Accommodations may vary based on departure date. Any difference from what is listed below can be found by clicking on your desired date on the View Scheduled Dates or Private Dates tabs.
Kandy (2 nights)
Tropical gardens, antique furnishings and individually styled rooms are features of this intimate manor home turned boutique hotel in Sri Lanka's highlands. (pool)
Ceylon Tea Trails
Hatton (2 nights)
This Relais & Châteaux-member estate offers luxurious bungalows in the heart of tea country. (pool, spa)
Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort
Tangalle (2 nights)
A rejuvenating resort set on an outcropping of secluded coastline just steps from the Indian Ocean. (pool, spa)
Galle (1 night)
History and luxury meld at this unique Aman resort housed within the grounds of the centuries-old Galle Fort, a World Heritage site. (pool, spa)
This Trip Is Rated Levels 2-4
Every Backroads trip is designed to appeal to a wide variety of interests and fitness levels. We know your pace may vary from one day to the next—and your traveling companion's may differ somewhat from yours. So we present a range of mileage options, and each day you decide exactly what and how much you want to do.
Daily Route Options (drag to see full )
|Daily Route Options
||Biking Routes around Kandy (Level 1)
||Walking & Hiking Options: Udawattekele Sanctuary & Kandy (Levels 1–2); Temple of the Tooth Visit (1 Hour)
||Train Ride to Hatton (3 Hours); Biking Options: Golden Valley (Levels 1–2)
||Biking Options: Ceylon Tea Plantations (Levels 1–3); Tea Factory Tour (1 Hour); Tea Plantation Hike (1 Hour)
||Walking & Hiking Options: Tea Country (Level 1); Flight to Tangalle (1 Hour); Tangalle Market Visit (1 Hour)
||Biking Options: Tangalle Coast (Levels 1–3); Beach Time & Optional Beach Activities in Tangalle
||Cinnamon Farm Visit (30 Minutes); Biking Options: Mirissa Beach (Levels 1–3); Galle Fort Visit (1 Hour)
||Biking Options: Galle (Level 1)
On this trip, we'll be using titanium mountain bikes that are just right for the non-technical dirt road riding as well as the paved riding.
Learn more about how we determine our activity level and fully support a range of abilities and interests.
Please note that our distance and elevation figures come from Ride with GPS. Other sources may give differing elevation figures due to different GPS and mapping technologies and other external factors.
All breakfasts, 8 lunches, 7 dinners
Available Bike Options
The key to a stellar day’s ride is a bike that’s perfectly in tune with your cycling style… Backroads has you covered with the best bike fleet in the world! Read on for your available bike options for this trip.
Backroads Titanium Bikes (Included in your trip price)
Our custom-built titanium bikes are specially designed for you—and we offer different models for varied terrain so your bike is ideally suited to the region. Our custom-made bikes are included in your trip price.
Touring Bike (Included)
- Expertise and services of our experienced Trip Leaders
- Snacks and beverages between meals
- Additional guides and experts from the region on many trips
- Van shuttles to support a variety of route options
- Comprehensive Travel Planner with detailed pre-trip information
- Private guided tours at museums, historic sites, wineries and other select attractions as noted in the Travel Planner
- All gratuities at hotels and restaurants
- Special events, including wine tastings and other select attractions as mentioned in the Travel Planner
- On biking and multi-adventure trips, use of fully equipped Backroads titanium bike plus helmet and accessories
- Trailercycles, carriers, and kid-sized helmets for Family Trips
- Equipment and experienced guides for kayaking, rafting, snorkeling, sailing and canoeing as described
- Park and other entry fees
- Fares for trains, ferries and other modes of travel as listed in the Travel Planner
- Select coach transfers
- Baggage transfers and porterage
Get the Straight Talk about This Trip
We want to make sure you're on the right trip and that you have the best experience possible. Every Backroads trip is unique and this one is no exception.
