ESCAPE TO THE NATURE & CULTURE IN SRI LANKACycling and mountain biking In Sri Lanka is an excellent way to get pleasure and glimpse of all the nook and corner in small Teardrop Island. Our two wheel tours not to be paddling tours. Our Green foot cycling tours allow you to do great cycling and covering cultural heritage sits, mountains, valleys, tropical rain forest, inland lakes, reservoirs, paddy, Rubber plantation, and the magnificent hill country past tea estates and gushing waterfalls.
Furthermore learning and experience authentic culture and impending to a unique way of life and it dates backs to 2500 years. . They may then welcome you with a warm smile and a cool drink as you catch your breath. You may have challenge network of main roads and innumerable country roads, gravel paths, foot paths, cart tracks, dirt tracks and estate tracks can be added in your experience.
• Lie on the palm-fringed sandy beaches of the Negombo
• Explore the Paduwasnuwara archaeological place
• Find the Hidden treasures at kaludiya Pokuna
• Visit Dambulla cave temple
• Visit Temple of tooth relic
• Experience traditional Sri Lankan dancing highlights
• Stay in unique ancestral luxurious city of Kandy
• Watch baby elephants at the Pinnawala orphanage as they feed and frolic in the river
Arrival - Negombo
10kms and approximately 15 minutes journey please note that visits, sightseeing and stops are not including the time duration.
• We are at your service on arrival at the recently refurbished Modern and State of the art International Airport. Representative from Green foot travels will meet & assist you at the airport. And transfer to a hotel in Negombo.
• Check in to hotel.
• After a long journey leisure and relax or walk along sandy beach.
• In the evening, enjoy some cocktails with you dedicated guide at the hotel as you get to know everyone else on the tour, followed by a wonderful dinner.
Negombo - Dambulla
Cycling distance - Approx. 60 km (From Makandura to Panduwasnuwara) you will be transported a further 126kms to Dambulla via vehicle.
Time – Approx. 6 - 7 hours journey Please note that visits, sightseeing and stops are not include the time duration.
Grading – Soft
• Following a delicious breakfast at your hotel and you will be transferred to Dambulla through surrounding by beautiful paddy field and a hospitable community.
• Visit Panduwasnuwara Ancient City, first kingdom of Sri Lank.
• Visit Dambulla Cave Temple.
• Overnight stay at the Dambulla.
Panduwasnuwara is situated in 112 km away from Colombo in Kurunegala district of north western province of Sri Lanka. Even though Panduwasnuwara most famous for its remarkable history. It has renowned love stories between Deeghagamini and Unmadachitra, the mysterious archaeological ruins at Panduwasnuwara.This site that spreads over an area of 20 hectares is scattered with some ruins of monuments build in the 12th century AD. In spite of the significance of the ruins and the legends attributed to Panduwasnuwara, archaeological exploration hasn’t been completed to date. The ruins located close to the Abayawewa reservoir are perhaps the first ever irrigation reservoir in history.
The Buddhist Monastery at Dambulla, The ancient Jambukola Vihara,is best known for its temple and its growth cycle of well-preserved eight –century rock and wall painting. Sinhalese people call it as ' Dambulu Gala' (Dambulla Rock) and the Temple is called as the ' Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya' (Golden Rock Dambulla Temple). It is situated about 79 Km from Kandy. The Dambulla Rock Temple had first been constructed during the reign of King Vattagamini Abhaya (103 BC and 89-77 BC). The Sinhalese often calls him as King Walagamba.
During a South Indian invasion the king had to abandon his Anuradhapura Kingdom. For 12 years, King Walagamba was in hiding and had frequented these caves for his safety. After regaining the kingdom of Anuradhapura and becoming the King, to show his gratefulness for his safe place, he converted those caves into Buddhist Temples by constructing walled partitions under the rock overhang, which spans the entire area as a single large cave.
Dambulla - Kaludiya Pokuna
Cycling distance - Approx.35 km
Time – Approx. 7 - 8 hours journey Please note that visits, sightseeing and stops are not include the time duration.
Grading – Soft
• After your breakfast Cycling to Kaludiya Pokuna ancient place via bank of Kandalama Tank.
