Family Sri Lanka

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Visiting: Sri Lanka

Hotel & Bike

7 nights from £1732 to £1840pp
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Guiding Guided i
Level Easy to Moderate i
Standard Superior i
Code SR002
Good For Coasts and Islands, Families
Distance 93mi/150km !
Runs Apr, Jul, Aug, Oct, Dec
Departs Mon, Sun
Fly to Colombo
Return from Galle (Koggala Airport)

Overview

What to expect

Get ready for a family holiday to remember, with seven days of easy cycling in Sri Lanka. Travel from Colombo to Sri Lanka’s cultural heart, where the Sigiriya Rock Fortress rises above the plains and the Dambulla caves are filled with statues. South of Sigiriya you’ll cycle through emerald-green tea plantations, and transfer 2,000-metres above sea level to Sri Lanka’s highest hill towns. Here, the views through Ella Gap reach all the way to the coast.

Riding on top quality bikes with expert guides, you’ll cycle short distances on quiet roads and country lanes, with a few hills and some sections covered in the support van. Treasure hunts, elephant spotting and a train ride through the tea hills add to the excitement, and you’ll stay in welcoming guesthouses and historic hotels. The final stretch takes you past the lush Sinharaja Rainforest and into the walled seaside city of Galle.

  • Sigiriya rock fortress and the Dambulla caves
  • Highland tea estates and the stunning Ella Gap
  • Cities of Colombo, Kandy and Galle
  • Seven days of relaxed cycling, short distances and a few hills

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Colombo – Sigiriya 16 miles (25km)

    Meet the transfer vehicle outside your Colombo hotel for a 4.5 hour drive to Sri Lanka’s cultural heart. Travel into the dry zone where subsistence rice farmers use an ancient irrigation system. After lunch, cycle on shady, hard-packed dirt roads that are completely traffic-free. Spend the night just outside Sigiriya.
    Meals: Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 2: Sigiriya 19 miles (30km)

    Cycle beside the irrigation canals, looking for lizards, squirrels and peacocks on the way. After lunch, climb the Rock Fortress via a series of walkways and steps. Kids can enjoy a treasure-hunt and, at the top, the panoramic sunset are incredible. Spend the night at a comfortable local resort.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 3: Sigiriya – Dumbulla – Kandy 12 miles (20km)

    Cycle to Dambulla on quiet backroads, looking for elephants on the way. Arrive in the city of Dambulla, home to a cave temple complex and colourful Buddhist statues. After lunch, take a two-hour transfer drive to Kandy, passing beautiful tea plantations. Spend the afternoon exploring Kandy and the famous Temple of the Tooth.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya 6 miles (10km)

    After a morning in Kandy, take an exciting drive 2000m above sea level, where morning mists and frosts are common. The views are stunning, with rows of tea bushes on all sides. Check-in to a grand hotel, then cycle around the British colonial town of Nuwara Eliya. Learn about local history from an expert guide.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5: Nuwara Eliya – Pattipola – Ella 16 miles (25km)

    Ride around a crater lake and up a few small hills to a tea factory. Taste the fresh tea, and continue past forests, villages and fields of dairy cows. Visit the town of Ambewela, then continue to Pattipola for a one-hour train ride and short transfer to Ella. Stay in a family-run guesthouse and enjoy a free afternoon to explore the town.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6: Ella and Little Adam’s Peak 16 miles (25km)

    Tackle a few gradual climbs as you cycle around Ella for some of Sri Lanka’s best views. Descend to meet the support van for the ride back to Ella. In the afternoon, it’s an easy walk up Little Adam's Peak, with fantastic views of the tea plantations and Ella Gap.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 7: Ella – Sinharaja 9 miles (15km)

    Ride downhill through Ella Gap, passing a waterfall on the way. It's a fun ride, a long and gradual descent through the hills. After nine miles of cycling, jump in the support van which takes you to the Sinharaja Forest where you'll stay overnight in a charming rainforest lodge. 
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 8: Sinharaja - Galle

    The morning starts with a scenic walk through the rainforest. The guides will lead you and their expert knowledge will give you the best chance of seeing the unique local wildlife. After the walk, the van will tak you to the coast and the port city of Galle. Take a walking tour of the old fort in the late afternoon, then you'll be dropped off at the hotel of your choice, where the tour concludes.

    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Accommodation

Colonial or Boutique Hotels to Comfortable Resort Hotels

You will stay in a varied accommodation from a modern boutique hotel in Kandy, an old colonial hotel in Nuwara Eliya to an cosy hotel in Ella. The rest of the time you will be in comfortable resort hotels.  

Example hotels:
Aliya Resort & Spa
Ozo Hotel
Jetwing St. Andrews
Mountain Heavens 

  • Colonial or Boutique Hotels to Comfortable Resort Hotels
  • Full Board
  • Support vehicle is always available
  • Luggage transferred each day

Dates & Prices

Please click on a departure date for price options at a glance - other dates may be available on request

Price includes

  • 7 nights accommodation
  • Board basis: Full board 
  • Service of a local English-speaking guide
  • Air-conditioned support vehicle available for assistance at all times
  • Transfers and train journey during the tour
  • Luggage transportation
  • Water and snacks while riding
  • All entry costs & attractions listed on the itinerary
  • Cycling jersey & a water bottle

Price excludes

  • Flights & transfers
  • Visas
  • Alcohol & soft drinks
  • Tips

Children 12 years & under recieve a 20% discount

Please contact us to discuss alternative departure dates 

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Well maintained Merida & Giant front suspension mountain bikes that have been modified for touring are included in your tour price. Kids bikes to suit all ages are available along with child seats for younger children. 

E-bike
E-bike (Trek Conduit+) on request
£341

Extras

We can arrange airport transfers. Please enquire for details.

How to Get There

Getting there

Fly to Colombo

Getting back

Fly from Galle or take a transfer to Colombo

News, Reviews & FAQs

FAQs

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What if I can't find the departure date I need?

Please give us a call. If you are a group of four or more, we can usually add a departure date within the season to suit you.

Why are the hotels not listed in the itinerary?

We use a pool of hotels to maximise availability for you.

Will I have a local guide?

Yes, your guide will be English speaking and local. The local guide will be a highlight of your tour as they are experienced and will pass on their knowledge and passion for their country. They will show you the best places to eat, help you meet local people along the way and give you a real feel for the local culture. 

Can I take a break from the cycling?

Yes, if you want to take a break, jump into the the air conditioned support vehicle that is always available.    

What will the group size be?

The tour requires a minimum of 3 people to run and there will be a maximum of 14 guests. 

What will the food be like?

Sri Lankan food is based around curries and vegetables but there is a good variety of food on offer. Due to remote locations, lunches will be similar but the evening meals will be varied. Lovely seafood and fish is available close to the coast. You will note the immense pride that the local accommodation has in the meals that they provide for you. Drinking water is always included with meals, any other drinks will be extra. 

What snacks will I get during the cycling?

You will be supplied with local snacks & energy bars. Clean water and electrolyte drinks are provided to keep you hydrated. 

What will the weather be like?

Sri Lanka is a great all-year-round destination as the weather is generally good. There are two monsoons that are affect different parts of the country. The hills are cooler (especially at night) than the plains and the coast. The driest time is March to mid-April.  The first monsoon from late May to September brings rain to the southwest lowlands & central hills, while the weaker second monsoon affects the northeast from November to February. 

 

Can you arrange my flights?

Flights are not included with our tours. However, we are more than happy to offer advice on long haul and regional flights, based on our extensive esperience of travel in Asia.

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