Sri Lanka with Dylan Wickrama

Cultural highlights and places that are far away from the tourist streams. Together we get to know the traditional Sri Lanka.

Pricing

Price
Motorcyclist: €3,990.00
pillion rider: €3,450.00
Single room supplement: €550.00

Features

Features
Scheduled flight Düsseldorf - Colombo and back, other departure airports on request, surcharge may apply
Transfers Colombo Airport - Hotel and back
All overnight stays
Rental motorcycle incl. insurance Property damage to third parties
Multilingual travel companion on the motorcycle
Escort vehicle and luggage transport
mechanic
travel security note
travel guide
Not included features
Visa (Visa on arrival at airport 30,- USD)
gas
entrance fees
Optional excursions
food and drink
Foreign health and accident insurance incl. return transport
travel cancellation insurance
Pocket money - 500 Euro (This amount is an indication of how much money you will need for this trip. It includes food, drink, souvenirs, optional excursions and gasoline.)

More details

More details
Minimum number of participants: 6
Maximum number of participants: 12
Maximum number of passengers: 2
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Motorcycles:
During this trip we ride on Honda 250 ccm or equivalent motorcycles. In the event of damage to the vehicle caused by the user, the material costs must be borne by the party responsible. Seat height approx. 86-88 cm. Sri Lanka has left-hand traffic.
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Tour character:
During this tour we will not rid up to any notable heights and also not through very deserted areas. We ride on light motorcycles on both well-developed roads and side roads with not always good asphalt and some gravel and forest roads. Offroad experience is therefore recommended. An offroad basic training is very useful as preparation. You learn how best to handle a motorcycle in the country. The Pilot Tour is not suitable for inexperienced motorcyclists. The daily stages are not long, which offers the possibility to visit or photograph different villages on the way. An inconvenience is perhaps the traffic density in and around the cities. Every day many motorcycles, scooters, tuktuks and bicycles make their way through the streets. On the main road (which we avoid as much as possible), consider the lorries, because the traffic rules are mostly hidden to European eyes.
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Clothing:
A helmet is compulsory, as are protective clothing with protectors, good gloves and boots or sturdy shoes. Especially in spring and autumn it can get very warm in the lower regions. Therefore we recommend to wear breathable protective clothing. On the higher parts in the mountains you may wear extra warm clothing under your motorcycle clothing. Because of the dust it is advisable to have a pair of glasses with you. We plan our trips before or after the monsoon season. Nevertheless, we must expect short rain showers at all times. In the end, the temperatures in the mountain regions can fall up to 5 C in winter, so it is advisable to take warm clothes with you.
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Travel documents:
You need a passport that is valid for 6 months after the return date. German citizens need a visa to enter Sri Lanka. The visa must be applied for in advance as "Electronic Travel Authorization" (ETA) in the online procedure at www.eta.gov.lk, cost 35 USD. For this trip you will need a valid international riding licence and a 'Sri Lankan riding permit' which we will organise for you.
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Travel companion Dylan Wickrama:
We are very happy to offer the motorcycle tour with the adventurer Dylan Wickrama from Sri Lanka as our tour guide! Dylan arrived at the end of the road, at the Darién obstacle - an almost impenetrable area in Panama's jungle - after three years riding his motorcycle around the world. He built a raft powered by his BMW R 1150 GS and made his way across the Pacific towards Colombia. Together with Martina Zürcher, he has written a very inspiring book about his journey: 'Am Ende der Straße'. A journey with Dylan guarantees adventure!
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More details about the trip and what to take with you can be found in the manual that you will receive about 1 month before departure.
Mobility: The offer is not suitable for people with reduced mobility. Please contact us for more information.

Who travels with adventurer and author Dylan Wickrama Sri Lanka, the beautiful and varied island in the Indian Ocean, will discover his former homeland in an unconventional and adventurous way. We experience people, nature and wonderful motorcycle routes with open senses.

The journey starts in the coastal town of Negombo and leads us along small roads into the interior of the country. Via the old town of Anuradhapura we continue towards the east coast, where we can explore the beach, hot springs, a huge Dutch fort and a colourful Hindu temple in Trincomalee.

