Bicycle holiday in Sri Lanka
During this Sri Lanka cycling holiday your bike passes temples and nature. You explore the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka on your bike. In Kandy you discover the countryside and small villages by bicycle. On the south coast you go on bike to a temple in the hinterland. Obviously during this holiday you visit all the highlights of Sri Lanka. The ancient royal city of Polonnaruwa, the Temple of the tooth, the tea plantations, a safari and a train ride through the mountains are some of them. The bike travels all around the holiday with you, sometimes behind the car, which is called optimal freedom!
Day 1 Departure to Sri Lanka for your cycling holiday.
Departure for Sri Lanka for your holiday. Its going to be a wonderful vacation where you are going to make most of your journey on the bicycle.
Day 2 Airport- Negombo
Your driver wait for your in the Airport of Colombo You cannot miss him if you go with the flow to the arrival hall. You recognize him with a signboard with your name on it. The driver will then go get his car and drive you to your first hotel. That ride does not last long. Your hotel is located directly on the seafront in the fishing town of Negombo. Tomorrow you will get every opportunity to explore the place, obviously by bike. If you get up early, you can see a sea full of fishing boats in Negombo.
Day 3 Negombo
As the bike travels throughout the holiday with you, you can always choose how you want to cycle. Negombo can explored by car with driver but also by bike. You can then right away get used to the bike riding on the other side of the road. Negombo is a fine city for discovery and the driver follows you or cycles along on his bicycle. You visit the fish market, the Dutch fort and the Dutch Canals. These canals were built during the Dutch VOC period to transport spices to the ports. In the afternoon you take a boat trip on the lagoon. Overnight in Negombo.
Day 4 Negombo - Sigiriya
On the way to Sigiriya the bikes travel back of the car. We drive inland of Sri Lanka You make a stop to visit the famous elephant orphanage in Pinnawela. In the orphanage there are around 70 elephants. It's nice to see how these animals play and bath in the river. Then we drive to Sigiriya. From the hotel you have a marvelous view of the Sigiriya Rock. If you have time, grab your bike to explore the surroundings even further.
Day 5 Sigiriya - Habarana - Sigiriya
Today you cycle to Habarana. There you go on an ox-drawn cart and we drive you through to a small village in the surrounding area. You become acquainted with life in this simple village and enjoy a delicous, traditional Sri Lankan clay pot dish lunch! After that? That's up to you .. Explore the area further by bike or relax by the pool with a view of the Lion Rock Sigiriya that you will later climb during your holiday.
Day 6 Sigiriya - Giritale
Sigiriya to Giritale is about 40 km and Giritale is a place close to the ancient royal city of Polonnaruwa. Cycling is an excitement in this tropical surrounding of Sri Lanka but also quite an adventure. The driver does not travel all the time with you and has contact via the local mobile that we have given him, throughout the cycling holiday. In longer distances you and your bike will come him across and he will be perhaps with fresh fruit along the way. You decide halfway through whether it is enough cycling. Call him at ease at this point and he will take you to your destination by car. In Giritale you have your hotel adjacent to a ancient water tank in Sri Lanka.
Day 7 Giritale - Polonnaruwa - Giritale
We cycle to the royal city of Polonnaruwa. The various special buildings, stupas and massive rocks, which are not so far apart to each other, are visited on the cycle very easily. Polonnaruwa is one of the ancient royal cities of Sri Lanka. You ride along the water, between stupas by and meanwhile have time to look out for monkeys. The bicycle is the ideal mode of transportation to visit this special place. You definitely visit the huge rock-cut Buddha figures of Gal viharaya. It's your choice or bike ride forth and back from the hotel in Giritale or starting at the entrance to the sites.
Day 8 Giritale - Sigiriya
Today you cycle back to the hotel near Sigiriya rock. On the way you stop at the Lion Rock and climb the huge rock. On top of the rock is the old castle of King Kassapa and halfway you find caves with frescoes of half-naked dancers from the 5th century. Once on top of the rock you can already see the hotel. The area around the rock is flat, the last piece is therefore easy, even though ... we're talking about a gravel road.
Day 9 Sigiriya - Digana
The bikes are back stored in the car unless you decide that you again want to ride a bit with the bicycle . En route to Digana, a small village near Kandy, we visit two fascinating temples. In Dambulla you will find a huge amount of Buddha statues in the cave rock temple. Matale possesses the Aluvihara rock temple and it is known to preserve the oldest writings written on palm leaves. Digana is where you stay two nights in a small, family hotel located in the green border of Kandy.
Day 10 Digana
Do you decide to relax in the beautiful garden with swimming pool surrounding the hotel or go out exploring and cycle through small villages in the countryside? Near Digana it is so that the locals will still regard a tourist on a bicycle as something special.
Day 11 Digana - Kandy
The bike goes back to the car and we drive you to Kandy. Kandy is the youngest of the three royal cities and is ideally situated between the mountains. You visit the botanical garden and the main temple of the country called the 'Temple of the Tooth'. According to tradition here we find a living tooth of Buddha. Every year, in July or August, during the full moon day (Poya) the tooth is kept in its golden stupa on the back of the temple elephant and paraded through the city.This is called the Perehera (Festival). You'll stay in an elegant hotel just outside the center.
Day 12 Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
Not long after you leave Kandy the landscape changes and the number of tea plantations increase. At some point, you will only see plantations as far as the eye can see. We visit one of the plantations and a tea factory. After an explanation of the types of tea and the tea making process, it is obviously time to taste a cup of tea. Nuwara Eliya is located high in the mountains and a sweater is nice for the evenings. From the hotel you cycle to the town. A trip around Lake Gregory is one that you do together with Sri Lankan families on weekends who does this in their leisure time.
Day 13 Nuwara Eliya - Ella
No bicycle or car today but a special train ride through the mountains. On the way to Ella there is much to see. Waterfalls, tea plantations, tropical mountainsides, small mountain railway stations and stunning vistas around Bandarawela. Ella is a relaxed place where backpackers can stay in a cozy guesthouse. Are you a hiker or you love to experience a really wonderful area: then Ella is the place to book an extra night. The setting is beautiful here!
Day 14 Ella - Kirinda
You'll leave the mountain. The first stretch of road is winding and busier. Then you get into the lowlands of the south east. This is a vast area of rice fields. Dont hesitate if you want to get out of the bike. And oh, the first part is downhill. Consult with the driver and ensure that we arrive on time at the Yala national park where you explore the park on a jeep. You stay between the dunes on the edge of the game reserve in Kirinda.
Day 15 Kirinda - Tangalla
In about two hours we drive you to Tangalle on the south coast. You will spend couple of days in your Sri Lanka holiday in a small resort with wooden cabanas, right on the beach.
Day 16 Tangalla
Dickwella has a special temple close to the sea. Either you can stay in the beach or start an active day of cycling to this temple. You also stay tonight in Tangalle.
Day 17 Tangalla -Negombo
Today we drive you back to Negombo via Galle. Galle is located on the southwest coast of the island. You visit the Dutch star fort. Around 20 km north of Galle is the town of Hikkaduwa and the village Telwatta. In Telwatta you can visit the Tsunami museum where there are photos of the the train crash during the 2004 tsunami. Then we drive to Negombo where you dine for the last time on the Sri Lankan coast.
Day 18 Negombo - Airport
Your chauffuer brings you to the aiport and you have to say bye to him. Unfortunately it is the time for your flight back home.
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