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From Colombo: Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip and Safari

1. From Colombo: Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip and Safari

Depart Colombo and travel by a shared vehicle, in a small group, to the city of Sigiriya, and head directly to Sigiriya Rock on arrival. Gaze in awe at the massive column of rock that, according to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle The Culavamsa, was selected by King Kassyapa as the site of his new capital. Admire numerous paintings of historic queens, princesses, and maids inside the rock fortress before getting a break for lunch at your own expense. Then, explore some of the traditional crafts of the region, such as wood carving and batik textiles, with time to purchase souvenirs before departing. Start the journey back towards Colombo via Dambulla to explore the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Discover the magnificent Buddha images and rock paintings of vivid colors and different shapes, painted from around the 2nd century B.C. up to the 18th-century Kandyan era. Optionally Can be done the Wild Life Safari at Eco Park or Kaudulla National Park or Minneriya National park charges for National Park very on Pax Count ( For solo Passengers $ 100 & $ 60 )

From Kandy: Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip

2. From Kandy: Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip

Get picked up directly from your accommodation and travel to the city of Sigiriya, an ancient rock fortress. Marvel at the 200-meter-tall Sigiriya Rock, which, according to an ancient Sri Lankan chronicle, was selected by King Kasyapa as the site of his new capital.  Next, admire paintings of historic queens, princesses, and maids inside the rock fortress before stopping for lunch. Then, see some of the traditional crafts of the region such as wood carving and batik textiles, a dyeing technique developed in ancient times. You can take a piece of traditional craft home with you as a souvenir.  Then, journey to Dambulla and explore the largest and most well-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Discover the magnificent Buddha images and vividly colored rock paintings, painted between the 2nd-century BC and the 18th-century Kandyan era.  Finish your day by getting dropped back at your accommodation at Kandy.

Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Full-Day Tour

3. Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Full-Day Tour

After pickup from your hotel, travel first to Dhambulla Golden Cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Inside the caves, discover a collection of beautifully preserved ancient Buddhist statues and intricate wall paintings. After exploring Dhambulla Golden Cave Temple, the tour proceeds to Sigiriya, also known as the "Lion Rock." Ascend to the top, and enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscapes. Next, head to a local village to experience the traditional Sri Lankan way of life. Meet the locals, learn about their customs, and witness traditional activities like farming and cooking. Finally, visit the Minnariya National Park, famous for its large population of wild elephants and is known as one of the best places in Sri Lanka for elephant sightings. Embark on a thrilling jeep safari through the park, allowing you to get up close to these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat.

Colombo/Negombo: Sigiriya, Kandy, Ella 3-Day Trip with Train

4. Colombo/Negombo: Sigiriya, Kandy, Ella 3-Day Trip with Train

Discover the natural beauty and inspiring culture of Sri Lanka on a 3-day trip departing from Negombo. Visit landmarks such as Sigiriya, the Dambulla Cave Temple, and the Udawalawe National Park. Enjoy a hotel pickup and drop-off, accommodation, and some meals included. Day 1 : COLOMBO – SIGIRIYA – KANDY Sigiriya Museum This decent museum has a fine diorama of the site, providing an excellent overview and explaining Sigiriya's cultural importance beyond the obvious natural beauty. The theory that Sigiriya was a Buddhist monastery is given here, although the established position that it was a palace or fortress prevails. Dambulla Cave Temple Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country. This site is situated 148 kilometers east of Colombo and 72 kilometers north of Kandy. Dambulla is the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress Rising dramatically from the central plains, the enigmatic 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. Overnight Stay at Royal Kandyan or Similar Hotel Day 2 KANDY-NUWARA ELIYA- ELLA Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic The golden-roofed Temple of the Sacred Tooth houses Sri Lanka’s most important Buddhist relic – a tooth of the Buddha. During puja(offerings or prayers), the heavily guarded room housing the tooth is open to devotees and tourists. However, you don’t actually see the tooth. It’s kept in a gold casket shaped like a dagoba (stupa), which contains a series of six dagoba caskets of diminishing size. As well as the revered main temple, the complex includes a series of smaller temples, shrines and museums. Glenloch Tea Factory Glenloch Tea Factory situated in Nuwara Eliya District at Katukithula on the way to Nuwara Eliya from Kandy. Glenloch tea plantation at Katukithula are been maintain using all the correct method of planting, Soil conversation and Maneuvering. Sri Lanka Become the bets land of most renowned beverage of the world. Sri Lanka silvering water falls process naturally the beauty of nature Ramboda Waterfall Ramboda Falls is 109 m high and 11th highest waterfall in Sri Lanka and 729th highest waterfall in the world. It is situated in Pussellawa area, on the A5 highway at Ramboda Pass. If intrested can be do an Train Ride from Nanu Oya - Ella Overnight Stay Day 3 Ella City Tour – Udawalawe National Park - Colombo Little Adams Peak whether considering the word ‘Little’,it is named after the sacred Adams Peak Nine Arches Bridge The Nine Arch Bridge in Ella is on the Demodara loop and spans 91 meters at a height of 24m. The beautiful nine arches make it a very picturesque spot especially as it is located in a dense jungle and agricultural setting Udawalawe National Park This park is home to several hundred elephants and other rare plants and wildlife We can arrange Drop Colombo Or Negombo or Airport

