Highlights of Sri Lanka

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Visiting: Sri Lanka

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6 nights from £1766 to £2471pp
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Guiding Guided i
Level Moderate to Challenging i
Standard Superior i
Code SR001
Good For Coasts and Islands
Distance 227mi/365km !
Runs Jan, Mar, May, Jun, Jul, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
Departs Tue, Sat, Sun
Fly to Colombo
Return from Galle (Koggala Airport)

Overview

What to expect

Discover golden temples, emerald-green plantations and dazzling-white beaches on this incredible cycle tour. After pedalling high into the hill country and weaving through the tea estates, you’ll roll down to the coast’s warmer climate. Scenic train rides and historic hotels add to the charm, and you’ll visit Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic when you overnight in Kandy.

Look for leopards and elephants when you take a jeep safari through Yala National Park, and expect jaw-dropping views in the Horton Plains. With some challenging climbs and thrilling descents, you’ll be riding in a small group on quiet roads and some unpaved tracks. You’ll have top quality bikes, expert guides and a support vehicle on hand. At the end of the week, the cafes, boutiques and salty air in Galle make it a lovely place to linger.

  • Cool highlands, tea estates and forested peaks
  • Yala National Park, Horton Plains and Sinharaja Rainforest
  • Cultural cities of Colombo, Kandy and Galle
  • Six days of cycling with a few longer climbs (but not too steep) and thrilling descents, e-bikes available

The Trip

Route

Itinerary

  • Day 1: Colombo – Kandy 9 miles (15km)

    After an early pick-up from your Colombo hotel, take a 3-4 hour train ride through the hills to Kandy. After lunch, go for a gentle ride around the local neighbourhoods. In the evening, visit the Temple of the Tooth, home of the sacred tooth relic.
    Meals: Lunch, Dinner 

  • Day 2: Kandy – Gampola – Nuwara Eliya 28 miles (45km)

    Cycle through the hills on quiet rural backroads, with several steady ascents and descents. Ride past lush tea plantations and stop to buy fresh dates and corn crackers at roadside stalls. Descend to Gampola railway station and board the train for the climb to Nana Oya. A car will then take you to Nuwara Eliya. Arrive at your colonial-era hotel and relax by the open fire.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 3: Nuwara Eliya – Ella 28 miles (45km)

    Wake early for a transfer up to the Horton Plains. Walk through the National Park to World's End lookout, watching for deer and monkeys en route. Next, it’s a thrilling downhill ride through a fertile farming valley, and through the bustling town of Bandarawela to the small town of Ella.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 4: Ella – Yala Safari 37 miles (60km)

    Climb through the tea country and pass small villages with mountain backdrops. Stop for morning tea, then descend to the valley floor’s warmer climes. After lunch, it’s a 40-minute vehicle transfer to your hotel, followed by a jeep safari in Yala National Park. Return to the hotel before 7pm for dinner.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 5: Yala – Sinharaja Rainforest 34 miles (55km)

    Wake early to cycle in the cool morning on a flat road. Stop for breakfast, then continue on narrower roads and an unpaved track to a canal-side backroad. Pass through towns and villages, then finish at lunchtime in the small town of Embilipitiya. Take a two-hour transfer to Sinharaja Rainforest.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  • Day 6: Sinharaja Rainforest Hike 4 hours hiking

    Leave the bikes in the hotel today to explore the rainforest reserve on foot. The van will transfer you to the best starting point, depending on the season, and you'll hike for approximately 4 hours. The guides will lead you and their expert knowledge will give you the best chance of seeing the unique local wildlife. Finish by mid afternoon and enjoy the rest of the day relaxing in your charming accommodation. 

  • Day 7: Sinharaja Rainforest – Galle 62 miles (100km)

    Ride from the rainforest to the coast, starting with a 25km descent. Follow tea estate tracks and smooth, twisting roads. Continue past tea plantations, villages, and a rice-growing region and arrive in Galle’s old town where the tour concludes.
    Meals: Breakfast, Lunch 

Accommodation

Colonial or Modern Hotels to Eco Lodges

You will stay in varied accommodation from a modern & contemporary hotel in Kandy, an old colonial hotel in Nuwara Eliya to an eco lodge in the rainforest. 

Example hotels:
Ozo Hotel
Jetwing St. Andrews
Mountain Heavens 

  • Colonial or Modern Hotels to Eco Lodges
  • Full board (apart from one dinner) 
  • 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

  • 6 nights accommodation
  • Board basis: Full board (apart from one dinner)
  • Service of a local English-speaking guide
  • Train from Colombo to Kandy 
  • Air-conditioned support vehicle available for assistance at all times
  • Transfers 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

Please contact us to discuss alternative departure dates 

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Bike Hire & Extras

Bike hire

Top quality, well maintained Giant, Trek or Merida mountain bikes are included in your tour price, fitted with hybrid tyres for touring and handlebar bags. 

E-bike
E-bike (Trek Conduit+) on request
£333

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. 

What will the group size be?

This tour will run with a minimum of 2 guests and a maximum of 14 guests. 

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 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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