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Cycle the Backroads of Sri Lanka
Packed with amazing sights, Sri Lanka is perfect for a cycling holiday. Explore ancient cities and the lush scenery of the hill country, before descending to the beaches of the beautiful south coast.
- Style: Guided Small Group Cycling Tour
- Duration: 14 days/13 nights
- Starts in: Sri Lanka
Guide Price £1749
- Ancient Cities
- Hill Country
- Yala National Park
Day 1 Sigiriya
Arrive at the Cultural Triangle, home to the 5th Century rock fortress of Sigiriya for a two night stay.
Day 2 Dambulla
Follow the path of an old irrigation canal to the ancient cave temple at Dambulla. Take time to explore the intriguing caves before cycling back to Sigiriya. In the afternoon, climb Sigiriya rock fortress and admire the views of the surrounding jungle.
Day 3 Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa
Cycle along quiet back roads before joining another route all the way to the old ruins of Polonnaruwa. The city is the former capital of Sri Lanka, built during the 11th and 12th Centuries.
Day 4 Polonnaruwa to Kalanduwa Hills
Leave the ruins behind for a ride through the foothills of this spice growing region. Cycle the banks of the Amban Ganga River, before climbing higher to your accommodation on a large estate.
Day 5 Kalanduwa Hills to Kandy
Today’s cycle will be challenging as you head for the hills of Kandy. The ride through the Moorish town of Matale, whose inhabitants are descendants of the Arab spice traders, is a great place to pick up some freshly ground curry powder. The afternoon is free to explore Kandy.
Day 6 Kandy
Kandy boasts many fascinating sights, which you are free to visit today at your leisure. Attractions include the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic and the Peradeniya Botanical Gardens.
Day 7 Kandy to Nuwara Eliya
Jump back in the saddle and prepare to cycle through terraced paddy fields, along the route to the area that is reputed to produce the finest teas on the island. Nuwara Eliya stands at over 1,800m above sea level and is Sri Lanka’s highest town. Those looking for a more sedate day can choose to take the train instead.
Day 8 Nuwara Eliya to Ella
Start the day with a visit to a tea factory before cycling through hilly country roads towards Ella, offering a great viewpoint to watch the sunset with the coast shimmering in the distance.
Day 9 Ella to Tissamaharama
Today, descend 1,000m and head for the gentle rolling hills of the dry zone, visiting the impressive rock-cut Buddha statues at Buduruwagala. The tranquility of the site is enhanced by its lotus-covered lake, which is a great place to relax before the final ride to the capital of the old Ruhana Kingdom, Tissamaharama.
Day 10 Yala NP
Follow the ancient pilgrimage route to Kataragama Temple, where people of all faiths come to seek favour with the god Skanda. In the afternoon, enjoy a safari in Yala National Park, the best park in Sri Lanka to try to spot leopards.
Day 11 Tissamaharama to Ahangama
Enjoy a final ride along the boundary of Bundala National Park, home to thousands of flamingos wading in the shallows. Continue to Hambantota and follow the sandy bays of this beautiful area before being transferred by road to Ahangama.
Day 12 Ahangama
Today is free to relax on the beach or explore the area with a cycle through the rural roads to the small village of Wandurugama. In the evening, watch the stilt fisherman climb their poles to catch supper.
Day 13 Ahangama to Colombo
Visit the Old Dutch Fort of Galle en route to Colombo. Built in 1663, the old ramparts and small back streets are like a living museum. Continue to Colombo for the final night of your tour.
Day 14 Colombo
Your tour comes to an end this morning.
Departs:Selected departures, Jan - Mar & Jul - Dec 2020.
- 13 nights simple accommodation
- 13 breakfasts & 10 lunches
- Bike hire
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