Colombo/Negombo: Sigiriya, Dambulla Cave, & Safari Day Tour

5. Colombo/Negombo: Sigiriya, Dambulla Cave, & Safari Day Tour

Spend the day exploring UNESCO World Heritage Sites like the largest cave temple in Sri Lanka, Dambulla, and the breathtaking Lion Rock Fortress, Sigiriya. Start the tour from your hotel or accommodation where your guide will pick you up in an air-conditioned vehicle. After picking up the other participants the driver will head for Sigiriya. Admire the Lion Rock Fortress as your first stop. Learn about the fortress constructed on the massive rock and the well-organized draining system built into the surrounding area. Capture photos of the exterior of the structure before exploring inside the caves. Marvel at the ancient frescoes before continuing into the lion's feet. Climb 1300 steps to the top of the fortress. Take a moment to enjoy the view and take more photos. After the Lion Rock Fortress, participate in a tour of Sigiriya Village to experience life in the village and enjoy an authentic lunch made fresh in front of you. Taste some locally grown fruit and relax for a bit before continuing the tour. Join a safari tour that will pass through three national parks. The area is known for large groups of elephants and your guide will point out all the wild animals and birds you pass. Lastly, return to Colombo and visit Dambulla Cave Temple to explore the largest cave complex in Sri Lanka. Admire the remarkable Buddha statues and frescoes painted in various colors in the caves. Get dropped back to your hotel at the end of the tour.

Sigiriya: Hot Air Balloon Ride

6. Sigiriya: Hot Air Balloon Ride

Begin your day with a seamless hotel transfer, setting the stage for an awe-inspiring hot-air balloon adventure over the stunning landscapes of Sri Lanka. Your journey commences at the picturesque Kandalama Lake in Dambulla, a serene backdrop for an unforgettable ascent into the skies. Climb aboard a hot-air balloon adorned with unique Sri Lankan designs, and navigate the skies under the guidance of your expert balloon pilots, each holding a Commercial Balloon Pilot's License, validated by CAASL, and rigorously tested annually by Sri Lankan authorities. Your pilots bring a wealth of experience and professionalism to ensure a smooth and mesmerizing flight, offering a new perspective on the landscapes below. This adventure promises not just a flight, but an immersive experience that begins with excellent service from the moment you are picked up from your hotel. Witness the beauty of Dambulla from above and let the tranquility of the journey captivate your senses, making this hot-air balloon adventure a highlight of your Sri Lanka visit.

