Adventure Tour Sri Lanka

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adventure Tour Sri Lanka

11 Nights / 12 Days

Ride - 50 to 60km Per Day

Difficulty - Moderate

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Day 1 - Airport/ Negombo 

Arrive to Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA), Katunayake. Your designated guide will warmly welcome you at the arrival lounge. Thereafter you are transferred to your hotel in Negombo. Afternoon, following a tour briefing, you are free to relax and settle into the new surroundings.

  • Overnight Accommodation in Negombo ( Goldi Sand Or Similar)
Day 2 - Yapahuwa

After a good nights rest, enjoy a refreshing breakfast at the hotel.

Thereafter transfer a short distance out of the busy Negombo town and ride along the palm fringed coast towards Yapahuwa. You will get to witness the lifestyle of the coastal fishing families as they go about their daily activities. Ride approx. 50km and then transfer to Yapahuwa. This is a former capital in the early 13th Century, the Palace of King Bhuvanekabhu 1 and is built on top of the huge rock, with its ornamental stone staircase is one of the most spectacular sites in Sri Lanka. The ruined fortress is just a few kilo meters from the hotel and can be visited late afternoon.

  • Overnight Accommodation in Yapahuwa (Yapahuwa Paradise Or Similar)
    Meal Plan – Breakfast + Dinner
Day 3 - Anuradhapura

Morning ride to Anuradhapura (approx. 50km), along the scenic roads with rice fields on both sides. There are lots of interesting stops on route from sweet tambali (tender coconut) and Palmrya fruit sellers to colorful roadside tea stops. You may also see monkeys and Malabar Hornbills as well as other objects that will catch a photographer’s eye. The total distance is approx. 80 km.

Evening  visit the sacred Sri Maha Bodiya explore the surrounding at your own.

  • Overnight Accommodation in Anuradhapura (Rajarata Hotel Or Similar)
    Meal Plan – Breakfast + Dinner
Day 4 - Anuradhapura

Morning explore the ruins of the sacred city of Anuradhapura by bike. Today you will ride approx. 40km

The capital of Sri Lanka from the 05th Century B.C. to the end of the 10th Century A.D. was the most celebrated of Sri Lanka’s ancient ruined cities. The city’s greatest treasures are its dagobas constructed of bricks and are hemispherical in shape. The most notable of these dagobas are the Ruvanveliseya dating back to the 2nd Century B.C. and is 300 feet in diameter, the Jetawanarama is 370 feet and the Thuparama Dagoba is enshrined with the collarbone of the Buddha. The city’s most renowned relic is the sacred Bo Tree, which is said to have grown from a branch of the tree under which the Buddha gained Enlightenment. It was planted 2250 years ago and is the oldest historically authenticated tree in the world. Anuradhapura is a UN World Heritage Site.
Afternoon relax at the hotel.

  • Overnight Accommodation in Anuradhapura (Rajarata Hotel Or Similar)
    Meal Plan – Breakfast + Dinner
Day 5 - Sigiriya

Today ride from Anuradhapura towards Sigiriya for about 50kms and then be transferred to the hotel. The distance from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya is approx. 80km.

Travelling along an old king’s route, through the heart of Sri Lanka, the market towns are full of strange vegetables; Snake & Drum stick gourds and Kikiri like a round cucumber. These dry zone vegetables make excellent salads, and can be mixed with grated coconut and chilli to make a fiery sambal pickle. To really experience Sri Lankan hospitality you must visit someone’s home, we will do that for lunch, you can learn the regional cooking techniques and even help prepare some of the tasty dishes, all served on traditional banana leaves. With plenty of fresh fruit for dessert, you’ll have to ride a few more kms to burn it off.
Afternoon ride 30km to Dambulla, the impressive Cave Temple overlooking the town. Built by king Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C., the five cave or temples each adorned with statues and thousands of images painted on the walls and ceilings depicting the life story of Buddha and his journey to enlightenment.

  • Overnight Accommodation in Sigiriya (Sigiriya Jungles Or Similar)
    Meal Plan – Breakfast + Dinner
Day 6  - Sigiriya

Today take a loop ride to Sigiriya Rock Fortress (Lion’s Rock), one of the most extraordinary artistic complexes of its time (477 – 498 AD). Declared as an UNESCO heritage site in 1982, this magnificent citadel allures artistic and architectural curiosity from around the globe.

Afternoon enjoy a private jeep safari at Minneriya National Park, situated in the North Central province, was declared as a wildlife sanctuary in 1938 but was later designed as a national park in 1997. The unique phenomenon of elephant gathering, during the dry season, from June to September, could not be sighted at one place, anywhere else in the world!

Today you will ride about 60kms.

