Neenan Cycling Logo

Cycle the Backroads of Sri Lanka

Explore rich Sri Lankan history and culture by bike



At a glance

* 10 days cycling (including 1 optional ride) with full vehicle support
* 95% tarmac, 5% unsurfaced road
* Routes mostly follow quiet backroads, with frequent climbs
* Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader and driver. Min age 16 years
* 11 nights hotels, 2 nights guesthouses, all en suite

Explore rich Sri Lankan history and culture by bike

Although a compact island, Sri Lanka is incredibly diverse. Exploring on two
wheels is the best way to see this rural country and to experience the way of
life of its friendly people. We travel from ancient cities and the fortress
at Sigiriya to the hill country towns of Kandy and Nuwara Eliya, where the
cooler temperatures and lush scenery make for a relaxing ride. In the south
we visit Yala National Park, where we go in search of leopard, before ending
the trip on the beaches of the beautiful south coast. Most of the route is a
continuous ride, and transfers are kept to a minimum.

In many regions of Sri Lanka the bicycle is the most common 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.

https://www.exodus.co.uk/sites/exod/files/node/itinerary/images/mir.jpg

Type: Land Only

Flight prices available from NeenanCycling. Contact us for details

What’s included

 

* All breakfasts and 10 lunches
* All accommodation (see below)
* All transport and listed activities
* Tour leader throughout
* Flights from London (if booking incl. flights)
* Local bike hire

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) so
please be prepared for this as 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.

Start destination: Sigiriya

End destination: Colombo

Cycling profile

Day 1

The group flight from London typically arrives at Bandaranayake International
Airport around lunchtime and we transfer to Sigiriya (approximately 4 hours)
where we stay for the next 2 nights.
*Hotel Sigiriya or alternative accommodation in the area*

Day 2

After breakfast we ride along gravel roads following an old irrigation canal
to Dambulla, the 2nd Century BC Buddhist cave temple. It is well worth the
walk to view the five caves, which contain many ancient Buddha statues, some
carved from the solid rock. Returning via the busy market town we take
another quiet back road riding through chilli and rice fields before cycling
back at our hotel for lunch and a relaxing swim in the pool. In the late
afternoon we climb the 5th Century rock fortress of Sigiriya to see the
beautiful frescoes painted onto the rock face (not recommended for those who
suffer from vertigo). The ruins of the palace on the summit are surpassed
only by the magnificent aerial view of the surrounding jungle. Stay as long
as you like, as it’s only 10 minutes walk back to our hotel.
*Hotel Sigiriya or alternative accommodation in the area*

Day 3

A long morning ride along a quiet back road which is part of the Sigiriya
nature reserve, before joining the highway travelling east towards
Polonnaruwa, riding all the way to our lunch stop and overnight stay. For
those who fancy a swim, the hotel also has a swimming pool, a pleasant place
to spend the hot early afternoon. Later we tour the old ruined city of
Polonnaruwa, which dates from the 10-13th centuries.
*The Village Hotel or alternative accommodation in the area*

Day 4

We follow the local lake’s man-made 6km dam and feeder canal to its source,
the Amban Ganga River. The afternoon ride is flanked by the stunning
Kalanduwa hills on one side and the borders of Wasgomuwa Wildlife Park on the
other. As the jungle gives way to plantations, we enter the spice growing
region of Sri Lanka. The night is spent in a family-run guest house with
small cabanas dotted around the estate. It’s basic but the home cooking in
clay pots on wood fired stoves gives you the real flavour of Sri Lanka. If
you would like to find out more about the spices used in the piquant Lankan
curries, the owners can arrange a visit to one of the renowned spice gardens
a short walk down the road.
*Countryside Hotel or alternative accommodation in the area*

Day 5

Today is tougher as we head for the hills and Kandy, the spiritual and
cultural capital of the hill country. Those who feel like an easy day can
jump onto the bus for the 50km trip to Kandy, while the rest of us pedal
away, riding through the Moorish town of Matale. Its inhabitants, descendants
from Arab spice traders, still control most of the spice market, which is a
good place to pick up some freshly ground curry powder. As Kandy’s roads are
as old as the city itself, we may have to drive the last few kilometres to
avoid the traffic. Surrounded by hills, the town is centred around a small
lake and the Temple of the Tooth. The afternoon is free to wander through the
streets and markets.
*Hotel Thilanka or alternative accommodation in the area*

