NEW SRI LANKA TOUR ANNOUNCED!

September 8th - 16th 2020

 

Want to come ride Sri Lanka with us September 8 – 16, 2020?

 

Our Sri Lanka Mountains and Beaches tour showcases the best the island has on offer. From glorious mountain and tea plantation riding to stunning beaches and scenery that is topped off with a jungle safari, this tour will leave you breathless and wanting more. Arranged by the same partners we have for our Vietnam Tours; these guys have local teams on the ground with years of experience.

 Bikes, accommodation, meals and guides are all included. All you have to do is fly in and enjoy the 1200+km ride made up of mountains, beaches and off-road heaven.

 Here’s a taste of what we’ll get up to.

 

DAY 1: September 8th ARRIVAL DAY

Ayubowan – Welcome to Sri Lanka!On arrival at Bandaranaike International Airport, you will be met by our driver for the short (15 km) transfer to your hotel on the famous Negombo Beach.After lunch, it’s your chance to meet your guide and get kitted out with your bike. Once the formalities are out of the way, the rest of the day is yours to relax or take a quick ride to the fish markets.

 Accommodation: Camelot Beach Hotel

Meals: Dinner

 

DAY 2: September 9th KANDY TIME: Negombo – Kandy (200 km)

On your bikes! It’s an early start as we jump on the bikes and head east for Kandy. We leave the coast behind and ease into our adventure on quiet open roads, cruising through the dramatic Sri Lankan countryside and stopping at some rarely visited ancient sites along the way. We wind into the mountains before heading to historic Kandy city, Sri Lanka’s second biggest city and religious capital. Then it’s time to put your feet up and enjoy a sun-downer as night falls over the serene mountain surroundings.

 Accommodation: Suisse Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 3: September 10th OFF-ROAD TEA PLANTATIONS KNUCKLES RANGE LOOP RIDE: Kandy (120 km)

It’s back on the bikes for an off- and on-road adventure as we head off on dusty red dirt trails to one of the more remote tea plantations high in the Knuckles Range. Rarely passing another person on the way except for the odd sari-draped women by day and giant fruit bats at night, the route takes us through unspoilt rainforest trails and jungle tracks shrouded by dense highland forest.

 Accommodation: Suisse Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4: September 11th Kandy – Nuwara Eliya (180km)

We hit the trail early and ride out to the beautiful Ramboda Falls, a 109m-high waterfall. The roads then wind challengingly through the tea plantations towards Ramboda, our next port of call, offering spectacular emerald peaks dotted with colourful sari-clad tea pickers 1,200m above sea level. Next stop is one of the most chocolate-box-esque hill stations: The Blue Fields Tea Plantation where you can either learn the rich history and tea manufacturing process of the nation’s favourite drink or kick back on the veranda with an elegant brew.

It’s then a short ride up to Nuwara Eliya, set high in the cool misty hill country and quaintly called “Little England”. It is a fascinating throwback to the colonial era. We arrive at our hotel in the afternoon where you have the opportunity to lower your handicap at one of the loftiest golf courses in Asia, backed by the Knuckles Ranges where the kleptomaniac local crows are famous for stealing the egg-like balls.

 Accommodation: Hill Club

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 5: September 12th HORTON PLAIN NATIONAL PARK & WORLD’S END: Nuwara Eliya – Yala National Park (200 km) Devils Staircase Off-road

 Conditions: serious off-road

After seeing the early morning dew dissipate from the hotel’s pristine lawns, we set off to Yala National Park once again riding through the familiar yet still spectacular scenery of tea plantations and lush mountainous countryside and waterfalls en-route to Horton Plains, home to World’s End, the highest cliff face in Sri Lanka. On an overcast day, you are literally above the clouds, but on a clear day you can enjoy the jaw- dropping views of the mountains, valleys and rivers below for miles and miles... It’s all downhill from here enjoying the great ride to the town of Tissamaharama, through the dusty landscape of Yala National Park, one of the world’s best spots to see leopards and the native Sri Lankan elephant.

 Accommodation: The Rain Tree

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 6: September 13th YALA 4WD JEEP SAFARI: Ride Tissamaharama to Mirissa (120 km)

Safari time! It’s an early start as we change the bikes for 4WD jeeps, setting off at 5.30 am from the hotel to Yala National Park. This outstanding 979 sq km area is well known for being home to a variety of wild animals including the Sri Lankan elephants, leopards, wild water buffalo and the Sri Lankan Sloth Bear as well as over 200 bird species, some of which are endemic to Sri Lanka and a diverse butterfly population. This really is a superb chance to see these creatures up close – from the safety of your jeep! It’s then back to the hotel for brunch in the late morning before we ride along the southern coastline to the stunning Mirissa beach, famous as one of the best sunset viewpoints in the country.

