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06 nights / 7 days Cycling Tour in Sri Lanka

Day 01 : Arrival / Negombo


Upon arriving in Sri Lanka meet and assist at the airport by our representative and transfer to Negombo from the Bandaranayake International Airport for your first night.

NEGOMBO town is a historically interesting place strongly influenced by the Catholic Church. The Narrow strip of land between the lagoon & the sea and the many canals make for a good exploring.

The Dutch captured the town from the Portuguese in 1640, lost it again in the same year, 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.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Negombo - D

Sri Lanka Mountain Bike Tours
Day 02 : Negombo / Dambulla


After breakfast we start riding directly from the hotel along the old coastal road keeping the sea on our left we pass the distinctive patchwork sails of the "Karavas" fishing communities. You will be greeted by the smiling local faces who are happy to see you on the bike.

Boats pulled up the shore or sailing just off the coast make excellent photos as does the many fish markets you'll cycle past. We leave the coast road after cycling for 30 km and head inland on quiet back roads that give you the country flavor of Sri Lanka. You can see and experience the change of life styles of people.

After 30km we rack up the bikes and transfer by vehicle for 3 hours to Dambulla, en route we break for lunch at local restaurant near the Kununegala Lake.

After lunch by the lake side local restaurant continue your journey to Dambulla. Visit the Dambula cave temple.

Dambulla Cave Temple
--------------------------------Dambulla the 2nd century Buddhist cave temple, also known as the Golden Temple, it is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in the country and contains more than 150 Buddha statues.

Once we have taken in the views from the caves we'll have a short transfer to our peaceful hotel situated amongst mango trees and paddy fields.

Over Night stay at hotel in Dambulla.

Ride 60 km B L D (Ride is from Negombo to Kurunegala)

Negombo / Dambulla
Day 03 : Dambulla / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa.


Enjoy a hearty breakfast and 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.

After 20km ride we arrive at Sigiriya old water gardens we'll park the bikes and walk through the old water gardens.

On the climb of 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
----------The spectacular Sigiriya Rock fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site dates back to the 5th century and no matter how often you climb to the summit of this one-time fortress of the murderous, maverick, yet brilliant Sinhalese king "Kassapa" the pleasure barely diminishes. Many scholars believe that Kassapa sought to rule as a God-king. About two hours can happily be spent walking through its water gardens, and then up the steep steps - either hewn out of the rock or on circular iron staircases - past the frescoes. You will be in no rush to abandon the spectacular views at the summit.

After our descent we'll head to a local restaurant for lunch. Thereafter transfer to Polonnaruwa by vehicle (or you can get on the bikes for a 40km ride towards Minneriya. The backup vehicle will be right behind you in case you feel like getting in to the vehicle)

Polonnaruwa
--------------------------------- After proceeding to Polonnaruwa we continue our ride for 15 km through the historic park of Polonnaruwa, the 10th Century capital and best preserved of the ancient cities. Abandoned in the 13th Century, it was rediscovered in the 18th Century and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas, the chiseled stone monuments show us the glory of the ancient Rajarata Kingdom. After seeing the main sites we'll have a 20 minute transfer to our hotel.

In the evening we will check in to our hotel for the dinner and overnight stay.

Over Night stay at hotel in Polonnaruwa.

Ride 35 km B L D (Ride is from Dambulla to Sigiriya – 20 km. & Polonnaruwa sightseeing – 15km)



Dambulla / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa
Day 04 :Polonnaruwa / Kandy


After breakfast today we ride to Kandy. The journey will take us via hilly roads with twists and turns.

On our way we could enjoy the scenic hill country environment which will make us forget the tediousness of the journey.

Heading first to Pallegama we pass by the Yoda Ela the an 87 km long water canal carrying excess water from Kala Wewa in Polonnaruwa to ThissaWewa in Anuradhapura, is a construction dependent on remarkable instrumentation precision.Its gradient of10 to 20 cm per kilometre still baffles experts today for its minute precision.

