In november/december 2012 i did a 4 week bicycle trip around Sri Lanka where i coverd around 1600 kilometers of cycling around the island at a leisurely pace.
I found Sri Lanka fairly good for cycling with the roads in a good condition and the drivers are used to cyclists as many sri lankans cycle themselves.
Still the traffic can be a little hectic at times and you should have some cycling experience before undertaking a longer bicycle trip in sri Lanka i would say.
The busses are by far the worst gazard for cyclists as they drive at crazy speeds through towns and are a great dnager to pedestrians too.
They seriously need some speed bumps in this country to stop these maniac bus drivers.
But apart from that i was quite happy cycling there and the country is generally quite flat along the coast line and then you can head to the center if you want some mountain cycling and some cool winds.
Accomodation along the road was never a problem for me and i found decent budget accomodation everywhere i went.
One note when it comes to spare parts:
Sri Lankan bicycles have different wheels than western bikes and you will often find that the tubes they sell will not fit on a western bike, so try and bring spare ones aswell as a spare tyre.
I did not bring any spare parts myself and found a spare tube in the end at a bicycle shop in Galle but it took me half a day of searching to find it.
Bottomline is that i would certainly recommend Sri Lanka as a bicycle destination and i had a really good trip around the island and i hope that in the future the sri lankan goverment aswell as the travel agencies will do something to promote the country as a bicycle destination so that many more people can explore this wonderful country by bicycle.
Discoverborderlands.com facilitates a superb outing for those who loves i little exsigtmentthe edge.
It is a 2-3 day hike / trek in the hills, over bridges and through very rough terrain.
It involves cannoyning. Breath taking jumps, swimming, floating and paddling on rough waters. Highly traing guides are available to ensuree safety.
Equipment: All safety equipment is provided by Borderlands including Tents, Meals, Jackets, helments etc
Sri Lankans are mad on cricket and as you can see they start very early indeed, it's not just a fanatical support for the National Side, they love every aspect of the game. Back in 1991 someone no doubt 'persuaded' someone in government to have volleyball declared the National Sport but it doesn't come close.
If someone wants to fight and land Barramundi, Bolgoda in Sri Lanka is the place to be.
It's a huge estuary where anglers can travel in boats and troll for fish.
A beautiful scenic area just outside the country capital Colombo.
Equipment: You could bring along any light tackle for fishing.
Also,fly fishing would be fun provided you carry your fly fishing gear.
Sri Lankans are sports mad.Cricket is the game here and after winning the world cup One Day competition in 1996 they have achieved international recognition for the island as a world class competitor.Between January and April games are played throughout the island.
Gambling is a popular pastime with every red-blooded Sri Lankan male. If you're rich you go the casino, if you're not then don't bother because they won't let you through the door. Instead you go the bookmakers/betting shops found dotted across town. The bookies here are much like the bookies in the UK - a small shop, people behind the counter who take your money, and reports on all the latest horse races. In fact they're almost exactly like those in the UK...
Horse racing is the most popular sport to bet on but races in Sri Lanka are very rare (in fact someone told me they were illegal, although I'm not certain as there is at least one course in Nuwara Eliya). So instead working class Sri Lankan men who can't speak a word of English bet all their money on races taking place in Britain - "I'll have 100 rupees on the 3.15 at Aintree!"
As a Brit, this can lead to rather strange encounters with locals as their entire knowledge of the UK comes from racing. One friend of mine had never heard of big cities like Manchester or Birmingham - he thought the biggest and most important places in Britain were Ascot, York and Chepstow! Another guy spoke no English but could effortlessly reel off the names of every Grand National winner since 1960, the year he was born!
I can count on one hand the number of people I've met in Sri Lanka who don't like cricket. Male or female, rich or poor, young or old, Tamil or Sinhalese - cricket transcends any boundaries. It's easy to know when there's an international game on - the traffic is even more suicidal than normal as people rush to a TV, and huge crowds of men gather in the street outside the Abans electronics shops to watch the TV in the window. The big match dominates all talk in the office for at least a week in advance - even among the women.
Cricket is more than a sport here. The fact that star bowler Muttiah 'Murali' Muralitharan is a Tamil has done more for race relations than any politician could ever do. When Australia call him a cheat (as they regularly do!) the whole country unites behind him. Elections to the national cricket board generate nearly as much media coverage (and even more conversation and corruption) than the political elections. Ask a tuk tuk driver about 'the match' (doesn't really matter which one!) and you won't be able to shut him up.
I once made the mistake of getting a haircut as the match was starting. The barber turned my chair away from the mirror and faced the TV instead. Every time there was a boundary or a wicket, or anything close to either, he'd jump up and down - usually pulling clumps of my hair out and stabbing me with the scissors at the same time.
International matches are now played in Colombo, Kandy, Galle and Dambulla. Tickets are extremely cheap and even if you don't like cricket then the atmosphere at the Premadasa Stadium in Colombo when it's packed full is worth the entrance fee alone. The only time cricket is not popular here is when Sri Lanka are losing. Sri Lankans are quite bad losers and if the team isn't performing then they'd rather not watch.
Have to admit we didnt actually do any sport in Sri Lanka apart from swimming & table tennis.
But when we were in Galle we did sit on the fortress walls overlooking Sri Lanka playing Pakinstan at cricket with all the locals.
Sri Lankans are cricket mad. They play it everywhere and when International matches are on, everyone is watching it. Unfortunately for the Singalese, Australia bowled and batted the crap out of them in the tests in March! Murali did get his 500th wicket though, which was a highlight (only Warnie got his first!).
Considering Sri Lanka is a tiny island and much of the country is coastal, it's surprising that many Sri Lankans can't swim very well. However, those that can are extremely good and tend to spend half their life in the water. If you want to swim then the beaches are by far the best place and are generally safe and clean. There are a few swimming clubs in Colombo and other places but are mostly private affairs for members only.
Everywhere you look in Sri Lanka there is a game of cricket going on, and fans love to see visiting international sides like England.
Equipment: A good knowledge of cricket - if you come from a Test playing country but don't know much about the game they will think you are mad.
Cricket is a Sri Lankan national obsession, and what's more the Sri Lankan national team has proved exceptionally good at playing the game. As a consequence in recent years Galle International Stadium has emerged (together with Colombo and Kandy) as one of three main Test Match grounds in Sri Lanka.
Aficionados claim that the pitch at Galle is generally a hard flat batting track. The proximity to the seashore gives the air a bit of a bite, giving the fast bowlers something to look forward to in the first half an hour or so. The grass on the field is an even carpet, not thick enough to slow the ball down significantly, but quite enough to keep the ball from getting scuffed up too early.
Certainly the ground has proved lucky for the national team. Since Galle became a Test venue in 1998 Sri Lanka have won every match they've played there but two. It would be hard to find an international cricket stadium set in a more uniquely historic location.
I had to Watch Sri Lanka beat New Zealand. Hmpf. They are pretty handy with willow and leather, the Sri Lankans.
Sri Lankas national cricket team is one of the best in the world. The are all glued to TV when they are playing. They are crazy about it and all children are playing it on the streets, fields..... around Sri Lanka
The Sri Lankans are cricket crazy and if you are here at the right time you might even get to see a match at the ground, they also play international matches here as well as Colombo. Be prepared to talk a lot about cricket if you mention it, the Sri Lankans are very knowledgeable on the subject.
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