2 days: Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa – Pasikuda

From ancient cities to sandy eastern beaches (2 days cycling)

A brief cycling tour of some of Sri Lanka’s major cultural highlights ending on the eastern shore, from USD 520 per person with one overnight stays, half board basis, bike hire and local tour leader included.

 

Tour Description

Enjoy a brief cycling tour of some of Sri Lanka’s major cultural and historical sites. This tour is designed specifically for those looking to get a quick taste of Sri Lanka’s rich history with a sprinkle of beachside leisure.

Start your cycling tour in Sigiriya and visit the ancient rock fortress built by King Kashyapa back in the 5th century while you will also get to witness the beautiful frescoes and impressive architectural feats found here.

You will ride to the ancient ruins of Polonnaruwa as well. Known as Sri Lanka’s second most ancient kingdom, Polonnaruwa boasts a proud history and clues to its rich past can be found among its ruins.

Then take a ride to Sri Lanka’s east coast and experience what Sri Lanka is renowned for. Pasikuda has one of the country’s most beautiful beaches. You will travel across the famous Manampitiya Bridge as you make your way to the coastal Pasikuda which makes for the ideal final stop on this tour.

Enjoy a little dose of the beauty and culture of this enigmatic island with this brief tour.

 

Tour Itinerary

Day 1: Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa

Schedule:

  • Visit Sigiriya Lion Rock
  • Cycling: 
    • Route: Sigiriya – Polonnaruwa
    • Distance: Approx. 65 km
    • Time: Approx. 4 hrs
    • Grading: Soft 
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Mahanuge (or similar), Polonnaruwa (HB)

You will meet our cycle guide in Sigiriya at the Lion Rock entrance, after which you will start climbing the magnificent 5th century rock fortress. This palace was once inhabited by renegade King Kashyapa. It is also renowned as one of the best remaining examples of ancient urban planning. Afterwards you will start cycling to the second most ancient kingdom of Sri Lanka, Polonnaruwa, which dates to the 13th century. The track provides a smooth route on a fairly flat and open terrain as well as taking you through a forest patch. You will cycle along the great Minneriya Tank which was built by King Mahasen. This wonderful feat of human endeavour covers an area of approximately 4,670 acres. 

Day 2: Polonnaruwa – Pasikuda

Schedule:

  • Visit Polonnaruwa
  • Cycling: 
    • Route: Polonnaruwa – Pasikuda
    • Distance: Approx. 73 km
    • Time: Approx. 5 to 6 hrs
    • Grading: Soft 
  • Optional: dinner and overnight stay at Amethyst, Pasikuda (BB)

Following a night of rest in Polonnaruwa you will discover this 2nd largest ancient city. It is easy cycling through the well-kept ruins: observer and enjoy… Hereafter the cycle trail will take you to Pasikuda which boasts one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka. Situated on the eastern coast of the country, Pasikuda also has one of the longest stretches of shallow coastline in the world. You will travel across the Manampitiya Bridge which will be one of the key features of today’s ride. This bridge is renowned for being one of the longest metal bridges in the country and was once used as a crossing for both automobiles and the local trains. This area is also known for its dry weather, so it is always advisable to keep yourself well-hydrated. From here your cycle guide will say goodbye.