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Sri Lanka by Bike

A land of misty highlands and tea plantations, dense jungles and national parks, Sri Lanka is ideally suited to cycle touring. From the palm fringed west coast, we cycle inland through a multitude of Buddhist and Hindu monuments and colonial heritage that characterises the country’s rich cultural history. Our journey leads deep into the rain forest of central Sri Lanka where monks conduct prayers in harmony with the forest before continuing to the hill town of Kandy with its splendid botanical gardens and lush tea plantations. We continue to the rock fortress of Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa - the medieval capital of Sri Lanka, where we swap our bikes for jeeps and take a wildlife safari in the Minneriya National Park.


10 breakfasts, 9 dinners
comfortable hotels on twin share basis
airport transfers (day 1 and 11 only)
All internal transport by private vehicle
support vehicle whilst cycling
expert local cycling guide
Cycling bike mechanic
Sightseeing and site entry fees as listed
21 gear bike
A land of misty highlands and tea plantations, dense jungles and national parks, Sri Lanka is ideally suited to cycle touring
Wildlife spotting in Minneriya National Park
Travel at a relaxed pace with time to immerse yourself in the culture
Experience remote regions of Sri Lanka
Spend time in the hill capital of Kandy
See the intriguing Dambulla cave temple
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $4,080
Start Location
Colombo, Sri Lanka
End Location
Sri Lanka
Age Range
Avg. 30+
Group Size
5 to 16
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Slow paced
Physical Rating
Easy to Moderate
Tour departure dates
28 Aug 201907 Sep 2019AvailableAUD $4,440
13 Jan 202023 Jan 2020AvailableAUD $4,190
03 Mar 202013 Mar 2020AvailableAUD $4,190
02 May 202012 May 2020AvailableAUD $4,190
15 Jun 202025 Jun 2020AvailableAUD $4,190
04 Jul 202014 Jul 2020AvailableAUD $4,190
26 Aug 202005 Sep 2020AvailableAUD $4,550
Day 1
On arrival you will be met and transferred to the group hotel, approximately an hours drive from Colombo International Airport and close to the beach. This afternoon we will be fitted for our bikes in readiness for our first day of cycling tomorrow. Overnight: Coco Royal Beach Hotel Waskaduwa or similiar
Day 2
After breakfast we commence riding to Induruwa in the south. We travel through small villages full of friendly smiling faces. Induruwa Beach Resort is the perfect place to end the day with a cool drink by the beach. Overnight: Induruwa Beach Resort or similiar
Day 3
Today we follow the National Cycling Trail along the scenic southern coastal belt. A highlight today is a visit to the 400 year old Dutch Fortress in Galle, which is listed as a World Heritage site. As we cruise along we may also be able to see ‘Stilt Fisherman’ as they go about their daily life. Tonight is our last night by the coast so we will relax over dinner and enjoy the sea breeze. Overnight Hotel Ahangama or similiar
Day 4
The route today takes us through a variety of landscapes. We cycle on muddy tracks and some paved roads through a changing landscape of dry zone jungle, tea plantations and paddy fields. We will pass by the Uda Walawe National Park, and if we are lucky we may be able to spot peacocks and perhaps an elephant or two! Today we also visit the Elephant Transit Home at Uda Walawe. Overnight: Elephant Trail Hotel or Athgira River Side Camp Site
Day 5
Today we will drive through rural surroundings to Wellawaya where we commence cycling. The ride today will be challenging as there is a considerable amount of uphill cycling to reach our destination. At these higher elevations we are surrounded by lush green tea plantations, the climate is cooler, and you will feel refreshed and relaxed. Overnight: Orient Hotel, Bandrawela or similiar
Day 6
En-route to Kandy we visit a tea factory and get the opportunity to taste pure unblended Ceylon tea. We also pass by the majestic Mt Pidurutalagala, the highest mountain in Sri Lanka. Once we reach Kandy the afternoon will be at leisure to explore the town and markets. This evening there will be a cultural performance by traditional Kandyan dancers, drummers and firewalkers. Overnight: Hotel Senani or Gagaaddra Hotel
Day 7
Sri Lanka’s hill capital, stronghold of the Sinhala Kings, Kandy is the country’s most beautiful town. It is 488 metres above sea level and next to Colombo is Sri Lanka’s most visited place. The focal point of the town is, without doubt, the golden roofed Dalada Maligawa where the Sacred Tooth Relic of the Buddha is enshrined. Our tour this morning visits the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, Upper Lake Drive (for a great view of the city), the Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya, and a Gem Museum. Kandy is an exciting place for shopping and you can pick up some great souvenirs in wood, copper, silver, brass, ebony and bronze. Ceramics, lacquer work, handlooms, batiks, jewellery and rush and reed-ware can also be purchased. Overnight: Hotel Senani or Gagaaddra Hotel
Day 8
Today we cycle towards Dambulla where we visit the famous cave temple complex. There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area, however the major attractions are spead over 5 caves filled with statues and paintings relating to the Lord Buddha. After exploring these impressive caves we continue on towards Sigiriya. Sigiriya is the 5th Century Royal Citadel and widely considered as the 8th wonder of the modern world. Our accommodation tonight is set before a large lake where we may see wild elephants drinking and bathing in the water. Overnight: Danawwa Resort and Spa or Saunters Paradise
Day 9
Our final day of cycling we head towards Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital of Sri Lanka (11th century AD). The scenery today is breathtaking as we ride beside the Sea of Parakrama, a vast man made reservoir. Polonnaruwa is a well preserved city of beautiful parks, ancient dagobas and stunning statues. The majestic King’s Council Chamber, the Vatadage Relic House - lavished with moonstones, guardstones and sculptured railing, and Gal Vihare (rock temple) are a few of the memorable sites we will explore by bike. Returning to our hotel we pack away our bikes for the final time. Overnight: Danawwa Resort and Spa or Saunters Paradise
Day 10
We take an early morning jeep safari in the Minneriya National Park to view wild elephant before journeying to Colombo. Overnight: Fairview Hotel, Colombo or similiar
Day 11
Our trip concludes after breakfast with a transfer to the airport.