Vivid Sri Lanka Bike Tour


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This trip entails traveling back in time to 2500 years ago to the heart of the Sri Lankan civilization. A land that is bound to mesmerize you, Srilanka offers the most vivid and diverse experiences for travellers within the confines of its relatively small size. Packed with jungle safaris, beaches, tea plantations, and exotic countryside. We traverse through the entire stretch of Srilanka, starting in the central northern province of Sigiriya, going southwards till we hit the southern edge, Galle.

Enjoy Sri Lanka’s rock fortress at Sigiriya and the medieval capital of Polonnaruwa. Besides the ancient trail, enjoy the hill station of Nuwara Eliya, home to the tea planters community, and elephants at Udawalawe. Local cuisine blended with aromatic spices, architecturally acclaimed temples, heritage sites, and a scenic cycling route will engage your senses as you bike through vivid Sri Lanka.


Negombo | 08:00hrs






moderate to challenging

Avg. dist. cycled

50km or 30mi

Group size

Min. 2, Max. 12






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Varied topography

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


Brief Itinerary

DayPlacecasual Inns or similarMealsDistanceActivity
DAY 1NegomboSuriya ResortD
DAY 2DambullaSigiriana ResortB,L,D40km / 24micycling
DAY 3DambullaSigiriana ResortB,L,D45km / 27micycling
DAY 4PolonnaruwaHotel Sudu AraliyaB,L,D80km / 48micycling
DAY 5KandyThilanka HotelB,L,D70km / 42micycling
DAY 6KandyThilanka HotelB
DAY 7Nuwara EliyaAraliya Green CityB,L65km / 40micycling
DAY 8EllaFlower Garden ResortB,L,D30km / 18micycling, hiking
DAY 9EllaFlower Garden ResortB
DAY 10BelihuloyaRiver Garden ResortB,L,D50km / 30micycling
DAY 11Udawalawe National ParkKalu’s HideawayB,L,D60km / 36micycling
DAY 12TangalleEva Lanka HotelB,L60km / 36micycling
DAY 13GalleThe Heritage Galle FortB40km / 24micycling
DAY 14ColomboB

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: Dambulla

Today we recommend hitting the road early to avoid the heat. After a short transfer, get ready for the day’s cycling. An easy-paced ride that takes us along the stunning coastal route with stops at fish markets. Later we turn inland and take a shuttle transfer of about 3hrs to Dambulla, famous for the ancient Dambulla cave temple, which is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The cave temple is one of the largest and best-preserved cave temple complexes in Sri Lanka, and it is renowned for its ancient murals and sculptures.

Apart from the cave temple, Dambulla is also known for its vibrant local market, where you can find fresh fruits, vegetables, spices, and other local produce. The city is surrounded by beautiful countryside, with rice paddies, forests, and small villages, making it a great destination for nature lovers and adventurers.

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Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 40km / 24mi
Accommodation: Sigiriana Resort
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Day 3: Dambulla

Have an early morning breakfast and get ready to take a classic loop around Sigiriya visiting Dambulla cave along the way. We start the exploration in the backdrop of the large Lion Rock after which the town was named. We ride along gravel roads following an old irrigation canal to Dambulla, the 2nd century BC Buddhist cave temple. One has to walk up some distance to see the five caves, which still house many ancient Buddha statues.

Post-lunch, head to the 5th-century rock fortress of Sigiriya. Sigiriya is a small town named after the huge ‘Lion Rock’. It was here that King Kasyapa decided to forge his roots, build a palace on a high rock and embellish its sides with frescos. The last part of the climb, starting from the ‘lion paw’ is quite steep. The ruins of the palace on the summit are surpassed only by the magnificent aerial view of the surrounding jungle.


Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 45km / 27mi
Accommodation: Sigiriana Resort
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Day 4: Polonnaruwa

Today we go on a journey to uncover the rich history of Sri Lanka as we ride to Polonnaruwa, an ancient kingdom that dates back to the 12th century. Our journey starts with a picturesque ride through a lush forest, surrounded by vibrant greenery. The terrain is mostly flat, with a few gentle rolling patches that add to the adventure.

Upon arriving at Polonnaruwa, we'll be transported back in time as we explore the remains of this once-thriving city. Designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Polonnaruwa boasts an impressive collection of ancient structures, including the Royal Palace, the Quadrangle, the Gal Vihara, and the Lotus Pond. The city's architectural wonders are renowned for their intricate carvings, beautiful frescoes, and advanced irrigation systems, showcasing the ingenuity of its people.

