The Best Cycling Excursions In Kandy, Sri Lanka

Kandy | © SachinthakaS/Pixabay
Jayani Senanayake

With mist-robed mountains to explore and scenic surrounds to gaze at, Kandy is Sri Lanka’s ancient citadel in the hills. There is much to discover in this age old city steeped in history and what better way to take in all that beauty than by bicycle? Here are some of the best routes to take to explore the city on two wheels.

Along colonial footprints

Cycle through the Balana Pass, one of the most important points in Sri Lankan history. During the English invasion of Kandy in the 19th century, British soldiers entered Kandy on four sides and the Balana Pass was one of them. Cycle through the ancient Balana fort and gain a taste of the rich history that awaits and benefit from aromatic tea plantations and the view of the mountains as you go.


1. Tea on bicycle

Museum, Store

Cycling among tea estates
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Explore the fascinating world of tea in a relaxing cycling tour to the Ceylon Tea Museum in Kandy. This is the perfect opportunity to witness machinery and objects related to the tea industry that are more than 100 years old and have a delicious cup of Ceylon tea to enthrall your taste buds. What’s more, visitors get to feast their eyes on the rolling tea estates, witness the plucking of the tender tea leaves and take advantage of the breathtaking panoramic views as well as beautiful landscapes along your ride.

2. Cycling Knuckles


Knuckles Mountain Range
You haven’t experienced wonder until you have cycled to the Knuckles! Deanstone in Kandy provides entry into the mesmerizing Knuckles forest and if you are looking for a cycling excursion closer to nature and away from the hustle and bustle, this is the ideal excursion.

City by night

Kandy at night

Kandy city at night is distinctly different than Kandy city by day. The town grows significantly quieter by night and if you dislike the busy nature of the day, choose this night time tour simply to absorb the Kandy vibes.

The ancient temple tour


The home of ancient Sri Lankan kings, Kandy is peppered with ancient temples and places of worship as well as ruins of castles.

Start your tour at the Temple of the Tooth, an icon of the country itself and make your way to the intricately carved Ambakke Dewale, the Lankathilaka Temple and Gadaladeniya which offers visitors insights of centuries past.

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