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Full-Day Private Tour to Sigiriya and Dambulla

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Colombo, Sri Lanka

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icon10 to 12 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds


Make the most out of your visits to the Dambulla Cave Temples and the Sigiriya Rock Fortress on this full-day guided tour. Planning an excursion that checks off both of these important must-sees could be stressful, but traveling with a guide and private round-trip transportation makes it easy. Learn about the history of the ancient rock fortress was built by King Kasyapa and explore the Royal Gardens, then visit Cave of the Divine King Devaraja Lena and other highlights of the cave temples. Along the way, listen to your guide's in-depth commentary to learn much more than you would exploring on your own.
  • Not just a guided tour: enjoy some free time to explore Sigiriya by yourself
  • Full liter bottle of water to keep you hydrated
  • Travel in a climate-controlled vehicle for year-round comfort
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off makes for a seamless experience
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Air-conditioned vehicle
English-speaking driver/guide
Food and drinks
Entrance tickets to sites

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Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up travellers staying in AirBnB's and homestay units


  • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum age is 8 years
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please provide hotel name, address, and phone number at the time of booking
  • Comfortable shoes are recommended
  • Dress code is casual (no cutoffs, sleeveless tops, or sandals)
  • You are welcome to bring your own food and drinks or purchase food during your lunch break
  • The duration of transfers are approximate, the exact duration will depend on the time of day and traffic conditions
  • As a sign of respect and customary, don't turn your back to any of the statues of Buddha
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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What is the maximum group size during Full-Day Private Tour to Sigiriya and Dambulla?
This activity will have a maximum of 5 travelers.

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  • "Don't forget to take local cash for the entry fees cards not accepted." See review


26 Reviews
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Great Tour
, Jan 2020
This is a "must do" tour! Our tour guide Tharaka was amazing and very knowledgeable. He was very accommodating and didn't complain about the very long day we had. I recommend this tour.
From early morning airport pick-up...
Geoff from Oz
, May 2018
From early morning airport pick-up to late afternoon hotel drop off, this private tour went like clockwork. Very pleasing for my first time in Sri Lanka. I glad I am walking fit because there was a lot of it. The cave temples were at Dambulla were more extensive then I could have imagined. Monkeys running free at both locations. Don't forget to take local cash for the entry fees cards not accepted. As a bonus I also stopped by a Buddhist Stupa that was being maintained by university curators. They allowed me to walk around and told me where not to tread.
This tour is a must. Our tour guide...
, Feb 2018
This tour is a must. Our tour guide was very funny and extremely helpful. He gave us as many new experiences as possible inc stopping at side stalls and trying different freshly made Sri Lankan food. Andrew and Cheryl from Melbourne
This was by far the best one-day...
Simindokht K
, Nov 2017
This was by far the best one-day tour I've been on. My guide was experienced, knowledgable and very nice. Unlike many others who take passengers to commercial places in the hope of receiving commission, he was open and super honest about every single detail of the trip, which I highly appreciated. The pick-up was on time and the round trip takes over 12 hours -- be prepared for a long day of driving and get good rest beforehand. Take snacks and water for the trip. The guide offered three different local places to choose from for lunch. This was a bonus as not all tour guides give you options. I highly recommend this tour -- it's definitely worth your money and time.
This was a great tour. Kumar picked...
, Nov 2017
This was a great tour. Kumar picked us up at 6am and we set off on our 4 hour drive. He was informative where we needed him to be but happy to let us doze! The climb up the rock was tiring and scary but worth it when you got there and the cave/temple was also interesting. Not for the fainthearted!
Long day of driving on dangerous...
, Oct 2017
Long day of driving on dangerous roads. I recommend getting some sleep beforehand. It was our first day in Sri Lanka after arriving at 1.30am, getting to sleep at about 2.30am and being picked up at 6.00am. We had one car accident not our driver's fault and another incident on the way which delayed us by over an hour. The driver was good however on the way back in the dark was, in my opinion because of the delays, taking too many risks which made it even more difficult to relax on the drive. Be prepared for the extras. 1.Entry fee to Sigiriya was a costly surprise at US30 per head. They would only accept Ski Lankan Rupees OR US so make sure you take enough. Just very lucky we had the US with us as we had not changed quite enough of our currency to Rupees 2. The guide at the Fortress also cost 3,000 Rupees. He was good and worth it for the detailed explanation. The climb up the steps is quite challenging and we didn't bother going all the way to the top just for the view. The view from halfway up was enough to make it worthwhile. Mainly because of the unexpected delays we decided not to go in to the Cave Temples which turned out to be fortuitous as we didn't get back to hotel until past 8.00pm. Take water with you.
It was a great experience. Definitely i...
, Jul 2017
It was a great experience. Definitely i will take the tour again.
The experience was great....My guide...
, Mar 2017
The experience was great....My guide did an outstanding job....I recommend the tour to those liking a little exercise and adventure...

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