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    CYCLE THE BACKROADS OF SRI LANKA

    Fantastic Holiday - waterproofs a must - we had very heavy rain for 3 or 4 days, only after 1430!! So you get wet, but doesnt spoil the trip.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The train alternative to Nurey Elia was fantastic, a real bargain for 70p!!! for 4 hours!!!  The Hill Club was a real treat  Seeing hornbills on the Safari trip was fantastic 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Peter was really good, as were his oppos and the locals

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    See above - take waterproofs as you will get wet!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Enjoy,the people, sights and the wildlife are fantastic

  • 10

    Beautiful island - best seen on a bike seat

    It was a fantastic trip with the right balance of exercise, wildlife, culture and relaxation ( which was needed after several 6am starts!).

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Wildlife safari; it was wonderful to see the elephants and my first near sighting of a leopard ( we at least saw it move through the trees).

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Outstanding. He is an ambassador for Exodus and Sri Lanka.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Train for the hills!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    An unforgettable two weeks!

  • 10

    Cycle Sri Lanka

    We went for our honeymoon and had an amazing time and were really well looked after. It only rained once - which was not quite what BBC weather told us - which was that it was going to be raining every day.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Some of the cycles along really quiet roads were great and seeing a lot of wildlife. We saw a water lizard eating a rat snake and lots of kingfishers.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Suresh did a great job - such as if someone asked for a diet coke and the restaurant didn't have one he'd go and see if he could scout one out and also making sure we had lots of interesting tea stops which gave us a chance to try lots of different tasty treats

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't get dollars out as you can just chance sterling at the airport or use a debit card to take money out. Maybe take some wine as it seemed quite overpriced there. Try the cocktails and enjoy curry for breakfast. Look at maybe taking bar ends if you're used to them as the handles get quite slippy in the heat

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    Cycle the back roads of Sri Lanka

    This was our 3rd Exodus trip and it exceeded all of our expectations I really do not think that any other trip would ever top the two weeks that we had in Sri Lanka. The Sri Lankan people are friendly and smiley, the countryside breathtaking and the wildlife is amazing.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Every day was full of new experiences and challenges but we loved the elephant orphanage and Lions rock. Our guide Suresh took us to a temple one evening were we made an offering to the Gods and were blessed by the holy man (for a safe journey) Suresh also took us to Little Adams Peak in Ella as the sun was going down which was amazing.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Suresh our tour leader- what can I say words do not do justice to this lovely gentle man. Everything was planned to perfection, Suresh and his team are a credit to Exodus, they all went above and beyond their duties to ensure we had the holiday of a lifetime. Suresh organised many activities not listed in the trip notes and was at hand 24 hours a day should any problems arise. He has a great local knowledge which maximised our experience of Sri Lanka.Thank you Suresh, Sandy,Chamara, Amila and Upali for a fabulous 2 weeks we will never forget you all, such lovely people.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    You do not need to be a hard core cyclist but get bike fit there are two tough days.This is a group holiday and we had brilliant travel companions who all gelled from day one. Go with an open mind and try everything have faith in your leader.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    There is nothing I would change about this trip the only problem we now have is finding another cycle trip to match this one!

  • 10

    CYCLE THE BACKROADS OF SRI LANKA

    An interesting and varied trip with great leader & support crew. Friendly people, lots of Buddha’s, interesting flora and fauna and some spectacular scenery.  Hot and humid initially but cooled a little as we hit the hills. Cycling was challenging for some but everyone cycled every day with a few personal firsts achieved.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The "up hilly" day that EVERYONE cycled to Nuwara Eliya. The Hill Club at Nuwara Eliya is something special too.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Dilip was very professional and efficient - lead a good team and the trip went very smoothly. Very knowledgeable especially about the local bird life.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    It was hot - take light weight cycle shorts. There was free wifi in the all the Hotels.  Take good (gel) cycling gloves - the tramac road surfaces are good but once on the dirt roads (which have a good but rough surface) you will appriecate some padding. Worth taking binoculars for the safari day if you have space. 

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Whale watching was a little disappointing to those of us that had seen whales before - however we did see whales and it is in the nature of wildlife to be unpredictable.  Go for it.  

