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Sri Lanka Cycling Tour Exploring History and Culture

(Three Days Tour)

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  • Type: Holiday Tour
  • Number of Days: 03 Days
  • Location: Negombo, Sigiriya & Kandy
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Sri Lanka Cycling Tour Exploring History and Culture

Overview

Sri Lanka Cycling Tour Exploring History and Culture is 3 days cycling tour based on Sigiriya and Kandy. 2 days you will spend in Sigiriya exploring about the history, culture and wilderness. 3rd day you will cycling to Kandy and explore the last kingdom Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka Cycling Tour Exploring History and Culture brings you comprehensive knowledge about the Sigiriya and Kandy historical cities.

Day 01: you will cycle from Negombo to Sigiriya and you will explore the beautiful palm countryside. You will cycle along the greenish paddy fields and water tanks to Sigiriya.

Day 02: You will cycle in Sigiriya countryside and explore the beauty of the countryside. You will explore the 8th wonder of the world–Sigiriya Lion Rock fortress. You will experience farmer’s living style and in the evening you will safari in Minneriya national park.

Day 03: you will cycle to Kandy and en route you will explore ancient irrigation system and paddy cultivation. In the evening, you will visit to Kandy city.

Exploring History and Culture cycling tour in Sri Lanka blends with history, nature, cultures and local experiences. You will explore the snapshot of the Sri Lanka's history and way of people living.

Highlights of the Fantastic Weekend Cycling Holiday in Sri Lanka
  • Explore Culture and Heritage.
  • Visit to Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • 4 WD Elephant Safari in Kaudulla National Park
  • Explore Village and Traditional people's living style
  • Explore Ceylon species making process and specie garden visit.
  • Experience Traditional dancing in Kandy

Sri Lanka Cycling Tour Exploring History and Culture

Route

Day 01 Schedule

Approximate cycling distance 70 Km–80 Km.

Airport / Negombo to Maho drive distance 107 km and 2 – 3 hrs drive.
Total distance Airport/ Negombo to Sigiriya 180 Km

  • Welcome you at the Airport / Negombo hotel and proceed to Maho by Vehicle.
  • Cycling from Maho to Sigiriya, along the countryside about 80 Km.
  • Evening relaxes at the hotel.
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Sigiriya

Deluxe Package: Lake Lodge – Superior Room (Boutique Hotel)
Standard Package: Sigiriana Resort by Thilanka – Standard Room (4+*)
Economy Package: Acme Grand Habarana Hotel – Standard Room (3*)

Elevation

About 1ˢᵗ Day

You will meet Bike Tours in Sri Lanka cycling crew at your hotel (8 a.m.) or Airport. After the briefing about the cycling tour, you will proceed to Maho by vehicle. It is 2–3 hrs drive from Negombo and you will start the cycling tour in Maho to Sigiriya. It is approximate distance 70 Km–80 Km in mixed terrain but you will cycle mostly in flat terrain. You will explore the ancient irrigation system and reflecting with paddy cultivation. While you are cycling over the water tanks, you will explore beautiful sceneries in countryside and nature.

En route, you will take the Sri Lankan lunch at a restaurant and you will reach to Sigiriya in the evening. You might explore the beautiful sunset over the water tanks while you are cycling in to Sigiriya. You will relax at the hotel in the evening.

Daytime temperature 34–36 C°.

Sigiriya

Sigiriya lion rock is the high tourist attraction and approx. 80% of travelers visiting to Sigiriya as part of the holiday of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya Lion Rock, built by King Kashyapa in 5th Century A.D. and King Kashyapa built the Sigiriya Lion Rock as highly secured place for him and protection of his own brother, king Moggallana. In 1998, Sigiriya Lion Rock nominated as the 8th wonder of the world because of masterpiece architecting skills.

Day 02 Schedule

Approximate cycling distance 40 Km–50 Km.

  • Hot Air Ballooning in Sigiriya and experience Rock Fortress in bird eye.
  • After the Breakfast cycling to Sigiriya Rock Fortress and countryside.
  • Explore Sri Lankan Countryside by Bullock Cart.
  • 4 WD Safaris in Kaudulla / Minneriya National Park.
  • Ayurveda herbal massage
  • Overnight stay in Sigiriya

Deluxe Package: Lake Lodge – Superior Room (Boutique Hotel)
Standard Package: Sigiriana Resort by Thilanka – Standard Room (4+*)
Economy Package: Acme Grand Habarana Hotel – Standard Room (3*)

Elevation

About 2ⁿᵈ Day

Early morning if you like to explore the beauty of the Lion Rock in Bird view, then you can experience Hot Air ballooning in Sigiriya. It is a wonderful experience during your cycling holiday in Sri Lanka. After the Hot air ballooning you will return to the hotel for the breakfast and continue the cycling tour.