"Forget to catch a snap or two of the scenic hill country through your cameras"

After 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, 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.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Kandy – B.L.D
Ride 60 km. (Ride is from Polonnaruwa to Alahera)

Polonnaruwa / Minneriya / Polonnaruwa
Day 05 :Kandy / Nuweraeliya


After a good night sleep your legs will be ready for today's long climbs. Ride on minor estate roads through countryside, passing by small Tamil communities, colorful Hindu temples, scared tree shrines and lots of tea plantations.

After a ride of 60 km, we will rack up the bikes and continue the rest of our journey by our vehicle after the Lunch at Labukale, giving your tired legs a break.

We travel through a scene of rolling hills covered in verdant green.

Nuwara Eliya lies in the Hill country and is supposed to be one of the coldest places in Sri Lanka but it is really just like an English spring day, although the temperature does drop at night. Furthermore, the architecture styles and tea plantations which are of British influence gave Nuwara Eliya the name "The Little England".

Overnight stay at Hotel in Nuweraeliya – B.L.D

Ride 60 km. (Ride is from Kandy to Labukale)


: Polonnaruwa / Mahiyanganaya
Day 06 : Nuweraeliya / Hikkaduwa.


After Breakfast proceed to Hikkaduwa.

Now it is a drop-off and we are going down, leaving hill country. The journey may be a bit tedious, yet impressive and full of scenery, passing many waterfalls, tea plantations, local vegetable farms , local communities etc.

Ride through rural country roads and main roads to reach 60kms to Bandarawela & continue the rest of journey by Vehicle. If you wish to ride more please feel free to do so our bike guide will be more than happy to be with you.

Reach Hikkaduwa for your short beach stay. Check in to the hotel and rest of the day free at the hotel.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Hikkaduwa – B.L.D

Ride 60 km. (Ride is from Nuwaraeliya to Bandarawela)

 

Mahiyanganaya / Kandy
Day 07 :Day 07 – Departure.

After Breakfast transfer to the airport in time to connect with the departure flight.

 

M & S TRAVELS CYCLE TOUR – Private Tour
For the period 01st May 2015 to 30th October 2015.

Hotels

NEGOMBO                   – Goldi Sands Hotel                    - http://www.goldisands.com/
DAMBULLA                   – Thilanka Resort & spa   - www.thilankaresortandspa.com/
POLONNARUWA – Deer Park Hotel               - http://www.deerparksrilanka.com/
KANDY                           – Hotel Thilanka                 - http://www.thilankahotel.com/
NUWARAELIYA   - Galway Forest Lodge                         
KOGGALA - Koggala Beach Hotel - http://www.koggalabeachhotel.com/

 

Dates ;-  (Based on 02,04,06,08 & 10 pax traveling)

 

02 Pax

04 Pax

06 Pax

08 Pax

10 Pax

Cost per person on H/B (Breakfast & Dinner ) Basis

 

USD 910

 

USD 710

 

USD 640

 

USD 730

 

USD 690

 

The cost includes :

  • Transportation throughout the tour where ever you need as follows.
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  • 2 – 3 pax – Backup truck
  • 4 – 6 pax – Backup coach
  • 7 - 12 Backup truck & the coach.
  • Accommodation in all the places on HB Basis.
  • Water & Snack during the cycling.
  • Local cycle guide for all the cycling tours.
  • English speaking National Guide – 07 Pax to 10 Pax
  • Lunch for all the cycling days (Except Day 01)
  • Cycle cost and Helmet
  • Entrance fees at
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  • Polonnaruwa / Dambulla Cave Temple / Sigiriya / Temple of tooth of relic.
 
 

 

 
 

Above prices does not include:

  1. Expenses of personal nature (Telephone calls, Laundry etc.).
  2. Tips and gratuities.
  3. Any items specifically not mentioned in the itinerary.
  4. Video and Camera permits.
  5. Lunch or other beverages throughout the tour.
  6. 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 02, 04, 06, 08 and 10 adults.
a      Prices are net in USD and inclusive of applicable taxes as at 30.10.2013.
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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