Sri Lanka’s Best Treasures: Sigiriya Rock & Dambulla Caves

Sri Lanka’s Best Treasures: Sigiriya Rock & Dambulla Caves

Spoken in: English, Sinhala

( 171 reviews ) star Day trip Kandy 1 - 8 watch_later 10 hours
  • Visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
  • Uncover ancient creations at Dambulla Rock
  • Enjoy a delicious local lunch
  • Explore a wholesale market
  • Get insights into the local spice production
  • Privately guided by your favorite local

You will be picked up anywhere in: Kandy

What you can expect

Journey into the center of Sri Lanka and uncover ancient creations that will leave you awestruck. Explore two of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO-listed highlights on a privately guided day trip to Dambulla and the Sigiriya Rock. Admire a ruined fortress, see temple-style caves of murals and get under the skin of Sri Lanka’s history.

Your private Sri Lankan history adventure begins when your friendly local guide picks you up from your hotel. Enjoy the scenery on your way to Dambulla and make a stop at a stunning Hindu temple. Admire its colorful statues, spot the Hindu people lifestyle and get intriguing facts from your local guide.

Enter the historic caves of the Golden Temple of Dambulla and get ready to be mesmerized by ancient murals, hundreds of figurines of Buddha and other goddess scattered throughout the five main caves. Walk to the caves as your guide tells how Valagambahu carved them into temples and adorned them with murals and Buddha statues.

Before taking off for Sigiriya, take a stroll through a wholesale market. See locals selling their goods, take in the spices smell, pass by stalls filled with fresh vegetables and colorful exotic fruits. The market stall keepers are happy to mingle with the travelers, so be ready to experience the local lifestyle and get to know more about the local culture.

Feeling hungry? Enjoy a typical Sri Lankan lunch at Hela Bojun Hala, a food court with open kitchens serving mouthwatering traditional dishes. Sour fish curry, kottu roti or hot hoppers… what’s on your wishlist? Don’t know what to choose? Your favorite local can give you recommendations based on your preferences.

Rising from the central plains, the iconic rock of Sigiriya is perhaps Sri Lanka's single most dramatic sight. Walk through the entrance framed by the paws of a lion, climb the steep staircase and admire the beautiful unfading murals that brought Sigiriya its fame. Walk through the tunnels leading to the palace as you get a feel for times long past. Take in the mystical vibe as your private guide outlines the rock’s history.

Top off your private day trip with a visit to a temple built in the South Indian style. Enjoy the quietness of this place, admire the lake views around the temple and take a walk around to recharge your batteries after all the hustle & bustle.

This truly local experience is full of interesting stories, a delicious local meal & countless breathtaking views. The best thing is that everything can be 100% personalized, just get in touch with your favorite local guide!

This is the plan

Your host will pick you up at your hotel in Kandy.
Stop 1
Visit the unique temple of Aluvihara, learn all about ancient B uddhist manuscripts!
Stop 2
Stop at a stunning Hindu Temple in Matale and be amazed by its colorful architecture
Stop 3
Discover the unbelievable Rock Cave Temples of Dambulla and hear the stories behind it
Have a well deserved break and a delicious local lunch at a restaurant recommended by your host
Stop 4
Climb the impressive Sigiriya Rock and follow the footsteps of the King. Learn all about the history and culture of the place.
Stop 5
Stop by a hidden gem: a beautiful secluded temple in the middle of the nature. Take in the quietness and peace
Head back to Kandy and get dropped off at your hotel.

Feel free to personalize this offer with the host of your choice

Day trip details

Private Day trip
Mode of transport
Car (cost included)
10 hours
Nr. of guests
1 - 8 persons
Meeting point
Guest pick-up
included (free of charge)
instant confirmation
  • checkFree cancellation up to 14 days before experience date
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What's included
checkEntrance tickets
checkPrivate guide
checkA/C Car
checkTickets to Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Caves
checkTickets to Aluvihara Temple and Matale Hindu Temple
Not included
Lunch costs

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    of the city

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    your choice

  • Private. Affordable.
    And 100% You.


How it works:

  1. 1 Choose the theme of your tour.
  2. 2 Pick your favorite local as your private guide.
  3. 3 Let your guide personalize anything you like.


Now you can enjoy the true heart of the city in the most personal and unique way.