What better way to take in and enjoy all the beauty of Kandy, our historic Hill Country citadel of ancient kings, than by bicycle?

It’s a question Jayani Senanayake answers on the Culture Trip blog, starting with Balana Pass, following in the footsteps of the British invasion of Kandy in the 19th century.

He writes: “Cycle through the ancient Balana fort and gain a taste of the rich history that awaits and benefit from aromatic tea plantations and the view of the mountains as you go.”

But it was cycling to the nearby Knuckles mountain range that really hits the spot. “Deanstone in Kandy provides entry into the mesmerizing Knuckles forest and if you are looking for a cycling excursion closer to nature and away from the hustle and bustle, this is the ideal excursion.”

Kandy Lake, the city’s best-known landmark, is also a must visit, as is pedaling around the city at night, “distinctly different than Kandy city by day. The town grows significantly quieter by night and if you dislike the busy nature of the day, choose this night time tour simply to absorb the Kandy vibes”.

Jayani concludes: “With mist-robed mountains to explore and scenic surrounds to gaze at, Kandy is Sri Lanka’s ancient citadel in the hills. There is much to discover in this age old city steeped in history.”

Read the full post here.

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