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All-Inclusive Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples Private Day Trip

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
All-Inclusive Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples Private Day Trip

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Safety measures
icon14 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Visit two UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Golden Temple of Dambulla, on this private day trip with a personal guide—a must-do activity when visiting Sri Lanka. You’re chauffeured in the comfort of your own vehicle for the drive from Negombo, Colombo, Kalutara, Kandy, or Mount Lavinia. Climb the fifth-century fortress on a sightseeing tour and, after lunch, tour the impressive cave temple and marvel at its Buddha statues.
  • Visit the UNESCO-listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Golden Temple of Dambulla
  • Hear personalized commentary from a knowledgeable guide
  • Includes lunch at a local restaurant with refreshments
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off by private vehicle from Negombo, Colombo, Kandy, Kalutar, or Mt Lavinia
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Hotel pickup and drop-off by an Air-conditioned vehicle in Negombo, Colombo, Mount Lavinia, Kalutara or Kandy.
Sightseeing tours with service of an English Speaking chauffeur guide
Lunch at a local restaurant, Refreshments and water bottles
Entry fee to Sigiriya Rock Fortress, Sigiriya Museum and Dambulla Cave Temple
Parking and Highway Charges
All Fees and Taxes
Any video/still camera fee to the monuments and places of visit
Tips to guides, restaurants, and hotel lobby. Tipping is expected.
Any others expenses which are not mentioned on Price Includes section

Departure Point

Traveler pickup is offered
All hotels and places in Colombo, Mount Lavinia, Wadduwa, Kalutara, Negombo and Kandy

Ports

  • Port of Colombo කොළඹ වරාය கொழும்பு துறைமுகம், 19 Chaithya Rd, Colombo 00100, Sri Lanka


  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Group discount is available when group size is 7 people or more
  • Please wear clothes to cover your knees and shoulders when visiting temples
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Beyond Escapes
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during All-Inclusive Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples Private Day Trip?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by All-Inclusive Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples Private Day Trip.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during All-Inclusive Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples Private Day Trip?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by All-Inclusive Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples Private Day Trip.
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What is the social distancing policy during All-Inclusive Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples Private Day Trip?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by All-Inclusive Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples Private Day Trip.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during All-Inclusive Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples Private Day Trip?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by All-Inclusive Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples Private Day Trip.

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Traveler Tips


  • "While it's a slight workout to climb the stairs, it's still quite manageable." See review
  • "A long and tiring day but a great experience made better by a lovely driver and guide!" See review

Reviews

4.5
star-4.5
78 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-1
Came for Sigiriya, ended being topless in the jungle.
Daniel_N
, Jan 2019
This tour started off great. The driver pulled over for us to buy some fresh fruit and we thought this was going to be great. But then another stop and another stop. Pretty much the driver was stopping to visit friends, shop and get us to buy things from them. Anyways, we were almost at Sigiriya, when you guessed it. Another stop. This time a tour of a garden which ended with us in a hut. My partner and I were offered tea and massages, we politely declined but they insisted. We were then asked for a "donation". When we finally got to Sigiriya our driver told us we could only climb half way. Keeping in mind this is the guy that made is late by visiting friends and shopping. We were late for lunch, the staff was actually eating from the buffet when we arrived. Because of all the stops on the way. I paid over $400 (aus) for this and can say I regret my choice.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent day tour
Katie_M
, Dec 2018
Danitha was a fantastic guide who picked us up on time in a lovely private air conditioned car. A great day trip and he stopped off at various interesting places en route to the rock which was a great insight into Sri Lankan culture. He organised a guide for us at the rock and showed us around Dambulla temple himself. A long and tiring day but a great experience made better by a lovely driver and guide! Lunch is included and was lovely. Thank you Danitha. Would highly recommend this tour.
star-5
I would highly recommend this tour...
Ashley_C
, Aug 2018
I would highly recommend this tour! The tour guide and driver, Dhamita, was very personable and attentive to my needs. He arrived at my hotel early to ensure that we had an early start to my day. He checked in with me periodically to make sure I was okay. While hiking to the cave temples, he was patient while I took my time to get there. And he was extremely accommodating with helping me to get to the airport. On another note, I would highly recommend everyone to engage in this day trip. The Sigiriya Rock Fortress is simply breathtaking. While it's a slight workout to climb the stairs, it's still quite manageable. My tour guide was also very patient with me every step of the way. We also stopped by several stores to go shopping and engaged in local activities that was quite fun. I also enjoyed the cave temples, which are tucked away in the hills/mountains. It was a pleasant surprise to see these exquisite temples. The weather wasn't too bad, but make sure you drink a ton of water. I wouldn't travel to Sri Lanka without visiting these two places -- they were the highlight of my entire trip!
star-5
Really enjoyed the tour although it...
Jonathan C
, Mar 2018
Really enjoyed the tour although it was tough trekking up Sigiriya rock in the blistering heat but well worth it. Our driver Dhamitha was such a nice guy and made our trip highly enjoyable. I would definitely recommend it
star-4
An early start for this trip but it...
Anne_L
, Mar 2018
An early start for this trip but it was worth it as it is quite a long drive. Demitha our drive was very good an he looked after us very well. Unfortunately the weather was very bad and we got soaked walking up Sigiriya but you can't di anything about the weather! We had a lovely lunch at the wood carving workshop and we had time to dry off before getting wet again at Dambulla but walking barefoot through the warm puddles was very spiritual
star-3
Climbing sigiriya rock itself and...
Chloe B
, Mar 2018
Climbing sigiriya rock itself and the cave temples were amazing. However the service we received from our driver wasn't great. We weren't given any bottled water, pretty much had to beg for it. We also weren't given a guide for the cave temples. Expensive tour yet poor service.
star-5
The guide was a very good person, as...
agostina m
, Mar 2018
The guide was a very good person, as a very good driver. The roads was so slowly but we known. The sites we've seen was simply amazing!
star-5
Great chance to see the interior of...
Rodney L
, Jan 2018
Great chance to see the interior of the country. The nearly four hour drive to get there is a test of patience due to the vehicle and lot traffic that is constant all along the roads. The cave temple tour is interesting, make sure you dress appropriately i.e. long shorts and be prepared to take off your footwear prior to walking around the site. The climb up to the top of Sigirya Rock is not difficult and there are many opportunities to stop and rest and enjoy the view.
star-1
We booked a tour from Colombo to...
Supriya L
, Jan 2018
We booked a tour from Colombo to Sigiriya/Dambulla Cave Temples with you. We regret to inform you that we were disappointed in both our driver and the tour company. While they were flexible with our schedule, the driver was not a tour guide and simply took us from place to place. It was frustrating that the price not only didn't cover entrance fees, the guide was completely unaware of the price or cash only rule. Most upsetting of all was that he was inappropriate in his attitude and conversation. He asked a series of personal questions about my relationship status and what kind of men I like. As you can imagine, this was unnerving for two women traveling alone in remote areas. We hope Viator vets tour companies with whom it chooses to partner more carefully in the future. We would like to be able to rely on this service for accurate information and safe experiences.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
pick-up was prompt and our driver...
Han Wah Ivan N
, Dec 2017
pick-up was prompt and our driver cum guide was alright though we were expecting a lot of sharing from him - he was a relatively safe driver, stopping the vehicle on 3 occasions to answer his mobile phones but I do find it puzzling that when we reached both Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cave Temple, he would only purchase, pass us the tickets and thereafter, waited for us at the exit instead of walking through the attractions with us. It was disappointing as we were expecting a guide to take us through the rich history of the place.

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