Sigiriya Rock and Countryside from Dambulla (Private Day Tour)
During this 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 Sigiriya Rock Fortress also known to be the world’s 8th wonder, and spend time exploring archeological history. After that proceed to a local village in Sigiriya to experience a village tour and enjoy the traditional way of living in Sri Lanka and village culture.
- Visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, nicknamed the 8th Wonder of the World
- A tour through a traditional village in Sigiriya
- Enjoy a Sri Lankan Village Lunch during the village tour
- Transport throughout the tour with an air-conditioned car.
- Service of an English-Speaking Chauffeur.
- 1 Liter of Bottled Mineral Water Per Person.
- Hotel Pick & Drop.
- All Taxes & Service Charges.
- Entrance Fees (Sigiriya Lion Rock),
- Village Tour And traditional Lunch,
- Cost of Bird Watching Tour,
- Food or Drinks (Traditional Lunch),
- Gratuities (Optional),
- Expenses of Personal Nature.
What to Expect
You will be starting your tour at 1000 hrs from your hotel in Dambulla, where you will be picked up your chauffer. 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 Sigiriya Rock Fortress which you will reach by approximately 1030 hrs.
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, 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. Walkthrough 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. Walkthrough the tunnels leading to the palace as you get a feel for times long past.
Thereafter proceed to Sigiriya at approximately 1330 hrs to experience a village tour.
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 in 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.
Enjoy Traditional Lunch at a local house prepared by the village women (At your own expense). 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 in the preparation of a curry. In the end, visitors will be having a Tuk-Tuk (three-wheeler) tour back to the starting point. The total tour will be 8 km.
Finally, You Can Bird Watching in Sigiriya Village. Your friendly bird watching guide will make it his mission to ensure that the most number of species are spotted in your exploration. Birds flirting far away from the naked eye can be easily viewed with the use of the binoculars provided to you or from the monocular bird spotting telescope that will be adjusted and aimed at your guide. Prominent sightings include the viewing of the Sri Lankan Grey Hornbill, Sri Lankan Green Pigeon, Coppersmith Barbet, Red Vented Bulbul, Indian Cormorant, Little Cormorant, Oriental Darter, Spotted Dove, White Bellied Sea Eagle.
Make the 30-minute journey to the Birdwatching
Later that evening you will be finishing the tour at 1830 hrs and returning to your hotel in Dambulla by approximately 1900 hrs. En-route you may stop at Restaurant at your choice and have dinner. (At your own expense)
- 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.