Central Province Sri Lanka
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14 Day Tour Of Cycling In Sri Lanka

14 Day Tour Of Cycling In Sri Lanka

NEGOMBO town is a historically interesting place strongly influenced by the Catholic Church. The narrow strip of land between the lagoon & the sea and the many canals make for a good exploring. The Dutch captured the town from the Portuguese in 1640, lost it again in the same year, and then captured it again in 1644. The British then took it from them in 1796 without a struggle. Negombo was one of the most important sources of cinnamon during the Dutch era, and there are still reminders of the European days.

Trip Details

Hotels:
Standard Hotels
Level:
Active Traveler
Type:
Custom
Support:
Daytime Guided
14 Days/ 13 Nights /

Day by Day Itinerary

Arrival meet, greet and transfer to Negombo.

Check in at the hotel. After a long journey leisure and relax.

Overnight stay at Negombo.

After breakfast, riding a short circuit in Negombo to get familiarize with climate / humidity etc.

Visit the Fish Market and experiencing a traditional Sail catamaran.

Overnight stay at Sigiriya.

Total cycling distance 25km. (Approx. 3 Hours – Soft)
You can take a short cycle ride to get familiarize with climate, humidity etc. This tour will set among coconut palms and fishing boats in Negombo area. You can see how Sri Lankan fishing style. The fishermen of Negombo rely on traditional knowledge of the seasons for their livelihood, using outrigger canoes carved out of tree trunks and nylon nets to bring in modest catches from September through till April.
For generations the lagoon has provided the fishermen with a plentiful supply of crabs, shrimp and many of the native species of fish, but with the onset of global warming these sources of food have dwindled.

Breakfast at Hotel.

Visit Dambulla Rock Temple. Rest of the day at leisure.

Overnight stay at Sigiriya.

Total cycling distance approximately 35km. (Approx. 5 Hours – Soft & Moderate)
We cycle to Kurunegala this morning, from where we transfer to Giritale by vehicle.
DAMBULLA CAVE TEMPLE was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of 5 caves with over 2000 square meters of painted walls and ceilings is the largest area of paintings found in the world. The history of the 5 caves, containing over 150 images of Buddha, goes back to 1st century BC when king Valagambahu took refuge here. The second cave, the most elaborate and most spectacular of the five, is the largest which is 170ft long, 75ft broad and 21ft high. There is a large reclining Buddha statue and statues of two kings namely, Valagambahu who took first took refuge there and did most of the construction and Nissankamalla who later did more work. In the center of this cave is a large container to collect the water that drips from the rock ceiling even during the dry season. This place is worth visiting not only for the cave temple, but also for the beautiful view over the countryside we get from near the caves situated at around 150mt above the road.

After breakfast, climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Cycling to Polonnaruwa Ancient city.
Check in a hotel in Polonnaruwa.
Rest of the day at leisure.
Overnight stay at Polonnaruwa.

The ancient city of SIGIRIYA was designated a cultural World Heritage Site in 1982. It is also proposed that the site should be named the eighth wonder of the world, indicating it is in the same league as other international wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Ancient Pyramids. Translated as ‘Lion Rock’ into English, the name of the monument indicates the entrance through which visitors begin their final ascent to the top – through the open jaws and throat (‘giriya’) of a lion (‘sinha’). Unfortunately, the only remains of this lion figure are the gigantic paws, sculpted into the side of the rock. The topography of the area is flat except for the massive rock outcrop of the fortress itself. This amazing rock rises incredibly over 600ft up from the scrub jungle and what is more amazing is that its flat top has an area of over 3-1/2 acres. The amazement is not over; not wanting to be second to the Nature’s creation, the King has used this space in its entirety to create his palace and fortress complexes including a swimming pool on the summit of this rock.