Day 6

A free day to explore the town. Kandy has many interesting attractions
including the wonderful Botanical Gardens, the famous Temple of the Tooth,
and streets lined with interesting curio shops. The surrounding hills are
dotted with wonderful temples.
*Hotel Thilanka or alternative accommodation in the area*

Day 7

For anyone who doesn’t do hills, we strongly recommend the train ride to
Nuwara Eliya. For those who feel like a challenge, it’s 84km, climbing up
to 2000m above sea level to reach this most favoured hill station. For the
first part of the ride we take the old road, a far more pleasant route, and
one of the few places where you see terraced paddy fields. Beyond the paddy
fields is tea country and the area is reputed to produce the finest teas on
the island. Tickets for the train journey are dependent on availabilty on the
day (although usually available, there may be the chance that the bus will
need to be used instead for those who don’t fancy the hill).
*Hill Club Hotel or alternative accommodation in the area*

Day 8

In the morning we visit a tea factory on the edge of the town, and then cycle
through hilly country towards Ella, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant
and later tea in Bandarawela, a trading centre where exotic fruits from the
east coast are traded for hill-country vegetables. Arriving in the late
afternoon, we watch the sunset from the famous view point, Ella Gap. On a
clear day you can see the coast shimmering in the distance.
*Hotel Country Comfort or alternative accommodation in the area*

Day 9

Descending 1000m we leave the breathtaking scenery of Uva Province for the
gentle rolling hills of the dry zone, stopping at the impressive rock-cut
Buddha Statues at Buduruvagala. The giant 15m rock carving of Buddha is
flanked by small figures depicting his helpers and a very rare image of
Maitreya, the future Buddha, which dates from the 10th Century. The
tranquillity of the place is enhanced by the lotus-covered lake where we will
relax on the banks and enjoy some fresh fruit before riding on to lunch. Here
we can retreat from the heat of the day, before the final 30km to
Tissamaharama, the capital of the old Ruhuna Kingdom.
*Chandrika Hotel or alternative accommodation in the area*

Day 10

In the morning we cycle to Kataragama temple, which lies 16km northeast of
Tissa. People of all faiths come to seek favour with the god Skanda, who is
reputed to restore people’s health. The colourful and noisy pooja is always
busy, with thousands of pilgrims during the festival season from July –
August. Tissa is close to Yala National Park, the best park in Sri Lanka to
see leopard. After lunch we have a safari in the park, when we may see
elephant, deer, wild boar, sloth bear, asian jackal, lots of birdlife and if
very lucky a leopard. We return to Tissa for the night (please note that the
sanctuary may be closed for 4-6 weeks from September to October allowing the
park authorities to check the animals. We therefore go to an alternative area
close by, usually the Udawalawe National Park).
*Chandrika Hotel or alternative accommodation in the area*

Day 11

Leaving early to avoid the heat of the dry zone, we ride along the boundary
of Bundala Bird Sanctuary. During certain times of the year thousands of
flamingos can be seen wading in the brackish shallows, eyed up by crocodiles,
basking in the early morning sun. We hit the main road for the final 30km to
Hambantota, a series of sandy bays fanning out from this typical coastal
town. Transfer from Hambantota to Ahangama by coach. For the next 2 nights we
stay in Ahangama.
*Insight Resort or alternative accommodation in the area*

Day 12

Relax at the hotel or join a late morning ride along rural roads to the
village of Wandurugama before returning via Koggala Lake and back to the
hotel to end our riding. This afternoon is free to explore the beach area or
swim and laze by the pool. In the late afternoon we can view the stilt
fishermen climb their poles to catch a few bites for supper. From November to
April we can also go whale watching off Dondra head, near Mirissa, which is
one of the best places in the world for seeing Blue and Sperm whales. Huge
pods of dolphins are also often seen accompanying the boats.
*Insight Resort or alternative accommodation in the area*

