Sri Lanka cycling vacation

“Small group vacation 15 day cycling through the heart of Sri Lanka, to the Cultural Triangle and also two national parks. With 10 daysí cycling.”

Highlights

Sigiriya | Polonnaruwa | Kandy | Dambulla | Nuwara Eliya | Horton Plains National Park | Tissamaharama | Ella | Buduruvagela | Yala National Park | Galle | Kataragama Temple | Bundala National Park

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Our top tip:
Get in training, there are some good distances to cover on this trip, with a few climbs too.
Trip type:
Small group tour, max 16 people. Min. age 16
Activity level:
Moderate-challenging, varying between 32-102kms per day.
Accomm:
11 nights in comfortable, standard hotels, 2 nights guesthouses.
Included:
Flights, accommodation, all breakfasts, 10 lunches, transport, activities, tour leader, bike hire.
Meals:
For dinner, Sri Lankan food is fab, costing £5-8 per day.
Solos:
Solo travelers welcome, with surcharge for single rooms.
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Responsible tourism

Sri Lanka cycling vacation

Carbon reduction

Your vacation will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this vacation and how to reduce them.

Environment

Activity:
By using our own power to cycle around, we have a minimal impact on the environment. We do believe in leaving no more than footprints and actively try to reduce our impact through attention to waste and energy reduction. However, having said this we do try to leave behind a positive impression through engaging with locals, visiting small cafes and restaurants and buying locally produces crafts and produce. We visit culturally important sites like the 2nd century Buddhist temple at Dambulla, the rock fortress at Sirigiya and the Temple of the Tooth at Kandy and our entry fees make a vital contribution to their upkeep, whilst also celebrating Sri Lankan history.

UK Office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK Offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.

Community

Accommodation and Meals:
All of the hotels we stay in are dedicated to hiring local staff and using freshly sourced produce wherever possible. This helps to benefit the surrounding community by providing employment opportunities and income alternatives where they may be otherwise hard to come by. We also try to select accommodation which has strong environmental policies. For example, Hotel Sigiriya uses scheduled light switching, recycling and waste regulations, water saving cisterns etc. Where meals are not provided, we suggest that clients spread their commerce to small local businesses and try some authentic food. Whilst staying in the guest house, there will be a chance to try a homemade meal cooked in a clay pot over a wood fired stove and to see the spice gardens where some of the ingredients came from.

Charity:
We financially co-sponsored a local Tsunami relief project, which enabled 25 families to be rehoused and for two schools to be equipped with toilets, running water and outdoor swings. In collaboration with a German operator and the village temple, we have helped towards 10 large water tanks and an eye clinic in a remote village with a donation of 200 pairs of glasses. We also assisted a principal agent of Unicef in development of day care and education of school children of the estate sector labourers in the hill country.

Local Craft and Culture:
There are plenty of opportunities to engages with local culture on the several visits to towns, villages and historically important sites and events. There are many places to buy handcrafted souvenirs along the way (e.g. Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya) but the markets are often a favourite of the clients for their vibrancy and authenticity. At the Kandy markets and the Moorish town of Matale, there are large spice markets. We also visit a tea factory and an exotic fruit and vegetable trading center, where clients can learn a bit about daily agricultural life for some locals and also support the community by buying things here.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the environments and communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people. The small number also allows us to stay in unique, family-run hotels that cannot benefit from coach tours and other mass tourism due to their limited sizes.

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Reviewed on 01 Dec 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Cycling through the rural parts of Sri Lanka and seeing the local people smiling and waving as we passed by.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


It's a beautiful tour, but before going, be sure to prepare for a strenuous ride!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, definitely.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent

Reviewed on 01 Feb 2014 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


Cycling through the the back roads of Sri Lanka

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Be fit before you start

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, as I donated to a dog charity (Embark) in Sri Lanka on my return to UK

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Extremely good.

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