Cycle the Back Roads of Sri Lanka

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5 Based on 210 Reviews
  • duration 14 days
  • tour type Small group Request as private
  • age requirement 16-99 yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Fully guided
  • Tour Code BM-7727
  • Footprint Carbonneutral CO2 emissions resulting from all trips on Bookmundi will be offset via investments in carbon reduction projects.
  • Operated in English
  • Starts Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
  • Ends Colombo, Sri Lanka
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HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • See the magnificent cave temple at Dambulla
  • Climb the rock fortress at Sigiriya for breath-taking views
  • Explore the old, ruined city of Polonnaruwa
  • Discover the fascinating town of Kandy
  • Ride through tea estates to Nuwara Eliya
  • Search for leopards in Yala National Park
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The tour "Cycle The Back Roads Of Sri Lanka" starts in Sigiriya and ends in Colombo. It is a bicycle trip that takes 14 days taking you through Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Tissamaharama and 7 other destinations in Sri Lanka. "Cycle The Back Roads Of Sri Lanka" is a guided small group tour that includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

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 the friendly people. We travel from ancient cities and the fortress at Sigiriya to the hill country towns of Kandy and Nuwara Eliya. In the south, we visit Yala National Park, where we search for leopard, before ending 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, bicycle is the most common form of transport, so travelling by bike yourself is a great way to mix with the people and 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 offers. A combination of ancient cities, great rides through beautiful hill country, varied wildlife, and a chance to relax on wonderful beaches, will certainly display the many delights of Sri Lanka.
  • Day 1: Start Sigiriya
  • Day 2: Ride to Dambulla cave temple; climb Sigiriya Rock
  • Day 3: Ride to Polonnaruwa; cycle tour of ruins
  • Day 4: Ride through foothills of spice-growing region
  • Day 5: Free day in Kandy
  • Day 6: Challenging ride through tea estates to Nuwara Eliya
  • Day 7: Morning ride to Nuwara Eliya town and tea factory; afternoon free
  • Day 8: Hill country ride to Ella
  • Day 9: Descent, stopping at the rock-cut Buddha statues at Buduruvagela; to Tissamaharama
  • Day 10: Morning ride to Kataragama Temple; afternoon drive to Yala National Park for safari
  • Day 11: Ride through Bundala National Park and by the lagoon for spectacular birdlife; continue riding on the 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
  • All accommodation
  • All breakfasts and 10 lunches
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Local bike hire
  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations
  • E-bike hire
5 - Excellent
Based on 210 reviews
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 25 2024
5 - Excellent
Sri Lanka by bicycle
The best way to fully experience a beautiful diverse country
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 22 2024
5 - Excellent
Cycling trip
This was the best way to experience the country of Sri Lanka. The back roads on a bike gave access to the most amazing wildlife, natural beauty and glimpse into the culture and way of life. The cycling was challenging at times... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 15 2024
5 - Excellent
Sri Lanka: best trip ever - eine wunderschöne Reise
Eine wundervolle Reise durch Sri Lanka! Die atemberaubende Landschaft, die freundlichen Menschen und die wunderbare srilankische Küche haben diese Reise zu etwas ganz Besonderem gemacht. Ich kann die Tour in Sri Lanka sehr... Read more
  • Anonymous
  • On Apr 12 2024
4 - Very Good
A wonderful trip.
This was a great trip. We had a lovely group of people who got on very well and a great team from Exodus well led by Suresh.
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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 93 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 92 days of departure.


For any tour departures within 15 October 2024, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 15 October 2024, a deposit of 25% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 92 days before trip departure.

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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. World Nomads offers travel insurance for independent travelers and intrepid families.


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