Day 13

Leaving mid morning, we will stop to visit Galle. The Old Dutch fort was
built in 1663 after the Dutch took the island from the Portuguese. The old
ramparts and small back streets bring alive some of the history of the fight
for colonial domination of this prized island. You’re free to find your own
lunch, meeting back at the bus at around 2.30pm for the 2 hour drive to
Colombo. The rest of the day is free to relax by the pool or shop along the
main street. For the last evening meal we can choose from one of the many
restaurants in Colombo.
*Hotel Mirage or alternative accommodation in the area*

Day 14

If you are travelling on the group flight we will have a morning transfer to
the airport for the daytime flight to London. The arrangements for those not
flying with the group end after check out.
**

Prices & Dates

Date: 2018-09-092018-09-22

Trip code: MIR180909

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €2225

Book now

Date: 2018-09-232018-10-06

Trip code: MIRP180923

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €2725

Book now

Date: 2018-10-142018-10-27

Trip code: MIR181014

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €2225

Book now

Date: 2018-11-042018-11-17

Trip code: MIR181104

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €2245

Book now

Date: 2018-11-112018-11-24

Trip code: MIR181111

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €2245

Book now

Date: 2018-11-252018-12-08

Trip code: MIR181125

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €2375

Book now

Date: 2018-12-092018-12-22

Trip code: MIR181209

Availability: Available

Price: €2285

Book now

Date: 2018-12-162018-12-29

Trip code: MIRP181216

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €2985

Book now

Date: 2018-12-232019-01-05

Trip code: MIR181223

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €2535

Book now

Date: 2019-01-062019-01-19

Trip code: MIR190106

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €2345

Book now

Date: 2019-01-132019-01-26

Trip code: MIR190113

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €2345

Book now

Date: 2019-01-202019-02-02

Trip code: MIR190120

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €2345

Book now

Date: 2019-01-272019-02-09

Trip code: MIR190127

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €2345

Book now

Date: 2019-02-102019-02-23

Trip code: MIR190210

Availability: Available

Price: €2345

Book now

Date: 2019-02-172019-03-02

Trip code: MIR190217

Availability: Available

Price: €2345

Book now

Date: 2019-02-242019-03-09

Trip code: MIR190224

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €2345

Book now

Date: 2019-03-102019-03-23

Trip code: MIRP190310

Availability: Available

Price: €2915

Book now

Date: 2019-03-242019-04-06

Trip code: MIR190324

Availability: Available

Trip status: Fully guaranteed

Price: €2375

Book now

Date: 2019-04-142019-04-27

Trip code: MIR190414

Availability: Available

Price: €2375

Book now

Date: 2019-07-212019-08-03

Trip code: MIR190721

Availability: Available

Price: €2335

Book now

Date: 2019-08-042019-08-17

Trip code: MIR190804

Availability: Available

Price: €2335

Book now

Date: 2019-09-222019-10-05

Trip code: MIRP190922

Availability: Available

Price: €2915

Book now

Date: 2019-10-132019-10-26

Trip code: MIR191013

Availability: Available

Price: €2375

Book now

Date: 2019-11-032019-11-16

Trip code: MIR191103

Availability: Available

Price: €2375

Book now

Date: 2019-11-102019-11-23

Trip code: MIR191110

Availability: Available

Price: €2375

Book now

Date: 2019-11-242019-12-07

Trip code: MIR191124

Availability: Available

Price: €2375

Book now

Date: 2019-12-152019-12-28

Trip code: MIRP191215

Availability: Available

Price: €3115

Book now

Date: 2019-12-222020-01-04

Trip code: MIR191222

Availability: Available

Price: €2665

Book now

Customer Feedback

Sri Lanka With Suresh And The Team

Summary:
So many experiences in a wonderful country with such a wonderful guide – DO
IT – you will not be disappointed!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Getting to ‘The Hill Club’ after an epic climb and with our fellow cyclists
savouring that first (that day) Lion Beer!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Several years ago we we had our first cycling holiday in Vietnam and had the
pleasure of being guided by ‘Yan The Man’ (subsequently guide of the year) on
a fantastic holiday which we did not think could ever be bettered. However
this year found us on our 5th cycle holiday with Exodus and Suresh and his
excellent team ensured this one was the best yet!
Big of frame, enthusiasm and fun Suresh was a total pleasure to be with. His
love of his country and intimate knowledge of it’s geography, wildlife and
history ensured that he was able to give context and description for all we
experienced. It was clear he was well respected in the way others interacted
with him, whether hotel staff, householders or total strangers he happened
upon.
