Sigiriya & Dambulla Day Tour

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka's most visited tourist attraction. A kingdom on a rock, a world heritage considered to be one of the most sophisticated man made/manipulated urban planing constructions of the first millenium. A story of patricide, revenge, power and fear.


Overview

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 - 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure — Sihagiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century

Dambulla Cave Temple Complex

Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site (1991) in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 km east of Colombo and 72 km north of Kandy. It is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains.There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings. These paintings and statues are related to Lord Buddha and his life. There are a total of 153 Buddha statues, 3 statues of Sri Lankan kings and 4 statues of gods and goddesses. The latter include two statues of Hindu gods, the god Vishnu and the god Ganesh. The murals cover an area of 2,100 square metres. Depictions on the walls of the caves include the temptation by the demon Mara, and Buddha's first sermon.

Itinerary is as follow.

  • Pickup form the airport, hotel or pre established meeting point
  • Heading towards Sigiriya
  • Visiting Royal Gardens
  • Climb to the Mirror Wall
  • Visiting Boulder Gardens & Terraced Gardems
  • Visiting Sigiriya Frescos
  • Climb to the summit of the rock fortress visiting Sky Palace
  • Lunch/meal break
  • Heading towards Dambulla cave temple complex
  • Visiting Cave of the Divine King Devaraja lena
  • Visiting Cave of the Great Kings
  • Visiting Great New Monastery
  • Return

Top Things To Do!

Top things to see & do in this historical tour. Know the highlights around Sigiriya & Dambulla

Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Sigiriya is a massive column of rock height 600 meters rising from the central plains, is perhaps Sri Lanka's single most dramatic sight. Near-vertical walls soar to a flat-topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilisation, thought to be once the epicentre of the short-lived kingdom of Kassapa. Considered to be one of the most sophisticated man-made urban city planning sites of the first millenium. The royal palace of the King lies in the top of the summit which he completed with everything a King desire.

Pidurangala Cave Monastery

Located north to Sigiriya, Pidurangala cave monastery has been occupied on and off by monks for over 2500 years. Pidurangala rock is less accessible compared to Sigiriya. But it's definately worth a visit for the breathtaking panorama it offers over the valley.

Sigiriya Museum

A must visit to get and idea what Sigiriya was. Evidence of trade routes between Sigiriya and India, China, Gulf and Roman empire are explained. No photographs allowed inside.

Dambulla Cave Temple Complex

The Golden Cave Temple which is a part of the cave temple complex of Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. The rock towers 160 m over the surrounding plains.There are more than 80 documented caves in the surrounding area. Major attractions are spread over 5 caves, which contain statues and paintings.

Elephant Riding

Enjoy riding this magnificient animal. Elephant rides are available near Sigiriya and usually includes a detour in to the lake waters. Available in the day light hours, approximately one hour visit.

With us you will have

Complete freedom

The above is only a rough outline of the sheduled tour. If there is any place of interest that you like to visit, let your guide know it before hand so that he might re-adjust the route and re-calculate the times according to your needs.

Air conditioned vehicles

We use semi-luxury, air-conditioned vehicles. Our fleet is relatively new and well maintained. Vehicle models vary from Toyota Allion or Prius (both hybrid) for cars and KIA Sorrento or Mitsubishi Pajero for SUVs.

Experienced chauffeurs.

You will be accompanied to visit the year old tourits attraction and the hot pic of the season.

We will pick you up from your location

You will be picked up from a pre established location, from the airport or from your hotel/lodge. At the end of the tour you will be accompanied to tour hotel/lodge or to the airport whichever the convenient option for you. Pick up or drop off within Negombo city limits and up to Kochchikade river, to/from Colombo international airport are free of charge. For any other location please contact us for a quotation.

Extra details of the tour

Tour Sigiriya & Dambulla rent air-conditioned luxury vehicle with driver

Transport Chauffeur

During the tour you will be travelling in air conditioned semi-luxury vehicles. The chauffeur (driver guide) will keep the conversation informative and entertaining explaining you the places you visit(where applicable) and the country in general and also answering any questions you have.

You will be picked up from a pre established location, from the airport or from your hotel/lodge. At the end of the tour you will be accompanied to your hotel/lodge or to the airport whichever the convenient option for you.

Pick up or drop off within Negombo city limits and up to Kochchikade river, Colombo city limits up to Mt. Lavinia and to/from Colombo international airport are free of charge. For any other location please contact us for a quotation.

Duration Going/Returning + Visits

Tour Duration is to be intended as the sum of the follwing - Time to reach the destination, the visit or the visits to the historical sites and accomapying you back to your hotel/lodge/pre-established drop off location etc. Our intention is to provide you an excellent service, therefore we are flexible on the schedule.

Entrance Fees per person

To save on entrance fees you can choose to combine more tours or buy a unique Cultural Triangle ticket. Write us with your specific requirements, we can show you how to cut down the costs.

  • Sigiriya - 30 USD per person
  • Pidurangala - 250 LKR
  • Dambulla - 1500 LKR per person
entrance to the Sigiriya rock fortress through a lion crafted in the rock

Sightseeings Chauffeur/Local guides

Your guide will take you through the sightseeings and explain you in-detail about the attraction. We may use assistance of local guides/city guides where required without you are being billed for the extra service.

Please note that, the below prices are not inclusive of entrance fees, meals, snaks, expenses of personal nature and tips etc.

Per Return Trip Duration Price
1 to 3 pax 10 Hours circa $120
4 Passengers 10 Hours circa $130
5 Passengers 10 Hours circa $130
6 Passengers 10 Hours circa $130
7 Passengers 10 Hours circa $130
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