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Sri Lanka Summer Cycling Holiday

(Four Days Tour)

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  • Type: Holiday Tour
  • Number of Days: 04 Days
  • Location: Kandy, Sigiriya & Trincomalee
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Sri Lanka Summer Cycling Holiday

Overview

Sri Lanka summer cycling holiday is 4 days cycling tour in Sri Lanka and exploring heritage, local experiences of Sri Lanka. It is medium cycling holiday in Sri Lanka and ending in a golden sandy beach in East coast–Trincomalee.

Day 01: you will start from Kandy and you will explore the last kingdom and cycling along the Hanthana mysterious tea plantation. You will experience historical, cultural event “Esela Kandy perahera” and it is the biggest cultural event in Sri Lanka (July–August).

Day 02–03: you will cycle to Sigiriya and explore the beauty of the Sigiriya countryside with local cuisine experiences. You will visit to Sigiriya Lion Rock and explore ancient architecting skills. Sigiriya cycling tour blends with local experiences and heritage of Sri Lanka.

Day 04: you will cycle to Trincomalee and along the countryside. En route, you will explore the unique landscapes and cultural differences. In the evening you will relax on the golden sandy beach in East Coast.

Sri Lanka summer cycling holiday blends with local experiences and exploring highly significant historical places of Sri Lanka.

Highlights of the Sri Lanka summer cycling holiday.
  • Kandy city tour and visit Temple of tooth relic
  • Cycling in Kandy Hanthana Tea plantation
  • Experience traditional cultural dancing in the evening
  • Explore the Sri Lanka historical, cultural fest - Esela Kandy Perahera.
  • Explore the ancient irrigation system and cultivation methods.
  • Explore the Sigiriya countryside and locals living style.
  • Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress visit and explores ancient architecting skills.
  • Evening Safari in Kaudulla / Minneriya National Park
  • Ayurveda herbal massage.
  • Cycling to Trincomalee east coast along the countryside.
  • Relax on the beach.

Sri Lanka Summer Cycling Holiday

Route

Day 01 Schedule

From Kandy Town to Hanthana mountain range drive 20 min–30 min (drive duration depends on where your hotel is located)

Kandy Hanthana cycling tour distance 35 Km – 40 Km (3 – 4 hrs duration)

  • You will meet Bike Tours in Sri Lanka cycling team at 8.30 a.m.
  • Proceed to Hanthana Tea plantations.
  • Visit to Ceylon Tea Museum and experience early British tea planters’ machinery.
  • Cycling along Hanthana Tea Plantation to Tea workers’ village.
  • Experience tea picking and hospitality of tea workers.
  • After the lunch you will explore the Kandy city and visit Temple of tooth relic.
  • Evening Kandy Culture Dancing show.
  • Kandy Perahera (July–August)
  • 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 1ˢᵗ Day

You will meet Bike Tours in Sri Lanka cycling crew at your hotel (8.30 a.m.) or Airport. After the briefing about the cycling tour, you will proceed to Kandy Hanthana Mountain by vehicle. It is 20 min–30 min drive from your hotel.

You will start the summer cycling tour in Kandy Ceylon Tea Museum and experience ancient tea planters used machinery that over 200 years. Hanthana Mountain beautiful, mysterious mountain range and it is most scenic cycling trail in Kandy. Kandy cycling tour is challenging, and it is in mixed terrain.

You will cycle along the Hanthana Tea Plantation and while you are cycling through the tea plantations, you will experience the Tea picking with local ladies. You will continue the Kandy tea plantation cycling tour to Tea workers’ village and you will experience cultural difference. You will visit to local tea worker’s house and experience the hospitality. Local lady demonstrates wade snack making and she will offer tea, wade for refresh. It is delicious Hindu snack and after the tea worker’s village experience, continue the cycling tour. Kandy cycling tour will be ended in Ceylon Tea Museum.

You will proceed to Kandy city by vehicle, and after the lunch you will do Kandy city tour.

You will visit to Temple of tooth relic and experience Buddhist culture. In the evening you will visit to Kandy cultural dancing center and experience traditional dancing.

