"Sigiriya rock fortress & Dambulla cave temples day tour from Kandy"
Spend a full day in visiting Sigiriya Lion Rock fortress & Dambulla cave temples complex, both Unesco World Heritage sites exploring through the history and culture.
On the way to Dambulla visit Ibbankatuwa necropolis containing 42 clusters of tombs from megalithic prehistoric era.
Do a village safari and an Elephant Safari in Minneriya National park to complete the day.
The perfect combination for history & culture lovers visiting 2 important sites in Sri Lanka. With this day trip we take you to visit 2 of the 8 Unesco world heritage sites in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya rock fortress, Sri Lanka's most visited attraction and Dambulla cave temple complex. A journey back in time to experience an incredible story of revenge, courage and love.
Tour start with the convenient pickup from your hotel in Kandy at 8 AM for regular Sigiriya & Dambulla Tour. While for the extended tour which includes Minneriya National Park we start this tour by 6 AM
This is a 2 and half hour drive straight to Sigiriya first. We will be visiting Dambulla caves on return to Kandy
Climb the Sigiriya rock. Your guide's live narration help you Learn how this ancient rock fortress was built by King Kasyapa to be the capital and house the royal palace and it's Royal Gardens with its beautiful landscaping and water features. Hear how it was transformed into a Buddhist monastery in the 14th century.
Climb the rock to find the famed Mirror Wall and the 6th century rock art. Journey to the Boulder Gardens and Terraced Gardens. See the exquisite frescoes that are approximately 1600 years old. Admire the Sigiriya Frescoes that depict the king's harem on the face of the rocks. Then, it is time to go to the summit of the fortress at Sky Palace.
We have a one hour lunch break. We take you to have a tasty traditional rice & curry lunch at Tropical Village restaurant. A modest restaurant offering daily buffet lunch.
On the way to Dambulla visit Ibbankatuwa necropolis containing 42 clusters of tombs from megalithic prehistoric and protohistoric periods of Sri Lanka and considered as one of the several ancient burial sites that have been found in the country. The area extends over 1 square Km.
Following the break, we visit Dambulla Cave Temples. Upon arriving at the Dambulla Cave Temple Complex, you will go directly to the Cave of the Divine King Devaraja Lena. View the 46ft. (14m) statue of Buddha made out of rock.
Read the first-century inscription at the entry of the cave telling of its origins. Continue over to the Cave of the Great Kings, the largest of the five caves. There you will see 40-seated statues of Buddha, cave paintings on the ceiling, and more. The ceiling and wall paintings found in the Great New Monastery date back to the 1700s and provide you with a unique insight into the Buddhist Revivalist period. See a statue of King Kirti Sri Rajasinha and 50 statues of Buddha. Return to your hotel provided at the end of the tour, at approximately 5 pm.
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Entrance tickets are excluded and cost 30 USD per person to Sigiriya, payable only in local currency, approximately 4800 LKR. Dambulla cave temple's entrance tickets cost 10 USD per person, payable only in local currency, approximately 1600 LKR
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