DAY 1: Katunayake – Negombo
Arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport and transfer to Negombo. Negombo, The Dutch captured the town from the Portuguese in 1640, lost it, 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.
DAY 2: Negombo
Hop on your bicycles and take a ride (approx. 1 km per way) to the Dutch Fort close to the seafront. Near the lagoon are the ruins of the Old Dutch fort, which has a fine gateway inscribed with the date1678.
DAY 3: Negombo – Habarana
Transfer to Habarana. The small town is the hub of Sri Lanka’s cultural triangle and is in close proximity to many forest reserves. During your stay here you could hop on your bicycles and ride (approx. 18 km per way) to the Cave temple in Dambulla which is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka. It is home to the worlds most acclaimed cave complex of magnificent Buddha Images and rock paintings of vivid colours and shapes constructed and painted from around 2 nd century BC to 18 th Century.
DAY 3: Habarana
Give the day an early start to take off on your bicycles to Sigiriya (approx. 15 km per way) to climb the Sigiriya legendary rock, a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site which is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning.
DAY 5: Habarana – Kandy
Transfer to Kandy. Kandy served as the capital of the last Sinhalese kingdom, which fell to the British in 1815 after defying the Portuguese and Dutch for three centuries. It is renowned for the great Kandy Esala Perahera, held over 10 days in August, but has enough attractions to justify a visit at any time of year. Some of the Hill Country’s nicest boutique hotels nestle in the hills surrounding Kandy, and the Temple of the Tooth is one of the most famous reasons to travel there. After the sun fades away, ride on your bicycles to the Temple of the Tooth and around the Kandy Lake. During puja (offerings or prayers), the heavily guarded room housing the tooth is open to devotees and tourists. However, you don’t actually see the tooth. It’s kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagoba (stupa), which contains a series of six dagoba caskets of diminishing size.
Day 6: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya
Transfer to Nuwara Eliya, often referred to by the Sri Lankan tourist industry as ‘Little England’. In earlier times, Nuwara Eliya (meaning ‘City of Light’) was the favoured cool-climate escape for the hard-working and hard-drinking English and Scottish pioneers of Sri Lanka’s tea industry. Sit back, relax and enjoy your cozy stay with a hot cup of tea!
Day 7: Nuwara Eliya
Ever wondered what it would be like to pluck tea leaves? A field experience awaits you as you ride through the tea estates. Ladies can dress up as traditional tea plucker’s and gentlemen, as field workers. At the end of this unique experience, make your way to the factories to learn about how the leaves are processed to make the world famous Ceylon tea and get the best of a tea experience in Sri Lanka!
Day 8: Nuwara Eliya – Ella
Transfer to Ella, everyone’s favourite hill-country village and the place to ease off the travel accelerator with a few leisurely activities resting at some of the country’s best bungalows and Resorts. The views through Ella Gap are stunning, and on a clear night you can even spot the subtle glow of the Great Basses lighthouse on Sri Lanka’s south coast. Make time for easygoing walks and rides through tea plantations to temples, waterfalls and viewpoints.
Day 9: Ella – Yala
Transfer to Yala, a vast region of dry woodland and open patches of grasslands is the big draw of this corner of Sri Lanka. A safari here is well worth all the time, effort, crowds and cost.
Day 10: Yala - Galle
Transfer to Galle, a UNESCO listed World Heritage site. The daily passeggiata on the fort’s rampart takes place in the late afternoon, just as the sun begins to set. An opportunity for the community to gather and catch up on the happenings of the day. This centuries-old ritual is best begun from the lighthouse, walking clockwise round the temple. If walking down the streets of the Galle Dutch Fort is just too much, you could always hop on your bicycle and take a ride down the streets.
Day 11: Galle
Just before you return home, make sure to get your tan! And today is all about it!
Day 12: Galle – Katunayake
Bundle up your memories and travel to the airport. Carry your memories home and talk to us when you feel like coming again.
Just hop on the bike and let the adventures begin! Connect sports and travelling – feel and fly like a bird! Tour Sri Lanka in your own unique way. You are strong enough to fight ordinary! Travelling will make you experienced and biking will make you younger. Get ready for an extraordinary, unforgettable and challenging tour in Sri Lanka!
Travel months: October – November 2016, 12 days/11 nights
The tours are recommended for guests in normal physical conditions between 35-65 years
Basic tour includes
- Hotel accommodation with breakfast
- Service of an English speaking tour escort
- A chauffeur driven vehicle throughout the tour
- Bicycle rentals
- Entrance tickets