He was well able to gently ‘crack the whip’ when required and we very much
knew that although it was our holiday Suresh’s instructions were always for a
reason, primarily our well being, safety and comfort.
It was clear that Suresh cared for his guests and he was constantly checking
how things were from meals, accommodation through to cycle stages and
throughout put us all very much at ease knowing that there was nothing our
guide would not do for us or could not fix.
There are so many fond memories of Suresh; from his buffet exhortion of
“Maximum Damage!” from the CD disc he gave to us all of photographs he had
taken through the holiday of us and other sights, to arranging taxis once we
had taken our leave of him, but the highlight was Suresh appearing at the
meal table with a cake to celebrate our wedding anniversary along with framed
photograph.
Suresh has been conducting this tour for many years but it is the mark of the
man that he has clearly never lost the the delight and ‘buzz’ from leading,
sharing and giving.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take isotonic tabs for your water bottle together with a spare water bottle

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Suresh was well assisted by the rest of his team who were always there to
assist and Serenga was awesome on his traffic stops to get us out at
junctions, together with his knowledge of the flora and fauna of the country.

Read full review

A great holiday with a good mix of cycling (some tough), culture, sightseeing and team bonding.

Summary:
A great holiday with a good mix of cycling (some tough, and one day in
particular-the climb to Nuwara Eliya, not for the faint hearted!) with
culture, sightseeing and team bonding all thrown into the mix. But fear-not
as if you don’t fancy the climb then there’s always the option of the train
from the word go, or the ever-present bus or cycle van bringing up the rear
if your just not sure and want to see how far you can get. And this is also
the case on any ride on any day of course.
We were lucky to have an excellent, award winning, guide but the standard
generally is very high, not least because being a guide in Sri Lanka is one
of the most sort after and hard to get jobs, with the result that they all
take huge pride in their work. We thourougly enjoyed all aspects of the trip.
Any minor issues were quickly dealt with. No major issues occurred because of
the degree of organisation, planning, (by the company) and diligence on the
part of our guide on the trip itself.
Thoroughly recommended!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Making it to Nuwara Eliya!

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Superb! (Suresh.)

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take this holiday!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Nope.

Read full review

The Best So Far!

Summary:
A fairly challenging cycle tour of Sri Lanka, taking in some of the culture,
wild life and sites and sounds.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Completing a 2,300m climbing day through the tea plantations (with life
saving cake) and finishing with a very special evening in Nuwar Eliya.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Suresh, what gent! The best so far! Suresh, made us all feel incredibly
welcome, nothing was too much and always had a plan.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
It gets very hot, sun tan lotion, water! But mostly Suresh has it covered
with plenty of tea (ginger beer, roti and cake) stops.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The food in Sri Lanka was fantastic, the people are wonderful. I loved the
trip from the moment I got on Sri Lankan Airways, wishing I could repeat it
over again on the last day.

Thanks you Suresh.

Read full review

The Best So Far!

Summary:
A fairly challenging cycle tour of Sri Lanka, taking in some of the culture,
wild life and sites and sounds.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Completing a 2,300m climbing day through the tea plantations (with life
saving cake) and finishing with a very special evening in Nuwar Eliya.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Suresh, what gent! The best so far! Suresh, made us all feel incredibly
welcome, nothing was too much and always had a plan.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
It gets very hot, sun tan lotion, water! But mostly Suresh has it covered
with plenty of tea (ginger beer, roti and cake) stops.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
The food in Sri Lanka was fantastic, the people are wonderful. I loved the
trip from the moment I got on Sri Lankan Airways, wishing I could repeat it
over again on the last day.

Thanks you Suresh.

Read full review

Maximum damage, maximum fun!

Summary:
This was my first group ride and, as such, didn’t know what to expect.
However, from arrival at the airport and meeting the group leader, it was
obvious that this was going to be fun and a little challenging at times,
mainly due to the heat and humidity.

