Suburbia cycling adventure surrounding wetlands and temples – Colombo Outskirts [4 - 5 hours]

Colombo is the economic and administrative capital of the country and is growing as a tourist destination. What is so special about this great city is the diversity of its locales. From the hustle and bustle of the inner city to the peaceful contours of its outskirts, this city is fast becoming one of the most exciting places to visit in the world. There is perhaps no better way to explore the bordering areas of the city than to make your way through its suburbs on two wheels. You will be able to catch a glimpse of the bustling city’s outer limits while mingling and interacting with the locals and learning about their ways of life. You will cycle past the Diyawanna Oya (lake) which surrounds the country’s parliament complex. It is considered an important habitat for lowland birds, making it a popular attraction for visiting bird enthusiasts. Some of the birds commonly seen in this area include pelicans, kingfishers and cormorants. The Talangama wetlands are also located in the suburbs of Colombo, just a few kilometers away from the city. These wetlands serve as an important habitat for hundreds of species of birds, butterflies, dragonflies and other creatures including amphibians and mammals. The Talangama wetlands however is most known as a birdwatcher’s paradise housing exotic species such as waders, bee-eaters, watercocks, eagles, Lesser Whistling Ducks, Pheasant-tailed Jacanas and many more. It is also home to the Purple-faced Leaf Monkeys as well as a list of reptiles including the monitor lizard. The suburbs of Colombo are full of sights and sounds to be explored and enjoyed while its people are friendly and ever-willing to interact with visitors.

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: Around the year
Starting/end point: Sri Lanka Day Tours Office in Colombo 8
Transfer arrangements to be picked up and dropped off to any preferred destination could be provided on request
Preferred starting time: 7 a.m.
Not recommended for children under 12 years
High quality, well-maintained mountain bikes with helmets
The services of an experienced cycling guide
Drinking water during the cycle tour
Snacks and refreshments purchased during the trails
All Government taxes
Transportation to and from Sri Lanka Day Tours office
Any extra beverages or food and snacks consumed (other than what’s arranged by the guide)
Entrance fees to tour sites you want to visit on your own
Optional activity costs
Any personal effects not mentioned here
Any tips for the staff
Any others expenses not mentioned in Price Inclusions section

Tour In Brief

Your tour begins at the Sri Lanka Day Tours Head Office in Colombo, where you will meet your assisting crew and set off on an unforgettable journey across one of the most exciting locations on the world map. First, delve into the city’s outskirts and survey the lives of the semi-urban residents.

You will then cycle past the Diyawanna Oya (lake) which surrounds the parliament complex. This area serves as an important habitat for lowland birds which makes it a popular hotspot for bird-watching enthusiasts. You can also visit a local Buddhist temple where you will observe the sacred rituals of the devotees.

Next, you will head to the Talangama wetlands, located just a few kilometres away from Colombo city. These aquatic wetlands serve as a crucial refuge for over a hundred species of birds, butterflies, dragonflies and a few mammals. Exotic species such as watercocks, eagles, bee-eaters, waders, the endemic Purple-faced Leaf Monkeys and a few monitor lizards can be found in these parts which will add to the excitement of the final phase of your journey.

Stop for a little snack before you head back. On our way back we will make several stop overs, mostly with the locals.