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Cycle Sri Lanka

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Cycle Sri Lanka

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Guided by an expert local leader, this 10-day cycling trip through Sri Lanka will take you to tea plantations, fishing villages, national parks, cities and lush green jungles. From Negombo to Colombo, you’ll see why Sri Lanka is Asia’s most exciting new destination. With pristine coastline, ancient ruins, rugged peaks and wildlife-filled national parks, it’s a dream for travellers who like to get active. In between two-wheeled treks, you can go on safari to spot leopards, take on optional food crawls, laze on the beaches of the southern coast, ride the rails (a must in Sri Lanka), explore the country’s premier Hindu and Buddhist sites, and see the famed UNESCO World Heritage site of Sigiriya. With days of riding and nights of feasting, Sri Lanka will soon make its way to your heart.

Trip Name
Cycle Sri Lanka
Last Updated
2024-07-23
Days
14
Capacity
16
Highlights
  • Ride to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sigiriya – an ancient rock fortress surrounded by lush greenery. Climb the stairs of Lion Rock and be rewarded for your efforts with a morning breakfast at the top with panoramic views.
  • Cycle to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Anuradhapura and enjoy a guided bicycle tour of the ancient city, riding through woodlands, exploring the ruins and getting a peek of the sacred old Bo Tree.
  • Step back in time as you explore Sri Lanka’s most important religious and heritage sites, including the Temple of Tooth Relic and Kataragama.
  • Join optional food crawls in most locations and connect with the best local street food – from the freshly caught seafood of Negombo to the pulsing night markets of Colombo, this is the best way to experience Sri Lanka’s food cuisine.
  • After cycling through cities, national parks and historic sites, take the chance to relax on the sandy beaches of the southern coast. Go swimming in the clear waters, take an optional cycle to nearby Weligama to see the colourful fishing boats selling their catch on the shore and watch the sunset.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, World Bicycle Relief. Donations provide school kids, health workers, and farmers in far-out areas with bicycles that provide access to education, healthcare, and income.

Itinerary

ITINERARY CHANGES Our itineraries are updated regularly throughout the year based on customer feedback and to reflect the current situation in each destination. The information included in this Essential Trip Information may therefore differ from when you first booked your trip. It's important that you review this information prior to travel so that you have the latest updates. Due to weather, local conditions, transport schedules, public holidays, political unrest or other factors, further changes may be necessary to your itinerary once in-country. Your group leader or local representative will keep you up to date with any such changes once your trip is underway. OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES A selection of optional activities that have been popular with past travellers are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only for some of what might be available. Prices are approximate, are for entrance fees only, and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability, and maybe on a join-in basis. It may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination, so some pre-planning for what you are most interested in is advised. When it's recommended that travellers pre-book these activities, look for a note in the Special Information section of the day-to-day itinerary. For most, they can either be organised independently on the day, or let your group leader or local representative know you are interested at the Welcome Meeting and they can assist. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. Although it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Medium and high-risk activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and group leader or local representative are unable to assist you with organising these activities. Activities that contravene our Responsible Travel policies are also not listed. Please remember that the decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

