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Kandy: Sigiriya Fortress & Cave Temple All-Inclusive Tour

4.6 / 5

16 reviews

Kandy: Sigiriya Fortress & Cave Temple All-Inclusive Tour

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Visit the UNESCO World Heritage monuments of Sigiriya on a guided tour of the rock fortress and amazing Dambulla cave temple complex. Stop at a spice garden in Matale and more.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration 12 hours
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Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the golden-hued rock fortress of Sigiriya
  • Explore the Dambulla cave temple complex
  • Go to a spice garden in Matale
  • Take souvenir photos of the statues of Buddha and Vishnu
Full description
Following early morning pick-up from your hotel in Kandy, travel by chauffeur-driven vehicle to Sigiriya. Upon arrival, climb the rock fortress of golden-hued granite, chosen by King Kasyapa at the site for his new capital. Get stunning views of the surrounding plains, which in the rainy season can turn into a delightful water garden. Continue to the Dambulla cave temple complex, built by the 1st-century King Walagambahu as a site of worship after his exile from Anuradhapura. Enjoy lunch before the drive back to Kandy, and stop at the spice garden in Matale en route. 
Includes
  • Hotel pick-up and drop off
  • Entry fee to the Sigiriya rock fortress and Dambulla cave temple complex
  • Spice garden visit
  • Local, English-speaking guide
  • Lunch at a Local Restaurant
  • All government taxes
  • Tips for the guides
  • Any others expenses not mentioned above
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with back problems

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What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • The duration of the transfers is approximate. The exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • All visitors to Buddhist and Hindu temples are expected to remove footwear and hats. Shoulders and knees should also be covered
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.6 /5

based on 16 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.8/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.1/5
  • Safety
    4.5/5

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Excellent

The good aspect about the tour was that the local representative (Ms Hesara), followed up with us from the day we booked our tour and continued to be in touch with us till the end of the tour. She was in touch with us by sending us messages a few days in advance, which made us feel comfortable about the entire tour. Similarly, the guide (Mr Dhanushka) was quite knowledgeable and fluent in English. His knowledge helped us to understand the culture of Sri Lanka and the history behind Sigiriya and Dambulla caves much better. Overall, it was a very pleasant and uplifting tour.

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April 18, 2019

Highly recommend!!! I was picked up on time. The trips were fast and safe. The guide Dhanushka was very friendly and responded to my wishes. I got a lot of useful informations about the tour and the sights. You really don't have to worry about anything anymore. That's how it should be on holiday. Thank you.

April 11, 2019

Amazing memories for lifetime!

This was the most expensive activity we purchased on our trip (125 EUR/person) and so we were a bit hesitant at the beginning. Retrospectively we can say that it paid off. First, the service of Beyond Escapes is super professional and we had few calls before we purchased. We needed to be picked up in Habarana instead of Kandy and we wanted to include Pidurangala Rock in the itinerary. Both were no problem at no additional costs. Our driver Suresh was taking care of us the whole day - excellent companion with fluent English. First stop Sigiriya with a local knowledgeable guide (make sure you are there at 7am!), then Pidurangala rock (highly recommend to do both!). Buffet all-you-can-eat lunch included (except drinks) and Suresh also took us to a silk factory on the way where we could try the typical Sri Lankan dresses, and showed us a video about gems mining in Sri Lanka - so interesting! Dambulla cave with a guide who could have better English, and Spice Garden at the end. Recommend.

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January 10, 2019

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