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Travel Style: You will have solid amounts of both free time and structured time with some activities and meals included. Mixed
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels. Value - 3 star
15 days
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Overview

Highlights

  • The magnificent cave temple at Dambulla
  • Climb the rock fortress at Sigiriya for breathtaking views
  • Explore the old ruined city of Polonnaruwa
  • The fascinating town of Kandy
  • Ride through tea estates to Nuwara Eliya
  • Search for leopard in Yala National Park

Short Description

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.Explore rich Sri Lankan history and culture by bike

Small groups are usually defined as between 10 and 24 travelers, often less. If you're the kind of person who enjoys more intimate experiences and personal service this is a good choice. All else being equal you will pay a premium for this style vs a larger group tour.
Trip Type Small Group Tour
Spend most of the time outdoors. Common trip themes and activities include cycling, hiking, kayaking, whitewater rafting.
Itinerary Focus Active
Mid-range budget with accommodations ranging from comfortable lodges, guesthouses, and homestays to three star hotels.
Lodging Level Value - 3 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Dambulla
End City Colombo

Destinations

Sri Lanka

Cities & Attractions

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Age Requirement

16

No Single Supplement
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Trip Includes

  • All breakfasts and 10 lunches
  • All accommodation (see below)
  • All transport and listed activities
  • Tour leader throughout
  • Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
  • Airport transfers (for group flights only)
  • Local bike hire

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Itinerary

Flight Inclusive

Day 1 Depart London

The group flight usually departs in the evening from London Heathrow. **

Day 2 Arrive Colombo; transfer to Dambulla

The group flight from London typically arrives at Bandaranayake International Airport around lunchtime and we transfer to Dambulla (approximately 4 hours) where we stay for the next 2 nights. *Amaya Lake or similar*

Day 3 Ride to Dambulla cave temple; climb Sigiriya Rock

After breakfast we ride along gravel roads following an old irrigation canal to Dambulla, the 2nd Century BC Buddhist cave temple. It is well worth the walk to view the five caves, which contain many ancient Buddha statues, some carved from the solid rock. Returning via the busy market town we take another quiet back road riding through chilli and rice fields before cycling back at our hotel for lunch and a relaxing swim in the pool. In the late afternoon we climb the 5th Century rock fortress of Sigiriya to see the beautiful frescoes painted onto the rock face (not recommended for those who suffer from vertigo). The ruins of the palace on the summit are surpassed only by the magnificent aerial view of the surrounding jungle. *Amaya Lake or similar*

Day 4 Ride to Polunnaruwa; cycle tour of ruins

A long morning ride along a quiet back road which is part of the Sigiriya nature reserve, before joining the highway travelling east towards Polonnaruwa, riding all the way to our lunch stop and overnight stay. For those who fancy a swim, the hotel also has a swimming pool, a pleasant place to spend the hot early afternoon. Later we tour the old ruined city of Polonnaruwa, which dates from the 10-13th centuries. *Deer Park Hotel or similar*

Day 5 Ride through foothills of spice growing region

We follow the local lake's man-made 6km dam and feeder canal to its source, the Amban Ganga River. The afternoon ride is flanked by the stunning Kalanduwa hills on one side and the borders of Wasgomuwa Wildlife Park on the other. As the jungle gives way to plantations, we enter the spice growing region of Sri Lanka. The night is spent in a family-run guest house with small cabanas dotted around the estate. It’s basic but the home cooking in clay pots on wood fired stoves gives you the real flavour of Sri Lanka. If you would like to find out more about the spices used in the piquant Lankan curries, the owners can arrange a visit to one of the renowned spice gardens a short walk down the road. *Thilanka Resort and Spa or similar* Thilanka Resort & Spa

Day 6 Ride to Kandy

Today is tougher as we head for the hills and Kandy, the spiritual and cultural capital of the hill country. Those who feel like an easy day can jump onto the bus for the 50km trip to Kandy, while the rest of us pedal away, riding through the Moorish town of Matale. Its inhabitants, descendants from Arab spice traders, still control most of the spice market, which is a good place to pick up some freshly ground curry powder. As Kandy's roads are as old as the city itself, we may have to drive the last few kilometres to avoid the traffic. Surrounded by hills, the town is centred around a small lake and the Temple of the Tooth. The afternoon is free to wander through the streets and markets. *Hotel Thilanka or similar*

