That the seven guests starting our inaugural Sri Lanka tour have between them racked up an impressive 19 PaintedRoads tours is, I feel, an auspicious start – they surly must like the way we run an Asian cycling adventure.
The route we have has been carefully devised over several visits to this stunning little island. It provides the touring cyclist with a fine selection of all the gems that make this such a great cycling destination, from the fishing villages of the east coast, to the ancient ruined cities of the north central, up and through the beautiful green tea plantations and colonial architecture of the central hill country, down through the savannah and national parks to the seaside resorts of the south coast, and finally to the wonderful old town of Galle. The hotels have been carefully chosen to add comfort at the end of a fine day’s wheeling through the countryside, with fine rooms and on all evenings bar two a lovely cooling pool. And if you don’t like climbing big hills? No worries, what National Geographic describes as “one of the world’s greatest train journeys is included for those who wish to make there way to the 2000 meter summit of the Hill Country in comfort leaving the rolling down hills to be savoured.
More from the road over the coming couple of weeks, for now a few pics.