Day trip

Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip from Colombo

4.6 / 5

77 reviews

Activity provider: Apple Vacations

Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip from Colombo

Activity provider: Apple Vacations

From US$ 70 per person

Visit the historic rock fortress of Sigiriya and explore the large cave temple complex of Dambulla on a full-day trip from Colombo with private driver. See ancient rock art and Buddha images.

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Duration 14 hours
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Driver
English, German, French, Russian
Pickup included
Pickup from hotels in Colombo.

Experience

Highlights
  • Get stunning views from the rock fortress of Sigiriya
  • Explore the well-preserved cave temples of Dambulla
  • Watch traditional craft demonstrations and purchase amazing souvenirs
Full description
Depart Colombo and travel by a shared vehicle, in a small group, to the city of Sigiriya, and head directly to Sigiriya Rock on arrival. Gaze in awe at the massive column of rock that, according to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle The Culavamsa, was selected by King Kasyapa as the site of his new capital. Admire numerous paintings of historic queens, princesses, and maids inside the rock fortress before getting a break for lunch at your own expense. Then, explore some of the traditional crafts of the region, such as wood carving and batik textiles, with time to purchase souvenirs before departing. Start the journey back towards Colombo via Dambulla to explore the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Discover the magnificent Buddha images and rock paintings of vivid colors and different shapes, painted from around the 2nd century B.C. up to the 18th-century Kandyan era.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Transportation in air conditioned vehicle (car/van/bus)
  • English-speaking driver
  • Bottled water
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Optional gratuities
  • Entrance fees
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems
  • Wheelchair users

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • All visitors to Buddhist and Hindu temples are expected to remove their shoes and hats. Shoulders and knees should also be covered
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved
  • The duration of the transfers is approximate and will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • The tour is subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 77 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.9/5
  • Transportation
    4.7/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.1/5

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Aaron was very professional and made sure that we were comfortable throughout the trip, and also stopped at a cafe because we had not had any breakfast before the trip started. He also suggested different places to go to besides the two trips and recommended suggestions for us to do in Colombo. Strongly recommend this trip and Aaron as a tour guide!

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November 29, 2022

Very reliable tour pickup operator. No drama, I been contacted via WhatsApp 1 day before , driver was already at my hotel lobby 15 mnt before the pick up time. Good condition and nice car and the driver are polite and good at communication and everything are clear and reliable. Must book when you are in Colombo

September 24, 2022

If it wasn't for an air-conditioned car, it would be much harder to endure a trip. The gentlemen safely drove us and brought us back. They bought a bottle of water. In Sergey, admission is $ 30 extra. A tip for the guide must be given at the end. Overall okay.

March 31, 2022

Product ID: 176097