Cycle Ella to Katharagam
Experience this beautiful cycling route, from the stunning hills down into the surreal sugarcane plantations.
There aren’t many better ways to see a country than by bike. Eco-friendly, fast, and able to reach those places a little further of the tourist trails, a good, old-fashioned cycling holiday led by a local means you can get further off the beaten track than ever before, and enjoy that freeing sensation of sweeping along beautiful roads to fascinating new discoveries.
And Sri Lanka is no exception to the, better explored by bike, rule. Our cycling holidays in Sri Lanka show you the very best of the landscape, the rolling hillsides and acres of tea plantations in Central Province, to the offbeat rural experiences in the jungles and by the gorgeous rivers that cut through the landscape.
Towering green-covered mountains, dramatic river valleys, stunning rivers and waterfalls and beautiful remote villages. All this and some of Sri Lanka's most significant cultural sites are waiting to be discovered on a cycling holiday in Sri Lanka.
Cycling holidays allow you to reach places and see sights that ordinarily would be out of reach. When you jump on a bike, there is virtually nowhere out of reach. You can make it deep into the countryside to discover unique rural experiences, you can navigate the narrow tracks or alleyways that big tour buses can’t, and you can achieve the childish sense of joy that comes from discovering new sights at every bend as the wind rushes through your hair.
In Sri Lanka, a cycling holiday isn’t just about white-sand beaches down by Galle (even if there are plenty about), it’s about getting right off the beaten track and discovering small villages in the Central Province, about stumbling upon rural communities, rushing waterfalls and jungle lagoons.
There are few feelings as rewarding as getting back from a long day out in the Sri Lankan countryside, enjoying the sweeping country roads and the beautiful hillsides and stopping for unique, offbeat experiences, before sitting back in a vibrant local bar with an ice-cold beer as the sun goes down.
A cycling holiday in Sri Lanka with Not In The Guidebooks takes you directly to these authentic experiences thanks to your local guide. All our guides and hosts are passionate about showing off the best, non-touristy parts of their home, they want to show you the best trails and the best roads to cycle on, and the unique, local things to do at the end of them.
Forget planning routes and worrying that you’re missing out on the best sights and things to do, you can simply relax as you freewheel through the stunning scenery.
Head for the stunning, lush green hills of the Central Province for a cycling holiday you will never forget. Winding country roads twist and climb their way through the dramatic valleys and picturesque tea plantations, trains glide over peeling colonial bridges and rivers cascade from boulder-strewn peaks to steaming jungle.
Amongst all this natural beauty, you can find authentic villages that don’t receive many tourists, and are therefore undiluted by mass tourism. These offer you the chance to experience a bit of true Sri Lankan culture, before setting off once again into the stunning scenery.
Wherever you go for a cycling holiday in Sri Lanka, you can be sure that you’ll create memories of unique experiences that last a lifetime.
People who haven’t ridden a bike since they were 12, those looking for offbeat trails and long days in the saddle, or those just looking to experience a place in a more unique way, everyone is welcome on our cycling holidays in Italy.
Your guides will be experts in judging the length and difficulty of each ride, and make sure that they take you to the very best places along safe routes, so that you can simply relax and drink in the scenery, and enjoy the sensation of sweeping through the Sri Lankan countryside.
All you need to bring is energy, a sense of curiosity and a thirst to discover something new. Sound like you?
We’re passionate about helping people find the most amazing experiences on their travels, through meeting local people, exploring new places, and discovering alternative activities that make holidays special. We do this by carefully selecting partners in countries around the world who are experts in their local area, sourcing interesting people who can guide you through immersive experiences.
We’ve got local partners all across Sri Lanka, from the rolling hills of Central Province, all the way to the pristine beaches and colonial poise of Galle. Choosing a Not In The Guide Books holiday in Sri Lanka means you don’t have to choose between a beach holiday or an activity-filled break, you can get the best of both worlds with a unique trip.