 Accommodation: Paradise Beach Club

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 7: September 14th LAKE SERENITY: Mirissa – Ratnapura (220 km)

We are back on the road again! Riding by rivers & waterfalls, our journey today takes us through more incredible mountain scenery as we pass through remote villages en route via Kuruwita, famed for the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Sri Pada (Adam’s Peak), the fourth highest peak in the country.

 Accommodation: Lake Serenity

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 8: September 15th JUNGLE TRACKS: Bopath Falls – Negombo (180 km)

We head off for a morning off-road adventure ride through rubber plantations, heading inland into the deep jungle toward Kithulgala on the banks of the famous Kelani Ganga River. We then head west towards the coast and beaches of Negombo, passing through lush green rice paddies and miles of palm trees lining the way.

As evening draws in, we will head out for a celebratory farewell dinner – and recount the amazing adventure we have experienced in the beautiful island of Sri Lanka, once referred to as the teardrop of India, we’d rather hope that your memories of your Sri Lankan adventure and the beauty of this place will make you smile.

 Accommodation: Camelot Beach Hotel

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

DAY 9: September 16th DEPARTURE DAY

Negombo - It’s time to say farewell to Sri Lanka and our adventure with a transfer back to the airport for your flight home.

Meals: Breakfast

 

Price: A$3400 (Twin share) Single room supplement available on request

 Note: This ride is for experienced riders. We will do some serious off-road riding and dodge elephants on the road!

 

Tour Includes:

English speaking expat guide on motorbike

Local tour mechanic on motorbike

A 2nd guide on motorbike (local) if 12 or more riders

Motorcycle Rental (XR 250cc or Baja 250cc) incl. fuel

Accommodation – 8 nights (double or twin room)

All food as outlined in the itinerary (particular attention will be paid to fantastic local cuisine)

All non-alcoholic liquid refreshments during riding time & lunch

All entrance fees as outlined in itinerary (Horton Plains, Safari Jeep & Entry Tickets)

Support van for luggage

Private pick-up and drop-off at Colombo airport and transfer to your hotel in Negombo

A tour t-shirt

All riders will be issued with an endorsement if they present their IDP before the tour in time for us to organize, which means that you will be covered by 3rd party insurance

 

Tour Excludes:

Damage(s) to Motorbike *

Travel Insurance

Laundry

Drinks after riding hours

Personal Expenses

Tips

Helmet and Riding Gear

*Note: A refundable 200 USD security deposit is payable for each motorbike for any minor damage(s) on tour.

 

Terms & Conditions

 Booking Procedures

To secure your booking we require a 50% deposit. The balance must be paid at least 30 days before your tour by bank transfer.

 Cancellation

No refund will be given in the event of cancellation on your side less than 30 days before or during the tour.In the event of wet weather Hoi An Motorbike Adventures will still run the tour, if it is safe. If the tour has to be cancelled due to Nature of God, we will do all possible to make alternative arrangements, and will refund any unused services. Cancellation charges may apply.

 Travel

You will need to book flights into and out of Bandaranaike (Colombo CMB)

arriving September 7th and leaving from the 16th.  Airport/hotel transfers on your arrival and departure will be arranged for you.

Luckily our friend Krystal Fysh, who joins us on some rides, is a travel agent and willing to help everyone with flights if you’d like.
Email her on:
krystal@cruiseandtravel.net.au

Fly with us, or you may choose to add some holiday time in Sri Lanka.  Krystal can help you either way.

 Insurance

Our tours do not include personal insurance.Each participant must have individual repatriation insurance and provide information of the nearest representative office to Sri Lanka which we can contact in case of emergency.We ask each participant in our tours to sign a disclaimer stipulating that he/she contract personal insurance and that HAMA and Iron and Resin Australia will not, in any circumstances, have to assume the responsibility or the expenses caused in the event of accident or disease. Any expenses incurred by HAMA or Iron and Resin Australia in such circumstances will have to be reimbursed.

 

Hope you can join us!

Bruce Robson
Iron and Resin Garage

 

Total Cost $3400 (Excluding Flights)

 

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