Visit and scale this magnificent rock fortress, climbing 220m (720ft) to the Lions Paws entrance and having a well-earned rest at the top
A place where Christianity, Buddhism, and Hinduism exist together
Relax with a cup of tea after a day of cycling
Spot a number of these unique structures during your rides
Cycle to every nook and cranny of this often overlooked country
Set amidst tall trees and sprawling gardens, you'll feel relaxed after a day of adventure.

Sri Lanka Tip to Tip by Road Bike

12 days
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$3,152 USD

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 neighbor 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?

  • Category
    Road Cycling
  • Type
    Fully Guided
  • Duration
    12 days
  • Culture Level
  • Skill Level
    3 - Intermediate
  • Activity Level
    3 - Active
  • Elevation
    3 - Intermediate
  • Terrain
  • Distance
    523.2 miles
  • Avg. Daily Distance
    58.4 miles
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  • 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 Specialized'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 traveling alone?

    You are not required to pay a surcharge for traveling alone. The tour operator will arrange for you to share accommodation with another traveler 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.

  • 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 Organization 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 recognized 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 travelers 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.

Overall Rating:
Great mix of cycling, culture, nature and food
Robert Milofsky — July 2016
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

Perfect combination of road cycling, culture, nature and delicious local cuisine. This is the way to see Sri Lanka and our guide, Kusan was absolutely awesome! Everything about this trip exceeded our expectations. From the superb condition of the tarmac to the high quality bikes - everything better than expected. Moreover, Kusan has the enthusiasm and personality needed to guide cyclists through an amazing country. Our driver was top notch - attentive, helpful, and always ready with food, water and a big smile! Moreover, he kept our bikes clean, lubed and ready to roll! Thanks for an amazing holiday!

A beautiful country
Lindy Jane Williams — January 2016
(Review obtained from Tour Operator)

A challenging, enjoyable experience ..... beautiful country. Look forward to going back one day & cycling down the east coast! Guide very knowledgeable & good at looking after cyclists needs & capabilities. Interested in suggestions from cyclists too.