Off-beat Sri Lanka: bike, hike, raft


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This multi-sport Sri Lankan tour allows you to experience Sri Lanka in myriad ways. Begin your adventure with a thrilling whitewater rafting experience in Kithulgala. From there, make your way to the cultural capital of Kandy, where you can immerse yourself in its rich heritage.

Next, venture into the scenic Knuckles mountain range, where you'll encounter breathtaking views and enjoy beautiful stretches for biking and hiking. Continue your exploration to Nuwara Eliya, a charming hill station that is home to the tea planters community.

From Nuwara Eliya, hop on a picturesque train journey to Ella, renowned for its stunning natural beauty. Take in the mesmerizing landscapes as the train winds through tea plantations, waterfalls, and valleys. Once in Ella, hike to either Ella Rock or Little Adam's Peak, and marvel at the awe-inspiring vistas.

Continue your journey to Udawalawe, where you'll have the opportunity to witness majestic elephants in their natural habitat. Finally, conclude your adventure in Weligama, where you can unwind on the beautiful blue beaches and indulge in thrilling snorkeling adventures.


Negombo | 17:00hrs






moderate to challenging

Avg. dist. cycled

50km or 30mi

Group size

Min. 2, Max. 12






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hike and raft

Hike in the panoramic mountain ranges and raft through meandering white waters.


Brief Itinerary

Detailed Itinerary

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Day 1: Negombo

On the day of the tour, our guide will meet you at your hotel in the evening at 17:00hrs. We'll use this time to do a bike fit to ensure that your cycling experience is as comfortable as possible. After that, we'll have a relaxing dinner together and go over the briefing for the tour.

Negombo is a vibrant coastal town with a mix of Dutch and Portuguese architecture and a bustling fish market. If you have time, we recommend exploring the town's canals, beaches, and historic sites. You could also take a boat ride to the nearby Muthurajawela Marsh, which is home to a variety of bird species and other wildlife.

Meals: D
Accommodation: Suriya Resort
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Day 2: Kithulgala

Kick off your cycling adventure with a ride to the lively fish market and further to Dummalasuriya. As we pedal through charming villages, observe the local way of life. Upon reaching Dummalasuriya, we arrange transfer to Kithulgala as the next leg of your journey.

With its lush rainforests covering vast expanses, Kithulgala boasts the distinction of being the wettest place in the country.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 60km / 36mi
Accommodation: Paradise Eco Garden
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Day 3: Kithulgala

After enjoying a satisfying breakfast, kick-start your thrilling adventure by sliding down a five-meter waterfall and engaging in exhilarating waterfall abseiling. Prepare to be amazed as we set out on a trek through natural rock pools and cascading waterfalls, covering a distance of 1.5 kilometers. Along this exciting trail, you'll encounter seven incredibly beautiful natural pools.

Equipped with safety gear, you'll have the opportunity to slide down into the refreshing rock pools, take confident jumps into the crystal-clear waters, and swim in the cool embrace of the rainforest surroundings. The highlight of this adventure is the incredible experience of abseiling down the waterfalls, adding an extra dose of excitement to your day.

As the day progresses, immerse yourself in the ultimate adventure by indulging in white water rafting. Kitulgala is renowned for its thrilling rafting experiences, and you won't want to miss the opportunity to navigate the exciting rapids. Get ready to be splashed with water as you maneuver through the white waters, ensuring a fun-filled and memorable day.

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Paradise Eco Garden
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Day 4: Kandy

Pedal today through scenic rubber plantations, taking in the natural beauty that surrounds you. Along the route, we make a stop at the renowned Belilena caves, which house ancient fossils and skeletal remains dating back thousands of years.

Nestled amidst the tea-clad hills of the Kandy Plateau, Kandy is home to one of the most revered sites for Buddhists—the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.


Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 55km / 33mi
Accommodation: Thilanka Hotel
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Day 5: Knuckles

Start your day with an early breakfast as we prepare to transfer you to one end of the majestic Knuckles mountain range. Get ready for a delightful day of hiking amidst this natural wonder. Aptly named the Knuckles range due to its resemblance to a closed human fist when viewed from certain points in Kandy, this picturesque landscape awaits your exploration.

