Sri Lanka Spice Trails
The quiet back roads of this tear-drop shaped island make it ideal for cycling. We start along the west coast catching glimpses of the sails of the local fishing boats, before we cycle inland through a multitude of Buddhist and Hindu monuments. Ceylon, as Sri Lanka was once known, has been influenced by ancient dynasties, Indians, Portuguese, Dutch and British, all leaving their imprints and a resulting curious mix of ancient cities, monuments and atmospheric colonial architecture to explore.
We continue to the rock fortress of Sigiriya and the once medieval capital of Polonnaruwa. We take a rest day at the hill town of Kandy so you have time to view the Temple of the Tooth, relax on the lake or walk through the splendid botanical gardens. We then head into tea country and overnight at a tea estate. A safari to Udawalawe National Park will hopefully bring us to close contact to elephants. We continue to follow rivers flowing down to the south coast and and end on the beaches near the fortress of Galle.
Be captivated by the romance, colour and spice of Sri Lanka, a truly remarkable destination that you'll never forget!
|Tour Cost||Depends on date||Single Supplement||Depends on date|
|Bike Hire||US$220||Total Cycling Distance||575 kilometres|
|Tour Grade||out of 5||Number of Days||12 Days / 11 Nights|
|Number of Cycling Days||8 full days||Tour Meets||Negombo|
|Tour Ends||Colombo||Countries Visited||Sri Lanka|
|Group Size||Minimum 2. Maximum 16.||Minimum age on scheduled departures||18 years old|
- Day 1
- Meet at the Goldi Sands hotel in Negombo for a trip briefing and welcome dinner.
- Day 2
- Riding along the coast we pass the distinctive patchwork sails of the Karavas fishing community. Turning inland on quiet back roads we head to Dambulla to visit a 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.
- Day 3
- Riding through the countryside on a mix of tarmac and red dirt roads passing orchards, paddy fields and elephant grass we cycle to the ancient 5th century rock fortress Sigiriya (Lion Rock) where we use our feet for a 300 m ascent to view the ruins of King Kasyapa's summer palace. After our descent our afternoon ride follows an old irrigation canal framed by long green grass
- Day 4
- Today you have to watch out for wild elephants on our descent out of the Kaladuwa Hills. We ride 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.
- Day 5
- A short transfer takes us back to Polonnaruwa where we ride around the Parakrama lake and through Angammedilla National Park, a small forest reserve that is an elephant corridor linking two parks. Here we follow the Ambon Ganga (river) to the foothills around Naula, said to be the center of the Island. Lunch in the spice growing region of Sri Lanka before transferring onto Kandy.
- Day 6
- A rest day in picturesque Kandy -- an important religious center of the Sinhalese and a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. 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 the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
- Day 7
- Prepre to tackle the hill country of Sri Lanka. For those who enjoy riding but find hills a bit too challenging there is the option of taking the train after cycling for 21 km. From Gampola we start to see the tea carpeted slopes of the hill country and can stop to take photos of brightly dressed tea pickers and colourful Hindu temples. Reaching Hatton we descend to one of the old colonial tea planters bungalows set in lovely gardens.
- Day 8
- Today’s ride will be along tea estate tracks, through the heart of Sri Lanka’s tea growing region. You’ll be greeted by the pickers at work and their children as we head towards the Peak Wilderness. There is a long climb with an easy gradient up to Bogowantalawa town that takes us to a remote pass with dramatic views. The reward for the long climb is a stunning 30 km, 1000 m descent, through small villages and tea country communities, ending close to Banlangoda town. After lunch at a local restaurant we transfer to our hotel on the edge of Udawalawe National Park.
- Day 9
- Riding from the hotel we cycle 21 km to Udawalawe National Park, one of the best parks to see wild elephants in Sri Lanka. You may also see wild buffalos, crocodiles, sambur deer and monkeys. There are lots of water fowl and hawk eagles to keep the photographers happy. After lunch in one of the eco lodges we cycle along an irrigation canal back towards our hotel.
- Day 10
- Riding from the hotel we use a network of back roads for some fantastic cross country riding. Here you get to experience the southern Sri Lankan charm – lots of smiling faces and slow pace of life. It’s a quite a long undulating ride, but with lots of fruit stops to break up the day. We try to get to the beach by early afternoon so there is some free time to enjoy the beach or the nearby surf camps.
- Day 11
- Riding from the hotel through open paddy fields and cinnamon estates we arrive in Galle mid morning giving you plenty of time to explore the historic master piece in Sri Lanka. The original fort was expanded by the Dutch to its present size and later the British added the court complex and several other outstanding buildings. You are free to choose your own lunch venue and we meet up again for a farewell dinner..
- Day 12
- Today we transfer 3 hours to Colombo where we can drop you at the airport or to a hotel if you are extending your stay in Sri Lanka.
Day 2 - Negombo – Dambulla Ride 54 km. +402 m/ -364 m.
Day 3 – Dambulla Loop Ride 60 km. +555 m/ -578 m.
