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Cycle the Backroads of Sri Lanka

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Destinations: Sigiriya, Dambulla, Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Galle, Colombo
Type of adventure: icon-12.png Cycling
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 2580
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  • At a glance
  • Itinerary
  • What's included
  • Dates & prices

Your chance to
Ride along tranquil backroads
At a glance
11 nights hotels, 2 nights guesthouses, all en suite A mixture of comfortable hotels with pools and 1or 2-star hotels Guesthouses are simple but in good locations along the cycle route, giving a real flavour of the country
Explore rich Sri Lankan history and culture by bike
Although a compact island, Sri Lanka is incredibly diverse. Exploring on two wheels is the best way to see this rural country and to experience the way of life of its friendly people. We travel from the ancient cities, and the fortress at Sigiriya, to the hill country towns of Kandy and Nuwara Eliya where the cooler temperatures and lush scenery make for a relaxing ride. In the south we visit Yala National Park, where we go in search of Leopard, before ending the trip on the beaches of the beautiful south coast. Most of the route is a continuous ride, and transfers are kept to a minimum.
Cycling profile
Daily distance in km/miles:

Day 2 52.0km/32.3miles
Day 3 73.0km/45.4miles
Day 4 80.0km/49.7miles
Day 5 53.0km/32.9miles
Day 7 82.0km/51.0miles
Day 8 66.0km/41.0miles
Day 9 102.0km/63.4miles
Day 10 32.0km/19.9miles
Day 11 60.0km/37.3miles


Number of days cycling:
10
Pace:

Terrain:
Low altitude; 95% tarmac, 5% unsurfaced roads

Itinerary
1
Day 1
Start Sigiriya.

2
Day 2
Ride to Dambulla cave temple; afternoon climb Sigiriya Rock.

3
Day 3
Ride to Polunnaruwa; cycle tour of ruins.

4
Day 4
Ride through foothills of spice growing region.

5
Day 5
Ride to Kandy.

6
Day 6
Free day in Kandy.

7
Day 7
Challenging ride through tea estates to Nuwara Eliya.

8
Day 8
Hill country ride to Ella.

9
Day 9
Descent of 1000m, stopping at the impressive rock-cut Buddha statues at Buduruvagela; to Tissamaharama.

10
Day 10
Morning ride to Kataragama Temple; afternoon drive to Yala N.P. for safari.

11
Day 11
Ride through Bundala N.P. and the lagoon for spectacular birdlife; continue riding on coast to Hambantota; transfer to Ahangama.

12
Day 12
Free day on beach; optional ride to Koggala.

13
Day 13
Transfer to Colombo via Galle.

14
Day 14
End Colombo.

Guided Group
This is a small group guided holiday. The group is usually between 4 and 16 in size, with an average of 12 like-minded clients booking individually, in a couple or as friends together.
Activity level
You are moderately fit and have an interest in remote or challenging environments. Some previous experience is required for activity based trips.

What's included
All breakfasts and 10 lunches
What's not included
Travel insurance

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 Price excl. flights (pp) from
Sun 18 Sep 16 - Sat 01 Oct 16

 

Standard departure

 

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,315
Sun 16 Oct 16 - Sat 29 Oct 16

 

Premium departure

 

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,755
Sun 30 Oct 16 - Sat 12 Nov 16

 

Standard departure

 

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,315
Sun 06 Nov 16 - Sat 19 Nov 16

 

Standard departure, Solo departure

 

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,195
Sun 13 Nov 16 - Sat 26 Nov 16

 

Standard departure

 

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,195
Sun 20 Nov 16 - Sat 03 Dec 16

 

Standard departure

 

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,195
Sun 18 Dec 16 - Sat 31 Dec 16

 

Standard departure

 

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,425
Sun 25 Dec 16 - Sat 07 Jan 17

 

Standard departure

 

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,365
Sun 08 Jan 17 - Sat 21 Jan 17

 

Standard departure

 

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,295
Sun 22 Jan 17 - Sat 04 Feb 17

 

Standard departure

 

 

Price excl. flights (pp) from EUR €2,295
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