The Dubai Bikers Charity Ride kick started on August 22 after a brief launch and cocktails at Jetwing Blue Hotel in Negombo.
Eighteen Harley Davidson bikers revved off on an islandwide tour from August 22 to August 28, riding in aid of the Ruhunu Children’s Home in Galle.
Post two successful rides the last two years, the riders returned to Sri Lanka for the third time for yet another exciting countywide tour led by the legendary Sri Lankan rider Leonard Pali, who has been a passionate biker for the past 10 years.
With all on-ground tour arrangements handled exclusively by Ceylon Roots, the group biked through Negombo the first day to Dambulla, spending the night at the Paradise Resort & Spa (Browns Hotels & Resorts). The group visited Sigiriya, Habarana and the surrounding areas sightseeing. On August 24 the bikers were led through to Trinco and accommodated for the night at The Calm Resort and Spa in Pasikuda (Browns Hotels & Resorts).
The riders continued on to Nuwara Eliya via Manampitiya, Mahiyanganaya and Badulla, taking in and experiencing all the beautiful scenic views along the mountainous and lush routes in Sri Lanka and rested for the night at Jetwing St. Andrew’s Hotel.
The tour continued thereafter on August 26 to Bandarawela, Haputale, Ratnapura, Matugama and Beruwala. The Lanka Princess Hotel welcomed the Dubai Bikers for their night’s stay in the south coast.
Heading towards Galle on August 27, the bikers and crew stopped over to visit the Ruhuhu Lama Niwasaya, the reason they rode islandwide for. Here the bikers made a difference in the lives of the less fortunate children at the home. Donating everything from dry rations to clothes to little necessities, these children were given the strength to survive another day believing that there is always hope for a better future and that there will always be good souls out there who would come to their aid when in need. The Browns Group of Companies is thankful and honoured to have been a part of such a humbling moment.
Just before continuing on their last lap of the tour, the bikers were escorted for a visit to the Galle Fort. Here the bikers were able to experience Sri Lanka’s old colonial influence. Riding through Kalutara, Kesbewa, Madiwela, the riders ended their tour in Colombo.
Cinnamon Lakeside Hotel welcomed the bikers on their last day, offering accommodation and a cocktail in honour later that evening.
Every tour every year, the bikers do on some level, become ambassadors as to what Sri Lanka has to offer. They take back with them each time, something more, something new in terms of the country’s development as a tourist destination and the unmatched hospitality we extend to every holidaymaker arriving in Sri Lanka.
Talking about the bikers’ experience this year, Pali commented that he is indeed honoured and overjoyed to have been able to bring in the Harleys and its riders for a third and successful tour in Sri Lanka. Next year he says he would like to call this the ‘Super Bike’ charity ride, whereby reputed brands like Honda, Suzuki and the likes can join in. This would open up more avenues and exposure for Sri Lanka.
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