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Client's Testimonials

We both had a  fantastic time. It was a different and very enjoyable way to experience Sri Lanka. The cycling guides were very friendly and helpful (Banda and Janaka). We believe they are fit enough for experienced cyclists. It was fantastic to have a backup vehicle. Also Kumare was very helpful and 
friendly.

Excellent route! Amazing views. Challenging as well (for me it was pretty challenging, probably also due to height (less oxygen) and climate, for my boyfriend (he races in cycling competitions) it was ok, he is fitter than I am. Trekking in Horton Plains was excellent!, we enjoyed it very much !
The staff were  great company and could tell us quite a bit about the area, which made it  all very enjoyable.

Corazon Tinkelenberg and partner
Sept - 2006
"I highly recommend AB and his team at ECO TEAM, they have always provided a great service to me on my tours around Sri Lanka. They are Professional and dedicated without losing touch with the personal and friendly side of things. I only have good things to say about ECO team and would trust them to arrange any kind of holiday from bird watching to rock climbing .They can do it all. Keep up the good work guys! "
by Mads Mathiasen
Unique Trails 
Australia

www.uniquetrails.com
March - 2006
 
Cycle tour in the hills with camping
PROGRAMME : Cycle tour in the hills with camping
DURATION : 5 Nights / 6 Days.
PERIOD : Valid till 30th April 2015
Highlights of the Tour
  • Cycling in the Hill capital of Srilanka - Kandy .
  • Peddeling to little England in Sri Lanka - Nuweraliya
  • Leaving to the National Park in the Highest Plateau - Horton Plain's National park. Conquer Satan's Steps on a bike & return River Garden - Belihuloya.
  • Cycling in & around the Adventure Capital of Sri Lanka - Belihuloya.

Our programmes are offered in the following 3 standards. Accommodation options have been selected after careful evaluation.

Value: Basic but clean. With a typical Sri Lankan touch , relaxed atmosphere and personalized service at Small family / enterprise run operations.

Standard: - 3 Star equal: Better comforts and facilities with extra comforts. Mostly large establishments with Standardized service.

Deluxe: High standards of quality, décor, service and much more, with many extra comforts and activities to indulge yourself. We have offered locations with a unique Sri Lankan individuality, measuring up to international standards.

TOUR ITINERARY

  • All cycling routes are designed by Eco Team allowing cyclists to ride on village back roads avoiding main roads as much as possible.
  • Average riding per day would be about 40km on soft and moderate routes mostly.
  • There are steep climbs at hills where clients have the option to get in to the back-up vehicle which will fillow them in all cycling routes.
Day 1 - Kandy (HB)

Meet and greet at the pickup point around 5.00am and transfer to Kandy . [ You have the option of arriving Kandy on your own too]
Late Morning Cycling Route - Kandy - Hantane - Tea estates - Kandy - start of tour in Kandy

After breakfast we transfer to the top of the Hantane Hills, with its magnificent view of Kandy and the daunting Knuckles Mountains . The ride follows a trail leading to the estates, where scores of brightly dressed tea pickers pluck the top leaves of the green bush.

Riding after lunch we continue along the tea trails, where once again the group can be divided as there are both off-road and road options. Both routes end at the estate's tea factory where we can stop and sample the refreshing local brew and tour the factory.

Total cycling distance 26km.[3 ½ Hours- Moderate to Hard Cycling Route ]

Schedule

  • Arrive at Kandy
  • Cycle across the hill capital
  • Return to the hotel and relax after an exciting day of riding.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel
    • Value – Mountain Breeze
    • Standard – Thilanka Hotel
    • Deluxe – Amaya Hills 
 
Day 2 - Kandy - Nuwara Eliya (HB)

Kandy - Nuwara Eliya - Breakfast at hotel.

For Those who feel like a big challenge, we ride along the old B39 road, breaking our journey at Hanguranketa. This small village has an ancient temple with magnificent murals, which dates from the Kandyan period. The Hanguranketa valley is also one of the few places where you see terraced paddy fields. Beyond the paddy field is tea and the area is reputed to produce the finest teas on the island.