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Rangala House
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Day 6: Knuckles

Awaken to the soothing symphony of nature and the melodious songs of birds. After enjoying a delightful breakfast, we go on a trail, traversing the lush forest and passing by quaint villages. Follow the paths traditionally used by local villagers, immersing in their way of life. As we venture deeper into the wilderness, be serenaded by the melodious songs of birds and rewarded with breathtaking views at every turn.

Hiking: 14km

Meals: B,L,D
Accommodation: Rangala House
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Day 7: Nuwara Eliya

Today's ride promises to be nothing short of breathtaking as we set out on a journey through Sri Lanka's stunning hill country, with its lush tea plantations and sweeping mountain vistas. The route to our destination, the old British tea valley of Nuwara Eliya, is a challenging one, with gradual climbs and a few steep hills to conquer. However, the awe-inspiring scenery, glistening reservoirs, cascading waterfalls, and panoramic views of the majestic mountain ranges make every pedal stroke worth it.

We'll stop for a delectable lunch at a picturesque spot overlooking a stunning waterfall and panoramic landscape. Here, we can take a moment to soak in the beauty of our surroundings and rejuvenate ourselves for the rest of the journey. After lunch, we'll transfer to Nuwara Eliya, where we'll spend the rest of the day exploring this charming town.

Nuwara Eliya, also known as 'Little England,' is a town that exudes colonial-era charm, with its well-manicured lawns, Victorian-era architecture, and immaculate gardens.

Here we stay at the Oliphant Boutique Villa. The place still retains its old-world charm with wooden lofts, and old brass fans. Perfect ambiance coupled with exquisite comforts to transport you back to the colonial times of Sri Lanka.


Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 70km / 42mi
Accommodation: Araliya Green City
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Day 8: Ella

Today's ride promises to be the highlight of the tour, offering a breathtaking undulating ride from Nuwara Eliya through a diverse range of landscapes. We will pass through lush grasslands, dense forests, dairy farms, and windmills, and stop at Pattipola railway station, the highest railway station in Sri Lanka, situated 1,897 meters above sea level.

The final stretch of the ride includes a challenging 4km uphill climb, leading to Horton Plains, one of Sri Lanka's most popular national parks. This vast expanse of grasslands and thick forests is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including many endemic bird species. We will explore the park's designated trails on foot, including a hike to World's End, a dramatic scenic viewpoint offering panoramic views of the park. The total hike is approximately 8km, and we will also visit Baker's Falls, a stunning waterfall in the park.

If time permits, we will take a downhill ride to Ohiya railway station for lunch, followed by a scenic 90-minute train journey to Ella. Ella is a charming town situated at an elevation of 1,041m, offering stunning views of the surrounding mountains.

Please note that as our arrival time at Ohiya railway station is uncertain, we cannot make advance reservations for 1st class tickets on the train. We will need to purchase on-the-spot tickets, which are available only for the 2nd and 3rd class.


Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 30km / 18mi
Accommodation: Flower Garden Resort

Day 9: Ella

Today spend the day at leisure. If you're still up for an activity, hike to Little Adam's Peak and Nine Arch Bridge, both easily accessible from Ella. Enjoy panoramic views of lush green hills and valleys, and take in the beauty of the impressive Nine Arch Bridge, a railway viaduct that dates back to the British colonial era.

Meals: B
Accommodation: Flower Garden Resort
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Day 10: Belihuloya

Start your morning with an invigorating hike to Little Adam's Peak and Nine Arch Bridge, both easily accessible from Ella. Enjoy panoramic views of lush green hills and valleys, and take in the beauty of the impressive Nine Arch Bridge, a railway viaduct that dates back to the British colonial era.

Later we ride towards Belihuloya, passing through forests, grasslands, and teak plantations. The initial descent can be steep, so we'll proceed with caution. After arriving at the base, continue riding uphill to Belihuloya, known for its lush green landscapes, rolling hills, tea plantations, and scenic beauty.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 50km / 30mi
Accommodation: River Garden Resort
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Day 11: Udawalawe National Park

Today is largely downhill as we ride to Udawalawe. The landscape along the route from Belihuloya to Udawalawe offers a captivating mix of forests and rural villages.

