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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

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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“Very professionally run with experienced guides who, through their local knowledge, can get you to out of the way places the average traveller would not have access to.”

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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From January 6th 2018 to January 13th 2018
From January 5th 2019 to January 12th 2019
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