Sri Lanka's compact family bike adventure
Explore the hill country of Sri Lanka on two wheels. An active adventure stretching from Kandy and highland tea country down to the coastal town of Galle, with plenty of fun activities and scenic bike touring for all the family to enjoy along the way.
This family bike tour runs Kandy to Galle.
This is an ‘On Request’ tour - We understand active travellers value flexibility and we do our best to accommodate every request. Simply propose your travel dates, bring two or more companions and you will receive our standard price - no private tour mark ups.
More details below the itinerary.
Sri Lanka is a beautiful country of tea covered hills and lush monkey-filled jungles. With wonderful places to stay and delicious food to please the palate, this is truly a family holiday in paradise.
Starting at the centre of the hill country in Kandy, the itinerary takes us through the tea-clad hills of the central highlands. Continuing south and west through primary tropical rainforest, the tour ends at the lovely walled city of Galle.
Along with visits to some of the country's most scenic sites, and encounters with the local wildlife, we have included some fun, kid-friendly activities on this trip.
A great family trip, that is not only about cycling, but also exploration, entertainment, education and fun.
Peak Season: For tours commencing from December 23 through January 3 and July 15 through August 15, there is a peak season surcharge of 15% on the price of this tour due to hotel rate increases at these times of year.
4 days duration
85 km distance
E-Bike option: $220
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For our Family Tours in Sri Lanka we provide impeccably maintained Merida bikes, included in the tour price. These are hard-tail (front suspension) bikes that have been modified for touring with full hydraulic disc brakes, a removable handlebar bag, comfortable saddle and refillable water bottle provided. These bikes enable you to enjoy a mix of terrain and remove the limitations that more fragile bikes may present. We have kids bikes to suit all ages and child seats for the little ones.
Simple to use and a pleasure to ride the Trek Conduit+ pedal-assist bike expands touring possibilities for all riders, and anything that enables people to explore more of the world by bike is a great thing in our books! Find out more about our E-Bikes here.
Always striving to deliver a premium tour experience Grasshopper Adventures are the first (and currently only) to offer pedal-assist e-bikes as a tour option in Southeast Asia. An upgrade can be purchased for this trip, availability is limited and on a first-in basis. After making your online booking our support team will follow-up requesting your bicycle preference (E-bike or regular).
Every night on tour is an experience, with carefully handpicked accommodation chosen for its location, comfort and character. We are confident that the places you stay will be a highlight of your tour.
An experienced English speaking, local leader will host you on this trip who is well spoken, very well informed, and charming. Our leaders are often cited as being the main highlight of the tour. We use local leaders who have a passion for their country and are always well informed on topics ranging from history, politics, cuisine and importantly local customs and cultures. Our leaders will take pride in introducing you to every aspect of their country. Your leader will be supported by an assistant guide/mechanic who is tasked with keeping the bikes in tip top shape and often will lead the riding while the leader will ride among the group.
Kids are well catered for on Grasshopper tours with a range of bike options to choose from. We have quality children's frames ranging down to XX-Small for those comfortable on a bike. For the less experienced tag-alongs are available that hook to the rear of an adult bike and allow kids to pedal along if they want, and for the youngest kids we have children's seats, so no one misses out on the fun.
An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.
Sri Lankan food is centered around curries and has an emphasis on vegetables. This is not to say that there is not variety though. Given Sri Lanka's International integration over the centuries, there is a good variety of food available. While lunches tend to be quite similar due to the remote areas traversed, the evening meals often provide for a great deal of choice. As we near the coast, some amazing fresh seafood and fish becomes available and some of the properties in which we stay, pride themselves in their meal offerings. We are experienced in catering for all dietary requirements and invite you to discuss this with us in advance if you are concerned in any way. Included meals are listed in the day by day itinerary, and drinking water is always included with meals. Any soft or alcoholic drinks are not included and will be at your own expense.
Energy bars, local snacks and fresh fruit are provided to keep your energy levels up for the riding, and clean water and electrolyte drinks are always available to keep you well hydrated.
Take It Home
A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We even have a mini version for the younger kids. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.
3 to 14
The tour is guaranteed to depart at a minimum of just one family numbering at least three members. We apply a maximum group size of fourteen, so you could expect to be traveling with one or two like-minded families.
