Cast your eyes over two of Sri Lanka’s greatest historical treasures on a Sigiriya and Dambulla Rock Caves day trip from Kandy. Marvel at the towering, UNESCO-listed Sirigiya rock and see its ruined fortress, landscaped gardens, and 1,500-year-old rock-face frescoes of maidens. After a lunch stop (own expense), visit UNESCO-protected Dambulla to see its temple-style caves of murals and Buddha images. Hotel pickup and drop-off, plus private guide, and private air-conditioned transport included.
Explore two of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO-listed treasures
Visit Sigiriya rock to see its 5th-century ruins and landscaped gardens
Admire the maiden frescoes, giant stone lion claws, and moats, paths, and reservoirs
Visit the Dambulla Rock Caves to see their rich murals and Buddha statues
Lunch (own expense) at your chosen local restaurant
Personalized attention from a private guide, private air-conditioned transport, and hotel pickup and drop-off included
Meet your driver-guide early at your Kandy hotel and begin your roughly 2.5-hour trip to Sigiriya by private, air-conditioned vehicle.
The 5th-century capital of King Kasyapa, the 590-foot (180-meter) granite rock of Sigiriya rears from jungle, and boasts the ruins of palace buildings, ponds, moats, and reservoirs at the summit and base.
On arrival, head inside (own expense) for a 2-hour visit. Admire the carved lion paws at the entrance and climb to the famous, 1,500-year-old paintings of maidens on the rock face. Marvel at the still-bright frescoes, and take in the terraced summit, garden ruins, and Sigiriya Museum, as your guide outlines the rock’s history.
After lunch at a local restaurant (own expense) of your choice, continue toward UNESCO-protected Dambulla, home to rock caves thought to have been crafted by King Valagambahu in the 1st century BC.
Following a roughly 40-minute journey, go inside (own expense) and walk to the caves as your guide tells how Valagambahu carved them into temples and adorned them with murals and Buddha statues. Then, wander through the caverns and marvel at the incredibly detailed paintings, statues, figurines, and images.
Finally, drive back to Kandy where your tour ends with a hotel drop-off.