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Bike Tour Sri Lanka for Families

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Bike Tour Sri Lanka for Families

Family Tour

Price from

2400 USD

Duration

8 Days | 7 Nights

Level

1

Tour Code

GHSG15

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A Family Bike Tour Through Sri Lanka you will Never Forget!

Discover the amazing culture, wildlife, and scenery of this diverse country on two wheels, with fun activities for the whole family along the way. You’ll take in all of Sri Lanka’s major highlights on this family cycling tour, biking from Sigiriya in the heart of Sri Lanka and ending up in the historic town of Galle.

Quality Bikes
Cannondale CX3 or Trek E-bike

Your Guide
Friendly Sri Lanka guide

Group Size
3 to 14

Accommodation
Modern boutique hotel, colonial resort

Activities
Ride/walk

Minimum Age
Kids' friendly

Overview

Discover the beautiful country of Sri Lanka as you and your family pedal through its tea covered hills, white sand beaches, and lush monkey-filled jungles. With wonderful places to stay, activities to keep the whole family engaged, and delicious food to please the palate, this is truly a family cycling holiday in paradise.

Starting with a transfer from the capital city of Colombo to the rock fortress of Sigiriya, the itinerary heads up to the 'Cultural Triangle' of Sri Lanka, before turning south to the tea-covered hills of the central highlands. You’ll continue pedaling south and west, through the primary tropical rainforest of Sinharaja, to where the tour ends at the lovely walled city of Galle.

Along with visits to some of the country's most famous historical sites, and encounters with the local wildlife, we have included some fun, kid-friendly activities on this trip including a treasure hunt at Sigiriya. This journey through Sri Lanka on two wheels will provide a great cultural lesson for the kids, fun exploration, entertainment, and family memories that will last a lifetime.

150 Km 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. A support vehicle is on hand for all the riding if you would like to rest your legs.

Pedal-assist E-bikes are an available option on this tour for a $245 surcharge.

Please Note - This tour is intended for families only. It is possible for us to schedule a private session of the same tour for adults, on request, at a nominal surcharge.

Highlights

Cycle through the countryside around Sigiriya before heading to its rock fortress for an exploration.

Visit the mystical caves of Dambulla and explore the temple and Buddha statues within.

Walk to the hill of Little Adam’s Peak for some sweeping views of tea plantations down below.

Spend the night in an eco-lodge in the Sinharaja Rainforest with all the sounds of jungle life then take a walk through the next day.

Day to Day


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Riding:
25km
16mi
Meal:
LD

We start this morning with a pickup from your Colombo hotel, followed by a 4.5-hour transfer to take us northeast into the cultural heart of Sri Lanka. Leaving the bustling city behind, we soon find ourselves in the dry zone where subsistence farmers tend their crops of rice, aided by irrigation tanks mainly constructed during ancient times. Following our first tasty lunch, we hop on the bikes for our inaugural ride along hard packed dirt roads, shaded by trees and with no traffic at all - a relaxed start to our two-wheeled adventure. We stay just outside Sigiriya tonight and tomorrow night at a comfortable resort.

Riding:
30km
19mi
Meal:
BLD

We start this morning with some easy cycling through the countryside and farmland surrounding Sigiriya. Our ride today is mostly on unpaved roads, alongside irrigation canals. Keep your eyes peeled for the wildlife that can be easily spotted in this area including monitor lizards, squirrels, peacocks and mongoose!
After our ride, a leisurely lunch awaits before we head to the Rock Fortress around mid-afternoon. The rock of Sigiriya is probably Sri Lanka's most famous historical site, appearing on many of the country's promotional posters, and it's easy to see why. An ancient palace perched on top of a precipitous rock jutting out of the plains, surrounded by water gardens at its foot - it doesn't get more exotic than that!
Kids will love to climb to the top of the framework of walkways and steps bolted into the rock, but don't look down if you are scared of heights! An exciting treasure hunt on the way is sure to make the visit even more entertaining for young ones. From the top, enjoy the panoramic views down over the plains and dry hills as the sun sets before we descend and return to the hotel.