Route Research in Progress
The Backroads team is currently in the field putting the finishing touches on this itinerary. Countless hours of on-the-ground research go into developing each Backroads trip. You'll be the first to know when this trip's routes are finalized.
Biking in an Emerging World
Your journey through Sri Lanka will be unlike any other travel experience. The people and places you visit will likely stay with you for a very long time. But as wonderfully fulfilling as travel is in Sri Lanka, it's not always easy. Navigating Sri Lanka's narrow city streets and rural roads on a bicycle is both a physical and cultural adventure that requires patience and humor (watch out for that scooter!). Though the route distances may be relatively short, the terrain, heat and humidity, and need to be alert can make activity more physically demanding.While our trip emphasizes the peacefulness of Sri Lankan rural village life, it's impossible to fully avoid the emerging modern pace, complete with traffic, construction and litter—all serving as reminders that Sri Lanka is evolving through a complex blend of culture, development and bustling economy.
On this trip we travel by plane from Kandy to Tangalle. We'll be flying on 8-seat Cessna 208 Amphibian Caravan turboprop planes, chartered by Cinnamon Air. These planes can take off and land from select bodies of water around the country, allowing us more direct (and faster!) transport from tea country to the coast.
Why Travel with Backroads in Sri Lanka
The Best Leaders in Sri Lanka
Backroads has the best-qualified people to lead your trip in Sri Lanka, and our guests back that up, rating our Trip Leaders an average of 9.75 out of 10 for all-around quality of performance. Get the facts (and no fluff) on how we recruit and develop the very best people for your trip.
Everyone at Their Own Pace
We design and support our Sri Lanka trips to suit mixed abilities and varied interests—so you can set your own pace, then change things up as the day unfolds. And all guests are free to do the same, traveling together or apart, with no one cramping anyone else's style. Which sounds easy in theory, but it's hard to pull off. Here's more on how we do it.
A Variety of Routes Each Day
In Sri Lanka you head off each morning after choosing among several expertly designed routes—all with detailed directions, mileage and shuttle options. Unlike trips with one fixed daily route (or worse, one guide that everyone's obliged to follow), you're free to enjoy the best of the region at your pace, stopping wherever you want to explore further.
Only the Best Hotels
On this trip featuring Premiere Hotels, you can count on the best lodgings Sri Lanka has to offer. In fact, the hotels we've chosen in this region have higher retail room rates than those offered by any other active travel company—even when their trips cost more.
We Stand Behind Our Trips
Most companies' trips in Sri Lanka are run by local operators. At Backroads we manage our own trips; we would never subcontract your precious vacation to a third party. So as you enjoy the support of your seasoned Trip Leaders, along with our expert local guides and drivers, you have the confidence of knowing we're with you every step of the way.
Our Cultural Roots Run Deep
Thanks to our extensive connections in Sri Lanka, Backroads takes you off the beaten track and deep into the region's culture in ways that traditional travel can never hope to do. We know the people and their customs, the legacy of art and architecture, the complex history and politics – and if we're not sure, our amazing local experts can fill in the blanks.
We've Set the Standard
For nearly four decades we've worked to earn and maintain our right to call Backroads the world's #1 active travel company. In pursuing that vision on behalf of our guests, we believe we've set the standard for our industry—captured in the Backroads Quality Guide, which clearly sets out the benchmarks of excellence, choice and support that we live by
Quality You Can Measure
Since 1979, Backroads Founder and President Tom Hale has shown that staying #1 means constantly evaluating our performance using the best possible source of information: our guests. As we systematically analyze your feedback on our trip consultants, leaders, hotels, meals and on-trip activities, we never stop working to make a great company even better.
We Know Where We're Going
Tom Hale has been keeping Backroads on track, with one eye on the horizon, since 1979. His passion for active travel, and for ensuring the highest-quality travel experience, is evident in every detail we add to make a guest's trip unforgettable—and the fact he's right there in the office, making it happen. To hear Tom describe his vision, watch our video.