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Sri Lanka Heritage by Bicycle

Starts: Katunayaka, Sri Lanka
Finishes: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Visit: Katunayaka, Negombo, Dambulla, Nagalawewa, Kiripattiyegala, Anuradhapura, Colombo

Tour Type: Small Group

Accommodation: Moderate

Activity: Road Cycling

Overview

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Sri Lanka, the Teardrop of India, is a collection of ancient and natural delights that will bedazzle visitors as you move from religious to monarchical to colonial sites. Left behind by Buddhism, Hinduism, the British, Dutch, Portuguese, and Indians these influences are seen throughout our trail of historical and cultural sites.

We visit five of Sri Lanka's eight UNESCO World Heritage sites as we cycle through the backroads and absorb a very traditional and grassroots feel of Sri Lanka. Our ride start by rolling into the beautiful old town of Kandy, home to the famed Temple of the Tooth and located on a picturesque lake. We next head into open abundant countryside, riding towards the caves and statues of Dambulla's Golden Temple. The dominating rock fortress of Sigiriya will be in view most of our ride as we cycle towards it. After a climb to the top we walk through one of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. AT Minneriya National Park we will find plenty of elephants on our jeep safari. The next fascinating stop on this trail of Sri Lankas most ancient cities, Polonnaruwa, is an immense former capital created in the 12th century. Hidden in dense jungle for many years, Anuradhapura, our last UNESCO heritage site is a treat; with palaces, monasteries and monuments and a principal shrine of Buddhism.

Highlights

    • Ride through coconut and rubber plantations.
    • Visit the UNESCO World Heritage town of Kandy, home to the Temple of the Tooth.
    • See the Golden Temple of Dambulla
    • Explore the la caves that sheltered King Walagamba
    • Ride along the shores of Kandalama Lake with great views of Sigiriya
    • Explore Minneriya National Park

Trip Details

The Trip

Product Code: 157967
Tour Type: Small Group
Accommodation: Moderate
Transport: Private
Guide Language: english

Starts: Katunayaka, Sri Lanka
Finishes: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration: 7 days
Physical rating: Average

Includes

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

Excludes

  • International flights
  • Visa fees
  • Alcohol
  • Tips

Price

Price person (sharing double) $1,550 ($221/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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Price does not include airfare (to the Trip start & from the end location)

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Sri Lanka Bandaranayake, Negombo, Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Minneriya, Anuradhapura, Colombo
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Carol and David T  

Overall we thoroughly enjoyed our cycle tour. The inclusion of white water rafting and the safari was spot on. To our guide, and our driver, a real big thank you. You were absolute stars. Really liked their laid back yet professional approach. It was very obvious that they were very switched on to our needs. I'm a vegetarian and my husband and I also do not eat spicy food we though we would struggle! We were pleasantly surprised. Cycling through towns the traffic was pretty busy. We did enjoy this for short distances. It was nice to experience the hustle and bustle of Sri Lankan life. Our guides awareness of our safety ensured these cycling legs were kept to a minimum. He always gave us information and options prior to town legs. Communication with our guide, ensured we could stop whenever we felt the need to. He created a nice balance. We did Vietnam in 2011 and certainly plan to do another tour, possibly Cambodia or likewise in the future.

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LISA H  

Fantastic life experience, combining cycling, mind-blowing history and culture, all made super fun by the guides who take excellent care of their group.

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GAIL T  

We have just got back from cycling in Sri Lanka. We so enjoyed our trip. The guide Sampath and driver Tarange were outstanding. Friendly, courteous, professional, well organized and very knowledgeable and proud of their country. We will definitely we doing another SpiceRoads trip.

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Sally M 

This was a great tour. The guides took care of every aspect and both the cycling and heritage site visits were fascinating. Excellent food and the elephants in the Kaudulla National Park were a highlight. Thanks!

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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.

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