Sigiriya & Dambulla Day Tour
Explore Sigiriya & Dambulla Day Tour ! Immerse in rich history, stunning landscapes, and cultural wonders. Book your tour now.
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.
Dating back to the 5th century, Sigiriya, or Lion Rock, is a marvel of engineering and culture. Rising 200 meters above the verdant plains, this terracotta and grey rock holds remnants of an ancient city, including moats, ramparts, and water gardens. The colossal stone lion’s paws guard the staircase leading to the summit, once home to a royal palace. UNESCO designated Sigiriya a World Heritage Site in 1982, celebrating its complex urban planning and sophisticated engineering. The site boasts Asia’s best-preserved first-millennium city, where visitors can admire the famed Sigiriya frescoes depicting celestial nymphs and the symmetrical pleasure gardens with enduring pools and fountains. As you ascend, encounter the iconic lion’s paws and enjoy panoramic jungle vistas from the summit, which also reveals the palace’s foundations and bathing pools. Explore these ancient wonders and their timeless allure by booking your journey to Sri Lanka now.
Explore the charm of Hiriwadunna village, nestled beside a dry zone forest, with its rustic trails and friendly locals. Take a serene bullock cart ride through rice fields to reach the idyllic Hiriwaduna Lake, where you’ll find tranquility. Glide on a catamaran across the lake, spotting diverse dry zone birds and admiring the lush forest, marshland, and local farmers’ vegetable plots. This serene spot will become a cherished memory of your time in Sri Lanka.
Beyond the catamaran adventure, enjoy a tractor ride or a tuk-tuk journey to a local home. Here, you’ll engage with the family, even joining the women in preparing an authentic Sri Lankan lunch using traditional methods. Your visit to Hiriwadunna promises an unforgettable and enriching experience
- Start the journey early morning.
- Snacks on the way and proceed to Sigiriya Rock fortress.
- Experience local life with a village tour, catamaran ride on Palvehera or Hiriwadunna lake, and cooking/eating a traditional meal
- Visit Dambulla rock cave temple.
- Depending on what you’re interested in, we can arrange visits to places like a spice and herbal garden, a traditional Batik design factory, and a wood carving workshop along the way.
- Return to the hotel.
- 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.
How to book this tour ?
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