Welcome to Dambulla


The town of Dambulla is of no interest, cursed by heavy traffic heading for one of Sri Lanka's biggest wholesale markets. A night here is tolerable, but consider visiting the site as a day trip from the more relaxing environs of Kandy or Sigiriya.


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$90 Cultural & Theme Tours

Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cave Temples Private Day Trip

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceEarly morning leave for Sigiriya (approx. 4 hours drive) and climb the 5th-century Sigiriya rock fortress. Sigiriya is famous for its toadstool of golden-hued granite, protruding into the searing blue sky from a hot, flat wilderness of scrub-land, which is transformed in the rainy season to a water garden. Afterwards visiting this beautiful area, have lunch at Oakray Inamaluwa Restaurant.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Habarana, North Central ProvinceAfter lunch, visit Dambulla rock temple that was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings, is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha and the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.On completion of this visit, you will be driven back to your hotel (approx. 4 hours drive)Duration: 2 hours

$225 Day Trips & Excursions

Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Dambulla Cave Temple: Full-Day Private

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productStop At: Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceSigiriya Rock, a granite outcrop rising from scrubland areas that transform into water gardens during the rainy season. Then, climb the metal steps to the rocktop: home to a ruined fifth-century fortress. View the frescoes en route and explore the relics on the summit, the remnants of a royal citadel built by King Kasyapa.Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Habarana, North Central ProvinceUNESCO-listed Rock Temple of Dambulla: five hill caves converted into a temple in the first century BC and filled with Buddha statues. Inspect the caves with their stunning wall and ceiling murals as your guide shares Dambulla's history.Duration: 1 hour

$420 Cultural & Theme Tours

4-Day Essence of Sri Lanka Tour

ItineraryDay 1: Colombo - SigiriyaStop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Habarana, North Central ProvinceYou will be picked up from your hotel in Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia and driven to Dambulla. Visit the Cave temple of Dambulla (UNESCO World Heritage). Spend overnight in Sigiriya.Duration: 2 hoursNo meals included on this day.Accommodation included: Accommodation is in a 3 star hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis.Day 2: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - SigiriyaStop At: Polonnaruwa Archaeological Ruins, Polonnaruwa, North Central ProvinceIn the morning, take a morning cycling tour at one of the best maintained ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa where was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceIn the afternoon, drive from your hotel to Sigiriya by TukTuk and Climb the Sigiriya rock fortress where you will visit rocky abode and water gardens (UNESCO World Heritage site & one of the Wonders of the World).Duration: 3 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Accommodation is in a 3 star hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis.Day 3: Sigiriya - Kandy Stop At: Hiriwadunna LakeIn the morning, trek through the archetypal Sri Lankan Typical village. The trek begins with an awesome walk along a Wewa or man-made reservoir. The reservoir, the surrounding scrub jungle, marshland and village are a hive of early morning or an evening activity. You will continue your tour with a bullock cart ride up to a village house where you can experience a Sri Lankan Lunch.Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Royal Spice GardenAfter Lunch, we will drive to Kandy. En route visit a Spice garden in Matale. For centuries, spices have been one of Sri Lanka’s most celebrated exports and are used for not only food but also medicines and cosmetics.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Temple of the Tooth, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceIn the afternoon, you will take a city tour of Kandy including a visit to the temple of the sacred tooth relic, upper lake drive, market square, gem lapidary and more. Spend overnight in Kandy. Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • Breakfast • LunchAccommodation included: Accommodation is in a 3 star hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis.Day 4: Kandy - ColomboPass By: Colombo Fort, Colombo, Western ProvinceToday after breakfast, you will be taken back to your hotel in Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia or Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$547 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Sri Lanka Cultural Tour: Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and Dambulla including Jeep Safari at Minneriya National Park

Day 01: Colombo - Sigiriya (approx. 4.5 hrs) [D]Morning pickup from your hotel in Colombo or Bandaranaike International Airport by 9am and leave for Sigiriya. Upon arrival, check in at the hotel in Sigiriya and later spend the rest of the day at Sigiriya Rock Fortress. The 5th-century rock citadel of King Kasyapa and World Heritage Site - Sigiriya -boasts of ancient Sri Lankan engineering and urban planning supremacy acclaiming to be one of the finest monuments of art and culture. Surrounded by ramparts and moats, the Lion Rock, resembling the mythological 'City of Gods', is coated by frescoes that relate to Gupta style paintings found in the Ajanta caves of India. Walk in the shade of an eminent 'mirror wall' embracing the Western face of Sigiriya representing an artistic hundred meters laminated with graffiti. Dinner and overnight stay at Fresco Water Villa.Day 02: Sigiriya - Polonnaruwa - Minneriya - Sigiriya [B, D]After breakfast transfer to Polonnaruwa (approximately 1.5 hrs.). Rising with the decline of Anuradhapura, the city of Polonnaruwa, the medieval capital and crown jewel of King Parakramabahu, remains superior proof of ancient culture and heritage blended with religious beliefs. Walk across its scattered walls of the World Heritage Site that is blessed by stupas resting Buddha statues, irrigation canals and fantastically carved Hindu sculptures while observing the relic house Watadage that boasts of beautiful stone carvings. The Nissankamalla Council Chamber is, however, a head-spinning beauty to just sit back and observe with its swaying pillars reminding the aesthetics of a powerful kingdom which rests beside Parakrama Samudraya - sea of Parakramabahu & masterpiece of irrigation.Later transfer from Polonnaruwa to Minneriya and explore Minneriya National Park by a Jeep Safari (approx. 3 hrs). If you're up for a serious rumble in the jungle, Minneriya is your Colosseum! Spreading over 8800 hectares, this is a sanctuary for elephants. Minneriya is home to herds of deer and ample bird-life, but its spotlight remains between swaying trunks & flapping ears. In fact, depending on the season, this is the largest elephant gathering in the world - over 700 at a time - which has garnished the park to become a magnet for wildlife enthusiasts across the globe. Return to the hotel in Sigiriya. Dinner and overnight stay at Fresco Water Villa.Day 03: Sigiriya - Dambulla - Colombo [B]After breakfast proceed to Dambulla and visit the famous Dambulla Cave Temple (approx. 30 mins). As an icon in the face of Sri Lanka, Dambulla Rock Temple houses some of the most unique drawings in magnificently constructed 5 cave temples flanking the golden temple of Dambulla. Afterwards return to Colombo and transfer you to your hotel in Colombo or Bandaranaike International Airport.

