ESCAPE TO THE SPICE ROADS 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.
• Stay in unique ancestral luxurious city of Kandy
• Cycling to kadugannawa
• Experience a part of Sri Lankan custom neighbouring to Agro culture
• Visit Spice garden at Matale
• Visit Dambulla Cave Temple
• Enjoy with traditional cookery
• Explore Polonnaruwa’s ancient ruins
• experience Sri Lanka’s rich historical and cultural past with a visit to the Sigiriya rock fortress built by renegade King Kashyapa in the 5th century AD
• Visit Ridee Viharaya Temple
• Stay at Kingdom of Kurunegala
Arrival - Kandy
115kms and approximately 03 - 04 hours journey please note that visits, sightseeing and stops are not considered calculating the duration.
• We are at your service on arrival at the recently refurbished Modern and State of the art International Airport. Representative from Cycling escape Sri Lanka will meet & assist you at the airport. And transfer to Kandy.
• Check in to Hotel.
• After a long journey leisure and relax at Kandy.
• 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.
• Delicious breakfast at your hotel.
• Visit Temple of Tooth Relic.
• Panvilathanna Cycling trail
• 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 in the hotel.
• Overnight stay at Kandy and followed by a wonderful dinner.
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.
Kandy - Dambulla
Cycling distance - Approx.60 km (From Kandy to Matale) you will be transported a further 25kms to Dambulla via vehicle.
Time – Approx. 5 - 6 hours journey Please note that visits, sightseeing and stops are not include the time duration.
Grading – Moderate and Soft
• Following a delicious breakfast with warm cup of Sri Lankan Tea, you will paddle your two wheel along A9.
• Visit Spice garden at Matale, best spice in the world since ancient time.
• Visit Dambulla Cave Temple in the Dusk.
• Overnight stay at the Dambulla.
Since the historical time Sri Lanka was one of hub among the Spice and ivory traders. In that times Si lanka knows as Taprobane, was world renewed for its Quality Spices. During ancient times the Greeks, Romans and the Arabic maintained their links with Sri Lanka through the spice trade. In 15th century, Portuguese discovered Sri Lanka and they began trading in cinnamon and other spices. The Dutch and British followed bringing with them their own history and influences, forming a strong Western presence that created a history of food expressed with spices, which can be tasted in the dishes today. Also the Spices are use in both medicinal purpose and in traditional cuisine. Gardens are open to visitors, a delightful place to stroll in fragrant greenery and learn about nutmeg, pepper vines, clove trees and curry, cinnamon and the precious cardamom, a relative of ginger. It grows in the shade of high jungle trees and can only be harvested by hand. Visitors may buy spices. Visitors can be seen Spice garden at Mathale, (Kandy Dambulla main road), Higula (located on the main road between Colombo and the hill capital of Kandy) and Hiriwadunna, Nalanda, Randeniya, Pinnawala.
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.
• After your breakfast you will visit at Dambulla Cave Temple.
• Visit at Dambulla Economic Centre and buy some vegetables for evening cookery session.
• At the evening you can join cookery demonstrator for learn how to prepare delicious Sri Lankan foods.
• Optional you can get a body massage.
• Overnight stay at Dambulla.
Dambulla - Polonnaruwa
Cycling distance - Approx. 60 km (From Dambulla to Polonnaruwa)
Time – Approx. 5 - 6 hours
Grading – Soft and Moderate
• Following a delicious breakfast at your hotel and you will be transferred to Polonnaruwa Ancient City.
• En route visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
• Optional Hiriwadunna village tour, Elephant back ride and bullock card ride.
• Optional do a evening safari at Kaudulla National Park.
• Overnight stay at the Polonnaruwa.
Sigiriya is one of Asia’s major archaeological sites, Sigiriya represent a distinctive concentration of fifth –century urban planning, architecture, gardening, engineering, hydraulics, and art, cantered on a massive rock rising 200 meters above the surrounding plain Surgery, located in the Matale district near to Dambulla. It can be reached through along Colombo-Habarana highway. Sigiriya location is one of the considerable natural beauty and historical interest. An area of settlement is lying between the cultural triangle of Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, and Kandy. The Sigiriya plan still retains much of its forest, cover, and many of its present village settlements and man-made village reservoirs date back to the first millennium B.C.
Polonnaruwa, The medieval capital of Sri Lanka from the eleventh to the end of the first quarter of the thirteenth century A.D. is situated in the dry zone of the North-central province. During the first millennium A.D, when Sri Lanka’s capital Anuradhapura, was flourishing, Polonnaruwa served as a fortified outpost (Kadavurunuwara) where the Sinhala garrisons camped during period Anuradhapura. Polonnaruwa was a strategic location because of Mahaweli River.
he principle groups of monuments rising up the city of Polonnaruwa. Visitors are staring from the southern entrance to the site and progressing to north. Potgulvehera monastery, The citadel and place complex, The quadrangle, Manikvehera monastery complex, Alahanaparivena, artefacts and. inscription, Galvihara, The North Temple, Thawhindhu Temple, The garden of Polonnaruwa.
Polonnaruwa - Kurunegala
Cycling distance - Approx. 60 km (From Polonnaruwa to Elahera) you will be transported a further 87kms to Kurunegala via vehicle.
Time – Approx.4 - 5 hours journey Please note that visits, sightseeing and stops are not include the time duration
• Following a delicious breakfast with warm cup of Sri Lankan tea, you will be paddled your two wheel along the road. • Visit highlights surrounding and photograph on the way.
• En route visit Ridee Vihara Temple.
• Overnight stay at the Kurunegala.
King Buwanekabahu II shifted his kingdom to Kurunegala in 1293 A.D. After his death his son Parakramabahu IV comes to the throne in 1302 A.D. He was the great leader who energised Kurunegala erea.
Located 90kms off Colombo, the Capital city of Kurunegala has been so called for the giant rock namely “Athugala” (Elephant Rock) in the middle of the city. Kurunegala” is a pure Sinhala derivation of the mixed Sinhala name “Hasthishailapura” meaning ‘the city of the Elephant Rock’ so named after its shape of a resting elephant, as it is obvious at a glance. A hot day’s city temperature records high owing to this rock. For the prevailing modern land-access facilities to the city, one commencing from Colombo can reach it easily in less than 2½hours. The provincial capital has many 19th Century relics of the British colonial period including the government agent’s residence, (presently the governor’s office) clock tower, and many more other buildings.
The clock tower in the centre of the city forms a monument of the brave soldiers who participated in the World War II. Dotting the city through an aerial photograph is ancient building whose initial forms have by now changed. Adding to the city scape is the lake around which many hotels and restaurants are located. If you watch around from the top of the Elephant rock the whole city is can be visualized in an obtuse angle.
Ridi Viharaya or the Silver Temple was built at the place where Silver ore was found, that was made used to build Ruwanweli Dageba at Anuradhapura by King Dutugemunu during his reign.
Ridi Vihara is an important Raja MahaVihara belonging to the Cultural Triangle. Historical Data on this Monastery complex is found in some Caves written in Brahmin Inscriptions. They date back to the 2nd and 3rd Centuries BC. During the time of Arahath Mahinda, many Arahaths are believed to be resided in these caves which numbers around twenty five in the surrounding area of Ridi Vihara and Rambadagalla area. The caves had been prepared by cutting into the rock and donated by chieftains of the area to the Sangha. The Ridi Vihara temple was built later by King Dutugemunu and the details about the construction is mainly being known by the historical chronicle Mahavamsa and by other sources like Ridi Vihara Asna and also by legend.
Kurunegala - Colombo Airport
83kms and approximately 02 - 03 hours 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.