of power in those days. Perfect ambiance coupled with exquisite comforts to transport you back to the colonial times of Sri Lanka.

DAY 4Nuwara EliyaHeritance Tea FactoryB,L35km / 21mi*cycling

Day 4: Nuwara Eliya

It’s a classic loop today around Nuwara past tea plantations and waterfalls. Clumpy green hills covered in a moss-like carpet of bright tea shrubs, keep us company through the ride. Nuwara 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 guests feel at home.

In the evening, enjoy a stroll in the town.

DAY 5Ella98 Acres Resort and SpaB,L,D55km / 33mi*cycling

Day 5: Ella

Today we explore Horton Plains. After an early breakfast, we transfer to Horton plains for a walk till Worlds end.

Horton Plains is one of Sri Lanka’s better-known National Parks – a vast stretch of grasslands and thick forests known for its avian life and thickly green vegetation. This is the only national park in the country that you can explore on foot, although on designated trails. It’s here that the country’s three major rivers initiate, making it one of the most fertile lands on this soil. World’s End is a dramatic scenic viewing point in the park, which can be reached by a 4km-walking trail.

We have lunch and a further ride towards our destination, Ella. Riding from Nuwara, we pass through grasslands, forests, dairy farms, windmills to reach Ella. Standing at an elevation of 1,041m, Ella is a little off-beat town when compared to Nuwara Eliya with views of green mountains around.

DAY 6Udawalawe National ParkGrand UdawalawaB,L,D60km / 36mi*cycling

Day 6: Udawalawe National Park

Ella is an excellent place for a walk and a short hike. We recommend taking an early morning hike to nearby areas such as Little Adam’s Peak or Rawana Falls.

Have a late morning start and ride to Udawalawe National Park along gravel roads, through forests with grass lands, shrubs, and teak plantations of Sri Lanka. Be careful while riding through an initial descend as we drop from about 900m to 80m within a short distance. After a long patch of flat terrain, finally enter the Udawalawe National Park, home to hundreds of Sri Lankan Elephants and other wild animals.

A true jungle experience with well-planned safaris and knowledgeable staff, the national park helps you assimilate the wildlife at close quarters.

DAY 7TangalleAnantara Peace HavenB,L,D60km / 36mi*cycling

Day 7: Tangalle

Go on an early morning safari in Udawalawe in search of Elephant herds. And, then off to Tangalle, following one of the irrigation canals flowing towards the south. Time for an infusion of something different in the topography – bananas! The crisp air of the countryside and the rural setting is perfect to understand and enjoy the interiors of the country. As we close into Tangalle, that’s when the warm clammy seaside air hits you, sometimes heavy with the weight of the smell of fish. If we stick to timing, there will be no better way to spend the evening than to see the sun descending into the Indian Ocean, off the coast of Sri Lanka.

DAY 8Colombo via GalleB50km / 30mi*cycling

Day 8: Colombo via Galle

Ride to Galle through coastal and interior trails. Post-lunch, explore Galle Fort on foot. Erstwhile Gimhathiththa, the town is rife with Dutch and Portuguese architectural remnants, museums, cathedrals, and a beautiful coastline to enjoy the sunny beaches.

Extend at Galle/Tangalle and spend the days at leisure or transport to the Colombo International Airport for your onward journey.

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Essential Info

Inclusions

LODGING

All hotels as mentioned in the tour details (subject to availability). All options are personally reviewed.

shuttle

A Van support that follows the group of riders and carries all belongings.

refreshments

Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.

trip leader

Expert Trip Leader(s) who look after your every need and add meaning to your vacation.

meals

Meals as per itinerary. Guests are given the opportunity to dine on their own so that they discover a location independently.

entrance

Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.

bike

Immaculately maintianed bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.

Exclusions

Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.

meals

Some meals may not be included. Please check your itinerary.

Beverages

Beverages such as alcohol, tea, coffee, juice at a hotel or restaurant.