Full-Day Tour Of Sigiriya Rock Fortress And Dambulla Cave Temples By Luxury Vehicle

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Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples by an air-conditioned luxury vehicle. Spend a full-day exploring with the help of your English-speaking driver/guide. Round-trip service to and from your hotel is included.


  • Family friendly
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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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.

Inclusions for Full-Day Tour Of Sigiriya Rock Fortress And Dambulla Cave Temples By Luxury Vehicle

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Air-conditioned luxury vehicle
  • English-speaking driver/guide

Exclusions for Full-Day Tour Of Sigiriya Rock Fortress And Dambulla Cave Temples By Luxury Vehicle

  • Entrance fees
  • Food and drinks

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required

Minimum age is 3 years

Children must be accompanied by an adult

Please provide hotel name, address, and phone number at the time of booking

A moderate amount of walking is involved

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

Comfortable shoes are recommended

Not wheelchair accessible

Dress code is casual (no cutoffs, sleeveless tops, or sandals)

You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks or purchase food during your lunch break

The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions

As a sign of respect and customary, don't turn your back to any of the statues of Buddha

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.

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7 Traveler Reviews

  • This tour is a must. Our tour guide was very funny and extremely helpful.
    He gave us as many new experiences as possible inc stopping at side stalls and trying different freshly made Sri Lankan food.
    Andrew and Cheryl from Melbourne

  • This was by far the best one-day tour I've been on. My guide was experienced, knowledgable and very nice. Unlike many others who take passengers to commercial places in the hope of receiving commission, he was open and super honest about every single detail of the trip, which I highly appreciated. The pick-up was on time and the round trip takes over 12 hours -- be prepared for a long day of driving and get good rest beforehand. Take snacks and water for the trip. The guide offered three different local places to choose from for lunch. This was a bonus as not all tour guides give you options. I highly recommend this tour -- it's definitely worth your money and time.

  • This was a great tour. Kumar picked us up at 6am and we set off on our 4 hour drive. He was informative where we needed him to be but happy to let us doze! The climb up the rock was tiring and scary but worth it when you got there and the cave/temple was also interesting. Not for the fainthearted!

  • Long day of driving on dangerous roads. I recommend getting some sleep beforehand. It was our first day in Sri Lanka after arriving at 1.30am, getting to sleep at about 2.30am and being picked up at 6.00am. We had one car accident not our driver's fault and another incident on the way which delayed us by over an hour. The driver was good however on the way back in the dark was, in my opinion because of the delays, taking too many risks which made it even more difficult to relax on the drive. Be prepared for the extras. 1.Entry fee to Sigiriya was a costly surprise at US30 per head. They would only accept Ski Lankan Rupees OR US so make sure you take enough. Just very lucky we had the US with us as we had not changed quite enough of our currency to Rupees 2. The guide at the Fortress also cost 3,000 Rupees. He was good and worth it for the detailed explanation. The climb up the steps is quite challenging and we didn't bother going all the way to the top just for the view. The view from halfway up was enough to make it worthwhile. Mainly because of the unexpected delays we decided not to go in to the Cave Temples which turned out to be fortuitous as we didn't get back to hotel until past 8.00pm. Take water with you.

  • It was a great experience. Definitely i will take the tour again.

  • It was a great experience. Definitely i will take the tour again.

  • The experience was great....My guide did an outstanding job....I recommend the tour to those liking a little exercise and adventure...

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