Day 4 – Dambulla - Polonnaruwa Ride 78 km. +538 m/ -655 m.
Day 5 - Polonnaruwa - Kandy Ride 75 km. +620 m/ -381 m.
Day 7 – Kandy – Hatton Ride 78 km. +1,530 m/ -891 m.
Day 8 – Hatton – Udawalawa Ride 58 km. +1,040 m/ -1,675 m.
Day 9 - Udawalawe Loop Ride 52 km. +415 m/ -414 m.
Day 10 - Udawalawa – Mirissa Ride 81 km. +844 m/ -932 m.
Day 11 – Galle Loop ride Ride 39 km. + 237 m/ -233 m.
|Date||Availability||Price||Single Supplement||Bike Hire||Book|
|February 5, 2017||Limited||USD 2,750.00||USD 695.00||USD 220.00|
|March 19, 2017||Available||USD 2,750.00||USD 695.00||USD 220.00|
|April 9, 2017||Available||USD 2,750.00||USD 695.00||USD 220.00|
|July 30, 2017||Available||USD 2,750.00||USD 695.00||USD 220.00|
|September 24, 2017||Available||USD 2,750.00||USD 695.00||USD 220.00|
|October 8, 2017||Available||USD 2,750.00||USD 695.00||USD 220.00|
|November 12, 2017||Available||USD 2,750.00||USD 695.00||USD 220.00|
|December 17, 2017||Available||USD 2,850.00||USD 795.00||USD 220.00|
|January 7, 2018||Available||USD 2,850.00||USD 795.00||USD 220.00|
|February 4, 2018||Available||USD 2,750.00||USD 695.00||USD 220.00|
|March 18, 2018||Available||USD 2,750.00||USD 695.00||USD 220.00|
|April 8, 2018||Available||USD 2,750.00||USD 695.00||USD 220.00|
|July 29, 2018||Available||USD 2,750.00||USD 695.00||USD 220.00|
|September 23, 2018||Available||USD 2,750.00||USD 695.00||USD 220.00|
|October 7, 2018||Available||USD 2,750.00||USD 695.00||USD 220.00|
|November 11, 2018||Available||USD 2,750.00||USD 695.00||USD 220.00|
|December 16, 2018||Available||USD 2,850.00||USD 795.00||USD 220.00|
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Fantastic trip, the organisation could not have been better and the guide could not have done more to make a memorable holiday. Kasun did everything he could to make the tour go smoothly, he always jumped on any problems or concerns and dealt with them straight away. VJ was always very attentive to our needs and our safety. This is a great way to discover a country and explore areas that you would not normally go to. The team were enthusiastic and helpful from the start of the holiday to the end.
Alison Hallett - March 2016
Perfectly matched our hopes and expectations; balance of cycling and sightseeing, great support. A great way to experience Sri Lanka for the first time. Kasun is totally committed to providing clients with the best possible experience.
Michael Bennett - February 2016
Wonderful way to see a beautiful country! We so enjoyed being away from the busy roads getting a snapshot of locals going about their daily life. The scenery was stunning and we were so well looked after. The tasty snacks along the way were an extra treat. A brilliant ambassador for Sri Lanka and spice roads. Nothing was too much trouble and we thoroughly enjoyed his company. Kasun helped make this a very special holiday for us both.
Tony Orr - January 2016
Great trip. Great combination of good cycling in morning and interesting places to visit in afternoon. Kasun was very helpful and knowledgeable and everywhere!
Ian Nicol Ferrier - January 2016
Dear Spice Roads,
My wife and I just finished the Sri Lanka tour with Kasun. I just want to let you know what a great time we had and what a fabulous guide Kasun is. The logistics and accomodations were outstanding. We really enjoyed all the hotels we stayed in. The route, the other activities (safari, whitewater rafting, tea museum, etc., even an impromptu cricket game with the hotel staff), the tea stops and the meals were awesome.
Kasun did a great job and really took care of us. He stuck to the published itinerary, and was flexible with the schedule and timing based on our needs and desires. And he's very knowledgable about history, customs, etc...everything a visitor wants to know. One of the highlights was him arranging for us to pass out pencils and erasers at a village school.
VJ the driver did a great job as well...with the bags, the bikes, the water refills, the fruit during breaks, always with a smile on his face.
We loved every minute of the tour. Thanks!
Tim Manning - January 2016
Well organised, safe, great group, excellent food and amazing riding! Ruwon and Kasum and the rest of the support team were excellent! Good knowledge and really shared their passion for their country.
Joanna White - December 2015
Gut-busting hills and breathtaking views.Happy smiling faces. Rice and curry and the best samosas ever tasted. Both our guides were excellent.
jane pridham - December 2015
Spice Roads Trail (3 chilies strong) over the central and southern provinces of SL is a unique way to see the innermost parts of the country, witness the kindness of local people of all ages and trades, lean their history, traditions and customs, strengthen your riding skills and stay happy and joyful in both rains and sunshine.
Vladimir Ulyanov - November 2015