Sri Lanka Hike & Bike Adventure

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Long Duration Tour
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  • 9 Days
  • 300 kilometres
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka

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Tour Overview

Ride the hills to the coast through timeless ruins and endless beaches

Set in the Indian Ocean in South Asia, the tropical island nation of Sri Lanka has a history dating back to almost 29 BC. There are few places in the world that offer a remarkable combination of stunning landscapes, national parks, pristine beaches, and captivating cultural heritage all within the 300 kilometres that we will be trailing through. Get ready to experience Sri Lanka through the voices of the locals, their cuisine and soak in your tired feet at the most delightful waterfalls and rest in some spectacular accommodations.

Sri Lanka may be small but it packs a powerful punch. We will be travelling through Sigiriya and Pollanaruwa which have amazing ancient ruins. Kandy is filled with hiking trails and surreal views as you climb up this tea haven and not to forget a big Buddhist temple and a butterfly garden. Nuwara Eliya is known for its delicious tea and colonial bungalows, Ella and Galle is well-known for beach towns where you can try your skills at surfing or simply tuck into some fresh catch. We’ve packed in the best of Sri Lanka with train rides with the best views, hikes, challenging climbs, and delicious local cuisine so you go back with unforgettable memories of Ceylon.

Who can do this tour?

This is a medium intensity trail and the duration of the trail will be shorter and suitable for people who are physically active with well-grounded basics in cycling. You may be subjected to a whole day of cycling with some hilly incline climbing sections. Distances covered on an average will be around 50+ kilometres daily.

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Itinerary

Day 1 : Fly into Colombo and drive to Sigiriya

We land at Colombo early and drive down to Sigiriya. En route, a welcoming Sri Lankan breakfast should help overcome the fatigue. Post-check-in, we rest for a while. Later, we begin with a short ride to the base of Sigiriya and hike up the magnificent Sigirya Rock or also called the ‘Lion’s Paw’. Sigiriya rock is cited as the 8th wonder and sees its beginning dating back to the 5th century.

Stay overnight in Sigiriya.

Drive/Ride distance: 170 kilometres/15 kilometres

Accommodation Type: Hotel

Highlights:

• You get to meet and greet the other participants
• You’ll take a long and scenic drive to Sigiriya
• Hike up the ‘Lions Paw’

Day 2 :Ride from Sigiriya to Polonnaruwa

We start the day early in the morning and ride to Polonnaruwa. Post lunch, we will ride around the ancient city of Polonnaruwa which dates back to 800 years. This was the ancient capital of Sri Lanka when reined by the Cholas, and was once termed an ideal city.

Stay overnight in Polonnaruwa.

Ride distance: 66 kilometres

Accommodation Type: Hotel

Highlights:

• You’ll ride to an ancient city
• You’ll get to explore the old capital of Lanka

Day 4 : Ride from Kandy to Nuwera Eliya

This ride might be a long and challenging ride to Nuwera Eliya. We ride out from Kandy towards the “City of Light”. This route will take you past beautiful waterfalls, tea plantations, and fantastic ‘hilly’ weather conditions. We will spend the evening visiting local bars to unwind after which we will get some much-needed rest.

Stay overnight in Nuwera Eliya.

Ride distance: 78 kilometres

Accommodation Type: Hotel

Highlights:

• This will be a challenging ride
• You’ll climb to Nuwera Eliya

Day 3 : Ride from Polonnaruwa to Dambulla

We climb up to the Dambulla caves, a world heritage site that dates back to the 1st century BC. Presently, this cave is filled with beautiful Buddhist iconography. A short hike will take us to a beautiful viewpoint. Post lunch, we drive to Kandy.

Stay overnight in Kandy.

Ride/Drive distance: 70 kilometres/70 kilometres

Accommodation Type: Hotel

Highlights:

• Take a ride to Polonnaruwa
• Hike to a nearby cave
• You’ll drive into Kandy

Day 5: Train from Nanu Oya to Ella – hike to Little Adams Peak

You’ll need all the rest after the arduous climb from the previous day. We’ll start the day easy and take a scenic train journey from Nanu Oya to Ella through beautiful landscapes, views of endless tea plantations, and the hills around – a must-do on every traveller’s list. Post lunch, we’ll hike up to Little Adam’s Peak, a jaw-dropping and conspicuous peak is something you shouldn’t miss. A short walk to the top and you’ll have a bird’s eye view overlooking Ella. In the evening, we’ll will explore Ella town and its nightlife.

Stay overnight in Ella.

Train/Hike distance: 78 kilometres/2 kilometres

Accommodation Type: Hotel

Highlights:

• You’ll take a picturesque train ride
• You can hike to a nearby peak
• You can explore the nightlife in Ella

Day 6 :Ride from Ella to Udawalawe – safaris and downhill riding

We ride to Udawalawe, one of many national parks in Sri Lanka, known for a gushing reservoir and eclectic wildlife. Post lunch, we’ll head out on a safari to try our luck at spotting some wildlife. Spend the evening at leisure and rest up.

