Sigiriya and Dambulla from Kalutara (Private Day Tour)

(SKU: LK60160300)
Sigiriya and Dambulla from Kalutara (Private Day Tour).

During this full day tour to Sigiriya, you will visit a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site! Enter into a kingdom hailed as one of the greatest in Sri Lanka’s history. Start your journey at the Dambulla Cave Temple. Later that evening, visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress also known to be the world’s 8th wonder, and spend time exploring archeological history and end your tour in Sigiriya.

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Highlights

  • A full-day private tour of Sigiriya tock and Dambulla cave temple.
  • Enjoy in-depth attention and personalized commentary from a private guide.
  • See traditional villages and lush countryside on a drive into Sri Lanka’s interior.
  • Visit the UNESCO-listed Dambulla cave temple, a series of monastery caves on a stone cliff.
  • See the Buddha statues and elaborate frescoes that fill the 1st-century caves.
  • Marvel at UNESCO-protected Sigiriya, a ruined fortress on a colossal rock.
  • Climb up to witness the frescoes, relics and awe-inspiring views.

Includes

  • Transport throughout the tour with an air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Service of an English-speaking chauffer guide.
  • 1-Liter of bottled mineral water per person.
  • Hotel Pick & Drop from/to Kalutara.
  • All Taxes & service charges.

Excludes

  • Entrance Fees (Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Rock Cave Temple).
  • Food or Drinks (Not mentioned above).
  • Gratuities (Optional).
  • Expenses of personal nature.

What to Expect

Explore two of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO-listed highlights on a privately guided day trip to Dambulla and the Sigiriya Rock from Kalutara. You will be starting your tour at 0600 hrs from your hotel in Kalutara, where you will be picked up your chauffeur. Ensure that you bring a packed breakfast with you, if you are unable to have your meal at the hotel.

The first stop on your itinerary will be the Dambulla Cave Temple which you will reach by approximately 1030 hrs.

From the elegant colonial buildings to the sprawling metropolis of the city, Kalutara has a multitude of sights and sounds for you to experience. With all these spectacular scenery, this wonderful city will never cease to amaze you. Visit amazing historical landmarks with captivating stories and learn the history behind one of the richest cultures in Asia. Embark in an adventure like never before and become a part of the city with this private tour of Kalutara.

View Sri Lanka’s countryside and villages as you journey to the atmospheric Dambulla Cave Temple (Entrance Fee Per Person USD 11), a Cliffside cave complex packed with Buddha images and frescoes.

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.

At approximately 1300 hrs you will be have lunch at a place of your choice (At your own expense) and reach Sigiriya by 1430 hrs and visit Sigiriya 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 civilization, thought to be once the epicenter of the short-lived kingdom of Kassapa.

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.

You will be finishing the tour at 1730 hrs and returning to your hotel in Kalutara by approximately 2230 hrs. En-route you may stop at Restaurant at your choice and have dinner (At your own expense).

Additional Note

Comfortable walking shoes recommended for this tour. Drive time may change due to unpredictable road traffic. Photography stops on the way can be arranged but within locations with reasonable parking areas

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