Travelling by bicycle enables encounters and experiences with people and nature that would not happen in the cocoon of a vehicle. The sensation of sun, wind, rain, breeze, showers, frost, fog on the body is a glorious feeling, even if not fully appreciated at the time! The hospitality of and interaction with diverse peoples, cultures and faiths is humbling and heartening and remains with one for ever. The whole venture was a three-fold journey of discovery: to realise that it is possible to do much more than I ever thought I could; to discover that the world is far friendlier and less frightening than is generally thought to be; to know that God is the best travelling companion.
My trip has taught me to live much more in the present and not to worry unduly about the future, which tends to take care of itself, especially if viewed with an open mind. Astrid x. Web View Mobile View. Videos Media. Speaking Other Websites. Welcome to Cycling Full Circle.
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Simple, luminous paper lanterns are hung outside homes and food is freely distributed to the public via roadside stalls. Intrepid takes the health and safety of its travellers seriously, and takes every measure to ensure that trips are safe, fun and enjoyable for everyone. We recommend that all travellers check with their government or national travel advisory organisation for the latest information before departure:. Foreign passport holders are required to obtain a visa prior to entry into Sri Lanka.
Detailed information and application forms are provided here. Sri Lankans work hard and typically receive a low wage, so tipping drivers, porters, maids and other service staff is a good idea. A small amount should suffice.
Internet access is growing in Sri Lanka. Mobile phone coverage is generally good in urban areas, but can be patchy and less reliable in rural areas. Ensure global roaming is activated on your phone before you arrive. Squat toilets are the most common toilets in Sri Lanka.
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Always carry your own toilet paper and soap as they are usually not provided. Western-style flushable toilets can be found in upmarket restaurants, five-star hotels and in some tourist areas. It's not recommended to drink the tap water in Sri Lanka. Filtered water is a better option; try to use a refillable canteen or water bottle rather than buying bottled water. Remember to avoid ice in drinks and peel fruit before eating. Credit cards are usually accepted by modern hotels, restaurants and medium-large shops in tourist areas. Smaller towns and isolated areas will have very few, or none at all, so have enough cash to cover purchases as ATM access may not be available.
All passengers travelling with Intrepid are required to purchase travel insurance before the start of their trip. Your travel insurance details will be recorded by your leader on the first day of the trip. Due to the varying nature, availability and cost of health care around the world, travel insurance is very much an essential and necessary part of every journey. Intrepid is committed to making travel widely accessible , regardless of ability or disability.
While there are directives from the Sri Lankan Supreme Court to make public buildings more accessible, in practice there is still a long way to go.
Streets and crossings are often congested with vehicles, vendors, stray dogs and as well as frequent roadworks. Potholes and broken pavement, uneven terrain and lack of signage are common and along with many public facilities in poor repair, all creating barriers for those with disabilities. Travelling with an able-bodied companion will help overcome some of the difficulties in getting around and help you get the most out of your time in Sri Lanka.
For short trips, tuk tuks are easily available, cheap and efficient. For longer journeys, it can be good value and a great experience to hire a private car and driver. Other than a handful of high-end hotels, accommodation is not wheelchair accessible. There are many more budget options that can provide rooms and bathrooms that you can access without stairs but check with the hotel for other access needs as stairs may be present in entrances to other property buildings such as restaurants or pools. Safaris in the national parks are a great option for those with limited mobility. Learn more about Accessible Travel with Intrepid.
Everyone should feel comfortable when they travel with Intrepid and we know that many of our travellers are part of the LGBTQI community. Sri Lanka still has laws criminalising same-sex sexual activity existing from colonial times however the Supreme Court has stated this law is unenforceable. Sri Lanka does not recognise same-sex marriages or civil unions. In theory, transgender individuals can obtain new identity cards in accordance with their gender identity but in practice there are many bureaucratic barriers in place. The subject of LGBTQI rights is rarely discussed publically, but travellers who are discreet and respect the conservative nature of most locals are unlikely to encounter any issues or discrimination while travelling in Sri Lanka.
Intrepid is committed to travelling in a way that is respectful of local people, their culture, local economies and the environment. It's important to remember that what may be acceptable behaviour, dress and language in your own country, may not be appropriate in another. Please keep this in mind while travelling.
The Intrepid Foundation provides travellers with an opportunity to give something back to the many wonderful communities we travel to. Ancient rock fortresses.
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Wildlife aplenty. And some of the most perfect beaches on the planet. There are so many reasons to visit Sri Lanka. Hurry, offer ends soon. Discount applies to new bookings only made and deposited between 26 June and 2 July and cannot be applied to existing bookings. The discount applies to the land tour price only and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer and is not combinable unless otherwise specified. If booking within 56 days of departure 90 days for Adventure Cruising , full payment is due immediately.
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