After the breakfast you will cycle to 8th wonder of the world “Sigiriya Rock Fortress” and it is the iconic symbol of Sri Lanka tourism industry. You will explore the magnificent ancient architecture skills, ancient landscaping and Fresco painting. Top of the Sigiriya, you will explore the entire Sigiriya countryside in the 360-degree view and it is exquisite scenery.

Continue the Sigiriya cycling tour along the countryside and you will explore the way of people living in Sigiriya countryside and en route canoeing to tourist house to experience the local cuisines. Local lady welcomes you traditionally saying “Auybowan” and you will experience basic cooking demonstration. You will enjoy the typical Sri Lankan lunch and traditional cooking equipment.

After the lunch, continues Sigiriya cycling tour to Kaudulla / Minneriya national park for evening elephant safari in 4 WD jeep. It is 3 hrs safari and you will return to the hotel by vehicle. En route you will visit local Ayurveda herbal massage for relax the body.

You will reach to hotel late evening.

Minneriya National Park

Circling the beautiful Minneriya Tank (3c A.D), the green surroundings are strikingly different to the arid landscape. Being part of the elephant corridor which joins up with “Kaudulla” and “Wasgomuwa” you are sure to sight elephants. During the months of August/September, one of the most exceptional wildlife spectacles, ‘The Gathering’, ranked sixth in the Lonely Planet’s ten greatest wildlife spectacles take place. Over 300 elephant converge to enjoy the tank with the receding water level to play and make merry. A variety of bird life could be spotted, including some endemic to Sri Lanka.

Day 03 Schedule

Approximate cycling distance 40 Km–50 Km.

Naula to Kandy to drive distance 53 km and 2 hrs drive.
Total distance Sigiriya to Kandy 95 Km

  • After Breakfast cycling to Kandy along the countryside.
  • Explore the ancient irrigation system and paddy cultivation.
  • Sigiriya–Kandy cycling tour will be ended in Naula.
  • Proceed to Kandy by vehicle from Naula (53 Km)
  • En-route visit Spice Garden and explore Ceylon Spices.
  • Evening Kandy Culture Dancing show.
  • Diner and overnight stay in Kandy

Deluxe Package: Kings Pavilion - Deluxe Room (Boutique Hotel) or similar hotel.
Standard Package: Thilanka Kandy – Standard Room (4*+) or similar hotel.
Economy Package: Devon Hotel Kandy – Standard Room (3*) or similar hotel

Elevation

About 3ʳᵈ Day

After breakfast, you will cycle along the Sigiriya countryside to Naula along the water streams and water tanks. You will explore the ancient irrigation system and paddy cultivation take place in Sri Lanka. You will explore the ancient self-sufficiency of the countryside.

Sigiriya to Kandy cycling tour will be ended in Naula city 53 Km before the Kandy. It is mixed terrain and mostly you will cycle in flat–soft terrains.

From Naula to Kandy is a busy main road (A9) and it is hard to ride on busy roads. En route, you will visit to spice garden and explore the pure Ceylon spices processing, spice plants.

You will reach to Kandy in the evening and you will experience Kandy traditional dancing at Kandy cultural center.

Kandy

Kandy located central part of the Sri Lanka and most of the travelers visiting to Kandy visit concern as holy city and Lord Buddha’s holy tooth store at the Temple of tooth relic (Dalada Maligawa). Another reason is if anyone needs to travel other destination, needs to travel through the Kandy. Kandy altitude 500 meters and day time climate 23 C – 25 C.

Kandy is the last kingdom and in 1815 British captured the Kandy and entire Sri Lanka with some local hired army support. British planters cultivated coffee and tea successfully in Kandy and Kandy district (central Part of the island) highly famous for spices such as Pepper, cardamom, clove and except Cinnamon all species grown in Kandy.

Kandy is in climatic terms, a world apart because of its altitude of 500m above sea level. Kandy is the last kingdom of Sri Lanka and it is power remains 355 years among the Sri Lankan kings. Last king of the Sri Lanka was Sri Wickrama Rajashine and in 1815 the British army captured the Kandy and entire Sri Lanka with some coastal area hired local army.

Every year at the time of the August full moon, colourful parades take place to offer the blessing of Lord Buddha to people and country.

