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How to Spend 1 Day in Sigiriya

How to Spend 1 Day in Sigiriya

The Sri Lankan town of Sigiriya centers on Sigiriya Rock—a tall outcrop graced with wall paintings and summit ruins. One day is enough time to scale the rock, visit the Dambulla Cave Temples, and enjoy national parks and wildlife-rich forests. Here’s how to make the most of 24 hours in Sigiriya.

Morning: The highlights

Your priorities for the day should be Sigiriya Rock and the Dambulla Cave Temples, two of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. As public transit is limited, both are best reached on guided private tours with round-trip transport. Many itineraries start with a hike to Sigiriya’s rocktop ruins before hitting Dambulla’s Buddha-filled caverns. Day trips leave from Sigiriya, Colombo, Kandy, and Negombo, and often include lunch and admission tickets. If you prefer something more leisurely, opt for a morning Sigiriya bike tour.

Afternoon: Further explorations

If you chose a Sigiriya and Dambulla day trip, continue it this afternoon. After admiring Sigiriya’s rock paintings and ruined 5th-century citadel, check out Dambulla’s enchanting caves packed with Buddha murals and statues. If you did a morning tour only, spend the afternoon on safari at a nearby wildlife reserve. A late-afternoon game drive in Kaudulla or Minneriya national park gives you the chance to see herds of wild elephants gathering at water holes.

Night: Lake cruise or loris-spotting

Time to slow the pace and savor Sigiriya’s rain forests and lakes. Set out on a sunset cruise, soaking in panoramic views of the outcrop. Wildlife enthusiasts, meanwhile, shouldn’t miss the opportunity to see one of the world’s rarest mammals—the gray slender loris—in its natural habitat during a nighttime jungle walk.

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Full Day Tour to Sigiriya Rock Fortress And Dambulla Cave Temple

Full Day Tour to Sigiriya Rock Fortress And Dambulla Cave Temple

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Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave Temple are two of Sri Lanka’s top sights, but impossible to visit in one day by public transport. This private tour from Colombo or Sigiriya takes you to both in a day by private air-conditioned vehicle. Explore Sigiriya’s fifth-century rock top ruins and visit Buddha-filled caves in Dambulla, Inclusions  • Private Air Conditioned Vehicle • Driver / Guide ( Speaking English ) • All Handling Charges  • Tripadvisor Brokerage Fees • Water Bottles • Fuel Surcharges
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  • 7 hours
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$32.90
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$32.90

Cycling in Sigiriya Countryside

Cycling in Sigiriya Countryside

Discover the fascinating ruins of Sigiriya on a 3-hour private bicycle tour that explores forest trails, the Citadel of Sigariya, and the Sri Lankan countryside. With an expert cycling guide to lead the way, you’ll enjoy the flexibility of a private excursion as you cover just over 11 miles (18 km.) of terrain, riding a mountain bike that’s perfect for the area’s dirt tracks and footpaths. This 3-hour bike tour includes all necessary equipment, and departs from your hotel in Sigiriya.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
Price varies by group size
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$120.00
Price varies by group size
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Sigiriya Loris Night Trail

Sigiriya Loris Night Trail

Your chance to see one of the world's most rare mammals - the Grey Slender Loris - an endangered nocturnal primate and one of the most elusive creatures of the wild. You will be guided by an expert naturalist who will explain this fascinating creature to you, its behaviours, call and other details. You will be taken on a guided night-time walking safari where we will track the Grey Slender Loris as it moves through its natural habitat. A unique opportunity for wildlife & nature lovers.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00