I have to say that the whole trip was very well planned out, with plenty of
good cycling, fabulous sightseeing, food and drink sampling, with friendly
locals along the way.

Many happy memories, new friends and a longing for the next trip!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Several of the amazing sights, wonderful temples, massive variety of great
food; some good challenges on the bike too.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Suresh is one of those people who make managing a group of 16 people, bikes,
itineraries etc look easy. Calm assurance and reassurance, if need be, along
with a permanent smile and sense of humour, helped us all through the cycling
even when the going got a bit tough.

He’s a great asset to Exodus and I’d recommend him for ‘tour guide of
the year’ without a moments hesitation.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Take your own saddle and pedals if possible, as this can make a big
difference to you; keep well hydrated throughout and eat sensibly.

Read full review

Cycle the Backroads of Sri Lanka

Summary:
Fantastic! Sri Lanka is a hidden gem, a beautiful country and to explore it
on 2 wheels you see it at it’s best. I’ve enjoyed all our cycle trips with
Exodus, but this one in particular benefits from door to door cycling and
it’s only the transfer from Colombo airport/return which you have to jump
into the minibus.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Cycling along the river bank watching families swimming, women washing their
clothes and water buffalo further downstream, not to mention all the
wildlife.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Suresh was brilliant. I couldn’t believe our luck as he has previously won
Guide of the Year. Superb and the best leader in our experience. We will
vote for him as Guide of the Year and hope he wins again. He couldn’t do
enough for the whole group and had his eye on personal attention to detail
with each individual.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Just book it, you’ll love this trip.

Read full review

A must do trip

Summary:
This was a trip which had everything. Cycling, personal challenges, culture,
wildlife, curry, a beautiful country and the best guide ever … guaranteed.
We were lucky with our group. 8 couples who got on very well. But without a
doubt having Suresh as our leader made the trip even more special.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
There is already a lot written about “the big climb”. Without a doubt going
up 2000m in one day was hard. But with a reasonable degree of fitness it is
achievable and even enjoyable. Hills are very psychological but if you focus
on the journey rather than the destination you will get there. I loved the
day and was blown away by the beauty of Nuwara Eliya.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
We were so lucky to have Suresh as our leader. We have done a few exodus bike
trips before but never has anyone gone the extra mile like Suresh did. His
sense of humour was fantastic. His wit and comic timing were impeccable. His
catch phrases are now a part of our vocabulary. He was very professional and
this was evident when dealing with a nasty cycling injury after a crash.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
This trip is amazing. Do it. Dont fret about the big hill, enjoy the journey.
Look around and not just at the tarmac in front of you. Have belief (and
jelly babies in your pocket for that extra boost over the last few
kilometres)

Read full review

Backroads of Sri Lanka

Summary:
Sri Lanka is a really beautiful country and there is no better way to see it
than on a bike with a group of like minded people cycling alongside. This
was a special holiday full of interesting and fascinating things to see. It
offered a real mix of both challenging and easy enjoyable cycling. Our guide
Suresh was nothing short of marvellous. His attention to detail combined
with his sense of humour and his care to make sure we always had what we
needed was exceptional. I have been on three Exodus holidays so far and this
one must surely be the best so far….guaranteed!

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
While on safari we were lucky enough to witness a leapord and her cub come
walking towards us to take water at a waterhole. They drank while watching
out for danger and then wandered back off into the wild. The moment lasted
about five minutes or so and was simply magical.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Suresh was marvellous. His attention to detail combined with a great sense
of humour was excellent. He went the extra mile on many occasions to make
the holiday memorable.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
On one or two of the days the cycling is quite challenging where long
distances have been combined with significant hill climbs and very hot
temperatures. The bus is always available to get onto but don’t
underestimate the effort required to make it to the end or top. This holiday
is rated a four in effort level and having completed two other cycling
holidays that were rated threes, I can confirm that there is a difference!

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
This holiday was a special one – made so by the combination of a number of
things: a good mix of people; a beautiful country; some challenging but very
enjoyable cycling; fantastic weather; a wonderful support team; excellent
organisation; fascinating things to see; good accommodation and a great
guide.

