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Internationale groepsreis Cycle the Backroads of Sri Lanka

Explore rich Sri Lankan history and culture by bike


  • Guided Group
  • Food

    • All breakfasts and 10 lunches included.


    • Accom: hotel/lodge
    • Adult group
    • Culture & Discovery
    • Cycling
    • Cycling: road
    • Small Adult Group
    • Food

      • All breakfasts and 10 lunches included. Sri Lankan cuisine is a fascinating reflection of the island’s heritage; there is a unique fusion of fresh local produce with spices brought to the island over the centuries by Malays, Arabs, Indians as well as the Dutch, Portuguese and English. Despite, or perhaps because of, these influences Sri Lankan cuisine is often referred to simply as ‘Rice and Curry’; this is the staple dish in most restaurants and is usually a serving of rice accompanied by assorted meat and vegetable curries as well as various pickles ‘sambols’ and a handful of tiny poppadum’s – all using the contrasting flavours of coconut, chilli, curry leaves, cinnamon and garlic. The variety is constant and this along with the abundance of fresh seafood and fish ensures the cuisine is a constant highlight of the trip. Vegetarians are well catered for but please inform us before departure of any special dietary requests. Please note that in Sri Lanka the availability of certain products is minimal or non-existent, for example wheat or dairy-free, please be prepared for this and you may need to bring these from home. Spicier food can be avoided easily and lots of the hotels with serve Western options alongside traditional food. All lunch and tea stops are subject to change dependent on the cycling speed of the group as well as the weather conditions.

Route 14 daagse fietsvakantie Cycle the Backroads of Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka, the 'island of serendipity', is a tropical island that lies in the Indian Ocean, to the south east of India. The central highlands, dotted with tea plantations and pretty hill stations, rise to 2424m. They offer a lush, cool retreat from the tropical plains below, whilst the coastline boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, lapped by warm blue waters and fringed by palm trees. The national parks and wildlife sanctuaries are home to a huge variety of bird life and animals including elephant and leopard. Those interested in culture will marvel at the island's abundant ruins, temples and ancient cities, not least being Polonnaruwa, which has some of the most interesting, extensive and best-preserved Buddhist remains in Asia. Sri Lanka is predominantly Buddhist, with around 70% of the population following this philosophy. The Buddhists of Sri Lanka follow the Theravada (small vehicle) school of Buddhism, which is also practised in Thailand and Myanmar. The majority of the population is Sinhalese, though Tamils, who are of Indian descent, make up around 20% of the population and are mainly centred on the north and east coasts.

  1. Dag 1 - Start Sigiriya.
  2. Dag 2 - Ride to Dambulla cave temple; afternoon climb Sigiriya Rock.
  3. Dag 3 - Ride to Polunnaruwa; cycle tour of ruins.
  4. Dag 4 - Ride through foothills of spice growing region.
  5. Dag 5 - Ride to Kandy.
  6. Dag 6 - Free day in Kandy.
  7. Dag 7 - Challenging ride through tea estates to Nuwara Eliya.
  8. Dag 8 - Hill country ride to Ella.
  9. Dag 9 - Descent of 1000m, stopping at the impressive rock-cut Buddha statues at Buduruvagela; to Tissamaharama.
  10. Dag 10 - Morning ride to Kataragama Temple; afternoon drive to Yala N.P. for safari.
  11. Dag 11 - Ride through Bundala N.P. and the lagoon for spectacular birdlife; continue riding on coast to Hambantota; transfer to Ahangama.
  12. Dag 12 - Free day on beach; optional ride to Koggala.
  13. Dag 13 - Transfer to Colombo via Galle.
  14. Dag 14 - End Colombo.
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