The island nation of Sri Lanka off the southern coast of India has been tormented by a protracted civil battle, the 2004 tsunami, the 2019 bombing tragedy and the present pandemic.
Nevertheless, it’s additionally a rider’s paradise and a very good introduction to driving in Asia and the subcontinent area.
Now the nation has opened up with no restrictions for worldwide vaccinated travellers.
Having toured the nation in 2018 with Excessive Bike Excursions I can extremely suggest them as soon as Australian restrictions ease and we’re allowed overseas for recreation.
Tour part-owner Ben says they’re now “open for enterprise and we’re eager to get on the street”.
“We’re kicking it off with The Nice Escape, our Hidden Sri Lanka Tour rebranded for this new age of freedom.”
The corporate has introduced dates for excursions from 5-17 February, 26-10 March and dates to be confirmed for excursions in July and August.
I did the 13-day Hidden Sri Lanka tour and was not anticipating it to be rider heaven.
I didn’t anticipate there to be such all kinds of roads from billiard-table easy winging asphalt by way of the hills, dramatically tight hairpin turns that drop down a step on the apex, bumpy and gnarly mountain goat tracks and every little thing in between.
Whilst you might trip a few of the roads on a superbike, you would possibly want an journey bike for a few of the others.
Excessive Bike Excursions makes use of Royal Enfield Basic 350s, not solely as a result of there’s a 400cc restrict on motorbikes within the nation, however as a result of it’s such an iconic subcontinent bike and is appropriate for all kinds of street surfaces.
One of many tour firm’s homeowners describes Sri Lanka as “India lite”, which means it’s a extra accessible driving setting than the chaos of India.
There may be nonetheless loads of chaos within the cities and cities, however Excessive Bike Excursions avoids most besides the traditional former capital of Kandy.
As soon as out of those busy and vibrant centres, you head for the hills, coast, nationwide parks and villages the place the site visitors is far simpler to barter.
There’s a lot to see in Sri Lanka for those who can solely peel your eyes off the gloriously difficult and numerous roads.
From idyllic palm-dotted golden seashores to tangling jungle forests, rugged mountain ranges and manicured hillside tea plantations, there’s a host of pure magnificence on this largely untouched nation.
Then there are the man-made points of interest of large hilltop Buddha statues, brilliant colored Hindu temples, outdated British colonial buildings and chaotically busy streets and marketplaces.
And at last there are the stunning roadside animal sightings.
On my journey, I noticed elephants, monkeys, sambar deer, myriad birdlife, bats, buffalo, large land and water screens (lizards) and a few huge pythons slithering throughout the street … the complete width of the street!
After which there’s the meals which is recent, tasty and plentiful.