Galle’s rural inland landscape is largely unfrequented by tourists who visit this region, as they are often more preoccupied with visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Galle Fort, or relaxing on the popular beaches along the Galle Coast. However, the countryside around Galle is truly picturesque and is particularly nice to explore if you are looking to discover the ‘authentic’ Sri Lanka which is sometimes hidden on the tourist trail – cycle past lush green paddy fields dotted with water buffalo, bright white egrets and vibrant kingfishers, sloping tea plantations, rice fields, small villages, temples and colourful gardens growing spices and fruit.
There are a range of cycling routes to try, all varying levels of difficulty, although none are too strenuous, and helmets, bikes, water and a support vehicle are all provided. The easiest is the Paddy Trail, a gentle 12km circular route which begins and ends at Wijaya Beach, a popular beach café in quiet Thalpe. The Paddy and Lake Trail (26km) is an extended version of the Paddy Trail, incorporating a beautiful additional section along the shores of Koggala Lake. The Kahanda Kanda Ride, which ends with either a decadent lunch or sunset cocktails at the luxurious Kahanda Kanda, is a non-strenuous trail through the paddy fields which also skirts Koggala Lake.
NB: the above trails may alter in length or route depending on the strength of your group on the day, or other circumstances that are beyond our control. Whilst we will request the itinerary of your choosing, we cannot be held responsible for any last-minute changes and support your biking guide in having the final say about your ride on the day.