Sri Lanka Cycling Tour Exploring History and Culture

Operations Schedule and Other Information

Travel Information
  • Sri Lanka is Buddhism country so when you bring dress / cloths should not print or paste Buddha’s images or pictures related to Buddhism.
  • Tips are not compulsory but if you wish to appreciate the service or support, you are feel free to pay any amount.
  • Full moon day alcoholic drinks may not serve in the hotels or public area. Star class hotels, min bar available in the room. Or you have purchase previous day and keep them in the vehicle or room.
  • If you want to exchange the money, highly advising exchange with the bank. They will apply up-to-date exchange rate which ordered by Central Bank.
  • When you are visiting temples and religious places, needs to cover the shoulders and knees. So keep a shoal use such places.
  • Do not remove or collect fauna or flora in the national parks or nature reserve without official permission.
  • If you do not comfortable with any 3rd party services such as accommodation, please highlight to us then and there. Inform to our guide.
  • We are highly recommending apply the visa prior to travel to Sri Lanka and it may help you avoid unexpected circumstance.

    Online visa http://www.eta.gov.lk/slvisa/

Tour information
  • Private and Group guided cycling tour
  • Air-conditioned vehicle will be provided.
  • Recommending cross country Hybrid / Mountain Bikes according to terrain conditions.
  • MTB E-Bike available (upon request)
  • Hotel’s room category as mentioned on itinerary and if you need any upgrade rooms, pay an additional amount for room category upgrades.
  • You can extend the Holiday.
Things are you should bring
  • Sri Lanka is a warm country and day time average temperature would be 33 C–36 C and relative humidity of 60–65%. Chances of sunburn are high with prolonged exposure, so carry plenty of sun-block and guard against sunstroke.
  • Light and Cotton clothes are recommended.
  • 3–4 cycling jerseys
  • If you expect to use clip shoes, then bring the own paddle. Because clips vary brand to brand.
  • Recommending waterproof backpack (5 L) for carry the electronic devices.
Difficulty Level
  • Medium cycling Trail
Cancelation Policy
  • If you cancel the cycling holiday 45 days before the holiday starts, then there is no cancelation charge.
  • 5% of the total cost will be charged, if cancel or postpone 30 days before the holiday reservation is scheduled.
  • 30% of the total cost will be charged, if cancel or postpone 20 days before the holiday reservation is scheduled.
  • 50% of the total cost will be charged, if cancel or postpone 15 days before the holiday reservation is scheduled.
  • 100% of the total cost will be charged, If cancel or postpone less than 14 days before the holiday reservation is scheduled.

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Frequently Asking Questions and Answers

Most of Bike Tours in Sri Lanka operate as private guided tours but if you are looking group tour, then we cannot assure exactly fixed departing date. However, if get similar inquiry in that you planning to travel period, then we will co-ordination with prospective travelers.

Yes! we are flexible enough customized the cycling distance, activities that we suggested on the itinerary. Once you have finalised right itinerary, then please feel free to discuss with us for the fine-tune the itinerary as you wish.

We always looking to offer perfect cycling tour in Sri Lanka blends with unique experiences.

Yes, of course! That mentioned breaks in the contain indicate about breaks in between the cycle tour, but there is no restriction to take a break or take pictures while you are cycling. We want to keep you relax and add memories of your Sri Lanka holiday. So, you are feeling free to take the pictures as a souvenir and we are flexible always with our valued customers’ comfortability.

We will carry some biscuits, banana, sandwich, soft drinks as refreshments because we always looking keep our valued customers keep comfortable and offer wonderful ride with us. In between the cycling tour, we will offer some tropical fruits and coconut drinks experience the different tastes of fruits.

There is no additional cost for those extra fruits or snacks!

Kandy to Gampola is a mixed terrain and you will do mostly uphill cycling with stunning landscapes along the tea plantations. It is none traffic road and most of our cycling routes are selecting scenic countryside roads with minimum traffic roads. Kandy Hanthana cycling trail is off the beaten track along with tea plantations.

Kithulgala to Adams’ peak cycling terrain, also based in 60% along the tea plantation in uphill terrain. Kithulgala to Adam’s peak cycling trail 50% is off the beaten track along with tea plantations.

Adam’s peak to Nuwara Eliya is uphill terrain and 60% cycling trail is off the beaten track along with tea plantations.

Yes, of course! We are flexible and, based on your cycling skills or fitness, you can adjust the comfortable cycling distance per day or a particular day. Always supporting vehicle around us and any given time when you are tired, you are feeling free to stop or continue the cycling tour and get the support from our support vehicle.

If you are keen on cycling. Then we are flexible enough to customize the suggested itinerary.