• En route visit largest vegetable market in Sri Lanka.
• Buy some fresh vegetable and fruit for evening cookery demonstration.
• Evening you will cook your vegetable and fruit according to local recipe with your master chef.
• Tastes your foods.
• End up your busy day overnight stay at Dambulla.
Kandalama Kaludiya Pokuna located in Dambulla; it dates back to the period, 853 – 857 A.D., during the reign of King Sena the 2nd. The sacred precincts of this ancient site served as a meditating center for the Buddhist monks who resided there. The approach to this ancient historical site is very pleasant, winding its way through paddy fields and vegetable cultivations – typical rural Sri Lanka, which gives way to beautiful stands of tall, dry monsoon forest. You even find peacocks crossing the road at your free.
Kaludiya Pokuna lies at the base of a long rocky ridge on the northern periphery of the Knuckles range. As a result, the forest is more intermediate in character than dry zone. It is also home to a wide variety of birds and butterflies, as it is at the junction of different climatic zones with some species being at an extremity of their range. Clearly, it is an exciting place for birders and butterfly watchers. The archaeological site at Kaludiya Pokuna has a few ruins including a stupa, and it is very obvious to the visitor that this ancient site screams of neglect. You can found two ancient rock inscriptions – one was hardly legible as letters were almost washed away by the ravages of rain, but the second was mercifully protected by the overhanging rock.
Dambulla - Kandy
Cycling distance - Approx.55 km (From Dambulla to Matale) you will be transported a further 39kms to Kandy via vehicle.
Time – Approx. 2 - 3 hours journey Please note that visits, sightseeing and stops are not include the time duration.
Grading – Moderate and hard
• Following a delicious breakfast at your hotel and you will start your cycling to Laggala.
• En route visit at Matale Aluwiharaya Temple and Spice Gardens.
• At the evening visit Temple of Tooth Relic and relax in the hotel.
• Overnight stay at hill capital of the Kandy.
The last capital of the Shinhala king, Kandy is remarkable for the natural beauty of its setting in a peaceful wooded valley overlooking a vast artificial lake. Strategically nestled amidst three mountain ranges and known as the gateway to the hill country, Kandy was initially built in this location as a natural fortress against attack. Kandy was not an easy target for the foreign invaders who could gain the control of coastal areas of the island without too much loss. Kandy’s main architectural monuments date mainly from the 19th Century when King Sri Wikrama Rajasinha, the last King of Kandy, constructed many new buildings. At the time of the eventual surrender of Kandy to British Rule in 1815, King Rajasinha was captured, imprisoned and finally deported to India where he died in 1832. The Palace buildings, Shrines and the British period building give it a special Character, while religious importance of the Tooth relic and the annual procession of the Dalada Perahera contribute a dynamism and unique culture importance to the historical hill capital.
The geographical location of the Kandy was very important in creating a natural defence strategy. The city was built in a valley surrounded by three mountain ranges: Udawattakele to the east, The Hanthana range on one side and the bahiravakanda the other. The river Mahaweli, flowing toward the north-west, turns back on itself towards south-west, forming triangular boundary. This natural system of defence was very useful in protecting the city for many attempted invasions by the progress, Dutch and British.
Kandyan dance takes its name from Kandy. The dance imitates movements of animals as there is dancing of elephant and peacock, the costumes of Kandyan dancers are colourful with white, red, yellow and black mixed. The male dancers with their bare chests decorated with exquisitely silver regalia and spectacular headgear; silver bangles are also worn on the arms and ankles. The performance is companied with hectic rhythms of drums called “Getaberaya”. There are 18 main dances in Kandyan Style.
Cycling distance - Approx.50km (Surrounding Kandy)
Time – Approx. 5 - 6 hours journey Please note that visits, sightseeing and stops are not include the time duration.
Grading – Soft
• Delicious breakfast at the hotel.
• Visit at Peradeniya Ambakke Temple, Botanical Garden and Oak Ray Wood Carving.
• At the evening you can get an experience with remarkable Kandyan dancing program.
• Also you can do a tiny city tour in the evening or relax at the hotel.
