Dambulla – Sigiriya Day Tour
Sigiriya and Dambulla have been nominated as UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES and once Sigiriya was nominated as the
8th Wonder of the World. This is a MUST DO trip when holidaying in Sri Lanka. Trip starts at 6 am from Colombo
and the drive to Dambulla will take 4-5 hours approximately. Once Dambulla Cave Temple is visited we suggest you have lunch
at a recommended restaurant by our driver. When the sun is not so harsh you can visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress and proceed to
Colombo after wards.
Visiting Dambulla Cave Temple during Dambulla-Sigiriya day tour – Dambulla is sited on a gigantic rock which towers more than 160m
above the surrounding land. The Rock is more the 1.5km around its base and summit is at 550km. The caves were the refuge of
King Walagamba (Vattagamini Abhaya) When he was exile for 14 years. When he returns to the throne at Anuradhapura in the 1st
century BC, he had magnificent rock temple built at Dambulla. The site has been repaired and repainted several times in the 11th, 12th
and 18th centuries.
Dambulla was designated a World Heritage site in 1991. The caves have a mixture of religious and secular painting and sculpture. There
are several reclining Buddha's, including the 15m long sculpture of the dying Buddha in Cave 1. the frescoes on the walls and ceiling
from the 15th-18th centuries; the ceiling frescoes show scenes from the Buddha's life and Sinhalese history. Cave 2 is the largest and most
impressive, containing over 150 statues, illustrating the Mahayana influences on Buddhism at the time through introducing Hindu deities such
as Vishnu and Ganesh.
Visiting Sigiriya during Dambulla-Sigiriya day tour – The ancient city of SIGIRIYA is a premier eco-tourism destination in Sri Lanka which
was designated a cultural World Heritage Site in 1982. It is also proposed that the site should be named the eighth wonder of the world,
indicating it is in the same league as other international wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Ancient Pyramids.
Translated as ‘Lion Rock' into English, the name of the monument indicates the way in which visitors used to begin their final ascent to the
top – through the open jaws and throat (‘giriya') of a lion (‘sinha'). Unfortunately, the only remains of this lion figure are the gigantic paws,
sculpted into the side of the rock.
The topography of the area is flat except for the massive rock outcrop of the fortress itself (which rises an incredible 600 ft up from the
green scrub jungle). The unusual rock is particularly interesting due to its flat top (nearly an acre in size), that was used in its entirety
to build King Kasyapa's fortress complex, still evident by the presence of the extensive ruins.
For a car or minivan (maximum 6 passengers) US$ 180
Package excludes, (but our chauffeur will assist you in the process)
Places of visit during this trip
We can tailor this trip to suit your requirements
For further assistance please contact Cyril
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