Kandy Perahera is biggest historical and cultural festival in Sri Lanka and it is a colourful parade with traditional dancing, elephants and fire dancing. Kandy perahera began 3rd B.C. and every year continues Esala Perahera in end of July and August.

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 parade take place to offer the blessing of Lord Buddha to people and country.

Kandy Esala Perahera

Kandy is also the venue of the Esala Perahera, easily the most colourful pageant of Asia, held July/August each year, for ten days in honour of the Tooth Relic. As the pageantry of the Esala Perahera unfolds through ten night each year, the city takes on the air of a torch-lit dreamland, complete with a hundred or more colourfully caparisoned elephants, drummers and dancers, and chieftains in the rare colourful trappings of the old Kingdom. A stunning spectacle of piety and grandeur!

Day 02 Schedule

Approximate cycling distance 45 Km.

Kandy to Wattegama Railway station drive distance 15 km and 30 min – 1 hr drive.
Matale to Sigiriya drive distance 65 km and 2 hrs drive.

  • After the breakfast you will proceed to Wattegama Railway station in Kandy (30 min – 1 hr drive).
  • You will cycle to Rattota (Matale) along the Knuckles Mountain range (45 km)
  • En-route mini trekking to explore the Babarakiri Ella waterfall. 
  • You will proceed to Sigiriya by vehicle and en route you will visit to Spice Garden ( 2 hrs drive).
  • Lunch on the way at local restaurant.
  • Evening relaxes at the hotel.
  • 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

After the breakfast you will proceed to Wattegama Railway station, skipping the busy town area in Kandy city. Kandy–Matale cycling tour based on along the countryside and knuckles. It is mixed hard cycling trail and mostly you will do uphill cycling. Approximately cycling distance 45 Km. it is very scenic cycling tour and you will explore the beauty of the nature. cycling elevation start 400 meters and maximum elevation 1,180 meters.

If you are hard-core cyclist, you can continue the cycling tour to Knuckles mountain range along the Riverstone. It is very challenging and hard-core cycling tour. You will cycle approximately 140 km to Sigiriya, but you can stop wherever if you are not comfortable to cycle. cycling elevation start 300 meters and maximum elevation 1400 meters.

You will stop the cycling tour in Matale Town, and you will take the lunch at a local restaurant. After the lunch you will proceed to Sigiriya by vehicle and en route you will visit Matale spice garden. You will explore the plants and spices processing.

In the evening, you will relax at the hotel.

Knuckles Mountain Range

Knuckles mountain range between Matale and Kandy district border and it is the district border of North Central and Central province. Knuckles mountain range is UNESCO heritage forest, and it is high bio-diversified forest. There are 34% of endemic flora in Knuckles range. Knuckles range concern as isolated cloud forest and there are 9 peaks in Knuckles Forest.

Day 03 Schedule

Approximate cycling distance 40 Km–50 Km.

  • Hot Air Ballooning in Sigiriya and experience Rock Fortress in bird eye. (Nov – April)
  • 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 3ʳᵈ Day

Early morning (5.30 a.m.) 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. Hot Air Ballooning optional activity and it is operating November to April. 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 to relax the body.

You will reach to hotel late evening.

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 the 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 04 Schedule

Average cycling distance 50 Km in soft mixed terrain.

Sigiriya to Ritigala distance 40 km and 1 hr drive.
Kahatagasdigiliya to Trincomalee distance 70 Km and 1 - 2 hr drive.