Riding:
20km
12mi
Meal:
BLD

Leaving Sigiriya, we saddle up for the ride to Dambulla. We cycle along small, quiet back roads where the terrain remains flat, with minimal traffic and a chance of spotting elephants. The caves of Dambulla, the best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka, are a riot of colorful Buddhist statues, cut into a cliff face rising 160m above the surrounding plains. The whole family will enjoy an exploration of this magical place.

Following lunch, we transfer to Kandy, the central town of the hill country, with a drive of around 2 hours through some stunning countryside dotted with tea plantations. This afternoon we spend some time visiting this charming city, including the famous Temple of the Tooth, which houses a tooth relic of the Buddha. A day full of interesting cultural sites.

Riding:
10km
6mi
Meal:
BLD

After some more time for further exploration of Kandy, a journey to remember awaits us. As we gain height, the road weaves its way up to almost 2000m above sea level. The views from our van are stunning, with neat green rows of tea bushes on all sides. After 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 on our cycling 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.

Riding:
25km
16mi
Meal:
BLD

This morning we set out on a ride that takes us out of town and around a nearby crater lake. Then pedaling a couple of short hills brings us through a tea plantation, where we will stop to visit a tea factory, to see tea leaves being dried, chopped and packaged. Here we can taste a cup of the freshest tea - straight from the bush.
Let’s hop 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 cycle, and after passing one of these we arrive in the small town of Ambewela.
We continue to Pattipola Train Station from where we jump on the train for the 1-hour ride, then a short vehicle transfer to the popular and pretty town of Ella. This town is known for its impressive 'Ella Gap': a dramatic gash between the hills with a view down through ranges of misty ranges all the way to the south coast (on a clear day). In Ella we stay in a family-run guesthouse that has a great homey feel and what a view! The rest of the day is free for you to explore the town and surrounding area.

Riding:
25km
16mi
Meal:
BLD

A few gradual uphills await us once we mount our bikes this morning, as we cycle the ridges around Ella. The views over the surrounding hills are some of the best in Sri Lanka, through tea plantations with colorfully dressed tea pickers, often to be seen working right beside the road. This will make the challenging active exploration worth it!
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 await.

Riding:
15km
9mi
Meal:
BLD

This morning, our last day on the bikes, we pedal down through 'Ella Gap' itself, past a towering waterfall and on towards the misty hills beyond. Those who love downhill cycling are sure to enjoy today's ride with its many twists and turns and the dramatic sights of a bubbling waterfall and the gap cut through the hills are sure to keep the kids entertained.
After 15km of scenic riding, we load ourselves and the bikes into the van to transfer up to the Sinharaja Rainforest where we are in a charming lodge for the evening. Enjoy living among the lively sounds of the rainforest and keep your eyes out for the wide variety of birdlife that makes its home near our accommodation.

Meal:
BL

Our morning begins with a scenic rainforest walk for some bird spotting- an exciting adventure for the whole family. Sinharaja is home to a rich variety of birdlife and along the way, we'll hopefully spot a number of colorful species like the Blue Magpie, Yellow-eared Bulbul, Sri Lankan Junglefowl or one of the many more that call this forest home.

Following the walk, we'll transfer from our rainforest lodge to the coast and the old port city of Galle, where the fort sits staunchly defending a city mostly composed of nicely restored houses and quaint cafes now. We take a walking tour to explore the fort in the late afternoon and a transfer to the hotel of your choice marks the conclusion of your tour.

Dates & Price


Dates Availability Price * Deposit payment: $500 USD
* Single room option: $930 USD
10 - 17 Jan 2021 Seats available

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Child 1920USD

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03 - 10 Apr 2021 Seats available

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19 - 26 Apr 2021 Fully Booked

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25 Jul - 01 Aug 2021 Seats available

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10 - 17 Oct 2021 Seats available

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21 - 28 Dec 2021 Seats available

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Child 1920USD

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We’ve specially crafted this cycling itinerary in Sri Lanka to be achievable for families with kids of all ages. Cycle through Sri Lanka’s stunning nature and sight its diverse wildlife as you stop along the way for cultural exploration and to visit the must-see sights. Kids will love exploring rocks and caves and checking out the tea picking process as well as a fun scavenger hunt. Relax knowing we’ve taken care of all of the details to allow you an unforgettable family adventure cycling Sri Lanka.

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