Day 1 - Negombo
Ayu-bowan! Welcome to Sri Lanka. Your adventure begins in the town of Negombo, close to the airport. You’ll have a welcome meeting at 5:30 pm tonight, but if you arrive early, you can get into the spirit of seaside Sri Lanka by observing the local fishing craft in the town. Maybe feast on fresh seafood or rent a bike from the hotel reception and explore the surrounding countryside on two wheels. Tonight, your leader will have great recommendations for local dinner spots.
Day 2 - Chilaw & Anuradhapura
Rise early and have some breakfast at the hotel, then start your cycling adventure with a test-ride through the city streets. Cycle from Negombo to Chilaw, through fishing villages, the scenic Dutch canal, coconut plantations and various tile factories. Sit down for a picnic lunch when you arrive in Chilaw. After, hop aboard a coach and travel to Anuradhapura. Here, you can settle into your hotel, relax and perhaps take a swim in the pool. You have the option of joining a 'food crawl' through the streets and markets of Anuradhapura tonight – this is a great chance to sample some tasty local cuisine.
Day 3 - Anuradhapura
After breakfast, cycle to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Anuradhapura for a guided bicycle tour of the ancient city. Among the ruins you'll see the sacred old Bo Tree – a spiritual reminder of the beginnings of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and the inspiration for Anuradhapura's great buildings. The ruins themselves are spread over quite a large area, with some in woodland settings and others appearing more cultivated with columns and ponds dotted throughout. Visit the impressive Isurumuniya Temple and the Anuradhapura Museum, then sit down with your group for a local lunch. Return to the hotel for a free afternoon and evening.
Day 4 - Ritigala & Polonnaruwa
Cycle from Anuradhapura to Ritigala this morning, passing rice paddies, man-made water tanks and jungle scenery. Have some lunch along the way at a countryside kiosk then visit the beautiful Ritigala monastery, which dates back nearly 2000 years and is named after the mountain on which it sits. After exploring the site and learning a thing or two about its local mythology, board a coach and travel to Polonnaruwa. When you arrive, take the opportunity to relax and recharge.
Day 5 - Polonnaruwa & Dambulla
Saddle up for a morning ride to Polonnaruwa – the second oldest kingdom in Sri Lanka. Visit the Vihara Temple, Parakrama Statue and Siva Temple while you explore the site, then cycle to Diyabeduma. The scenery along the way includes sanctuaries, man-made channels and farmlands. Refuel with a picnic lunch then travel from to Dambulla by coach. In the evening, you'll visit the Dambulla wholesale vegetable market, where there will be an option to join in on a local food crawl.
Day 6 - Sigriya Rock & Kandy
Early this morning, you’ll cycle from your hotel in Dambulla to Sigiriya – this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to an ancient rock fortress that sits 200 m high among the surrounding gardens and reservoirs. Along the way, see the water garden, the boulder garden, the mirror wall and Sigiriya's frescos. You’ll want your camera today as the image of this site against the skyline is one to remember. Hike to the top of the fortress and enjoy some well-earned breakfast at the peak, taking in the panoramic views. After, jump back on your bike and pedal your way through the countryside, stopping for lunch at a spice garden near Matale. Enjoy a rest in the support vehicle as you drive the final leg to Kandy. Tonight, you’ll be treated to a traditional Kandyan dance performance – an insight into an age-old culture.
Day 7 - Kandy
After breakfast at the hotel, you have the option to either head out for some extra cycling in the Hanthana Mountain Range (weather/time permitting) or stay in Kandy and explore. Later this morning, you’ll head to Giragama for a guided tour of a tea factory, learning about how Sri Lanka's favourite drink is made and sampling some of the delicious varieties. For lunch, visit the Hela Bojun Restaurant – a social enterprise founded by the agriculture ministry of the Sri Lankan government to provide employment for women from local communities while training and empowering them. Try some Sri Lankan dishes prepared by the women while learning a little more about the restaurant and their important mission. The rest of the afternoon is free. Tonight, visit the Temple of Tooth Relic – the most important Buddhist site in the country – then return to town for a food crawl.
Day 8 - Hatton
Transfer to Kandy railway station after breakfast this morning. From the station, you’ll embark on a scenic train trip from Kandy to Hatton, where you’ll then cycle to Maskeliya. Ride through leafy tea plantations to your lunch spot, where you’ll enjoy an authentic Tamil meal from a local kiosk. Check into your guesthouse, then relax this afternoon. If you like, you can take on an optional trek of Adam's Peak – a conical, snow-capped mountain that sits at 2243 m high. The pilgrimage season runs from late May to early December and is a fascinating time to visit.
Day 9 - Tissamaharama
Enjoy a hearty breakfast before cycling down from Bogawanthalawa to Balangoda. This is a short ride but one of the most beautiful stretches of road in Sri Lanka, following a path along the tea plantations and pine forest passes. Alongside mountainous views, you’ll cycle through tall trees, lush vegetation and serene landscapes with a soundtrack of birdsong. Maybe see some trickling waterfalls before stopping among the green slopes of Balangoda for lunch. Then, transfer to Tissamaharama. When you arrive, wind down at your hotel and share stories over a group dinner.
Day 10 - Yala National Park
Cycle the tree lines roads through villages from Tissamaharama to Kataragama after breakfast. The holy city of Kataragama is a colourful and vibrant religious centre that rivals Adam's Peak in terms of national importance. This is where the two-week Kataragama Festival attracts thousands of Hindus and tourists each year in July/August. After, take a jeep ride through the beautiful Yala National Park – home to elephants, crocodiles and waterbirds like the great thick-knee. Yala also lays claim to one of the world's highest concentration of leopards! Return to Tissamaharama for the night where you’ll sit down for a group dinner.
Day 11 - Mirissa
After breakfast, cycle from Tissamaharama to Hambantota via Bundala National Park. After lunch at Hambantota, continue to Mirissa on your bike. You’ll have a free afternoon of beach time in Mirissa, where you can chill out and swim. The beach itself is a long curve of sand with clear waters, perfect for taking a dip and watching the sunset. You can also cycle to nearby Weligama, where the colourful fishing boats bring fresh fish to sell along the shore. The local cottage industry of lace products is also well worth a look if you’re seeking something authentic to bring home.
Day 12 - Mirissa & Galle
Enjoy a free morning to relax or if you like, go whale-watching (this activity is more successful from November through to April). Later, you’ll drive to Galle, stopping near the Galle Fort entrance on the way to meet with a local artisan Mr Sunil. A traditional woodcarving expert, he will take you through a practical demonstration of the craft and encourage you to give it a go yourself. When you arrive in Galle – home to an impressive World Heritage-listed Dutch fort with extensive walls and many old buildings – spend the evening exploring. Take a stroll around the historic fort and watch the sunset from the ramparts before driving back to Mirissa.
Day 13 - Colombo
Depart Mirissa after breakfast and drive to Colombo. When you arrive, check into your hotel and then head out on a leader-led walk of the city, passing the bustling Petta Bazaar, Independence Square, Parliament and the National Museum. You’ll finish at the Barefoot fairtrade store, where you can find a collection of handicrafts from around the country and support small cottage industries. Tonight, there's an optional group food crawl to celebrate your journey. If you’d like to celebrate a trip well travelled, you’ll head to the local market stalls and tuck into some of Sri Lanka’s best street foods.
Day 14 - Colombo
There are no activities planned after breakfast today and your adventure comes to an end. You're free to leave at any time after check out. If you'd like to extend your stay, just get in touch with your booking agent ahead of time to organise additional accommodation.

