5th century rock fortress shadow cycling – Sigiriya

4 Hours

Uncover an isolated village before biking around the shadow of the 8th wonder of the world – Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Afterwards, cycle to a second rock fortress dating back to 1st and 2nd century BC.

Why should you book this trip?

  • As you cycle through the city, you will see local villages, rice paddies, and other rural landscapes. You can experience the local way of life and gain insight into the daily routines and customs of the people who live in this area.
  • A selection of bikes for you to choose from to suite your requirement & height
  • Flat & Easy Terrain throughout the trail will welcome all kids above 12 years
  • You will meet and interact with quite a few villagers in this ride and learn their way of life.You will meet and interact with quite a few villagers in this ride and learn their way of life.
  • Water, Fruits, cookies, soft drinks and juices will be served throughout the ride
  • You will be served a home cooked authentic Sri Lanka lunch with local vegetables and ingredients prepared by a the lady of the house with firewood kitchen using claypots
  • Availability of back up transportation throughout the trail enabling you to get into it any time and still enjoy a scenic drive.
  • You will be led by a well-experienced cycling guide who is well aware about the trail and will help you to get more insights about the village life.


Do get in touch with your sales consultant as soon as the booking is confirmed, where you will be advised on the meeting point. Our cycling guide will meet you at the designated point on time.

Sri Lanka Day Tours' cycling tour of Sigiriya takes you on a journey into the areas surrounding the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

The cycling tour starts at the entrance to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. From there, you ride through "Thalkote", a remote isolated village to the Thalkotawewa (reservoir). At the village, you will be able to see and experience how traditional farming (paddy and other crops) is done. Chena cultivation (slash and burn farming) is prevalent in the area. The region's clean air and friendly environment is perfect for stress relief. The village borders Thalkotawewa, its main source of water.

Thalkotawewa and the thickets surrounding it are also perfect for bird watching in the morning and evening (the typical tour times). If you choose to take the tour in the morning, you may even witness signs of the presence of wild elephants in the area the night before. Stop and interact with villagers in the area and enjoy their hospitality. Make sure you take in the rich history of the area, as you make brief stops at a few of the archaeological sites.

Two of the important archeological sites we cover in this trail are the Stupa, believed to mark the spot where King Kashyapa, creator of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress was cremated and the Pidurangala Viharaya which dates back beyond the first and second century BC. Pidurangala was used as a Buddhist monastery and became a prominent place during the reign of King Kashyapa (473 - 495 AD).

A climb of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress is available as an add-on to an already exciting tour.

We stop at different places to meet the locals and to refresh ourselves.

Our Services Include:

  • High quality, well-maintained mountain bikes with helmets
  • The services of a knowledgeable and experienced cycling guide
  • Drinking water during the cycle tour
  • Packed snacks and refreshments during the trail
  • Emergency back-up at any time
  • All Government taxes

Our Services do not include;

  • Transportation to starting point and from the end point of the cycle trail
  • Any extra beverages or food and snacks consumed
  • Entrance fees to Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Entrance permit for the Pidurangala Temple
  • Optional activity costs
  • Any personal effects not mentioned here
  • Any tips for the attending staff
  • Any others expenses not mentioned in Price Inclusions section
Overall Trip Rating:
- Based on 3 travel reviews
Very Good
  1. Sri Lankan Hospitality & historical wonders
    By Kyla Johnson
    from United Kingdom
    February 15, 2024
    We pedal through the countryside and encountered ancient temples, traditional homes, and friendly locals who are more than happy to share their stories and customs. The warm hospitality of the Sri Lankan people is a testament to their rich cultural heritage, and it adds a unique charm to the cycling experience. The Sri Lankan lunch we were offered was the best ever Sri Lankan authentic meal we had. Thank you so much for arranging this ride.
    Date of Experience: January 31, 2024
  2. Nice People, scenic route & a remarkable experience
    By Janice Reed
    from United States
    November 29, 2023
    The staff is knowledgeable about the best routes and trails and are very experienced riders. The bikes were in mint condition and their service was exceptional. The local people with smily faces were hospitable and we were lucky to be invited for a cup of tea in a local house. The cycling route was very diverse and overall we had a remarkable riding experience in Sigiriya.
    Date of Experience: November 10, 2023
  3. Riding in the back yards of Sigiriya
    By Kirsten Parker
    from Sri Lanka
    October 21, 2023
    Cycling journey through the backyards of Sigiriya is an experience that left us in awe of the natural beauty and cultural richness. Meeting local falks, admiring their local living styles and the riding along the forest patches and Thalkote Lake was an amazing experience.
    Date of Experience: October 15, 2023

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5th century rock fortress shadow cycling – Sigiriya
From $108
/ Adult - Single Person(SOLO)
From $60
/ Adult - 2 Persons
From $60
/ Adult - 3 Persons
From $54
/ Adult - 4 Persons
From $54
/ Adult - 5 or More people
  • SLDT/1702/CY03
  • Hiriwadunna Junction at Habarana
  • 48 hours
  • 4 Hours
  • Throughout the Year
  • 9.30am


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