Bike tour the cultural heart of Sri Lanka
The perfect short escape into the history and rich cultural heritage of this island nation and how it has shaped their identity today. This cycle tour explores Sigiriya, the Dambulla Caves and includes a special overnight stay in a heritage tea plantation bungalow. A well balanced short adventure that's also a great addition to a wider itinerary.
This bike tour departs Colombo or Negombo and concludes in Kandy.

This On-Request tour can be add to our Sri Lanka by Bike or Sri Lanka by Bike The Easy Way tours, which it was designed to compliment.

This tour is well-suited to using our optional Pedal-assist E-bikes, perfect for cyclists looking for a boost up the hills or more casual riders. Find out more in the 'Trip Features' section below.

Sri Lanka Heritage cycle

This four-day cycle gets you right into the historic heart of Sri Lanka. We start the ride by heading to perhaps the most significant of all the sites in Sri Lanka, the incredible Sigiriya. Not only do we explore the sites, but you'll also engage with the people of the area with a great home-cooked meal included as a culturally immersive part of the journey.

The coming days will be filled with a deeper exploration of the area, along with some stunning riding along ancient reservoirs, which is the perfect chance to see some birdlife. To finish off the tour we head deep into tea plantation country, staying at a carefully selected property which will take you back in time as you enjoy the heritage nature and stories of the grounds from years gone by.

Finishing off in Kandy locates you in the perfect place to continue your holiday with us on our Sri Lanka by Bike or Sri Lanka by Bike The Easy Way tours, which continues down through the country to the southern coast port of Galle, or to carry on independently. A train connects from Kandy with a scenic trip back to Colombo for those needing to catch a flight home.

Pedal assist E-bikes are an available option on this tour - Find out more.

This is an ‘On Request’ bike tour - We understand active travellers value flexibility and we do our best to accommodate every request. Simply propose your travel dates, bring one or more companions and you will receive our standard price - no private tour markups.

More details below the itinerary.

High Season: Tours Departing from 20th Dec through to 20th of January have a 10% surcharge due to the increased cost of hotels during these seasonal times.

Tour details

$1490 USD

4 days duration

200 km distance

Difficulty: Moderate

Deposit payment: $300 USD
Single room option: $300 USD
Tour code: GHSR18

E-Bike Option: $220


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Good Wheels

Quality, well-maintained Merida mountain bikes in a full range of sizes are included in your tour, fitted with full hydraulic brakes, hybrid tyres for touring. Removable handlebar bags for your personal possessions and comfortable saddles are also provided, with a women's specific version available.  

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E-Bikes

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. You can select the E-Bike preference when making your online booking, our support team will follow-up on availability.

Comfortable Bed, Quality Hotel, Bike Tour

Comfy Beds

Sri Lanka offers a great variety in choice for accommodation, and we make full use of this. Nights are spent in comfortable hotels, resorts or eco-lodges. On one special evening you'll stay in a colonial tea plantation property nestled in the highlands.

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Home Meal

This tour includes a unique visit to a family home for dinner one evening. The chance to experience real homemade cuisine and to share stories with a local Sri Lankan family.

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Your Hosts

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.

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Support Van

An air conditioned backup support vehicle is always available for tired riders and to carry your luggage.

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Great Eats

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.

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Snacking

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.

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Take It Home

A beautiful souvenir Grasshopper cycling jersey is yours to wear and take home. We also provide a Grasshopper drink bottle as an extra memento.

Small group cycling tours

2 to 14

This tour is guaranteed for a minimum of just 2 travellers. And we limit the group size to only 14 travellers so that you get all the attention you want in an intimate group.

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Singles

If you are a solo traveller we can accommodate you and create an on-demand departure date of your choice for a surcharge. Please enquire with our team for a quote.


