Begin your cycle amongst paddy fields, following an expert guide through Anuradhapura's archaeological marvels and ingenious irrigation systems that supported an impressive agricultural economy even in the country's dry zone. The kingdom of Anuradhapura lasted for an astounding 1400 years until 1017 AD and saw the unification of the whole island and the establishment of Buddhism, making it probably the most important in the history of Sri Lanka.
Weave along hidden paths to ancient jungle-covered structures that are tucked alongside neighbouring villages. Pedal beside soaring stupas including Abhayagiri Dagoba, one of the greatest structures in the ancient world, whose scale was only matched by the pyramids of Giza.
After a break at the Elephant Pond (Eth Pokuna), continue on your picturesque cycle alongside Basawakkulama reservoir to see the local ways of life still supported by this "tank" and visit the Jaya Sri Maha bodhi tree. The city was established around a cutting from the 'tree of enlightenment', the Buddha's fig tree, brought there in the 3rd century B.C. and is one of the most sacred Buddhist relics in Sri Lanka.