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Colombo: Full-Day Sigiriya Rock and Village Tour

Colombo: Full-Day Sigiriya Rock and Village Tour

From US$ 164.40 per person

Embark on a full-day tour to Sigiriya and visit a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site. Enter into a kingdom hailed as one of the greatest in Sri Lanka’s history. Experience the village life on a bullock cart ride and assist in making a traditional curry.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Mobile ticketing
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Duration 15 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Hotel pickup at any hotel within 5 kilometer in Colombo area
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the ruins of an ancient civilization
  • Climb up Sigiriya Rock fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Savor a traditional Sri Lankan lunch during the village tour
Full description
Following an early morning pickup at your accommodation in Colombo, head directly to Sigiriya Rock on arrival. Bring your own snacks or make sure to have a proper breakfast at your accommodation before the tour. You'll arrive at Sigiriya Rock Fortress after an approximately 4-hour car ride. Gaze in awe at the massive column of rock that, according to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, was selected by King Kasyapa as the site of his new capital. Near-vertical walls soar to a flat-topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilization, thought to be once the epicenter of the short-lived kingdom of Kassapa. Enjoy the fascinating morning views across the mist-wrapped forests. Climb the Sigiriya Rock fortress and arrive at the Lion Rock. Explore numerous unfading murals and continue your hike at the steep staircase leading to the terraced gardens and cisterns. Walk through the tunnels leading to the palace and get a feeling for the history of this unique place. Proceed to Sigiriya at around 1:30 PM for a walking tour of the village. Discover a bund of a Wewa, a man-made reservoir. Get on a bullock cart ride and experience the rural village life. Then, aboard a tandem canoe and join for a catamaran safari at a scenic lake. Stop to enjoy a traditional restaurant lunch prepared by the villagers at your own expense. Savor a typical buffet-style meal served on lotus leaves. Witness the preparation methods by the local women and participate in the preparation of a curry. Following lunch, take a three-wheeler tour back to the starting point in Sigiriya. Start the journey back towards your accommodation in Colombo at around 6 PM. En-route you may stop at Restaurant at your choice and have dinner at your own expense.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off in Colombo
  • Transportation by air-conditioned vehicle
  • English-speaking chauffeur
  • Bottled water (1 liter per person)
  • All taxes and service charges
  • Provisions (breakfast, dinner)
  • Entrance fees to Sigiriya Rock or Dambulla Cave
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Please note that neither breakfast, lunch nor dinner is included in the price and must be paid at your own expense
  • Entrance fees to Sigiriya Rock or Dambulla Cave are not included in the price of the activity
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The Rock was amazing but require enormous strength to climb up. The village was unique, able taste the local cuisine. The downside was 4 hours+ drive from colombo to sirigiya, so you spent 8 hours for transit.

February 26, 2020

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