Total cycling distance 89km. [7 Hours- Hard Cycling Route ]

Schedule

  • Proceed to Nuwara Eliya
  • Spend the night at a Hotel in Nuwara Eliya.
    • Value - Windsor Hotel
    • Standard &Deluxe - Grand Hotel
 
Day 3 - Nuwara Eliya - Horton Plains - Belihuloya (HB)

After a very early breakfast or preferably with packed breakfast we travel to Horton Plains in our vehicle. A keen cyclist can cover this on a bike. [ 28km]

Nature walk in HORTON PLAINS NATURE RESERVE , which is approximateli 10,000 Hectares in extent, is haunted by Elk, Deer, Giant Squirrel, Wild Boar, Wild Hare , Porcupine, and a variety of Migratory birds, unique to this region. According to a recent count there are 16 Leopards in Horton Plains. If you are very lucky you may get a glimpse of a Leopard during your sojourn in the Horton Plains.

SATAN'S STEPS TRAIL STARTING FROM THE HORTON PLAINS ENTRANCE.

Finishing the walking trail [unfortunately cycling is not allowed inside the park] you would start today's cycling section. Colonial planters has named a section of this trail as Satan's Steps due to some serious hairpin bends. First we c ycle across the plains and then start our amazing descend though a very remote tea estate. Our packed lunch will be taken at the Bambarakanda fall, Sri Lanka 's highest waterfall. From here it is still about 7 km of exciting downhill till we reach the main road.  From here we have the option of cycling up to the River Garden Adevnture Center - Belihuloya or get in to the vehicle.[ 14 km]

BAMBARAKANDA FALLS

Within a majestic basin-shaped valley bordered by huge steep rocks and dark green forests of pines and tropic trees the highest waterfall of Sri Lanka [ 240.8m] plunges with two silver ropes over a vertical dark grey wall from the green saddle between Mt.Welihena and Mt. Bambaragala into a deep pool only 500m walking distance from the trail.

Total cycling distance approximately 40 km. [ 4/5 Hours - Moderate & Hard ]

Dinner & overnight stay at Belihuloya.

Schedule

  • Transfer to Horton Pl ains after the brea kfast.
  • Cycle across the Horton Pl ains to Belihuloya via Bambarakanda.
  • Lunch to be taken at Bambarakanda Falls .
  • Proceed to Belihuloya.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Belihuloya.
    • Value - River Garden Cottages
    • Standard - River Garden Cottages
    • Del uxe - Eco Lodge
 
Day 4 - Belihuloya - Kalthota (HB)

Cycling Trail from Belihuloya to Kalthota and back .

After breakfast, travel 5km to Kinchigune village which borders the Samanalawewa reservoir. From Kinchigune, travel passing the Samanalawewa reservoir dam, to Pambahinna where you turn off and proceed to Kalthota (9km). From Kalthota, travel 26km on a hilly road uphill to Balangoda where you will meet the main road leading to Belihuloya.

Total cycling distance approximately 40km from Belihuloya to Kalthota and from there upto Balangoda [4 ½ Hours - Hard to Moderate Cycling Route ]

You have the option of traveling the remaining 16km from Balangoda to Belihuloya by cycle or by your vehicle.

Schedule

  • Cycle trail from Belihuloya to Kalthota.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Bulihuloya.
    • Value - River Garden Cottages
    • Standard - River Garden Cottages
    • Deluxe - Eco Lodge
 
Day 5 - Belihuloya -Kinchigune (HB)

Kosgama Trail - after breakfast.

The interesting feature in this cycle trail is that, it offers you a considerable diversity taking you along the main road, by roads, gravel roads through small towns, villages, paddy fields, forest patches and so on with short ups and downs and a steep uphill ride.

