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Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip from Colombo

Product ID: 176097
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Visit the historic rock fortress of Sigiriya and explore the large cave temple complex of Dambulla on a full-day trip from Colombo with private driver. See ancient rock art and Buddha images.
About this activity
Duration 14 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
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Pick-up service

Pickup from hotels in Colombo.
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Get stunning views from the rock fortress of Sigiriya
  • Explore the well-preserved cave temples of Dambulla
  • Watch traditional craft demonstrations and purchase amazing souvenirs
Full description
Depart Colombo and travel by a shared vehicle, in a small group, to the city of Sigiriya, and head directly to Sigiriya Rock on arrival. 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.

Admire numerous paintings of historic queens, princesses, and maids inside the rock fortress before getting a break for lunch at your own expense. Then, explore some of the traditional crafts of the region, such as wood carving and batik textiles, with time to purchase souvenirs before departing.

Start the journey back towards Colombo via Dambulla to explore the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Discover the magnificent Buddha images and rock paintings of vivid colors and different shapes, painted from around the 2nd century B.C. up to the 18th-century Kandyan era.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation in air conditioned vehicle (car/van/bus)
  • English-speaking driver
  • Bottled water
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Optional gratuities
  • Entrance fees
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users

Prepare for the activity

Important information
Please bring
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
Not allowed
  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags
Know before you go
• Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
• All visitors to Buddhist and Hindu temples are expected to remove their shoes and hats. Shoulders and knees should also be covered
• A moderate amount of walking is involved
• The duration of the transfers is approximate and will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
• A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
• The tour is subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date