(3 person minimum departure is based on triple share)
Kids 12 years and under get a 20% discount. Kids 12 and under sharing a room with parents or 2 other siblings get a 30% discount.
for Family Tea Party in Sri Lanka
Transfer to Nuwara Eliya & Cycle the Town
We start this morning with a pickup from your Kandy hotel after breakfast. Leaving Kandy behind a journey to remember awaits us. As it gains height the road weaves its way up to almost 2000m above sea level. The views are stunning with neat, green rows of tea bushes on all sides. Arriving around lunchtime we will check into our hotel, a grand old building with a history. This afternoon we will explore Sri Lanka's highest hill town by bike. Nuwara Eliya was a popular escape from the heat for the British during colonial times and the legacy of this is an abundance of British style buildings. We'll be accompanied by a guide who can regale us with stories from past times. It is a much cooler climate up here where mist and even frost can often be seen in the mornings. Meals: LD
Cycle to Pattipola 35km and Train to Ella
This morning we set out on a ride that takes us out of town and around a nearby crater lake. Then a couple of short hills bring us through a tea plantation, where we will stop to visit a tea factory, where tea leaves are being dried, chopped and packaged. Here we'll get to taste a cup of the freshest tea - straight from the bush. Back on the bikes and before you know it, we are on a beautiful road through lush green fields with dairy cattle and forests of a very different appearance to what we have seen so far. The villages get smaller and smaller as we go and we finally arrive at Pattipola Train Station from where we jump on the train for the 1 hour ride & short vehicle transfer to Ella. Trains in Sri Lanka are not particularly fast, as the tracks wind through tunnels and tea covered hills, but the views are extremely pleasant and you will want to keep your camera handy for those out-of-the-window shots. Ella is a popular and pretty town in a rather wonderful location. Here we stay in a family run guesthouse with a cozy atmosphere and a stunning view! The rest of the day is free for you to explore the town and surrounding area. Meals: BLD
Cycle Ella and Walk to Little Adam's Peak
Back on our bikes this morning, a few gradual uphills await us, as we cycle the ridges around Ella. The views over the surrounding hills are some of the best in Sri Lanka, riding through tea plantations with colourfully dressed tea pickers often to be seen right by the road. They might even appreciate a little help with the picking from the younger group members, if any are keen to learn tea-picking skills!
From the ridge we descend to lower land beyond, where the van will be waiting to take us back up to Ella in comfort. In the afternoon we take a walk to a nearby hill, Little Adam's Peak, so-called due to its resemblance in shape to the more famous and much loftier Adam's Peak. It's an easy climb to the top from where fantastic views down over the tea plantations and the Ella Gap valley await. Meals: BLD
Cycle Ella Gap and Transfer to Galle
This morning we head down through 'Ella Gap', past a towering waterfall and on towards the misty hills beyond. Those that love downhill cycling are sure to enjoy today's ride, with its many twists and turns. After 15km riding we load ourselves and the bikes into the van and transfer 4 hours to the old port city of Galle whose fort sits staunchly defending the city, although the old town is mostly filled with nicely restored houses and quaint cafes now. The tour concludes on arrival in Galle at the hotel of your choice. Meals: B
Create Your Own Date
On-Request scheduling is subject to the availability of guides and tour resources on the dates that you would like to travel and as long as three or more people are traveling we will charge the standard tour price - no markups!
1. You must have booked and paid your deposit for travel dates that are at least 4+ days in advance. This just gives us time to organise all travel arrangements.
2. Create Your Own Date for this tour applies for bookings of three or more people only. If you are a solo traveller we can accommodate you for a surcharge. Please enquire for a quote. (3 person minimum departure is based on triple share)
3. All trips are subject to availability. In peak season we may not have the capability to add tour dates to our already busy schedule.
What's the Riding Like?
Some hilly terrain
4 days riding
The terrain is a mix of sealed and unsealed roads on secondary roads and quiet country lanes, with a short stretch on a slightly busier road.
Sri Lanka is a year-round destination, with generally good weather. Two monsoons affect different parts of the country, so one region can be dry while another is experiencing tropical rain showers. The hill country is noticeably cooler than the northern plains and coast and can be downright chilly at night! March to mid-April is the driest time nationwide, with the first annual monsoon bringing rain to the southwest lowlands and central hills from late May to September and a weaker second monsoon affecting the northeast of the island from November to February.
What our guests tell us...
Just a selection of some of our great reviews!
Sri Lanka is a fantastic country - 2000 years of culture, people are very friendly everywhere.
I have caught the Grasshopper bug! This was my second tour with you guys and I will keep coming back for more. Riding Sri Lanka on two wheels was absolutely magical!
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