Cycling and Mountain Biking

Cycling and Mountain Biking

Sri Lanka’s mountainous terrain offers cycling enthusiasts’ many opportunities to see the beautiful and awe-inspiring sights of the country. Cycling in the Central Highlands is rewarding with a view of the landscape studded with tea plantations running seamlessly over the ranges of hills, terraced rice cultivation and farmlands. The network of main roads and innumerable country roads, gravel paths, foot paths, cart tracks, dirt tracks and estate tracks make all corners of the small island accessible to the cycling aficionados holidaying in this island nation.

Those who love the outdoors and have a taste for adventure can explore the Sri Lanka on bicycle. There are four National Cycle Trails located at scenic spots throughout the country. Including one starting at Sabaragamuwa, which is a province located near the Central Highlands. The network of roads criss-crossing the country is vast, and they range from tarred roads to country streets and gravel paths. Bicycles provide travellers with freedom to explore places that are inaccessible to cars and vans. The terrain varies along different parts of the island and one can find trails suitable for beginners as well as experts.

The plains of Sri Lanka offer little challenge to bikers and are ideal for novices and those who do not want to exert themselves. The Central Highlands provide tougher trails but those who take them are rewarded by exquisite vistas of forested valleys and sparkling waterfalls. The average temperature in the highlands is also much cooler than in the rest of the country making for a pleasanter riding experience. Cyclers can meander along lonely winding roads, while enjoying the fresh clean mountain air or ride down rugged trails on sturdy mountain bikes. The options are endless.

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