$1470.57 Cultural & Theme Tours

7-Night Private Tour of Sri Lanka

ItineraryDay 1: Airport - ColomboPass By: Colombo Fort, Colombo, Western ProvincePick up from the Banadaranaike International Airport, and overnight in Colombo.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Colombo. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 2: Colombo - DambullaStop At: Dambulla Cave Temple, Habarana, North Central ProvinceThis temple is also called the golden temple, a UNESCO world heritage site. The caves contain ancient paintings and sculptures of Lord Buddha. Duration: 1 hourMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Dambulla. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 3: Dambulla - KandyStop At: Ancient City of Sigiriya, Sigiriya, Central ProvinceA UNESCO world heritage and massive rock fortress, built during the ancient era of King Kashyapa. Duration: 3 hoursStop At: Kandy Lake Club - Cultural Dance Show, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceWatch the evening cultural show in Kandy, where you'll find traditional Sri Lankan dancers. Also, you can observe fire walking.Duration: 2 hoursMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Kandy. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 4: Kandy - Kitulgala - Nuwara EliyaStop At: Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic, Kandy, Kandy District, Central ProvinceA UNESCO world heritage site and popular religious place in Kandy. Take part in traditional rituals. Duration: 1 hourStop At: Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya, Kandy District, Central ProvinceVisit the Royal Botanical Garden, nestled in a 60-hectare ground in Peradeniya.Duration: 1 hourStop At: Rafting KitulgalaGo on a white water rafting challenge guided by professionals. The white water rafting tour in the Kelani river goes up to 5 Km. Duration: 2 hoursStop At: Devon Falls, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceDevon Falls is situated on 6 km west of Talawakele. It is 97 metres high and 19th highest ranked waterfall in Sri Lanka. Duration: 30 minutesStop At: Bluefield Tea Gardens, Nuwara Eliya, Central ProvinceVisit a tea factory for encountering tea production process and taste pure Ceylon tea.Duration: 40 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Nuwara Eliya. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 5: Nuwara Eliya - Ella - TissamaharamaStop At: Nanu Oya Railway Station, Nanu Oya, Central ProvinceGo on a scenic train ride to Ella, passing astonishing backdrops of the surrounding. Duration: 3 hoursPass By: Tissamaharama Raja Maha Vihara, Tissamaharama, Southern ProvinceA town located in the Hambantota District and was the capital of the Ruhuna kingdom during the 3rd century B.C.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Tissamaharama. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 6: Tissamahrama - MirissaStop At: Yala National Park, Sri LankaEnjoy a safari in Yala National Park early in the morning. It is the most visited and the second largest national park in Sri Lanka.Duration: 5 hoursStop At: Blow Hole Hummanaya, Dikwella, Southern ProvinceThe only blowhole in Sri Lanka and World's second largest blowhole.Duration: 30 minutesPass By: Mirissa Beach, Mirissa, Southern ProvinceMirissa is a tourist hotspot for snorkelling, scuba diving and surfing.Meals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Mirissa. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 7: Mirissa - Galle - BentotaStop At: Mirissa Beach, Mirissa, Southern ProvinceEnjoy whale watching in the morning where you will see Blue whales & Dolphins. Duration: 4 hoursStop At: Stilt Fishermen Sri Lanka, Koggala, Galle District, Southern ProvinceVisit the fishing village in Weligama and encounter stilt fishing.Duration: 20 minutesStop At: Galle Fort, Galle, Galle District, Southern ProvinceGalle Fort is one of the five historic sites in Sri Lanka, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. Therefore, it is absolutely a must visit place in Sri Lanka. Duration: 40 minutesStop At: Kosgoda Sea Turtle Conservation Project, Kosgoda, Galle District, Southern ProvinceDiscover Sri Lanka’s sea turtle conservation project. It is a prime turtle nesting site conducting hatching, breeding and releasing to the sea. Duration: 30 minutesMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight in Bentota. Select from: Economy (Budget Hotels), Standard (3 Star Hotels) or Luxury (4/5 Star Hotels).Day 8: Bentota - Airport.Pass By: Bandaranaike International AirportDrop you at the Airport, prior 3 hours to the flight departure time. Meals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

$22.51 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Arrival Transfer: Colombo Bandaranayake International Airport CMB BIA to Dambulla City

Once you land at Bandaranayake International Airport (BIA / CMB), your friendly driver will meet you and drive you directly to your hotel in Dambulla downtown. Whether you’re traveling individually, with a partner or in a group, your ground transport needs will be covered by this private airport transfer service. Avoid the confusion of taxis or public transport and enjoy a hassle-free start to your vacation. Airport transfers have never been this easy. Travel in style and comfort with unparalleled safety in our luxurious cars and get to your destination in good time and great order. Your English-speaking chauffeur is always at your service.SKU: LK40101700