Pearl of the Indian Ocean

This 15 day tour incorporates a slice of the very best Sri Lanka has to offer: ancient temples, exotic wildlife safaris, spectacular scenery, white water rafting, friendly locals as well as long, lazy days on the beach.

Pearl of the Indian Ocean

Sri Lanka

Off-road Sections, Sightseeing

15 days/14 nights

Jeep, Motorbike

Price: from 3,500 USD

15 days/14 nights – The 15 day tour incorporates a slice of the very best Sri Lanka has to offer: ancient temples, exotic wildlife safaris, spectacular scenery, white water rafting, friendly locals as well as long, lazy days on the beach. Whether you travel by bike or jeep, this country is demanding to be explored.

Tour Includes

  • Motorbike or Jeep and driver (self-drive available on request)
  • All accommodation (twin share)
  • Well-appointed 2-4 star accommodation will be used throughout the ride
  • For private rooms, a single supplement fee will apply
  • All food as outlined in the itinerary (particular attention will be paid to fantastic local cuisine)
  • There are a couple of dinners and lunches where tour participants are free to take a break from the group and dine at their leisure
  • All non-alcoholic liquid refreshments on ride days
  • All entrance fees on ride days
  • Private pick-up at Bandaranaike (Colombo) airport and drop-off at Bandaranaike (Colombo) airport
  • All riders will be issued with a Sri Lankan License, which means they will be covered in the event of an accident by 3rd party insurance

Tour excludes

  • Damage to Motorbike or Jeep
  • Travel Insurance
  • Laundry
  • Personal Expenses
  • Tips
  • Helmet and Riding Gear

*Note: A refundable 200 USD security deposit is payable for each motorbike or Jeep for any minor damage on tour.

Ayubowan – Welcome to Sri Lanka!

On arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be met by our driver for the short (15 km) transfer to your hotel on the famous Negombo Beach. At midday, it’s your chance to meet the crew and get kitted out with your bikes. Once the formalities are out the way, the rest of the day is yours to relax before a slap-up, home cooked Sri Lankan feast with your fellow riders.

Accommodation: Beach Resort
Meals: Dinner

12 pm: Meet tour leader, organise bikes and licences

DAY 2:
Negombo to Dambulla (200 km)
On your bikes! It’s an early start as we jump on the bikes and head east for Dambulla. We leave the coast behind and ease into our adventure on quiet open roads, cruising through dramatic Sri Lankan countryside and stopping at some rarely visited ancient sites along the way. We reach the incredible Dambulla Cave Temple in the afternoon: one of many UNESCO sites that we’ll be visiting on your tour. Dating back to the 1st century and boasting 80 caves and 153 Buddha statues, this is one amazing introduction to the ancient history of Sri Lanka and a great finale to your first exhilarating, days ride before we check-in to our resort. Then it’s time to put your feet up and enjoy a sun-downer as night falls over the majestic, jungle surroundings.

Accommodation: Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3:
Dambulla to Polonnaruwa via Sigiriya (85 km)
Today’s drive to Polonnaruwa is a short one but full of interesting stops along the way, including a visit to a century old temple – Sigiriya, also known as Lion’s Rock. Reaching 370m in height, it is well worth the climb starting at the Lion’s paws for the amazing uninterrupted views of the Sri Lankan countryside. Originally used as a Buddhist monastery built in the 5th century, Sigiriya boasts ancient paintings and beautiful gardens with reservoirs. Then it’s back on the bikes for the easy cruise into the once thriving commercial and religious capital Polonnaruwa, arriving in time for lunch. This afternoon is spent exploring the temples and sites from that era, 800 years ago.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Polonnaruwa to Kandy (200 km)
It is days like today that you remember why you started riding in the first place: the open road, stunning rural scenery, winding mountain passes and adventures at every turn.

