Cycle Sri Lanka and discover the hidden secrets, the wonderful scenery, pass through our rice fields, rubber plantations, coconut estates and lush vegetation. Leisure Travel Sri Lanka has put together this exciting Cycling Tour for group and families. Enjoy your ride. Grade 3 moderate to challenging tours for those wishing take up the challenge. Routes can be arranged for longer climbs if desired..
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 the next morning 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 to start your ride.
Schedule: Arrival transfer from the airport to Negombo and check-in at hotel Familiarisation ride in Negombo town Overnight Hotel:Goldi Sands Hotel, Negombo (HB)
GOLDI SANDS HOTEL NEGOMBO
DAY 02: DAMBULLA
Total cycling distance approximately 35km. [5 Hours – Soft & Moderate ]
After breakfast Cycle to Kurunegala, and Drive to Girtale via Dambulla Cave Temple. En route we will stop at Dambulla, where a great series of cave temples (dating back to the 1st century BC). This cave-temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will see a large number of Buddha images, as well as a few sculptured images of Hindu Gods. On reaching the small town of Giritale you can take a stroll around the the irrigation tank and breathe some fresh cool air.
Schedule Cycle to Kurunegala Visit Dambulla rock temple Overnight Hotel: Thilanka Resort & Spa Dambulla(HB) Meals: Dinner/Breakfast - Lunch at a local restaurant
DAY 03: POLONNARUWA
Total cycling distance approximately 67 km. [4 hours – Soft – You have the option of extending cycling sections.
After breakfast Cycle to Sigiriya, ascend Lion Rock, continue to Polonnaruwa; visit ruins. On arrival at Sigiriya we will begin our climb to the top of the Rock Fortress. This 5th century fortress is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions. A series of steps (sometimes very steep and somewhat precarious) lead to the top. Halfway up, tucked beneath a sheltering rock are the famous frescoes known as the "Sigiriya Damsels"
From Sigiriya we continue on to the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, which reached its height of glory in the 12th century. The city still has many interesting and spectacular buildings and monuments that you can explore. There is the Royal Palace Group with its Audience Hall, Bathing Pool and Quadrangle–a very compact collection of ruins. Close by is the Circular Relic House, a curious round structure with a beautifully preserved ‘moonstone’ carved at the foot of a flight of steps. Another famous feature of the deserted city is the group of carved images of the Buddha known as Galvihara. Here there are three colossal figures, all of which are hewn out of solid granite - the Reclining Buddha is no less than 14m long! After our visit we return to Polonnaruwa by vehicle .
Schedule After breakfast drive or cycle to Sigiriya Visit Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa Ancient city Overnight Hotel: Deer Park Hotel Polonnaruwa (HB) Meals: Dinner/Breakfast - Lunch at a local restaurant
DAY 04: KANDY
Total cycling distance approximately 55km. [5 hours – Moderate ] You have the option of extending cycling sections.
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.
SCHEDULE Drive or Cycle to Kandy. Visit Temple of the Tooth Relic. Overnight stay atHotel Topaz Kandy. (HB) Meals: Dinner/Breakfast - Lunch at a local restaurant
DAY 05: NUWARA ELIYA
Total cycling distance approximately 30 km. [4 hours –Moderate ]
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.
Schedule After breakfast Drive or Cycle to Hantana Hills in Kandy. Continue by vehicle to Nuwara Eliya Overnight Hotel: Galway Forest Lodge Nuwara Eliya (HB) Meals: Dinner/Breakfast - Lunch at a local restaurant
DAY 06: HIKKADUWA
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.
Schedule After breakfast cycle to Bandarawela Next drive to Hikkaduwa Overnight Hotel: Hikka Tranz Hikkaduwa (HB) Meals: Dinner/Breakfast - Lunch at a local restaurant
DAY 07: DEPARTURE
After breakfast transfer to airport for your departure flight. (drive time approximately half an hour.
Price includes: (Prices will be provided at exact time of booking)
Private air-conditioned vehicle / chauffeur guide or guide for the duration of the trip (From Day 1 to Day 9
with the drop-off at airport)
Local government taxes & service charges
Entrance fee to: Sigiriya Rock fortress, Dambulla Cave Temples, Kandy Temple
Meals stated as per the itinerary (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Insurance (Vehicle & the passengers)
Mountain Bikes in prime condition and Helmets for the entire tour.
Well experienced cycling guide, his fees, meals and accommodation for the entire tour.
Managing the entire cycling route.
Back up Transportation during the cycling Tour.
Service charges and all Government taxes.
Visas (not required
Automatically given on entry at the airport)
Peak period supplements (given above)
Insurance (Travel Insurance)
Optional tours and activities
Camera & Video permits at Cultural sights
All expenses of personal nature
Tips and portorage.
Lunch & Dinner
1. All drive times are approximate and are subject to change 2. All reservations subject to availability at time of booking 3. The standard check in/out time in Sri Lanka
IMPORTANT NOTES: 1. It is recommended to have sunglasses, sunburn lotions, insect / leech repellent and personal effects for warm / windy / rainy conditions. 2. Light clothes and Biking shoes or boots for biking are recommended 3. Personal effects for windy/rainy/warm weather conditions should be carried by the clients.