• Overnight stay at Kandy and followed by a wonderful dinner.
Peradeniya Botanical Garden
Sri Lanka’s botanic gardens have a long and proud history, Punctuated by Sri Lankan royal and colonialism. The origins of the Peradeniya Botanic Garden date as far back as 1371 when king Wickramabahu 111 ascended throne and kept court at Peradeniya near Mahaweli River. This was followed by King Kirti Sri and King Rajadhi Rajashinhe. King Wimaladharma built a temple on this location but it was destroyed by British. Thereafter, the groundwork for a botanical garden was formed by Alexander Moon in 1821. Peradeniya botanical garden was formally established in 1843.During the Second World War, the Botanical Garden was used by Lord Louis Mountbatten, the supreme commander of the allied forces in the South Asia, as the headquarters of the South East Asia Command.
Royal Botanical Garden, Peradeniya is situated 5.5 km to the west from the city of Kandy in the central province of Sri Lanka. The total area of the botanical It is renowned for its collection of a variety of orchids. It includes more than 4000 species of plants, including of orchids, Spices, medicinal plants and famous classical Avenue of palms. One tree with a significant history is the Cannonball Tree planted by King George V of the United Kingdom and Queen Mary in 1901. The tree is often laden with fruit, which are thought to resemble cannonballs.
Kandy - Pinnawala - Negombo
Cycling distance - Approx.60 km (From Kandy to Pinnawala) you will be transported a further 75kms to Negombo via vehicle.
Time – Approx.4 - 5 hours journey Please note that visits, sightseeing and stops are not include the time duration.
Grading –Soft and Moderate
• Following a delicious breakfast and you will paddle your bike to Hill Country.
• Visit Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
• Visit Mawanella Spice Garden, Best spice in the world since ancient time.
• At the evening leisure & relax on the beach.
• Overnight stay at the Negombo.
Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage is an orphanage, nursery and captive breeding ground for wild Asian elephants located at Pinnawala village. It was established in 1975 by the Sri Lanka wildlife department in a 25 acre coconut property near the Maha Oya River. In 2011, there were 88 elephants, including 37 males and 51 females from 3 generations, living in Pinnawala. The main attraction is the opportunity to observe the bathing elephants from the broad river bank as the herd interact socially, bathing and playing. Visitors to the park can view many different aspects of the care and daily routine of the elephants, such as bottle feeding of elephant calves, feeding of all other elephants, and bathing in the Ma Oya (River). There are twenty elephants have been born since 1984, and the orphanage has the largest herd of captive elephants in the world. While most of the elephants are healthy, one is blind and one, named Sama, has lost her front left leg due to a landmine.
The “Malu” market reminded Negombo, and all the way, it is consisting of golden beaches, clear blue skies and blue water. Enjoy the refreshing sea breeze on your face while the waves embrace your feet. Most of tourists use the town for the first or the last night of their stay in Sri Lanka because it is perfectly located within the 7 km from the Bandaranaike International Airport in Sri Lanka.
After in the early 1500s, the Portuguese constructed a fort in Negombo and took over the trade of cinnamon to the West and in the 1600s the king of Kandy turned to the Dutch for help. The Dutch captured Negombo from the Portuguese in 1646. The legacy of the Dutch colonial era can be seen in the Dutch Fort, constructed in 1672, a number of other buildings and the extensive canal system that runs 120 km from Colombo in the South, through Negombo to Puttalam in the north. The British then took it from them in 1796 without a struggle. Evidence of their occupation can be seen in the various colonial styles of architecture of many of the buildings in Negombo, is often referred to as “Little Rome’. The Negombo lagoon has provided the fishermen with a plentiful supply of crabs, shrimps, lobsters, cattle fish and many of the native species of fish. No wonder Negombo is a gourmet's delight with seafood available in plenty. Also produces spices, ceramics and brassware.
Negombo - Colombo Airport
10kms and approximately 30 minutes journey please note that visits, sightseeing and stops are not including the time duration.
• After your breakfast on the last day, you will be taken from the hotel to the Bandaranaike International Airport for your flight back home along with unforgettable memories and numerous stories to relate to your friends and family.