Pidurangala & Dambulla Day Tour
Pidurangala & Dambulla Day Tour. Explore ancient caves, witness stunning temples, trekking, & watch playful monkeys.
At a Glance
Experience the captivating heritage of Sri Lanka through two remarkable sites. Dambulla Cave Temple, a massive isolated rock, holds a rich history dating back to the 1st century B.C. It began as a refuge for King Valagambahu and later transformed into a rock temple. Over 22 centuries, the Golden Temple of Dambulla has drawn pilgrims from both Buddhist and Hindu communities, housing a stunning collection of 157 Buddha statues, including a magnificent 15-meter reclining Buddha. The cave monastery’s ancient murals narrate the life of Lord Buddha, while vibrant frescoes adorn the walls and ceiling, creating the world’s largest antique painted surface. Climbing barefoot up the slope to the summit, 100 meters above, visitors are greeted by the awe-inspiring Dambulla rock temples, each cave filled with Buddha images that stand, lie, and sit. UNESCO recognized the caves’ remarkable frescoes and historical significance, safeguarding them as a World Heritage Site.
Pidurangala Vihara: An Ancient Gem
Discover the allure of Pidurangala Vihara, an ancient Buddhist temple nestled in Matale District’s Pidurangala village, Sri Lanka. Resting atop the massive Pidurangala rock, a short distance from Sigiriya fort, this temple holds history dating back to the first and second century BC. Once a serene Buddhist monastery, it gained prominence under King Kashyapa’s reign (473 – 495 AC). Legend intertwines with reality as you journey through early Brahmi script inscriptions, discovering the intriguing tale of King Kashyapa’s endeavors.
Ascending Pidurangala Rock: A Thrilling Expedition
Embark on an exhilarating ascent to the summit of Pidurangala Rock, offering an unparalleled adventure amidst Sri Lanka’s natural beauty. Start your hike from the Pidurangala Sigiri Rajamaha Viharaya temple, embracing a well-maintained trail that meanders through jungles and rocky landscapes. Traverse through caves, past cliffs, and rocks, gradually ascending to Pidurangala temple. The journey continues with an invigorating 15-minute trek, involving bouldering and climbing through impressive rock formations. A final push takes you to the pinnacle of Pidurangala rock, unveiling panoramic vistas that make the hike truly rewarding.
A Tapestry of Legends and Landscapes
Explore the fascinating connection between Pidurangala Rock and Sigiriya, both volcanic hills emerging from Sri Lanka’s heartlands. Enveloped in rich mythology, these sites bear witness to King Kashyapa’s legacy. Seeking an alternative monastery, King Kashyapa constructed Pidurangala Rock, affectionately named “offered piles of gold.” As you ascend, encounter the ancient Pidurangala Temple remains, including a striking 12m reclining Buddha statue. Experience history and captivating narratives intertwined with stunning vistas, making your journey to Pidurangala Rock a memorable exploration of Sri Lanka’s cultural heritage.
- Begin the journey early in the morning.
- Enjoy snacks along the way and continue to Dambulla.
- Explore the Dambulla rock cave temple.
- Embark on a trek to Pidurangala Rock.
- Optionally, visit attractions like a spice and herbal garden, traditional Batik design factory, or wood carving place upon client’s request.
- Return to the hotel for an overnight stay.
- English-speaking guide (or guide in specific language upon client request)
- Comfortable air-conditioned transportation
- 2 × 500ml water bottles per person
- Authentic Sri Lankan fruit tasting experience
- Entrance tickets
- Lunch or any meals
Please be aware that these tours are currently primarily available for departure and return from Colombo and Negombo only. If you are located in other areas, kindly inform our operators during your conversation.
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