Sri Lanka Heritage by Bicycle

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US$ 1,550
7 Days / 6 Nights
222 km
Tour Code
Next departure
Number of Cycling Days5
Average Distance Per Day: 44
150 Km
Average Climbing Per Day: 413
2,250 m
Total Cycling Distance222 kilometres
Bike HireIncluded
Single SupplementUS$ 350 to US$ 375

All About this Tour

Sri Lanka, the 'Teardrop of India', is a collection of ancient and natural delights that will bedazzle visitors as you move from religious to monarchical to colonial sites. Left behind by Buddhism, Hinduism, the British, Dutch, Portuguese, and Indians these influences are seen throughout our trail of historical and cultural sites.

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Day 1

Welcome to Sri Lanka! We meet your flight and transfer to our accommodation in Negombo for a welcome dinner.

Day 2

We transfer to fertile Mawanella to start our ride through coconut and rubber plantations. We climb up to and through the Balana Gap then ride down to the Royal Botanical Gardens for a short break. We end our day in the beautiful UNESCO World Heritage town of Kandy, home to the Temple of the Tooth.

Day 3

The Golden Temple of Dambulla, our second UNESCO Heritage site, is our destination today. This famous rock temple dates to the 1st century BC, and we explore the caves that sheltered King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile.

Day 4

We pedal out of Dambulla and to the unique ancient 5th century rock fortress of Sigiriya (Lion Rock). We ride along the shores of Kandalama Lake with great views of Sigiriya, another UNESCO World Heritage site. We overnight in Polonnaruwa.

Day 5

We head to Minneriya National Park for a jeep safari. The park is the habitat of wild elephants, which we may see. We cycle back to Polonnaruwa on a smooth tree-lined road through a forest reserve. We explore our fourth UNESCO World Heritage Site, Polonnaruwa, the 10th century capital.

Day 6

After a transfer, we ride to Anuradhapura, one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world. Considered sacred to Buddhists, we'll see the Bo Tree said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment.

Day 7

After breakfast, transfer to Colombo for onward travels.

Elevation Profiles

Day 2 - Negombo - Kandy Ride 42km. +806m / -479m.
Day 2 - Negombo - Kandy Ride 42km. +806m / -479m.


Most amazing holiday ever, definitely going to book more cycling tours in different places! Bikes/routes/hotels/guides, all excellent!

Leah Rajan-WeareJanuary 2018

In Sri Lanka, travel by bike is often the fastest mode of travel. That said, getting from one place to the other, rather than the destination, is the journey in Sri Lanka and having SpiceRoads guides lead the way offered navigation on back roads, cultural insights, and knowledge of local flora and fauna along the route. Overall what made this trip one I will hold with fond and happy memories were the people, both the guides and the fellow travelers.

Katherine MeadowcroftDecember 2017

Nish, our guide was very friendly and knew much to tell about all the Heritage sides on our way. A great way to explore the country...

Katrin BoeningDecember 2017

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