Sri Lanka - Undiscovered North East to Classic South

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14 Day(s)
Moderate
800 Km
avg 80 Km
Guided

Sri Lanka is a fantastic cycling destination, with well-surfaced roads and diverse, beautiful natural surroundings

From ancient religious and cultural sites to rain forests, national parks, mountains, wildlife and stunning coastline, there is so much to enjoy and no better way to explore than by bicycle. For centuries adventurers and traders have been drawn to this jewel in the Indian Ocean. The island has been an inspiration to many adventurers from Marco Polo to Paul Theroux. Renowned for a rich variety of terrain and wild life within a small land space, species native to the island include monkeys, crocodiles elephants leopards and exotic peacocks. Moving forwards from a 30-year civil war which ended in 2009, Sri Lanka is fast becoming a popular area of the world for a cycling holiday.

The redspokes Sri Lanka North to South adventure begins in Colombo. We take a train to Jaffna and have time to explore the town and local islands. Dotted with deserted buildings and temples, we are surrounded by white sands, sea views, lagoons and an array of birdlife including Brahminy kites, flamingos and herons. Our next stop is Killinochchi; from here we cycle the eastern shores of Sri Lanka to Nilaveli. Prior to the civil war and tsunami this was a popular resort and the beautiful 4km stretch of golden sands is now enjoying a renaissance. There is time here for swimming, snorkelling and to visit the Pigeon Island national park.

We head inland towards Habanara in Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle, cycling through Kaudulla National Park: a wild life haven. A rest day in Habanara gives us time to visit the nearby extraordinary Sigiriya fortress with its series of moats, ramparts and water gardens. Moving on to Polonnaruwa we have more time to explore this cornerstone of the cultural triangle, discovering medieval ruins and sacred temples. Cycling through more beautiful scenery we reach Mahiyanganaya at the foot of the Knuckles mountain range.  We head into the highlands reaching the temperate climes of tea plantations and areas characterized by colonial British culture, on a journey through hillsides blanketed in green with stunning views. Our Sri Lanka: North to South cycling tour ends in Kandy, the island’s second largest city and capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom.


Information

Tour Location

Country:
SriLanka
From:
Colombo
To:
Kandy

Tour Information

Guiding:
Guided
Duration:
14 Days
Level:
Moderate
More Options:
Go custom or private|Point to Point|Electric Bike
Tour Language:
English
Cost From:
GBP 1695

Tour Distance & Dates

Distance:
800 Km
Riding Days:
10
Month(s):
April|May|June|July|August
Departure:
5 + 26 Apr, 17 May, 14 Jun, 26 Jul 2020

Additional Information

Accommodation:

Double Occupancy / Twin Share

Single Supplement: From £375

Inclusions

Back-up vehicle
Mid-range/good hotels or guesthouses with air conditioning or ceiling fans and en-suite facilities
Breakfasts and evening meals will be taken at the guesthouse/hotels. On moving on days the support crew will provide light lunches. Mineral water will be paid for from a kitty.
Vehicle transfers from the airport upon arrival on the start date as well as vehicle support with baggage transfers
English-speaking guide
All visits/trips as per the itinerary.

Exclusions

International flights
Transfer at the end of the tour
Some meals in transit, and on rest days
Travel insurance (mandatory)
Visa $30
Optional sights
Tipping

Options

Bike Hire: From £200
e-bike Hire: From £370

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