If you imagine a holiday in Asia, you usually have Thailand or China on your screen, whereas Sri Lanka is easily overlooked.
This is amazing, as this wonderful island has a lot to offer, despite its small size. There are snow-white, palm-fringed sandy beaches and high mountain peaks wrapped in untouched rainforest, as well as ancient temples and a rich animal kingdom, fantastic food and extremely friendly people. And of course, tea, lots of tea, the best in the world. On this tour you can experience the nature and culture of this very special country up close, you can marvel at wild animals, meditate in the shade of a millennia-old temple, go for a walk in the jungle, have fun on the surfboard, climb Little Adam's Peak, relax with an Ayurvedic massage, watch whales or just enjoy the peace and quiet at the pool or beach, and all this at a time of year when in Europe people still have their coat collars up. And exactly because the sland is so pleasantly warm and so small, about the size of West Virginia, it is perfectly suitable for a trip by e-bike. Sri Lanka - an extremely seductive insider tip!
|Start/Finish:||Sigiriya / Colombo|
|Route:||mainly side roads, cycle paths and forest tracks|
|Accommodations:||upper class hotels typical for the country|
|Rest day:||Sigiriya, Yala, Tangalle|
|Highlights:||Dambulla cave temple, temple of Polonnaruwa, the lion rock of Sigiriya, tea plantations, Yala Nationalpark, beaches in the south of Sri Lanka, the fort and the old town of Galle, Colombo|
|Minimum number of participants:||8
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|DAY 1:||Arrival in Sigiriya
Your adventure begins with our Welcome Briefing in the hotel at 4 pm where you can meet the group.
We spend the entire first day near Sigiriya. In the morning we visit the Buddhist cave temple of Dambulla, which dates back to the 2nd century B.C., then relax a little at the pool and in the late afternoon we climb up the frescoed rock castle. The view from above is magnificent and well worth the effort.
|DAY 3:||Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa
The day begins with a ride through the beautiful Minneriya National Park, through forests and past beautiful lakes. After a traditional lunch with a private family, we will first go to the hotel to rest a little, later we will be guided through the ruins of Polonnaruwa
|DAY 4:||Polonnaruwa - Kandy
The most beautiful part of the route to Kandy is the winding mountain road that starts in Hasalaka. Until there we are transported by our support vehicle, so we have enough time to enjoy the road and the beautiful landscape. Kandy is an extremely enjoyable city, thanks to the altitude of the city the climate is also very pleasant. One of the most important sights here is Buddha's tooth temple, which we will of course visit.
|DAY 5:||Kandy - Kandapola
Today we ride to where the tea grows. The road climbs up to over 1,800 meters here in the highlands and winds from one tea plantation to the next. Kandapola was and is one of the most important centres of the tea industry in Sri Lanka. We should be at the hotel in time for the 5 o'clock tea…
|DAY 6:||Kandapola - Ella
A trip to the land of tea would not be complete without a visit to a tea factory. This morning we will visit one, then we get back on our bikes and cycle again through beautiful hilly countryside. Our destination is Ella, a small town famous for its breathtaking panorama. Here we enjoy the view, the sunset and maybe even a cocktail or two.
|DAY 7:||Ella - Yala
Significant scenic changes await us on this day. We leave the high-altitude province of Uva behind us and ride down a thousand meters to the sea. Of course, we do not leave out the 15-meter-high rock Buddha in Buduruwagala, we even stay a little and relax on the banks of the lotus-leaved lakes. Yala is located right by the sea, at the edge of a big nature reserve. Simply paradise!
In Yala National Park you can observe Sri Lanka's wildlife very well, especially leopards are still numerous enough and can be seen now and then. After a morning bike ride to the Murugan Temple in Katagarama we spend the rest of the day on photo safari in the park.
|DAY 9:||Yala - Tangalle
Today we will ride along the south coast, which is quite densely populated, so covering part of the distance by car is a good idea. However, we spend the morning on the bike and ride past Bandala National Park, which is home to countless bird species, especially thousands of flamingos. Tangalle captivates by its wonderful beaches and invites to stay.
That's why we are going to linger and recover a little today. Sun, beach, sea, palm trees ... Surfing, paddling, swimming and snorkeling are on the itinerary, and you can also watch turtles on the beach.
|DAY 11:||Tangalle - Galle
Galle is considered as the most beautiful city in Sri Lanka. In a magnificent location, Portuguese, Dutch and British colonial heritage meet here and invite you to stroll and wander around. About halfway there is Mirissa, where whale watching tours are offered. Off the coast you can often see blue whales, the largest animals in the world, which are now unfortunately almost extinct.
|DAY 12:||Galle - Colombo
On the last day we don't ride our bikes anymore, but instead have a comfortable ride to Colombo by car. The city is very interesting, and you can also get the last souvenirs there. We recommend a few packets of Ceylon tea…
|DAY 13:||Departure from Colombo
Let’s enjoy our final breakfast together and then set off on our journey homeward.