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Sigiriya Rock and Village Tour from Colombo

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sigiriya Rock and Village Tour from Colombo

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Gain a better understating for Sri Lanka, the island nation in the Indian Ocean, on this full-day day trip to Sigiriya and Hiriwadunna from Colombo. From riding a bullock cart to exploring a village town, get a feel for what everyday life is like for the people who live there. See the ancient Buddhist ruins, the Sigiriya rock fortress, in Dambulla, and take a boat cruise on a nearby lake.
  • Take a bullock cart ride, and see how villagers typically get around
  • Go on a scenic cruise of the nearby lake on a canoe-like boat
  • Stop for a traditional buffet-style lunch made by Hiriwadunnan women (own expense)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off are included
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Hotel pickup and drop off from Colombo.
Transport throughout the tour with an air-conditioned vehicle.
Service of an English-speaking chauffeur guide.
Village tour with village lunch.
Entrance ticket to Sigiriya rock fortress.
Water bottle (Per person).
Food and drinks where not specified.
Gratuities (optional).

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your Hotel in Colombo


  • Port of Colombo කොළඹ වරාය கொழும்பு துறைமுகம், 19 Chaithya Rd, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka

Departure Time

6:00 AM
This full-day tour of Sigiriya and Hiriwadunna starts with an early morning pickup from your Colombo hotel. Be ready for early morning pickup, and then hop into your air-conditioned vehicle for the day. For this private experience, you can choose a group size from one to eight people. You’ll want to either eat breakfast before your pickup time or bring something with you.

Your first stop is in Dambulla at the Sigiriya rock fortress. You can climb to the top of the fortress or further explore the ruins of this ancient civilization.

After your time here, continue on to the village of Hiriwadunna. Walk along the reservoir before taking a bullock ride around to see views of the village. Then, your guide takes you on a short boat cruise on a nearby lake.

Rest up, and enjoy a buffet-style lunch made by the women of the village (own expense). Follow your guide, and journey by rickshaw back the original starting point of your tour where you’ll get escorted back to your hotel in Colombo. Arrive in Colombo in late evening.
Stop At:  
Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
Rising from the central plains, the iconic rocky outcrop of Sigiriya is perhaps Sri Lanka's single most dramatic sight. Near-vertical walls soar to a flat-topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilisation, thought to be once the epicentre of the short-lived kingdom of Kassapa, and there are spellbinding vistas across mist-wrapped forests in the early morning. Climb the 5th century AD rock fortress, Sigiriya, where the King Kasyapa ruled. Walk through the entrance framed by the paws of a lion that is quite appropriate for its name, ' the Lion Rock'. View the beautiful unfading murals that brought Sigiriya its fame. Climb the steep staircase to see the terraced gardens and still-working cisterns.  Walk through the tunnels leading to the palace as you get a feel for times long past.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Sigiriya Craft Village
The trek begins with an awesome walk along a bund of a “Wewa” or man-made reservoir. Thereafter you will enjoy a bullock cart ride while enjoying sightseeing of the rural village life. Your next phase of adventure will be a “catamaran safari” (double-paired canoe joined together with seating facility) at the scenic lake. Finally, enjoy traditional lunch at a local house prepared by the village women (at your own cost). This is arranged on a typical & traditional buffet style (clay pots – buffet) served on a lotus leaf and a cane thatched flat holder. You will also have the opportunity to witness the traditional meal preparation methods by the local women and to partake on the preparation of a curry. At the end, visitors will be having a tuk-tuk (three wheeler) tour back to the starting point. The total tour will be 8km.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Sigiriya Rock and Village Tour from Colombo?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during Sigiriya Rock and Village Tour from Colombo?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Sigiriya Rock and Village Tour from Colombo?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Sigiriya Rock and Village Tour from Colombo?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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What is the maximum group size during Sigiriya Rock and Village Tour from Colombo?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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Terrible experience waste of money
, Sep 2020
We booked this tour for my mom and her friend based on the reviews that were stated. It looked like an overall exciting tour with the village tour and bullock cart rides. We completely understand the pandemic situation which has impacted the tourism in Sri Lanka, but we double checked with the tour operator and they confirmed till the last day that it’s all fully organised and set. The tour guide who was driving them from colombo to Sigiriya was extremely friendly and helpful. The travel was comfortable. They were taken to the Sigiriya rock which they enjoyed. Then comes the most disappointing part. The village tour was cancelled as non of the carts were available and the person who had confirmed was not picking the phone. The tour guide tried so hard to reach out to the company (tour operator Lakpura) absolutely no luck. He went out of the way to try Habaran safari which was also of no luck. Very disappointing for the money that we paid (£126) all what we got was a ride to Sigiriya from colombo and a complimentary lunch as an alternative for the village tour! Lunch had just friend rice and Chop suey! We reached out to Lakpura tours requesting for a refund of what was not provided or at least to issue a voucher to be used later. Unfortunately they did not respond! We are highly disappointed as we did check with them many times. We gave them enough time to have the trip prepared and organised and all eventually to be very disappointed for the money paid! A terrible experience!
We enjoyed the trip, but the...
william g
, Jan 2017
We enjoyed the trip, but the harrowing drive with a new tour guide was a minus. He knew the route but had never been on this trip. He had limited English. When booking the trip, and for the price of a private tour, we had anticipated that he would be the guide through out the day but we were handed to other guides along the way. With that you have to factor in the expected gratuities of 500-1000 Rupies for each guide 5. Overall, the trip was good hence four stars. Hiriwaduna was better than Sigiriya, which is on par with experiencing Chitzen Itza in Yucatan- fascinating and valuable experience but cheapened by the tourist trap feel due to all the poor hawkers of inexpensive souvenirs and guides for hire. Hiriwaduna is a good experience, but it is not an authentic village but an accurate recreation of a traditional village. It was still worth the trip.

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