Cycle through UNESCO Anuradhapura with a local guide

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Ancient cities don’t get much bigger than Anuradhapura, and few capitals around the world have ever been as long lasting. Dating back to the fourth century BC, Anuradhapura was the spiritual and secular capital of the island for well over a millennium. At its height, the city was dotted with monasteries and home to over 10,000 monks, many of these monasteries and colossal dagobas can still be seen today.

Experience Overview

Is this Experience for you?

Cycle through more than a dozen archeological sites of the ancient kingdom of Anuradhapura with a local guide who has spent much of his time in this part of the island. Ride alongside scenic paddy fields, hidden villages and cleverly thought-out irrigation systems which have withstood the test of time. Pedal around some of the most architecturally stunning structures including Abayagiri Dagoba, the largest Buddhist monument in the world. Along the way stop at the Elephant Pond to enjoy a scenic picnic overlooking the pond. After the picnic, guests have the option of continuing the ride. You will also visit the Jaya Sri Maha Bodhi tree, a branch of the historical Sri Maha Bodhi in India under which Lord Buddha attained Enlightenment.

Includes: - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Includes:

Guide, bikes, helmets and refreshments

Duration:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Duration:

Approx. 3 to 4 hours

Difficulty:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Difficulty:

Moderate. We rank it as moderate because of the heat.

Suitable for children:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Suitable for children:

Recommended for children over 8 years, baby seats and tuk tuks can be arranged

Times:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Times:

8.30 AM or 3.00 PM

What to wear or bring along:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
What to wear or bring along:

Light clothing, sun cream, a hat. You might want to bring a change of shirt or t-shirt.

Important to know:  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Important to know:

The terrain is flat. If you have any injuries or physical restrictions with biking please let your guide know in advance.

Private or not?  - Experience - Sri Lanka In Style
Private or not?

The visit is private. That said, there may be other people around at the site.

About the Host

Your host has spent most of his life in Anuradhapura and has studied Buddhism and tourism development in Sri Lanka and overseas. His extensive knowledge on the two subjects has helped him provide insightful experiences avoiding the regular tourist trail.

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Managing Expectations

It is important to remember that, whilst they are experts in their field, the people who run or host our experiences are not necessarily used to working in the tourism industry and may not offer the level of service you would find at a five-star hotel. For example, instead of a formal lecture, you may get a relaxed conversation where open discussion is encouraged. All of our hosts are, however, extremely engaging, knowledgeable and passionate about educating visitors about their chosen subject and we have worked with them to ensure that they deliver worthwhile, fulfilling experiences. We welcome feedback, so please let us know what you thought and if you think any improvements could be made to the experiences we offer.

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