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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

This vibrant island combines ancient and natural sightings along with an impressive eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Discover the many hidden treasures of Sri Lanka from temples in caves to the magical tea plantations and even a safari, where elephants and crocodiles await our arrival. We'll conquer a few climbs but have plenty of flatland riding to challenge us without draining you.  

Departure Dates:
8 April - 19 April 2018
17 June - 28 June 2018
15 July - 26 July 2018
12 August - 23 August 2018
16 September - 27 September 2018
13 January - 24 January 2018
7 April - 18 April 2019
DAY 1Arrival

Negombo is a great place to start any tour in Sri Lanka with its wide beach and lively bars as well as its old historic quarter you can wonder around and get the feel of Sri Lankan daily life. The old fishing harbor filled with brightly decorated fishing boats and the traditional red sailed catamaran’s are great for photos. This evening you can get to know your fellow cyclists over a welcome dinner.

DAY 2Negombo - Jaffna

The first ride of the trip takes us inland to a more rural, authentic part of Sri Lanka, off the beaten tourist route. You'll get a taste of this exotic country as you cycle among coconut and rubber plantations. The area is affectionately called 'Little Rome' due to it's numerous Catholic churches. A ride along flatland takes us through villages where you can encounter friendly locals before a transfer to Jaffna. We'll take a break at Killinochi, where the LTTE or Tamil Tigers were based. 

Today's cycling is approximately 102km.

DAY 3Jaffna Peninsula Loop

Immerse yourself in Jaffna's buzzing markets, small fishing port and old Star Fort built in 1618 to protect the peninsula. As we make our way to Kyats Island this is your opportunity to set your own speed. Don't miss out on the water birds as we cycle to the northern tip of the island, Casuarina Beach. We'll take a picnic lunch and (optional) dip in the pristine Indian Ocean before starting the journey back to the mainland.   
Today's cycling is approximately 71km.

DAY 4Jaffna - Mannar

Today we cycle along another causeway, en route to Ponneryn, the Jaffna lagoon, which rewards us with minimal traffic. The road connects to the sea at Lluppaikkadavai, our lunch spot, which hopefully treats us to sightings of Dugongs, a rare sea mammal! We'll continue cycling to Mannar Island, where the day will finish at a 700 year old Baobab tree, nicknamed the elephant tree, due to its large structure. This tranquil island is peaceful and the perfect place to relax with a beer. On a clear day you may even be able to see the Rameshwaram tower in India! 

Today's cycling is approximately 117km.

DAY 5Mannar - Anuradhapura

It's time to head back to the mainland, cycling through 'Giants Tank', a lake surrounded by rice paddies built by King Dhatusena. The afternoon is reserved for rest so we head out on an evening exploration to Anuradhapura. This ancient city dates back to the 4th century BC and is home to some of Asia's oldest Buddha monuments! 
Today's cycling is approximately 119km.

DAY 6Anuradhapura - Sigiriya

This morning we'll immerse ourselves in Sri Lanka's core religion, Buddhism. Our route takes us past multiple temples and intricate stupas, our end destination? Ritigala, a beautiful nature reserve. There is a myth passed through generations that some of the rocks are from the Himalaya's, released by Hunman, a monkey god. 
This afternoon we visit a landmark Sri Lankan monument, Sigiriya, aka the 'Lion Rock'. An abandoned royal palace which was then converted to a monastery for Buddhists it is brimming with hidden treasures, from the mirror wall to the incredible views from the top, prepare to be amazed.
Today's cycling is approximately 78km.

DAY 7Sigiriya - Kandy

Our fist stop, Dambulla cave temple is the largest in Sri Lanka! Embellished with frescos, this complex dates all the way back to the 2nd century BC. After a transfer to Melsiripura its time to explore another key Sri Lankan element - spices. Allow your senses to go wild as we surround ourselves among nutmeg, clove and pepper plantations. After a stop at a Spice Garden we begin the ascent up Wattegama valley covered in rice paddies and jungle topped hills.

Today's cycling is approximately 86km.

DAY 8Kandy

Today is a well earned rest day! Kandy holds a religious significance and acts as a pilgrimage destination for Buddhists. Delve into the atmospheric market, old shops and antique gem stores. We highly recommend a visit to the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, one of Sri Lanka's eight UNESCO World Heritage Sites.    

DAY 9Kandy - Hatton

Today we conquer hills, hence the shorter distance. Remeber to bring a camera, as we the tea district scenery is well worth a photo! Cycling along the Mahaweli River leads us too Hatton, one of the islands oldest tea plantations. Tonight's accommodation was formerly a colonial home for planters.  
Today's cycling is approximately 83km.

DAY 10Hatton - Uda Walawe National Park

Prepare for some climbs this morning, passing tea plantations and Adam's Peak, a holy mountain. Our descent is lengthy and the last 30km is on straight flatland which taking us to Uda Walawe National Park. 

Today's cycling is approximately 106km.

DAY 11Uda Walawe - Mirissa

If you're an early bird or love animals there is an optional morning safari, with the chance of seeing elephants, crocodiles and birds. Later we'll start our final cycle of the trip, following luscious rice paddies to Dondra Lighthouse, in the very south of the island. Our tires will touch the Indian Ocean, signalling the end of our journey from North to South! This evening our farewell dinner will be held in Galle.  

Today's cycling is approximately 80km.

DAY 12Departure

We can drop you off at a Colombo hotel or help you to extend your stay in Galle. 

Sri Lanka cycling holiday route from Negombo to Mirissa
12 DAYS
94 KM/DAY AVERAGE
SRI LANKA
WHAT’S THE WEATHER

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 comfortable 4* hotels, villas and resorts.  
You will be met and collected at Bandaranaike Airport before being whisked away to the hotel in Negombo. On the final day of the holiday, you can join the transfer from the hotel to the airport or make separate arrangements to stay in Asia.  
Your trip will include all meals. Fresh, local cuisine will be served 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.   
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.  
Your bike  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.