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Danitha was a fantastic guide who picked us up on time in a lovely private air conditioned car. A great day trip and he stopped off at various interesting places en route to the rock which was a great insight into Sri Lankan culture. He organised a guide for us at the rock and showed us around Dambulla temple himself. A long and tiring day but a great experience made better by a lovely driver and guide! Lunch is included and was lovely. Thank you Danitha. Would highly recommend this tour.
I would highly recommend this tour! The tour guide and driver, Dhamita, was very personable and attentive to my needs. He arrived at my hotel early to ensure that we had an early start to my day. He checked in with me periodically to make sure I was okay. While hiking to the cave temples, he was patient while I took my time to get there. And he was extremely accommodating with helping me to get to the airport.
On another note, I would highly recommend everyone to engage in this day trip. The Sigiriya Rock Fortress is simply breathtaking. While it's a slight workout to climb the stairs, it's still quite manageable. My tour guide was also very patient with me every step of the way. We also stopped by several stores to go shopping and engaged in local activities that was quite fun. I also enjoyed the cave temples, which are tucked away in the hills/mountains. It was a pleasant surprise to see these exquisite temples. The weather wasn't too bad, but make sure you drink a ton of water.
I wouldn't travel to Sri Lanka without visiting these two places -- they were the highlight of my entire trip!
An early start for this trip but it was worth it as it is quite a long drive. Demitha our drive was very good an he looked after us very well. Unfortunately the weather was very bad and we got soaked walking up Sigiriya but you can't di anything about the weather! We had a lovely lunch at the wood carving workshop and we had time to dry off before getting wet again at Dambulla but walking barefoot through the warm puddles was very spiritual
Great chance to see the interior of the country. The nearly four hour drive to get there is a test of patience due to the vehicle and lot traffic that is constant all along the roads. The cave temple tour is interesting, make sure you dress appropriately i.e. long shorts and be prepared to take off your footwear prior to walking around the site. The climb up to the top of Sigirya Rock is not difficult and there are many opportunities to stop and rest and enjoy the view.
We booked a tour from Colombo to Sigiriya/Dambulla Cave Temples with you. We regret to inform you that we were disappointed in both our driver and the tour company. While they were flexible with our schedule, the driver was not a tour guide and simply took us from place to place. It was frustrating that the price not only didn't cover entrance fees, the guide was completely unaware of the price or cash only rule.
Most upsetting of all was that he was inappropriate in his attitude and conversation. He asked a series of personal questions about my relationship status and what kind of men I like. As you can imagine, this was unnerving for two women traveling alone in remote areas.
We hope Viator vets tour companies with whom it chooses to partner more carefully in the future. We would like to be able to rely on this service for accurate information and safe experiences.
pick-up was prompt and our driver cum guide was alright though we were expecting a lot of sharing from him - he was a relatively safe driver, stopping the vehicle on 3 occasions to answer his mobile phones but I do find it puzzling that when we reached both Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cave Temple, he would only purchase, pass us the tickets and thereafter, waited for us at the exit instead of walking through the attractions with us. It was disappointing as we were expecting a guide to take us through the rich history of the place.