Visit a tea factory and learn about the process from picking to packing the leaves
Navigate Sri Lanka starting from the top all the way to the bottom
Ride with gorgeous views of Sri Lanka's lakes
Unearth 1000s of frescoes depicting the life of Buddha
Enjoy the quirks of cycling through this overlooked holiday destination
Climb one of Sri Lanka's most iconic structures
Spend some time with the locals
After riding through plantations, sample the teas yourself
Get to know the history and people of Sri Lanka
Finish your busy days at places nestled in mountains
Have your fill of world-class tea

Sri Lanka Spice Trails

Duration
12 days
Site savings
$80
From
$2,410 USD

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.

  • Category
    Adventurous
  • Destination
    Sri Lanka
  • Duration
    12 days
  • Culture Level
    Adventurous
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    2 - Moderate
  • Terrain
    Mixed
  • Distance
    357.3 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    39.8 miles
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Spicing up your travels with a new approach these days can take some doing, but by grabbing a bike to explore the sizzling land that is Sri Lanka you really are thinking outside of the box. This small but lively island packs in so much and with each rotation of the pedals you will discover spectacular beaches, legendary temples, fragrant tea plantations and the most welcoming people ever. Sri Lanka has it all and this epic adventure will uncover every element of it.

Sri Lanka is in many ways the road less traveled, flying under the radar compared to its larger neighbor India. But that is what really makes it special and you will quickly notice that as you set off on quiet back roads along the sparkling blue coastline and marvel at the fishing villages and the colorful boat sails.

Heading inland you can improve your cultural and spiritual understanding of the country with a tour around Dambulla’s rock cave temples. The alluring charms of the country really are unparalleled and you can further explore these when riding out to the dramatic rock fortress of Sigiriya.

Sri Lanka boasts 2000-plus years of culture and it is particularly noteworthy when you ride into places such as the 10th century capital of Polonnaruwa - home to an archaeological park that is packed with temples – or Galle, an old port town full of fascinating Dutch-colonial buildings.

Galle is where we take the final ride into but before that there is still so much to savor. For instance, there are the tea plantations that you’ll ride to and stop at to sample the produce. And of course, there’s the ‘small’ matter of riding to Udawalawe National Park to witness wild elephants in the flesh.

Being well rested is important so half-way through you also get a day off to take in the delightful hill town of Kandy where you can also view the Temple of the Tooth, home to Buddha’s tooth.

And towards the end of the trip, take on some glorious cross-country cycling to really soak up Sri Lanka’s atmosphere before hitting the beach in the afternoon. As you round things off in Galle, it iscertain you will be walking away with mildly aching legs, but a heart and head full of wonderful memories.

Tour inclusions and exclusions at a glance:

What's included?
Items included in the cost of the tour

Sri Lanka really does have it all and the goal is for you to enjoy each second of this cycling adventure through this beautiful land. As such, great effort is done to make sure this bike ride is comfortable and includes everything you' need.

  • Water, snacks and fresh fruit while cycling.
  • Local English speaking cycling leader/guide.
  • Vehicle support while cycling.
  • Cycling jersey and drink bottle
  • Majority of meals are included
  • Clean and comfortable accommodations
What's not included?
Items not included in the cost of the tour

Obviously it is better that nothing is excluded but there are a few details that you will need to organize yourself.

  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Tips
  • International / Domestic flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Free bike rental is not included. Please see the available rental options below.

Equipment Options

Bike Rental
Bring Your Own Bike
Free
Specialized Hardrock
The bikes are Specialized Hard Rock mountain bikes with lightweight alloy frames, 24- to 27-speed gearing, v-brakes and front suspension.
$220.00 USD
Scott E-bike
Scott e-bikes have alloy frames with 9 - 11 speed Shimano disc brakes and components
$440.00 USD