Serendipity Expedition - Discovering || Happiness.
A Motorcycle Journey Into The Heart Of SRI LANKA
First of all I want to inform you all that i am Writing something online after 14 Years after I stopped Blogging. So please Bear with me. Do share your Feedback and suggestion.
This will be more of a photologgggue than a travelogue ( But Will try to Write ).
Over the Last 10 Years I have been riding many places and share the input with my circle, But never intended to posted anywhere or do a write up As I Do my things on a silent way J. I got the Feel to Write after my Chennai-Bhutan Ride as there where many Query’s asked by people & Friends on the details and formality of the ride. But never got the Urge to sit down and Type, managed to answer all the query via WhatsApp and FB.
But this time I am going to Write,
Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you guessed it.
New Year Resolution
About Me in Shot I am from Chennai, I Love Travelling Photography & Ride Ride in Shot…
After By Chennai- Bhutan Ride in FEB’18 went for Spiti in Jun’18 , Singapore & Malaysia in OCT’18 , Everest Base – Gokyo Trek in April’19 and Recently this SRI LANKA in DEC’19.
You can Check my short Bhutan Video on the Link :- >>
Hope you Like it!!!
Coming to This Log, Our Initial Plan was to Do NE ( As that’s the one thing pending on our List in India, Due to 3 week Leave and other situation we droped it again J ). But Finally we ended in SRI LANKA. When we googled to get input about Srilanka bike ride there was no content ( For Long ride ) to my bad luck. But we decided to go for it.
Why SRI LANKA ? No Reason Frankly But it has a close connection to all of us People, Language, Food, Religion…Whatever you Call J.
- Muthu Kumar
- Arun Kombai
- KunthanRaj ( MySelf)
Hunting for Rental Company - Club Sha Lanka:-
After a lot of Research we decided to go with Club Sha Lanka at Negambo, He was so help full and reachable. He had a good collection of Reliable Bikes with him and the Review was good too. After lot of discussion we decided to Go with Honda XR250 & Yamaha TW225.
Sha was so nice he just trusted us did not even asked for Advance when we asked to Block the Bike for US .
There are 3 option available
Option 1 :- If you hold International driving permit, it needs stamped by AA Ceylon Colombo office.
Option 2 :- Applying temp permit with your country license. All Foreign country driving license are invalid to drive in Sri Lanka.
Option 3 :-Ignore this Option. But some tourists ride or drive in Sri Lanka without any legal documents at their own risk and return safely without any problems. Bribe Speaks
We opted for Option 2, Club Sha helped on the Temp license and the insurance formality.
Applying for ETA & Ticket Booking:-
It’s a Rule to Apply for ETA and get it approved before Landing in SriLanka. Everything is Online.
But the Catch is, there are 2-3 Website where we can Apply for this All are under Srilanka government. But only one Website Does not charge Money for Indian as it is Free others change you 60$ each.
The Itinerary Plan:-
We were Actually Clue less where to Go which is safe at one point, But Motive is to Go and Explore the Unknown. Most prefer to travel Central part of Lanka, But we want to go Around Srilanka Specially NORTH ( Eelam ). Slowly we planned to bring shape to Itinerary with just one moto AROUND SRILANKA J
Initial Plan :-
|Dates||Location||Things to do|
|Day 1||Flight @ Chennai / Take Bike Ride||Willpattu National Park|
|Day 2||Willpattu National Park||Anuradhapura|
|Day 3||Anuradhapura||Jaffna ( Via Mannar )|
|Day 8||Mahiyangana||Nuwaraeliya (Devils Steps" Just Try ")|
|Day 9||Nuwaraeliya||Arugam Bay|
|Day 10||Arugam Bay||Yala|
Ella >> "Train" >> Kandy >> "Bike Ride " >> Adams Peak (80KMS/3Hrs)
|Day 15||Adams Peak||Colombo ( Via Devils Steps " Just Try " )|
Final Plan :-
DAY1 :- Negambo - Wilpattu
DAY2 :- Wilpattu - Anuradhapura
DAY3 :- Anuradhapura - Jaffna
DAY4 :- Jaffna - Trincomalee
DAY5 :- Trincomalee - Sigiriya
DAY6 :- Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa
DAY7 :- Polonnaruwa - Arugam Bay
DAY8 :- Arugam Bay - Kandy
DAY9 :- Kandy - Nuwara Eliya
DAY10 :- Nuwara Eliya – Horton Plains
DAY11 :- Horton Plains - Mirissa
DAY12 :- Buffer Day
DAY13 :- Mirissa - Yala
DAY14 :- Yala - Ella
DAY15 :-Ella –Kandy ( Historic Train Journey)
DAY16 :- Kandy To Negambo
We just did Booking for the New Year And couple of days in advance in the start then thought to manage it on the Go using BookingDOTcom Which really worked. There is some kind of issue between BookingDOTcom and Srilanka Hotels they cancel some time.
Stay Tuned Will keep you updated.