An exciting mixture of tea estate tracks and scenic dirt roads. Experience this tropical paradise first hand cycling through tea plantations to the idyllic beach paradise of Unawatuna
Sri Lanka is one of Asia's best-kept secrets. Lying like a teardrop-shaped jewel in the Indian Ocean, it is the perfect place for a biking adventure. Rich in history and tradition, the country is a photographer's paradise full of visual delights: mountains, tea estates, tumbling waterfalls and sweeping gorges. Terraced paddy fields, broken by patches of rainforest, follow the natural contours of the foothills, and elephants, leopard and deer can be spotted in the country's wildlife parks. Unspoiled palm-fringed beaches run along a coastline dotted with historic ports representing a colonial legacy that has produced some of the most enchanting Old World architecture in the East.
Traveling by bike you get to see the best of the country, visiting little known areas, as well as the principal cultural sites - the rock fortress at Sigiriya, Kandy's Temple of the Tooth and the tenth century capital, Polonnaruwa. The last two days of the trip are spent on the idyllic white sandy beach of Unawatuna, where you can simply relax, or if you prefer, go for guided rides in the surrounding area.
A combination of tea plantation tracks, canal paths and quiet back roads takes you through the heart of the island and to the principle historic sites. Most tracks are of good quality though some are rocky; the terrain ranges from gentle hills to mountains, rides can be varied according to ability though reasonable fitness and some off-road experience is required.
In many regions of Sri Lanka the bicycle is the only form of transport, so travelling by bike yourself is a great way to mix with the people and to gain access to their world. This trip covers a substantial part of the island, taking in as much as possible of the scenic and cultural variety that Sri Lanka has to offer. The combination of visits to the ancient cities, great rides through the beautiful hill country, the varied wildlife, and a chance to relax on one of the many wonderful beaches, will certainly give you a taste for serendipity.