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Private Day Trip to Hiriwaduna Village and Sigiriya from Kandy

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Kandy, Sri Lanka
Private Day Trip to Hiriwaduna Village and Sigiriya from Kandy

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icon12 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Sample the best of Sri Lanka’s local culture, wildlife, and history during this full-day private excursion. Take a guided trek to Hiriwaduna in the Sri Lankan interior and admire diverse birdlife, enjoy a boat ride, and dig into an included lunch at a village house. Then head to the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress, which dates back to the 5th century.
  • Trek to the village of Hiriwaduna and visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress on this private excursion
  • Observe wildlife like birds, butterflies, and the occasional crocodile while hiking to the village
  • Enjoy village activities like a boat ride and a trip on a bullock cart
  • Dig into an included Sri Lankan-style lunch prepared by a village family
  • Experience Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Private guide ensures personalized service and attention
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
English-speaking chauffeur guide
Local guide during village trek
Lunch in a village house

Departure Point

Kandy, Sri Lanka

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Departure Time

6:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Receive a pickup from your Kandy hotel in the early morning, after which you are transferred for the drive to the interior of Sri Lanka to begin a trek to a local village.

Spot local wildlife as you proceed through the jungle and marshland, eventually reaching the settlement. You get to observe residents as they go about daily tasks like fishing and washing clothes, and then take a boat ride and a “bullock cart” ride up to the home of a local family, who prepares your lunch. After your meal, head to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back hundreds of years.

For full details of the day’s activities, please review the itinerary below.
Stop At:  
Habarana Lake
Get picked up from your hotel in Kandy at 6:30am and travel to Hiriwaduna, approximately a 3-hour drive away. On arrival, your guide will lead you through a typical Sri Lankan village. Look out for wildlife such as birds, butterflies, and maybe even crocodiles at the manmade reservoir where villagers wash clothes or fish at the periphery of the lake. Hop into a boat for a short cruise across the lake, then climb into a bullock cart which will take you to a village house for an authentic Sri Lankan lunch from noon to 1pm.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
After lunch, get back into the vehicle for the trip to Sigiriya, approximately 30 minutes away. Spend three hours exploring the rock fortress. its toadstool of golden-hued granite protruding into the blue sky from a hot, flat wilderness of scrubland. During the rainy seasons, this scrubland is transformed into to a water garden. Climb the steps to the Sigiriya's summit, where you can find ruins of King Kashyapa's palace, built in the 5th century, and admire scenic views as far as the eye can see. At 4:30pm, meet your driver for the journey back to Kandy, where you will arrive back at your hotel at approximately 7pm where the tour ends.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Beyond Escapes

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A very enjoyable day. The driver was...
Rebecca S
, Oct 2017
A very enjoyable day. The driver was excellent at spotting wildlife for us. We were a little disappointed with the guide as there was a lot of extra's we were offered, but he was not impressed when we refused. Village members and boat trip were excellent. Sigiriya is a tough climb and a degree of fitness is required. A nice way to see parts of Sri Lanka.

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