Magnificent Cycling Tour Sri Lanka

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Have a great cycling holiday with the professionals who know Sri Lanka’s land like no other. Get the chance to full appreciate the beauty of the country, along with its culture, history, and especially the avian fauna. This cycling holiday will get you closer to nature and all the wonders that it offers.

Key information

  • Trip type: Guided
  • Lodging: Point-to-point
  • Terrain: Combination of unpaved and flat terrain
  • Difficulty level: Moderate (Cyclist needs to have a good level of fitness, terrain is mostly hilly or unpaved but they will ride on flat terrain sometime,31-45 miles per day) to challenging (Cyclist needs to have high level of fitness, must be an active rider, the terrain includes really challenging climbs/or 46-80 or more miles per day)
  • Total Distance : 404 miles / 649 kilometers
  • Vacation type: Mountain biking
  • Type of bike: Mountain bike

Highlights

  • Scenic cycling rides
  • Cycle through picturesque routes
  • Visit to Sri Lanka’s famous attractions
  • Game drive in Udawalawe National Park
  • Daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • 13 nights accommodation

Styles


11 cycling days in English
Spoken languages: English
Airport transfer included: Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport
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Accommodation

You will be provided 13 nights of accommodation on this cycling holiday. On the first night, you will be staying at the Beacon Beach Hotel, and on the second and third nights, you will stay at the Nice Place Hotel. The fourth night will be spent in Deer Park Hotel, while the fifth night will be spent in Country Side Hotel.

On the sixth and seventh nights, you will be staying at the Thilanka Hotel, while on the eighth night, you will stay in Upper Glencairn Bungalows, and on the ninth night, you will stay in Belihuloya Rest House. The tenth night will be spent in Centauria Wild Hotel, and the eleventh night will be spent in 22 Weligambay Hotel.

The twelfth night will be spent in Hotel Sevonra Garden, while the thirteenth night will be spent in Beacon Beach Hotel.

Beacon Beach Hotel

Located in the heart of Negombo, Beacon beach is a boutique style luxury hotel that provides the perfect atmosphere for a relaxing beach getaway. With modern amenities and finest comforts we ensure that your requirements are met with great care and attention.

Being one of Sri Lankas’ finest beach desitanations, Negombo also consists of many attractions such as the famous Dutch fort, Hamilton Canal and the bustling fish market.

Deer Park Hotel

Discover the roots of Sri Lanka at the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and part of the must-visit Cultural Triangle that includes the cities of Anuradhapura and Dambulla.

The deep roots of Polonnaruwa provide the strength of Deer Park Hotel, which is ideally located just minutes away. The hotel is the perfect base to explore all that Polonnaruwa has to offer, in addition to the remarkable historical sites of Sigiriya and Dambulla and thrilling safaris.

Nestled along the banks of a stunning lake, Deer Park Hotel gives you the best of secluded nature and stylish accommodation in Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka.

The tree trunk is the main stem of a tree, which provides stability and support to its branches and leaves. Deer Park Hotel takes inspiration from the strong and steady role of the tree trunk and provides the perfect support for your holiday. With 80+ beautifully designed villas branched around the hotel grounds, Deer Park Hotel sets high benchmark for stylish accommodation amidst nature.

The hotel has several types of villas to suit all kinds of travelers with comfortable furnishings, modern amenities, and gorgeous views, setting the tone for an indulgent stay.

Thilanka Hotel Kandy

Thilanka Hotel, Kandy began as a simple five-bedroom guesthouse in 1978. Guests were served home-cooked meals and treated as family, in the ancient Kandyan tradition of hospitality. Over the years it grew, into a small hotel by 1983 and gradually into the current 92-room facility.

Less than ten years ago, they have expanded and constructed Thilank Resort and Spa at Dambulla, providing a unique living experience in the heart of Sri Lankan agriculture and history.

During nearly 40 years of service, Thilanka Hotel Kandy provides the comforts of a Kandyan home with the luxury and modern facilities of a well-reputed hotel. Some of the staff members have been on this journey for many years and their total commitment is what makes them special.

Upper Glen Cairn Bungalow

The Dickoya bungalows are located in one of the most scenic locations in Dickoya. However, the view from both bungalows is not the same. While at the Upper Glencairn, you are surrounded by lush green tea plantation and a glimpse of the tip of Adam's Peak, the Lower Glencairn beholds the breathtaking sight of the Castlereigh Resevoir.