Day 7 Free day in Kandy

A free day to explore the town. Kandy has many interesting attractions including the wonderful Botanical Gardens, the famous Temple of the Tooth, and streets lined with interesting curio shops. The surrounding hills are dotted with wonderful temples. *Hotel Thilanka or similar*

Day 8 Challenging ride through tea estates to Nuwara Eliya

For anyone who doesn't do hills, we strongly recommend the train ride to Nuwara Eliya. For those who feel like a challenge, it’s 84km, climbing up to 2000m above sea level to reach this most favoured hill station. For the first part of the ride we take the old road, a far more pleasant route, and one of the few places where you see terraced paddy fields. Beyond the paddy fields is tea country and the area is reputed to produce the finest teas on the island. Tickets for the train journey are dependent on availabilty on the day (although usually available, there may be the chance that the bus will need to be used instead for those who don't fancy the hill). *St Andrews Hotel or similar*

Day 9 Hill country ride to Ella

In the morning we visit a tea factory on the edge of the town, and then cycle through hilly country towards Ella, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant and later tea in Bandarawella, a trading centre where exotic fruits from the east coast are traded for hill-country vegetables. Arriving in the late afternoon, we watch the sunset from the famous view point of Ella Gap. On a clear day you can see the coast shimmering in the distance. *Hotel Heaven's Edge or similar*

Day 10 Descent of 1000m, stopping at the impressive rock-cut Buddha statues at Buduruvagela; to Tissamaharama

Descending 1000m we leave the breathtaking scenery of Uva Province for the gentle rolling hills of the dry zone, stopping at the impressive rock-cut Buddha Statues at Buduruvagala. The giant 15m rock carving of Buddha is flanked by small figures depicting his helpers and a very rare image of Maitreya, the future Buddha, which dates from the 10th Century. The tranquillity of the place is enhanced by the lotus-covered lake where we will relax on the banks and enjoy some fresh fruit before riding on to lunch. Here we can retreat from the heat of the day, before the final 30km to Tissamaharama, the capital of the old Ruhuna Kingdom. *Kithala Resort or similar*

Day 11 Morning ride to Kataragama Temple; afternoon drive to Yala N.P. for safari

In the morning we cycle to Kataragama temple, which lies 16km northeast of Tissa. People of all faiths come to seek favour with the god Skanda, who is reputed to restore people's health. The colourful and noisy pooja is always busy, with thousands of pilgrims during the festival season from July - August. Tissa is close to Yala National Park, the best park in Sri Lanka to see leopard. After lunch we have a safari in the park, when we may see elephant, deer, wild boar, sloth bear, asian jackal, lots of birdlife and if very lucky a leopard. We return to Tissa for the night (please note that the sanctuary may be closed for 4-6 weeks from September to October allowing the park authorities to check the animals. We therefore go to an alternative area close by, usually the Udawalawe National Park). *Kithala Resort or similar*

Day 12 Ride through Bundala N.P. and the lagoon for spectacular birdlife; continue riding on coast to Hambantota; transfer to Ahangama

Leaving early to avoid the heat of the dry zone, we ride along the boundary of Bundala Bird Sanctuary. During certain times of the year thousands of flamingos can be seen wading in the brackish shallows, eyed up by crocodiles, basking in the early morning sun. We hit the main road for the final 30km to Hambantota, a series of sandy bays fanning out from this typical coastal town. Transfer from Hambantota to Ahangama by coach. For the next 2 nights we stay in Ahangama. *Amari Galle or similar*

Day 13 Free day on beach; optional ride to Koggala

Relax at the hotel or join a late morning ride along rural roads to the village of Wandurugama before returning via Koggala Lake and back to the hotel to end our riding. This afternoon is free to explore the beach area or swim and laze by the pool. In the late afternoon we can view the stilt fishermen climb their poles to catch a few bites for supper. From November to April we can also go whale watching off Dondra head, near Mirissa, which is one of the best places in the world for seeing Blue and Sperm whales. Huge pods of dolphins are also often seen accompanying the boats. *Amari Galle or similar*