We leave the flat lowlands behind as we enter the base of the Knuckles Mountain Range, the road rises in ever more dramatic hairpin bends, through tea estates, past statuesque Mara trees, up, up through roads unfrequented by motorbikes. As we ride through the valleys you get to experience many of the climatic conditions of Sri Lanka, with temperatures of the region ranging between 5.5 degrees and 35 degrees Celsius, landscapes changing from breathtaking waterfalls to rare dwarf cloud forests. An experience few travelers get to experience from the comfort of an air-conditioned car. We arrive at the magnificent hotel Thilanka in central Kandy in time for a late afternoon dip.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Kandy to Dumbanagala Chalet (140 km – 25 km off-road)
Back on the bikes for an off and on road adventure as we head off on dusty red dirt trails to one of the more remote tea plantations high in the Knuckles Range. Rarely passing another person on the way except the odd sari-draped women by day and giant fruit bats at night, the route takes us through unspoilt rainforest trails and jungle tracks shrouded by dense highland forest. Our day ends at Dumbanagala Chalet, nestled high on the eastern slopes of the Knuckles Range offering breathtaking views of the Dotulugala Range in the Sri Lankan Highlands, blissfully removed from the trappings of the modern world.

Accommodation: Chalet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6:
Dumbanagala Chalet to Kandy (80 km)
After waking up to the amazing view of the mountains stooped in the early morning mist, we jump back on the bikes for a morning ride to a spectacular waterfall – a place not mentioned in a single guide book and hidden in the depths of the highlands, take the opportunity to join the villagers with their shampoo and sarongs for a refreshing dip in the crystal clear shallows, before we head back to our chalet for lunch riding through incredible landscapes that shift from low country tea estates to pockets of rainforest and terraces of luminous emerald rice paddies. In the evening, a traditional mask dance is performed – symbolising the killing of a cobra by a Gurula bird. A colourful local custom performed to drive away evil spirits, still being used today as a method of psychiatric treatment! Or check into the ayurvedic spa, where a much-needed pummelling will banish any aches and pains by a cornucopia of fragrant herbs, plants and flowers.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7:
Kandy to Nuwara Eliya (120 km)
We hit the trail early and ride out to the beautiful Ramboda Falls, a 109m high twin waterfall. The roads then wind challengingly through the tea plantations towards Ramoda, our next port of call, offering spectacular emerald peaks dotted with colourful sari-clad tea pluckers 1,200m above sea level. Next stop is one of the most chocolate box’esque hill stations- the Blue Fields Tea Plantation where you can either learn the rich history and tea manufacturing process of the nation’s favourite drink or kick back on the veranda with an elegant brew.

It’s then a short ride up to Nuwara Eliya, set high in the cool misty hill country and quaintly called “Little England”. It is a fascinating throwback to the colonial era. We arrive at our hotel in the afternoon where you have the opportunity to lower your handicap at one of the loftiest golf courses in Asia, backed by the Knuckles Ranges where the kleptomaniac local crows are famous for stealing the egg like balls. As a special treat, we will attend the Butler’s Dinner at The Hill Club, a beautiful British style stately home built in 1876. Charmingly, there is a dress code, jacket and tie for the gentlemen and evening dress for the ladies – both sexes required to wear formal shoes.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Nuwara Eliya to Tissamaharama (180 km)
After seeing the early morning dew dissipate from the hotel’s pristine lawns, we set off to Yala National Park once again riding through the familiar yet still spectacular scenery of tea plantations and lush mountainous countryside and waterfalls, en route to Horton Plains, home to World’s End, the highest point in Sri Lanka. On an overcast day you are literally above the clouds, but on a clear day, you can enjoy the jaw-dropping views of the mountains, valleys and rivers below for miles and miles. It’s all downhill from here enjoying the great ride to the town of Tissamaharama, through the dusty landscape of Yala National Park, one of the world’s best spots to see leopards and the native Sri Lankan elephant, arriving at the beautiful Chandrika hotel in time to relax poolside, serenaded by the chorus of exotic nocturnal sounds.

