Pedaling Through Peaceful Polonnaruwa
Polonnaruwa is known for its imposing ruins and monuments that reminisce of a lost golden age of Sinhalese kings, but it’s also a beautiful destination to slow down and take in the easy pace of local village life.
Venture by bike beyond Polonnaruwa’s ancient marvels, pedaling into the peaceful countryside of North Central Province, a refreshing change from visiting the region’s famous monuments and ancient ruins, crowded with tourists.
Once the capital of kings, Polonnaruwa now moves at a much slower pace compared with the hustle and bustle of Sri Lanka’s larger cities – an alluring rural backwater to go cycling, discover village life and chat with friendly local people.
Cycle from Giritale Lake bund, riding along a trail beside a canal, where villagers use small wooden bridges to access their communities. Water monitors – large lizards, which can grow to three or four meters long – are a common sight here, but fortunately, they are shy and timid creatures!
The ride continues passed several small lakes where local fishermen can be seen casting their nets and the exotic birdlife is in abundance. Before reaching the little town of Bendiwewa, there’s a chance to take a break and enjoy a picnic snack, surrounded by the beautiful scenery and nature.
On arriving in Bendiwewa, Khiri Travel’s regular guide will be waiting. The bike trail covers a distance of approximately 13 km over relatively flat terrain, making it an enjoyable and easy ride in the countryside.
Your cycling guide for this bike tour will be a local villager from the area. While most of the local villagers in this area have limited English-speaking skills, your local guide will have function English. Even though he may not be a native English speaker, he will make up for it with his warm Sri Lankan hospitality and in-depth knowledge of the area.
For more information on this rural bike ride and other Sri Lankan tours, contact us at: [email protected].