1. Sri Lanka
  2. Western Province, Sri Lanka
  3. Negombo
  4. Day Trips

From Negombo: Dambulla Caves & Kaudulla National Park Safari

Product ID: 185250
Visit the Golden Temple and Cave Temple in Dambulla on this private day tour. Then then explore the wonders of Kaudulla National Park on your jeep safari to see vast numbers of elephants and wildlife.
About this activity
Duration: 15 hours
Starting time 6:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation

Pickup included

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the world heritage site of Dambulla Royal Cave Temple
  • See the frescoes of Sinhalese history and statues of Buddha
  • Take a jeep safari in the Kaudulla National Park to see herds of elephants in their natural habitat
  • Spot some of the diverse wildlife, including deer, wild buffalo and pink-faced leaf monkeys
Full description
Take in both the culture and history of Sri Lanka as well as the natural beauty of it's wildlife on this full day tour from Negombo. First visit the world heritage site of Dambulla Cave Temples, before enjoying an afternoon on safari spotting elephants, deer, buffalo and assorted birds.

Head to Dambulla and visit the Cave Temple, which is a vast isolated rock mass 500 feet high and a mile around the base. In the first cave is a recumbent image of the Buddha 47ft long, cut out of the rock. There are images of deities associated with Buddhism all around. The frescoes on the walls and the ceiling are the oldest here but they were painted over in the Kandy period. In the second cave, the finest and largest of all, there are 150 life-size statues of the Buddha in various postures with a few statues of Gods and Kings. The ceiling is also covered with frescoes, which depict great events in the life of the Buddha and landmarks in the history of the Sinhalese people.

Have a break to enjoy lunch. Then explore the Kaudulla National Park on a jeep safari. In the Polonnaruwa District, 6,900 hectares include the Kavudulla Wewa and surrounding jungle area, was opened in September 2002. Kavudulla is home to a large herd of elephants, Sambhur, Spotted Deer, Wild Boar, Wild Buffalo, a range of reptile species, and a large number of bird species. The elephant population found here far exceeds those found in other parks. 
Includes
  • Pick up and drop-off at your accommodation
  • Entrance fee to Kaudulla National Park
  • English-speaking driver
  • Bottled water
What’s Not Included
  • Entrance fee to Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Food or drink not specified in the description
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Smoking
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• You must bring a current valid passport
• This trip is not recommended for those with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
• Please note that a moderate amount of walking is involved
• It is recommended to wear comfortable walking shoes
• You must remove your footwear and hat and cover your shoulders and knees when you visit a Buddhist or Hindu temple
• Please note that the duration of transfers are approximate and the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
• Please note the trip is subject to favorable weather conditions and if it is canceled due to poor weather you will be able to attend on another date