  • 10

    CYCLE THE BACKROADS OF SRI LANKA

    This has to be one of the most enjoyable Exodus cycle tours I have taken and I have taken a few! I love the Indian sub continent for its people, food, culture and colour and Sri Lanka did not disapoint. What made it stand out was the group of very special people that I enjoyed it with and the most caring and attentive staff you can imagine.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    For me the second to last evening that we were all together as a group. The guitars of the resident band were hi-jacked and tributes,with lyrics writen by group members, were sung to the tunes of "O-bla-dee, O-blah-da", "Your Song" and "I'll tak the high road..." which express the feelings of comaraderie that had grown within the group, including the staff, and especially the leader.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Just think of all the appropriate flattering superlatives you can think of and you will have it about right

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    IT IS NOT ABOUT THE BIKE. OK I know it is a cycle tour but remember you are in a richly exotic part of the world with an interesting culture and a lively people. Take the time along the way to interact with and enjoy them. The following story is an example.  Taking my time as usual I found that I had seen no one for a while and wondered if I had taken a wrong turn, so I stopped at a wayside fruit stall to ask. Two lovely ladies who spoke no English and I, who did not speak their language, managed to communicate that the villages I was asking about were "just round the corner" and " 5 klms away" respectively, that I should take their photo in front of their stall and that here was the address to which I should mail a copy!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I'll be back for more soon

  • 10

    CYCLE THE BACKROADS OF SRI LANKA

    Just returned from a fantastic trip around Sri Lanka. Exceeded expectations in every sense - the cycling, the people, the countryside, the food, the hotels, the organisations, the support - all amazing! Travelling around by bike was just the best way to see the country and all it has to offer - some beautiful scenery (much of it reached by climbing some serious hills!), very welcoming people and an interesting insight into how the country works and how people live. We were looked after exceptionally well from start to finish - I have no hesitation in highly recommending this trip!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    So many...but a particular highlight has to be reaching the top of the highest point in the country after a 2000m climb. Unfortunately we couldn't see much at the time due to the clouds and rain, but knew it was quite an achievement to have got there on a bike, especially in that weather! Luckily the sun was shining the next day so could see the full extent of the countryside and the heights we had scaled to reach it. Rest day in Kandy made a welcome change of tourist activity (lake, temple of the tooth relic), not to mention the safari (and tusker sighting!) and visits to ruins, temples, tea plantations and ancient stone carvings along the way. So much to see and do - and getting there everyday by bike was just great. Also a great group of fellow travellers, so was fun to share the adventure with a lovely bunch of people too - some good laughs along the way!  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Suresh was brilliant. So enthusiastic, happy, keen to ensure everyone was ok and willing to help - at all times! He was more than just a bike group leader, but rather a proper tour guide and trip supervisor all rolled into one. Made us feel most welcome in the country and was always going out of his way to make sure we saw everything Sri Lanka had to offer, experiencing the food/drink/culture to the full and continuously filling us in on the background and history of places we visited.   The rest of the team were fab too - supporting us whist cycling, looking after the bikes and driving our luggage between hotels.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you are looking for some varied bike riding, that is challenging at times but also rewards you with a real insight into life in Sri Lanka, then this could be the trip for you. The support vehicle and backup is always there in case of any problems or if you don't want to stay on the bike all day, plus the hotels are all of a pretty good standard so there is always a hot shower and sometimes even a pool to look forward to at the end of a day on the bike. A few tips - get a good quality gel saddle and be prepared for lots of rice & curry!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Great trip, great experience, great memories and some great cycling (of course)... Great!

  • 10

    CYCLE THE BACKROADS OF SRI LANKA

    Best trip until now! Great country for riders, amazing people.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Often when children came to say "bye!" with that amazing smile as we passed by their houses. People is comunicative although you may not share languages. Also the riding was great, the landscape is green and paradisiac and you feel the calm that we lack in cities.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    He couldn't be better. Always taking care of us, he planned very well the tea stops every 20km and as we arrived he always took care that everyone has the drink they want and something to eat before having something himself... and also he had personal details, and a great celebration cake when we arrived to the top of the Nuwara Eliya hill!! Also the other staff was very good, we always had water in the van to take and sometimes fresh fruit at the stops.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Be fitted for the riding, as in summer it is really hot and humid. You can always jump to the van in front or the van behind, but you will savour the travel best from the bike, working out a bit before the travel is worth it! Don't be taken aback from having local food, is very interesting and you get used to spicy food. We had no problems with our bellies as far as I know.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    We were luky with the other travelers, they were great people!! :)   And don't forget to take some clothes for cold weather for the hill country even in august!!!