  • Overnight Accommodation in Sigiriya (Sigiriya Jungles Or Similar)
    Meal Plan – Breakfast + Dinner
Day 7  -  Kandy

Morning ride to Naula then be transferred to Kandy by vehicle. From the Ancient city region we gradually climb to Matale the center of the spice trade. The fragrant hills of Clove, Netmeg and Cardamom estates line the roads. Many of these plants are used in Ayurvedic medicine (also called Ayurveda) is one of the world’s oldest medical systems. Please note there are some short steep climbs and ascents before we enter the town, and the traffic levels are high on some roads especially the bridge going in.

Kandy, the Hill Capital (1514 – 1815 AD) - The hill capital is another “World Heritage Site”. It was the last stronghold of the Sinhalese Kings during the Portuguese, Dutch and British rule and finally ceded to the British in 1815 after an agreement. To the Buddhists of Sri Lanka and the World, Kandy is one of the most sacred sites as it is the home of the “Dalada Maligawa” - Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha. Close by are the remains of the Royal Palace (“Maha Wasala”), “Palle Wasala”- where the Queens stayed-now used for the National Museum, “Meda Wasala” where other close relatives lived, Audience Hall, Natha Devala and Vishnu Devala are situated close by. The Bathing Pavilion (“Ulpenge”) is by the Lake and in the Center of the lake is the Island called “Kiri samudraya” (Milk white ocean) used by the kings as the summerhouse.

 

  • Overnight Accommodation in Kandy (Earl Regent Or Similar)
    Meal Plan – Breakfast + Dinner
Day 8  -  Kandy

Free day in Kandy. Explore at your own pace

Suggested sightseeing around Kandy
Udawattekele Sanctuary - Also known as the Royal forest park it is located just behind the Temple of the Tooth.  Kandy has received its name “Senkadagala" in 1371, because of a Brahmin called "Senkada" who have been living in a cave found in this forest. Though the entire garden was declared as a forest reserve in 1856, it was upgraded to a sanctuary in 1938. This garden has an exclusive collection of avifauna and is one of the most beautiful bird sanctuaries in the island.
Peradeniya Gardens - situated 6 Km away from the city of Kandy. The history of this garden dates back to 1371 when Kings ruled over the city of Kandy.
03 Temples - Embakke, Gadaladeniya & Lankathilake Temples
Ceylon Tea Museum - After being closed for over a decade, the Hantana Tea Factory which was built in 1925 was converted to the Ceylon Tea Museum by the Sri Lanka Tea Board and Planters’ Association of Ceylon. Today it stands as a proud monument to the success story of Ceylon Tea!

  • Overnight Accommodation in Kandy (Earl Regent Or Similar)
    Meal Plan – Breakfast + Dinner

Day 9  -  Hatton

This morning ride 50-60km towards Hatton. Kandy's roads are as busy as they are old and narrow! the first 8km to Peradeniya is hectic, once out of the city we again enjoy country roads.  Skirting the base of Huntane Mountain over shadowing Kandy we ride to Gampola, 21km away. From here the slopes of the mountains are carpeted in tea bushes, of the famous Ceylon Tea. The young buds or tips are handpicked, and produce low to mid grown teas used in English breakfast tea. As the road winds up past Kotmale town we pass colourful Hindu temples, the smell incense and burning camphor fill the air. Then transfer to Hatton.

Optional – Take a train ride from Peradeniya to Hatton. A train journey is truly a rare experience and is an adventure itself! The trains in Sri Lanka are still considered one of the comfortable modes of travel by the locals. Apart from the breathtaking sceneries of the tea country and picturesque waterfalls, it is a chance for you to mingle with the local people.

  • Overnight Accommodation in Hatton (Upper Glen Or Similar)
    Meal Plan – Breakfast + Dinner
Day 10  -  Negombo

Morning ride to Kithulgala. The distance from Hatton to Kitulgala is approx. 40km.

Optional – White Water Rafting. Kitulgala is a small town in the west of Sri Lanka. A rain forestry area, which gets two monsoons each year, and is one of the wettest places in Sri Lanka. Nevertheless, it comes alive in the first three months of the year, especially in February, the driest month. The Academy Award-winning movie The Bridge on the River Kwai was filmed on the Kelani River near Kitulgala, although nothing remains now except the concrete foundations for the bridge,  Kitulgala is the base for white water rafting.

The Kelani river is wide at Kitulgala, but it is shallow apart from a deep channel near the opposite bank, so in the drier months it provides a safe and attractive place to swim and play.

Then transfer to Negombo.

  • Overnight Accommodation in Negombo (Suriya Resort Or Similar)
    Meal Plan – Breakfast + Dinner
Day 11  -  Negombo

Full day at leisure by the beach / pool

  • Overnight Accommodation in Negombo (Suriya Resort Or Similar)
    Meal Plan – Breakfast + Dinner
Day 12  -  BIA Airport

Leave for Bandaranaike International Airport (BIA) for your departure flight

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