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This trip is Guided allowing you to explore the area with the benefit of a knowledgeable ride leader and support.
This trip is ideal for Cycling Breaks with Friends and Seasoned Cyclists.
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TRIP HIGHLIGHT WHAT WE LOVE

Sri Lanka is the teardorop of India.  Steeped in history and with Hindu, Buddhist and colonial influences, you will explore collections of ancient and natural delights that will bedazzle you as you explore this fascinating country. You will visit five of Sri Lanka's eight UNESCO World Heritage sites as you cycle through the backroads and absorb a a traditional and authentic feel of Sri Lanka. 
DAY 1Arrival

We will meet you at Bandaranayake International Airport and transfer you to our nearby hotel in Negombo. This evening you can get to know your fellow cyclists over a welcome dinner.

DAY 2Negombo - Kandy

Our first day will give you the perfect taste of Sri Lanka, amongst coconut and rubber plantations and rice paddies. Next, we go conquer a climb taking us through the Balana Gap, then onto the Royal Botanical Gardens. From here we save the best until last, as we end the day in Kandy, one of Sri Lanka's most cherished destinations and a UNESCO World Heritage Site which houses the Temple of the Tooth. 

Today's cycling is approximately 42km.

DAY 3Kandy - Dambulla

Today's first stop is the small town of Matale, renowned for its spices. There's more Sri Lankan scenery today in the form of colourful fruit orchards en route to the Golden Temple of Dambulla. This rock temple was built in the 1st century BC and we'll discover the caves King Walagamba hid in during his 14 year exile. During this time he built some of Sri Lanka's finest rock temples.    

Today's cycling is approximately 40km.

DAY 4Dambulla - Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa

Today we visit a landmark Sri Lankan monument, Sigiriya, aka the 'Lion Rock'. Cycling along the shores of the Kandalama lake will give us great views of the rock fortress, built in the 5th century before we explore this magnificent UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Today's cycling is approximately 35km.

DAY 5Polonnaruwa - Minneriya National Park

This morning we head to Minneriya National Park for a jeep safari, where you will hopefully see some wild elephants. The park also provides habitat to a number of species including buffalo, sloth bears, sambhur leopards, crocodiles, jackals. We'll cycle along a flat tree lined road through a forest and go onto explore Polonnaruwa this afternoon, our forth UNESCO World Heritage Site and a 10th century capital.

Today's cycling is approximately 45km.

DAY 6Polonnaruwa - Anuradhapura

Today there will be a transfer to Anuradhapura, one of the oldest and continuously inhabited ancient cities in the world. It is considered a place of holy significance for Buddhists, due to the Bodhi Tree. Legend has it the tree grew from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained enlightenment. 

Today's cycling is approximately 60km.

DAY 7Anuradhapura - Colombo

After a leisurely breakfast it will be time to say goodbye to your fellow cyclists. We will transfer you Bandaranaike International Airport, just outside Colombo.

AREA
INFORMATION

Sri Lanka offers incredible scenery, outstanding natural beauty and abundance of Buddhist monuments and ancient kingdoms. From the Singhalese capital Annuradhapura BC200-AD1000, a centre of power for over a 1000 years, to the forts and churches built by the Portuguese in the 1500's, Sri Lanka offers a journey through history like no other.

Weather
INFORMATION

High season in Sri Lanka is between January to April and July to September and are a great times to visit the country. There are two monsoon seasons here, one from May until July and the second between October & December so it is normally best to avoid these months. However the weather doesn't always run like clockwise here and these months can sometimes be dry.

PACKAGE DETAILS MORE INFORMATION

 Your accommodation will be in a mixture of hotels, homestays, resorts and boutique residences.   
You will be met and collected at Colombo airport (Bandaranayake International Airport) before being whisked away to the hotel in the city. On the final day of the holiday, you can join the transfer from the hotel back to Bandaranayake International Airport make separate arrangements to stay in Asia. 
Your trip will include all meals. We have plenty of recommendations for you to find the best restaurants in each area and to experience local life. Fresh, local cuisine will be served for breakfast and lunch and bottled mineral water as well as local fruits and refreshments are provided on all cycling days. Please let our cycling experience team know if you have any dietary requirements that we need to be aware of. 
The holiday is guided by English speaking, knowledgeable, friendly guides. Your ride will be followed by a support van equipped with plenty of refreshments as well as a comprehensive first-aid kit. Alternatively, if you would like to do this tour privately, this can be arranged, just ask our cycling experts.    
You will have a well trained and knowledgeable guide who will carry a comprehensive first-aid kit. In the unlikely case of any medical emergency that requires a hospital, there is ground transportation on hand to provide assistance and a local speaking support team. 
The bike you will hire will give you a comfortable ride as you cruise through Sri Lanka and it is equipped with  water bottle holders and an area to keep a small day bag. If you would like to bring your own bike instead, please let our cycling experience team know. 
The air conditioned support van will be equipped with essentials such as bottled mineral water and local fruit and snacks during each day's ride. The guide will have a travel set of bike tools for emergency repairs and the support van will be equipped with spare parts and other tools. 
Your bags will be collected each morning and taken from your accommodation to the next night’s accommodation. We suggest you keep a day bag with you for all your essentials. 
Travel to Sri Lanka is not included but please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to book flights for you.   
We consider travel insurance to be essential. Accordingly, it is a condition of making a booking through us that you have suitable insurance cover for the booking you have made and any activities which you expect to take part in. This insurance as a minimum should cover cancellation, baggage loss, accidents and health issues while you are away. We also recommend that you take your policy details with you when you travel. Please ask our cycling experience team if you would like us to arrange travel insurance for you.   
Bicycle helmet hire is not included in the price but we can include this for you at a very small charge. Love Velo recommends the use of a bicycle helmet on all rides. Please click here for advice on wearing helmets from our partner, British Cycling.