Our wandering biker still avidly ventures far and wide to discover sublime routes and share his stories – of which he has quite a stock.
A rare monsoon-less region in South Asia, the Eastern coast of Sri Lanka is still unexplored. White sand beaches stretch for kilometers, a lush jungle crawling with elephants, Buddhist sanctuaries imbued with spirituality. Far from the classic motorcycle tours, Sri Lankans are particularly warm hosts. You ride on a Royal Enfield and follow the rhythm of sunrise and sunset. You are not racing against time, always trying to get a few more kilometers done; you are on a holiday. It is time for contemplation and lazing around. A motorcycle tour in a unique Sri Lanka for those who want to ride a few hours in the morning followed by relaxation time on the most beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka.
After being met at the airport, you are transferred to Negombo, your first stop on Sri Lankan soil. Check-in at hotel. Enjoy this small fishing village to take some rest before your long journey.
A short transfer to Colombo airport for your domestic flight to Trincomalee, on the east coast. You reach your hotel where the motorcycles are waiting for you. Free afternoon - ideal moment to relax on the magnificent white sand beach of Nilaveli.
And away you go for a Sri Lankan spin! Cruise around the bay, away from the tourist mainstream, and take the chance to visit the Hindu temple of Koneswaram before perching atop the dizzying "Lover's Leap" cliff. Free afternoon.
An early morning ride along the island's east coast, heading south. An intense feeling of freedom in the saddle as you explore this coastal wilderness. And then it's already time for you to cool down in the ocean.
You continue your descent towards the south by riding along the coast on a magnificent road for approximately 80 km, through lagoons and reservoirs till Gal Oya Park, our stop for this day. In the evening, you will pass by Peace Pagoda “Shanti Stupa”. You will perhaps see wild elephants, which are in the habit of walking along the structure at sunset.
A day of exploration in the wild and exclusive Gal Oya National Park. You will go on a unique safari on Senanayake Samudraya, the biggest lake in the island and observe elephants, buffaloes and crocodiles from your local boat. Bird lovers will be enchanted by this Park, which is home to more than 150 different species. Return to Ampara in the evening.
The last and short ride on the country’s east coast, along the lagoons. You go till Pothuvil, a few kilometers away to the north of Arugam Bay, a charming and wild sandy bay, known for the best surfing spot in the country. The casual setting appeals immediately and the hinterland provides a vast area to explore.
Departure in the morning. Today, a change in the setting, you will go back west to the country’s mountainside area. On the way, you will visit the Buddhist site of “Maligawla”. The last 35 km of the climb up are refreshing and offer splendid views of the surrounding mountains. Lunch at the hotel. In the afternoon, you can do some shopping in the village or if you prefer to walk, you can opt for the trek to Little Adam’s Peak.
Still aboard your Royal Enfield, you follow the road through tea plantations in the mountains in central Sri Lanka. You will visit the small town of Bandarawela and head for Haputale. During the journey, you will enjoy the view over tea plantations and waterfalls; the panoramic view of the valley is splendid.
Today, you continue your journey towards the South by taking a magnificent countryside road that leads you to the threshold of Uda Walawe National Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the country. In the afternoon, give some rest to your Royal Enfield and if you want, hop on to a jeep for a safari. Uda Walawe Reserve is known for the diversity of its animal species: elephants, buffaloes, peacocks, crocodiles, etc.
Take full advantage of this last leg and your Royal Enfield! You head to the south, then the west along the coast. You reach Galle and after roaming around the battlements and parapets of the imposing Dutch fort, you will take the time to wander around in the lanes of the walled city. Check-in at hotel.
Back on the road, to Negombo. Your motorcycling tour in Sri Lanka has come to an end. You're transferred to the international airport as per your flight-departure time.
“A wonderful and memorable experience. The 12 day tour that my wife (pillion) and I went on in Madhya Pradesh was very well planned, with interesting and sometimes challenging rides and sight-seeing during the day and comfortable, culturally fascinating places to stay in at night. Our tour leader was experienced, organised, had a fun personality and managed to respond to each member of the tour as an individual. We highly recommend Vintage Rides to anyone with a sense of adventure and competent motorcycle skills. Laurie and Jennie McAdam”
“Having joined two tours in India previously with Vintage Rides I have no hesitation in booking a third and recommending this company as experts in their field to anyone contemplating a guided tour on the sub continent or the far east. Vintage Rides is a French company and as expected many of the riders are French speakers but it is not a barrier. I speak English and have only a little of the French language but I have been welcomed by both the tour leaders and the other riders without any problems at all. Communication is not a problem in the brotherhood off the bikers. The tour leaders know their stuff and take you to places off the well beaten tourist track, always mindful of one's safety. The support team for mechanical issues that can occasionally arise with the robust Royal Enfield 500cc Bullet bikes and for transport of luggage and local knowledge remove any concerns, just sit back and enjoy the ride.”
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