Day 14 Transfer to Colombo via Galle

Leaving mid morning, we will stop to visit Galle. The Old Dutch fort was built in 1663 after the Dutch took the island from the Portuguese. The old ramparts and small back streets bring alive some of the history of the fight for colonial domination of this prized island. You’re free to find your own lunch, meeting back at the bus around 2.30pm for the 2 hour drive to Colombo. The rest of the day is free to relax by the pool or shop along the main street. For the last evening meal we can choose from one of the many restaurants in Colombo. *Ramada or similar*

Day 15 Fly to London

If you are travelling on the group flight we will have a morning transfer to the airport for the daytime flight to London. The arrangements for those not flying with the group end after check out. **



Land Only

Day 1 Start Dambulla

The group flight from London typically arrives at Bandaranayake International Airport around lunchtime and we transfer to Dambulla (approximately 4 hours) where we stay for the next 2 nights. *Amaya Lake or similar*

Day 2 Ride to Dambulla cave temple; climb Sigiriya Rock

After breakfast we ride along gravel roads following an old irrigation canal to Dambulla, the 2nd Century BC Buddhist cave temple. It is well worth the walk to view the five caves, which contain many ancient Buddha statues, some carved from the solid rock. Returning via the busy market town we take another quiet back road riding through chilli and rice fields before cycling back at our hotel for lunch and a relaxing swim in the pool. In the late afternoon we climb the 5th Century rock fortress of Sigiriya to see the beautiful frescoes painted onto the rock face (not recommended for those who suffer from vertigo). The ruins of the palace on the summit are surpassed only by the magnificent aerial view of the surrounding jungle. *Amaya Lake or similar*

Day 3 Ride to Polunnaruwa; cycle tour of ruins

A long morning ride along a quiet back road which is part of the Sigiriya nature reserve, before joining the highway travelling east towards Polonnaruwa, riding all the way to our lunch stop and overnight stay. For those who fancy a swim, the hotel also has a swimming pool, a pleasant place to spend the hot early afternoon. Later we tour the old ruined city of Polonnaruwa, which dates from the 10-13th centuries. *Deer Park Hotel or similar*

Day 4 Ride through foothills of spice growing region

We follow the local lake's man-made 6km dam and feeder canal to its source, the Amban Ganga River. The afternoon ride is flanked by the stunning Kalanduwa hills on one side and the borders of Wasgomuwa Wildlife Park on the other. As the jungle gives way to plantations, we enter the spice growing region of Sri Lanka. The night is spent in a family-run guest house with small cabanas dotted around the estate. It’s basic but the home cooking in clay pots on wood fired stoves gives you the real flavour of Sri Lanka. If you would like to find out more about the spices used in the piquant Lankan curries, the owners can arrange a visit to one of the renowned spice gardens a short walk down the road. *Thilanka Resort and Spa or similar* Thilanka Resort & Spa

Day 5 Ride to Kandy

Today is tougher as we head for the hills and Kandy, the spiritual and cultural capital of the hill country. Those who feel like an easy day can jump onto the bus for the 50km trip to Kandy, while the rest of us pedal away, riding through the Moorish town of Matale. Its inhabitants, descendants from Arab spice traders, still control most of the spice market, which is a good place to pick up some freshly ground curry powder. As Kandy's roads are as old as the city itself, we may have to drive the last few kilometres to avoid the traffic. Surrounded by hills, the town is centred around a small lake and the Temple of the Tooth. The afternoon is free to wander through the streets and markets. *Hotel Thilanka or similar*

Day 6 Free day in Kandy

A free day to explore the town. Kandy has many interesting attractions including the wonderful Botanical Gardens, the famous Temple of the Tooth, and streets lined with interesting curio shops. The surrounding hills are dotted with wonderful temples. *Hotel Thilanka or similar*

Day 7 Challenging ride through tea estates to Nuwara Eliya

For anyone who doesn't do hills, we strongly recommend the train ride to Nuwara Eliya. For those who feel like a challenge, it’s 84km, climbing up to 2000m above sea level to reach this most favoured hill station. For the first part of the ride we take the old road, a far more pleasant route, and one of the few places where you see terraced paddy fields. Beyond the paddy fields is tea country and the area is reputed to produce the finest teas on the island. Tickets for the train journey are dependent on availabilty on the day (although usually available, there may be the chance that the bus will need to be used instead for those who don't fancy the hill). *St Andrews Hotel or similar*

