Lakpura Travels (Pvt) Ltd
Dutch Foot Print (Colombo-Negombo) Cycling Ride
About The Dutch Foot Print Cycling Ride
This tour allows you to view the remains of the Dutch who invaded Sri Lanka as you cycle along the Western coast of Sri Lanka from Colombo to Negombo. Enjoy the Dutch Colonial architecture that pervades the capital, Colombo. Bike along the busy port and through the market of Pettah where thousands of wholesale and retail transactions take place every day. Pedal along the Dutch Canal as you feast your eyes on the colorful birds that make their home in the Muthurajawela Sanctuary. Enjoy a boat safari in the Muthurajawela Lagoon. Cycle through a fishing village to Negombo and see the differences in architecture and culture.
- Bird watching Boat Safari in Muthurajawela
- Cycle and Helmets
- Cycling Guide
- Back up vehicle
- Bird Watching Boat Safari in Muthurajawella
- Sri Lankan lunch or snack
You will be start your cycling tour at 8:00 am at your hotel in Colombo. The route will be 60km long and will take approximately 6 hours. You will be provided with the bicycle and necessary equipment such as helmets. You will also have a cycling guide and a backup vehicle which will be able to respond to any emergencies, in case they occur. The cycling route will have regular rest stops with refreshments such as water and energy bars. The tour pack also includes a picnic lunch of traditional Sri Lankan fare.
You will cycle through the streets of Colombo as you view many important historic buildings, including those from the Dutch era. Some of the monuments you will see are the National Museum, the Old Dutch Hospital, the Dutch Prison and Wolvendhal Church. You will also pass by the busy port and see the old buildings of the Colombo Fort region, where the Dutch architecture is inherent.
After this you will bike along the busy markets of Pettah, which was one of the most important trading regions during the Dutch rule as well. You will be able to see the Dutch Seminary here. In addition, the crowds of people engaged in wholesale and retail trade provide a colorful and interesting distraction.
Your route will then wind through some of the residential areas in Colombo and its suburbs. You will be able to see how the culture and life of the locals who live in the capital. Once you reach the Canal Road you will follow it till you reach Hamilton Canal. The route will then move alongside the canal till you reach the Muthurajawela Sanctuary where you will be able to see some rare birds as you cycle. You will also be able take a short boat safari in the Muthurajawela lagoon if you're interested in more bird-watching.
After passing the sanctuary and cycling a little further you will come across the Dutch Canal. The canal was once an important transport route used by the Dutch to trade spices. It is now used by the fishermen of the region. After passing the canal your route will take you through a fishing village, where you will be able to see the picturesque fishing boats and little huts of the local fishermen.
The final destination now approaches as you near the metropolis of Negombo. You will be able to see more populated areas as opposed to the natural surroundings you passed by. However the differences in culture will be visible as obvious as opposed to that of Colombo. Once you get to Negombo, you will also be able to see structures such as the Dutch Fort, which was built when the Dutch captured Negombo from the Portuguese in the 17th century.