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Family Cycling Tour - 12 nights / 13 Days

Day 01 : Arrival / Waikkal

(No Cycling on this day)

Upon arriving in Sri Lanka meet and assist at the airport by our representative and transfer to Waikkal from the Bandaranayake International Airport where you will stay two nights at Waikkal Beach - perfect for relaxing after your long flight.

Waikkal Beach provides an excellent base for exploring the sights of Negombo in-depth. With a wide number of attractions to discover, this sought-after part of town will not cease to amaze you. Waikkal Beach is blessed with lively surroundings, fine restaurants, shopping areas and stunning attractions.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Waikkal.

 

Day 02 : Waikkal

(No Cycling on this day)

After Breakfast you can discover the elegant and serene cathedrals decorating the townscape, each a unique haven dedicated to different saints which have earned the town the title "Little Rome".

Journey into the island's colonial era by touring the Old Dutch Fort Gate which was built in 1672 and now forms a part of the city's prison complex. The Dutch Canal is a fascinating waterway which functioned as a supply route to the Dutch administration during the time of colonization.

Journey to the charming little beach enclave of Kalpitiya, one of the best locations on the island for Dolphin-watching tours, Kite surfing and Kayaking.

In the evening relax at the beach.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Waikkal.

 
Day 03 : Waikkal / Sigiriya

After a hearty breakfast we will get set up with our bikes. There will be a safety briefing and information about riding in Sri Lanka.

We then head inland along small country lanes very typical of the area with coconut grooves and marshlands on both sides of the roads. Mid-morning we end the ride and jump onto the Vehicle driving to Sigiriya, The riding today is mostly flat with plenty of stops along the way to get acclimatized to the heat. There will be time this afternoon to relax by the pool or explore the hotel's tropical grounds.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Sigiriya.

Cycling - 30km. (Easy)

 
Day 04 : Sigiriya / Village Safari / Sigiriya.

After Breakfast We'll ride through the countryside on a mix of tarmac and red dirt roads passing orchards, paddy fields and elephant grass. Riding along the shores of Kandalama Lake we'll have excellent views of the ancient 5th century rock fortress Sigiriya (Lion Rock), our destination.

We'll park the bikes and walk through the old water gardens before climbing 300m to the view the ruins of King Kasyapa's summer palace on the summit. To distract us from the walk up we'll pass the impressive frescos that depict more than 500 ladies.

Sigiriya - Sigiriya is a massive rock which was transformed into a citadel during the reign of King Kasyapa, according to history. The capital and the royal palace were abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. The rock fortress is famous for its frescoes and the mirror wall. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka.

After decent you can enjoy a cool drink of king coconut thambili.

In the evening you can enjoy the village safari.

And also on the way you can experience the boat ride.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Sigiriya.

 
Day 05 : Sigiriya / Habarana / Polonnaruwa.

After breakfast take a short ride through Nature reserve to Habarana.
We set off today cycling through a small nature reserve to Harbana. With jungle on both sides of the road we may see or hear a few peacocks and monkeys along the route.

Explore Paddy fields.

After ride we will transfer to Polonnaruwa by Vehicle. Afternoon cycle tour of ancient ruins.

The riding today is mainly flat along mostly good tarmac road with a slight undulation on the way back to the hotel.

The circular relic house (Vata-da-ge) Lankathilaka, Thuparama, Royal Palace, Rankoth vihara and Galvihara with the beautiful rock cut Buddha statues are the most interesting.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Polonnaruwa.
Cycling – 30km. (easy)

 
Day 06 : Polonnaruwa / Minneriya / Polonnaruwa.

We start today with a short transfer before jumping on our bikes to explore the lovely quiet village roads. We start to see the real rural life of Sri Lanka with strange dry zone crops like drumstick gourd, manoke and tikeri. We'll have the opportunity to taste them.

Late afternoon we drive to Minneriya National Park to take part in a game drive. The park is a feeding ground for Elephants that dwell in the nearby forests and our expert park ranger will be able to help us spot some of these graceful creatures. The park is also an important habitat for many species of monkey as well as Sambar Deer and a huge range of large water birds such as storks and pelicans.

The riding today is on flat dirt roads and there will be almost no traffic.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Polonnaruwa.
Cycling – 20km. (Easy)

 
Day 07 : Polonnaruwa / Kandy.

Setting off straight from the hotel this morning we follow a lake and it's 6km man-made dam to the source; the Amban Ganga River. The great lake known as the sea of Parakrama is the life of the area, colorful catamaran fishing boats pulling in their nets as flocks of birds fly down from their roosts to feed in the shallows waters. Part of the fun of seeing the country by bike is the chance to interact with the local community; we will end the cycling today at a village.

After ride jumping onto the bus we will transfer to Matale, the center of the spice growing region, for lunch at one of the many spice gardens. We will learn about the aromas and flavours of cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg and pepper as well as how they are used for their healing properties and in cooking.

You can enjoy the activates in Spice Garden.

After visit Spice garden we head to Sri Lanka's hill capital - the small lakeside city of Kandy.

Kandy - Sri Lanka's hill capital, stronghold of the Sinhala Kings, is our most beautiful town. It is 488 meters above sea level and next to Colombo is Sri Lanka's most visited place.

Check in to the hotel, evening at Leisure.

