Discover one of the most valuable historic monuments in Sri Lanka on a 12-hour tour to the rock fortress of Sigiriya from Kandy. Referred to by locals as the “8th Wonder of the World,” the ancient palace complex sits atop a massive 200-meter tall rock.
What to Expect
Discover Sri Lanka’s most important archaeological site on a full-day tour to Sigiriya (Sīhāgiri). Transfer from Kandy between 05:30 and 06:00 and travel approximately 90 kilometers (55 miles) to the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Located in the central Matale District, near the town of Dambulla, the Sigiriya rock temple is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. According to the ancient Culavamsa chronicle, the site was selected by King Kasyapa for his new capital and set on a small plateau about halfway up the rock. The gateway to the city takes the form of an enormous lion, which gives Sīhāgiri its name (Lion Rock). Abandoned after the king's death in 495 AD, the temple was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.
Return to Kandy, stopping at the Spice Garden on route to savor the fragrant aromas of some of Sri Lanka’s most important crops. Then, enjoy some free time to shop before a transfer back to your hotel ay 21:00.
- Hotel pick-up and drop off in Kandy
- Fuel surcharge
- Bottled water
Know Before You Go
• Please note that an additional Sigiriya village tour by cart or elephant is available on request