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From Negombo: Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip

1. From Negombo: Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip

After being transported in private car with local English speaking tour guide from Negombo, you will reach your first destination: Sri Lanka's largest rock, Dambulla Cave Temple, which is built on a 600-foot high rock at an elevation of 1118 feet from sea level. It is home to the worlds most acclaimed cave complex of magnificent Buddha images and rock paintings of vivid colors and shapes from the 2nd-century BC to the Kandyan era of the 18th-century.  Your second visit is to Sigiriya Rock, a site of historical and archaeological significance dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 feet) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa for his new capital. Finish your day with a tour to see the crafts of the traditional artisans in Sigiriya, including wood carvers and batik makers. Learn about the process of their work and purchase some great souvenirs.  At the end of the trip, your guide will take you back to your hotel in Negombo.

From Negombo: White Water Rafting Adventure

2. From Negombo: White Water Rafting Adventure

Get your adrenaline pumping with an exhilarating white water rafting adventure in the Sri Lankan rainforest. Get picked up from your hotel in the morning and begin the 3-hour journey to Kithulgala Jungle, admiring panoramic views of the surrounding countryside along the way. Once you reach Kithulgala, listen to a quick safety briefing and introduction from your expert guide before your rafting adventure begins. After the presentation, begin your session. Zip along the Kelani River and its stream of continuous rapids. There are 5 major rapids and 4 minor rapids spread over an area of over 5 kilometers, creating exhilarating rafting opportunities. Once you have finished, break for lunch at the adventure base restaurant before heading back to Negombo.

From Bentota: Balapitiya, Handunugoda and Galle Guided Tour

3. From Bentota: Balapitiya, Handunugoda and Galle Guided Tour

Start your sightseeing adventure with a convenient pickup from your hotel and head to your first stop for the day, Balapitiya. Enjoy a boat safari down the beautiful Madu River. Take a closer look at this wetland estuary and explore its lush mangrove forests, gliding under the canopy of the forest tunnels. Take in the unique biodiversity of this region, keeping an eye out for the crocodiles and water monitors that inhabit these waters. Stop at one of the many islands to witness the locals harvest cinnamon and end your boat safari with a visit to the fish spa. Your tropical tour continues after a short break for lunch. Head to Handunugoda to visit the local tea estate. Discover the tea that this plantation is famous for, Virgin White Tea, and learn how this luxury product is made on a tour of the plantation. Next, head to Ahangama for a truly unique photo opportunity. Watch as local fishermen demonstrate on-water stilt fishing, one of Sri Lanka's most interesting traditional fishing methods. Speak to one of the local fishermen and learn how they do it. The final stop on your Sri Lankan sightseeing tour is the old colonial city of Galle. Explore the Galle Fort, one of the best-preserved fortifications in Asia. Visit the Maritime Museum, the Galle National Museum, and the local lighthouse. Stroll down cobblestone streets as you learn the history of this port city, including the periods of Portuguese and Dutch rule.

Sigiriya and Pidurangala Rock From Negombo

4. Sigiriya and Pidurangala Rock From Negombo

Pidurangala and Sigiriya rock are huge rock formations directly opposite each other, both with majestic views of rolling lake to land vistas. On the summit of Pidurangala is the best possible place to get an eyeful the rock fortress itself. Pidurangala is more than a stunning rock formation. Learn about the history and backstories of this place. Once you done your climbing Pidurangala, enjoy a local lunch at the Sigiriya Hotel.  The second destination is Sigiriya Rock, which is a site of historical and archaeological significance. It is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters (660 feet) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa for his new capital.  Finish your day with a tour to see the crafts of the traditional artisans in Sigiriya, including wood carvers and batik makers. Learn about the process of their work and purchase some great souvenirs. 