Belihuloya Rest House

Belihuloya Rest House provides a wonderful ambience and the comforting chuckle of water as an accompaniment to a wonderful ecological holiday. Wake up refreshed to the calls of the many resident and migratory birds. Spend your day on the beautiful Belihuloya River, home to rare fauna and flora. End your day lulled by the sound of Sri Lanka’s tallest waterfall.

Centauria Lake Hotel

Centauria Wild offers a wonderful experience of untouched pure nature from the moment you step in the hotel. It brings wilderness and comfort together with fully equipped and luxury rooms and well-trained staff that will be happy to help you create lasting memories.

22 Weligambay Hotel

Nestled away from the daily rush of Weligama, a lazy fishing village situated by a large natural bay shielded by a shallow coral reef in Southern Sri Lanka, lies Twenty Two Weligambay, a Luxury Boutique Hotel overlooking the Weligama Bay.

Whether you are looking for a peaceful hideaway or action and adventure Twenty Two Weligambay is the ideal beach getaway with golden beaches, beautiful sunsets along with delightfully warm and clear waters

At Twenty Two Weligambay, you will discover the best of the both world with luxurious rooms overlooking the endless oceans and the rural view of the country.

Hotel Sevonra Garden

The Sevonra Garden is renowned for one of the most beautiful and largest pools of any hotel in Asia, as it overlooks the stunning ocean amidst the reflections of coconut palms.

If what you seek is total isolation from the fast-moving world and take a break from the metropolitan cities, Sevonra offers you just that. Sevonra offers the ultimate relaxation destination of the southern coast with unparalleled hospitality and convenience. Lie on the bed and look out of window for the most breathtaking view of all, the Indian Ocean.

Program

Day 1: Arrival in Negombo

Upon arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), you will be met and transferred in a beachside hotel. Negombo is a city on the west coast of Sri Lanka, north of the capital, Colombo. Near the waterfront, the remains of the 17th-century Dutch Fort now houses a prison. Negombo Lagoon, lined with fishermen’s huts, feeds into the Dutch-era Hamilton Canal.

The canal leads south to Colombo. Neoclassical St. Mary’s Church, completed in the 1920s, features a ceiling decorated with vivid religious paintings. Fishing is a key industry and there are bustling markets where you will see mats spreading out with drying fish along the sandy beaches. Dinner is included on this day.

Day 2: Negombo to Dambulla (48 kilometers / 30 miles)

From Negombo, you will begin cycling towards Kurunegala along a picturesque route passing through paddy fields on fairly flat wide roads. After 40 kilometers, you will reach Kattimahana. From here, you will transfer to Kurunegala. Coconut and rubber plantations surround the town, but long before you arrive, you will see the towering Buddha statue.

Eight large rocks encircle the city, and legend has it that they represent animals who were turned to stone by a demoness lady of the lake for threatening to drink the water dry. Once a medieval capital city, Kurunegala is now predominantly a modern town with an old stone clock tower in the center. After lunch, you will be transferred by vehicle to avoid main roads and then cycle to Dambulla.

Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 meters over the surrounding plains. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over five caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Gautama Buddha and his life.

There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, three statues of Sri Lankan kings, and four statues of gods and goddesses. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included on this day.

Day 3: Dambulla, Sigiriya, and Dambulla (47 kilometers / 29 miles)

You will cycle a circular route today visiting Sigiriya. Part of the route will be alongside the shores of Kandalama Lake with excellent views of the ancient fifth century rock fortress Sigiriya (Lion Rock). This “eighth wonder of the world” dates back to the 5th century B.C. and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was the summer palace of the notorious Sinhalese King Kassapa.

Reaching Sigiriya, you will park the bikes and walk through the old water gardens passing moats and ramparts, and then you will climb 300 meters to the summit passing impressive frescoes on the steep ascent on a mix of steps hewn out of the rock and circular iron staircases.

At the summit, you will find the ruins of Sinhalese King Kasyapa’s stronghold and be rewarded with spectacular views. Returning to ground level, you can enjoy a cool drink of king coconut (thambili) before you loop back to Dambulla on well surfaced road. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included.

Day 4: Dambulla to Polonnaruwa (70 kilometers / 44 miles)

You will begin the day cycling through paddy fields and small villages with jungle on both sides of the road. You may see or hear a few peacocks and monkeys along the route. You will reach Polonnaruwa, a cornerstone of Sri Lanka's cultural triangle, and then you will continue the ride for a further 15 kilometers through the historic UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Abandoned in the 13th Century, it was rediscovered in the 18th Century. The Brahmanicchiselled stone monuments, built by the Cholas, show the magnificence of the ancient Rajarata Kingdom. This medieval capital (11th - 12th Century AD) remains a well-preserved city of stupas, moonstones, beautiful parks, towering buildings, and imposing statues from antiquity.

