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Motorcycle road trip Sri Lanka

On the Roads of Ceylon

Explore this lost paradise in the Indian Ocean, on a stunning motorbike tour.

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An intrepid all-rounder, she has cruised India’s roads with many groups, and knows the country like the back of her leather-gloved hand.

Got a passion for motorbikes, nature and history? Then head off along Sri Lanka’s magical roads and trails. There are many Indian influences here, but they are lighter, softer, and restyled. Enter a radiant and luxuriant world – from the cultural triangle to the tea plantations, with a detour via Trincomalee before venturing into rainforests and national parks, then ending your trip near Galle, with feet dipped in the sea. For bikers who fancy intensely new surroundings and variety, this complete motorcycle tour blends cultural riches and beautiful landscapes.

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Period January to April
Duration 12 days incl. 9 days' riding
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Comfort or Boutique
From 2980€/pilot

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Sri Lanka 12 stages - 1300 Km

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D1 / Arrive in Negombo

You'll be met at the airport, and transferred to your hotel. Unguided visit of this coastal resort and fishing port and resort. R&R on the beach or by the pool.

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D2 / Negombo - Kalpitiya - 130 Km

Your Sri Lankan motorcycle tour begins on a series of small oceanfront roads, and a few trail sections. Coconut plantations and other tropical scenery scrolls by. Arrive in Kalpitiya, with its wild beaches.

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D3 / Kalpitiya - Sigiriya - 170 Km

You need to rise early to admire the dolphins' balletic frolics off Kalpitiya. Then back down to earth, for a ride to the centre/north of the island. You cruise through magnificent scenery - jungles, lakes, rice fields, plus coconut and banana groves.

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D4 / Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya - 130 Km

This morning, you head off on an excursion to Polonnaruwa, whose wonderfully preserved remains bear witness to the past splendour of Lanka's former capital. Then back to the hotel, and a free late afternoon in Sigiriya.

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D5 / Sigiriya - Trincomalee - 130 Km

A morning ride to the fortress of Sigiriya, then we head for the east coast. Keep your eyes peeled, as wild elephants sometimes go walkabout on or near the asphalt! After settling into the hotel, a free afternoon.

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D6 / Trincomalee - Knuckles Range - 300 Km

You make progress south, then west. You're at the foot of the Knuckles Range. The climb begins on a smooth road, and you reach your overnight address by road through pine forests, tea plantations and tropical forest.

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D7 / Knuckles Range - Nuwara Eliya - 140 Km

You ride deep into the heart of the island, and the highland plateaux region. A serious gradient - so hang on... up to nearly 2,000 metres. The road runs past reservoirs of light blue water, then winds through the tea plantations. You'll learn the secrets of tea making in Nuwara Eliya, the country's highest town.

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D8 / Nuwara Eliya - Ella - 80 Km

A short journey, along a very twisty mountain road, with regular vantage-points surveying verdant terraced crops and the surrounding summits. You settle into the hotel in Ella.

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D9 / Ella - Uda Walawe - 120 Km

You leave the high plateaux behind and make for the south coast. After a refreshing break by the Ravana Falls, you carry on cruising along a magnificent mountain road, smooth but winding. In the afternoon, a jeep safari in Uda Walawe National Park, with scenery reminiscent of the African savanna.

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D10 / Uda Walawe - Matara - 100 Km

After this wilderness immersion, you head back south towards the ocean. Enjoy this last proper day of motorcycling to lap up the scenery. En route, you'll stop off at the holy rock of Mulkiri Gala and ride as far as Matara, a city fortified by the Dutch in the 17th century.

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D11 / Matara - Galle

This morning, a four-wheeled trip along the coast to Galle via the pretty resort of Mirissa and the highly colourful port of Weligama Bay. In Galle, after walking the ramparts and patrol paths of the imposing Dutch-built fort, take time to wander through the alleyways of the fortified town.

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D12 / Galle - Negombo

It's the end of your road trip in Sri Lanka! Today you ride back to Colombo. Transfer to Negombo airport by private vehicle, based on your flight-departure time.

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The riders' opinions

Absolute adventure

“This trip is managed from start to finish to provide the participant with a stress free experience. The bikes were amazing and the crew was even better making a trouble free journey. Vintage Rides gives you the opportunity of a life time with a guide who provides guided autonomy. Thank you Vintage Rides for an experience I will never forget for all the right reasons.”

Best trip. Ever.

“Excellent, almost effortless trip. We were looked after well. The route was a wonderful combination of easy riding and modest challenge. The staff was tolerant beyond any reasonable human's capacity. Lodgings both exotic and comfortable. A better trip can not be imagined.”

Great staff/tour personnel

“Firstly, the airport experience on arrival was a little disjointed but of no great consequence. From thereon in wonderful people to deal with and our tour leader/support staff were excellent. The bikes were in good mechanical condition and we were fortunate that our group had a good skill set as there were some challenging roads. Notwithstanding though this trip would be suitable for most capable riders. No alcohol in the high altitudes is recommended. A very professional outfit all round.”


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From January 16th 2018 to January 27th 2018
From February 18th 2018 to March 1st 2018
From March 4th 2018 to March 15th 2018
From March 19th 2018 to March 30th 2018
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