POLONNARUWA
Total cycling distance approximately 40km. (Approx. 4 hours – Soft) – You have the option of extending cycling sections.
Continue to Polonnaruwa & visit ruins. Polonnaruwa is one of Sri Lanka’s ancient capital cities (and part of the famous ‘Cultural Triangle’). Although King Vijayabahu 1 was the first to claim the city as his capital, it was King Parakramabahu who made it what it is today, with its massive buildings, ornate parks and the ‘pièce de resistance’ – a 2500 hectare tank called ‘Parakrama Samudra’ (‘ Sea of Parakrama ‘).
The city itself is divided into new and old town with the impressively preserved ruins split into five main areas, including ‘The Quadrangle’ (a.k.a. ‘Terrace of the Tooth Relic’), the Northern City group and the Rest House group (with the royal palace ruins of ‘Nissanka Malla’).

Due to its reasonably compact layout, the ruins can be easily explored on foot, and with the surrounding area’s flat well maintained roads, you can leave the car behind and jump on a bicycle to get around.

After breakfast, drive or cycle to Kandy.

Check in at hotel in Kandy.
Visit Temple of the Tooth Relic.
Overnight stay at Kandy

Total cycling distance approximately 55km. (Approx. 5 hours – Moderate). You have the option of extending cycling sections.
Using a combination of pedal power and Vehicle we travel to Kandy, passing villages, rivers and mountain summits en route.
KANDY was the last stronghold of the Buddhist political power against colonial powers. It is also the home of the Temple of the Tooth relic. It’s Sri Lanka’s second largest city and home to a Sinhalese cultural tradition of which Sri Lankans are justifiably proud.

DALADA MALIGAWA – The Temple of the Tooth or Dalada Malgawa dates from the 16 th century, though most of the present buildings were built in the 19th century. Entering the shrine over a moonstone step, you pass a stone depicting the Indian goddess Lakshmi and a wall with frescoes illustrating the Buddhist conception of hell. The upper stories house the relic of the tooth, caged behind the gilded iron bars. Behind the tooth relic sanctuary is a hall with a number of golden Buddha statues and modern paintings, showing Buddha’s life and the arrival of Buddhism in the land. We end our tour just before the evening drumming begins, which precedes the ceremonious opening of the window for the public viewing of the casket with the tooth. Experience a Cultural performance you can see the compelling traditional Kandyan dancing at one of the city’s cultural performance centers. The team of drummers and dancers will show you the traditional Kandyan dancing where it will be one of your lifelong memories of the tour!

After breakfast, Cycle across the hill capital.

Relax after an exciting day of riding.
Overnight stay at Kandy.

Cycling Route – Kandy – Hantane – Tea estates – Kandy
After breakfast we transfer to the top of the Hantane Hills, with its magnificent view of Kandy and the daunting Knuckles Mountains. The ride follows a trail leading to the estates, where scores of brightly dressed tea pickers pluck the top leaves of the green bush. An optional 9km-road ascent takes us to the Pitawella rock pools and waterfall, the perfect place for a natural shower and picnic lunch.
Riding after lunch we continue along the tea trails, where once again the group can be divided as there are both off-road and road options. Both routes end at the estate’s tea factory where we can stop and sample the refreshing local brew and tour the factory.

Total cycling distance 26km. (3 ½ Hours- Moderate to Hard Cycling Route)

Breakfast at Hotel.

Early morning proceed to Nuwara Eliya.
En route Visit the temple at Hanguranketa.
Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

Total cycling distance 89km. (Approx. 7 Hours- Hard Cycling Route)
For those who feel like a big challenge, we ride along the old B39 road, breaking our journey at Hanguranketa. This small village has an ancient temple with magnificent murals, which dates from the Kandyan period. The Hanguranketa valley is also one of the few places where you see terraced paddy fields. Beyond the paddy field is tea and the area is reputed to produce the finest teas on the island.
Nuwara Eliya, the highest town in Sri Lanka has a cool sparkling climate with the temperature changing around 13 degrees. This is an exquisite and healthy city famous for its wide range in flowers. With buildings of English architecture everywhere in the city, it is affectionately called “Little England”. The Victoria Park in the center of Nuwara Eliya, is a beautiful place to visit.

Breakfast at Hotel.

Full day at leisure in the hotel.

Overnight stay at Nuwara Eliya.

After breakfast proceed to Horton Plains.

Proceed to Belihuloya.

Overnight stay at Belihuloya.

