"Sigiriya rock fortress & Dambulla cave temples day tour from Kandy"
Your tour is conducted by a veteran chauffeur. Who will pleasantly narrate the city, it's attractions and keep good company thourgh out the whole tour.
Travelling comfortably is the secret to truely relaxed travelling. We will be using air-conditioned luxury vehicles to conduct our tours assuring your comfort at all the times.
Want to spend more time visiting a Temple? or want to do some personal shopping during the tour? Just let your chauffuer knows it. He will plan and adjust the itinerary to suit your needs.
We can pick you up from your hotel, from the airport or from the port (airport/port meet & greet OPTIONAL) if you are a cruise passenger. Please let us know in advance, we arrange the rest.
With this day trip we take you to visit 2 of the 6 Unesco world heritage sites. Sigiriya rock fortress, Sri Lanka's most visited attraction and Dambulla cave temple complex. A journey back in time to experience an incredible story of revenge, courage and love.
Your adventure begins with our convenient pickup service from your local hotel in Kandy, usually between 7:30 to 8:00 am. You travel in comfort to Sigiriya in an air-conditioned vehicle. Your guides live narration help you Learn how this ancient rock fortress was built by King Kasyapa to be the capital and house the royal palace from your English-speaking driver/guide. Hear how it was transformed into a Buddhist monastery in the 14th century. Then, go to the Royal Gardens with its beautiful landscaping and water features.
Climb the rock to find the famed Mirror Wall and the 6th century rock art. Journey to the Boulder Gardens and Terraced Gardens. See the exquisite frescoes that are approximately 1600 years old. Admire the Sigiriya Frescoes that depict the king's harem on the face of the rocks. Then, it is time to go to the summit of the fortress at Sky Palace.
We have a one hour lunch break. We take you to have a tasty traditional rice & curry lunch.
Fllowing the break we visit Dambulla Cave Temples. Upon arriving at the Dambulla Cave Temple Complex, you will go directly to the Cave of the Divine King Devaraja Lena. View the 46ft. (14m) statue of Buddha made out of rock.
Read the first century inscription at the entry of the cave telling of its origins. Continue over to the Cave of the Great Kings, the largest of the five caves. There you will see 40-seated statues of Buddha, cave paintings on the ceiling, and more. The ceiling and wall paintings found in the Great New Monastery date back to the 1700s and provide you with a unique insight into the Buddhist Revivalist period. See a statue of King Kirti Sri Rajasinha and 50 statues of Buddha. Return to your hotel provided at the end of the tour, at approximately 5pm.
I took 5 tours from different companies during my stay in Sri Lanka and this one was by far the best. My guide Riyaz was very informative and articulate not only about Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave Temples but also Sri Lanka, the people, and the culture. He was able to thoroughly and thoughtfully answer all the questions I had. Also after learning I was interested in food he added a stop to a local women's house for dinner and to watch her cook. Very nice to get the customization to my interests. Could not recommended him more. Great experience.
A fantastic day! Our driver, “Shiny” was a wonderful host. He was super friendly and showed us all the cool spots around Dambulla and Sigiriya as well as an amazing wildlife park where we took a Jeep through the park to see wild elephants. We highly recommend this tour and be sure to ask about visiting the park as well when you book so that you will have enough time to do everything.
Its quite a climb to the top of the rock fortress, so not for the faint hearted. Some awkward climbs to navigate on the way up too. From the entrance driveway below the rock looks very over powering and the thought of climbing it was a bit daunting. But if you take it in gentle stages its fine. Unfortunately on the day we went it rained, and by the time we got to the top of the rock there was a lot of mist so the view was not brilliant. None the less it was still a good site to see - and another box ticked.
All sales are final. Incur 100% cancellation penalty.
Sigiriya entrance ticket 4500 LKR per person not included in the price
Dambulla Cave Temple entrance ticket LKR 1500 per person not included in the price