5th century rock fortress shadow cycling – Sigiriya [4 - 5 hours]

Sri Lanka Day Tours' cycling tour of Sigiriya takes you on a journey into the areas surrounding the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. It offers you an alternative activity to be engaged in during your time in Sigiriya. Acquire more knowledge about daily routines of the villagers and interact with them directly. Visit the Stupa believed to mark the spot where King Kashyapa, creator of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress was cremated. Visit the less frequented but equally important Pidurangala Rock.

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 around
Transfer arrangements to be picked up and dropped off to any preferred destination could be provided on request
Starting time: Morning 7.30 a.m., evening 2:30 p.m.
Starting Point: Main Entrance gate of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Duration 4 hours (without the climb to Sigiriya)
Cycling distance 20km in total – all flat terrain; grading: Soft
Not recommended for children under 12 years
Possible to extend the activity with accommodation in Sigiriya as well
High quality, well-maintained mountain bikes with helmets
The services of a knowledgeable and experienced cycling guide
Drinking water during the cycle tour
Packed snacks and refreshments during the trail
Entrance permit for the Pidurangala Temple
Emergency back-up at any time
All Government taxes
Transportation to starting point and from the end point of the cycle trail
Any extra beverages or food and snacks consumed
Entrance fees to Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Optional activity costs
Any personal effects not mentioned here
Any tips for the attending staff
Any others expenses not mentioned in Price Inclusions section

Tour In Brief

Do get in touch with your sales consultant as soon as the booking is confirmed, where you will be advised on the meeting point. Our cycling guide will meet you at the designated point on time.

Sri Lanka Day Tours' cycling tour of Sigiriya takes you on a journey into the areas surrounding the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

The cycling tour starts at the entrance to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. From there, you ride through "Thalkote", a remote isolated village to the Thalkotawewa (reservoir). At the village, you will be able to see and experience how traditional farming (paddy and other crops) is done. Chena cultivation (slash and burn farming) is prevalent in the area. The region's clean air and friendly environment is perfect for stress relief. The village borders Thalkotawewa, its main source of water.

Thalkotawewa and the thickets surrounding it are also perfect for bird watching in the morning and evening (the typical tour times). If you choose to take the tour in the morning, you may even witness signs of the presence of wild elephants in the area the night before. Stop and interact with villagers in the area and enjoy their hospitality. Make sure you take in the rich history of the area, as you make brief stops at a few of the archaeological sites.

Two of the important archeological sites we cover in this trail are the Stupa, believed to mark the spot where King Kashyapa, creator of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress was cremated and the Pidurangala Viharaya which dates back beyond the first and second century BC. Pidurangala was used as a Buddhist monastery and became a prominent place during the reign of King Kashyapa (473 - 495 AD).

A climb of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress is available as an add-on to an already exciting tour.