Read full review

Cycle the Backroads of Sri Lanka

Summary:
An amazing experience with Exodus & Suresh as tour leader.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
The challenging ride to Nuwara Eliya & feeling a great sense of achievement.
Visiting the impressive rock cut Buddha statues at Buduruvagela.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
Suresh is a Legend. His deep passion for his country & wealth of knowledge (
historically & geographically) made the trip a memorable experience. Suresh
greeted us every morning with a broad Sri Lankan smile & would give a short
briefing before guiding us safely through the back roads to the next
overnight stop. With Suresh’s expert guidance we also visited World Heritage
sites, spotted animals on Safari & was delighted by his culinary skills in
the kitchen. During the trip any requests were dealt with immediately-
organising massages, early morning runs, bird watching at dawn, to name a
few. Nothing was too much trouble. Suresh is one in a million & a first class
Tour Leader for Exodus in Sri Lanka.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
A good fitness level is definitely required.

Question:
Is there anything else you would like to add?

Answer:
Highly recommend the trip but would have preferred the premium option.

Read full review

Backroads of Sri Lanka – cycle

Summary:
To see Sri Lanka on two wheels was just the most amazing experience for us.
Cycling through tea plantations, rice paddies, local villages and wildlife
sanctuaries. A stunning country with the friendliest of people. Being part of
a group made the holiday like one big party with friendly banter from
breakfast through to lights out in the evening. Early starts met with the
usual groan but what a way to spend the day flying along the roads enjoying
all the sights along the way. A well organised trip with an excellent leader
in Suresh. Nothing is too much trouble. A must do for the those out there
thinking about your next Exodus adventure.

Rating: 5

Question:
What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?

Answer:
Watching the sunset and the sunrise the next morning in Ella listening to the
call to prayer across the valley with the mist swirling around the mountains.
Peaceful and just magical.

Question:
What did you think of your group leader?

Answer:
How many words can we use. Suresh. Amazing. Witty. Helpful. Great listener.
Entertainer. Historian. Super fit. Playful. Comedian. Kind. Considerate. Our
group were 16 who became one large family all of us chatting and having the
best time with Suresh being the party organiser. A great trip.

Question:
Do you have any advice for potential travellers?

Answer:
Book it and ask for Suresh as your tour leader. Nothing is stopping you. This
has to be the only way to see this beautiful country. Get out there and see
it.

Read full review


Activity Levels


Activity Levels range from Leisurely to Tough, the grading takes into account the daily cycling distances and terrain, as well as any technical riding skill required. We also consider the number of cycling days as there can be a cumulative affect from tiredness on a longer trip and the type of accommodation used, as this can also influence your day to day recovery.

If you are in any doubt, please give us a call on +353-1-607 9900 or email us.


Activity level 1 - Leisurely Activity level 1: Leisurely

If you can ride a bike and enjoy gentle exercise, these are an ideal introduction to a cycling holiday. No routes are entirely flat, so expect some short climbs and descents. Maximum daily height gain is approximately 250 metres and daily distances rarely exceed 50kms (32 miles), any longer days are often optional.


Activity level 3 - Moderate Activity level 3: Moderate

Most people who enjoy a weekend riding at home will enjoy a Moderate trip. You need to be in good health and reasonably fit. Ideal for occasional cyclists, or as a more relaxed trip for fitter riders. Moderate off-road trips require no previous experience. Distances rarely exceed 70kms (43 miles) per day.


Activity level 5 - Challenging Activity level 5: Challenging

For any ride at this level, fitness is important. Challenging trips require confidence in your ability and physical condition. They are equivalent to an extended period of cycling at home. Previous mountain biking experience is essential for Challenging off road trips as they will involve some technical riding.


Activity level 7 - Tough Activity level 7: Tough

Previous experience of the cycling style or surface is a must as these routes have long cycling days and tougher terrain on both road and off road trips. You need complete confidence in your fitness and technical ability to cope with difficult or steep terrain, rough surfaces and longer distances. Ideal for those seeking a challenge!


Split grades

In order to provide more accuracy, where a trip falls between two grades we use an intermediate or ‘split’ grade, for example 2: Leisurely/Moderate.


Facebook