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Sigiriya and Dambulla from Kandy

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icon9 to 10 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Overview

Cast your eyes over two of Sri Lanka’s greatest historical treasures on a Sigiriya and Dambulla Rock Caves day trip from Kandy. Marvel at the towering, UNESCO-listed Sirigiya rock and see its ruined fortress, landscaped gardens, and 1,500-year-old rock-face frescoes of maidens. After a lunch stop (own expense), visit UNESCO-protected Dambulla to see its temple-style caves of murals and Buddha images. Hotel pickup and drop-off, plus private guide, and private air-conditioned transport included.
  • Explore two of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO-listed treasures
  • Visit Sigiriya rock to see its 5th-century ruins and landscaped gardens
  • Admire the maiden frescoes, giant stone lion claws, and moats, paths, and reservoirs
  • Visit the Dambulla Rock Caves to see their rich murals and Buddha statues
  • Lunch (own expense) at your chosen local restaurant
  • Personalized attention from a private guide, private air-conditioned transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off included
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Hotel pickup and drop-off from your hotel in Kandy.
Transport throughout the tour with an air-conditioned vehicle.
Service of an English-speaking chauffeur guide.
Entrance tickets to Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temple.
Bottled water (per person).
Food and drinks.
Gratuities (optional).

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
Your Hotel in Kandy

Departure Time

7:30 AM
Meet your driver-guide early at your Kandy hotel and begin your roughly 2.5-hour trip to Sigiriya by private, air-conditioned vehicle.

The 5th-century capital of King Kasyapa, the 590-foot (180-meter) granite rock of Sigiriya rears from jungle, and boasts the ruins of palace buildings, ponds, moats, and reservoirs at the summit and base.

On arrival, head inside (own expense) for a 2-hour visit. Admire the carved lion paws at the entrance and climb to the famous, 1,500-year-old paintings of maidens on the rock face. Marvel at the still-bright frescoes, and take in the terraced summit, garden ruins, and Sigiriya Museum, as your guide outlines the rock’s history.

After lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) of your choice, continue toward UNESCO-protected Dambulla, home to rock caves thought to have been crafted by King Valagambahu in the 1st century BC.

Following a roughly 40-minute journey, go inside (own expense) and walk to the caves as your guide tells how Valagambahu carved them into temples and adorned them with murals and Buddha statues. Then, wander through the caverns and marvel at the incredibly detailed paintings, statues, figurines, and images.

Finally, drive back to Kandy where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
Leave your hotel by 07:00 am to Sigiriya for 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: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Not Included
Stop At:  
Golden Temple of Dambulla
Enter the historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla, dating back to the 1st century BC. View the ancient murals depicting the life story of Lord Gautama Buddha. Look at the hundreds of figurines of Buddha and other deities scattered throughout the five main caves. Visit the Cave of the Divine King, Cave of the Great King and the Great New Monastery. See the giant golden Buddha Statue just a little distance outside the cave complex.
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Not Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended for this tour.
  • Wearing covering attire along with Sandals or Flip Flops is recommend for Temple of the Tooth Relic and to all other religious sights of Sri Lanka.
  • Driving time may change due to unpredictable road traffic.
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems (climbing in Sigiriya)
  • Not recommended for pregnant women (climbing in Sigiriya)
  • Not wheelchair accessible (certain areas)
  • A maximum of 8 people per 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
  • OPERATED BY Lakpura LLC

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

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Sigiriya and Dambulla from Kandy ?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

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

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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Q:
What is the maximum group size during Sigiriya and Dambulla from Kandy ?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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