Arrive and Transfer to Hotel in Negombo.
Just a short drive from the airport. After a chance to relax from the overnight flight there will be the opportunity this afternoon to take a short cycle ride to warm up to the sturdy mounts in the days to come. Set amongst coconut palms and fishing boats, Negombo is a perfect way to start your trip and this evening there should be chance to sample some of the excellent seafood available in this beautiful fishing town.
After breakfast Cycle OR Drive to Kandy via Pallegama and the Yoda Ela.
Using a combination of pedal power and car we travel to Kandy, passing villages, rivers and mountain summits en route. Heading first for Pallegama we pass by the Yoda Ela, before driving up onto the highlands and then cycling down to nearby Matale.
From here we drive again to the town of Kandy. Kandy is in climatic terms, cooler due to its altitude of 500m above sea level. This town was captured by the British in 1815, and is known more for its cultural and spiritual importance rather than its history. Buddhists from all over the world, come to this delightful old highland town to visit the Temple of the Tooth, the Dalada Maligawa.
The costly jewelled shrine houses the holy tooth relic of the buddha. This relic was brought from India 1,500 years ago. Every year during the month of August this relic is paraded around the town in a colourful procession of dancers and elegantly dressed elephants. This is a ten night festival known widely to locals as the Kandy Perahera.
After Breakfast do a city tour of Kandy.
Drive to the foot of the Hantana Hills. Cycle through landscaped tea plantations and rural villages. Visit a Tea Museumin in Hantana.
Proceed by vehicle to Nuwara Eliya where the temperature is much cooler than that of Kandy.
Visit a tea factory, sip a cup of Ceylon Tea and enjoy the amazing views of the surrounding hills.
Today you will ride to the town of Bandarawela.
Continue your journey down hill 60km.
You will pass through splendid scenery, peaceful country towns and see some delightful water falls.
Hop on to your vehicle for the rest of the journey to your beach resort in Hikkaduwa. Snorkel, swim, sun-bathe or just relax by the ocean.
After breakfast cycle to Bandarawela
Next drive to Hikkaduwa
Overnight Hotel: Hotel in Hikkaduwa (HB)
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