Cycle the Back Roads of Sri Lanka

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5.0 Based on 43 Reviews
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  • Bicycle tour
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  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
  • Ends Colombo, Sri Lanka
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • The magnificent cave temple at DambullaClimb the rock fortress at Sigiriya for breathtaking viewsExplore the old ruined city of PolonnaruwaThe fascinating town of KandyRide through tea estates to Nuwara EliyaSearch for leopard in Yala National Park
The Cycle the Back Roads of Sri Lanka tour starts in Sigiriya and ends in Colombo. The Cycle the Back Roads of Sri Lanka is a bicycle tour that takes 14 days taking you from Sigiriya to Colombo and through other destinations in Sri Lanka.

Although a compact island, Sri Lanka is incredibly diverse. Exploring on two wheels is the best way to see this rural country and to experience the way of life of its friendly people. We travel from ancient cities and the fortress at Sigiriya to the hill country towns of Kandy and Nuwara Eliya, where the cooler temperatures and lush scenery make for a relaxing ride. In the south we visit Yala National Park, where we go in search of leopard, before ending the trip on the beaches of the beautiful south coast. Most of the route is a continuous ride, and transfers are kept to a minimum.In many regions of Sri Lanka the bicycle is the most common form of transport, so travelling by bike yourself is a great way to mix with the people and to gain access to their world. This trip covers a substantial part of the island, taking in as much as possible of the scenic and cultural variety that Sri Lanka has to offer. The combination of visits to the ancient cities, great rides through the beautiful hill country, the varied wildlife, and a chance to relax on one of the many wonderful beaches, will certainly give you a taste for serendipity.
5 - Excellent
Based on 43 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Feb 02 2020
5 - Excellent
Cycling and curry
“A wonderful holiday with wonderful people! Our exceptional hosts Ruwan and team lead us on an amazing journey, exploring the countryside, the wildlife and introducing us to their culture and way of life. I was very much looking forward to my first trip to Sri Lanka and I loved it. Cycling through the countryside, paddy fields teaming with bird life, being greeted with big smiles and high fives from the locals was a real pleasure. I really enjoyed the hilly days, some are challenging then the lion beer, curry and rice at the end of the day are perfect.”
Best Cycling Adventure Yet ... Guaranteed
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“You've read the other reviews about this trip and Suresh and his excellent team. They're spot on. Organisation and leadership on my trip were first rate. Accommodation and cuisine along the route compare very favourably to other Exodus trips we've done before. The trip provides a good blend between being a cycling challenge and a sightseeing trip, with plenty of cultural and natural highlights along the way.”
5 - Excellent
  • On Apr 16 2017
“Certainly one of the best cycle trips I've taken.....tropical spice island, friendly people, interesting history and whale watching, bird watching and National Park with elephants,leopards and more.”
4 - Very Good
  • On Apr 16 2017
“A great and very wet holiday with some truly memorable moments. Sri Lanka has many cultural and natural attractions which are well worth seeing - visiting them on a bike just added toit.Would recommend this trip without hesitation.”
  • Day 1: Start Sigiriya
  • Day 2: Ride to Dambulla cave temple; climb Sigiriya Rock
  • Day 3: Ride to Polunnaruwa; cycle tour of ruins
  • Day 4: Ride through foothills of spice growing region
  • Day 5: Ride to Kandy
  • Day 6: Free day in Kandy
  • Day 7: Challenging ride through tea estates to Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 8: Hill country ride to Ella
  • Day 9: Descent of 1000m, stopping at the impressive rock-cut Buddha statues at Buduruvagela; to Tissamaharama
  • Day 10: Morning ride to Kataragama Temple; afternoon drive to Yala N.P. for safari
  • Day 11: Ride through Bundala N.P. and the lagoon for spectacular birdlife; continue riding on coast to Hambantota; transfer to Ahangama
  • Day 12: Free day on beach; optional ride to Koggala
  • Day 13: Transfer to Colombo via Galle
  • Day 14: End Colombo
  • 11 nights hotels, 2 nights guesthouses, all en suite,All accommodation
  •  All breakfasts and 10 lunches
  • 10 days cycling (including 1 optional ride) with full vehicle support
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Airport transfers (for group flights only)Local bike hire
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader and driver. ,Tour leader throughout
  • 95% tarmac, 5% unsurfaced road
  • Routes mostly follow quiet back roads, with frequent climbs
  • Min age 16 years
  • Any international flights to Sigiriya 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 is not included in this Cycle the Back Roads of Sri Lanka tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this Cycle the Back Roads of Sri Lanka tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 22 November 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 22 November 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

Travel Insurance

Cycle the Back Roads of Sri Lanka 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.


For this Cycle the Back Roads of Sri Lanka 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.

COVID-19 Safety Measures

This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

  • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
  • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
  • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
  • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
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