  • 10

    CYCLE THE BACKROADS OF SRI LANKA

    A great way to appreciate this wonderful country, whilst the emphasis is on cycling there are times when you explore the cultural aspects and view at close hand the fabulous wildlife. For the reasonably fit cyclist then most days are manageable with a couple of challenging ones with climbs or miles in the heat/ humidity - the bus is always close at hand if needed A fabulous trip, beautiful scenery, lovely people, great food, Suresh as an excellent guide and those back roads are quiet and better than the roads in my village - just do it!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Cycling through remote villages and hordes of smiling children waving and shouting "hello" or "good morning", the temples, the wildlife, the scenery, the hills and the wonderful food. - and the beer was pretty good too!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Suresh is a star - incredibly knowledgeable, well organised and a great communicator. Nothing is too much trouble and he works incredibly hard to make sure all aspects of the trip are right.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Road surfaces vary between very very good and very very bad but the bikes can cope, the long miles day and the long hill climb day means some butt powder would be useful. With the heat/humidity drink plenty of water and consider gels/ salt supplements etc, personally don't think clip on pedals are necessary My best advice would be to book this trip - without doubt a truly memorable one

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

  • 10

    CYCLE THE BACKROADS OF SRI LANKA

    An exhilerating and exciting adventure with breathtaking scenery and amazingly friendly people. The perfect way to see this beautiful country and become a part of it, taking on the challenge of cycling its roads and engaging with the locals. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    On the day of the long climb to Nuwara Eliya, we passed through such dramatically beautiful scenery that it was almost too much to handle! And then the long climb to the top was a real challenge but so worth it for the feeling once we got to the top. All the time we were cheered on and encouraged by the friendly locals smiling and waving. Such a rich experience encompassing awe, determination, pride, hilarity, exhaustion, camaraderie, satisfaction, relief and feeling overwhelmed and humble.  There was a very special moment at Gal Vihara at Polonnaruwa where there were hundreds of pilgrims including many families laying offerings at the shrines of the massive Buddhas carved into the rock. The whole atmosphere was very special. Peaceful, respectful, relaxed and warm with a real sense of importance. A little girl was talking to me and we were having a conversation, practising her English. Her uncle gave me some flowers to lay at the shrine which I then did. It was a very moving experience to receive such warmth from a local family and to have the oportunity to be part of such a special place. 

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Suresh was a great tour leader. He was very well organised and knowledgeable and always happy and smiling. He worked hard to ensure that everyone was happy and had everything that they needed. He took time to get to know everybody indiviually and as a group, helping to build a team spirit as we went. He explained every stage of the cycle route to us carefully so we knew what to expect and was very kind and patient when answering our many questions. He also added some very special and kind extra personal touches and surprises to the tour which demonstrated his warmth and his desire to make us feel welcome in his beautiful country. 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you would like an active holiday in a beautiful country with friendly people then this may well be the holiday for you. It is very busy and packed with amazing experiences that are different every day.  If you decide to book, it would be a good idea to make sure you are reasonably cycle fit before you set off so you can really enjoy all the cycling. And make sure you smile and wave at the locals...!  

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I didn't mention the elephants, kingfishers, eagles, lizards, monkeys and peacocks. Or the colourful tuk tuks and buses, musical bakery vans, 'ice chock' sellers, cycle-by fish sellers and families on mopeds. Or the beach cricket, slow bike races, pass the hat and coconut bowling. Or the kids playing volleyball, riding their bikes, flying kites and running alongside us making friends.  Or the coconut sambal, mango chutney, curd and treacle, banana fritters, lentil fritters and ginger beer. Or the temples, markets and shrines. Or the wonderful support crew of Upali, Kasun and Amila. Big thanks to you guys, you are amazing.  Or the wonderful group of people I had the pleasure of spending an amazing two weeks with. Thank you for all the fun and friendship.  

  • 10

    CYCLE THE BACKROADS OF SRI LANKA

    Sri Lanka is a stunning country and cycling along the backroads is a great way to see it and experience all there is to offer. Every day is different with a constantly changing landscape to keep you interested as you pedal along. It's wonderful to get away from the busy roads and towns and onto the quiet backroads where children rush out of their homes to wave and call "Hi, Bye!" as you pass by. The people we met along the way were amongst the friendliest I've met anywhere. 