Ancient treasures include some of Sri Lanka's finest art and architecture of the period, such as the giant Buddha statues of the Gal Vihara. The ruins of the city are spread out over an extensive area of woodland and a bicycle is the ideal way to explore the sprawling temple complex.

After seeing the main sites, you will have a 20-minute vehicle transfer to the hotel. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included on this day.

Day 5: Polonnaruwa to Naula (72 kilometers / 45 miles)

You will begin the day cycling from the hotel passing the boarder of Angamadilla National Park. Thereafter, you will head up to Moragahakanda Reservoir view point. The surrounding changes with dramatic landscapes, small cannels, and mountain views. You will stay at night in simple accommodation which will give you an authentic experience of rural Sri Lanka. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included.

Day 6: Naula, Matale, and Kandy (52 kilometers / 32 miles)

This day will begin with a 52-kilometer cycle through beautiful valley and hillside with rich natural diversity all around. You will cross spice hill capital Matale, the town’s people descend from Arab spice traders. Just north of Matale are spice gardens and a colorful temple at AluVihara. You will continue onto Kandy, Sri Lanka's hill capital and a cultural highlight. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included on this day.

Day 7: Kandy

Kandy is a large city in central Sri Lanka. It is set on a plateau surrounded by mountains, which are home to tea plantations and biodiverse rainforest. The city's heart is scenic Kandy Lake (Bogambara Lake), which is popular for strolling. Kandy is famed for sacred Buddhist sites, including the Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine.

Temple features fine ornate decoration and woodwork. Religious services (pooja) with traditional music and drumming are held daily at dawn, mid-day, and in the evening. The Udawattekelle forest reserve is right at the heart of Kandy. In just a matter of minutes, you can leave the bustling city center for tranquil jungle surroundings. Breakfast is included on this day.

Day 8: Kandy, Kithulgala, and Dickoya (85 kilometers / 53 miles)

You will leave the beautiful Kandy cycling downhill through plantations with a few climbs along the way. After 50 kilometers, you will reach Kithulgala, a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. It is in the wet zone rain forest, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in the country.

Kithulgala is also a base for white-water rafting, which starts a few kilometers upstream. There will be a riverside stop for lunch and you can take a refreshing dip in the water. From Kithulgala to Dick-Oya, you will cycle a stretch of flat road before climbing up into the hills again, via immaculately laid out tea plantations surrounded by forest and valleys. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included on this day.

Day 9: Dick-Oya to Belihuloya (41 kilometers / 25 miles)

On this day, you will continue through tea estates along dirt tracks that cut through the greenery, linking old colonial plantations and hill stations. As you journey through lush landscapes, there are many steep climbs to reach Belihuloya. This beautiful hillside location links the dry and wet zones and the hill and low countryside at an altitude of less than 1,500 meters making it a rich bio-diversity spot.

The vegetation ranges from moist semi-evergreen and tropical forest, to dry patana grasslands and temperate forests. This is a perfect location for nature lovers. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included on this day.

Day 10: Belihuloya to Udawalawe National Park (66 kilometers / 42 miles)

From Belihuloya, you will cycle gravel paths through small towns, villages and forest, first on gentle undulating road before a steep uphill ride. As you ride mostly through thick forested areas, the journey is refreshingly cool in the shade of the trees onto Udawalwa National Park.

The park consists of the immediate catchment area of the deep Walawe Reservoir, which is surrounded by open plains and foothills. The vegetation, originally forested, grassland, and thorn-scrub, now predominate.

Much of the forest was destroyed by chena (Shifting cultivation). Udawalawe Park is renowned for its outstanding scenic beauty and wealth of faunal species, particularly mammals and birds. It has become a tourist attraction throughout the year as it is blessed with the possibility to view the elephants at close range. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included.

Day 11: Udawalawe to Weligama (100 kilometers / 62 miles)

You will head on towards the southern coast today, setting off on back roads through beautiful paddy fields passing small village houses. En-route, you will be able to witness some of Sri Lanka’s finest cinnamon plantations. The gentle coastal hills of southern Sri Lankan are especially suited to the growth of cinnamon.

Also, you will see some of the best low grown tea plantation at an elevation between sea level and 600 meters. These are heavy and robust teas with a deep color. You will cycle the last few kilometers along the main coastal road to Mirissa. At the southern tip of the island, Mirissa has a headland between a small fishing harbor, a beautiful stretch of sandy beach with calm, clear waters.

