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Motorcycle Ramble : Sri Lanka

On the Roads of Ceylon

Francis

Francis, motorbike trip designer

Francis is a biker always venturing out on the road to uncover new routes with as much passion as he has telling stories. He is an enthusiast and knows our itineraries like the back of his hand.

3 190  / rider
2 490  / pillion
3 departures
Motorcycle Ramble
Period December to April
Duration 12 days incl. 10 days' riding
Available Extensions
Level Intermediate
Guide English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard, Charming or Comfort
Price €3,190/rider
€2,490/pillion
Motorcycle Ramble
Period December to April
Duration 12 days incl. 10 days' riding
Available Extensions
Level Intermediate
English-speaking tour leader
Accommodation Standard, Charming or Comfort
From €3,190/rider
€2,490/pillion
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 motorcyle tour in Sri Lanka blends cultural riches and beautiful landscapes.

Your Motorcycle Tour in Sri Lanka 12 stages - 876 miles


oruwa negombo sri lanka
D1 / Arrive in Negombo

You are met at the airport and taken 20 minutes by car to Negombo, a fishing port and coastal resort. After you settle in at the hotel, time for some beach- or pool-based R & R. From the shore, you can admire the flotilla of oruwas, traditional fishing boats whose square sails dance on the ocean.

fishermen sri lanka
D2 / Negombo - Kalpitiya - 68 miles

We begin the tour by heading north towards Kalpitiya Peninsula, along a series of minor coastal roads and some smaller tracks, passing through charming fishing villages. We reach a stretch lined by huge coconut plantations, which then give way to shrimp farms. We veer off onto the peninsula and ride between the lagoon and the ocean.

schoolgirls sri lanka
D3 / Kalpitiya - Sigiriya - 118 miles

After roughly 18 miles of main road skirting the immense Karuwalagas lagoon, we cross plains peppered with jungles, rice paddies, coconut plantations, mango groves and several lakes. We make a detour to visit the Ritigala ruins, a monastery nestled in the heart of the jungle which was abandoned many years ago. Only when the imposing Lion Rock is dominating the reddish plains do we know that we’ve arrived in Sigiriya.

buddhist temple sri lanka
D4 / Sigiriya - 84 miles

Today, we have two options: we can visit either the ancient city of Polonnaruwa or Dambulla’s Buddhist cave temple. We ride along the edge of Minneriya National Park, where elephant sightings are common. After a break near Giritale tank, we head to Polonnaruwa, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Alternatively, we can head to Dambulla and its astounding caves housing numerous Buddha statues.

royal enfield sri lanka
D5 / Sigiriya - Trincomalee - 99 miles

This morning we visit the Lion Rock, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and hike to the top where we’re rewarded with spectacular views. We head northeast along indescribably charming country roads for around 12 miles, then rugged tracks their terminus on a recently renovated road taking us straight toward the coast. We stop in Trincomalee, a city that welcomed the end of the Tamil Tiger conflict.

motorcycle adventure sri lanka
D6 / Trincomalee - Wasgamuwa - 134 miles

We drive south through the endless eastern plains, peppered with pristine expanses, enormous lakes and protected natural parks. We enjoy a long, wide track, which resembles an off-road highway. This part of the island is uncrowded and this leg takes us to the foothills of a large mountain range in south-central Sri Lanka. We stop at the foot of Knuckles mountain range.

rider sri lanka
D7 / Wasgamuwa - Knuckles - 62 miles

We ride in the shadow of the Knuckles range, a tall, beautiful mountain flanked by untamed wilderness. We enjoy magnificent views of reservoirs with deep blue waters, the distant mountain range growing closer and closer until we reach a smooth ribbon of road which carries us up over 1,000 metres, high up into the cool tropical rainforests. Finally we end this beautiful leg passing our first tea plantations and rural villages.

tea plantation sri lanka
D8 / Knuckles - Nuwara Eliya - 78 miles

Today we venturing into the heart of the island, climbing 2,000 metres into the highlands overlooked by the country’s highest peaks. The road winds through several tea plantations and their beautifully cultivated formations. When we reach Nuwara Eliya, the country’s highest city, you’ll soon realise that its nickname “Little England” is no exaggeration: it still carries a strong British influence.

country road sri lanka
D9 / Nuwara Eliya - Ella - 56 miles

We are in the heart of Sri Lanka's tea country. We take a deliberately circuitous route so that we can really make the most of this unique region. As well as tea plantations, we also pass many dairy farms in a lush landscape which could easily be passed off as Switzerland. We arrive in Ella for lunch, a peaceful refuge for many travellers. We then ride to our stop for the night, just outside this small town.

wild swimming sri lanka
D10 / Ella - Udawalawe - 99 miles

Today we leave the central highlands behind us and head for the south coast. We make one last tea-related visit to the historical Sir Lipton’s tea factory and, weather permitting, we may even be able to take a ride to Lipton’s Seat, a lookout with perfect views across this empire of green gold. We take a break at Diyaluma Falls, the third highest in Sri Lanka. We stay on the edge of the famous Udawalawe National Park.

paradise beach sri lanka
D11 / Udawalawe - Galle - 78 miles

We enjoy an early morning safari in Udawalawe National Park, where elephant sightings are guaranteed. Then we head to the much-loved south coast. En route we stop off at Mulkirigala rock temples and see the reclining Buddhas in the caves, proof of the island’s ancient Buddhist culture. We reach the turquoise waters of the coast, take a break next to the sea and then ride on to Galle, an old Dutch fortified city.

stilt fishing sri lanka
D12 / Galle - Colombo international airport

Today we ride to Colombo. You are then transferred to the airport in a private vehicle based on your flight time. Important: Make sure that you book an evening flight.

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19 traveller reviews
Great experience. I learnt alot. I…
Great experience. I learnt alot. I struggled with a couple of the more difficult dirt roads (tracks) but also learnt my limitations and improved on some of them. Could not have managed as well without my husband leading the way. This was my first overseas motorcycle tour… but not my last.
i loved this trip we had…
i loved this trip we had a fantastic time i am from Australia and very experienced with dirt roads that is no problem but my wife not so as we would like to travel together i would like to see a better description of how much dirt and the general condition of these roads .
Brochure should be upto date regarding…
Brochure should be upto date regarding extent of off road
Great experience. I learnt alot. I…
Great experience. I learnt alot. I struggled with a couple of the more difficult dirt roads (tracks) but also learnt my limitations and improved on some of them. Could not have managed as well without my husband leading the way. This was my first overseas motorcycle tour… but not my last.
i loved this trip we had…
i loved this trip we had a fantastic time i am from Australia and very experienced with dirt roads that is no problem but my wife not so as we would like to travel together i would like to see a better description of how much dirt and the general condition of these roads .
Brochure should be upto date regarding…
Brochure should be upto date regarding extent of off road
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