We ride back inland and visit the caves of Dambulla with thousands of Buddha statues and the lion rocks in Sigiriya. We continue inland via Polonnaruwa and visit the famous tooth temple of Kandy, the tea plantations of the plateaus and the national parks in the south. Of course a relaxed stay at the beach is not to be missed. Over small varied roads we cross the highlands again along Adam's Peak towards Negombo.

The traveller never gets bored in Sri Lanka. Especially not when he is accompanied by the adventurer and author Dylan Wickrama, who grew up in Sri Lanka, and enjoys bringing other people closer to his homeland and giving them a special insight into everyday life. Experience authentic everyday life and explore Sri Lanka up close on extremely handy 250cc Enduros.

Tour itinerary:

DAY 1 - Germany - Departure

Individual arrival from Germany to Colombo

DAY 2 - ARRIVAL IN COLOMBO, ONWARD JOURNEY TO NEGOMBO

After about half an hour you will reach the coastal town of Negombo where you will meet the rest of the group. If there is enough time we do a first test ride with the still unfamiliar machines in the Sri Lankan left-hand traffic. On the beach you can watch the fishermen catch their catches and prepare them for the trade. Negombo's trademark are the outrigger boats with their brown sails, called Oruwa.

DAY 3 - NEGOMBO - MAHO (130 km)

We leave the busy Negombo and head north inland. Soon the traffic becomes calmer and the streets run through coconut plantations. In a small village we visit a famous family of Dylan and learn more about their life.

DAY 4 - MAHO - ANURADHAPURA - VIA AUKANA (120 km)

Along a river landscape we ride to the ancient Buddha statue of Aukana and have on the way the possibility to observe the life at the river. We ride on small roads to discover the authentic Sri Lanka. We spend the night in Anuradapura on the shore of a small lake. Anuradhapura used to be the capital of Sri Lanka. The many temples and huge stupas (Dagobas) testify to the long and mainly religious history of this city. The holy Bodhi tree is a hive of activity.

DAY 5 - ANURADHAPURA - TRINCOMALEE (120 km)

Before breakfast we visit the big stupa of Anuradapura. At 103 metres, it is the largest in Sri Lanka. In the early hours we experience the Buddhist pilgrims at their ceremonies. After breakfast we always head east. Our destination for the day is the harbour town Trincomalee on a peninsula and the sea! Vanakkam - this is how you are welcomed in the Tamil culture.

DAY 6 - TRINCOMALEE - REMAINING

Today is our first day of rest, but we are not getting bored. For culture lovers we visit the colorful Hindu temple Koneswaram, where numerous divine statues and a huge golden statue of Shiva adorn the sanctuary. Due to its unique location, the view from the rock Swami offers a beautiful view along the coast with postcard flair . The fishermen come back from their tour in the morning and it is lively. In the afternoon you can swim, enjoy the beach and the silence or take a little motorcycle tour along the coast.

DAY 7 - TRINCOMALEE - POLONNARUWA (140 km)

Today is the first offroad track. Who feels safe enough, rides from the coast through the jungle in the direction of Polonaruwa. If you prefer to travel on a tarred road, you have the option of taking a longer but easier detour with the accompanying vehicle. Today we reach the so-called "cultural triangle" of Sri Lanka. Polonnaruwa is the second ancient Singhalese royal city and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The city took over the status of capital of Anuradhapura in the 10th century. For a long time Polonnaruwa was overgrown by lush jungle and thus protected.

DAY 8 - POLONNARUWA - SIGIRIYA (90 km)

In the morning we visit the ruined city of Polonaruwa. The former royal city of Sri Lanka is so extensive that a visit by motorbike is ideal. In the afternoon we continue through the hot dry zone of the country, along artificial reservoirs in the direction of Sigiria. In the evening we climb Piturangala, a bizarre rock formation and enjoy the sunset over an enchanting landscape and the famous lion rock.

DAY 9 - SIGIRIYA - REMAINING

Today there is the possibility to visit a temple complex half swallowed up by the jungle. Besides the ruins we meet impressive big trees. Afterwards we visit a local village, which is building an existence by showing the traditional Sri Lankan way of life and the traditional cooking over the wood fire. The food is delicious. On the way back we visit the impressive cave temples of Dambulla. 364 steps lead up to the caves. The view into the vastness, as well as the thousands of golden Buddha statues and paintings on the rock walls form an impressive conclusion of the days in the "cultural triangle" of Sri Lanka.

