Welcome to Dambulla

Dambulla’s famed Royal Rock Temple is an iconic Sri Lankan image – you’ll be familiar with its spectacular Buddha-filled interior long before you arrive in town. Despite its slightly commercial air this remains an important holy place and should not be missed.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... Read More

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$105 Cultural & Theme Tours

Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cave Temples Private Day Trip

Early 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 New Sigiri Restaurant. After 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)

$568 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.

$121.25 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.

$400 Cultural & Theme Tours

4-Day Essence of Sri Lanka Tour

Day 1 : Hotel / Sigiriya You 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. Accommodation is in a 3 star hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis.Day 2: Sigiriya / Polonnaruwa / Sigiriya In 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. In 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). Spend overnight in Sigiriya. Accommodation is in a 3 star hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis.Day 3: Sigiriya / Dambulla / Kandyin 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.After 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. In 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. Accommodation is in a 3 star hotel on Bed & Breakfast basis. Day 4 : Kandy / Your Hotel Today after breakfast, you will be taken back to your hotel in Colombo, Negombo or Mount Lavinia or Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo.

$1400 Multi-day & Extended Tours

11-Night Romantic Honeymoon Package

Day 1: Arrive, NegomboUpon arrival at the Bandaranaike International airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to Negombo (Approximately 30 minutes drive). Once there, you will relax and stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 2: Negombo, SigiriyaIn the morning you will have breakfast and drive to Sigiriya. (Approximately 4-hour drive). On the way, you will stop at Dambulla cave temple. Overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 3: Sigiriya, Hiriwadunna, SigiriyaIn the morning you will be driven to Hiriwadunna for village trekking. You will explore in canoes, take a bullock cart ride and have a traditional Sri Lankan Lunch. In the afternoon, you will be able to visit Sigiriya rock fortress, then stay overnight in a 3-star hotel. Day 4: Sigiriya, Matale, KandyIn the morning you will have breakfast and then drive to Kandy (Approx. 2 ½ hrs drive). Along the way you will visit the spice garden. Experience a cooking demonstration and a free head and shoulder massage. In the afternoon, you will enjoy a TukTuk ride in Kandy followed by a city shopping tour. You'll stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 5: KandySpend the day at leisure in the hotel or do some shopping in Kandy. Stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 6: Kandy, Peradeniya, Nuwara EliyaSpend a few hours at leisure in the hotel and then proceed to Peradeniya Railway Station for a scenic train journey to Nanuoya. The train leaves Peradeniya at 12:30 pm and reaches Nanu Oya at 3:55 pm. Lunch will be provided on board. You will stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 7: Nuwara EliyaIn the morning after breakfast, you will be driven to Horton Plains (approx 1 hour drive) to a viewpoint known as World’s End. In the afternoon you will visit a tea plantation and a tea factory where the best tea in the world is produced. Then stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 8: Nuwara Eliya, BentotaAfter breakfast, you will be driven to Bentota (approx. 5 hrs drive). Along the way, visit St. Claire and Devon waterfalls. In the evening, you will stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 9 and 10: BentotaYou are free to spend these days at your leisure to explore or relax on your own. You will stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 11: Bentota, ColomboAfter breakfast, drive to Colombo. In the afternoon, you will have a city tour of Colombo and be able to explore and go shopping. You will stay overnight in a 3-star hotel.Day 12: Colombo, AirportThere is no itinerary planned for the day. After breakfast you will be taken to Bandaranaike International Airport according to your departure flight schedule (approx. 1 hr drive).

$30 Day Trips & Excursions

Private Day Trip: Sigiriya and Dambulla Rock Cave Temple from Kandy

You will be starting your tour from your hotel in Kandy at 7:30am, when you get picked up. You will then be travelling to Sigiriya, the Lion Rock. It will take up to two and a half hours to travel, so you will get there by 10:00am Sigiriya Rock Fortress that dominates the Sigiriya area was the capital of the King Kasyapa who ruled in the 5th century AD. The rock was once shaped into the shape of a lion, hence gaining its name. Now only the giant paws remain at the entrance to the climb up the rock. You can get to see the gardens and advanced irrigation systems that Kasyapa had built in his fortress. To this day the ponds remain full of water (though it is no longer as clean), and the remains of the walls and moats of his fortress can be seen. However the most marvelous aspect of Sigiriya, that brought it international fame, is the unfading rock paintings that continue to confuse many experts. Despite being over a millennia old the colors and shapes remain clear and bright as if they were newly painted. Once you return to the base from your climb up the rock, you can also visit the Sigiriya Museum which has some excellent pieces. You will complete your tour portion in Sigiriya at 12:00pm. From there you will have lunch at a restaurant of your choice. You will then travel to Dambulla. The travel time is around 40 minutes. You will reach there by approximately 2:00pm. The Dambulla Cave Temple is believed to be created by King Valagambahu in the 1st century BC, after he was able to find refuge in the old monastery that was then active in the site. The temple is spread over five caves of different sizes. The major portion of the walls of the caved are covered in beautiful murals and figurines of Buddha and Buddhism related figures can be found. The Dambulla Rock Temple a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You will be viewing these amazing caves for the next hour. Once your tour of Dambulla is done, you will be returning to Kandy. You will be getting back to your hotel at approximately 5:30pm.