We are always looking to enhance the interesting of the cycling tour hence usually people are exploring similar landscaping every time, then our valued customers feel monotony cycling tour. Bike Tours in Sri Lanka never offers just a paddling cycling tours and all our cycling tours in Sri Lanka spice up with blending local experiences, activities, cultures and history. Therefore, our valued customers never feel monotony cycling tour in Sri Lanka with us.

There are some unique and interesting experiences in the countryside or in between the cycling tour. Hence, it is our responsibility to offer such experiences as value addition in Sri Lanka cycling tour to our valued customers exploring those experiences while you are enjoying the Sri Lanka holiday.

Yes! sometimes you might need to manage with nature. Because this trail based in remote locations and you might not able to access build WCs every place. But we will try to direct you decent place as much as possible.

Well, Bike Tours in Sri Lanka cycling guide never pushes you to keep paddling or complete the cycling tour on scheduled time line. We always looking keep our valued customers keep comfortable cycling tour in Sri Lanka. Until the particular day cycling tour end by yourself, our cycling guide keeps supporting and paddling with you.

Passenger / support vehicle always around us or behind us while we are cycling. So if you feel tired or not comfortable to cycle anymore, then you can continue the cycle tour through vehicle. we will transfer you scheduled place as mentioned in the itinerary. wherever if you are comfortable to cycling again, you are feel free to join or continue the cycle tour again.

Well, you do not need to miss this fantastic tour anymore...! you can get E-Bike paying additional USD $30 (per day / per bike) and E-bike makes comfortable cycling tour in Sri Lanka.

No! mountain or other bike cost already included in the main cost.

No! it is optional cost.

Yes, of course! All your luggage transport in same vehicle.

Once finalized the cycling tour itinerary in Sri Lanka. You will receive “Guest Information Sheet” and it is information related to cycling such as your height, weight, health information and emergency contact details.

Based on that you provided data, we will fix the right frame according to your height and helmet, cycling jersey.

Yes! every cycle tour we will carry out a few extra cycles for selection to our valued customers and we will keep additional cycles until the tour end because if your cycle did not function well, we will try to fix it during the cycle tour but if we feel, takes the time to fix it, then immediately we will replace the cycle instead of spending time to fixing the cycle. We are always looking to keep paddling our valued customers and offer wonderful cycling experience on your Sri Lanka holiday.

No! all national parks are under the environment protection of law. Therefore, law applies to locals and foreigners as well. None of us allowed to collect or keep such a thing or take it out of the national park. My Ceylon Adventures / Bike Tours in Sri Lanka accountable to Wildlife conservation law and if Government made an investigation, we are liable to provide all information. Therefore, please do not remove or collect any flora or fauna from the national park.

If you are not comfortable with hotel accommodations or its services or delivery of activities, then we can negotiate with hotels or such service providers. If it is serious service laps, then you might be able to demand the refund as well. We will do needful co-ordination and represent you. In between the tour, we will acknowledge the status of the case.

So far we never come across such experience but because of unexpected weather, if we cannot manage 100% then we will divert alternative terrain but before alternative terrain reschedule, we will discuss with our valued guest about their concerns. We will offer few alternative suggestions based on the availability, then our valued guest can make a better decision at least 24 hours before executing the operation.

We will come only to such conclusion if disaster situations only such as tsunami, earthquake or landslide.

We will offer 1 cycling guide every 6 guests (1:6)

Well tips are not compulsory but if you want to appreciate the service, you can pay whatever comfortable amount for you.

Usually, we are recommending USD $20–$30 per day.

Yes! you are feeling free to wear any comfortable dress for you.

No! we concern all our valued guests are as one and we never do such discrimination based on gender, skin, religion, nationality or any other fact.

All our guests and their feedbacks are important to us and communicate about their cycling experience in Sri Lanka. Hence we always concern keep a good impression about the Sri Lanka and our service.

Every group cycling tour starts, we will organize the Socialized dinner or lunch to get to know each other. We will give basic social self-respecting guidelines to all participants prior to start the tour. Because we need to ride as one family supporting to each other.

Yes! you are feeling free to wear any comfortable dress for you (except swimming dress).

If you injured in a remote area, then we can take you nearest hospital by our supporting vehicle or we connected with 1990 emergency ambulance service and immediately we will arrange the Ambulance transferred to nearest hospital.

All our guides and escort leaders given basic First Aid training. So, they will give the basic first aids until you transfer to the hospital.

We will contact your relation that you mentioned on “Guest information sheet” and acknowledge the incident, impact, present health situation and future treatments (if information available). We will share your doctor contact details with your relation to further inquiries. Meantime, we will acknowledge your embassy and insurance company as well to notify about you.

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