Total cycling distance 28km. (Approx. 2 Hours- Hard Cycling Route)
Nature walk in HORTON PLAINS NATURE RESERVE, which is approximately 10,000 Hectares in extent, is haunted by Elk, Deer, Giant Squirrel, Wild Boar, Wild Hare , Porcupine, and a variety of Migratory birds, unique to this region. According to a recent count there are 16 Leopards in Horton Plains. If you are very lucky you may get a glimpse of a Leopard during your sojourn in the Horton Plains.
SATAN’S STEPS Trail starting from the Horton Plains entrance. Finishing the walking trail (unfortunately cycling is not allowed inside the park) you would start today’s cycling section. Colonial planters has named a section of this trail as Satan’s Steps due to some serious hairpin bends. First we circle across the plains and then start our amazing descend though a very remote tea estate. Our packed lunch will be taken at the Bambarakanda fall, Sri Lanka’s highest waterfall. From here it is still about 7 km of exciting downhill till we reach the main road. From here we have the option of cycling up to the River Garden Adventure Center – Belihuloya or get in to the vehicle. (14 km)

BAMBARAKANDA FALLS
Within a majestic basin-shaped valley bordered by huge steep rocks and dark green forests of pines and tropic trees the highest waterfall of Sri Lanka [240.8m] plunges with two silver ropes over a vertical dark grey wall from the green saddle between Mt.Welihena and Mt. Bambaragala into a deep pool only 500m walking distance from the trail.

BELIHUL OYA
This is a climatically transitional area, which links the dry and wet zones at an altitude of less than 1500m. As a result, the vegetation it consists is moist semi-evergreen forests, tropical savanna forests, dry patana grasslands and montane temperate forests. The vegetation in this environment has made this location an exciting one for the serious as well as the casual nature lover. The average temperature in the area is about 28.3 degrees Celsius and the mean annual rainfall is between 1,875 and 2,500mm.
The River Garden.

After breakfast,Cycle trail from Belihuloya to Kalthota.

Overnight stay at Udawalawe.

After breakfast, travel 5km to Kinchigune village which borders the Samanalawewa reservoir. From Kinchigune, travel passing the Samanalawewa reservoir dam, to Pambahinna where you turn off and proceed to Kalthota (9km). From Kalthota, travel 26km on a hilly road uphill to Balangoda where you will meet the main road leading to Belihuloya.
Total cycling distance approximately 40km from Belihuloya to Kalthota and from there upto Balangoda (4 ½ Hours – Hard to Moderate Cycling Route) You have the option of traveling the remaining 16km from Balangoda to Belihuloya by cycle or by your vehicle.

After breakfast, proceed to Udawalawe

Visit Elephant Transit Home in Udawalawe.

Overnight stay at Udawalawe.

Total cycling distance approximately 45km. (4 hours – Soft and Moderate)

UDAWALAWE ELEPHANT TRANSIT HOME
Udawalawe Elephant Transit Home is a place where closer to 35 baby elephants are being taken care of with minimum human interaction as they are separated from their mothers. Mothers of these babies are either killed or lost due to non-ending Elephant –human conflict in Sri Lanka. The transit home provides food, medical care, everything a baby elephant needs. When the elephants are big and strong enough, they are released into wilderness and start living “normal” elephant life. A few times a day, visitors can enjoy the feeding hour, when the small elephants rush to drink milk and play with their mates. As any other babies, elephants like showing off, especially when spectators are around, which is also a great source of entertainment.
Optional – Safari at Udawalawe National park.

UDAWALAWE NATIONAL PARK
Udawalawe National Park is located approximately 200 km south-east of Colombo city. The 30,821 hectare dry zone game park has an annual rainfall of 1,524 mm and an average temperature of 29.40C. It is most famous for the many elephants that live there (about 400 in total). During a visit, it is not unusual to see whole herds – adults and young, feeding and bathing or playing in the water!
Udawalwe national park is considered as the best the place in the whole world to see large number of Asian Elephant Herds in any month of the year.
In addition to this main attraction, the park is home to many water buffalo, water monitor lizards, sambar deer, monkeys and the occasional leopard, as well as being an exciting location for bird enthusiasts.
A 4WD open-top safari is the only way to see all the wonders this protected reserve has to offer, and our experienced and knowledgeable nature guides will make this an unforgettable experience.

