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Sri Lanka Spice Trails
Forget the tourist-laden land of India and forget flying or driving. It’s time to discover a more unique adventure. Introducing a cycling tour in Sri Lanka that will produce a lifetime of spectacular unrivalled memories. Explore 2000-plus years of culture at ancient historical sites, soak up the glorious sunshine on the beach, meet fishing communities, observe wild elephants in national parks, drink the world’s best tea and simply enjoy unparalleled glorious cycling in a stunning land.
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration12 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation2 - Moderate
- Distance357.3 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance39.8 miles
Where does the tour start and end?
The tour starts by meeting with the the group at Goldi Sands Hotel in Negombo. For folks flying in, it can be accessed through Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).
After a 3 hour transfer from Galle, the tour will end at Colombo. The tour operator can drop you off either at the Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) or preferred hotel.
How many riders will be in the group? And what is the minimum age to join?
We can't say for certain how many will be joining. However to keep the tour personal the maximum number of participants is 16 and minimum is 2.
Minimum age to join is 18 years old.
How many days is the tour?
You have 12 days and 11 nights of fun on this tour. 9 of which will be spent on the bike.
Can you describe the tour?
The bicycle journey will be on quiet back roads, estate tracks, and gravel paths. You will cover 575 km (357 mi) in 9 cycling days, and much, if not most, of the terrain is undulating, and there are three days with more than 70 km (43 mi) of riding. When you combine the great variety of cycling with the cultural and natural attractions, there is plenty to delve into and enjoy.
Suitability: This ride is for those who have some biking experience, as well as experts. The beginning of this ride is relatively flat, but there will be hills as you head inland, and there are some long distances to cover. Never underestimate the heat and humidity of tropical Sri Lanka, as it will likely ensure things feel hot. This is a true journey through the finest terrain and scenery of Sri Lanka, with the best culture, nature, and wildlife along the way, ensuring you get the very best of everything from your cycling efforts.
Biking Conditions: The road surfaces are mixed: most days you'll ride on reasonably good quality asphalt roads, but there are enough sections on very badly broken or dirt tracks that you will need a mountain bike, preferably one with front shocks. However, there is nothing technical involved on this tour, and anyone, assuming they have a reasonable level of fitness, will be able to join. A support truck is always available to help.
Please see a message from the tour operator about policies relating to COVID-19
The Tour Operator is committed to ensuring all trips are safe and that they travel responsibly with the safety of riders, staff and local communities paramount, always.
Their health and safety policies follow recommendations from the World Health Organisation and the World Travel & Tourism Council’s (WTTC) Safe Travel protocols for tour operators and they have worked with all their suppliers to undergo a comprehensive risk assessment and safety audit for every trip. As every country is different with varying and fast-changing requirements for entry, they require for every trip tocommit to the following basic requirements:
- All participants must be double vaccinated by a recognised vaccine and will need to show evidence upon booking and on arrival.
- All Tour Operator tour leaders and support staff will have completed a COVID-19 health and safety training course and will all have been double vaccinated prior to a tour starting. For 2021 departures onwards, they are planning to have our leaders tested within 72 hours of meeting the group.
- The Tour Operator follows the World Travel and Tourism Council’s Safe Travels protocol and has received the stamp of approval, which provides travellers with an assurance that they have adopted the health and hygiene global standardised protocols.
Are helmets included when hiring a bike?
Yes, if you're hiring a bike from the operator, a complimentary helmet is provided, although you are welcome to bring your own if you wish.