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    With each day bringing along new places to see and new experiences it's very difficult to choose any one most inspirational moment, but here are a few occasions which I really enjoyed:-   Climbing the rock fortress at Sigiriya...when you first arrive and look up, you begin to wonder why would I climb up there when I've still several kms of cycling to go? But it really is worth the climb and is not at all as daunting as it might seem. The view from the top is spectacular. The cave temples in Dambulla are amazing, it's really worth starting at the furtherest away cave and working back as cave 2 is really superb. The monkeys will also keep you entertained! Kandy is really interesting. Making it up the long tough hill climb to Nurawa Eliya! A really tough day's cycling! But worth it when you make it! Festival in Kataragama Temple (we were lucky to time our visit with the festival).  

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Suresh is a fantastic guide. He couldn't have done any more to make our visit to Sri Lanka any better. Every need was catered for and he went out of his way to ensure that everyone was having a good time. We were very fortunate to have a fantastic group who really gelled together well and Suresh was always on hand to answer questions and fill us in on interesting facts and stories...though he could do with a few new elephant jokes!  We also had a great support team, Dasun who rode along with us, Upali, the bus driver and Chamara who had the difficult job of following along behind the group. Together they make a great team! 

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you're thinking of this trip to Sri Lanka, go ahead and book it. Do get some cycling practice in as cycling in the heat can be quite demanding and some of the days are quite challenging. But as with other Exodus cycling trips I've been on you can do as much or as little cycling as you choose.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    One of the best trips I've been on!

  • 10

    CYCLE THE BACKROADS OF SRI LANKA

    A truly amazing holiday, book yourself a place now! This was my first group trip, and I couldn't recommend the experience highly enough. Sri Lanka is a stunning country, with a very friendly people. The itinerary was well balanced, with a bit of something for all tastes. Beautiful landscapes, history and culture, tasty food, wildlife as well as seeing the daily life of the Sri Lankans and much more besides. All this with some exhilarating riding, great challenges and even better company.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    It might not be an original choice, but cycling all the way to the top on the hardest day. I'm not an experienced cyclist at all, and before the holiday started I thought I'd be on the train for sure. Then I thought I would have a go, but expected to have to bus it at least a bit. Getting to the top unassisted was a very proud moment for me, and I'd advise anyone going on this trip to give it a go, the scenery is breath-taking, the sense of achievement is great and on the way up our final tea stop gave us the best cuppa I've had in my life!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Suresh was an amazing leader. This was my first group holiday, and when I go on another the leader will have a lot to live up to after Suresh and the gang. He worked flat out to make it an amazing holiday for everyone. He also went above and beyond the call of duty to help me out when I lost some stuff. The tour was well planned and went of without a hitch! He was also clearly very knowledgeable about his country, being somewhat interested in history and culture I asked him a lot of questions, he didn’t even hesitate once in answering. As well as being an efficient and effective tour leader he's just a really nice guy, and genuinely interested in getting to know the group.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Make sure you take both a gel seat for your bike and padded shorts. Some of Sri Lanka's roads are a bit bumpy, and you will be happy with your investment! Take some high factor sun cream and make sure you use it frequently, it’s a powerful sun in Sri Lanka, and you can forget it when cycling ( especially when going downhill) It can be a bit tough at times, if you have a bit of a gap between booking and your trip I’d suggest you do a bit of training. That said it’s not a race, but the fitter you are the less time you will spend on the bus, and the more time you’ll be enjoying Sri Lanka by bike. We had brought some snacks with us, but I wouldn't bother as we were so well provided for, and I had most of them left at the end of the trip. We got fed at a lot of the tea stops, and you will not go hungry at main meals either. Make sure you do maximum damage at buffets as the curry is delicious. If you go to visit the temple of the Tooth on your free day in Kandy, remember to wear trousers ( or at least long shorts past the knee), it completely slipped our mind ( though we had been made aware of it to be fair) and we ended up in some rather lovely flowery sarongs. Sri Lankan airlines is fairly basic when it comes to the inflight entertainment, so take a book or mp3 with you for that. The hardest part of the hard day was before lunch, so push through!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    A great trip, you will make memories that will last you a life time. I look forward to seeing Sri Lanka again sometime, hopefully the north and east.

