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Sigiriya & Dambulla Day Excursion – Sri Lanka Day Tours from Colombo

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Highlights – Sigiriya & Dambulla Day Excursion.

  • Sigiriya Lion Rock – an ancient landmark built over huge granite rock.
  • Golden Temple housing 157 Buddha sculptures.
  • One of the oldest clifftop gardens in the world.
  • Traditional Sri Lankan lunch at a village house.
  • Experience the rural village life by a bullock Cart & a Catamaran.
  • UNESCO listed Dambulla Cave Temple.
  • Artistic 5th-century Frescoes and Mirror Wall.
  • Breath-taking views while at the Lions Rock.

The excursion starts: From Colombo, Negombo, or Mount Lavinia at 06:00 am or any convenient time to you.

The excursion ends: From Colombo, Negombo, or Mount Lavinia at 20:00 pm or any convenient time to you.

 

Sigiriya & Dambulla Day Excursion

Tour Overview:

Sigiriya and Dambulla are the most visited UNESCO world sites in Sri Lanka. You are going to cover both in one day. 

Sigiriya UNESCO world site.

At first, you will visit Sigiriya rock fortress on this day excursion. Some identify Sigiriya as the 8th wonder of the world. Once you visit the site, you will understand why. Sigiriya is the most visited site in Sri Lanka. It is located 30 km northeast of Dambulla caves. This astounding rock structure is 200 meters higher than the surrounding plains. Sigiriya served as a monastery during the 3rd century BC. Later during the 5th century, King Kasyapa used this place as his fort & the palace complex. Originally designed to resemble a lion, now the upper body is completely ruined. 

Hiriwadunna village tour.

This going to be an amazing experience for you. After the Sigiriya Rock adventure, the chauffeur will take you to the trek starting point at Hiriwadunna Village. Mount a bullock cart for a traditional travel experience that lasts roughly fifteen to twenty minutes through the rural village to Hiriwadunna lake. Enjoy a boat ride across the serene water blanketed with lily pads. The local boatman will make a hat using a lily pad and a lotus flower which you can wear for the rest of your tour. See the views of Sigiriya in the distance and spot a few unique species of birds as the boat is being paddled across the water. Upon reaching the shore you will be escorted to the house of a village local where your authentic Sri Lankan lunch will be cooked from freshly grown produce. Climb a treehouse which is used by the local farmers to keep a watch on their crops and scare aware any elephants that come to attack it. After that, board a tuk-tuk and enjoy a breezy ride back to the starting point.

Dambulla UNESCO world site.

After lunch, your chauffeur will take you to the Dambulla temple or Golden temple. It is the best-preserved ancient cave temple in Sri Lanka. These caves are filled with religious & historical paintings. Some of them are as old as the 2nd century before Christ. But most of them are from the 15th century. A 15m long Buddha statue is the highlight of this complex. The largest cave contains 150 artistic statues.

Itinerary.

Itinerary – Sigiriya & Dambulla Day Excursion

6:00-6.30am: The tour starts with your hotel pick-up from Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia. Your very own chauffeur guide drives you to Sigiriya which is the first stop on your itinerary (Travel time: 3 to 4 hours)
10:00-11am: Arrive in Sigiriya and climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress which is known as one of the wonders of the world.
12:30-1:00pm: Enjoy a traditional lunch at a local house prepared by the village women (At your own cost)
1:00-2:00pm: You can experience a Bullock Cart Ride while enjoying sightseeing the rural village life. And then your next adventure could be a “Catamaran Safari” (Double paired canoe joined together with seating facility) at the scenic lake.
3:00pm: Arrive at Dambulla and visit the cave temple (Unesco World Heritage Site)
4:00pm: Leave Dambulla and proceed towards Colombo
8:00pm approx: Arrive back at your hotel in Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia.

Inclusions & Exclusions.

Inclusions

  • Transport by air-conditioned car or van.
  • Professional guiding at all the above sites.
  • Complimentary airport pick-up (only if the tour starts from the airport).
  • Entry fees for all the attractions in the itinerary.
  • Village luch.
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi access while traveling.

Exclusions

  • Any meals or drinks except for the lunch.
  • Tips and gratitude for the chauffeur or other service providers.

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