Sri Lanka is one of the most beautiful places to visit in 2017-2018. Sri Lanka is a stunner for its white, pristine beaches to the lush, verdant rainforests. The Cultural Cycling tour takes you to the highlights that dot the central province and most areas that highlight the ancient sculptures, palaces and relics. This is apart from all the wonderful fruits and food on the way. Your cycling routes are though villages, beaches and tropical forests and tea plantations. The highlight on the last day are the verdant tea plantations of the hill country near Kandy.
|ARRIVAL||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
|DEPARTURE||Colombo, Sri Lanka|
- Cycle through the countryside and fishing villages
- Visit the ancient city of Anuradhapura
- Visit the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sigiriya
- Visit the Golden Cave Temple at Dambulla
- Visit the Sacred Temple of Tooth Relic
- Pick-up and drop from Negombo
|Group Size||Min 2 > Max 10|
|Best Season||April – September|
Day 1: Anuradhapura
“Ayubowan” in the local language means welcome to Sri Lanka. Your driver & local guide will meet you at the international arrivals with a placard in hand. From here we transfer to coastal Negembo (about 1/2 hour) where we begin our cycling adventure to experience the inland delights of Sri Lanka. We bike 25 km along a picturesque route past many fishing communities and communities before heading for lunch which is served in a cozy little beach restaurant. With peace, good food and a great start you’re up and ready for an insightful tour into rural Serendib.
After lunch a short and much needed transfer to bike on routes past forests of the Wilpattu National Park to enter the Ancient and cultural centre of Buddhism. Anuradhapura is one of the most venerated and holiest Buddhist places in Sri Lanka. Later in the evening go on a guided tour of the relics & temples to understand the cultural history of Anuradhapura. Anuradhapura is a UNESCO World Heritage Site also revered as a holy site by the majority local Sinhalese people.
Cycling Distance : ~ 80 Kms // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : – / L / D
Day 2-3: Habarana
Today you will take a half-day cycling excursion to the UNESCO Ancient City of Anuradhapura. The city’s greatest treasures are its dagobas constructed of bricks and are hemispherical in shape. The city’s most renowned relic is the sacred Bo Tree, which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained Enlightenment.
Leaving Anuradhapura late we head up past vast stretches of paddy fields on tarmac. The tour takes you into the country-side and makes sure you get a feel of the sounds and habits of a Lankan village. Paddy fields and coconut farms are fed by a large network of canals in these parts. Your ride takes you into the UNESCO Heritage site of Sigiriya which has ancient remains as early as the 15th century BC. This ancient site stand testimony to the Sri Lankan culture, beliefs and habits of the rulers of Ceylon. After lunch at your hotel, you’re free to laze around in a pool or chit-chat with birds in the park. Habrana, Dambulla and Sigriya are neighbouring towns and strategically located / equidistant from each other.
Cycling Distance : ~ 50 Kms, ~ 30 Kms // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : B / L / D
Day 4-5: Kandy
After your visit to the Dambulla Golden Cave Temples & Sigiriya Lion’s Rock Fortress we head out cycling towards the spice country of Matale for lunch and then bike to Kandy, which is renowned for the Temple of the Tooth relic believed to hold a tooth of the sacred Buddha. The temple is magnificent & highly venerated by the people of the island. You also have the option to visit the astonishing Royal gardens of Peredeniya which houses some of the wildest and largest trees on the planet. On your second day bike on routes that are undulating with a few climbs and many descents. Hop into your hotel for lunch and enjoy the rest of your day overlooking the lake.
Cycling Distance : ~ 50 Kms, ~30 Kms // Overnight : Hotel // Meals : B / L / D
Day 6: Depart to Colombo
Transfer to Colombo after breakfast. Optional visits to the Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage as well as the National Railway Museum.
Cycling Distance : ~ Nil // Overnight : NA // Meals : B / – / –