Colours of Ceylon, cycling the Northern Plains
Arrival to Sri Lanka
On your arrival to Sri Lanka, our representative will meet you at the Colombo airport and transfer you to your hotel in Negombo, a short drive away on the West Coast. There will be a briefing of the tour in the evening at the hotel followed by a welcome dinner.
Negombo to Habarana
After breakfast, we will start riding directly from the hotel along the old coastal road, heading North, keeping sea to our left. We will pass the colourful sailboats pulled up along the beach or sailing close to the coast and traditional fish markets, which will present excellent opportunities for photography as you pass riding.
We will leave the coastal road after cycling for 30km and head inland on back roads that will give your first taste of rural Sri Lanka. We will ride through coconut plantations for 20km where we can experience the preparation of “coconut toddy”, a traditional alcoholic brew from coconuts. We will also visit a traditional factory which makes rope from coconut husks.
After lunch at Kurunegala Lake, we can either rack up the bikes and continue to our hotel in Dambulla by vehicle or optionally continue cycling for another 30km.
Ride 50km to 80km / ascent 150m
Habarana to Uppuweli
On our third day we will begin our trail riding by the Hurulu Eco National Park. It will be a unique experience and we may spot wild elephants and water buffaloes in their natural habitat. After cycling for about 40km we will come across a large reservoir called Kantale Lake. This area is famous for the locally produced curd from water buffalo milk, which reminds you of mozzarella. Curd is usually enjoyed with palm syrup.
On our way we experience of rural lifestyle first-hand as we cycle by the people working on the rice fields. We will have a picnic lunch at a beauty spot along the way. After 80km of cycling we will rack up the bikes and continue for half an hour by vehicle to Uppuweli beach on the East Coast, where we can chill and swim after a long day.
Uppuweli to Mullaitivu
On our fourth day we will be riding along coastal road of the North Eastern region of the island. This region of the country is indeed beautiful and less populated, ideal for our cycling experience.
We will cycle along the lagoons where lobsters are farmed. We can also see the traditional catamarans and small fishing ports. This is one of the most beautiful and peaceful days of the trail.
Towards the end of the day, we can see the traditional preparation of dry fish on the beach.
Mullaitivu – Kilinochchi
On our fifth day we ride past a dry area and we will be taking quiet road with a gentle ascent. We will be cycling through the country side of on our way to Kilinochchi town, towards the interior of the island.
We will be riding for around 68km during this day out of which the last 20km will be riding through an elephant corridor where you might spot some wild elephants.
Ride 68 km
Kilinochchi to Jaffna
On our sixth day we will be ride using the A9 road. We will pass rice fields, palmyra plantations and salt plains on either side of the road. During this ride we will come across a famous local attraction known as “Alimankada” (elephant pass), gateway to the Jaffna Peninsula.
Jaffna is a very interesting town with its unique Hindu culture and is the third biggest city of Sri Lanka.
Ride 80 km
On the seventh day we will be cycling to get a wholesome experience of Jaffna. We will be riding through paddy fields, vegetable fields and also Hindu temples. Majority of the population residing in Jaffna are Tamil Hindu people and we can see how they live together with other ethnicities maintaining peace and harmony. Jaffna has a unique culture and the lifestyle of the people in the region is very much different from any other part in Sri Lanka, especially their cuisine which is a must try.
During the ride we will see the Dutch Jaffna Fort, Point Pedro (northernmost point of the island), Nallur Kandaswamy Hindu Kovil, Naga Vihare Buddhist Temple.
Ride 60 km
Jaffna to Mannar
On the eighth day we will go the first 8km by vehicle and then cycle on to the A52 road. We will then continue our ride surrounded by beautiful scenery of rice fields and a large lagoon.
This ride will be fascinating as we will be able to spot many migrant birds on the salt plains.
As we approach Mannar we will see the Dutch Fort, which was built and used by the Dutch to communicate with their colonies in India.
Mannar – Kalpitiya
On the ninth day we ride our way past salt plains and through the thick jungle. It is a sandy road and we might spot some wild animals on our way as we ride by the side of the Wilppatu National Park.
We will meet the sea to our right while riding through this route till we can reach the Putulum lagoon, where we will rack up the bikes and take our vehicle to our hotel in Kalpitiya.
Kalpitiya – Negombo
On the tenth (last day) we will start riding from the hotel and continue the ride through the lagoon until we are connected to the A4 road. We will ride for 50kms and we will take a break to enjoy our lunch.
Thereafter we will rack our cycles and continue our journey by vehicle to Mahawewa, where we will visita a kaju nut cultivation. After reaching Mahawewa we will start riding again for about another 30 kilometers till we reach our hotel in Negombo.
The following morning your transport to the Colombo airport. Optionally, you can choose an extended beach holiday in Sri Lanka.