Sigiriya Dambulla & Minneriya Safari with Pickup/Drop

7. Sigiriya Dambulla & Minneriya Safari with Pickup/Drop

Experience the wonders of Sri Lanka on our captivating day tour that begins with convenient pickups from Colombo, Negombo, and Kalutara areas. Prepare for a day filled with cultural exploration, natural beauty, and culinary delights. Our first stop is the Dambulla Cave Temple, a Unesco6 World Heritage Site renowned for its ancient rock cave complex. Marvel at the intricate cave paintings, Buddha statues, and the serene atmosphere that surrounds this spiritual site. After soaking in the history and artistry of Dambulla, we'll indulge in the sweetness of local fruits, a delightful opportunity to savor the exotic flavors of Sri Lanka. Next, we embark on a journey to the iconic Sigiriya Lion Rock, another Unesco-listed treasure. Ascend this ancient fortress, perched atop a towering rock, and be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the lush landscape. Recharge with a scrumptious Sri Lankan meal, an authentic culinary experience that will tantalize your taste buds with flavors unique to the region. Our adventure continues with a thrilling national park safari, either at Kaudulla, Minneriya, or an Eco Park—our choice will be guided by the opportunity to spot the most wildlife on that particular day. Whichever park we choose, prepare for an awe-inspiring wildlife encounter, where you may spot elephants, leopards, and a myriad of bird species. As the day unfolds, you'll be immersed in the natural and cultural wonders of Sri Lanka, making unforgettable memories. We'll conclude the tour by dropping you back to your respective pickup locations, leaving you with a heart full of memories and a deeper appreciation for this enchanting country.

Kaudulla National Park Half Day Sri Lanka Jeep Safari

8. Kaudulla National Park Half Day Sri Lanka Jeep Safari

Embark on a thrilling adventure through the heart of Sri Lanka's wild landscapes with our Kaudulla National Park Safari. This unforgettable experience begins with a convenient pick-up from your hotel in the enchanting areas of Dambulla, Kandalama, Sigiriya, or Habarana. Our friendly and knowledgeable guide will ensure your journey is comfortable and informative from start to finish. As you set off towards Kaudulla National Park, you'll receive complimentary water bottles to keep you refreshed throughout the day. The park, located in the heart of Sri Lanka's Cultural Triangle, promises an awe-inspiring encounter with the region's diverse and captivating wildlife. The main highlight of this safari is the spectacular Elephant Gathering, a mesmerizing phenomenon that occurs during the dry season when large herds of elephants congregate around the Kaudulla Tank. Witness these majestic giants in their natural habitat, an experience that is sure to leave you in awe. However, the wonders of Kaudulla extend far beyond the elephants. Keep your eyes peeled for a variety of other animals that call this lush jungle home, including crocodiles basking in the sun, graceful deer grazing in the meadows, majestic eagles soaring high above, mischievous monkeys swinging through the trees, and elusive water monitors gliding through the waterways. The park is also a bird lover's paradise, with a plethora of colorful avian species filling the skies and trees with their melodious calls. Our safari lasts for approximately three hours, allowing ample time to explore the park's diverse landscapes and encounter its remarkable inhabitants. Our experienced guides are well-versed in the park's ecology and will provide fascinating insights into the behaviors and habitats of the animals you encounter. After an exhilarating journey through Kaudulla National Park, we will safely transport you back to your hotel, ensuring your return is as comfortable and convenient as your arrival. Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of Sri Lanka's wildlife with our Kaudulla National Park Safari, a journey that promises unforgettable memories and a deeper appreciation for the natural wonders of this remarkable island nation. Note: "Kaudulla National Park has been temporarily closed due to heavy rains in recent months. So go for the Hurulu Eco Park package" #srilankajeepsafari #safarisrilanka #srilankasafari #kaudullanationalpark #kaudullasafari #elephantgathering

Kandy/Negombo: Sigiriya, Dambulla & Minneriya Private Tour

9. Kandy/Negombo: Sigiriya, Dambulla & Minneriya Private Tour

Experience the ultimate Sri Lankan adventure on a tour of Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Minneriya National Park from Negombo. Travel in a climate-controlled vehicle with a licensed guide while exploring ancient sites and immersing yourself in the country's natural beauty. Your adventure begins with a visit to the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the 5th century A.D. Enjoy stunning views as you hike to the top of the fortress, passing through ancient frescoes and mirror walls along the way. Next, arrive at the Dambulla Cave Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses numerous statues and paintings depicting the life of Lord Buddha and his teachings. Admire the serene beauty of these sacred caves and learn about the ancient religious beliefs and practices of Sri Lanka. The tour culminates at the Minneriya National Park. Enjoy an open-air 4x4 Jeep safari in search of elephants, the park's most intriguing inhabitants. Get up close and personal with these gentle giants and observe the park's other wildlife, including a plethora of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The picturesque landscape of the national park includes a beautiful lake surrounded by jungle, making this stop a wonderful opportunity to relax and unwind amidst the breathtaking nature of Sri Lanka. Fully soak in Sri Lanka's rich cultural heritage, history, and diverse wildlife before the end of your trip.

