Short highlights Cycling Tour

Day 01 : Arrival / Negombo

NEGOMBO town is a historically interesting place strongly influenced by the Catholic Church. The Narrow strip of land between the lagoon & the sea and the many canals make for a good exploring.

The Dutch captured the town from the Portuguese in 1640, lost it again in the same year, and then captured it again in 1644. The British then took it from them in 1796 without a struggle. Negombo was one of the most important sources of cinnamon during the Dutch era, and there are still reminders of the European days.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Negombo - D

Day 02 : Negombo / Dambulla

Boats pulled up on the shore or sailing just off the coast make 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 the country flavor of Sri Lanka. You can see and experience the change of life styles of local villagers.

Dambulla the 2nd century Buddhist cave temple, also known as the Golden Temple, is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in the country and contains more than 150 Buddha statues.

Once we have taken in the views from the caves we`ll have a short transfer to our peaceful hotel situated amongst mango trees and paddy fields.

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.

The climb is 300m to view the ruins of King Kasyapa`s summer palace on the summit. To distract us from the walk up we`ll pass the impressive frescos that depict more than 500 ladies.

After proceeding to Polonnaruwa we continue our ride for 15 km through the historic park of Polonnaruwa, the 10th Century capital and best preserved of the ancient cities. Abandoned in the 13th Century, it was rediscovered in the 18th Century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, the chiseled stone monuments show us the glory of the ancient Rajarata Kingdom.

Overnight stay at hotel in Polonnaruwa. - B L D

Ride  Distance : 30 km

Day 04 :Polonnaruwa / Kandy

After breakfast today we ride to Kandy. The journey will take us via hilly roads with twists and turns. On our way we can enjoy the scenic hill country environment which will make us forget the tediousness of the journey.

Sri Lanka`s hill capital, stronghold of the Sinhala Kings, is our most beautiful town. It is 488 meters above sea level and next to Colombo is Sri Lanka`s most visited place.

Check in to the hotel and in the evening we will do the city tour of Kandy.

Visit the sacred Temple of the tooth Relic of the lord Buddha, which is a world Heritage site. The Holy Temple is nestled among hills and located by a lake.

Overnight stay at hotel in Kandy - B L D

Ride  Distance : 40 km

Day 05 :Kandy / Nuwera Eliya

Today we travel through a scene of rolling hills covered in vibrant green.

Nuwara Eliya lies in the 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. 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 : 50 km

Day 06 : Nuwera Eliya / Hikkaduwa.

After breakfast we proceed to Hikkaduwa.

Now it is down hill as we leave the hill country. The journey may be a bit tedious, yet impressive and full of scenery, passing many waterfalls, tea plantations, local vegetable farms , local communities etc.

Overnight stay at hotel in Hikkaduwa. - B L D

Ride  Distance : 50 km

Day 07 : Departure

After breakfast transfer to the airport in time to connect with your departure flight.

Our 7 day scenic cycle is sadly over.

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