GALLE CITY DELIGHT – Get in to a bike is the best way to explore the heritage of Galle. The living heritage of the Galle fort, the Bonavista Japanese Temple, Roomassala and the Lady Hill (the highest point in Galle could be observed in this cycle our. A visit to a low country tea plantation and to a tea factory will add more colors to your trip where you will be able to taste a cup of Pure Sri Lankan Tea. If the time permits you would be able to witness the stilt fishermen in Koggala where one of the traditional methods of Catching fish in Sri Lanka.
Belihuloya – Kaltota Trail
From River Gadren Resort travel 5km to Kinchigune village which borders the Samanalawewa reservoir. From Kinchigune, travel passing the Samanalawewa reservoir dam, to Pambahinna where you turn off and proceed to Kalthota (9km). From Kalthota, travel 26km on a hilly road uphill to Balangoda where you will meet the main road leading to Belihuloya.
Total cycling distance approximately 40km from Belihuloya to Kalthota and from there upto Balangoda [4 ½ Hours - Hard to Moderate Cycling Route ]
You have the option of traveling the remaining 16km from Balangoda to Belihuloya by cycle or by your vehicle.
Colombo City Cycling Tour
Colombo, the commercial capital of Sri Lanka, is truly a unique city as it is home to the highest concentration of the country’s varied mixture of cultures and communities. With ancient Arab traders, the Portuguese, the Dutch and the British landing on the shores of Ceylon, it is not surprising to observe a wealth of these influences being very evident even in modern day Colombo.
Cycling around Colombo is the alternative way to seeing this incrediblecity with all it’s quirks. Different to being cocooned in a windowed vehicle, Eco Team offer you the chance to explore Colombo and view the city in a very different light to the majority of visitors. Take in the sights, sounds and smells of this vibrant city with an experienced Guide who will share with you the insider’s knowledge…and many things you won’t read in any guide book!
MEETING / FINISHING POINT
• The Eco Team office, located at Fair Field Gardens, Borella, Colombo 8
Throughout this Cycling Tour there are many places of interest that you will see as you pedal your way through the sights and sounds of Colombo. This Tour will give visitors a glimpse at the blend of varying influences which make Colombo the vibrant and unique city that it has become today. The highlights of the Tour include the following locations;
• Railway Museum – Technical Junction
• Old Law Court – Hulftsdorf
• Kathiresan Kovil – Sea Street
• Jami –Alfar Mosque – 2nd Cross Street
• Dutch Period Museum – prince Street
• Main Railwat Station /Manning Market – Olcot Mawatha
• The Courtyard (Former Dutch Hospital Building)
• Old Parliament /Galle Face Green
• Gangaramaya Temple – Colombo 02
• The Colombo Museum – Colombo 07
• Borella Cemetery – Baseline Road
Colombo City Suburbs Cycling Tour
‘Capturing the natural delights of the capital on two wheels’
Starting your cycling tour from our Borella office, we will guide you to the outskirts of the capital city which are characterized by verdant lowland avifauna. Here you will witness first-hand semi-urban life in the suburbs. As we ride beside the Diyawanna Oya, a lake with an island that is home to Sri Lanka’s fascinating parliament building, we will look out for lowland birds. The Buddhist temple overlooking the Diyawanna Oya will be another important landmark of this cycling trail as we will take you there for a visit to observe the rituals of the devotees.
From the temple we will cycle along suburban roads to the Talangama Lake, which is the most scenic part of the trail. This aquatic wetlands landscape is a sanctuary for more than a hundred species of birds and numerous species of butterflies and dragonflies as well as a few mammals. Here you might encounter water cocks, eagles, bee-eaters, waders, endemic purple faced leaf monkeys, mongoose and water monitors as we explore the picturesque Talangama area. Here we will stop for refreshments and snacks before cycling back to the starting point.
Polonnaruwa Cycling tour
Polonnaruwa is one of Sri Lanka ‘s ancient capital cities (and part of the famous ‘Cultural Triangle’). Although King Vijayabahu 1 was the first to claim the city as his capital, it was King Parakramabahu who made it what it is today, with its massive buildings, ornate parks and the ‘pièce de resistance’ – a 2500 hectare tank called ‘Parakrama Samudra’ (‘ Sea of Parakrama ‘).
The city itself is divided into new and old town with the impressively preserved ruins split into five main areas, including ‘The Quadrangle’ (a.k.a. ‘Terrace of the Tooth Relic’), the Northern City group and the Rest House group (with the royal palace ruins of ‘Nissanka Malla’).
CYCLING IN SIGIRIYA
We start the Cycle Trail from Moragaswewa. You will cycle through few kilometers on the tarmac roads and gravel road. You will experience some Elephant with some tourist on them. Carrying your cycle through the water streams will be another different experience you may get during this trail.
At the entrance of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, we will finish our Cycle Trail.
CYCLING IN KANDY
Magnificent view of Kandy and the daunting Knuckles Mountains. The ride follows a trail leading to the estates, where scores of brightly dressed tea pickers pluck the top leaves of the green bush.
An optional 9km-road ascent takes us to the Pitawella rock pools and waterfall, the perfect place for a natural shower
We continue along the tea trails, where once again the group can be divided as there are both off-road and road options. Both routes end at the estate’s tea factory where we can stop and sample the refreshing local brew and tour the factory.