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Cycling Tour of Srilanka – 13N/14Days

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13Nights/14Days
India
Srilanka
Holiday information

Ayubowan. Welcome to Sri Lanka. Your adventure begins in the town of Negombo which is located close to the international airport. You can arrive at any time today as there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting in the evening at the hotel.

cycle to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Anuradhapura (approximately 20 km each way). Enjoy a guided bicycle tour of the ancient city. Among the ruins, you’ll see the sacred old Bo Tree – a spiritual reminder of the beginnings of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and the inspiration for Anuradhapura’s great buildings.

Destination / Country Name :

Colombo, Negombo, Anurdhapura, Polonnaruwa, Dambulla, Sigriya Rock, Kandy, Hatton, Tissamaharama, Kataragama, Mirissa, Galle, 

Place of Origin

Ex. Colombo

 

 

Holiday Type (Tagging)

Family Tour, Walking Tour, Heritage Tour, Honeymoon Tour

No of Nights

13

Activities

  #Cycling

Accommodation type

Standard

Meals

Continental Breakfast

Day 1:- Negombo

Day 2 :- Negombo – Anuradhapura

Day 3 :- Anuradhapura

Day 4 :- Anuradhapura – Polonnaruwa

Day 5 :- Polonnaruwa – Dambulla

Day 6 :- Sigriya Rock & Kandy

Day 7 :- Kandy

Day 8 :- Kandy – Hatton

Day 9 :- Hatton – Tissamaharama

Day 10 :- Yala National Park

Day 11 :- Mirissa

Day 12 :- Mirissa & Galle. 

Day 13 :- Colombo

Day 14 :- Colombo. 

Itinerary

Day 1

Ayubowan. Welcome to Sri Lanka. Your adventure begins in the town of Negombo which is located close to the international airport. You can arrive at any time today as there are no activities planned until the important welcome meeting in the evening at the hotel. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask the hotel reception where the meeting will take place. 

Those arriving early can get into the spirit of seaside Sri Lanka by observing the local fishing craft and perhaps feasting on fresh seafood. The beautiful surrounding countryside is best explored on a bicycle, which you can rent with help from the hotel reception. Notes: If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time for the welcome meeting, you may wish to arrive a day early so you’re able to attend. We’ll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you’re going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. Overnight. Riding distance: none

 

Day 2

Rise early and enjoy some breakfast at the hotel. Start with a test ride through the city streets, from the hotel to the fish market. This gives you a nice insight into the daily working of the market and the dry fish industry.

You will then cycle from Negombo to Chilaw (approximately 40 km). Along the way, you’ll encounter quaint fishing villages, the scenic Dutch canal, coconut plantations, and various tile factories. Sit down to a picnic lunch on arrival in Chilaw. Afterward, hop aboard a coach and travel to Anuradhapura (approximately 90 km).

Here you can settle into your hotel, relax and perhaps take a swim in the pool. You have the option of joining a ‘food crawl’ through the streets and markets of Anuradhapura – a great chance to sample some tasty local cuisine. Overnight. Notes: The fish market in Negombo is closed on Sundays. Riding distance: approx. 40kms/25 miles, mostly flat with approx. 170m/560ft of elevation gain.

Day 3 :

After breakfast, cycle to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Anuradhapura (approximately 20 km each way). Enjoy a guided bicycle tour of the ancient city. Among the ruins, you’ll see the sacred old Bo Tree – a spiritual reminder of the beginnings of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and the inspiration for Anuradhapura’s great buildings.

The ruins themselves are spread over quite a large area, with some in woodland settings and others appearing more cultivated with columns and ponds dotted about. While you’re here you will visit the impressive Isurumuniya Temple. Pay a visit to the Anuradhapura museum, then enjoy a local lunch. Return to the hotel and enjoy free time for the rest of the afternoon. Overnight. Riding distance: approx. 37kms/23 miles, mostly flat with approx. 130m/430ft of elevation gain.

Day 4

After breakfast, cycle to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Anuradhapura (approximately 20 km each way). Enjoy a guided bicycle tour of the ancient city. Among the ruins, you’ll see the sacred old Bo Tree – a spiritual reminder of the beginnings of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and the inspiration for Anuradhapura’s great buildings.

