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Motorcycle road trip Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan Essentials

An intense road trip along Sri Lankan trails amid mountains, tea plantations and tropical forests !

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The essence of Sri Lanka for time-poor bikers seeking a trip of amazing variety. Explorers hungry for strong sensations and exotic flavours, you’ll head off on an island treasure trail – a varied itinerary that showcases the country’s terrific cultural and natural mosaic. After a sustained daily tempo, you’ll be rewarded by a more sedate finale, near the beach and fort in Galle. This motorbike trip is the perfect introduction for long-haul adventurers who’ll then set their sights on other Asian destinations.

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Period January to April
Duration 8 days incl. 6 days' riding
Level Demanding
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard
From 2240€/pilot

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Sri Lanka 8 stages - 940 Km

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D1 / Arrive in Negombo

Ayubowan - welcome to Sri Lanka! You're greeted at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Make the most of the little seaside resort to relax on the beach. You can admire the Oruwas, super traditional fishing boats with outrigger.

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D2 / Negombo - Kalpitiya - 130 Km

Today's the first day of your motorycle trip in Sri Lanka! You start by heading north, amid tropical landscapes. You reach Puttalam, then continue between ocean and lagoon to the wild, unspoilt beaches of Kalpitiya.

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D3 / Kalpitiya - Sigiriya - 170 Km

Back on the road, towards the centre of the island, deep in the Cultural Triangle. You ride through a superb setting - beween jungles, rice fields, and many lakes including the large Balalu Kala Wewa. On reaching Sigiriya, discover the Lion Rock, which rises up from the surrounding jungle.

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D4 / Sigiriya - Knuckles Range - 160 Km

A great day or trail riding lies in store! You travel alongside canals and wind between rice fields, discovering another Sri Lanka, closer to its villages and people. The final few miles are fantastic, in a near-mystical atmosphere.

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D5 / Knuckles Range - Ella - 180 Km

You continue your adventure, advancing deeper into the heart of the island and the Central Highlands: plateaux surrounded by the country's highest peaks. You climb through the tea plantations in a fairy-tale setting. The mountain road becomes very twisty until you reach Ella, where the terraces of crops cling to the surrounding mountainsides.

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D6 / Ella - Uda Walawe - 200 Km

Now you head for the south of the island. A brief stop at the foot of the Ravana Falls, before continuing along this winding road. En route, you visit the Buddhist site of Buduru Wagala. Your southward route continues amid sugarcane plantations and small villages typical of Sri Lanka. In the afternoon, a safari Uda Walawe National Park.

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D7 / Uda Walawe - Matara - 100 Km

Your last day's riding, back to the south coast and the ocean. Nature is still all around, as you cruise through the countryside and encounter Sri Lankans with their legendary smile. On the way, you stop off at the rock of Mulkirigala and admire the view from the top, over the surrounding jungle and the Indian Ocean.

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D8 / Matara - Negombo

In the morning, you depart by private vehicle to visit Galle, a magnificent fortified city from the Dutch era, with bags of charm. Transfer to the airport as per your flight-departure time.

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The riders' opinions

We were a bunch of mates from Norwich …

“We were a bunch of mates from Norwich in the UK looking for something different on bikes. We decided to email 2 company's, Vintage rides and another Aussie outfit based in Nepal. Both company's provided a detailed route in the Mustang Valley in Nepal. The Aussie company was slightly cheaper but the bikes looked older and most importantly sending 20,000 euro's abroad to either company did not appeal to me! However Vintage rides payments are covered via our version of ABTA. The Aussie company payments were not. Easy choice for us. We arrived in Nepal to be greated by the coolest dude at the airport in leather jacket, ciggy in one hand , his name Francois. I can go on and bang on about what an experience the ride was which it was but if you are looking for a company to to have the ride of your life then Vintage rides is at the top of the game. All hotels were fantastic, we bumped into another British company half way up the Mustang valley and I have to say I was glad I had booked Vintage rides. The bike the Britsh had were all sorts of old Royal Enfields and the hotel they were in looked terrible, even the Britsh tour t-shirts they were wearing looked like they were from pound land ! Francois our gide put up with 8 middle aged blokes on a 12 day bender! One hotel we drunk dry !! Brexit was mentioned once or twice but we all decided the French are not so bad after all they can drink as well !! Francois new exactly where to take us ,he has done these trips most of his life. The support crew were 10 mins behind us all the time to fix puncures and fix bikes. Vintage rides is a company that know's what it is doiing and I would have no hesitation in booking another trip (Mongolia) again. A big thankyou to Francois and Denise for organising such a great trip. Roll on next year we are booking again. Doddy.”

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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”


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