Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
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  • Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip from Colombo

    1. Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip from Colombo

    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 Kandy...

    This is a must do activity in Sri Lanka. Amazing view of endless nature in Sigiriya, but also a lot of other small activities on the way there and back.

  • Dambulla: Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya All-Inclusive Tour

    2. Dambulla: Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya All-Inclusive Tour

    First of all you'll be picked up from your hotel in Dambulla, Sigiriya or Habarana and driven to Polonnaruwa, before arriving at Polonnaruwa ancient city to discover the ruins. Polonnaruwa is the ancient heart of Sri Lanka, and an important royal capital with its well-preserved 12th century ruins and impressive stone culture. Although nearly 1,000 years old, it is much younger than Anuradhapura - Sri Lanka's first capital - and generally in better repair. The monuments are arranged in a reasonably compact garden setting and their development is easier to follow. Afterwards, you will arrive to a local restaurant for lunch, before exploring the wondrous Rock Fortress of Sigirya. This place is famous for its toadstool of golden-hued granite, protruding into the searing blue sky from a hot, flat wilderness of scrubland, which is transformed in the rainy season to a water garden. In the 5th ...

  • From Colombo: All Inclusive Sigiriya and Dambulla Tour

    3. From Colombo: All Inclusive Sigiriya and Dambulla Tour

    Begin your 14-hour tour with an early-morning drive to Sigiriya. When you arrive, climb the Sigiriya Rock fortress, considered to be the 8th Wonder of the World. In the 5th century, King Kashyapa built a palace atop the rock. Sigiriya commemorates some of the turbulence of Sri Lanka’s history. Stop to enjoy a restaurant lunch before heading to Dambulla. Visit the UNESCO-listed cave temple built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples. The complex of 5 caves features more than 2,000 square meters of painted walls and ceilings. See 150 images of the Buddha, of which the largest is a 14-meter-high image carved out of the rock.

    The journey was very long as expected. The negative points of it is that the driver kept stopping in different places for us to see (he must have deals with these places) such as spice garden which was nice but they want tips and some gems store... which I didnt want to stop nor buy gems but he insisted and people were pushing us to buy. and if you dont buy or give them little tips they dont like it and treat you differently on the way out. I am certain tha the driver gets his cut from it, but surely they should ask the customer first if they want any stop to meet places or not. because of these stops (total of 3) we spent almost 20 hours out and got home so late and knackered. Sigiriya on the other hand is an amazing place! Like no words to describe how amazing it is. But again, the tour guide that is included in the package wanted tips as well and not in their currency, but in £ or $. Also water was included but was given only ONE bottle for the whole day and had to pay drinks

  • Sri Lanka: Five-day Multi-City Sightseeing Tour

    4. Sri Lanka: Five-day Multi-City Sightseeing Tour

    Explore the best of Sri Lanka with this tour to the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, the Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, rolling tea tea plantations in Ella, the chance to see wild elephants in the Udawalawe National park.

    Have your hotels, dinners, and breakfasts arranged for you in this fantastic tour package.

    Day 1:

    Be welcomed by your guide at the Colombo International Airport where your guide will take you to your hotel in Negombo. Take a PCR-test on arrival in the hotel and enjoy a delicious dinner and a comfortable overnight stay while awaiting your test results.

    Day 2:

    Journey from Colombo to Sigiriya after getting your negative test results and eating a filling breakfast. Visit the Golden Temple of Dambulla, the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Relax befor...

  • From Bentota: Day Trip to Sigiriya and Dambulla Temple

    5. From Bentota: Day Trip to Sigiriya and Dambulla Temple

    After getting picked up from your hotel in Bentota or Kalutara, begin the 3-hour journey to the Sigirya rock fortress. Here you will discover the historical and cultural values of ancient Sri Lanka and get to witness the engineering skills and artistic capabilities of Sri Lankan artisans and engineers. Wander through this vast complex and admire the various palaces, pools, gardens, and paintings. Later, head to the Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, which is one of the oldest Buddhist temples in the world. Marvel at the beautiful Buddhist paintings and statues housed in this cave and see for yourself why it was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Finally, visit a spice garden where you can soak up the aromas of the various traditional spices grown here such as cinnamon, cardamom and nutmeg. Head back to your hotel in the evening, just in time for dinner.

  • From Colombo: Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle 2-Day Tour

    6. From Colombo: Sri Lanka Cultural Triangle 2-Day Tour

    Begin the tour by meeting your tour leader in Colombo and set off for the ancient city of Polonnaruwa. After exploring the history museum of Polonnaruwa, discover the ruins of the ancient city. Later, check in to a 3-star hotel in Sigiriya for your overnight stay.  The next morning, enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Set off for the Dambulla golden cave temple which was the site where a king of Anuradhapura took refuge from the South Induan invasion in the 1st-century BC. Learn about how when the king recaptured the region 13 years later, he converted the caves into a monastery and gifted it to the Buddhist monks. After this, head over to the ancient Sigiriya Rock, where a 5th-century prince who had committed patricide made it his hideout. Also make a stop at the Pidurangala ancient cave temple. At the end of the tour you will be returned to Colombo and dropped off at the start point.

  • Sigiriya: Rock Fortress Guided Walking Tour

    7. Sigiriya: Rock Fortress Guided Walking Tour

    Enjoy a guided walking tour of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, one of the most important attractions on Sri Lanka's cultural triangle. In the company of an experienced guide, explore the fort and its important historical monuments. During the tour, discover the most important areas in the fort complex and enjoy a detailed and informative commentary about each area from your guide. Start your walking tour at a picturesque miniature water garden and finish at the eastern gate of the Sigiriya archaeological site. Along the way, visit miniature water gardens, swimming pools, and boulder gardens. You will also have the opportunity to admire fresco paintings, the 'Lion's Paw' and other ruins at the summit of the rock.

  • From Dambulla: Sacred City of Anuradhapura Private Day Tour

    8. From Dambulla: Sacred City of Anuradhapura Private Day Tour

    Your tour begins at 8:00AM from your hotel in Dambulla, from where you will be taken to explore the most cultural sites in Anuradhapura. Ensure that you bring a packed breakfast with you if you are unable to have your meal at the hotel. Anuradhapura was first settled by Anuradha, a follower of Prince Vijaya and the founder of the Sinhala Race. It was later made the capital by King Pandukabhaya in about 380 B.C. Whilst there you will visit important landmarks such as Jetavanarama, which was one of the tallest buildings of the ancient world. You will also discover the Sri Maha Bodhi, as well as the ruins of the huge Abhayagiri Monastery. At approximately 12:00PM, you will enjoy lunch at a place of your choice (at your own expense), after which you will take a 30-minute drive to Mihintale, one of the most significant sites in the cultural triangle. Mihintale is a mountain peak near Anurad...

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What people are saying about Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Very nice day tour. The temple in Dambulla is very worth seeing. The Löwenfels is also worth a visit, but admission is expensive. My driver tried very hard and explained a lot. He also stopped at many vantage points and responded to individual requests.

CJ was a fantastic, knowledgeable guide who patiently answered all my questions. He went out of his way to ensure my comfort and convienience. The trek up to the top was absolutely worth it! One of my highlights in Sri Lanka.

This is a must do activity in Sri Lanka. Amazing view of endless nature in Sigiriya, but also a lot of other small activities on the way there and back.

I was the single person in the car and the driver Aaron was friendly and understanding

It was excellent arrangement for my vocation. And my expectation was met.