Transportation : Lorry and mountain bicycle
Duration : Two Days
There are 76 kms from Nuwara Eliya to Kandy and the road is in a good condition. It is better not to ride your bicycle all the way up to Nuwara Eliya from Kandy, which will be an exhausting tour. But if you are experienced you can try the up hill ride which once my two friends did. They started to ride from Kandy at about 4 a.m. and reached to Nuwara Eliya town at about 2 p.m. We arranged a lorry to take our bikes to Nuwara Eliya and enjoyed the lorry ride. 😀
The lorry driver and the helper were very friendly and they only charged a little for transporting us and the bicycles. It is better to arrange accommodation earlier, otherwise you will be facing difficulties in finding a proper place to stay at night in a long weekend, when visitors are frequent. There are good, a bit high priced places to eat in Nuwara Eliya town as well as around the Gregory Lake.
We started our journey from Nuwara Eliya at about 9 a.m. Though Kandy has a low altitude than Nuwara Eliya, there are several places we have to ride up hill. The first 4 kms are the hardest from those. We had to ride about 80 meters higher than the starting point at Nuwara Eliya, which is around 1920 meters above sea level. After that, the journey become more easy and interesting as we have to ride our bicycles downhill. Only things to be concerned are our speed limit and the vehicles coming towards Nuwara Eliya. Since the road has many blind and extreme bends it is better if you are 100% sure about your brakes and tires. On the way, my bike had a tire punch and as we didn’t carried a pump but only a tire tube I had to ride few kilometers with that tire punch until Blue field Tea Factory. People there was very friendly and they were kind enough to let us use their compressor to fill the tire.
After Ramboda there are several climbs but not harder compared to the climb we started with. From Gampola the road is almost flat but need to turn your attention more to the road traffic. Finally we arrived to the Faculty of Engineering at about 5 p.m. and rested for a while before going back to our homes.
Photo and Video Credits : Sarith Senarath, Pradeepa Senanayake
Video : Downhill cycling