Day 8 Hill country ride to Ella

In the morning we visit a tea factory on the edge of the town, and then cycle through hilly country towards Ella, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant and later tea in Bandarawella, a trading centre where exotic fruits from the east coast are traded for hill-country vegetables. Arriving in the late afternoon, we watch the sunset from the famous view point of Ella Gap. On a clear day you can see the coast shimmering in the distance. *Hotel Heaven's Edge or similar*

Day 9 Descent of 1000m, stopping at the impressive rock-cut Buddha statues at Buduruvagela; to Tissamaharama

Descending 1000m we leave the breathtaking scenery of Uva Province for the gentle rolling hills of the dry zone, stopping at the impressive rock-cut Buddha Statues at Buduruvagala. The giant 15m rock carving of Buddha is flanked by small figures depicting his helpers and a very rare image of Maitreya, the future Buddha, which dates from the 10th Century. The tranquillity of the place is enhanced by the lotus-covered lake where we will relax on the banks and enjoy some fresh fruit before riding on to lunch. Here we can retreat from the heat of the day, before the final 30km to Tissamaharama, the capital of the old Ruhuna Kingdom. *Kithala Resort or similar*

Day 10 Morning ride to Kataragama Temple; afternoon drive to Yala N.P. for safari

In the morning we cycle to Kataragama temple, which lies 16km northeast of Tissa. People of all faiths come to seek favour with the god Skanda, who is reputed to restore people's health. The colourful and noisy pooja is always busy, with thousands of pilgrims during the festival season from July - August. Tissa is close to Yala National Park, the best park in Sri Lanka to see leopard. After lunch we have a safari in the park, when we may see elephant, deer, wild boar, sloth bear, asian jackal, lots of birdlife and if very lucky a leopard. We return to Tissa for the night (please note that the sanctuary may be closed for 4-6 weeks from September to October allowing the park authorities to check the animals. We therefore go to an alternative area close by, usually the Udawalawe National Park). *Kithala Resort or similar*

Day 11 Ride through Bundala N.P. and the lagoon for spectacular birdlife; continue riding on coast to Hambantota; transfer to Ahangama

Leaving early to avoid the heat of the dry zone, we ride along the boundary of Bundala Bird Sanctuary. During certain times of the year thousands of flamingos can be seen wading in the brackish shallows, eyed up by crocodiles, basking in the early morning sun. We hit the main road for the final 30km to Hambantota, a series of sandy bays fanning out from this typical coastal town. Transfer from Hambantota to Ahangama by coach. For the next 2 nights we stay in Ahangama. *Amari Galle or similar*

Day 12 Free day on beach; optional ride to Koggala

Relax at the hotel or join a late morning ride along rural roads to the village of Wandurugama before returning via Koggala Lake and back to the hotel to end our riding. This afternoon is free to explore the beach area or swim and laze by the pool. In the late afternoon we can view the stilt fishermen climb their poles to catch a few bites for supper. From November to April we can also go whale watching off Dondra head, near Mirissa, which is one of the best places in the world for seeing Blue and Sperm whales. Huge pods of dolphins are also often seen accompanying the boats. *Amari Galle or similar*

Day 13 Transfer to Colombo via Galle

Leaving mid morning, we will stop to visit Galle. The Old Dutch fort was built in 1663 after the Dutch took the island from the Portuguese. The old ramparts and small back streets bring alive some of the history of the fight for colonial domination of this prized island. You’re free to find your own lunch, meeting back at the bus around 2.30pm for the 2 hour drive to Colombo. The rest of the day is free to relax by the pool or shop along the main street. For the last evening meal we can choose from one of the many restaurants in Colombo. *Ramada or similar*

Day 14 End Colombo

If you are travelling on the group flight we will have a morning transfer to the airport for the daytime flight to London. The arrangements for those not flying with the group end after check out. **

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This was an excellent trip and it did require a fair amount of fitness to get up some of the hills. It combined some fabulous outings on our rest days. The safari was memorable because we saw the leopard, the bear AND the elephants. We also saw and were quite close to two whales frolicking in the ocean. The Sri Lankan people were so warm and welcoming. We felt like Tour de France riders coming through the rural villages as the kids all came out to wish us 'hi' and 'bye'. Accommodation was very good and it's wise to remember you are visiting a third world country. Traffic was courteous and the bedlam was very organised!
We were a fantastic group supported by a fantastic crew. Help and encouragement got the slower ones up the hills. Pace was set so those at the back didn't feel like they were holding everyone up at the front.