Accommodation: Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Tissamaharama to Mirissa (120 km)
Safari time! It’s an early start as we change the bikes for 4WD Jeeps, setting off at 5.30 am from the hotel to Yala National Park. This outstanding 979 sq km area is well known for being home to a variety of wild animals including the Sri Lankan elephants, leopards, wild water buffalo and the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear as well as over 200 bird species, some of which are endemic to Sri Lanka and a diverse butterfly population. This really is a superb chance to see these creatures up close – from the safety of your jeep! It’s then back to the hotel for brunch in the late morning, before we set along the southern coastline to the stunning Mirissa beach, famous as one of the best sunset viewpoints in the country. What better way to celebrate your adventure so far and the thought of two days of laid back lounging in style than with a cocktail on the beach as the sun sinks dramatically into the Indian Ocean!

Accommodation: Beach Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The next two days are all about relaxing! Lay in, set up camp on the idyllic palm fringed beach ordering tropical sounding cocktails and spicy cuisine with the occasional saunter down to the warm clear ocean or if you are feeling a little more adventurous (and up for another early start) you could jump aboard the whale watching boat and cruise the coast in search of the spectacular Hoo Maniya blowhole’s and pods of fun loving dolphins.

Water sports abound including a fantastic surf spot and if you get tired of the beach? Then get lost in the back streets of the small fishing town of Welligama or jump on a short train journey to the next town and back.

Accommodation: Beach Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Mirissa (65 km – Optional)
Another free day to do more of the same! Or, jump on the bikes again early morning to visit the incredibly well preserved fortified city of Galle, dating back to the Dutch colonial era in the mid 17th century. Take time wandering through this UNESCO World heritage Site to experience how the traders of old used to go about their day, as this is still a bustling commercial centre.

Accommodation: Beach Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12:
Mirissa to Bopath Falls, via Kuruwita (200 km)
Relaxed and revived, we are back on the road again! Riding by rivers & waterfalls, our journey today takes us through more incredible mountain scenery as we pass through remote villages en route via Kuruwita, famed for the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak), the fifth highest peak in the country to Bopath Falls, where we stay the night. Our hotel is set perfectly on a hill, offering unrivaled views of the the waterfall itself and the beautiful tropical surroundings.

Accommodation: Chalet
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13:
Kuruwita to Kitulgala (70 km)
We head off for a morning ride through rubber plantations, heading inland into the deep jungle toward a rafting camp on the banks of the famous Kelani Ganga River. To cap off our two week adventure we’ll get one last adrenaline rush with an afternoon of rafting and canyoning. Under the guidance of an expert paddler, we’ll white water raft down the Kelaniya Ganga River passive over class three rapids – it’s perfect for novices or scaredy cats with the occasional chance of a swim and even more incredible scenery along the way. Back on dry land it’s time to explore a narrow canyon near the Kalaniya River. With full harnesses and expert guides we’ll descend down deep into the canyon jumping into plunge pools along the way. Then it’s back to camp to dry off and settle in for a night under the stars.

Accommodation: Rafting Camp
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14:
Kitulgala to Negombo (110 km)
After the previous day’s excitement on the water, we are back on the road again heading west towards the coast and beaches of Negombo, passing through lush green rice paddies and miles of palm trees lining the way. Arriving back at the Goldi Beach Resort by lunch time to give you the afternoon to relax and take it easy. As evening draws in, we will head out for a celebratory farewell dinner – and recount the amazing adventure we have experienced in the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, once referred to as the teardrop of India, we’d rather hope that your memories of your Sri Lankan adventure and the beauty of this place will make you smile.

Accommodation: Beach Resort
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

It’s time to say farewell to Sri Lanka and our adventure with a transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

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From 3,500 USD per person with a 4 person minimum. Single supplement on request.


    From the minute we arrived, Coby and I felt at ease. Pete was friendly and a wealth of knowledge and always good for a laugh! It was great to know that everything had been taken care of – from accommodation, transport, and most of our food and drink were great. We always felt safe and knew that there were people around that we could ask for help. The highlight for me would have to be the amazing views in the Knugles Ranges – getting to travel where so many people would never get the chance to. Yala Safari was another highlight as well as theborderlandss – rafting and canyoning was such a thrill and a great inclusion in the trip. Bouncing around in the Jeep was great fun and a fantastic way to include those people that didn’t ride bikes in on the adventure.

    Alena, Australia

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