  • 10

    Cycling the back roads of Sri Lanka

    I've done a number of these cycling trips and this was way 'up' there compared with some of the others - all of which have been fabulous. It was fairly challenging in that it was hot and a number of roads were 'under construction'. I almost didn't go, being recently diagnosed with a condition but am so glad I still went ahead. It helped knowing that the van was behind, just in case.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    There were quite a number of these, from the beautiful and varied landscapes, the ridiculously friendly and polite people, seeing a leopard, the elephant orphanage and the food. I didn't do the hill climb in the end, due to the rheumatoid arthritis but took the local train up - that was also a fantastic trip being befriended by Sri Lankans and plied with endless gifts and food! Had a great group of travellers too!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Suresh and his team were beyond amazing. Suresh will go out of his way to help in any way he can, including adding in extras that aren't on the trip notes. Always smiling, always friendly, very knowledgeable and passionate about his country and the trip. He will always talk to everyone, getting to know you and making you feel that you matter.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    This is fairly challenging - mainly due to the roads and the heat (depending on when you go) but it is well doable for the averagely fit person. Take a padded seat and or shorts, good gloves to help with the vibrations on the bad roads and stay hydrated. Wet wipes are also good!

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I thought twice about going, about a month before I went but I am so pleased I did it. I did all the cycling - except the hill climb and you have the bus if you decide there's a section you want to avoid. The scenery is beautiful and the people are lovely. If you've done the Kerala trip, there are certain similarities so you might want to leave it for a couple of years. This trip - and the Kerala one - have been my favourites. Suresh as a leader will be a hard act to follow. My advice - do it!

  • 10

    Exodus Cycling Tour - Sri Lanka August 2014

    The trip was brilliant; the mixture of cycling and cultural activities showed us the country from a whole other aspect, which many tourists probably don't get to see. The trip was packed full of activities which fitted around the cycling very well. Integrating into a group was also really fun and we became a strong team after 2 weeks; lovely people. The highlight was our guide, Suresh, and the special efforts he made to make our trip memorable.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Probably just cycling through the countryside and seeing the people; I loved it when the little Sri Lankan boys and girls came running out of their houses shouting 'hello!', 'bye!' and 'how are you?!'. Seeing the real people of the country was a plus; tea stops and wonderfully surreal cafes, excellent street food and off-the-beaten track hotels.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Flawless. Suresh made every effort in referents to our wants an needs. We had amazing food, which he made extra effort for (his cooking demonstration and the street food was a highlight), he excelled in his skills as a communicator and always tried to make us feel comfortable, both on and off the bike. He additionally made little extra efforts to make our trip that bit more special; he had us made personalised templated cards with our photo on, as a souvenir for the trip. He also made us a cake as a reward for our challenging hill ride, with our names on. On our penultimate day I asked if there was anywhere I could get a map because I wanted to note down the route we had taken, and on our last day he gave us all this very map with our route drawn on. What was really refreshing was his clear passion for both his job and country, and I'll never forget it. He would make the effort to explain everything to us whenever we had doubts. He was very kind, generous and friendly.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Do a little training beforehand, there were some challenging days. Apart from that, I would recommend this to anyone because as I said before it's an amazing and unique way to see a country; you really get to know the country.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Just to highlight Suresh's efforts as our guide, he made the trip fantastic. The cycling was very rewarding, and a great way to see such a beautiful country. I can't wait to do this again.

  • 10

    CYCLE THE BACKROADS OF SRI LANKA

    If you're wondering whether you should go on this holiday I would say (if you have a good level of fitness) stop thinking about it and book it - it will be one of the best (if not THE best) holiday you have ever been on! With Suresh and his team looking after you, you can experience this beautiful country the best way possible - on a bike (or in the van if you fancy)