In the afternoon, we'll set out on an exciting safari adventure in Udawalawe National Park. The park is home to hundreds of Sri Lankan elephants, as well as other wild animals such as leopards, deer, and buffalo. With well-planned safaris and knowledgeable guides, you'll have a chance to observe these magnificent creatures up close in their natural habitat.

Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 60km / 36mi
Accommodation: Kalu’s Hideaway
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Day 12: Mirissa

Start day with an exciting safari adventure in Udawalawe National Park. The park is home to hundreds of Sri Lankan elephants, as well as other wild animals such as leopards, deer, and buffalo. With well-planned safaris and knowledgeable guides, you'll have a chance to observe these magnificent creatures up close in their natural habitat.

Late morning, we'll set off towards Mirissa, cycling along one of the beautiful irrigation canals that flow towards the southern coast. Along the way, we'll pass through lush banana plantations, providing a refreshing change of scenery from the mountainous terrain of the past few days. Cycling through the countryside will give us an opportunity to soak in the rural lifestyle and connect with the local culture.

As we approach Mirissa, the air becomes warm and humid, with the salty scent of the sea in the distance. After a long day of cycling, there's nothing quite like relaxing on the beach and taking in the beautiful surroundings of Mirissa.


Meals: B,L
Cycling Distance: 60km / 36mi
Accommodation: Mandara Resort
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Day 13: Negombo via Galle

Today morning is free for you to enjoy snorkeling in the azure waters of Mirissa.

Late morning, we transfer to Galle and explore the historic Galle Fort on foot. The fort is a UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the best-preserved colonial-era fortifications in Asia. As we walk through the narrow streets and alleys, we will discover an abundance of Dutch and Portuguese architectural gems, museums, and cathedrals. The picturesque coastline also provides a perfect opportunity to relax on the sunny beaches and soak in the beautiful surroundings.

Extend at Galle/Tangalle and spend the days at leisure or transport to the Colombo International Airport for your onward journey. We aim to reach Negombo by 6 pm.

Meals: B

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Essential Info



All hotels as mentioned in the tour details or similar (subject to availability).

trip leader

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


Immaculately maintained bike with helmet, suited to a terrain.


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


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


Refreshments and mineral water while cycling.


Entrance fees to most of the monuments and temples.


E-bikes are available (subject to availability) on this trip at a surcharge.


Airport pickup and drop

We recommend to book direclty from airport or hotel.


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


Gratuities for your guide team are not included in the trip price.


When you have a road and the thrill of a journey ahead of you, it’s imperative to have a good bike to enjoy it. Our fleet majorly consist of the below bikes as a part of this tour. However, sometimes due to height or availability constraints, we may provide a different but similar quality bike.

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Merida Big Seven or similar


Included in your trip price

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Scott E-Aspect or similar


Available at a surcharge


With a tropical climate, Sri Lanka has two cycles of monsoon which bring rain to the west and south-west coastal lines from May to September, and between October and February, it rains in northern regions and east coastline. Although the rains are generally short, with occasional heavy downpours.

Leaving out the monsoon season, the remaining months receive plenty of sunshine and are mostly dry. Temperatures remain fairly consistent year-round, with coastal regions averaging from 25 to 32°C and the mountain regions from 15 to 20°C. Sri Lanka is humid as well with relative humidity ranging between 60% & 90%.

Predominantly, Sri Lanka is almost a year-round cycling destination and our bike tours run around the year.






























Most travelers require a visa to visit Sri Lanka. The process for acquiring one is relatively straightforward. For trips to Sri Lanka of up to 30 days, visas, also known as ETAs (Electronic Travel Authorization), can be obtained from the government’s Department of Immigration and Emigration website. The Electronic Travel Authorization System is available online or at the port of entry. Visitors are strongly urged to use the online system to avoid lengthy delays at the port of entry.

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