Sri Lanka – 1. Introduction

Motorcycle: Honda XR 250 Baja at 15 USD per day from Negombo Motorcycle Tours. Deposit of 100 USD is required.
Distance Covered: ~1500KM
Reference: Lonely Planet Sri Lanka and free local maps
Spendings: 650 USD excluding air tickets and insurance (250 USD for bike rental and petrol, 100 USD for ticketings, 200 USD for lodgings and USD100 for food). 1 USD is worth about 115 Rupees.
Quick Review: Cultural sites, hill country and beautiful beaches

Negombo > Anuradhapura > Trincomalee (Nilaveli) > Sigiriya (Polonnaruwa, Ritigala, Dambulla) > Kandy > Delhouse (Adam’s Peak or Sri Pada) > Nuwara Eliya (Horton’s Plains) > Haputale > Galle (Unawatuna) > Colombo > Negombo

Clockwise loop around Sri Lanka, a teardrop-shaped island off the tip of India

If you would like a copy of my actual GPS route and some waypoints (as shown above) in Garmin GDB format (to open using Mapsource), just post a comment and I will send the download link (2mb file) to your email address.

Unlike some of my previous long-winded trip reports, this will be a very brief report with mostly photos.

The Sri Lanka trip report is divided into the following sections:

  1. Introduction (You are here)
  2. Journey Day 1-2 (Negombo to Anuradhapura)
  3. Journey Day 3 (Anuradhapura to Trincomalee)
  4. Journey Day 4 ( Trincomalee to Nilaveli to Sigiriya)
  5. Journey Day 5-6 (Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa, Ritigala, Dambulla, Kandy)
  6. Journey Day 7 (Kandy to Dalhousie – Adam’s Peak)
  7. Journey Day 8 (Adam’s Peak to Nuwara Eliya)
  8. Journey Day 9 (Nuwara Eliya to Horton Plains to Haptale)
  9. Journey Day 10 (Haputale to Galle)
  10. Journey Day 11-13 (Galle to Unawatuna to Colombo)

Disclaimer: This trip was taken in December 2009. The information is provided β€˜as is’ with no warranties and confers no rights. If you are interested to know more, please add a comment and I will update the post with more details. :)

71 thoughts on “Sri Lanka – 1. Introduction

  1. hello. love your trip.
    im going to sri lanka in march. would to follow your exact route but sadly i’ll be only spending a week there.

    can you still send me the GPS file? many thanks.

  2. Hi yurihahn,

    Link sent to you. Maybe you can consider skipping Trincomalee, Polonnaruwa or Galle to make a smaller loop. πŸ™‚

  3. great journey!

    going to have 7 riding days in two weeks there.

    could you please send me information about points of interest, map and route?

    Thank you in advance!

  4. missed my email )


    what do you think about that route:
    1 Negombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka
    2 Kandy, Sri Lanka
    3 Ella, Uva Province, Sri Lanka
    4 Hambantota, Sri Lanka
    5 Hikkaduwa, Southern Province, Sri Lanka
    6 Negombo, Western Province, Sri Lanka

  5. hello
    thank you to share your nice trip and informations, I am going to Sri Lanka next week for 17 days with my wife and we should like do something like you.
    I am from Italy living in Paris. I was traveling by motorbike many years with my wife in different countries. I have my Enfield bike in India but this time i should like discover Sri Lanka.
    Can you send me GPS file and map informations.
    Thank you very much.

  6. Good day mate,

    Thanks for sharing your amazing trip. I am heading off to do the same in less than a week and would appreciate if you could share your gps file on sri lanka.

    Many thanks!


  7. Hello there and thank you so much for all this valuable information, I would also love to have a copy of your actual GPS route and waypoints, I have viewranger on my phone which reads standard GPX files, but I suppose I can convert them myself.

    Thanks again.


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  9. Hello

    We are planning a bike trip to Sri Lanka trip look really nice can you sent your way points. What time of your did you go



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