Sigiriya Rock Fortress And Cave Temples Private Day Trip - Colombo

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Overview

Sigiriya and Dambulla have been nominated as UNESCO World Heritage and once Sigiriya was nominated as the 8th Wonder of the World. This is a must-do trip when visiting Sri Lanka.

Highlights

  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Step back in time on a history tour
  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Lunch included

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Early morning leave for Sigiriya (approx. 4 hours drive) and climb the 5th-century Sigiriya rock fortress. Sigiriya is famous for its toadstool of golden-hued granite, protruding into the searing blue sky from a hot, flat wilderness of scrub-land, which is transformed in the rainy season to a water garden. Afterwards visiting this beautiful area, have lunch at Oakray Inamaluwa Restaurant.

After lunch, visit Dambulla rock temple that was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings, is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha and the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.

On completion of this visit, you will be driven back to your hotel (approx. 4 hours drive)

Inclusions for Sigiriya Rock Fortress And Cave Temples Private Day Trip

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by an Air-conditioned vehicle in Negombo, Colombo, Mount Lavinia, Kalutara or Kandy.  
  • Sightseeing tours with service of an English Speaking chauffeur guide
  • Entrance fees to the sites & Mineral water during the tour
  • Lunch at Oakray Inamaluwa Restaurant 
  • All Government taxes 

Exclusions for Sigiriya Rock Fortress And Cave Temples Private Day Trip

  • Any video/still camera fee to the monuments and places of visit
  • Tips to guides, restaurants, and hotel lobby. Tipping is expected.
  • Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Group discount is available when group size is 7 people or more

Please wear clothes to cover your knees and shoulders when visiting temples  

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • Great chance to see the interior of the country. The nearly four hour drive to get there is a test of patience due to the vehicle and lot traffic that is constant all along the roads. The cave temple tour is interesting, make sure you dress appropriately i.e. long shorts and be prepared to take off your footwear prior to walking around the site. The climb up to the top of Sigirya Rock is not difficult and there are many opportunities to stop and rest and enjoy the view.

  • It's hot but worth all the steps going up.

  • We booked a tour from Colombo to Sigiriya/Dambulla Cave Temples with you. We regret to inform you that we were disappointed in both our driver and the tour company. While they were flexible with our schedule, the driver was not a tour guide and simply took us from place to place. It was frustrating that the price not only didn't cover entrance fees, the guide was completely unaware of the price or cash only rule.

    Most upsetting of all was that he was inappropriate in his attitude and conversation. He asked a series of personal questions about my relationship status and what kind of men I like. As you can imagine, this was unnerving for two women traveling alone in remote areas.

    We hope Viator vets tour companies with whom it chooses to partner more carefully in the future. We would like to be able to rely on this service for accurate information and safe experiences.

  • pick-up was prompt and our driver cum guide was alright though we were expecting a lot of sharing from him - he was a relatively safe driver, stopping the vehicle on 3 occasions to answer his mobile phones but I do find it puzzling that when we reached both Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cave Temple, he would only purchase, pass us the tickets and thereafter, waited for us at the exit instead of walking through the attractions with us. It was disappointing as we were expecting a guide to take us through the rich history of the place.

  • Definitely a work out! I nearly collapsed from the hike while my husband wanted more of a challenge. Not recommended for the elderly in my opinion. It was an extremely long drive and we both felt nauseous on the way especially after sweating out all of our water. There was a provided tour guide only for Sigiriya and not for Dambulla which is also another hike. Our driver did not stop for lunch and we had to buy our own snacks before heading back to the hotel despite its supposed inclusion in the tour. In retrospect, I would have probably skipped this tour. The experience is the hike and the views of Sri Lanka if you are able to catch your breath enough at the summit to enjoy it. The tour guide at Sigiriya seemed to memorize enough English to give the tour but wasn't able to answer some of our more nuanced questions. Otherwise, as far as architectural beauty, there are more beautiful sights in other parts of the subcontinent so I wasn't really that impressed. The driver was a driver and not a tour guide at all. I wouldn't recommend this tour.

  • Chatura was our driver and he was fantastic! We only had a short time to see things and we crammed so much more than expected into our day! He made our trip truly unforgettable! Highly recommend you ask for Chatura!

  • The tour took forever to get there. I would suggest staying in Sigirya for an overnight stay so you don't have to get up at 6am and get back by 7:30pm.
    If you could't like our situation then it is still worth it. Unique place but expect a lot of traffic in general in the car.

  • Well worth the long drive - be prepared to walk and hike the mountain... there's no easy way to the top! The museum is also worth a visit - so don't be tempted to skip and spend your entire day outside.

  • Our driver was very friendly and accommodating there is no tour guide on this trip. Bring something to cover your knees, if you're a guy, or bring a pair of pants for the cave temples. The buffet meal was okay we suggested to our driver that a different restaurant be considered in the future. Definitely recommend this tour, the sites were great, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on the road.

  • Less of a guided tour as the driver took me in a modern air conditioned car to Sigiriya and left me to climb myself.

    The climb is hard in the heat so bring water. There are places to rest en route. Views from the top are unbelievable.

    Dumbulla Cave Temple is unique and good to see before returning

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