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Motorcycle road trip Sri Lanka - The White Gold of Ceylon

Motorcycle road trip Sri Lanka

The White Gold of Ceylon

Sri Lanka in summer: an authentic motorbike tour alongside the wild scenery and lagoons of the East Coast.

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A rare monsoon-less region in South Asia, the Eastern coast of Sri Lanka is still unexplored. White sand beaches stretch for miles, 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 miles 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.

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Period July to August
Duration 12 days incl. 7 days' riding
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Comfort or Boutique
From €3,310/pilot

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Your Motorcycle Tour in Sri Lanka 12 stages - 585 miles

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D1 / Arrive in Colomno - Negombo

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.

fisherman sri lanka
D2 / Negombo - Trincomalee

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.

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D3 / Trincomalee - 30 miles

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.

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D4 / Trincomalee - Passikudah - 118 miles

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.

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D5 / Passikudah - Gal Oya - 80 miles

You continue your descent towards the south by riding along the coast on a magnificent road for approximately 50 miles, 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.

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D6 / Gal Oya

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.

wildlife sri lanka
D7 / Gal Oya - Arugam Bay - 75 miles

The last and short ride on the country’s east coast, along the lagoons. You go till Pothuvil, a few miles 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.

beach sri lanka
D8 / Arugam Bay - Ella - 87 miles

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 20 miles 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.

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D9 / Ella - Haputale - 37 miles

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.

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D10 / Haputale - Uda Walawe - 75 miles

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.

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D11 / Uda Walawe - Galle - 80 miles

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.

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D12 / Galle - Negombo

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.

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