DAY 10 -SIGIRIYA - MADURA OYA NP (145 km)

From the touristic Sigirya it goes for us into a somewhat quieter region. We cross nature parks and may encounter elephants on the way. The overnight stay in Madura Oya National Park is unique: In a military camp we are definitely the only tourists. Dylan's friends take us on a tour through the park in the evening, because they know when the elephants show up where.

DAY 11 - MADURA OYA NP - REMAINING

Today we learn more about the jungle. In the botanical garden we learn which plants are poisonous and which are remedies. We are also shown which species of snakes are native to Sri Lanka. For those who want, there is time for a small trip and in the evening we go out to the national park again to observe the elephants once more.

DAY 12 - MADURA OYA NP - KNUCKLES MOUNTAINS (126 km)

We leave the jungle and the humid hot climate: Today we go to the highlands. In the Knuckels Mountains we enjoy the peace and the cooler temperatures. We ride via the 18-bend road, Sri Lanka's most impressive winding road, and enjoy the continuation of the journey: on an adventurous route deeper and deeper into the mountains. At the very end, the way to our overnight stay today, lonely bungalows in the mountains, becomes very challenging. But we're lucky: We won't be back for another two days.

DAY 13 - KNUCKLES MOUNTAINS - REMAINING

This day is free for hiking tours or a motorcycle trip further down the valley to Mimuree, Sri Lanka's oldest village.

DAY 14 - KNUCKLES MOUNTAINS - PUSSELAWA / GAMPOLE (100 km)

Now we have definitely arrived in the tea growing area. Tea plantations with colourfully dressed tea pickers characterise the landscape. Today Sri Lanka is still one of the largest tea producers in the world. We ride to the region of Pusselawa / Gampole and the dark green tea bushes are our companions to the left and right of the road. Dylan grew up here and we visit the Delta Teafactory to see how the picked tea leaves become the tea we drink every morning.

DAY 15 - PUSSELAWA / GAMPOLE - NUWARA ELIYA

Actually, we are already relatively close to our goal for today. The direct way to Nuware Elia would be a quick one, but we choose the smallest roads and ride through the tea fields. The riding fun on the often unpaved roads is great. Upon arrival it becomes clear why Nuwara Eliya is also called 'Little England' - the buildings offer a typical English atmosphere. The mountainous area lies at an altitude of 2,000 m and is considerably fresher than the rest of the country. Here we will find a nice B&B in colonial style and the possibility to buy souvenirs.

DAY 16 - NUWARA ELIYA - ELLA/WELLAWAYA (88 km)

Devils Staircaise - the Devil's Staircase. The name of this particularly bumpy street already says it all: If you feel like it, you can challenge your abilities today and face the devil and some pretty big stones. If there is enough time, or for those who are not looking for such great adventures, there are quiet roads to the Buduragalae rock temple, which is located in the middle of nature.

DAY 17 - ELLA/WELLAWAYA - KURUWITIA (140 km)

Now we're slowly moving west again. Our destination for the day is directly in front of the Bopath waterfall. On the way, nature shows its most varied side once again: We ride along the flanks of Adams Peak, the island's highest mountain at 2,243 metres.

DAY 18 - KURUWITIA - KITULGALA (70 km)

Today we face the challenges of the jungle for the last time. We enjoy the time without traffic in the morning. In the evening we have no choice but to ride along the main roads for a while. The effort is rewarded with a dinner directly at the river.

DAY 19 - KITULGALA - REMAINING

Today we build ourselves a raft - or at least almost. A few kilometres along the river who wants to do Slowtubing à la Dylan: In old truck tires we float comfortably along the river and see from the water how strong the river is a lifeline for the people who still live in the simplest conditions.

DAY 20 - KITULGALA - NEGOMBO (100 km)

Today we return directly to Negobmo, where we give back our beloved motorcycles and enjoy the last evening together on the beach.

DAY 21 - NEGOMBO - DEPARTURE OR EXTENSION

You'll get a transfer to the airport. Individual return flight to Europe.

EXTENSION

Extension: Recreation on the beach . At the end of your round trip you can relax for a few days at one of the many sandy beaches in Sri Lanka.

Changes to the route can be adapted to the current conditions on site