Greetings fellow humans! The best part of travelling to a place that you’ve never been to before is the thrill of exploration, and the best way to explore a place, is on two wheels. The island nation of Sri Lanka is the perfect place to let your inner rider out and explore, from high peaks and warm beaches, there’s tons of places to explore, and with that being said, here’s a list of the best road trips to take in Sri Lanka,
The Mountain Run
Colombo – Nuwara Eliya – Horton Plains – Ella – Kandy
Put your legs over your mechanical steed and ride to the mystical heart of this island nation. Mystical because you will experience a sudden change in the weather and the temperature when taking a trip from Colombo to Kandy via Nuwara Eliya, Horton plains and Ella. Ride through tea plantations and feel the cool breeze hit your face as you ride on one of the most thrilling routes in the entire nation.
The Beach Baby
Colombo – Kalutara – Hikkaduwa – Galle – Weligama – Matara – Yala – Arugam Bay
Hit all the beautiful beaches in the country by taking this route that takes you from Colombo all the way to Arugam Bay via Kalutara, Hikkaduwa, Galle, Weligama, Matara and Yala. Ride by the ocean and take in the stunning sights of the beautiful sunsets that the island is famous for.
The Wild Ride
Colombo – Singaraja – Horton Plains – Gal Oya
With the most diverse National Parks in the world located in Sri Lanka, it’d be a shame to not ride through them all, and that’s exactly what you will be able to do if you take this route. Start at Colombo and and ride to Gal Oya via Singaraja and the Horton plains. Experience the tropical ecosystem of Singaraja before going high into the Horton Plains National Park and end the ride with a visit to the Gal Oya National Park and witness the glory of the big cats.
The One With Culture
Colombo – Kandy – Anuradhapura – Polonnaruwa – Sigiriya – Kandy
Take in the culture and history of Sri Lanka in rapid succession on this route that will take you to the ‘Cultural Triangle’ which is located in the north of the country. Start at Colombo and head for the ancient city of Anuradhapura, then head to Polonnaruwa and visit the gorgeous temples before riding to Sigiriya and climbing on top of the Lion rock and taking in one of the best sights in the country.
The One With Everything
Colombo – Negombo – Anuradhapura – Wilpattu – Mannar – Jaffna
This route will take you to the underexplored roads of Northern Sri Lanka and it is as thrilling as it is fun. The change in the landscapes as your kilometer counter slowly ticks on is one of the best things EVER! Visit the beaches in Negombo before heading to Anuradhapura and witnessing the ancient temples, then ride to Wilpattu National Park where you can camp under the stars, the route then takes an unexpected turn as you will leave the intense wilderness behind and find yourself in the barren landscape of Mannar and end your trip in Jaffna.
That’s it for now folks! If we missed out on any other awesome road trips, feel free to hit us up in the comments section. And to book your favorite bikes before embarking on one of these awesome road trips, visit WheelStreet, and as always, keep on riding!
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