Welcome to Sigiriya

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 civilisation, thought to be once the epicentre of the short-lived kingdom of Kassapa, and there are spellbinding vistas across mist-wrapped forests in the early morning.Sigiriya refuses to reveal... Read More

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$520 Multi-day & Extended Tours

6-Day Sri Lanka Heritage Private Tour

Day 1 : ARRIVE / SIGIRIYA You will be picked up at the Bandaranaike International Colombo Airport and warmly greeted by your personal chauffeur guide and transferred to Sigiriya (Approx. 4 hours drive). Spend Overnight in Sigiriya. Accommodation is a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.DAY 2: SIGIRIYA / POLONNARUWA / SIGIRIYA Morning : Visit The Ancient City of Polonnaruwa (UNESCO world heritage site) with approx. 2 hours driveAfternoon: Climb the famous Sigiriya rock fortress and visit rocky abode and water gardens, an UNESCO world heritage and one of the Wonders of the World).Spend Overnight in Sigiriya. Accommodation is a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.DAY 3: SIGIRIYA / DAMBULLA / KANDYMorning: Visit the Cave temple of Dambulla (UNESCO world heritage site), a batik factory and a spice garden where you can see the best spices in Sri Lanka. Afternoon: You will do the 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 a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.Day 4 : KANDY/ NUWARA ELIYA Morning: Visit Peradeniya Botanical Garden, one of the best botanical gardens in AsiaAfternoon: You will proceed to Peradeniya Railway Station for a scenic train journey to Nanuoya Railway Station on Expo rail. This train journey is the most scenic train journey in Sri Lanka. Train leaves Peradeniya at 12:31hrs and reaches Nanuoya at 15:55hrs. Lunch will be provided on board. Your driver/guide will be waiting at the Railway Station. Spend Overnight in Nuwara Eliya. Accommodation is in a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.Day 5 : NUWARA ELIYA / COLOMBODrive to Colombo. En route visit a tea plantation and tea factory where the best tea in the world is produced. Also visit Devon & St. Claire's waterfalls. Arrive Colombo in the evening and spend overnight in Colombo. Accommodation is in a three star hotel or similar grade on bed & breakfast basis.Day 6 : COLOMBOWe will take you to the airport based on your flight schedule.

$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.

$53.75 Cultural & Theme Tours

Private Day Trip to Sigiriya and Hiriwaduna from Colombo

Travel to Sigiriya in the Morning (approximately 4 to 4.5 hours)The tour starts at 6:30am. You can arrange to be picked up from any hotel In Colombo. You will be travelling in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle. You will reach Sigiriya at 10:30 am. After a short climb up a wide staircase, you will reach the base of the rock fortress which was once used as the capital by King Kasyappa in the 5th century AD. It is said that the entire rock of Sigiriya was once carved in the shape of a lion. But the ravages of time have blurred the lines till only the vaguest likeness remains. Another visible feature is the entrance, which is flanked by two enormous lion paws carved into the rock. From there, the actual climb begins. Traverse precarious looking staircases that hug the sides of the rock face. As you climb the rock, you will see the various gardens, the park and features, such as the mirror wall on various rock platforms. After your guide shows you these ruins, you will climb further up. Here on the western rock face and in some of the caves, you will see the colorful frescoes that give Sigiriya its fame. They are still bright, over one and a half millennia after being painted. After gaining a clearer understanding of King Kasyappa, you will climb back down with your guide, who can also provide assistance on the climb if required. The entire climb up and down will take two hours and you will be bound for Hiriwaduna Village by 12:30 pm. The drive to Hiriwaduna Village (approximately 20 minutes) Once you reach Hiriwaduna, your activities will begin with a 15-minute ride in a traditional cart hitched to oxen (bullock cart). The ride will end at an artificial reservoir. A 15-minute catamaran safari awaits you on your arrival at the reservoir. The experienced navigator will show you some of the amazing plant life and wildlife that call the waters home. So don’t forget to pack your binoculars. The catamaran ride will disembark you at the inner village with rural mud houses. You will then be guided to one of the local houses where you will receive a cooking demonstration for 15 minutes. You also get to try your hand at local cooking as you help make one of the dishes. After the demo, your traditional Sri Lankan lunch will be ready. You can expect lunch at approximately 2pm. It comes cooked over wood fires in clay pots. You will be eating on plates made of clean lotus leaves placed on woven trays. The buffet menu will be as follows: Main: Rice with 6 curry sides, whole fried fish, green salad and papadamDessert: Seasonal fruits/ Curd with kithul treacle After lunch in this rustic setting, you will be leaving the village to travel back to Colombo at 3pm. You will be touching base at your hotel in Colombo by 7pm to complete your tour.

$115 Transfers & Ground Transport

Private Departure Transfer: Sigiriya City to Colombo Bandaranayake International Airport CMB BIA

Once you have completed your holiday in Sri Lanka and are ready to head back home, your friendly driver will meet you at your hotel in Sigiriya and drive you directly to the airport. Whether you’re traveling individually, with a partner or in a group, your ground transport needs will be covered by this private transfer service. Avoid the confusion of taxis or public transport and enjoy a hassle-free ride. Airport departure transfers have never been this easy! Travel in style and comfort with unparalleled safety in our luxurious cars and get to your flight in good time and great order. Your English-speaking chauffeur is always at your service!

$66 Cultural & Theme Tours

Full-Day Tour of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples by Luxury Vehicle

Your adventure begins with the convenience of pickup service from your local hotel, 30 to 60 minutes prior to the departure time. At 8am, travel in comfort to Sigiriya in an air-conditioned, luxury vehicle. Learn how this ancient rock fortress was built by King Kasyapa to be the capital and house the royal palace from your English-speaking driver/guide. Hear how it was transformed into a Buddhist monastery in the 14th century. Then, go to the Royal Gardens with its beautiful landscaping and water features. Climb up to see the famed Mirror Wall and the 6th century rock art. Journey to the Boulder Gardens and Terraced Gardens. See the exquisite frescoes that are approximately 1600 years old. Admire the Sigiriya Frescoes that depict the king's harem on the face of the rocks. Then, it is time to go to the summit of the fortress at Sky Palace.Enjoy an hour of free time. You can have lunch (own expense) or explore on your own. Following the break, meet your guide to go to the Dambulla Cave Temples.Upon arriving at the Dambulla Cave Temple Complex, you will go directly to the Cave of the Divine King Devaraja Lena. View the 46ft. (14m) statue of Buddha made out of rock. Read the first century inscription at the entry of the cave telling of its origins. Continue over to the Cave of the Great Kings, the largest of the five caves. There you will see 40-seated statues of Buddha, cave paintings on the ceiling, and more. The ceiling and wall paintings found in the Great New Monastery date back to the 1700s and provide you with a unique insight into the Buddhist Revivalist period. See a statue of King Kirti Sri Rajasinha and 50 statues of Buddha. Return to your hotel provided at the end of the tour, at approximately 5pm.

$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.