This tranquil spot is now becoming more popular as travelers turn away from the more popular resorts. Fringed with coconut trees, the beach offers spectacular sunsets. Mirissa is a popular place for whale and dolphin watching. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included.

Day 12: Weligama to Galle (52 kilometers / 32 miles)

You will make an early start cycling northwards on this morning following the coast towards Galle. Galle is a city on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It is known for Galle Fort, the fortified old city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th century.

Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting Portuguese, Dutch, and British rule. Notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church.

Day 13: Galle to Negombo (16 kilometers / 10 miles)

This morning, you will take a city tour by bicycle that lasts approximately an hour. After this, you will pack up the bikes and have lunch at a restaurant in Galle fort. In the afternoon, you will transfer back to Negombo. There is time to explore the town's old quarter, the fish market, and stretches of sandy beach. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included.

Day 14: Departure

You will be transferred to the Bandaranayake International Airport (CMB) in time to connect with the departure flight. Breakfast is included on this day.

Included excursions

This cycling holiday includes excursion tours to Dambulla Rock Temple, Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Polonnaruwa Ancient City, Temple of the tooth Relic in Kandy, and Udawalawe National Park.

Location

This cycling holiday will be held in Sri Lanka. It will cover places including Negombo, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Naula, Matale, Kandy, Kitulgala, Dickoya, Belihuloya, Udawalawe, Weligama, and Galle.

Sri Lanka

Sri lanka, officially the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Sanka, is a country off the southern coast of the Indian subcontinent. Known until 1972 as Ceylon, Sri Lanka is an island surrounded by the Indian Ocean, the Gulf of Mannar and the Palk Strait, and lies in the vicinity of India and the Maldives.

It is part of South Asia. Sri Lanka is a small island in the Indian Ocean with approximately 65,000 square kilometers. This small tropical island has a high bio diversity. Since it is isolated from other countries, this island has a high endemicity among its life forms. Out of the 3,368 species of flowering plants, 879 species are endemics while 57 out of 314 ferns are endemics.

The island of Sri Lanka is a nugget of biological diversity. Its modest area of 65,000 square kilometers offers such variety that even land areas many times bigger lack the ago graphic placement, the land formation, the climatic variation, and the culture influence to effect such a variety of habitats, supporting such diversity of life forms. For the birds and for the bird watcher, this is indeed, paradise.

Udawalawe National Park

Mountains mirrored on the vast spread of the reservoir, Udawalawe is, indeed, a beautiful place and the site to see elephants all year round. Open grasslands, a predominant feature here, is an ideal habitat for the lurking Quail, the twittering Prinia, the flocking Munia, and the hovering raptor.

Sigiriya, the rock fortress

The “eighth wonder of the ancient world”, and the best preserved city center in Asia from the first millennium. Macro- and micro-hydraulics including a manmade lake with an eight-mile (12-kilometer) dam and a series of moats, as well as water control and retaining systems display one of the ancient world’s most sophisticated hydraulic technologies.

These miniature water gardens were created five centuries before those at Angkor in Cambodia or Mughal gardens in India.

Negombo

About 37 kilometers north of the capital and only 6 kilometers from the international airport, Negombo, is more fascinating and picturesque in its history and everyday life than as a beach front. The town has several buildings dating back to the Dutch and Portuguese colonial days.

The Negombo lagoon is famous for its harvest of lobsters, crabs and prawns and fish auctions on the beach, which are worth a look. Old world fishing crafts such as the outrigger canoe and the catamaran are still used to bring in seer, skip jack and herrings. The gourmet can enjoy seafood in plenty.

Food

Breakfast, lunch, and dinner is included daily, except lunch on arrival day and dinner on departure day.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • White water rafting (15 USD per person for groups below 12 participants or 12 USD per person for groups above 12 participants)
  • Whale and dolphin-watching excursion (approximately 50 USD per person, including refreshments, available only between month of November to April in each year)

What's included

  • All cycling tour
  • Transportation throughout the tour
  • Services of a back-up truck
  • Meals as specified
  • 13 nights accommodation
  • Services of an English-speaking professional cycle guide
  • Additional assistant cycle guide for group from 13 to 16 persons
  • Entrance fees
  • Jeeps at Udawalawe National Park for a safari game drive

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB). Transfer from and to the airport is included. A.Baur and Company Travel will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport Airport transfer included: Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 14% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.
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