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Vimala Bharadwaj

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All gears were in good condition including the bike, My guide was a gem. I feel cycling is the best way to explore a city like Colombo

Overview

Highlights of the Colombo cycling tour:

Cycling in Colombo is an enchanting experience that speaks volumes about the city’s extravagance. The idea behind this arrangement is to ensure that visitors get to witness the city’s best in a unique manner. 

- While on this cycle ride, one can get a detailed tour of the city and all tourist attractions. 

- This two-wheeled tour is ‘sightseeing with a difference’ which allows travellers to get up-close with the day to day lives of the people of Colombo as they pedal through the local markets and inside roads. 

- Everyone gets the opportunity to mingle with the culture and lifestyle of the city people.

- The tour begins from Galadari hotel, and this journey takes one through an unimaginable expedition starting from the Fort area.

- The journey is followed by a stopover at Viharamahadevi Park and Gangaramaya Temple. 

- The itinerary of this cycling tour is premeditated to touch all six architectural buildings in the city that includes the Independence Square, Colombo Museum and Town Hall. 

- The city tour will include a peek into both, the lavish area like the Galle Face and the local markets for personal shopping where members can buy remembrances to take back home. 

- Tourists get to spend time at the Beira Lake. 

- A drop back to the Galadari Hotel marks the end of this cycling tour. 

This activity has two slots 2:30 pm or 6:00pm. You can avail any of them at same cost.

Meet Up Information: 

Meet up time:- 2:30 pm/6:00 pm
Meet up Location:- Galadari Hotel, 64 Lotus Rd, Colombo

How to get there:

- Closest railway station is the Fort railway station
- You can also book a cab or tuk-tuk to get to the meet up point

NOTE:- Minimum 2 persons are required to book this tour.
Minimum participation age for the tour is 12 years old.
Distance to be covered on cylce: 15 Km

Other Inclusions

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  • Modern bicycles with helmets
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  • English speaking guide
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  • Entrance fees to Gangaramaya Temple
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  • Insurance provided by the operator

Things To Carry

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  • Voucher received by Thrillophilia
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  • Water bottle
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  • Sun cream
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  • Sunglasses
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  • Some snacks if you want to
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  • Comfortable shoes
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  • Scarf

Advisory

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  • It is essential that you wear a comfortable pair of shoes to pull through the 15 kilometre bike tour.
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  • One needs to be twelve years or more to be able to participate in this tour.
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  • Since the tour includes a visit to the temples, women are required to wear pants that cover their knees, and also wear tops or carry a stole that can cover their shoulders.
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  • Ladies should also carry a scarf as some temples might entail them to cover their hair as well.
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  • Wearing relaxed clothing with light colours to stay composed under sunlight is recommended.
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  • Wearing your footwear inside the temple premise wouldn’t be allowed, but wearing socks are allowed.
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  • People with heart risks and other health illnesses should avoid this tour for it demands a lot of physical activity.

Tour Type

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  • This is a group tour.

Cancellation Policy

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  • If cancellations are made 15 days before the start date of the trip, 25% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees
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  • If cancellations are made 7-15 days before the start date of the trip, 50% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • If cancellations are made within 0-7 days before the start date of the trip, 100% of total tour cost will be charged as cancellation fees.
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  • In case of unforeseen weather conditions or government restrictions, certain activities may be cancelled and in such cases the operator will try his best to provide an alternate feasible activity. However no refund will be provided for the same.

Refund Policy

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  • The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days

Confirmation Policy

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  • The customer receives a confirmation voucher via email within 24 hours of successful booking
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  • In case the preferred slots are unavailable, an alternate schedule of the customer’s preference will be arranged and a new confirmation voucher will be sent via email.
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  • Alternatively, the customer may choose to cancel their booking and a full refund will be processed.

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    All gears were in good condition including the bike, My guide was a gem. I feel cycling is the best way to explore a city like Colombo

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    1. What are the attractions I can see while Cycling in Colombo?