Trip Dates

StartEndPrice FromRoom Type
03-08-202416-08-2024AUD $ 3,650-
10-08-202423-08-2024AUD $ 2,950-
24-08-202406-09-2024AUD $ 2,954-
07-09-202420-09-2024AUD $ 3,900-
21-09-202404-10-2024AUD $ 3,900-
28-09-202411-10-2024AUD $ 3,755-
19-10-202401-11-2024AUD $ 3,610-
09-11-202422-11-2024AUD $ 3,835-
16-11-202429-11-2024AUD $ 3,760-
23-11-202406-12-2024AUD $ 3,910-
30-11-202413-12-2024AUD $ 3,445-
07-12-202420-12-2024AUD $ 3,572-
21-12-202403-01-2025AUD $ 3,760-
28-12-202410-01-2025AUD $ 3,760-
04-01-202517-01-2025AUD $ 3,970-
18-01-202531-01-2025AUD $ 3,970-
25-01-202507-02-2025AUD $ 3,970-
08-02-202521-02-2025AUD $ 3,970-
22-02-202507-03-2025AUD $ 3,970-
08-03-202521-03-2025AUD $ 3,830-
15-03-202528-03-2025AUD $ 3,830-
22-03-202504-04-2025AUD $ 3,830-
29-03-202511-04-2025AUD $ 3,830-
05-04-202518-04-2025AUD $ 3,830-
12-04-202525-04-2025AUD $ 3,830-
19-04-202502-05-2025AUD $ 3,830-
26-04-202509-05-2025AUD $ 3,830-
07-06-202520-06-2025AUD $ 3,680-
05-07-202518-07-2025AUD $ 3,680-
12-07-202525-07-2025AUD $ 3,680-
26-07-202508-08-2025AUD $ 3,680-
02-08-202515-08-2025AUD $ 3,680-
09-08-202522-08-2025AUD $ 3,680-
16-08-202529-08-2025AUD $ 3,680-
30-08-202512-09-2025AUD $ 3,680-
13-09-202526-09-2025AUD $ 3,680-
27-09-202510-10-2025AUD $ 3,680-
08-11-202521-11-2025AUD $ 3,830-
15-11-202528-11-2025AUD $ 3,830-
29-11-202512-12-2025AUD $ 3,970-
06-12-202519-12-2025AUD $ 3,970-
13-12-202526-12-2025AUD $ 3,970-
20-12-202502-01-2026AUD $ 3,970-
27-12-202509-01-2026AUD $ 3,970-
03-01-202616-01-2026AUD $ 3,835-
17-01-202630-01-2026AUD $ 3,835-
24-01-202606-02-2026AUD $ 3,835-
07-02-202620-02-2026AUD $ 3,835-
21-02-202606-03-2026AUD $ 3,835-
07-03-202620-03-2026AUD $ 3,835-
14-03-202627-03-2026AUD $ 3,835-
21-03-202603-04-2026AUD $ 3,835-
28-03-202610-04-2026AUD $ 3,835-
04-04-202617-04-2026AUD $ 3,835-
11-04-202624-04-2026AUD $ 3,835-
18-04-202601-05-2026AUD $ 3,835-
25-04-202608-05-2026AUD $ 3,835-
06-06-202619-06-2026AUD $ 3,835-
04-07-202617-07-2026AUD $ 3,835-
11-07-202624-07-2026AUD $ 3,835-
25-07-202607-08-2026AUD $ 3,835-
01-08-202614-08-2026AUD $ 3,835-
08-08-202621-08-2026AUD $ 3,835-
15-08-202628-08-2026AUD $ 3,835-
29-08-202611-09-2026AUD $ 3,835-
12-09-202625-09-2026AUD $ 3,835-
26-09-202609-10-2026AUD $ 3,835-
07-11-202620-11-2026AUD $ 3,835-
14-11-202627-11-2026AUD $ 3,835-
28-11-202611-12-2026AUD $ 3,835-
05-12-202618-12-2026AUD $ 3,835-
12-12-202625-12-2026AUD $ 3,835-
19-12-202601-01-2027AUD $ 3,835-
26-12-202608-01-2027AUD $ 3,835-

Accommodation

Hotels (13 nights)

Transport

Bicycle (e-bike option available,subject to availability),Support vehicle,Train,Jeep

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