Mountain metropolis cycling excursion and historical tour – Kandy [6 -8 hours]

Kandy has much more to offer beyond the Temple of the Tooth Relic and the Peradeniya Gardens. Sri Lanka Day Tours’ full-day suburban cycling tour of Kandy’s suburbs is the perfect experience for those seeking a total experience, covering the historical and the traditional industrial landscape of Kandy and its outskirts. The Gannoruwa agro farm, spread over 80 hectares, where the guests are offered a chance to have a look at the local industries ranging from the high-tech agriculture farms to spice gardens and so on. 14th century temples in the Pilimathalawa area, the Gadaladeniya Temple, the Embekka Devalaya, famous for its intricate wood carvings, and the Lankathilaka Temple – all with aesthetic, cultural and religious importance. Nathadevala, the oldest existing structure in Kandy, dedicated to the god Natha is also visited on the tour. Visit a tea factory, where you will be able to learn about the history of how Sri Lanka came to be famous for producing the best tea in the world.

You will meet: Eco team [SID: 10]
Dhanula Jayasinghe is a young and dynamic environmentalist who gained a thirst for knowledge on nature and wildlife at a young age and has actively pursued his dreams ever since. He is currently reading for his B.Sc. Special Degree in Zoology at the Faculty of Science of the University of Peradeniya while having completed several training programmes on nature and leadership. He has had many published papers on subjects ranging from dragonflies to elephants. With the passion for nature still burning brightly within him, he says that he is dedicated to excelling in his chosen field.
Availability – all year round
Starting/end point: SLDT activity center near the Mahaveli Reach Hotel
Transfer arrangements to be picked up and dropped off to any preferred destination could be provided on request, for an additional fee.
Preferred starting time: 7 a.m.
Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Approximate distance of cycling: 60km gravel and tarmac roads, up and downhill cycling (soft/moderate grading)
Not recommended for children under 14 years
High quality, well-maintained mountain bikes with helmets
The services of a knowledgeable and experienced cycling guide
Entrance fees where applicable
Water and snacks during the trail
Home-cooked Sri Lankan lunch
Emergency backup at any time
All applicable Government taxes
Any transportation
Any additional beverage or food which would be ordered extra
Any personal effects not mentioned here
Any tips for the staff
Any others expenses not mentioned in the ‘Price inclusions’ section

Tour In Brief

Our guides will meet you at our activity center and after the initial briefing we will start our cycling journey.

Sri Lanka Day Tours’ full-day suburban cycling tour of Kandy’s suburbs is the perfect experience for those seeking a total experience, covering the historical and the traditional industrial landscape of Kandy and its outskirts.

Departing from the activity center, you reach the Gannoruwa Agro Farm, an 80-hectare facility where you can see local agriculture at its finest. A diverse array of agricultural industries, such as fruit and vegetable gardens, beekeeping, plant pathology center, insect zoo, and herbal gardens are on display.

See up close the making of fine-crafted goods at the handicraft center at Dodanwela. Then visit the famous 14th century Nathadevala, the oldest existing structure in Kandy, dedicated to the god Natha, considered a guardian deity of the country.

The next stop is the Dawson Tower in Kadugannawa town, a monument to the commanding engineer of Ceylon in the 1800s, Captain Dawson, who built the country’s first highway system.

Next on the tour are three 14th century temples in the Pilimathalawa area – the Gadaladeniya Temple, the Embekka Devalaya, famous for its intricate wood carvings, and the Lankathilaka Temple – all with aesthetic, cultural and religious importance.

A visit to a local home-based brass workshop follows, where you can see how brassware is manufactured, as it has been for several centuries.

You will also stop at a Tea State, where you will be able to learn about the history of how Sri Lanka came to be famous for producing the best tea in the world.

A traditional Sri Lankan home-cooked lunch will be arranged at a local house. Sri Lanka Day Tours’ guided Cycling Tour of Kandy’s outskirts is one that will be etched in your memory for a long time.