Cycling and Mountain Biking

Sri Lanka's mountainous terrains are among the finest of the world's best biking sites. Among the slopes, valleys and the tea plantations are tracks and trails that will lure any mountain biker. Tours range from lush tea estates to caves, rain forests, ancient temples , reservoirs etc.

An exciting mixture of tea estate tracks and scenic dirt roads. Experience this tropical paradise first hand cycling through tea plantations to the idyllic beach paradise of Unawatuna.

Traveling by bike you get to see the best of the country, visiting little known areas, as well as the principal cultural sites - the rock fortress at Sigiriya, Kandy's Temple of the Tooth and the tenth century capital, Polonnaruwa. The last two days of the trip are spent on the idyllic white sandy beach of Unawatuna, where you can simply relax, or if you prefer, go for guided rides in the surrounding area.

A combination of tea plantation tracks, canal paths and quiet back roads takes you through the heart of the island and to the principle historic sites. Most tracks are of good quality though some are rocky; the terrain ranges from gentle hills to mountains, rides can be varied according to ability though reasonable fitness and some off-road experience is required.

In many regions of Sri Lanka the bicycle is the only form of transport, so travelling by bike yourself is a great way to mix with the people and to gain access to their world. This trip covers a substantial part of the island, taking in as much as possible of the scenic and cultural variety that Sri Lanka has to offer. The combination of visits to the ancient cities, great rides through the beautiful hill country, the varied wildlife, and a chance to relax on one of the many wonderful beaches, will certainly give you a taste for serendipity.

One of the advantages of a bike trip is the flexibility of the daily itinerary. It can vary widely from one trip to the next based on group desires, Mother Nature, and courtesy for other groups in the area. These typical itineraries illustrate a bike trip through various part of Sri Lanka. If you would like to custom build one for the same rates please use the Custom Tours / Inquiry form. These itineraries may vary with the time of season, weather conditions on the trip, and scheduling of hotels or campsites. if the mentioned villa or hotel becomes unavailable we will reserve a similar alternative facility in the same area.

Hiking is strictly optional activity. There are many interesting hikes available. Hiking can be done in your biking shoes, durable sneakers, or lightweight hiking boots. Remember that hiking and other activities vary widely pending time, and what other plans are ahead for the day.

If you prefer cycling but aren't so keen on struggling with uphill climbs, there are many interesting trails in the lowlands of Sri Lanka that take you through a beautiful landscape of tea, rubber and spice plantations or even the ancient capital of POLONNARUWA .

For those seeking more of a challenge, the Sri Lankan hill country locations offer a number of steeper trails that are only suitable for more experienced mountain bikers. Whatever your experience and fitness level, the diversity of Sri Lanka has something for everyone who wants to take part in the exhilarating activity of cycling and mountain biking! We can even arrange trips moving from one location to another (and transporting luggage by a support vehicle) ? just let us know what you want to do and we'll help you do it!
source:http://www.lanka.com/sri-lanka/mountain-biking-in-sri-lanka-119.html