UNESCO World Heritage Sites, dazzling beaches, world-famous tea plantations and thriving bio-diversity. It's no surprise Sri Lanka has found its place on the itineraries of ever more cyclists.
With tranquil backroads that are perfect for cruising and the cool, forested peaks of The Hill Country perfect for climbing, Sri Lanka offers plenty of variety on your ride.
In addition to a coastline that boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, Sri Lanka has national parks that are teeming with wildlife, a rich history and culture and its central highlands are dotted with the ruins of ancient cities. Enjoy the hospitality of charming locals and discover just how much is packed into this small island nation.
Self-guided Tours in Sri Lanka
Self-guided tours in Sri Lanka are still in development.
This is a great 7-day adventure, starting and finishing in the cloud city of Kandy in the mountains of central Sri Lanka. Heading north to explore the ancient wonders of the cultural triangle.
Take a ride through the tea country of Sri Lanka. Cycling through the stunning high country starting in Kandy. Through the national parks and wildlife reserves on the way to the coast. Finishing your 8 day tour in the coastal fort of Galle.
Learn More About Sri Lanka
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do, travel highlights and other information about this amazing country.
Currency: Sri Lankan Rupee
Population: Approx. 21 million
Highest Point: 2,524 m
Land Area: 65,610 sq km
Capital City: Colombo
Main Religion: Buddhism
Time Zone: GMT +5:30
Language: Sinhala & Tamil
Main International Airports:
Weather and Climate
Coolest: Varies by region
Hottest: Varies by region
Wettest: Varies by region
Driest: March to mid-April
Our favourite times: Sri Lanka is a year round destination. You can visit at any time of year.
Sri Lanka is a year-round destination, with generally good weather. Two monsoons affect different parts of the country, so one region can be dry while another is experiencing tropical rain showers. March to mid-April is the driest time nationwide, with the first annual monsoon bringing rain to the southwest lowlands and central hills from late May to September and a weaker second monsoon affecting the northeast of the island from November to February.
The hill country is significantly cooler than the northern plains and coast, so it can be downright chilly at night! Temperature is strongly affected by altitude with higher destinations such as Nuwara Eliya and the Horton Plains experiencing minimum temperatures in single figures (centigrade) during winter months.
Because the weather is generally lovely in Sri Lanka, we can easily recommend cycling trips at any time of the year. Even in the event of a powerful monsoon, these are not likely to last very long and you can get back to riding under clear skies fresh from the downpour.
Sri Lanka Highlights
Some of our favourite places visit, things to do and foods to eat.
The Hill Country
Rolling highlands abundant in terraces of verdant tea plants, dotted with colourful tea-pickers. Winding roads that meander through valleys hemmed between lofty mountains… This is the Hill Country of Sri Lanka. Highlights include the city of Kandy, famed for its sacred Buddhist sites including the Temple of the Sacred Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa) shrine. Or the Horton Plains, a high plateau of montane grassland and cloud forest.
The Cultural Triangle
Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle is an is an absolute 'must see' destination and home to an abundance of historical sites. This includes Sigiriya, a fortress and pleasure palace situated on the summit of a 200m outcrop of volcanic rock. Or the historic capitals of Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura, which are both replete with stupas, ruins and statues. The smaller site of Dambulla is a colourful complex of Buddhist cave temples carved into a large rock wall.
Sri Lanka boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, with soft white sands lapped by warm azure waters and fringed by swaying palms. Tasty, fresh seafood is the order of the day and should you ever tire of swimming or swinging in a hammock, there’s wildlife parks and temples and Buddhist shrines aplenty.
National Parks & Wildlife
Sri Lanka’s National Parks are home to an array of wildlife, and the country is developing as a popular ecotourism destination. Highlights include Yala National Park, with its healthy leopard population, and Udawalawe National Park, with a large number of wild Asian elephants. Sinharaja Forest Reserve, the country's premier rainforest, is also home to the rare and utopian phenomenon of mixed bird flocks.
Colonial Heritage: Galle Old Town
Sri Lanka has a rich colonial heritage, as evidenced by the atmospheric old port of Galle. Explore the many laneways and alleyways of the walled city, lined with beautiful restored buildings that were reborn as boutique hotels, restaurants and museums. Or visit the Galle cricket ground, now considered to be one of the most picturesque in the world, which was painstakingly reconstructed following extensive damage during the 2004 Indian Ocean Tsunami.