Suresh was amazing. He was well known throughout the route and we were accommodated and well looked after everywhere. His knowledge about his country was impressive. On our last but one evening we went to market, picked our fish and prawns and the hotel put on a fantastic buffet with BBQ'd fish and lots of local curried dishes and salads. Fantastic.

Mosquitos weren't the problem we thought they might be but pack the deet just in case. A buff is a good item to pack as it keeps the sun off the back of your neck and boy...was it hot. Make sure your good on the hills and remember for each one you get up you have to get down which rests the butt and legs! Money was no problem changing and we had a mixture of dollars and Sterling . It's a long flight. We upgraded and it wasn't alarmingly expensive. Charging equipment wasn't a problem just make sure you have the correct adaptors. There are 3 to choose from.

It was so brilliantly amazing. The Sri Lankan's were so warm and welcoming. We did have rain but it was warm and sometimes welcomed. But no mudguards meant quite a lot of dirt came up onto your cycling kit. Washing kit wasn't a problem but humidity meant drying was sometimes slow. Small price to pay for such an amazing adventure.

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This was an excellent trip, basically from the the central mountainous area down to the coast including 6 of the 8 UNESCO world heritage sites, a safari and Whale watching. Surish the guide is excellent and has great local knowledge. Some similarities to the Kerala trip, but not as chaotic as India.
Whale watching - we saw 2 Blue Whales right by boat (season starts late Oct)
Lush landsacpe
Lovely food

He is excellent -knowledgeable, thoughtful & entertaining

Travel late Oct onwards for Whale watching
There are a couple of tough days, but vehicle support is on hand
There are a lot of wild dogs, I understand there have never been any incidents, but having said that I was pleased I got a Rabies jab as well.
Take some antispetic hand wash - stomach issues were not really a big issue
The Premier trip has a lot more swimming pools

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Cycling the backroads of Sri lanka

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Just back from a very good 2 weeks in Sri Lanka. Hotels and food were very good and Suresh and his team went to great lengths to make it a great holiday for everyone. Bikes were good and any mechanical problems were fixed by the mechanics.
I had hoped to see more wildlife and I expected to be on back roads all the time as the main roads were very busy.
The trip might be improved by use of a trailer to carry bikes then more main roads could be avoided.
The evening visit to Kataragama pilgrim site was a special moment as was seeing elephants in Yala National Park.
Climbing to Nuwara Eliya was the best cycling moment although the last few cycling days were the best for birds and wildlife. Being on the top of Sigiria Rock was the best view. In fact most days had something special.

Suresh worked hard behind the scenes to make every day special for the group. He was always arranging great places to eat or tea stops on the route, and if anyone was not happy about something he did all he could to put it right. Suresh is a credit to Exodus.

The cycling was not as hard as I expected as many sections were flat. However, long days in the sun and temperatures of 30 degrees plus make for tiring days. The fitter you are the more you will enjoy it, especially the climbing day to Nuwara Eliya. High factor suncream, insect repellent, rehydration sachets are all essential. I was happy with my saddle but several of the group brought their own saddle and pedals. There were many tea and fruit stops and water bottle filling opportunities. There are no panniers on the bikes but you can leave a rucksack in the bus. I took a bar bag for my camera.

Sri Lanka is a fascinating country and the people are very friendly. Definitely worth a visit, and with a leader like Suresh you are sure to have a great time.

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Beautiful island - best seen on a bike seat

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It was a fantastic trip with the right balance of exercise, wildlife, culture and relaxation ( which was needed after several 6am starts!).
Wildlife safari; it was wonderful to see the elephants and my first near sighting of a leopard ( we at least saw it move through the trees).