The ride today is mostly flat on tarmac road with some sections leading into gravel tracks. There are also two short climbs.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Kandy.
Cycling – 25km. (Moderate)

 

Day 08 : Kandy

(No Cycling on this day)

After Breakfast visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden at Peradeniya.

Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya attracts 2 million visitors annually. It is renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids. It includes more than 4000 species of plants, including of orchids, spices, medicinal plants and palm trees.[2] Attached to it is the National Herbarium. The total area of the botanical garden is 147 acres (0.59 km2), at 460 meters above sea level, and with a 200-day annual rainfall. It is managed by the Division of National Botanic Gardens of the Department of Agriculture.

In the evening do the city tour in Kandy.

Visit the sacred Temple of the tooth Relic of the lord Buddha, Which is a world Heritage site. The Holy Temple is Nestled among hills and located by a lake.

Picturesque Kandy has long been an important religious center of the Sinhalese and a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists.

After visit to the Temple of the tooth relic explore the town center's old shops, antique and gem specialists or the bustling market.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Kandy

 

Day 09 : Kandy / Haputale

(No Cycling on this day)

Today you head to Haputale in the highlands, a stirring land of lush tea plantations, majestic peaks and rushing waterfalls. Haputale was one of the favourite haunts of the tea millionaire Sir Thomas Lipton.

In the evening relax at the hotel.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Haputale.

 

Day 10 : Haputale

(No Cycling on this day)

After Breakfast visit the tea factory where you will gain insight into the manufacturing process as well as an opportunity to taste and purchase the different grades of Ceylon Tea.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Haputale.

 

Day 11 : Haputale / Beruwala

(No Cycling on this day)

After Breakfast we transfer to Beruwala for your beach staying.

In the evening relax and unwind on the tropical coastline of Beruwala.

OPTIONAL
Surfing – Beruwala.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Beruwala.

 

Day 12 : Beruwala

(No Cycling on this day)

After Breakfast visit to the town of Galle on the south coast is also highly recommended. Built by the Dutch in 1663, the 36-hectare Fort is surrounded on three sides by the ocean. Just wandering the old walls and streets at random yields one architectural surprise after another as the structures dating back through the centuries can be admired. Its glories have earned the Fort status as a Unesco World Heritage Site.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Beruwala.

 
Day 13 : Departure

All good things must come to an end, your chauffeur guide with comfortably take you to the international airport in time for your return flight.


 
M & S CYCLE TOUR – Rates for the period 01st May 2015 to 30th October 2015
Hotels

WAIKKAL              : Dolphin Beach Hotel (03*) - http://dolphinbeach.lk/
SIGIRIYA               : Kassapa Lions Resort (03*) - http://www.kassapalionsrock.com/
POLONNARUWA : The Village Polonnaruwa (03*) - http://www.thevillagehotel.org/
KANDY                  : Serene Grand Hotel (03*) - http://www.serenegrandhotel.com/
HAPUTALE           : Olympus Hotel (03*) - http://www.olympusplazahotel.com/
BERUWALA          : The Surf  Hotel (03*) - http://www.thesurfhotel.lk/

 
 

The rates are per person, net in USD

 

2 pax

4 pax

6 pax

8 pax

10 pax

Cost Per person on HB Basis (Breakfast & Dinner)including camping site

1300

990

890

965

900

 
 

The cost includes :

  • Accommodation on BB basis (Bed & Breakfast Basis) as mentioned above.
  • Transportation with an English speaking chauffer Guide.
    02 Pax – A/C Van
    04 Pax – 06 Pax – A/C Van
    07 Pax – 10 Pax – A/C Mini Coach
  • Local Cycle Guide for Cycling days.
  • English Speaking National Guide – 07 Pax to 10 Pax
  • Cycle backup Truck
  • Cycle Cost & Helpmets
 
 

The cost does not include:

  • Entrance fees
  • Sigiriya – USD 30 per pax
  • Polonnaruwa – USD 30 per pax
  • Village Safari – USD 15 per pax
  • Minneriya National Park – Entrance fees – USD 25 per pax
  • Minneriya National Park – Jeep Hire – USD 45 per Jeep
  • Temple of tooth Relic – USD 10 per pax
  • Royal Botanical Garden – Peradeniya – USD 10 per pax
  • Tips and gratuities.
  • Expenses of personal nature (Telephone calls, Laundry etc.)
  • Any items specifically not mentioned in the itinerary.
  • Video and Camera permits.
  • Lunch, Dinner & Mineral water or other beverages.
  • Perahera Supplement
 
 

Important !!!!!! .

a      The hotel Star classification is based on local industry standard  & it’s
          not based on the International standard
a      Price is based on 2 – 10 adults .
a      Prices are net in USD and inclusive of applicable taxes as at 09.04.2014.
aa      Rates may change without a notice if a significant currency   fluctuation , Fuel
          Increase or Revision of taxes occurs.
a      Rooms will be on availability & if in case if the said hotels are fully booked
          due to any reason, similar hotels will be provided in the same vicinity  or
          Nearest location.

 
 

Cancellation Policy (Based on hotel cancellation policy):-

30 days prior to arrival, no cancellation
29 - 15 days prior to arrival, 50 % of the Room cost 
14 - 01 day prior to arrival, 100 % of the Room Cost

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