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Full-Day Tour of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples by Luxury Vehicle

From US$ 110.00
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  • All entrance fees included; no hidden costs
  • Full liter bottle of water to keep you hydrated
  • Travel in a climate-controlled vehicle for year-round comfort
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Full-Day Tour of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples by Luxury Vehicle
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Full-Day Tour of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples by Luxury Vehicle
US$ 110.00
Overview
Make the most out of your visits to the Dambulla Cave Temples and the Sigiriya Rock Fortress on this full-day guided tour. Planning an excursion that checks off both of these important must-sees could be stressful, but traveling with a guide and private round-trip transportation makes it easy. Learn about the history of the ancient rock fortress was built by King Kasyapa and explore the Royal Gardens, then visit Cave of the Divine King Devaraja Lena and other highlights of the cave temples. Along the way, listen to your guide's in-depth commentary to learn much more than you would exploring on your own.
What to Expect
Your adventure begins with the convenience of pickup service from your local hotel, 30 to 60 minutes prior to the departure time. At 8am, travel in comfort to Sigiriya in an air-conditioned, luxury vehicle. 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 up to see 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.

Enjoy an hour of free time. You can have lunch (own expense) or explore on your own. Following the break, meet your guide to go to the 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.
Reviews (17)
1 - 5 of 9 reviews
Reviewed 7 June 2018 via mobile
Lal is an incredible tour guide! 100% recommended to any solo travellers visiting Kandy with limited time.

The tour was absolutely fantastic. Really, incredible. Lal went above and beyond to pass on a part of his vast knowledge about Kandy and Sri Lanka. He was inquisitive and attentive about what I wanted to learn/ see and never rushed the tour once; instead...More

1  Thank Measha B
Reviewed 19 April 2018
Take a guide and go early!!

There is an interesting history behind this world heritage site so take a guide and in order to beat the crush and heat go early! This huge granite rock is really impressive and we took breakfast and ate it under the cedar tree at the...More

2  Thank Lisa W
Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile
Kind Tour and great experience

The driver was very kind and tried to drive safely. As the first time visitor to Sri Lanka, I am very glad to join this tour as it was safe and kind. I recommend to use a reliable tour company and stay safe. Sigiriya was...More

Thank mum878
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile
Excellent tour guide showing us a beautiful country

Started off in Kandy where our Tour guide Riyaz Haroon arrived early morning to take us to Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla. Highly recommend this trip. Our tour guide stopped at many places he thought may be of interest to us, including a Hindu temple and...More

Thank jillduncan08
Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile
Personalised tour of famous Sri Lankan sites

I had only little time to visit Dambulla and Sigiriya from Kandy with return to Colombo. Lanka by car made the best offer to accommodate my wishes. My driver Shiny was an excellent guide, explaining and answering all my questions and always seeking to maximise...More

Thank Steph S
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alun f
29 August 2018|
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Response from Pathum_Rodrigo | Property representative |
Dear Alun 1. This is a private tour 2. Yes, we can drop you off in Sigiriya 3. Yes. We first visit Dambulla then Sigiriya Best regards Pathum
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