ECO TEAM BORDER CAMP© – UDAWALWE
The ECO TEAM Border Camp is located bordering the Eastern boundy of the Udawalawe National Park, just 25 minutes drive from the National Park Main Entrance.
(08 minutes / 5km drive from the Udawalawe / Thanamalwila main road) This isolated wilderness campsite which borders the national park to the west and a small village tank to the south is being blessed with some fascinating large rocks and enough peacocks!!
Campfire BBQ on the rocks is one of the highlights of the camp which kids & adults love most !! Though it’s not guaranteed, having a nosy elephant who wants to know “what’s going on in the camp” walking across he camp is not rare too. Our expert trekkers could even take you on a little bush walk through the scrub observing these fascinating mammoth mammals and other animals.

After breakfast proceed to Galle

Evening at leisure on the beach.

Overnight stay at Galle.

Total cycling distance approximately 40km. (6 Hours- Hard).

After another game drive this morning we drive OR cycle to Galle. Situated to the south of the capital Colombo, Galle is the most important town in the south. Once a n important trading centre and reputedly to be the Biblical city of Tarshish, it is close to our destination for this evening. Galle is the ideal place to finish our tour, with time to relax on the beach, or snorkel in the clear waters. For those seeking pure relaxation, local Ayurvedic massages with natural, aromatic herbal oils are highly recommended.

Breakfast and Leisure day at Galle.

Overnight stay at Colombo.

Breakfast at hotel.
City Tour.
Proceed to Airport.

EXPLORE COLOMBO
Colombo is the business and commercial center and the new capital is Sri Jayawardhanapura Kotte, only a few miles away. Colombo was only a small seaport, which came into prominence in the 16th Century with the arrival of the Portuguese in 1505 and the development of it as a major Harbor took place during the British period. Colombo became the capital of Sri Lanka in 1815 after Kandyan Kingdom was ceded to the British. The remains of the buildings during the period of the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule are found in every area of the city. None of the Portuguese & Dutch fortifications are found today but some of their buildings and churches could be seen in the Fort & Pettah areas. Visit Fort, the former British administrative center and military garrison, Sea Street – the Goldsmith’s quarters in the heart of Pettah, the Bazaar area where there is also a Hindu Temple with elaborate stone carvings, the Kayman’s Gate with the Belfry at the original gate to enter the Fort, the Dutch Church of Wolfendhaal dating back to 1749, Kelaniya Buddhist Temple dating to 6th C.B.C., Davatagaha Mosque, Colombo Museum and the Natural History Museum are some of the sites to be visited. Also visit the BMICH (Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall), see the replica of Avukana Buddha in front and the Independence Memorial.

Proceed to airport to connect the departure flights.

  • Value added tax
  • Accommodation at the above mentioned Hotels or Similar
  • Bed & Breakfast and Dinner in the hotels mentioned above (Half Board Basis)
  • Transport in an Air-Condition Car with English Speaking chauffeur Guide
  • Meeting and Assistance at the airport

  • Early check in & late check out
  • Airfares
  • All entrance fees & tickets to sites
  • Lunch & other food & Beverages apart from Half Board Basis.
  • Camera & video permits (In most places it’s free
  • Visa & other charges (Entry Visa Fees, please visit www.eta.gov.lk for more
  • details / submit your individual visa application)
  • Any expenses of a personal nature
  • Any other expenses not mentioned above
  • Tips & Portages
IMPORTANT NOTES:
  • All Hotels Check In time is 1400 hrs & Check Out time is 1200 hrs (Early Check In / Late Check Out is subject to availability & at the discretion of hotel)
  • Room availability of above quoted hotels is strictly subject to change & will check availability & confirm at the time of reporting as confirmed booking

Activity Level

Active Traveler

A suitable tour for all the active travelers who are interested in enjoying a fulfilling vacation. If you require special assistant during rock climbing or during safari's, the tour might appear slightly challenging only when it comes to those activities. Contact our agents for further details.

14 Day Tour Of Cycling In Sri Lanka

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