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Cycling Tour Sri Lanka  14 Days

Cycle your way through the various landscapes Sri Lanka has to offer. A support van and passenger bus will be available throughout the journey.

Negombo>>Dambulla>>Sigiriya>>Polonnaruwa>>Knuckles>>Kandy>>Nuwara Eliya>>


Day 1:   (10-15km)

  • Welcome on arrival and transfer to a hotel in the coastal town of Negombo.
  • Short ride around Negombo and surrounding area.
  • Overnight in Negombo

Day 2:   (40-45km, 270m ascent and descent)

  • Travel to the historic city of Dambulla, riding along certain stretches of the route. (Via Dankotuwa, Kuliyapitiya, Kurunegala).
  • Visit the Cave Temples of Dambulla and proceed to Sigiriya.
  • Overnight in Sigiriya.

Day 3:   (60-65km, 250m ascent, 350m descent)

  • Climb the Sigiriya rock fortress in the morning.
  • Ride from Sigiriya to ancient Sri Lanka’s 2nd capital, Polonnaruwa. (Via Giritale)
  • Overnight in Polonnaruwa

Day 4:   (30-35km, 100m ascent and descent)

  • Spend the day exploring the archeological sites of Polonnaruwa, the Parakkrama Lake and surrounding rural villages (by bicycle)
  • Overnight in Polonnaruwa.

Day 5: (40-45km, 250m ascent and descent)   

  • Cycle and drive to Kandy, passing through the Knuckles Mountain Range and the Matale Spice Gardens on the way.
  • Overnight in Kandy.

Day 6:  (No cycling)

  • Explore the city of Kandy on foot.
  • Spend the day at leisure in Kandy.
  • Overnight in Kandy.

Day 7:  (OPTIONAL: 18km, 900m ascent)

  • Drive through lush tea fields and forests of the central highlands to Nuwara Eliya. (Visit a tea estate on the way)
  • Optional 18km ride. (Steep climb on a good tarmac)
  • Explore the picturesque town of Nuwara Eliya and its surrounding tea fields on foot.
  • Overnight in Nuwara Eliya.

Day 8:   (60-65km, 400m ascent, 1500m descent)

  • Ride through the highlands, a tea estate (Haputale) and Sri Lanka’s highest waterfall (Bambarakanda), towards Udawalawe.
  • Overnight in Udawalawe.

Day 9:   (40-45km, 315m ascent, 730m descent)

  • Cycle through the southern slopes of Rajawaka and Pallebedda.
  • Drive to the Elephant Transit Home, to view the feeding of orphaned baby elephants.
  • Spend the afternoon at leisure. (Optional afternoon safari in Udawalawe National Park)
  • Overnight in Embilipitiya.

Day 10: (45-50km, 200m ascent, 250m descent)

  • Travel (cycle and drive) to the ancient South Eastern city of Tissamaharama.
  • Optional afternoon safari in Yala National Park.
  • Overnight in Tissamaharama.

Day 11:   (65-70km, 450m ascent and descent)

  • Cycle and drive along the coast and rural backroads, via Bundala National Park and Matara, to the coastal town of Unawatuna.
  • Overnight in Unawatuna.

Day 12: (30-35km, 100m ascent and descent)

  • Drive to Mirissa and cycle along the coast and backroads to Weligama Bay, with a possible option to visit an Ayurvedic snake doctor.
  • Return to Unawatuna by train or bus and explore the nearby Galle fort in the evening.
  • Overnight in Unawatuna.

Day 13:  (No cycling)

  • Spend the day enjoying the sun, sand and surf.
  • A whale watching excursion off the coast of Mirissa is optional, depending on the season (December-April)
  • Overnight in Unawatuna

Day 14:  (No cycling)

  • Departure.

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