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    I found the people of Sri Lanka the most inspiring part of this holiday. From the small children who are clearly so excited to see you riding through their village, to the people encouraging you along the way, to the kindness and friendliness of all the people we met where we stayed I would say the Sri Lankans really made this holiday for me. By far the friendliest people of all the countries I've been too. Considering such a violent recent history I found it a very humbling experience.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Suresh and his team were - quite simpy - fantastic. None of the group had to think for the whole time we were there. You woke up, ate, went outside and your bike was all ready and waiting for you. Food and water were just around the corner. Between them they made sure we were all cared for during the cycling from the moment we left to our arrival at the next hotel. At every junction someone would be there directing you and stopping the traffic if necessary. They also arranged regular breaks - often ready waiting with drinks, biscuits and fruit. If you're worried about the logistics of a cycling holiday - don't be - they couldn't make it easier. I've been on a few group holidays now and Suresh is definitely the best leader of all those holidays. His love for his country is very clear and that was fantastic to see as we went to different places. He was also very good at making sure people were aware of what the cycle was going to be like - i.e. the state of the roads (generally very good), sections that would be difficult, the heat of the day - and most importantly what the hotel pool would be like at the end! His patience as 16 people each asked the same question time and time again was admirable...

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    If you're wondering whether you can do the cycling my advice would be - if you're of a good fitness level and you can take the heat then you will be fine. I haven't cycled much since I was a teenager so more than fifteen years ago and I managed to complete all the cycling on this holiday - even up to Nuwara Eliya. I go to the gym about 3 times a week so I am quite fit despite the lack of cycling experience. But it's definitely not a holiday where you can just wing it. The heat gets to you (often 35C), the distances are long, and the country is hilly. Different people find different things difficult but I would say the hardest part for me was (some of) the roads which were quite rough in places (but on the whole were excellent). And the van is always there to pick you up if you need a break.   On a practical level I would say - take more cycling gear than you think necessary and lots of handwash. Invest in a good gel seat and shorts with very good padding. You do get sore but as long as you have the gear you'll be fine. I didn't have as much as I could've taken but it was fine but if I was to do this holiday again I would make sure I had more changes of clothing for cycling as the heat means you sweat a lot. I would also make sure that what you take is 'very active' wear. Take factor 50 and don't do what I did and buy cycling gloves with holes on the back of the hand - that part of your body will burn (badly)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Sri Lanka is a beautiful country, with lovely people, amazing wildlife and a really interesting history. I found the whole holiday really inspirational, from visiting parts of the island destroyed by the tsunami to realising that I was capable of cycling to an altitude of 2k. Yes the cycling was hard in places but getting up every morning knowing that you would be cycling through beautiful countryside made it worthwhile. I have no other cycling holiday to compare it to but for me it was an incredible holiday.

  • 10

    CYCLE THE BACKROADS OF SRI LANKA

    A fascinating, beautiful, inspiring and perspiring! cycle tour. The tour is thoughtfully planned, the hotels are great, providing a variety of scenery and terrain,with excellent and comforting support when needed. Not a moment wasted yet wonderfully paced so that relaxation and fun are an essential part as well as being part of the joyous "cycle train"!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    The cycling! Whether cycling through nature reserves, around an old palace ruins site, on the levee of a reservoir, above the lush palm tree laden rainforests, by paddy fields, by tea plantations and spice trees, whether on small roads or pathways or through towns, whether zooming down winding mountainous roads GO!GO!GO! or pushing hard up hills the other side, and all the time with the wonderful Sri Lankan people waving and children smiling shouting their greetings. Every single day contained many moments of inspiration as well as moments of perspiration.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Suresh is a great credit to Exodus. We did not have to worry about a thing, just enjoy the rich variety of wonderful experiences. He organised and managed every aspect of our tour in an efficent and unfussy way and always with a big heart, a huge smile and a hilarious giggle! As well as our tour leader I feel honoured to call Suresh my friend. The support team of Uppali, Kussun and Shameron were superb and always there to support us, nourish us,water us and pick us up if the going got too hot.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    YOU MUST DO THIS TRIP WITH EXODUS AND SURESH! Ensure that you are fit and prepared to cycle 4-7 hours a day. Make sure you have some pocketable energy foods, a gel saddle, padded shorts, gloves and a cycle helmet. I had a ski helmet which was fine for the UK but far too hot for comfort in the warmth of Sri Lanka. Drink lots of water. Enjoy the scenery and people and make sure you look around you. Most of all, just go with the flow, make sure you get to know everybody, and have lots of fun. Its probably better to do this trip before March / April as it  warms up  by 5-6 degrees more by then.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    This is truly a magnificent trip, well organised and seamlessly run. The tour leader Suresh and his team  - Uppali, Kussun and Shameron - were simply wonderful.  This is a trip that runs through the very heart of Sri Lanka in so many ways, from the beautiful lush countryside to its warm hearted and generous people. An unforgettable time!  

