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Sri Lanka Tip to Tip by Road Bike
Instead of settling for your average holiday, why not grab your bike and experience the adventure of a lifetime by cycling the length of Sri Lanka? India’s neighbour is often overlooked as a tourist destination, but this country is teeming with history, beautiful beaches and a wide array of stunning wildlife. Every day of this epic journey brings with it a new experience, so what are you waiting for?
- CategoryRoad Cycling
- TypeFully Guided
- Duration12 days
- Culture LevelAdventurous
- Skill Level3 - Intermediate
- Activity Level3 - Active
- Elevation3 - Intermediate
- Distance523.2 miles
- Avg. Daily Distance58.4 miles
What's the tour like?
The first half of this 12-day cycling tour is primarily on flat terrain, so the daily distances are quite long. After a rest day, you'll ride up into the central highlands, and the distances are shortened to take into account the climbs. You will ride just over 840 km (521 mi) in 9 days of riding. In addition, the route is designed for you to take in the best of Sri Lanka's culture, countryside, and wildlife. There will be one rest day for you to explore Kandy. The trip is fully supported, and your guide’s expert knowledge of the area and terrain means that you always know what is coming up in terms of distance and difficulty. This makes a tremendous difference, as does the constant supply of cold drinks and fresh fruit.
Suitability: This is a tour for cyclists possessing a high level of physical fitness. Fitness will be a huge asset on those long-distance days and on the ascents in the hills. The tour is fully supported, and the bus is always close at hand for those that find the riding too difficult.
Biking Conditions: This trip is on paved roads that are in good condition, though there maybe occasional short rough sections. The distances are long, but the climbs are gradual on easy gradients of 5%. In 9 days of cycling, you will ascend a total of 7,557 m (24,793 ft).
How long is the tour? How many days of riding?
This tour is 12 days long, with 9 riding days.
How many riders will be in the group?
Groups can be from 2 to 14. For groups of 9 or more, a second guide joins the tour.
Is there a minimum age for this tour?
Yes, riders must be 18 years old by the time the tour starts.
Can I rent a bike for the tour?
Yes, quality road bikes can be hired for the duration of the tour. The bikes available are Trek's 2.1 or Allez and Specialised's Roubaix. These road bikes are ideal for the road conditions of the tour.
Am I safe?
The tour leader is trained in first aid and emergency rescue. But to a large degree, riders must be responsible for their own safety during the tour. It is therefore compulsory that you take out travel insurance that will cover you for a cycling tour.
Where does the tour start and finish?
The tour starts in in the city of Negombo and finishes at the capital, Colombo. Both cities can be accessed through the Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB).
Do I have to pay if travelling alone?
You are not required to pay a surcharge for travelling alone. The tour operator will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveller of the same gender. If you cannot be matched, they will provide a single room at no extra charge. If you prefer not to share, a single supplement is payable to guarantee your own room.
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.