Bike, Hike & Safari in Sri Lanka

Tour Type:
Small Group Journeys
Start:
Colombo
Duration:
12 Days
End:
Colombo
Departs:
Guaranteed Departure Min Pax: 02

Starting From

NZ$ 3218
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This is the perfect bike tour to see some of the best Iconic sights of Sri Lanka. We start from the fishing town of Negombo then through lush highlands to the coast. This guided 12 days adventure, includes some great hikes, a jeep safari with an opportunity to witness the wildlife, comfortable accommodation, mouth-watering cuisine and cultural experiences.

Itinerary

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DAY 1

On arrival at the airport, meet your Tour Manager at the arrival lounge who will assist with the transfer to Negombo hotel. Stay two nights in Negombo.

DAY 2

8:00 am meet up with your guide outside the Hotel, then begin your three-and-a-half-hour exploration of this bustling town. We ride along the coastal road passing many morning fishing activities. We paddle through the fishing village and learn their lifestyles and stop at one of the fishermen’s house to taste a cup of tea. Coconut toddy is another highlight stop at a “wadiya” and learn about the toddy tapping and sample some fresh toddy if lucky. As we pass through the Coconut Plantations your guide will elaborate on the many uses and benefits of coconut. Evening enjoy welcome dinner at a local restaurant serving Sri Lankan cuisine. Riding approx.: 30km

DAY 3

Today travel to Dambulla, on our way we stop by a roadside fruit market to taste the seasonal fruits. On arrival, check-in for three nights. Afternoon cycle to the Dambulla Cave Temples a UNESCO World Heritage Site, through the backroads. The complex spans five caves and contains over 150 Buddha images, some of which date as far back as the 1st-century BC. Stay three nights in Dambulla. Riding approx.: 30km

DAY 4

This half-day cycling tour of Sigiriya takes you on a journey into the areas surrounding the Sigiriya Rock Fortress a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Climb this imposing citadel site known as “Lion’s Rock” and explore the ruins of ancient palaces, moats, shrines, frescoes and water gardens. Cycling in Sigiriya will allow you to interact with locals, see vegetable fields, rice fields and various crops farmed by villagers. Afternoon, enjoy a jeep safari at Minneriya National Park. The Park is based largely around a huge reservoir and serves as an important gathering place for Sri Lanka’s large elephant population. Riding approx.: 60km

**For those who prefer not to climb the Sigiriya Rock fortress, they can visit the Museum opposite side of the road.

DAY 5

We depart after an early breakfast and cover the main sites of Anuradhapura, UNESCO World Heritage Site, the world’s largest archaeological excavation site and a centre of Buddhist pilgrimage. As you ride along the streets, byways, and green lawns of Anuradhapura we will come across massive stupas, ingenious irrigation works, palaces and monasteries. Riding approx.: 40km

DAY 6

Today we travel to Kandy, en-route visit Matale Spice Plantation and learn their medicinal value and use in Sri Lankan cuisine. Arrive Kandy walk around the Royal Botanical Gardens, visit the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Then walk around the Upper Lake area to enjoy the view of Kandy. Stay overnight in Kandy. Riding approx.: 30 km

DAY 7

Morning Bikes will be transferred to a point near the Ceylon tea museum where the ride starts. Visit the Ceylon Tea Museum with its tea-related artefacts. You will bike down a gravel trail that winds through the Hantana Tea Plantations. On your way witness the tea pickers at work and various types of tea. Later in the day travel to Nuwara Eliya and proceed for a cycling tour around iconic sights like the Golf Course, Gregory’s lake and Victoria Park. Stay overnight in Nuwara Eliya. Riding approx.: 40km

DAY 8

An early start today for the transfer by vehicle up to Horton Plains National Park. We will walk through the grassy highlands to World’s End Lookout where we take in the astonishing views over the valley from the clifftop. Return to the hotel and check-out and bike towards Ella. Leaving the hotel, we start on the descent about 1000m in elevation over about 20km. The scenery through today is beautiful at every turn. Tea gardens as far as the eye can see. Stop for lunch in a small town and taste the hill country cuisine. Stay two nights in Ella. Riding approx.: 55km

DAY 9

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DAY 10

Travel to Thanamalwila and start cycling toward Udawalawa, ride along the Samanala Weva Reservoir, which is part of the second-largest hydroelectric project in Sri Lanka. Along the way stop to witness Chena village farming and enjoy a cup of tea in a farmer home. Evening jeep safari at the Udawalawe National Park popular for elephants and other wild animals. Stay two nights in Udawalawa. Riding approx.: 75 km

DAY 11

We first transfer to a high point then enjoy a fun descent, just so that we remember what that feels like. The route today features lots of variety and we conclude our day at lunch. Evening free to relax or explore Dutch Fort and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Stay overnight in Galle. Riding approx: 100 km

DAY 12

Enjoy a relaxed breakfast and tour finished with a direct transfer to the Colombo Airport.

Inclusion


Hotel accommodation with Half Board Basis (Breakfast & Dinner) 

Travel by chartered air-conditioned vehicles

Group assistance and transfers

Services of National Guide

Quality Bikes accompanied by a Specialist (cyclist) Tour Manager

Activities: Ride/ Walk / Safari

Meals as mentioned

Monument and entrance fee as per program

Negombo City tour

Dambulla Caves

Sigiriya Rock

Minneriya Safari

Anuradhapura

Spice Garden

Temple of tooth

Botanical Gardens

Kandy City Tour

Tea Tour

Horton Plains

Ella City tour

Udawalawe Safari

Village tour

Udawalawe Safari

Bottled water while travelling

All currently collectable taxes

Exclusion


International Airfares

Covid insurance

PCR test costs

Any meals other than specified, drinks, laundry, mineral water, telephone calls, postage

Camera and Video entry charges at Monuments/Forts etc

Train or domestic airfares excluding those mentioned in includes column

Optional tour and meals unless otherwise mentioned in the includes column

Visa & passport fees

Travel insurance of any kind

Tipping

Extra baggage charges

Early check-in or late checkout