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Sri Lanka by Bike – Classic

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Sri Lanka by Bike - Classic

Price from

2300 USD

Duration

7 Days | 6 Nights

Level

3

Tour Code

GHSB16

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Bike Tour Sri Lanka from Highlands to Coast

Discover the rich history and culture, delicious cuisine, welcoming people and amazing cycling that this small but diverse country offers. Bike tour from the central highlands of Sri Lanka down to its sparkling coast on an experiential adventure you will never forget

Quality Bikes
Merida Matts 40D or Trek E-bike

Your Guide
Friendly Sri Lankan leader

Group Size
2 to 14

Accommodation
Colonial hotel, Rainforest eco-lodge, modern hotel

Activities
Ride/ walk/ hike/ safari

Minimum Age
16

Overview

Take a week-long cycling holiday in paradise. Not only does this trip include some of the most beautiful bike riding in South Asia, it also features some amazing lodgings, memorable meals, and a cultural experience like no other.

Sri Lanka, a small island with a big heart, is known for its tea plantations that we will spend two days riding through. We also take in the city of Kandy with its sacred Buddha tooth relic and pleasant climate. Pass by Yala National Park where we often see animal and birdlife and spend a day on the southern coast with its crashing surf and relaxed pace of life.

This is a great trip to pick up as part of a wider Sri Lanka holiday, or the mainstay of your adventure. Tour this fascinating country before finishing in the historic trade city of Galle.

Pedal assist E-bikes are an available option on this tour for $330.


320 Km riding. The terrain is a mix of sealed and unsealed roads on secondary roads and quiet country lanes. There are a few sustained climbs (although not too steep) at times and some thrilling descents. There is always a support vehicle on hand to give you a lift if you need a break from the riding.

Peak Season Surcharges: Please note that for tours commencing from Aug 1 to Aug 31 and from Dec 20 to Jan 10 there is a peak season surcharge of 15% on the price of this tour due to hotel rate increases at this time of year.

Deposit payment: $800 USD
Single room option: $670 USD

Highlights

Cycle the outskirts of Kandy before visiting the sacred Temple of the Tooth.

Walk through the Horton’s Plains National Park to the stunning viewpoint of World’s End.

Explore the Yala National Park in a jeep to spot elephants, leopards, monkeys, deer and wild buffalo.

Stay the night in the Sinharaja Rainforest, then take a hike to seek out some unique wildlife.

Day to Day


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Riding:
15km
Meal:
LD

We start with an early pickup from your Colombo Hotel. We then take a train up through the hills towards Kandy. The journey takes 3-4 hours before we arrive around lunchtime. We alight a few stops before Kandy in order to meet our support team, our bikes and to start riding around the outskirts of Kandy. We stick to small roads to escape the traffic, pedaling along a river and by its local villages. As we get closer to the main town we will get in the van for a final transfer to avoid riding in the traffic of Kandy. In the evening, there is time to visit the Temple of the Tooth, where the sacred Buddha tooth relic is placed with supporting stories illustrated in a prayer hall.

Riding:
45km
Meal:
BLD

This is a challenging day as we cycle into the hills. We pedal back roads and find ourselves climbing soon after leaving Kandy. As we go, the population thins out and the tea creeps in. As we weave our way through tea plantations, keep an eye open for roadside shops selling delicacies such as fresh dates and dried corn crackers.

We then enjoy some descending today and a wide variety of road surfaces, always with minimal traffic. We finish our ride down at the Gampola railway station where we board the train for the higher elevations. The train ride is stunning and the carriage is quite comfortable. We alight at Nana Oya and then travel by car the short distance to Nuwara Eliya. You will need your warm clothes up here, but the hotel does have an open fireplace and a great meal for dinner.

Riding:
45km
Meal:
BLD

A very early start is needed today for the transfer by vehicle up to Horton Plains. We then walk through the National Park to World's End Lookout where we take in the astonishing views over the valley. Keep your eyes peeled while you walk, as we may be lucky enough to see deer and monkeys. Afterward we hit the bikes and take a thrilling downhill ride through a fertile valley where farmers will be hard at work, and then pass through the bustling town of Bandarawela before settling in Ella, a small town that caters well to the weary traveler.

Riding:
60km
Meal:
BLD

We start off today with a few more climbs through stunning tea country and small villages. See some amazing views from your saddle this morning over the impressive shapes of the various peaks. After morning tea we glide on two wheels into our huge descent back to the flatlands. Only those averse to downhill riding will be without an ear to ear grin as the kilometers tick by a lot quicker than they have for the previous week.

As we reach flat roads, the heat increases, so we have lunch and then take a 40-minute vehicle transfer to the hotel. A quick turn-around is in order and we then board a jeep that will take us through the nearby Yala National Park in the hopes of seeing elephants, leopards and almost certainly deer, wild boar, buffalo, monkeys and peafowl. This is an enthralling way to round out the day and we can expect to be back at the hotel a little before 7pm in time for dinner.

Riding:
55km
Meal:
BLD

An early start helps us make the most of the cool morning temperatures. As things start to warm up a little, we will stop to eat our takeaway breakfast from the hotel. The ride is on flat, open road today which is a welcome rest after the recent terrain. We get into slightly narrower roads after breakfast as we pass through an unpaved section, then follow a nicely paved, quiet back road along a canal. After passing through more populated areas in the late morning, we finish the ride with lunch in a small town named Embilipitiya and then take a transfer of around 2 hours to reach our accommodation at the beautiful Sinharaja Rainforest.

Meal:
BLD

Today we swap the bikes for our hiking shoes as we explore the stunning Sinharaja Rainforest Reserve on foot. Our expert guides and their wealth of wildlife knowledge will put us in good stead to explore the reserve and see some of the unique wildlife in the area. We will transfer in the van (depending on the season) to ensure we are in the best spot to start and end the hike. We expect to be out for about 4 hours, with a few special stops along the way for some snacks to keep the energy levels up. Head back to the hotel mid-afternoon so we can enjoy the quaint charm of our unique accommodation.

Riding:
100km
Meal:
BL

Our final ride is one to remember, as we pedal all the way from our rainforest lodge to the coast and the old port city of Galle. The ride starts with a brilliant, 25km descent with only short sections of plateau or incline. What starts out as a patchy tea estate road then becomes a smooth, well-made road without too much traffic and with just the right degree of twists and turns to keep it interesting. We continue to pedal through tea plantations and villages until lunch, then we are cycling in rice growing territory until we reach our destination.

Galle fort sits staunchly defending the city, although it is comprised of mostly nicely restored houses and quaint cafes now. The tour concludes on arrival in Galle at the hotel of your choice.

WHAT MAKES US STAND OUT

GRASSHOPPER STYLE


With our experience providing cycling tours in Sri Lanka, we have found the must-see locations on an excellent bike route that provides satisfying cycling and epic views. One of the highlights of this island country is its biodiversity and incredible, untouched natural sights. That’s why we’ve planned so many nature stops, from hikes to safaris and even a stay in an amazing eco-lodge where you’re surrounded by the sounds of rainforest life. You’re sure to leave Sri Lanka with gorgeous photos and plenty of lasting memories.

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