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Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip from Colombo

Product ID: 176097
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
Starting time 5:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation

Pickup included

Pickup from hotels in Colombo.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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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
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • 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
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 61 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.4 / 5
  • Organization
    4.8 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.1 / 5
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I'm very happy to have booked tours with this company! They are very welcoming, courteous and highly anticipative of their clients's needs. To my surprise, it was actually a very luxurious solo tour with just me and the driver/guide. Nice comfortable vehicle. The food at the restaurant stops was very delicious with great variety and they were all complete with the necessary amenities. In each food/cafe place, we stopped (most at my request), everyone was very friendly and accommodating. The Guide/driver was very informative and very patient with all my requests. The ride towards the Sigiriya and Dambulla was relaxing. The Sigiriya monument and Dambullah caves that we explored were magnificent and looked better in real life. I enjoyed every minute of this trip! It was seamless from start to finish. I highly recommend booking this tour. Great many thanks for making my stay in Sri Lanka memorable. :)

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November 15, 2019

Great one-day trip

The one-day trip from Colombo to Sigiriya and Dambulla was really perfect and worth it. English speaking driver, just a few people in a group and wonderful sightseeing. We left Colombo at 5 am and was back in town around 6 pm. The company provided a guided tour at Sigiriya and the guide was excellent, he knew a lot and spoke perfect English.

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October 11, 2019

ne of the most humbling experiences to ever experienced. Getting to the top made me feel like I had entered the Jurassic era, the views looked unchanged throughout the centuries. Climbing to the top took monumental effort, having got to the top, it was worth every second and drop of sweat getting there. Beautiful.

September 1, 2019

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Product ID: 176097