  • After Breakfast, proceed to Ritigala by vehicle (1 hrs drive)
  • Cycling along the Ritigala countryside about 52 Km
  • Explore the ancient irrigation and paddy cultivation system.
  • Cycle tour will be ended in Kahatagasdigiliya and Proceed to Trincomalee by vehicle (1–2 hrs drive)
  • Evening relaxes at the beach.  
  • Dinner and overnight stay in Trincomalee

Deluxe Package: Tinco Blu – Superior Room (4* +)
Standard Package: Trincomalee beach resort and spa – Standard Room (3*)
Economy Package: JKAB Beach Resort – Standard Room (2*)

Elevation

About 4ᵗʰ Day

After breakfast, you will proceed to Ritigala Buddhist monastery and it is 1 hr drive from the Sigiriya. You will cycle along the Ritigala countryside to boundary of 1st Kingdom (Anuradhapura–Kahatagasdigiliya). It is 52 Km soft mixed terrain. You will cycle along the many water tanks and you will explore the ancient irrigation system. You will experience ancient self-sufficiency in the countryside. En route you will visit to local paddy farmer's house and mini-integration with rural community. It is a wonderful experience to understand a way of rural people living style and customs.

After the cycling tour ends, you will proceed to Trincomalee by vehicle. It is 70 Km drive and duration 1–2 hrs.

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.

Sri Lanka Summer Cycling Holiday

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.
  • If you need to extend the Holiday, please contact us. ([email protected])
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
  • Soft 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, that you are planning to travel period, then we will co-ordination with prospective travelers.

Cycling terrain varies location to location and details briefing given daily basis explanation.

Day 01: Kandy Hanthana – mixed and challenging cycling trail.
Day 02: Kandy to Matale – Mixed hard terrain with climbing in Knuckles Mountain range.
Day 03: Sigiriya countryside – flat and soft cycling trail
Day 04: Sigiriya to Trincomalee – soft mixed terrain along the countryside.

Bike Tours in Sri Lanka cycling trail based on countryside roads skipping the hustle and bustle of busy cities. Because we do not offer just a paddling cycling tour in Sri Lanka. We always concern selecting cycling route beautiful sceneries, non – traffic roads, local experiences.

Yes! we are flexible enough customized the cycling distance, activities that we suggested on the itinerary. Once you have finalized 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.

Bike Tours in Sri Lanka suggested cycling trails are at least 90% in scenic back roads. That we suggested cycling trail developed in many inspections and most scenic cycling trail particular location. We will assure, none of cycling company in Sri Lanka may not offered such beautiful cycling trails better than us. We do not encourage to our valued customers cycling in busy towns or cities. Because we always concern the safety, cycling pleasure but if you are going to cycle from hotel to hotel, then ending or beginning part you need to cycle along the busy town or roads 5 Km–10 Km. sometimes that small stretch destroys the all-beautiful impressions about the entire cycling trail.

That’s why we are skipping busy towns and cities and we always looking rides you with beautiful cycling trail and ending with thousands of wonderful memories.

Yes! if you can manage 120 Km–140 Km ride, then you can start from the hotel and ending at your Trincomalee hotel.

Sometime when you are reaching to Trincomalee would be late evening.

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!

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 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. But local experiences are spice up activities in your Sri Lanka cycling tour.

Sri Lanka's written history over 2500 years and folktales history goes beyond over 5000 years. Sri Lanka is a small pearl in Indian ocean but Sri Lanka has rich history, highly diversified nature, interesting cultural differences, local experiences. It is really interesting to explore those experiences to understand Sri Lankan cultures and customs.

Bike Tours in Sri Lanka vision is spice up the cycling tours in Sri Lanka, blending with those unique experiences and offer exciting cycling tour beyond the expectation. Those experiences bring valued addition to Sri Lanka cycling tours. Hence you never feel just a riding tour or monotony cycling tour in Sri Lanka with Bike Tours in Sri Lanka! Your cycling holiday in Sri Lanka ends with beautiful memories.

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 our valued customers to 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 feeling 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 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 equal for us. We never discriminate our valued guest based on gender, skin, religion, nationality or any other fact.

Every group cycling tour before starting, we will organize the socialization dinner or lunch to get to know each other. It is a great forum to get to know each other prior to start the group cycling tour in Sri Lanka.

Everyday meals will take as one group in every restaurant and hotels. Because we are always concern extending the team spirit among the group members.

We will follow the WHO given guidelines and we will ensure 100% safe from our side.

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 for further inquiries. Meantime, we will acknowledge your embassy and insurance company as well to notify about you.

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