Day trip

Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip from Colombo

4.6 / 5

71 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 10 hours
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Driver
English
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
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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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 71 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.3/5
  • Safety
    4.1/5

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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

We had a very good experience. Everything went smooth - driver arrived on time and our tour to Dambulla Temple, Sigiriya Rock and a Spice Garden was successful and fun. We were also taken to breakfast and lunch and our special requests regarding places to eat were welcomed and accepted. Definitely recommended.

February 24, 2022

I booked the tour very last minute but they still showed up on time. I enjoyed the visit to all the locations, they were great places to visit. I was offered the Elephant safari cause there was still some time left before having to go back to Colombo but declined. Driver was very polite and spoke good English - even helped me getting money exchanged. I definitely enjoyed my day.

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February 22, 2022

Product ID: 176097