9 Days - 08 Night
Day 01 : Arrival / Negombo
Negombo consists of a canal built by the Dutch and numerous churches too. The area is famous as a fishing village. It is also home to many species of avifauna such as Kingfishers and Parrots. Souvenir shops and restaurants are not scarce in Negombo. Diving, catamaran trips and boat trips are some popular leisure activities among the tourists who visit Negombo.
Overnight stay at Hotel in Negombo - D
Day 02 : Negombo / Dambulla
After breakfast we start riding directly from the hotel along the old coast road. Keeping the sea on our left we pass the distinctive patchwork sails of the Karavas fishing community.
Their boats pulled up along the beach or sailing just off the coast make for excellent photos as does the many fish markets you`ll cycle past. We leave the coast road after cycling for 30 km and head inland on quiet back roads that give you a flavor of Sri Lanka.
Dambulla the 2nd century Buddhist cave temple, also known as the Golden Temple, it is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in the country and contains more than 150 Buddha statues. Dambulla is a vast isolated rock mass 500ft high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century BC. The caves of Dambulla sheltered the King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found on the Island.
Overnight stay at hotel in Dambulla - B L D
Ride Distance : 50 km
Day 03 : Dambulla / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa
Riding along the shores of Kandalama Lake we`ll have excellent views of the ancient 5th century rock fortress Sigiriya (Lion Rock), our destination.
Sigiriya is a massive rock which was transformed into a citadel during the reign of King Kasyapa, according to history. The capital and the royal palace were abandoned after the king`s death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. The rock fortress is famous for its frescoes and the mirror wall. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka.
After decent proceed to polonnaruwa. Do the sightseeing tour in Polonnaruwa. The second most ancient of Sri Lanka`s kingdoms, Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site. Polonnaruwa was the capital from 11th -13th century A.D. Here the monuments are better preserved. The circular relic house (Vata-da-ge) Lankathilaka, Thuparama, Royal Palace, Rankoth vihara and Galvihara with the beautiful rock cut Buddha statues are the most interesting.
Overnight stay at hotel in Polonnaruwa. - B L D
Ride Distance : 30 km
Day 04 :Polonnaruwa / Knuckles
After a filling breakfast we`ll cycle out of Polonnaruwa and proceed to Knuckles. It is a real paradise for those who love to hike, offering numerous mountainous trails that journey across clear rivers, through dense forests, past flowing waterfalls and lush tea plantations, and alongside terraced paddy fields and colorful Kandyan home gardens. The chance to visit traditional small mountain villages in the area gives an interesting insight into the close-knit atmosphere that such a local community fosters and provides a welcome departure from fast-paced modern day life.
Overnight stay at hotel in Knuckles. - B L D
Ride Distance : 55 km
Day 05 : Knuckles / Kandy
Today we proceed to Kandy via Matale, the spice center of Sri Lanka. Though in the tropics, it can be cool and misty at altitude, so a waterproof jacket is recommended. We transfer the last part into Kandy, Sri Lanka`s second largest city, to avoid busy roads.
Nestled among hills and centered around a lake, picturesque Kandy has long been an important religious center of the Sinhalese and a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. Today you can explore the town center`s old shops, antique and gem specialists or the bustling market. A must do is to see the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sacred Kandy which houses the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - Sri Lanka`s most important Buddhist relic, a tooth of the Buddha.
Overnight stay at hotel in Kandy. - B L D
Ride Distance : 50 km
Day 06 : Kandy / Nuwaraeliya
The ride which may appear to be challenging, is through humid, hilly terrain. The journey through tea plantations will be enthusiastic and an unforgettable experience.
Terraced paddy fields are also a common sight within the region. After 50 km we will rack up the bikes and proceed to Nuwara Eliya.
Nuwara Eliya lies in Hill country, and is supposed to be one of the coldest places in Sri Lanka but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night.
Furthermore, the architecture styles and tea plantations which are of British influence gave Nuwara Eliya the name ``The Little England``.
Overnight stay at hotel in Nuwaraeliya - B L D
Ride Distance : 40 km
Day 07 : Nuwaraeliya / Ella
The elevation is dropping down as we proceed to Ella, and the road may twist and turn since it is hill country. At the dusk, we will be able to watch the sunset from Ella and add it to our memories.
Ella is a beautiful small sleepy town on the southern edge of Sri Lanka`s Hill Country. It`s situated in the middle of beautiful countryside, with small vegetable plots in the valleys, tea plantations on the hill slopes and forests on the tops.The climate throughout most of the year is typical of the high Hill Country, with a hot sun by midday, but a moderate air temperature. It will often rain in the afternoon, but only for an hour or so. A sweatshirt, or light jacket is needed at night.
Overnight stay at hotel in Ella. - B L D
Ride Distance : 35 km
Day 08 : Ella / Tangalle
Now it is a drop-off and we are going down, leaving hill country. The journey may be a bit tedious, yet impressive and full of scenery..
We will either transfer to the beach hotel or continue rural country roads riding the last few KM along the main coast road to Tangalle a series of rocky coves and the perfect stop to what the sunset in the India Ocean.
Overnight stay at hotel in Tangalle. - B L D
Ride Distance : 60 km
Day 09 : Tangalle / Departure
We transfer hours to Colombo for the airport or hotel.