Later in the evening, we return to the hotel, rejuvenated by the fascinating discoveries of the day. Polonnaruwa is not just a city of historical significance but is also a haven of natural beauty, surrounded by lush forests, lakes, and rivers, providing a perfect destination for those who love adventure and nature. A visit to Polonnaruwa is an unforgettable experience that should not be missed.


Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 80km / 48mi
Accommodation: Hotel Sudu Araliya
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Day 5: Kandy

Start your day in perfect harmony with nature as you wake up to the serene melody of chirping birds. We'll get back on our bikes and set off on an unforgettable ride through a verdant forest, where lush greenery will envelop us in a breathtaking embrace. Along the way, we'll pass by the expansive Minneriya water tank, which will leave us awestruck by its beauty.

Our next destination is the cultural capital of Sri Lanka - Kandy, situated on the picturesque Kandy Plateau, surrounded by rolling hills draped in tea plantations. This city is home to one of the most revered Buddhist sites in the world, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. As we enter the temple's hallowed halls, we'll be mesmerized by the intricate architecture and awe-inspiring religious artifacts, including the tooth relic itself, believed to be a sacred relic of the Buddha.


Meals: B,L,D
Cycling Distance: 70km / 42mi
Accommodation: Thilanka Hotel
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Day 6: Kandy

Today is a rest day and you can plan your own day. Sitting atop a foothill ringfenced by the verdant mountains, the Ellerton Hotel is the ultimate testament to the impeccable Sri Lankan hospitality offered in perfect harmony with nature.

Birds enthusiasts can spot many birds, both endemic and migratory to be seen at Ellerton. The Crimson-fronted Barbet and the Ceylon red-backed woodpecker to name just two. One can observe these on the property or on walks in the surrounding area. Ellerton is actually a birdwatcher's paradise!

Those who want to spend more time exploring Kandy can go for a leisurely walk through the picturesque streets of Kandy, admiring the colonial-era architecture that still remains. End your day with a traditional Kandyan dance performance, which showcases the city's vibrant culture and history. The performers are adorned in colorful costumes, and the music and dance are spellbinding. You can also indulge in a delicious meal of traditional Kandyan cuisine, which is a unique blend of local spices and flavors.

Meals: B
Accommodation: Thilanka Hotel
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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.


Meals: B,L
Cycling Distance: 65km / 40mi
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
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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

Today 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: Tangalle

Today, we'll set off towards Tangalle, 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 Tangalle, 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 Tangalle.


Meals: B,L
Cycling Distance: 60km / 36mi
Accommodation: Eva Lanka Hotel
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Day 13: Galle

Today, we go on a beautiful coastal and interior trail as we ride towards Galle after a short transfer. The stunning views of the ocean and the gentle sea breeze keep us company throughout the ride. As we make our way toward Galle, we will pass through charming coastal villages and verdant countryside landscapes.

Post-lunch, 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.


Meals: B
Cycling Distance: 40km / 24mi
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Day 14: Colombo

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

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.

Reviews from our friends

Reviews—2023 and older

Rob H from US


excellent trip

An excellent trip combining beautiful cycling trails, iconic landmarks and cultural immersion. Knowledgeable and helpful guides, excellent journey support. Ask for Chamara as the guide as his enthusiasm and drive really made the trip.

Malcolm Rodley from AU


Excellent outing

Excellent outing, we were looked after very well, the bikes were good, the guides were very nice people, accommodation was of good quality.

Emma Trewella from AU


we very much enjoyed our tour

Overall with we very much enjoyed our tour and bike ride through Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is an awesome place to visit. We were very happy with the quality and maintance of the bikes. The tour guide was confident and flexible to our needs. The hotels were generaly of a high standard and some exceeding our expectations. Our driver was always very careful and mindful to lock the vechicle so we could safely leave our belongings in the bus.The food was generally delicious and plentiful but perhapes not as much protein (meat) as we are use to while riding. Snacks were always available and bus never far away. The extra activities were fantastic and really added to the trip and experience of Sri Lanka . The Safari was the highlight. Would have loved more time in the highlands exploring the tea plantaions and doing an extra hike !