Day trip

From Colombo: Sigiriya and Dambulla Full-Day Private Tour

From Colombo: Sigiriya and Dambulla Full-Day Private Tour

From US$ 89 per person

Visit a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site during this full-day tour to Sigiriya. Enter into a kingdom hailed as one of the greatest in Sri Lanka’s history.

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
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Admire the hundreds of images of Buddha in the Dambulla Cave Temple
  • See the first example of modern urban planning at Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Admire Sri Lanka's countryside on the drive to and from these sites
  • Enjoy a fully private tour in an air-conditioned vehicle
Full description

Explore two of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO-listed highlights on a privately guided day trip to Dambulla and the Sigiriya Rock from Colombo. Start with an early morning pickup from your hotel in Colombo.

Make your first stop at the Dambulla Cave Temple. View Sri Lanka’s countryside and villages as you journey to the atmospheric Dambulla Cave Temple, a Cliffside cave complex packed with Buddha images and frescoes. Enter the historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla, dating back to the 1st century BC. View the ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Gautama Buddha. Look at the hundreds of figurines of Buddha and other deities scattered throughout the five main caves. Visit the Cave of the Divine King, Cave of the Great King, and the Great New Monastery. See the giant golden Buddha Statue just a little distance outside the cave complex.

Go to Sigiriya to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Climb the 5th century AD rock fortress, Sigiriya, where King Kassapa ruled. Walk through the entrance framed by the paws of a lion that is quite appropriate for its name, the Lion Rock. View the beautiful unfading murals that brought Sigiriya its fame. Climb the steep staircase to see the terraced gardens and still-working cisterns. Go through the tunnels leading to the palace as you get a feel for times long past.

Includes
  • Round-trip private transportation
  • English-speaking chauffeur guide
  • 1 Liter of Bottled Mineral Water Per Person
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • All taxes and service charges
  • Entrance Fees (Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Rock Cave Temple)
  • Food or drinks
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Personal expenses
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 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 bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check
  • You must present either proof of full vaccination, proof of a Covid-19 infection in the past 6 months, or a negative test taken no more than 24 hours before the activity starts
  • Masks are required while indoors

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What to bring

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

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Alcohol and drugs

Know before you go

  • Drive time may change due to unpredictable road traffic
  • Photography stops on the way can be arranged but within locations with reasonable parking areas
  • It is suggested to bring a packed breakfast with you if you are not able to eat at your hotel before the tour
  • Have lunch at a restaurant of your choice and en-route back to your hotel for dinner at your own expense
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