Wildlife Safari to Kaudulla National Park

10. Wildlife Safari to Kaudulla National Park

Embark on an immersive safari adventure through the captivating landscapes of Kaudulla National Park. As you venture into this pristine wilderness, your senses will come alive with the sights, sounds, and scents of the natural world. Your journey begins as you step into a safari vehicle, accompanied by experienced guides who will lead you through the park's winding trails. Keep your eyes peeled for the iconic sight of elephants gracefully moving through the lush vegetation. Kaudulla National Park is renowned for its large population of elephants, and witnessing these majestic creatures in their natural habitat is a truly awe-inspiring experience. You'll encounter a diverse array of wildlife species that call the park home. From colorful birdlife flitting among the trees to elusive leopards prowling in the shadows, every moment brings the possibility of a thrilling wildlife sighting. Capture photos of these magnificent animals and cherish the memories of your encounters with some of Sri Lanka's most iconic residents. Throughout your safari, knowledgeable guides will share fascinating insights into the park's ecosystem, conservation efforts, and the behavior of the animals you encounter. Learn about the interconnectedness of the flora and fauna in this delicate ecosystem and gain a deeper appreciation for the importance of preserving natural habitats. As the sun begins to dip below the horizon, signaling the end of your safari, take a moment to reflect on the beauty and tranquility of Kaudulla National Park. Whether you're a seasoned wildlife enthusiast or simply seeking a memorable outdoor adventure, this safari offers an unforgettable experience that will leave you with a newfound love for the natural world. After your safari, unwind and relax as you savor a delicious meal amidst the serene surroundings of the park. Reflect on the day's adventures and swap stories with fellow travelers, recounting the unforgettable moments you shared in the heart of the Sri Lankan wilderness. As you bid farewell to Kaudulla National Park, carry with you the memories of your safari adventure and the profound connection you forged with nature. Whether you're embarking on your first safari or returning to this magical place time and time again, the wonders of Kaudulla National Park are sure to leave an indelible mark on your heart and soul.

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Sigiriya and Dambulla are definitely historical and cultural sites worth seeing on their own. Conveniently they re both on the same way North from Kandy. This trip was a quick and comfortable way to experience these unique places. The driver had an excellent and calm driving style, which is a rare virtue considering that the traffic around here is a mess. The pickup was punctual and the driver made stops for us for taking fotos or buying some snacks on the way back. The guide in Sigiriya spoke good English and was included in the entrance fee. Overall a very nice experience. Only downside is that if you add the costs for this tour plus the entrance fees the whole thing seems to be quite pricey. The places are totally worth seeing though.

The experience was seamless from start to finish! We communicated via WhatsApp and were picked up before the ride. Once we arrived we quickly took flight - I am scared of heights but found it’s surprisingly fine and relaxing! The fire is noisy and hot, so if you’ve not been before wear cool clothing, but the experience is fantastic and the team are professional. The pilot is from the famous place in Turkey, so very experienced, which put my mind at rest. We really enjoyed the experience and would recommend it.

Kenneth was the best guide!! He made the day amazing, he was knowledgeable. He made sure my needs were met & was so accommodating. He was very knowledgeable & navigated the roads really well! I felt very safe with him & had an amazing time thanks to him! Yes a hard worker, I highly recommend!!

Tuan was an excellent and professional driver who also provided me with general tourist information. He was flexible, reliable and picked me up on time. I would definitely recommend this tour and especially having Tuan as your contact. He accomodated my requests and travel arrangements.

We had a great day trip from Colombo to Sigiriya and Dambula. Our driver was very friendly, on time, and accommodating to our plans!