Kandy Day Tour from Negombo

5. Kandy Day Tour from Negombo

Your first destination in the city will be the Temple of the Tooth. The Sacred Tooth Relic of Buddha has had much importance throughout the history of Sri Lanka. Being able to protect it and enshrine it was not only regarded as a symbol of piousness, but also a symbol of status that proved the worthiness of the ancient kings of the country. View the beautiful architecture of the palace and look at the many golden figurines in the shrine. You will also visit the Iragama Tea Factory, Spice Garden, Gem Museum, and a viewpoint of Kandy.  The Royal Botanical Gardens is 147-acre premises hosting over 4000 species of plants, including an exclusive collection of orchids, spices, and medicinal plants. Created early in the 19th-century, the gardens have a significant amount of history that you will learn more about during your tour. You will see famed plants such as the Cannonball Tree, the Giant Gavan Fig tree, and the 40 meter tall Burma bamboo.

From Negombo: Southern Coast Highlights Private Day Tour

6. From Negombo: Southern Coast Highlights Private Day Tour

Start your day tour with pickup from your hotel in Negombo at 6:30 AM. The first stop on your tour itinerary will be the Handunugoda Tea Factory which you will reach at approximately 9:30 AM. The Handunugoda Tea Factory reawakened the ancient Chinese tradition of creating Virgin White Tea, which is untouched by human hands during the manufacturing process. During the one-and-a-half-hour tour of the factory, see how this mysterious process takes place to create one of the top luxury teas in the world. Travel next to Ahangama to meet the stilt fishermen, who are one of the most iconic figures of Sri Lanka. Learn how they practice this unique and intricate fishing technique from a local practitioner of this ancient tradition. At approximately 12:00 PM you will stop for a lunch at your own expense in a place of your choosing, before reaching Galle at 2:00 PM. This coastal city has withstood three foreign invasions; during which time, it grew from a bustling port which was the main stop for ships travelling east, to a fortified and yet beautiful city with many monuments which have withstood the ravages of time. See the Galle Fort which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Galle Lighthouse, the National Maritime Museum, the picturesque cobblestoned streets, and many more colonial remnants. Leave Galle at 3:30 PM to visit the Kosgoda Turtle Hatchery, a journey that takes approximately 1 hour. Learn about the 5 types of sea turtles that visit Sri Lanka for nesting, and how the nests are protected. You will be able to see and touch baby turtles and view some of the fully-grown turtles that are treated for injuries and ailments. Return to your hotel by 8:30 PM to complete the excursion.

From Negombo: Bentota Water Sports and Galle City Tour

7. From Negombo: Bentota Water Sports and Galle City Tour

Bentota is situated along the southwest coast of the country, 65 Km south of Colombo. Take a jet ski out on the ocean at super high speeds. Have a great view of the ocean and the beach as you speed through the waves. After, jump onto a tube or banana boat for more thrilling rides.  Discover Galle, a city also on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka. It is known for Galle Fort, the fortified city founded by Portuguese colonists in the 16th-century. Stone sea walls, expanded by the Dutch, encircle car-free streets with architecture reflecting the Portuguese, Dutch, and British rule. Notable buildings include the 18th-century Dutch Reformed Church. See Galle lighthouse standing on the fort’s southeast tip. 

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What people are saying about Negombo

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Nice trip with a good English speaking guide. We saw a lot but also a lot that was not described on the trip we what booked. When you arrive at Sigiryia Rock you have to pay for a ticket and the same thing you have to do if you go on an elephant safari in the area, so you just have to be aware of this. So what you pay for is basically a drive there. We did not get to see the temple in Dambula which was otherwise something we had been looking forward to the most.

Reliable, professional and customer-oriented.

With a little uncertainty about how this would turn out, we were pleasantly surprised. The driver picked up at 04.45, drove us and followed us all day and guided us. He was friendly and quite knowledgeable and our experience was a little more than we expected. We are pleasantly surprised again by Getyourguide and your service, guides and services. We will book you again!

It's a must!

Since u are visiting Sri Lanka, u must book a trip to Sigiriya and Dambulla! Apart of a good exercise climbing the rock, the view from up and the wind makes the best experience! Highly recommended, with Aaron as a driver!

It was a great tour with amazing moments. The tour guide was really patient and friendly and shower and explained us a lot of things. I can recommend this tour to every tourist!