The ruins themselves are spread over quite a large area, with some in woodland settings and others appearing more cultivated with columns and ponds dotted about. While you’re here you will visit the impressive Isurumuniya Temple. Pay a visit to the Anuradhapura museum, then enjoy a local lunch. Return to the hotel and enjoy free time for the rest of the afternoon. Overnight. Riding distance: approx. 37kms/23 miles, mostly flat with approx. 130m/430ft of elevation gain.

Day 5

Saddle up for a morning ride to Polonnaruwa. For breakfast, you’ll dine at a local village house. Arrive at the ancient site of Polonnaruwa, the second oldest of Sri Lanka’s kingdoms, and do some exploring. Visit the likes of Vihara temple, Parakrama statue, and Siva temple while you are here.

Then cycle to Diyabeduma (approximately 45 km). Marvel at the scenery along the way – sanctuaries, man-made channels, and farmlands – before sitting down to a picnic lunch. Next, travel from Diyabeduma to Dambulla by coach (approximately 40 km). Enjoy some free time on arrival. In the evening you’ll visit the Dambulla wholesale vegetable market, where there’s an option to join in on a food crawl. Overnight. Riding distance: approx. 45km/28 miles, mostly flat with approx. 160m/530ft of elevation gain.

Day 6

This morning you will cycle approximately 15km from your hotel in Dambulla to Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress perched among the lush greenery that strikes an awesome pose against the skyline. Hike to the top and enjoy some well-earned breakfast, taking in the lovely views. Afterward, jump back on your bike and pedal your way through spice plantations and pleasant countryside (approximately 35kms) and reward yourself with lunch at a spice garden near Matale.

Enjoy a rest in the support vehicle as we drive the final kilometers to Kandy. In the evening you will sit down to a traditional Kandyan dance performance – a riveting insight into an age-old culture. Overnight. Riding distance: approx. 50km/31 miles, mostly flat with approx. 150m/500ft of elevation gain.

Day 7

After breakfast at the hotel, you have the option to either head out for some extra cycling in the Hanthana Mountain Range (weather/time permitting) or stay in Kandy and explore. Later in the morning, the group will head to Giragama (approximately 15 km) for a guided tour of a tea factory.

This is a great chance to learn about how Sri Lanka’s best-known beverage is made. You will also sample some of the delicious varieties on offer. Enjoy an afternoon of free time to relax. In the evening you will visit the Temple of Tooth Relic, the most important Buddhist site in the country. Explore the complex that surrounds it, then return to town for an (optional) food crawl. Overnight. Riding distance: none (optional cycling available)

Day 8

Transfer to Kandy railway station after breakfast. From the station, you will embark on a scenic train trip from Kandy to Hatton, then cycle from Hatton station to Maskeliya (approximately 40 km) through leafy tea plantations. For lunch, enjoy an authentic Tamil meal from a local kiosk.

Check into your guesthouse, then relax. In the evening, there’s an optional climb of Adam’s Peak, a beautiful, conical, snow-capped mountain (2,243 m). The best time for this activity is from mid-December to early May. Overnight. Riding distance: approx. 38km/24 miles, light climb near the start then mostly downhill with approx. 380m/1250ft of elevation gain.

Day 9

Enjoy a hearty breakfast before cycling down from Bogawanthalawa to Balangoda (approximately 55 km). This is one of the most beautiful stretches of road in Sri Lanka – it follows a path along the tea plantations and passes lush pine forests.

Have lunch at Balangoda on arrival, then transfer from Balangoda to Tissamaharama (approximately 100 km). Along the way, you’ll stop to visit an elephant transit home that helps rehabilitate elephants for re-entry to the wild. The elephants are often released into the Uda Walawe National Park. Overnight. Riding distance: approx. 52km/32 miles, uphill at the start then mostly downhill with approx. 720m/2360ft of elevation gain.

Day 10

Cycle from Tissamaharama to Kataragama after breakfast (approximately 20 km each way). The holy city of Kataragama is a colorful and vibrant religious center that rivals Adam’s Peak in terms of national importance.

This is where the two-week Kataragama Festival attracts thousands, mostly Hindus, each year in July/August. Afterward, take a jeep ride through the beautiful Yala National Park, home to elephants, crocodiles, and gorgeous waterbirds such as the great thick-knee. Yala also lays claim to one of the world’s highest concentrations of leopards. Overnight. Riding distance: approx. 38km/24 miles, lightly undulating with approx. 170m/560ft of elevation gain.

