Sri Lanka is a treasure waiting to be discovered, and the perfect place for a biking adventure. With friendly people, breathtaking terrains, luscious tea estates, historic caves, exotic rainforests, ancient kingdoms, tumbling waterfalls and many more visual delights, Sri Lanka has much to offer. With bright sunny days a norm, this tropical island boasts good weather conditions for cyclists throughout the year, with the exception of the monsoon months.
Biking is the best way to explore and discover Sri Lanka’s landscapes, rich heritage and friendly locals. Although the main roads, bustling with all kinds of traffic, should be avoided, there are ample tiny roads and trails criss-crossing the island that will take you past everything that Sri Lanka has to offer. Sri Lanka is blessed with steep rugged trails for a more challenging cycling experience and simple lowland trails for a more serene and relaxing approach to explore beautiful landscapes. There is something to cater for all cyclists in Sri Lanka, no matter what age, experience or difficulty level.
There are many options to explore the island on bicycle. With well-planned group tours, tourists can explore the entire island within two weeks. For those who wish to explore Sri Lanka at a slow and leisurely pace, there are exclusive areas that can be enjoyed. Key places to visit are Habarana, Kandalama, Dambulla, Sigiriya and the ancient capital, Pollonaruwa, which boast magnificent ruins and rustic countrysides. For breathtaking views and village scenery, there are various biking trails in the hill country and tea estates in central Sri Lanka. Here, one can enjoy challenging biking trails as well as view incredible mountains ranges, lakes, reservoirs, temples, caves and valleys.
In Sri Lanka, bikers often bring their own equipment, but can easily hire bicycles from small rental firms at various destinations throughout the country if needed. Those who bring their own bicycles should not forget to stock up on spare tyres and tubes, as these have a tendency to wear out easily on rough road surfaces. For those who decide to hire bicycles, care should be taken to check the bicycles first for good working brakes and gears before using them. Bicycles can be hired for the day or week, depending on whichever package is selected. Certain hotels situated near popular trails even supply bicycles for in-house guests, so travellers should look out for this option too. In Sri Lanka, bikers should start exploring early in the day to avoid the heat, carry plenty of water to prevent dehydration and use sun block to curb the suns’ rays.