Jammin thru Sri Lanka
Discover the Pearl of the Indian Ocean on a motorcycle ride around Sri Lanka! Sublime coastal riding, exciting mountain twisties, easy off-roading through the jungles all woven with a rich history of colonial forts and ancient temples.
Where: from Colombo to Trincomalee and Matara
How much: $4,450 (Rider)
Riding: Royal Enfield Classic 350
How far: 1,400 km (870 miles) over 11 days
Tour Route Map
- Circumnavigate the island of Sri Lanka
- Experience sublime riding from the seat of a Royal Enfield Bullet
- See dolphins at sunrise
- Travel across the Kunckles Range
- Jeep safaris in Yala and Uda Walawe National Parks
- See elephants, crocodiles and maybe even leopards!
- Get ample beach time around the island
- Get a tour of a Ceylon Tea plantation
- Soak in Singalese Buddhist culture
- Try our the spicy Sri Lankan cuisine
- Jay as your expedition lead
- Royal Enfield Classic 350 Bullet motorcycle and fuel
- Mechanic in support vehicle
- Support vehicle for carrying luggage, fuel and spares
- Accommodation for 12 nights based on twin sharing (single supplement extra)
- All breakfasts, lunches and drinks on the road (water, soda, etc.)
- Airport pickup and dropoff
- 2 Jeep safaris in Yala and Uda Walawe National Parks
- All fees for entrances
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Day 1: Colombo Airport to Negombo | 20 km (transfer by coach)
Arrive in Colombo and transfer to our hotel in Negomobo, a fishing port and seaside resort. You can relax on the beach and admire the oruwas, traditional boats with square sails, or explore the town with its many churches, colorful boats and Dutch canal.
Day 2: Negombo to Kalpitiya | 120 km | 4 hrs
In the morning, you meet your Royal Enfield motorcycle and maybe give her a name. After getting acquainted, we hit the road and head north towards the Kalpitiya Peninsula. We'll be taking in some small red sand tracks through fishing villages, coconut plantations and shrimp farms before getting to the peninsula, which feels far and away from civilization.
Day 3: Kalpitiya to Sigiriya | 190 km | 6 hrs
Getting up early will reward you with the sights of dolphins off the coast. After breakfast, we leave the peninsula and head east through a gorgeous landscape dotted with jungles, paddy fields, banana plantations and lots of lakes. We ride along the gigantic reservoir of Balalu-Kalawewa that has been irrigating crops for centuries. We arrive at Sigiriya and its impressive Lion Rock, an ancient outcrop that dominates the area.
Day 4: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Sigiriya | 90 km | 2 hrs
Today, we take a day trip to Polonnaruwa, the beautifully preserved ancient capital of Lanka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ride follows the edge of the Minneriya National Park making for great scenery. We have a lovely lunch in the countryside prepared by a local family and then we're back to Sigiriya, where the afternoon is yours. You can trade in your wheels for an elephant or bullock-card ride!
Day 5: Sigiriya to Trincomalee | 140 km | 4 hrs
After checking out the Sigiriya fortress in the morning, we continue eastwards towards the coast on a newly paved road through the jungle. But be alert as elephants are known to cross the road! We'll arrive by early afternoon and then you are free to relax on the white sand beaches or head to Pigeon Island for some snorkeling with turtles and small sharks. To enjoy the sunset, you can walk around the huge bay of Trincomalee and even take in the Hindu temple of Koneswaram before catching the ocean view from the precipitous Cliff Lovers Jump.
Day 6: Trincomalee to Kandy, Knuckles Range | 300 km | 8 hrs
We head south and west on the longest riding day of the trip. After passing through Passikudah, we head west across the flat plains before reaching the foothills of the striking Knuckles Range, the mountainous region of central Sri Lanka. The early British surveyors felt the folds and peaks when viewed from the plains resembled the knuckles of a fist but the local Sinhalese residents refer to them as Dumbara Kanduvetiya meaning mist-laden mountain range.
Day 7: Kandy | 30 km | 1 hr
We spend the day in and around the Knuckles Range and its main city of Kandy, the last siege of the Sinhalese Kingdom. The day is free for you to choose whether to visit the famous Tooth Temple, which houses the most scared Buddhist relic on the island, or stroll around the lake or do some shopping in the city. There's even a nearby waterfall where you can take a swim.
Day 8: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya | 140 km | 5 hrs
We continue our discovery of the highlands of Sri Lanka as we head south through the Knuckles Range. The road climbs up to 4,500 ft as it winds through tea plantations and reservoirs with clear blue waters. We'll take a tour of a tea plantation and discover the secrets of what it takes to make good tea. Our stop for the night is the British colonial city of Nuwara Eliya, the highest city on the island. In the evening, you can stroll past the colonial buildings and get a feel for why this city is referred to as "Little England."
Day 9: Nuwara Eliya to Ella | 60 km | 2 hrs
The ride is short but the mountain road is very curvy and dense with traffic. The scenery is captivating with its extraordinary shades of green and roar of waterfalls with endless views of peaks and valleys. There is ample time to stop and take photos. We arrive in Ella and you can soak in the fresh mountain air. If you like, you can take a small hike to the top of Little Adam's Peak that crosses a tea plantation.
Day 10: Ella to Yala Reserve | 105 km | 3 hrs
Today we leave the highlands and head for the south coast. The air gets warmer and a bit more humid but we're heading for the animals! After a refreshing stop at the foot of Ravana Falls, from the great Hindu, Ramayana epic, we continue our descent down and skirt around the Yala National Park, the second largest animal reserve on the island. Be on the lookout for wild animals crossing! In the afternoon, you can go on a safari through the park and maybe spot a leopard, sloth bear and elephants.
Day 11: Yala Reserve to Uda Walawe | 80 km | 3 hrs
We head west along the coast towards Uda Walawe National Park, discovering the wide variety of landscapes that Sri Lanka has to offer. After checking in, we head out for a safari through Uda Walawe National Park and you'll be stunned by how the landscape resembles the African savannah! The tall grass hides the elephants but we'll see plenty of them here and along the banks of the reservoir, crocodiles mingle with the buffaloes.
Day 12: Uda Walawe to Matara | 100 km | 3 hrs
We leave behind the nature parks and get back to enjoying the coastal riding on this last riding day of the tour. Soak in the stunning scenery of Sri Lanka as we pass along rice fields and lakes. We'll cross the 17th century Dutch town of Matara before reaching our hotel upon where you'll say bye to your two-wheel companion on this journey.
Day 13: Matara to Colombo Airport | 190 km | 5 hrs (transfer by coach)
From the comfort of four-wheels, we drive along the coast towards Galle via the pretty seaside town of Mirissa and the colorful harbor of Weligama Bay where you can see fishermen perched on the stilts in the surf. In Galle, take time to roam around the impressive walls and parapets of the Dutch Fort and soak in the old colonial charm in the walled city. From there, we head on the highway to Colombo airport where you catch your flight home.
Please note: itinerary subject to change depending on weather conditions and other factors.
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