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The Best Cycling Excursions In Kandy, Sri Lanka

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Updated: 1 May 2017
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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.

Around the Kandy Lake

The Kandy Lake is perhaps the best-known landmark in the ancient town of Kandy. A cycling tour around the Kandy Lake will give you the opportunity to not only experience the full beauty of the lake and enjoy the cool breeze that surrounds it but also to observe local life from afar.

City by 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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