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    Sri Lanka roundtrip

    The Indian Pearl

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      Discover the “Indian Pearl” Sri Lanka , a country of 4000 years civilization, by bike. Amazing landscape that changes the skyline and a wide choice of options are waiting for you. The wide variety of the Island will fill up your mind with remarkable diversity of cultures, languages, ancient villages and historical buildings. Experience the very traditional and authentic , friendly people , the beautiful inner-country and the even more beautiful coastline in the south-west of the Island.

      Tour profile / Level 2

      90% of the roads in this itinerary will be Tarmac and the rest of the 10% is with little gravel roads. There is always the support vehicle which will accompany all bikers the whole cycling legs so you´ll have the opportunity to switch whenever you want to the van. We also recommend to bring your own, well fitted helmet and wear it throughout the whole cycling trip.

      Day 1: Airport – Sigiriya

      Your individual flight arrives at Bandaranaike International Airport and we transfer you to Sigiriya, (approx.. 4 hours) where we stay for the next 2 nights.

      Day 2: Sigiriya Roundtrip, approx.. 20 km

      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 coach at our hotel for lunch (Clients Pay Direct) 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, 7as it’s only 10 minutes’ walk back to our hotel. (380 hm)

      Day 3: Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa, approx.. 25 km

      After breakfast transfer to Minneriya Junction by the coach and then start cycling up to the lunch place. The lunch place is a typical Sri Lankan village house.You can interact with the locals and engage in a cooking activity prior to having lunch and then enjoy a Sri Lankan village lunch with the local family members. Then transfer to the hotel and relax for a while. 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. (288 hm)

      Day 4: Polonnaruwa – Matale, approx.. 40 km

      We follow the local lake’s man‐made 6km dam and feeder canal to its source, the Amban Ganga River. Then you reach Bakamuna and from there take the coach to Matale. 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 flavor 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. (690 hm)

      Day 5: Matale – Kandy, approx.. 20 km

      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 kilometers to avoid the traffic. Surrounded by hills, the town is centered around a small lake and the Temple of the Tooth. The afternoon is free to wander through the streets and markets. Half way through the journey you get in to the coach and proceed to Kandy. (720 hm)

      Optional Visit the Temple of tooth relic / Cost Per Person – USD 10.00, booking and paying locally

       

      Day 6: Kandy Sightseeing

      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.

      Optional – Visit the Royal Botanical Garden. This botanical garden was first built as a pleasure garden by a Sinhala king and was expanded by the British.  It is 147 acres in extent and provides an amazing variety of trees, plants and flowers and the beautiful avenues and Sprawling lawns are breathtaking./ Cost Per Person – USD 10.00 , booking and paying locally

      In the evening visit a famous local pub in the Kandy city and you can experience the way of local life in Kandy. (booking and paying locally) It will be a different experience for you as you can see how people get together in the evening to spend time with their friends while sipping a beer in their hand.

       

      Day 7: Kandy – Nuwara Eliya, approx.. 15 – 84 km

      For anyone who doesn’t do hills, we strongly recommend the train ride to Nuwara Eliya, the highest point on the island! For those who feel like a challenge, it’s 84km, climbing up to 2000m above sea level to reach the highest and most favored 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 availability 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.
      Those who like to experience cycling in the uphill can cycle up to Gampola and get in to the coach and complete journey to Nuwara Eliya. (2100 hm)

       

      Day 8: Nuwara Eliya – Ella, approx.. 40 km

      In the morning we visit a tea factory on the edge of the town, and then cycle through hill country towards Ella, stopping for lunch at a local restaurant and later tea in Bandarawella, a trading center 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.

      Day 9: Ella – Tissamaharama, spprox. 40 km

      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; we will relax on the lakeside banks and enjoy some fresh fruit before the lunch. You will take the coach up to Thanamalwila and the ride the rest. (442 hm)

      Day 10: Tissamaharama Roundtrip, approx. 33 km

      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). (181 hm)

      Day 11: Tissamaharama – Ahangama, approx.. 37 km

      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). (181 hm)

      Day 12: Ahangama Sightseeing

      Relax at the hotel or join a late morning ride along rural roads to the village of Wandurugama and then transfer to a small temple to back before returning via Koggala Lake and then transfer to the hotel. At the temple you can worship Lord Buddha and Buddhist monk will give you the blessings with chanting pirith. This afternoon is free to explore the beach area or swim and laze by the pool, late afternoon the stilt fishermen climb their poles to catch a few bites for supper which is worth a watch. Late afternoon we can enjoy some sun‐downers followed by evening seafood BBQ at the hotel. From November to April you 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. If you are going for whale watching you need to do leave the hotel early morning.

      Optional : We can offer a whale and dolphin watching tour in Mirissa which has to be as early as leaving the hotel around 6:30 am as the boats leave at 7:00 am. Approximately it will take 3 -3 ½ hrs for the whale watching program. Then clients will be returned back to the hotel around 11.00am. (This will vary according to the weather conditions/ time taken to witness the whales by the clients ect.) This can be done only on day 14 early in the morning. If so you will have to do the Galle Excursion late in the morning. / Cost Per Person – USD 65.00 , bookable and payable locally
      Whale watching is seasonal and sighting whales can be arranged only during the period of NOVEMBER – APRIL

       

      Day 13: Ahangama Leisure Day

      Leisure day at the hotel.
      Optional – water sports activity directly paid in the hotel

       

      Day 14: Ahangama – Colombo, approx. 3 ½ hours transfer

      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 2.30pm for the 2hr drive to Colombo, arriving late afternoon. 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.