The easy first section of about 9km of this trail from River Garden to Ambalantenna, along the main road and past the Sabaramuwa University will warm you up for the rough ride ahead. From Ambalanthenna onwards the ride, mostly through the thick forest is interesting and rough. The road, washed off at places will make your ride more interesting by being eventful. As you enter the village of Kosgama you will be greeted by beautiful paddy fields and small village houses.This section is about 4km. Then comes, the challenge! This stretch of about 6km up to the main road at Marangahawela is one steep uphill climb. Do not despair for; the beautiful forest will give you enough of cool shade and serenity to make you keep riding.

After the tiring climb, the final phase, a downhill ride of about 12km along the main road from Marangahawela back to River Garden , will help to cool you off gradually before end of the trail.

Total cycling distance approximately 30km. [4 Hours - Hard to Moderate Cycling Route ]

Schedule

  • Go on a cycling trail to Marangahawela via Kinchgune and Back.
  • Dinner and overnight stay at Bulihuloya.
    • Value - River Garden Cottages
    • Standard - River Garden Cottages
    • Deluxe - Eco Lodge
 
Day 6 - Belihuloya - (BB)

After breakfast proceed to your next destination. 40 kilometer stretch of cycling could be done from Belihuloya and thereafter be transferred to your next destination by vehicle.

- End of Tour -
Our Rates

No of Pax
Rate per person US$

02 Pax
Value
870
Standard
1025
Deluxe
1130
 
Cost Includes:
  • Accommodation & meals as specified in the programme.[ Day 1 - 5 HB and Day 5 BB]
  • Mountain Bikes in prime condition and Helmets.
  • Transport for the tour. [ A micro van should be provided with ample space / hood rack for clients bikes / spare bike / guide's bike] Please note that the same vehicle will be used for the client transfer.
  • Well experienced cycling guide , his fees , meals and accommodation.
  • All government taxes & all service charges.

Cost does not include:

  • Any extra beverages or food.
  • Separate vehicle for passenger transport
  • Compulsory peak season supplementary (New year supplementary  on 31st Dec’14, X’mas supplementary on 24th Dec’14, Kandy Perahera supplementary from 27th Jul14 to 11th Aug’14)
  • Any tips to the staff.
  • Any personal effects not mentioned here.

Payment policy: Full payment with confirmation.

IMPORTANT FACTORS
  • Personal effects for windy/rainy/warm weather conditions should be carried by the clients.
  • Insect repellents, sun burn lotions etc, are recommended.

Cancellation Policy:

  • 90 Days to 30 Days - 250 US $ Administrative fee or 10% of the tour fee which ever is higher.
  • 14 Days to 29 Days - 250 US $ admin fee will be charged and 50 % of the tour cost will be kept to be utilized for a future booking. Balance will be refunded.
  • 8 Days to 13 Days - 250 US $ admin fee will be charged and 75 % of the tour cost will be kept to be utilized for a future booking. Balance will be refunded.
  • Less than 7 days - 250 US $ admin fee will be charged and 100 % of the tour cost will be kept to be utilized for a future booking.

Eco Team should receive the cancellation in writing. Tour start day is not considered for computation of the period. 

The above mentioned descriptions and programmes have been compiled after long, arduous, exploratory, and expensive work and hence is the property of Eco Team (Pvt) Ltd. Making use of these programmes/descriptions for any public or commercial programmes requires the permission of the said company.

Naturally our ready made programmes will come cheaper than the tailor make programmes. How ever we are flexible enough to do minor changes to the ready made itineraries, with out any charge.? Please write to us

Do you own programme – Visit the location and activity pages on our site and you will come across mini tours in all of those pages. By combining them you can design your own tour. We will complete it by adding on the hotels and other cultural locations you may require.

Your tour will be handled by an experienced travel consultant who will provide a personalized service.

On certain occasions our standard programmes could be cheaper  than a tailor made programme for a specific client. But rest assured that we are flexible enough to effect minor changes to a standard programme as required by you,  our valuable clients  & offer same at no extra cost. Please contact us at reachme@srilankaecotourism.com we will do the needful.  

You also have the facility of designing your own  programmes by visiting our location and activity pages on the website and accessing the mini tours segment in those pages & selecting an appropriate combination. Our experienced travel consultants  will then add the finishing touches to the programme & provide a costing based on same.  



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