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Cycling Sri Lanka Spice Trails

Starts: Negombo, Sri Lanka
Finishes: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Visit: Negombo, Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, Medaulpota, Kandy, Hatton, Udawalawa, Udawalawe, Mirissa, Galle, Colombo

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Road Cycling

Overview

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Sporting the name Ceylon in its days within the British Empire, Sri Lanka, the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” has known many identities on its journey to modernity. Famous for its peaceful Buddhist ruins, including the beautiful palace and frescoes of the 5th-century fortress Sigiriya, Sri Lanka enjoys year-round sunshine and breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean from every shore.

Follow the coastal roads, pausing to breathe deep at the fish markets (or not) and capture the colorful sails of the local Karavas fishing boats on camera. Catch the whiff of cinnamon being cooked as we cycle, and tackle the hill country outside of Kandy to reach one of the island's highlights; the tea estates. Sri Lanka’s landscape combines a great mix of challenging terrain and beautiful scenery; perfect for this tour.

Cycle red dirt tracks which wind through the countryside, flanked by elephant grass—and maybe wild elephants too. Drink in the water gardens at Sigiriya, before climbing Lion Rock to awe at the views overlooking the ruins. A wildlife enthusiast? Sri Lanka offers the chance to spot a wide range of birds and animals in their natural habitat. From small creatures—like mongoose—and over 400 species of bird, to the world’s largest animals, the elephant and blue whale, Sri Lanka is a nature lover’s dream.

Highlights

    • Visit a 2nd century Buddhist cave temple.
    • We ride through the historic park of Polonnaruwa.
    • We ride along the eastern fringes of Wasgomuwa National Park.
    • Explore the town center's old shops, antique and gem specialists or the bustling market.

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 127489
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private
Guide Language: english

Starts: Negombo, Sri Lanka
Finishes: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration: 12 days
Physical rating: Average

Includes

  • Jersey
  • Water bottle
  • Support vehicle
  • Guide(s)
  • Meals (as indicated)
  • Accommodation
  • Snacks and drinks

Excludes

  • International flights
  • Domestic flights
  • Airport pick up
  • Airport drop off
  • Visa fees
  • Alcohol
  • Tips
  • Bike Hire:US$ 220

Price

Price person (sharing double) $2,490 ($208/day)

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20% per person for bookings made 60 days or more prior to departure

Full Amount for bookings made less than 60 days prior to departure

Cancellation: Super Strict

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Sri Lanka Negombo, Dambulla, Golden Temple, Kandalama Lake, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Kandy, Wasgomuwa National Park, Hatton, Udawalawa, Udawalawe Loop, Mirissa, Galle Loop, Colombo
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Road Cycling

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Joel L  

I thought the guide was very organized and kept the tour on track. Well organized and passionate about his job. When unforeseen circumstances presented themselves he dealt with them in a professional timely manner.

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Calla Cand Hal B  

The elephant safari was excellent. The cycling through the tea region was fantastic. Our tour leader for cycling was very good and responsible.

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Kathryn M 

Overall, a wonderful trip. The main guide was excellent in all area of his job. All meals were excellent. Great to eat local, traditional Sri Lankan food. Thanks for a great trip!

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Alex B 

Best and most scenic SP tour we've yet done. Knuckles Range was the toughest cycling I've ever done, but I made it to top as did two others (two of us at age 63). Kasun really had our rest stops planned perfectly on that, and gently urged us to the top. Overall - Best SP tour we've yet done (Burma, Central Vietnam, Southern Laos) in terms of itinerary, varied road conditions, low traffic, and super scenery. Definitely the most scenic of these tours, seldom a dull km. The "safari" was absolutely great, closer than I ever thought I'd get to wild elephants. A good mix of cultural sites, natural sites, and rural towns. The tea estate days were superb, great riding and scenery.

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David W 

The three 2 night venues were all excellent. Deer Park was also excellent and was a particular favourite. Really enjoyed the challenging cycle days and, as a stronger cyclist, I appreciated the guide giving me instructions. The big day's climbing was definitely a highlight! Sri Lanka itself was a great country to experience by bike. Of the cultural stops, Lion Rock, Dambullah temple, Elephant safari, and the botanic gardens at Kandi were all excellent.

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Karen H 

A good mix of tarmac and off road, and the scenery was stunning! Guide was great to ride with me on the downhill sections as he knew I was inexperienced, when we went through busy towns guide made sure we were always together and safe. Any bike issues were promptly responded to. The driver was excellent and kept a good distance from the last rider so they didn't have their ride spoilt by the noise of the idling truck. the size of the group was perfect - we had plenty of room to be hot and sweaty in the bus after a ride. already thinking about which trip to do next...!!

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Gail K 

The whole team was great - extremely customer focused and helpful. Our National Guide was clearly a strong leader who ensured the team worked well together He was clearly passionate about his country and this shone through. Nothing was ever a problem and they often anticipated our needs. It was great to arrive at a nice hotel after a hard days biking, especially with a pool! Wonderful food and very generous portions

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Alison O 

Just loved this trip. Number one is having local guides who are great at their job! The route in Sri Lanka was great, lots of variety, some challenges and always thought given to choosing light traffic roads.

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Marlon  

This trip was brilliant. I loved riding along the coast, cycling the ancient cities, Kandy, the tea plantations, the villages, the markets, the elephant safari...well balanced and just enough time at each place, and plenty of time to stop and be in contact with the local population.

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Cheryl & Graeme C 

We had a great time, our guide was very good and tried at all times to please us.

Tour Operator

SpiceRoads

SpiceRoads endeavors to offer high-quality, educational, and adventure-filled itineraries that highlight and focus on the diversity of landscapes found in Asia and its people. As a specialized "niche" bicycle tour operator since 2000, we provide the most authentic, unique and exciting adventures in Asia. 

The SpiceRoads family began back in the mid 1990s, when Hamish Keith was creating, operating and leading ground breaking cycle tours throughout Thailand and in emerging destinations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos and Myanmar for well known companies such as Exodus Travels and World Expeditions and his own company the Wild Planet.

In Business Since 1990

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