Jaffna Cycle Tour

Cycling through centuries of unspoken history in the North – Jaffna


Why should you book this trip?

  • Ride through a culturally abundant land with open roads, large temples, and fascinating religious rituals specific to the North.
  • Discover a region which was once infamous for devastating wars since medieval times.
  • Spend a day exploring Jaffna, covering religious and cultural attractions, including Nallur Temple, St. James’ Church, St. Mary’s Cathedral, a Buddhist Dagoba, the statue of the last king of Jaffna Kingdom, and monuments of the last palace.
  • Cycle through Jaffna City, experiencing a living heritage such as the Fort, the infamous Library, Subramaniam Park, and the 19th century ‘Old Park’.
  • Meet the locals from the coastal villages for an interactively rich and authentic cultural experience.
  • Each attraction will be explained in depth to guests, covering mythology and historical importance.
  • Ample time will be granted for photography, or simply to take in the view.
  • Enjoy different stops for refreshments and snacks, which includes the original Rio Ice Cream Parlour which stood the test of time and war.



 42 USD

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  Quick Facts

  • Availability: All year round
  • Meeting point: Jaffna Railway Station
  • Pick Up and Drop Off from / to any location can be arranged on request at an additional cost
  • Preferred starting time: 2:30 pm
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Distance of cycling: Approximately 18 km (soft / moderate grading)
  • Not recommended for children under 14 years
  • Activity can be extended with accommodation

You will meet



It is one thing to acknowledge that ‘the North remembers’, but having a northern native as a guide makes all the difference! Meet Mohan, a seasoned and cheerful guide with book and street smarts on historical facts and folklore surrounding the historic Jaffna Peninsula. Having grown up in the northern region of Sri Lanka with his family, he gained an introspectively deep understanding of life as a local firmly rooted in the community. Although Mohan holds experience in many other fields, his passion as a storyteller and adventurer led him down the path of a full-time guide with a goldmine of memories and stories you can’t help but fall in love with.



Included in the price

  • High-quality, well-maintained mountain bikes with helmets
  • Knowledgeable and experienced cycling guide 
  • Water and snacks during the tour
  • Emergency backup at any time
  • All applicable government taxes


  • Any transportation to the meeting point or after the tour
  • Any additional food, beverages or souvenirs purchased during the tour
  • Any personal effects not mentioned under ‘included’
  • Any tips for the staff
  • Any other expenses not mentioned under ‘included’

Tour in brief

This rich and immersive tour is designed for those seeking a holistic Jaffna experience, covering the historical and traditional landscape of Jaffna and its outskirts, and all it entails. You will meet your English-speaking host in front of the Jaffna Railway Station at 2:30 pm, and after the initial briefing we start your cycling journey into modern and ancient Jaffna. Though the tour will cover approximately 18km, a shorter trip / route can be designed on request.

Traffic-heavy main roads will be mostly avoided, inviting you to scenic off-brochure memories on back roads. Your host will take you through Jaffna’s historical and cultural attractions, complementing the experience with immersive storytelling and personal memories only a Jaffna-native could inherit. Watch esoteric religious activities take place in front of you, and experience the North as a local would.

En-route, stop and browse Palmyrah-woven goods made by empowered local women, or purchase real Jaffna Wine and Nelli Cordials extracted from Indian gooseberry (produced and sold by Catholic nuns)! By a 6:30 pm sundown you get to celebrate a wonderful day with a grand finale; witness a jaw-dropping sunset splashed across the western sky off the Jaffna Peninsula.


  • Clients should bring suitable clothing for warm, windy, and rainy conditions.
  • Recommended items such as sunscreen and sunglasses should be brought by clients.
  • Lightweight clothes and footwear suitable for cycling should be worn during the trail.
  • All electronic devices should be securely carried.

Jaffna City

Jaffna is the capital city of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka and is the country’s 12th largest city. The traditionally vibrant city is known for its rich cultural heritage and natural beauty. Its suburb, Nallur, served as the capital of the 12th century medieval Jaffna Kingdom. Prior to the protracted civil war, it was Sri Lanka's second most populated city after the commercial capital – Colombo. Since the end of the conflict in 2009, refugees and internally displaced people have gradually started returning to their homes with word of government and private sector reconstruction happening. Jaffna is home to many historic Sri Lankan sites, such as the popular Jaffna Library that was burnt down and rebuilt, and the Jaffna Fort which was rebuilt during the Dutch colonial period in the 17th century.


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