The cultural triangle of Sigiriya, Dambulla and Giritale is packed full of ancient Buddhist temples, brightly painted caves and giant Buddha statues. One of the best ways to explore this area is on two wheels which allows you to visit the major sites and the smaller villages along the way. Lion Rock offers commanding views and it’s easy to see why the kings of the past chose the spot for their fortress.
The lakeside town of Kandy is home to the sacred tooth of Lord Buddha and after making your own pilgrimage by bike to this most holy of sites you have a wonderful chance to experience the islanders’ dedication to Buddhism as you observe thousands of pilgrims attend the daily ceremony.
As you cycle up into the cooler highlands you will see tea plantations and hear the chatter of the tea pickers harvesting the bushes. Take the time to sample the different blends and see how they are produced before picking your favourite.
The coastal areas offer white sand beaches with swaying palm trees, warm waters for swimming and from December through to April it is possible to spot schools of blue whales and sperm whales passing by the southern tip of the island. The south and southwest is best visited between October and April when it is driest, and the north and east is driest from April to September.