Outstanding.
He is an ambassador for Exodus and Sri Lanka.

Train for the hills!

An unforgettable two weeks!

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Cycle Sri Lanka

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We went for our honeymoon and had an amazing time and were really well looked after. It only rained once - which was not quite what BBC weather told us - which was that it was going to be raining every day.
Some of the cycles along really quiet roads were great and seeing a lot of wildlife. We saw a water lizard eating a rat snake and lots of kingfishers.

Suresh did a great job - such as if someone asked for a diet coke and the restaurant didn't have one he'd go and see if he could scout one out and also making sure we had lots of interesting tea stops which gave us a chance to try lots of different tasty treats

Don't get dollars out as you can just chance sterling at the airport or use a debit card to take money out. Maybe take some wine as it seemed quite overpriced there. Try the cocktails and enjoy curry for breakfast.
Look at maybe taking bar ends if you're used to them as the handles get quite slippy in the heat

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From a cycling perspective, this trip has its challenging moments - 55 miles of largely uphill cycling on one day - but it felt a very satisfying achievement. You will cycle through some stunning scenery - by rivers, lakes, rice paddies and terraces, the sea; and weave your way through busy roads on occasion with buses, cars, motorbikes, tuk tuks, other bikes, pedestrians and stray dogs that seem to want to cross the road just as you reach them. But you will feel like a local! Fantastic trip. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
Probably cycling downhill through the hill country, past hill terraces and rice paddies - truly stunning. After all the hard work cycling up the 'big hill' previously, the speed with which we descended made it all worthwhile.
And the friendliness of local people as you passed them was delightful - from shouting "come on, come on" to kids trying to high-five you as you passed!

Suresh was outstanding. Always calm, responsive and anticipated our needs beautifully. He has a great sense of humour and that wonderful Sri Lankan cheerfulness. And the rest of the support team were great too.

It's worth training a bit to make the most of the trip as there are some long days and difficult parts. Keep well hydrated and it's worth taking electrolytes too. I totally lost my appetite after the 'big hill' as I had sweated so much and drank a lot of water such that my salt levels were too low. The electrolytes quickly sorted me out again.

For anyone that loves cycling, this is a great trip.

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Group Size:

Small Group - 24 max

Maximum Number of People in Group: 16

Accomodations

13 nights hotels, all en suite On these departures we stay in a range of excellent hotels, ranging from comfortable modern properties to older properties bursting with character
10 days cycling (including 1 optional ride) with 100% vehicle support
95% tarmac, 5% unsurfaced road
Routes mostly follow quiet backroads, there are frequent climbs particularly around Nuwara Eliya

Age Notes

Min. Age: 16

Additional Information:

  • 10 days cycling (including 1 optional ride) with full vehicle support
  • 95% tarmac, 5% unsurfaced road
  • Routes mostly follow quiet back roads, there are frequent climbs
  • Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader and driver. Min age 16 years
  • 13 nights premium hotels

Trip ID#:

exodus-MIRP

Trip Excludes

  • Travel insurance
  • Single accommodation (available on request)
  • Visas or vaccinations

Meals Included:

Dinner: All breakfasts and 10 lunches included. Sri Lankan cuisine is a fascinating reflection of the island’s heritage; there is a unique fusion of fresh local produce with spices brought to the island over the centuries by Malays, Arabs, Indians as well as the Dutch, Portuguese and English. Despite, or perhaps because of, these influences Sri Lankan cuisine is often referred to simply as ‘Rice and Curry’; this is the staple dish in most restaurants and is usually a serving of rice accompanied by assorted meat and vegetable curries as well as various pickles ‘sambols’ and a handful of tiny poppadum’s – all using the contrasting flavours of coconut, chilli, curry leaves, cinnamon and garlic. The variety is constant and this along with the abundance of fresh seafood and fish ensures the cuisine is a constant highlight of the trip. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Sri Lanka the availability of certain products is minimal or non-existent (for example, wheat or dairy-free) so please be prepared for this as you may need to bring these from home. Spicier food can be avoided easily and lots of the hotels with serve Western options alongside traditional food. All lunch and tea stops are subject to change dependent on the cycling speed of the group as well as the weather conditions.

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