Your chance to
Cycle on mostly rural quiet roads
At a glance
10 nights hotels, 2 nights guesthouses, all en suite
A cycling adventure around the 'island of serendipity'
Sri Lanka, a land of tranquil countryside, beautiful coastline and warm welcoming people, is an ideal place to explore on two wheels. We will cycle amongst archaic ruins, search for elephant in Minneriya National Park and climb the fortress at Sigiriya. Heading towards the highlands of Kandy we cycle through the tea plantations of Kitulgala before meandering along sleepy backroads passing through traditional villages and spice gardens. We visit ancient caves and temples learning about the role of Buddhism in contemporary Sri Lanka before ending our cycling adventure on the beautiful beaches of the south west coast, a tranquil finale to an action packed trip.
Daily distance in km/miles:
Number of days cycling:
Leisurely: 10-13km/6-8miles an hour
Low altitude; 95% tarmac, 5% unsurfaced roads
Arrive Colombo; transfer to coastal town of Chilaw.
Cycle through countryside and waterscapes spotting huge water monitors en route; transfer to Sigiriya.
Early start to cycle to Dambulla caves and temple; afternoon climb Sigiriya rock fortress.
Short ride through nature reserve to Habarana; transfer to Polonnaruwa; afternoon cycle tour of ancient ruins.
Morning countrside ride through coconut and mango plantations; lunch at local house; game drive in search of elephant in Minneriya N.P.
Cycle to great lake of Parakrama and on to Amban Ganga; end ride at local village pre-school; transfer to Kandy.
Free day in Kandy; option to visit spice gardens and Temple of Tooth.
Transfer to tea plantations; visit museum and cycle through tea estate for panoramic views before thrilling descent to Gampola; transfer to Kitulagala.
Ride to Belina Caves through rubber plantations; optional white water rafting on low grade section of Kelani River.
Transfer to Bentota beach; late afternoon ride along banks of Bentota river through mangroves and wild cinnamon bushes, crossing on traditional ferry.
Two full free days to relax and unwind on the beach.
Second free day on the beach.
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Family group holidays that you and your family can enjoy together. These trips are active, adventurous and provide the perfect blend of exploration and sociability.
You are moderately fit and possess a spirit of adventure. Some previous experience is required for most activity based trips.
All breakfasts, 10 lunches
What's not included
Hotels and Guesthouse
Most nights are spent in comfortable hotels all with en-suite bathrooms. The Kitulagala Rest House, although a little more basic and rural, is a real tropical retreat offering sweeping views of the Kelani River and surrounding lush vegetation. The hotel on the south coast, where we spend 3 nights, is a comfortable modern hotel on the beach in Beruwala. Facilities include a large pool, spa and rooftop restaurant. All hotels have swimming pools apart from the nights spent in Kitulagala.
There may be instances when you specifically want a single room. Perhaps a grandparent needs one, or parents of a family of three or five want to ensure they get a bit of space! You only need to pay for this if you want to ensure a single room. Please ask for prices.
These are ‘land only’ prices which require you to book your own flights and join the rest of the group on Day 1 of the trip. For more information please see Trip Notes
|Date||Adult price excl. flights (pp) from|
|Sun 24 Jul 16 - Fri 05 Aug 16
|Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,175|