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Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cave Temples Private Day Trip

Highlights
  • See Sigiriya and Dambulla in a day from Colombo, Negombo, and other locations
  • Travel to the two UNESCO-protected sights by private air-conditioned vehicle
  • Visit and appreciate Sigiriya and Dambulla in more depth than touring alone
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Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cave Temples Private Day Trip
From US$90,00
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Pick up from Kandy Hotels
Tour to Dambulla and Sigiriya from Kandy. Visit Cave temple, Buddha statues, old paintings, Fortress on the summit of a rock, wonderful architecture, ruins of 5th Century
From US$90,00
Pick up from Negombo Hotels
Tour to Dambulla and Sigiriya from Negombo. Visit Cave temple, Buddha statues, old paintings, Fortress on the summit of a rock, wonderful architecture, ruins of 5th Century
From US$95,00
Pick up from Colombo Hotels
Tour to Dambulla and Sigiriya from Colombo. Visit Cave temple, Buddha statues, old paintings, Fortress on the summit of a rock, wonderful architecture, ruins of 5th Century
From US$95,00
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Overview
Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave Temple are two of Sri Lanka’s top sights, but impossible to visit in one day by public transport. This private tour from Colombo, Negombo, Mount Lavinia, Kandy, or Kalutara takes you to both in a day by private air-conditioned vehicle. Explore Sigiriya’s fifth-century rocktop ruins and visit Dambulla’s Buddha-filled caves, all with insights from your driver-guide, and with lunch and admission included.
What to Expect
Book your required tour option and after early-morning pickup from your Colombo, Negombo, Mount Lavinia, Kandy, or Kalutara hotel, make the roughly 4-hour journey to Sigiriya by private air-conditioned vehicle.

Marvel at Sigiriya Rock, a granite outcrop rising from scrubland areas that transform into water gardens during the rainy season. Then, climb the metal steps to the rocktop: home to a ruined fifth-century fortress. View the frescoes en route and explore the relics on the summit, the remnants of a royal citadel built by King Kasyapa.

After lunch at the Oakray Restaurant in Inamaluwa, visit the UNESCO-listed Rock Temple of Dambulla: five hill caves converted into a temple in the first century BC and filled with Buddha statues. Inspect the caves with their stunning wall and ceiling murals as your guide shares Dambulla's history.

Your trip finishes at the original departure point.
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1 - 5 of 13 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago
Don't need a guide, just show up!

We arranged a driver through our hotel to take us to the rock, but from the gates we managed ourselves. We bought the entrance tickets, had breakfast in the very shabby cafeteria at the base (would not recommend it, better to have breakfast before you...More

Thank Khalisah S
Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Well worth the effort!

Wear good walking shoes. I was comfortable in hiking boots. Toilet at base of rock and at tourist's car park (finish point). Take at least 1 litre of water or more, hat and sunscreen. Yes there are lots of steps and stairs but also plenty...More

1  Thank linda b
Reviewed 16 April 2018
The (little) Machu Pichu of Sri Lanka

Enjoyed visiting Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The garden at the bottom are really pretty. The metal stairs we had to climb were pretty impressive. Great view from the top. Warning: do not feed the monkeys and beware of the wasp nests! Yes the ecosystem is preserved...More

Thank Mar-elsh
Reviewed 26 February 2018
Go of it! It's easier to climb than it looks

We climbed around 2.30pm on a very hot day. The place was very busy and the climb was very slow. Bring plenty of water and comfortable footwear and you'll be fine. The views at the top are out of this world. We found that all...More

Thank Dan T
Reviewed 21 February 2018 via mobile
Nice Experience and great surrounding

We have a trip by our driver Gajan (see here his profile https://www.tripadvisor.de/Attraction_Review-d12884536?m=19905) from Kandy to the Lions Rock. It is amazing to climb up. of course it needs a bit fitness, but with enough breaks everybody is possible to hikk it up. The steps...More

1  Thank Michael S
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