Day 11

After breakfast, cycle from Tissamaharama to Hambantota via the pretty Bundala National Park. After lunch at Hambantota, continue to Mirissa. Enjoy an afternoon of beach splendor in Mirissa.

The beach itself is a long curve of sand with lovely clear waters for swimming – a great spot to watch the sunset. Consider cycling to nearby Weligama, where colorful fishing boats bring fresh fish to sell along the shore. The local cottage industry of lace products is also well worth a look. Overnight. Riding distance: approx. 39km/24 miles, flat with approx. 60m/200ft of elevation gain.

Day 12

Enjoy some time to relax with a free day that is yours to spend as you please. You might like to go whale-watching, which is more successful from November through to April. Later drive to Galle (approximately 50 km each way). Spend the evening exploring Galle, home to an impressive World Heritage-listed Dutch fort with extensive walls and many interesting old buildings. Enjoy a stroll around the historic fort and watch the sunset from the ramparts before driving back to Mirissa. 

While the famous stilt fishermen casting lines from their traditional poles are an iconic sight unfortunately this activity has become a real tourist trap, with tourists expected to pay for the opportunity of taking a photo. We advise our travelers to use their best judgment before paying for a photo. Overnight. Riding distance: none

Day 13

Depart Mirissa after breakfast with a transfer to Colombo (approximately 3 hours). On arrival, check into your hotel and then take a city walk past the bustling Petta Bazaar, Independence Square, Parliament, and the National Museum. Your walk finishes with a shopping opportunity at the Barefoot fairtrade store. Here you can find a collection of handicrafts from around the country and support small cottage industries. Tonight there’s an optional final group dinner to celebrate your journey. This comes in the form of a food crawl along with the city’s tantalizing market stalls.  Overnight. Riding distance: none

Day 14

Your trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast and the hotel’s check-out time is 11 am. For those who are staying on and want to explore Colombo further, check out our optional day trips.

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Inclusions/Exclusions

COST INCLUDES :

  1.       Breakfast at all places and Meals as per described on the Itinerary
  2.       Accommodation on Twin Sharing basis at the Hotels mentioned or Similar
  3.       Sightseeing as per Itinerary.
  4.       All Currently applicable taxes.
    •         Tourist visa support
    •         Overseas Mediclaim

    Exclusions for all tours

    •         Air Fare / Train fare with taxes until specified in the Cost Inclusions.
    •         COVID test costs, if required by the destination of your visit.
    •         Vehicles quoted in the package will only cover Sightseeing / Places as mentioned in the itinerary and is not at Disposal until specified. Extra usage of vehicles other than sightseeing mentioned in the Inclusion, will be charged extra.
    •         Travel Insurance and Meals other than those not specified in the above “cost includes”.
    •         Any expenses of personal nature such as Minibar items, Optional Tours, laundry, telephone calls, tips & gratuity, mineral water, soft & hard drinks, rafting, rock climbing, paragliding, joy ride (Toy Train), portage, etc not forming the part of the given itinerary.
    •         Entrance Fees & Guide charges, until not included in “Cost Includes”.
    •         Any cost arising due to natural calamities such as, landslides, road blockage, political disturbances (strikes), flight delays, on tour changes, etc (to be borne by the client, which is directly payable on the spot).
    •         Any increase in taxes or fuel price OR seasonal surcharges (due to festival/events at the place of visit), leading to an increase in cost on surface transportation & land arrangements, which may come into effect before departure. 
    •         Any on-tour changes/last-minute changes while on tour will be charged extra. Applicable cancellations will be levied in case of last-minute cancellations as per hotel policy.
    •         5.00% Govt. Service Tax
    •         5.00% TCS as applicable (as per Government Regulations)
    •         Anything which is not mentioned in Cost Inclusions.

     

    MANDATORY NOTE for all tours

    Valid for Group Travel on a Minimum 20Adults Travelling together

    Preferable time of Travel: As highlighted under respective tour

 

Documentation

 

Request you to carry a valid Government approved photo ID to produce it at the time of check – in :- For Indian Residents — Voters ID, Aadhar Card or Passport and For Foreigners & Non-Resident Indians: Passport (MANDATORY) and OCI / PIO

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