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ONE DAY EXCURSION TO SIGIRIYA AND DAMBULLA

ONE DAY EXCURSION TO SIGIRIYA  AND DAMBULLA

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.

Typical Itinerary

  • Pick up from Colombo hotel and transfer to Dambulla – Approximately 5-6 hours drive
  • Visit Dambulla cave Temple, a UNESCO World Heritage site which Lord Buddha’s life is painted on the walls of the cave which is 
  • believed to be done during the 2nd century.
  • Lunch at a recommended restaurant
  • Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress at 3.30 PM built by King Kashyapa as his palace during the 5th Century, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Transfer to Colombo – Approximately 5-6 hours drive

For a car or minivan (maximum 6 passengers) US$ 180

 

Package includes,

  • Air-conditioned vehicle with fuel
  • English speaking chauffeur guide
  • All parking and highway charge where applicable
  • All taxes

Package excludes, (but our chauffeur will assist you in the process)

  • Entry fees for the mentioned attractions and activities
  • Meals or refreshments
  • Specialist guide’s fee

Places of visit during this trip

  • Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress

We can tailor this trip to suit your requirements

For further assistance please contact Cyril

Email: [email protected]

 


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