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08 nights / 9 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 consists of a canal built by the Dutch and numerous churches too. The area is famous as a fishing village. It is also home to many species of avifauna such as Kingfishers and Parrots. Souvenir shops and restaurants are not scarce in Negombo. Diving, catamaran trips and boat trips are some popular leisure activities among the tourists who visit Negombo.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Negombo - D

: Arrival / Negombo
Day 02 : Negombo / Dambulla


After breakfast we start riding directly from the hotel along the old coast road. Keeping the sea on our left we pass the distinctive patchwork sails of the Karavas fishing community.

Their boats pulled up along the beach or sailing just off the coast make for 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 a flavor of Sri Lanka.

After 50km we rack up the bikes and transfer 3 hours to Dambulla breaking for lunch at Kununegala lake. 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 or ride to our peaceful hotel situated amongst Mango trees and paddy fields.

Dambulla is a vast isolated rock mass 500ft high and a mile around the base. Here is found the famous Rock Temple dating to the First Century BC. The caves of Dambulla sheltered the King Walagamba during his 14 years of exile from Anuradhapura. When he regained the throne he built the most magnificent of Rock Temples to be found on the Island.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Dambulla. – B D - Ride 50 km

Negombo / Dambulla
Day 03 : Dambulla / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa


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.

After our descent we'll head to a local restaurant for lunch. Our afternoon ride follows an old irrigation canal and we cycle on red dirt roads, framed by long green grass and seeing lots of people bathing as we head back to out hotel in Dambulla.
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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 proceed to polonnaruwa. Do the sightseeing tour in Polonnaruwa.

Polonnaruwa
--------------------------------- The second most ancient of Sri Lanka's kingdoms, Polonnaruwa has been declared a World Heritage Site. Polonnaruwa was the capital from 11th -13th century A.D. Here the monuments are better preserved. 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. – B D - Ride 30 km

Dambulla / Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa
Day 04 :Polonnaruwa / Knuckles


After a filling breakfast we'll cycle out of Polonnaruwa and proceed to Knuckles.

Do a light trekking in knuckles range.

Knuckles Mountain
------------------------------ It is a real paradise for those who love to hike, offering numerous mountainous trails that journey across clear rivers, through dense forests, past flowing waterfalls and lush tea plantations, and alongside terraced paddy fields and colorful Kandyan home gardens. The chance to visit traditional small mountain villages in the area gives an interesting insight into the close-knit atmosphere that such a local community fosters and provides a welcome departure from fast-paced modern day life.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Knuckles. – B D - Ride 55 km

Polonnaruwa / Minneriya / Polonnaruwa
Day 05 : Knuckles / Kandy


Today we proceed to Kandy via Matale, the spice center of Sri Lanka. Though in the tropics, it can be cool and misty at altitude, so a waterproof jacket is recommended. We transfer the last part into Kandy, Sri Lanka's second largest city, to avoid busy roads.

Please do not forget to catch a snap or two of the scenic hill country through your cameras...

In the evening visit to Temple of Tooth relic.

Nestled among hills and centered around a lake, picturesque Kandy has long been an important religious center of the Sinhalese and a place of pilgrimage for Buddhists. Today you can explore the town center's old shops, antique and gem specialists or the bustling market. A must do is to see the UNESCO World Heritage site of Sacred Kandy which houses the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic - Sri Lanka's most important Buddhist relic, a tooth of the Buddha.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Kandy. – B D - Ride 50 km


: Polonnaruwa / Mahiyanganaya
Day 06 : Kandy / Nuwaraeliya


After a day of rest your legs will be ready for today's tough and long day of long climbs.

We ride to Nuwara Eliya after the breakfast.

The ride which may appear to be challenging, is through humid, hilly terrain. The journey through tea plantations will be enthusiastic and an unforgettable experience.

Terraced paddy fields are also a common sight within the region. After 50 km we will rack up the bikes and proceed to Nuwara Eliya.

Nuwara Eliya lies in 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 Nuwaraeliya. B D - Ride 50 km

Mahiyanganaya / Kandy
Day 07 : Nuwaraeliya / Ella


After the breakfast we will be cycling down to Ella through tea covered hills.

The elevation is dropping down as we proceed to Ella, and the road may twist and turn since it is hill country. At the dusk, we will be able to watch the sunset from Ella and add it to our memories.

Ella
------- Ella is a beautiful small sleepy town on the southern edge of Sri Lanka's Hill Country. It's situated in the middle of beautiful countryside, with small vegetable plots in the valleys, tea plantations on the hill slopes and forests on the tops.The climate throughout most of the year is typical of the high Hill Country, with a hot sun by midday, but a moderate air temperature. It will often rain in the afternoon, but only for an hour or so. A sweatshirt, or light jacket is needed at night.

Overnight stay at hotel in Ella. - B D - Ride 50 km

Kandy
Day 08 : Ella / Tangalle


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..

We will either transfer to the beach hotel or continue rural country roads riding the last few KM along the main coast road to Tangalle a series of rocky coves and the perfect stop to what the sunset in the India Ocean.

Overnight stay at Hotel in Tangalle. – B D - Ride 60 km

Kandy
Day 09 : Tangalle / Departure

 

After Breakfast transfer to the airport in time to connect with the departure flight.
En route visit Galle fort.

Galle Fort
--------------A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Galle offers a unique blend of European architectural styles and south Asian traditions.We will go for a guided walking tour of the fortified old city of Galle, then you will have time wander the narrow streets on your own or to stroll on the walls of the largest remaining fortress in Asia built by European occupiers.

We meet up for lunch and then transfer 3 hours to Colombo where we'll have our farewell dinner.

Rathnapura

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 – Giritale Hotel - http://www.giritalehotel.com/
KNUCKLES - Dumabanagala Chalet - http://www.dumbanagalachalet.com/
KANDY – Hotel Thilanka - http://www.thilankahotel.com/
NUWARAELIYA - Galway Forest Lodge
ELLA - Grand Ella Hotel
TANGALLE - Ranna 212 - http://www.ranna212.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 1260

 

USD 980

 

USD 890

 

USD 1000

 

USD 955

 

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.
  • Cycle cost and Helmet
  • Lunch for all the days (Except Day 01)
  • English Speaking National Guide – 07 Pax to 10 pax
  • Entrance fees at
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    * Polonnaruwa * Dambulla * 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. Other beverages throughout the tour.
  6. Pearahera 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 & 10 adult.
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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