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    Are great way to experience the country and its people. The food was awesome, i think i ate my own body weight in in delicious Sri Lankan curries. Many of my Sri Lankan friends back home have said i've seen more of their country than they have. Some days the cycling was tough but you dont feel rushed to get there and you can take your time. If it ever gets too much you can jump on the bus for a while.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    cycling through beautiful scenery villages and small towns where the children run up to wave as you cycle past whenevery a Sri Lankan person asked you where you had come from or where you were cycling to they would always lose it laughing, they all thought we were mad to be cycling!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Suresh is amazing, friendly, so helpful and even when you know he has been asked the same question about a billion times stills answers it like it was the first time. Suresh had so much knowledge about his country and its history. A trip to Sri Lanka would not have been as great without him. He also has the most wonderful giggle!

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    bring padded shorts/seat it will be your best friend and suncream that is sweat/water resistant and has a high SPF

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

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    Fun, educational, inspiring and beautiful.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    1. Reaching the top of the hill in the tea plantation because I never ever thought I would be capable of doing anything like that. 2. The naughty monkeys, perhaps not inspirational but certainly frightening because they were so human. I never thought I'd get that close to nature! 3. The people. Suresh and the support team were fantastic and were open to our questions. Everyone would wave as we cycled past and some even thought we were racing! We may have looked the part but that was as afar as it went. 4. The moments of quiet contemplation at Lion Rock or at the cave monastery when looking at Buddha.

    What did you think of your group leader?

    I thought Suresh was the best tour leader I have ever had! He couldn't do enough for us. Our welfare was always at the top of his agenda. I think it was him that really made the trip for me. He was highly organised and had us organised but you didn't feel like you were being organised at all! I could just relax and enjoy the holiday knowing that everything was in hand. He was good because he was friendly, personable, responsible and fun. He was also very patient with us as many people would ask the same questions as they wouldn't always listen. He taught us a lot about the history, the people and even the wildlife of the country. If every tour leader was like him I would book all my holidays with Exodus.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    theonly thing I would advise is that if you are keen to cycle the full distance, whcih I fully recommend, then do make sure you are quite fit. I would class this a little more than moderately challenging if the individual is not accustomed to regular exercise.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    Go to Sri Lanka. It is a bountiful country. There is so much to see and do. The people are friendly and there is just so much wildlife and greeenery. Beautiful. The cycling route was great as you saw so much up close. I will certainly recommend this to people.

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    We found the friendliest people and beautiful scenery on every backroad of Sri Lanka. Enough Km's to work up an appetite for the fragrant Sri Lankan cuisine and a wonderfully relaxed and flexible itinerary guided by our fearless leader Suresh! Cooler and safer on your deadly-treadly!

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Whilst fixing flat tyres at a drinks break in a tiny little town on a road to nowhere, one guy in the exodus group started kicking a softdrink bottle around with some school kids in the middle of the road - lots of laughs and fun for everyone. Just proves you don't need much to have a bit of fun!

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Great. Knowledgable, friendly, relaxed, flexible, thoughtful, accomodating.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't hesitate to visit Sri Lanka.

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    I should have been more thoughtful before I left home but would have liked a prompt to bring things of mine that I could give to some less fortunate people in Sri Lanka.

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    A challenging adventure in an amazing country with a great group of travelling companions which surpassed all my expectations.

    What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

    Reaching the top of the mountain at Nuwara Eliya after 10 hours on the road and a climb up tp 2000 m. (And I thought I might do the easy option and take the train!)

    What did you think of your group leader?

    Brilliant - Suresh was an exceptional leader.  He couldn't have tried harder to ensure everyone was happy.

    Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

    Don't hesitate - book the trip now. The country is beautiful and the people exceptionally friendly and welcoming. You will not be disappointed. But this is no gentle, Sunday-afternoon bike ride - it is serious stuff and you need to be pretty fit to complete the 700 km in 10 days.   (The support vehicle is always there if you really need it, but you really don't want to miss any of the amazing routes we cycled through.)

    Is there anything else you would like to add?

    The majority of the hotels/guest houses used were very good (some excellent).  There were a couple which I hope Exodus will take note that are not really satisfactory.

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