Rural outback cycling challenge: dry zone forest road – Kalthota

5 Hours

Cycle through the Kalthota dry zone, and meet the island’s rural folk while exploring: reservoirs, the risky Kalthota Pass, waterfall hunting trails, and Elephant Corridors of Udawalawe National Park.

Why should you book this trip?

  • A ride to 50m from 1200m passing breathtaking diverse scenery, different vegetation types and many different communities.
  • Feel the climatic diversity of Sri Lanka.
  • Close interaction with the local community. There are few better ways to truly experience the essence of Sri Lanka's rural culture and its untouched natural beauty than on a bicycle. Get up close and personal with some of the island's rural folk and experience what life is like in a traditional Sri Lankan village.
  • Some of the tour highlights – Samanalawewa reservoir and dam, Kuragala view point, beautiful Kalthota Pass with many hairpin bends, Doowili Ella Waterfall, Kalthota irrigational canal, and the Elephant Corridors of Udawalawe National Park.
  • You will be led by an experienced cycle guide.


You will meet our guide at the Pambahinna junction on time. We start the bike ride after putting on the cycling gear followed by a brief on the safety, trail and pit stops etc.

We cycle past the Sabaragamuwa University and some breathtaking scenic villages to reach the Samanalawewa lake dam. From here, we climb up few kilometres, through the forest reserve to reach a viewpoint of the magnificent lake. After a little rest, we do a few short uphill and downhill stretches to reach to Balangoda/Kalthota road. We cycle on this route to reach Kuragala. We park our bikes and do the climb to Kuragala Rock. It’s a sacred place for Buddhists and Muslims also.

We take our bikes again and go down the scenic Kalthota Pass until we reach the turn off to the Duwili Ella – one of the hidden gems of Sri Lanka. We will do a walk to see this magnificent waterfall.

The next lap of the cycling trail is mostly downhill and flat. Upon reaching the Kalthota hamlet, we take the left turn and cycle along a beautiful canal until we reach a newly-built fairly broad tarmac road. We cycle past many interesting landscapes, encountering different villages as we cycling through an Elephant Corridor.

Our final destination on this cycling journey is the Big Game Camp – Udawalawe.

After a short break, you will have your lunch (optional) and continue the journey.

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 the starting point and from the end point of the cycle trail (this could be arranged by us)
  • Any extra beverages or food and snacks consumed
  • Optional activity costs
  • Any personal effects not mentioned here
  • Any tips for the staff
  • Any others expenses not mentioned in Price Inclusions section
Overall Trip Rating:
- Based on 2 travel reviews
Very Good
  1. Stunning views
    By Micheal Waddington
    from Sri Lanka
    April 11, 2023
    It was an unforgettable adventure that combines the thrill of cycling with the beauty of Sri Lanka's natural wonders. Meeting local village people, witness their lifestyle were remarkable. Breathtaking views of the mountains were fascinating.
    Date of Experience: March 23, 2023
  2. The rural experience of Sri Lanka
    By Steve Meinecke
    from Germany
    January 20, 2019
    The trail was a bit challenging with steep inclines, but the stunning views and the local encounters rewarded us with wonderful memories. The cycling guide was nice and helpful, shared discribed the local encounters and experiences at his best. A visit to Duwili Ella Waterfall was fascinating.
    Date of Experience: January 14, 2019

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Rural outback cycling challenge: dry zone forest road – Kalthota
From $100
/ Adult - Single Person(SOLO)
From $55
/ Adult - 2 Persons
From $40
/ Adult - 3 Persons
From $33
/ Adult - 4 Persons
From $28
/ Adult - 5 or More people
  • SLDT/2205/CY02
  • Pambahinna Junction on A4 Road
  • 48 hours
  • 5 - 6 Hours
  • Throughout the Year
  • 7.30 am


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