      Optional: You can visit an Orphanage close by and do a service project to the small kids who lives in the orphanage.

       

      Day 15: Colombo

      Transfer to the airport. Individual departure flight.
    • ARRIVAL BY PLANE

      Airport: Colombo Bandaranaike (CMB)

      Flights can be booked individually. For details see your final travel documents.


      TRANSFERS

      Airport - Hotel - Airport inklusive
      Please advise your flight details as soon as you have them.
      A guide will welcome you at the airport.


      PARTICIPANTS

      Minimum number of participants: 4


      ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

      Most travellers can purchase visas on arrival. These must be paid for in USD but the amount varies. Visitors should be able to show the immigration officials proof of sufficient funds for their stay in Sri Lanka. Passengers must also hold return or onward tickets and all documents needed for the next destination. Those who prefer to arrange visas in advance can do so online or at a Sri Lankan embassy. An ETA (Electronic Travel Authorization) can be issued on arrival but can also be filled in prior to travel to Sri Lanka - this can be done online at www.eta.gov.lk. It is highly recommended that passports have at least six months validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.

      Note: Passport and visa requirements are liable to change at short notice. Travellers are advised to check their entry requirements with their embassy or consulate


      WATER

      It is always best to consume bottled water which is readily available and can be bought from all hotel bars, restaurants and local shops. Please ensure that throughout the stay you drink as much water or soft drinks in order to avoid dehydration.


      VACCINATIONS

      Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot.
      Most travelers Get travel vaccines and medicines because there is a risk of these diseases in the country you are visiting: Hepatitis A+B and Typhoid. For details please contact the medical vaccination institute.


      ELECTRICITY

      Voltage is 230 V, but you may need an adapter in most hotels, since the types of pin can be different to the one on the plug base.


      MOSQUITOS

      It is suggested that you use a mosquito repellant. Most hotels will provide this to you. If not these are freely available in local shops. Mosquito coils are not recommended. Mosquito repellant oils which can be applied on your body when sitting out in the evenings are also available. You are advised to test it on your skin at least one hour before use.


      ATTENTION

      You may be shown copies of sponsorship forms of Orphanages, Deaf & Blind Schools and Places of Worship,etc – these may not be from bona fide organizations, so please be cautious.
      You may be offered valuable products and even gemstones at real bargain prices – remember there could always be a catch to it.

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    • Included services:

      • Welcome & assistance at the Colombo International Airport.
         
      • Transfer from/to airport to/from hotel
         
      • Accommodation at the above mentioned hotel or similar on BB basis.
         
      • Lunch on the day 3, day 8 and dinner on the day 14.
         
      • Transport in an A/C vehicle with the service of an english + german Speaking Chauffer/National Guide
         
      • Bike ride from Day 02 – Day 12 as per the itinerary.   (Including E- Bike Rentals)
         
      • Train Ride charges from Peradeniya to Nanu Oya.
         
      • Entrance fees for – Dambulla Cave Temple/Sigiriya Rock Fortress/Polonnaruwa Site/ Jeep safari at Yala National Park /Galle Museum
         
      • Value added tax.
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      16.03. - 30.03.19
      07.09. - 21.09.19
      19.10. - 02.11.19
      30.11. - 14.12.19

      Extras

      Bicycled & Equiment
      E-MTB incl.
         
      Additional nights incl BB
      upon request --

      Best - Price - Guarantee

      If you would verifiably receive better conditions and/or prices from another tour operator at the time of booking we guarantee at least the same conditions PLUS 1 handlebar bag for FREE!
      All prices per person in EUR
    • We book traditional and very specially selected hotels for you.

      We can present the following hotel examples:

      Sigiriya: Sigiriya Village

      Polonnaruwa: Hotel Sudu Araliya

      Matale: Countryside hotel

      Kandy: Serene Grand 3*

      Nuwara Eliya: Mirage Kings Cottage

      Ella: Country Comfort hotel

      Tissamaharama: Magampura Eco Village

      Anhangama: Kabalana hotel

      Colombo: Grand Oriental Hotel Colombo

      Please be informed that the mentioned hotels are just examples and may vary depending on availability.

    • Bicycles inclusive

      8-speed Electric Mountainbike – 650B/ GT-MTB5

      Frame: Aluminium Grade 6061
      Brake: Shimano Hydraulic
      Rear: Shimano 8 speed Altus with free wheel cassette body
      Battery: 36V, 11AH Lithium Shell Battery
      Max. Speed: 25 kmph

      With an e-bike every bike tour is a breeze! If you had few opportunities to cycle over the last weeks or if you are not sure concerning your fitness, but also with physical disabilities, every bike ride is a treat! The shiftable, low noise electric drive of our modern e-bike relieves you of some of the work and increases the pedal force up to 3 times ... So you can now book a bike tour together with cyclists who have different fitness level. Aclivity can be handled easily.

       

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