The infamous Lanka Challenge is once again bringing thrills, chills, spills and adventure to Sri Lanka!
Imagine being able to tell your mates that you travelled 1,000km around Sri Lanka in a tuk-tuk that you drove. That is the Lanka Challenge: the ultimate road trip for those who like their travel fully-charged and no-holds-barred.
Each day you’ll wake up, be told where you need to be by sundown, and get handed a list of challenges to complete along the way—the completion of which will see your team accrue points.
Our upcoming Northern Route, April 20–29, will take you all the way up to the history-rich Jaffna and back down to beautiful beachside Trincomalee, and sometimes even further down the East Coast of Sri Lanka.
The southern route, September 7–16, is no less exciting, taking in Kandy, Colombo, Nuwaraeliya and the south coast—all of southern Sri Lanka’s ‘Greatest Hits’, both the secret to happiness and the meaning of life.
Along the way, countless incredible landscapes will be thrust upon your face, and you’ll probably struggle to compute the severity of the serenity of it all. Best take a camera, then.
Questions you will be forced to ask yourself during the Lanka Challenge rickshaw adventure include: Who’s going to go and get a photo of that crocodile? Who’s going to get us invited to a local’s place for lunch? What day is it?
Lanka Challenge hires the rickshaws from local drivers and arrange all of the accommodation, plus ensure a big chunk of your entry fee goes towards helping local communities.
Northern Route, April 20–29
Daily schedule (day, kms, checkpoint, accommodation): 1, training day, Minuwangoda, Tamarind Tree Hotel; 2, 160, Alankuda, Dolphin & Bar Reef Hotels; 3, 160, Giant’s Tank, camping; 4, 112, Jaffna, Lux, Etoile Hotel; 5, 220, Nilaveli, Pigeon Island Hotel; 6, Rest, Nilaveli, Pigeon Island Hotel; 7, 150, Sigiriya, Aliya Hotel; 8, 90, Kandy, Thilanka Hotel; 9, 103, Negambo, Goldi Sands Hotel; 10, Depart, Negambo.
Southern Route, September 7–16
Daily schedule (day, kms, checkpoint, accommodation): 1, Training Day, Minuwangoda, Tamarind Tree Hotel; 2, 115, Kandy, Thilanka Hotel; 3, 95, Nuwaraeliya, Galway Forest Hotel; 4, 175, Eginiyagala, camping; 5, 90, Arugambay Bay, Vista Hotel; 6, Rest, Arugambay Bay, Vista Hotel; 7, 175, Yala, Kithala Hotel; 8, 117, Mirissa, Paradise Beach Club; 9, 150, Colombo, Mount Lavinia Hotel; 10, Depart, Colombo.
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