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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 3180€/pilot
2880€/pillion

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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.

sri lanka fisherman beach
D2 / Negombo - Kalpitiya - 110 Km

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

sri lanka swimming pool hotel luxury resort
D3 / Kalpitiya - Sigiriya - 160 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.

sri lanka schoolgirl road
D4 / Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa Loop - 140 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.

sri lanka motorcycle couple paddy field
D5 / Sigiriya - Trincomalee - 140 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 or snorkeling with sharks and turtles if the weather allows.

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D6 / Trincomalee - Knuckles Range - 280 Km

You 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 through pine forests, tea plantations and tropical forest.

sri lanka motorcycle tour
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.

sri lanka tea estate plantation pluckers
D8 / Nuwara Eliya - Ella - 90 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 - 170 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.

sri lanka bathing river
D10 / Uda Walawe - Matara - 95 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.

sri lanka beach sea coconut tree
D11 / Matara - Galle - 40 Km by car

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

Neil
Great team offering a wide choice of …

“Great team offering a wide choice of rides. I selected northern Thailand, the golden triangle route. Well planned ride on good quality bike's, interesting and unique accommodation, well priced and well organised. No hesitation in recommending them and I am planning another trip for 2018 Neil UK”

Daphne
Spiti Valley - Absolutely fantastic!

“Absolutely fantastic. The pre-trip organization and communication was stellar. The itinerary and accommodations were well planned and our guide, mechanic, and support driver collectively allowed for a trip where any risk of stress was quickly replaced with nothing but pure delight. I took the Spiti Valley tour ("Gateway to Tibet") which offered otherworldly views and rich cultural exposure. The remote area was particularly enjoyable as even when compared to other Himalayan routes there was very little traffic... truck or otherwise (The last thing I want to do is to go to a remote location to be stuck endlessly maneuvering around slow trucks). I sing the praises of Vintage Rides at every possible opportunity. I've ridden motorcycles all over the world either independently or with a tour group and this trip was tops! I wish I had sooner discovered Vintage Rides and they will certainly be my choice again. Vive la Moto! (If you like to see the video of the trip it is at advmotorbike dot com under "global moto"... it will say in image more than my words can convey!)”

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i did the nepal mustang trip in …

“i did the nepal mustang trip in november with my son, a small amount of offroading skills is required. He had only passed his test 3months earlier and had gone a couple of off roading sessions and coped well. The weather was good that time of year, no rain and warm. the tour was better than i'd ever expected with a number of surprises along route. most accommodation was of good standard with some of very good 'the wife could spend a week here' standard. the bikes worked better than i'd expected, not ktm standard but you wouldnt want to be on a ktm allday, and half the appeal was the enfield. i would recommend this trip, so much so i am looking presently to book another trip with vintages rides.”

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