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The trip Sri Lanka Tip To Tip By Road Bike starts from Negombo and ends in Colombo. It is a bicycle tour that takes 12 days taking you through Negombo, Colombo and Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Tip To Tip By Road Bike is a guided small group trip that includes accommodation in hotels, transport, meals and others.

Sri Lanka is an often overlooked holiday destination – mostly due to the recently ended civil war – but it is now a vibrant and safe island to explore with a commendable collection of ancient and natural sights and amazing beaches. For much of the past three decades, large areas of the north were off limits, but this final frontier is now open, and Sri Lanka is now ready for you to explore its hidden treasures from the northern most tip down to the southernmost point.

This road ride takes us all the way down the length of Sri Lanka through a wide variety of terrain. We start riding through the northern plains on flat terrain and explore the Jaffna Peninsula and surrounding islands with its unique mixture of colonial charm and vibrant Tamil culture.

After dipping our tires in the Indian Ocean, we ride south to overnight at little-visited Mannar Island. We pass a plethora of temples and monasteries cycling through the rice bowl of Sri Lanka on our way to Kandy, home to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic. A rest day in Kandy prepares us for the hills as we work our way south and enter tea country and start climbing on winding roads to the central highlands. What goes up must come down, and we descend to end our journey at the southernmost tip of Sri Lanka at Dondra Point and commemorate the occasion with another dip of our tires in the Indian Ocean.

Meet at the hotel for a trip briefing and welcome dinner.
We start riding from the hotel inland along minor roads at a relaxed pace, experiencing rural Sri Lanka that most tourists seldom see. After lunch, we transfer to Jaffna, stopping to stretch our legs at Killinochi, the former headquarters of the LTTE, or Tamil Tigers.
We ride through Jaffna with its small fishing port, passing the old Star Fort built in 1618. Crossing to Kyats Island, we head north. At Casuarina Beach at the northern tip of the island, we dip our rear tires and maybe ourselves in the Indian Ocean, a symbolic start to our journey south.
Cycling south to Ponneryn, we cross another causeway, and our road sees little traffic now but saw some major battles during the conflict era. We stop for lunch at Iluppaikkadavai, where the road first greets the sea. We end our ride at a 700-year-old Baobab tree, brought by Arabian traders, on Mannar Island.
We head back to the mainland riding inland through Giants Tank, a wetland habitat reserve. We reach our hotel for lunch and rest before heading out for an exploration of the ancient city of Anuradhapura.
We start with a relaxed ride on a route dotted with temples and stupas. We turn off the main road towards Ritigala, a nature reserve. We end the morning ride at our hotel. In the late afternoon, we climb up Sigiriya Rock, a 5th century citadel.
We cycle on quiet country roads past Kandalama Lake to Dambulla, the largest cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. We transfer to Melsiripura and then cycle through the spice growing region. We pass through Matale to start climbing up the Wattegama valley with terraced paddy fields and jungle covered hills.
A rest day in picturesque Kandy -- an important Sinhalese religious centre. Explore the town’s old shops, antique and gem specialists, or the bustling market. A must do is the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic.
The route will be hilly from here as we ride through the heart of tea country. We follow the Mahaweli River and cycle up to Hatton, one of the country's early tea plantation districts.
More climbing, with a few rough sections of tarmac, up through tea estates. The last 30 km is on a good, straight flat road and ends close to Uda Walawe National Park.
There is an option of an early morning safari in Uda Walawe park. Late morning, we start our last day cycling along scenic green paddy fields to Dondra Lighthouse, the most southerly point of the island. Here we again dip our tires in the ocean, marking the end of our tip to tip ride!
Transfer to your Colombo hotel or extend your stay in Galle.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Hotels
Meals
  • Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Transport
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
Guide
  • English-speaking guide
Bike Hire
  • Standard Road Bike US$ 295
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Negombo and from Colombo are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this Sri Lanka Tip to Tip by Road Bike tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Get a PDF file with detailed trip information: Download Trip Notes for Sri Lanka Tip to Tip by Road Bike
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A deposit of 938 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 44 days before departure. For any departures within 01 October 2019 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The Sri Lanka Tip to Tip by Road Bike tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this Sri Lanka Tip to Tip by Road Bike tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this Sri Lanka Tip to Tip by Road Bike tour. You can cancel the tour up to 45 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 44 days of departure.
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