Stay overnight in Udawalwe.

Ride distance: 100 kilometres

Accommodation Type: Hotel

Highlights:

• Take a long downhill ride
• Enjoy a wildlife safari in a national park
• Rest in the evening

Day 7 : Ride and drive to Galle – blue beaches and white sands

Post breakfast, we head towards the quaint little beach town of Galle and some part of our ride is on the highway. Depending on the group, we will decide the ride distance, just for this ride. We then have an exciting evening where you can learn about Dutch history in Sri Lanka on a walking tour by a guide popularly known as the “Gandalf of Galle Fort”. Dinner is a pick from many of the cafes and restaurants around.

Stay overnight in Galle.

Ride distance: 78 Kilometres

Accommodation Type: Hotel

Highlights:

• You’ll ride to the coastline
• Take a walking tour around Galle
• Eat dinner at a restaurant in Galle

Day 8 : Rest and Rejuvenate in Unawatuna

There is a reason why we call this the ride from hills to the coast, we love climbing up a mountain just as much as we love riding our waves. If surfing is on your mind then sign up for a quick session of surfing or simply sit back and watch the waves. Soak in the Sri Lankan hospitality and boost that appetite with some delicious fresh crab.

Stay overnight in Unawatuna.

Ride distance: 0 kilometres

Accommodation Type: Hotel

Highlights:

• Enjoy a day of rest, fun in the sun/beach
• Try your hand at surfing
• Explore cafes and beautiful spaces in Sri Lanka

Day 9 :Drive from Unawatuna to Colombo, onward flight to home destination

A 3+ hour drive will get you to Colombo, while on the way stopping at the beautiful Geoffrey Bawa’s Lunuganga Country Estate in Bentota. Here, you’ll enjoy a scrumptious lunch and then continue the drive to Colombo. Some of you may want to stay back in Colombo to extend your Sri Lankan sojourn. Please let us know and we can plan your onward journey. Airport drop facility is available for those taking the late evening flight back to your home destination.

Drive distance: 125 kilometres

Accommodation Type: None

Highlights:

• Bid adieu to new friends
• You’ll get a drop to the airport
• Take the flight back home

Tour Inclusions

The Unventured Experience

The Sri Lanka Hike & Bike Adventure is set against the backdrop of lush green mountains, river streams and valleys, quaint villages, historical sites and delicious cuisine. You can choose optional activities like surfing, etc.

This 9-day expedition begins and ends in Colombo and includes about 300 kilometres of cycling over 7 days. We’ve packed the right mix of cycling, leisure, and exploration. You will experience stretches that challenge your limits, sceneries that indulge your senses, and interactions with the locals that expose you to their culture.

 

Our Sri Lanka Hike & Bike Tour is a good blend of food, nature, culture, history, and real-world experiences. This gives you a peek into the “Teardrop of India” on a cycle and by foot. Whether you are a seasoned cyclist or a regular city commuter; this trail has a good combination of challenging climbs to downhills through countryside roads, villages, forest trails, and plantations for you to trail leisurely and interact with the locals.

This tour is graded medium intensity in terms of distance and gradient climbing since most of the rides will be done on 100% tarmac roads. We suggest that our guests start mountain biking in their own home country a month before this trip. This is to ensure you take away the unfamiliarity with mountain bikes that occur due to lack of practice, physical unpreparedness, and you don’t hold up the other prepared participants. This tour will include a local guide, a tour leader, mechanic, and a designated support vehicle with a driver.

Cycling Support

There will be a support vehicle trailing with us through the trail. Given the need, riders can load up and rest awhile. The vehicle will support all riders and will reach the destination with the last rider.

Accommodation

Accommodation on all days is on a twin share basis with a mix of homestays, resorts, and beachside resorts. We’ve made to sure to pick interesting accommodations which are fairly central with the lots of local connections.

Transport

A team of 10-12 riders will be supported by one coaster bus with a carrier that will transport both the riders and bikes along with a spare cycle, lunch packs, and water. Through the day this vehicle will trail with the riders.

Our tour cost is inclusive of:

  • All transport from Colombo to Colombo in a good quality AC vehicle. Depending on the number of travellers there will be another vehicle for the cycles or alternatively the same vehicle will accommodate the traveller's and the bicycles.
  • All accommodation on a twin sharing basis in resorts/hotels and homestays
  • Breakfast and lunch on all days
  • Services of an Unventured member and local guide
  • Snacks and hydration along the way. The support vehicle will carry drinking water and snacks
  • Cycling transportaion
  • Train tickets from Nanu Oya to Ella
  • Inclusive of taxes as applicable

Excludes

  • Flight charges from your home destination to Colombo and back
  • Entry fee and additional camera fees at sites of attraction
  • Personal expenses
  • Meals: those not mentioned in the inclusions. Dinner on all days.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, landslides, road conditions and any other circumstances beyond our control.
  • Any arrangement in Colombo
  • Anything not mentioned in the Inclusions.
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