Tour Itinerary

for Sri Lanka Heritage Cycle

1

Cycle & Explore Sigiriya - Lions Rock

23km cycling

An early morning pick up from your Negombo or Colombo accommodation puts us in good stead for an early morning transfer out of the city and towards central Sri Lanka. The traffic thins out as we go and we find ourselves in the dry zone where subsistence farmers tend to their rice crops, aided by irrigation tanks constructed mainly during ancient times. We take to the bikes at a small town and enjoy a ride on deserted backroads, some paved, some unpaved. We arrive into a nicely appointed resort just outside Sigiriya Village and then take a short drive in the car to reach Sigiriya Rock. As the sun gets low in the sky, we climb this impressive rock fortress and learn about some of its history from our guide. The views atop the rock are stunning and then it is time for the descent and a tasty meal back at the resort.
Meals: LD

2

The Lesser Known Sigiriya

45km cycling

Today is unique in the itinerary as we spend an extra day at the same location giving Sigiriya’s less visited spots the time they deserve. With some fantastic riding ahead of us, we start mid-morning and make our way on a loop ride around the complex. We will be using quiet backroads again, cycling through local villages and past the reservoir at the foot of the Sigiriya Rock. As part of the loop ride we will be able to stop and explorer the smaller, yet equally as stunning Pidurangala Rock, with another opportunity to climb up above the plain for some epic photos. Making our way back to the hotel around mid-afternoon gives us a chance to enjoy the resort facilities and a few free hours for any further exploration you may like to do. Dinner tonight is a truly special occasion, skipping the hotel offering, we instead transfer to a local family home where we will enjoy a home-cooked dinner and hear the life and past stories of real Sri Lankans in the Sigiriya area.
Meals: BLD

3

Dambulla & Cycle to Tea Country

80km cycling

Today is one of the longer cycling days of the tour and at we will have some hills to contend with, but there is break stops and sights throughout the day and it is a thoroughly enjoyable ride. Heading from our Sigirya accommodation in the early morning we make our way towards the UNESCO heritage site of the Golden Dambulla Caves, where we will explore the complex which has been a sacred pilgrimage site for over twenty-two centuries. After a good dose of cultural heritage, we’ll jump back on the bikes and ride make our way towards the highlands. We roll into Tea Plantation country, in the final part of our ride with some stunning scenery as we approach. Our destination, a former tea estate bungalow nestled on the hilltop of a tea plantation, the perfect place to reflect on the day and share stories whilst getting our first glimpse into the British colonial influence in Sri Lanka.
Meals: BLD

4

Cycle to Kandy

52km cycling

A thrilling descent awaits us this morning as we roll down through tea hills and small villages into the valley. A short ride on the flat and then it is into the climbing again, although with a much gentler gradient than yesterday. After gaining some elevation again, we ride ups and downs along the side of the valley before eventually coming out just east of Kandy. The roads get slightly busier on our approach, with moto rickshaws and the like, before we cross the river and tackle one last hill to arrive at the main lake in Kandy. This is an atmospheric town worth a good walk and features some decent places to reward yourself with cake, coffee and maybe a cocktail or two. The tour concludes with a drop off at your hotel.
Meals: BL


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 two or more people are travelling we will charge the standard tour price - no markups!

Please note:
1. You must have booked and paid your deposit for travel dates that are at least 48+hrs in the future. This just gives us time to organise all travel arrangements.

2. Create Your Own Date for this tour applies for bookings of two or more people only. If you are a solo traveller we can accommodate you for a surcharge. Please enquire for a quote.

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.


Keep the Journey Going

This trip was designed to match perfectly with our Sri Lanka by Bike and Sri Lanka by Bike the Easy Way tours so you can keep exploring the Central Highlands, tea plantations and coast.

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What's the Riding Like?

Mixed Terrain

4 days riding

200km distance

The terrain is a mix of sealed and unsealed roads on secondary roads and quiet country lanes, there is also a mix of elevation. Around Sigiriya it is relativly flat but as we make our way toward the tea growing areas we approach the foothills of the central highlands and encounter a few climbs, although not too steep.


Weather

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 our great reviews!

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! There is truly no other better way to see this country. Massive thanks goes out to Adam and his support crew for another unforgettable trip.

AnonymousMarch 2013

Koki was a legend. He was professional and really conscientious. He was lots of fun and made the tour feel well-organised but relaxed. His English is perfect and he is really easy to communicate with.

LizMarch 2015

Far exceeded our expectations.

AnonymousAugust 2014

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