Sri Lanka Spice Trails
The Pearl of the Indian Ocean
Sporting the name Ceylon in its days within the British Empire, Sri Lanka, has known many identities on its journey to modernity. Famous for its peaceful Buddhist ruins, including the beautiful palace and frescoes of the 5th-century fortress Sigiriya, Sri Lanka enjoys year-round sunshine and breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean from every shore.
- January 10 – 21
- February 7 – 18
- March 14 – 25
- October 17 – 28
- November 7 – 18 * Tour a go!
- December 12 – 23
- Duration: 12-days
- Ride Type: Touring
- Difficulty: Active (Level 4 of 6)
- Average Daily Mileage: 40
- Price: $2,490
Follow the coastal roads, pausing to breathe deep at the fish markets (or not) and capture the colorful sails of the local Karavas fishing boats on camera.
Catch the whiff of cinnamon being cooked as we cycle, and tackle the hill country outside of Kandy to reach one of the island’s highlights; the tea estates.
Sri Lanka’s landscape combines a great mix of challenging terrain and beautiful scenery; perfect for this tour.
Cycle red dirt tracks which wind through the countryside, flanked by elephant grass — and maybe wild elephants too. Drink in the water gardens at Sigiriya, before climbing Lion Rock to awe at the views overlooking the ruins.
Are you a wildlife enthusiast?
Sri Lanka offers the chance to spot a wide range of birds and animals in their natural habitat. From small creatures—like mongoose—and over 400 species of bird, to the world’s largest animals, the elephant and blue whale, Sri Lanka is a nature lover’s dream.
DAY 1 – Arrive in Sri Lanka
DAY 2 – Negombo – Dambulla
DAY 3 – Dambulla Loop
DAY 4 – Dambulla – Polonnaruwa
DAY 5 – Polonnaruwa – Kandy
DAY 6 – Kandy Rest Day
DAY 7 – Kandy – Hatton
DAY 8 – Hatton – Udawalawe
DAY 9 – Udawalawe Loop
DAY 10 – Udawalawe – Mirissa
DAY 11 – Galle Loop
DAY 12 – Mirissa – Colombo
Transfer to airport or hotel in Colombo
- Visit the Golden Temple – Buddhist cave
- Sigiriya (Lion Rock) fortress
- King Kasyapa’s summer palace
- Historic Polonnaruwa park – ancient city capital
- Angammedilla National Park
- Kandy – the spiritual & cultural capital of Sri Lanka
- UNESCO World Heritage Site – Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic
- Botanical Garden of Peradeniya
- Peak Forest Reserve
- Udawalawa National Park (wild elephants)
- Explore the historic masterpiece of Galle
Meals (as indicated)
Snacks and drinks
This tour offered a great variety of biking, scenery and historic sites. Excellent food and wonderful people. And an amazing variety of wildlife; birds, reptiles and mammals.
– Leslie W