      Cycling in Colombo is a one-of-a-kind sightseeing experience that involves a partaker to ride a bike for a three and a half hour long outing that takes one through the entire city. This cycle tour also comprises a drop down to all major attractions that allure tourists. They are:

      - Fort area to get a close look at the architectural style of the colonial buildings

      - Viharamahadevi Park

      - Gangaramaya Temple

      - Independence Square

      - Colombo Museum

      - Town Hall

      - Galle Face, the sophisticated area of Colombo

      - Beria Lake

      - Local market around Beria Lake

    2. What should I wear while cycling?

      This cycling tour completes a distance of 15 kilometres in approximately three and a half hours which means that it would require a lot of exertion. It is highly recommended that a participant wears comfortable clothing which doesn’t have radiant colours and is lightweight.

      Women have to cover up to visit the temples; so, they should wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts. If that could make cycling difficult, then they should carry something that can cover their shoulders as a mark of respect. Female participants should also carry a scarf to cover their head to enter the temple premise.

      An easy-going and convenient pair of shoes is a must to make cycling convenient and enjoyable.

    3. Do traffic rules apply to cyclists in Sri Lanka?

      Yes, basic traffic rules to apply even to the cyclists in Sri Lanka. The most important ones are:

      - Always use the left lane

      - Turn on the headlamp when dark

      - Obey traffic signs of the area which is displayed on boards and traffic signals

      - One cannot ride on the one-way street; a violation of this traffic rule is a punishable offence and could land one in a court

      - Use of mobile phones while riding is strictly prohibited

    4. Which type of cycle is best in Colombo?

      Riding an e-bike is the best cycle in Colombo as it supports one to combat the erratic weather conditions. Since Sri Lanka lies by the Sea, the weather is very humid and scorching in the summers, and throughout the rest of the year too for that matter. This can make cycling a very sweaty affair; e-bikes reduce the stress of ridding, and yet allow you to be on this exceptional tour.

       The other types of available bicycles are Standard Bicycles, Sports Bikes, Ladies Cycles with support wheels and Tourist Cycles that come with separate space to place backpacks.
       
      *This package includes the cost of a bicycle and a helmet*

    5. Are bicycles allowed on Sidewalks?

      The law in Colombo is against riding bicycles on the sidewalks as it is meant to be used only by pedestrians.

    6. What is the best time for cycling in Colombo?

      Sri Lanka welcomes people with a very adjustable climate throughout the year, but you can avoid the month of November to keep away from the wet season. If you do not mind the heat a little, then the summer season allows you to revel in undisturbed riding.

      You can go cycling in Colombo during any other months in the year. You should know that unexpected downpours are a part of the weather cycle in Sri Lanka, which means you might find the climate a tad humid.

    7. What are the security measures I have to take?

      The operator provides insurance to everyone who wants to go cycling in Colombo with this package. A participant is also provided with safety helmets along with the bicycles which take care of more than half of the security measures to be on this tour.

      Besides that, every rider must abide by the traffic rules and should be vigilant when on the roads to avoid accidents. You should stay with your group, and must not venture far off by being faster or slower than the other cyclists you are with, failing which you might get lost. You should ride only in the designated bicycle lanes.

    8. Can I go solo or I have to join a group of cyclists?

      No, you cannot go solo on this cycling tour. There is a minimum requirement of at least two people to book this package. You and your partner will have to join the other group of cyclists who have selected the same package, date and time slot.

    9. Is there any age limit to opt for this tour?

      Yes, a participant needs to be above twelve years of age to be a part of this cycling tour so that he/she can be on an independent bicycle. Children below this age are not allowed, and parents need to make other arrangements for them for those three plus hours if they want to be a part of this tour.

    10. Are food and drinks included in the package?

      Food and drinks are not included in this package of cycling in Colombo since it is a very short trip of a little over three hours. One should carry their bottles of water so that they can quench thirst since riding will involve a lot of effort.

      Stopping to buy water time and again might disrupt the flow of the tour and delay the schedule. Eating during this short but remarkable tour might come in the way of cycling as it could make one feel too full to be able to ride.

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