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From Colombo: Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip

1. From Colombo: Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Trip

Depart Colombo and travel by a shared vehicle, in a small group, to the city of Sigiriya, and head directly to Sigiriya Rock on arrival. Gaze in awe at the massive column of rock that, according to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle The Culavamsa, was selected by King Kassyapa as the site of his new capital. Admire numerous paintings of historic queens, princesses, and maids inside the rock fortress before getting a break for lunch at your own expense. Then, explore some of the traditional crafts of the region, such as wood carving and batik textiles, with time to purchase souvenirs before departing. Start the journey back towards Colombo via Dambulla to explore the largest and best-preserved cave temple complex in Sri Lanka. Discover the magnificent Buddha images and rock paintings of vivid colors and different shapes, painted from around the 2nd century B.C. up to the 18th-century Kandyan era.

Sigiriya, Dambulla & Minneriya day tour

2. Sigiriya, Dambulla & Minneriya day tour

Experience the ultimate Sri Lankan adventure with our Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Minneriya National Park one-day tour. Travel in style and comfort with a licensed guide and a climate-controlled vehicle, exploring ancient sites and immersing yourself in the country's natural beauty. Your adventure begins with a visit to the iconic Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back to the 5th century AD. Enjoy stunning views as you hike to the top of the fortress, passing through ancient frescoes and mirror walls along the way. Next, we'll take you to the Dambulla Cave Temple, another UNESCO World Heritage Site that houses numerous statues and paintings depicting the life of Lord Buddha and his teachings. Admire the serene beauty of these sacred caves and learn about the ancient religious beliefs and practices of Sri Lanka. The tour culminates at the Minneriya National Park, where you'll enjoy an open-air 4x4 jeep safari in search of elephants, the park's most magnificent inhabitants. Get up close and personal with these gentle giants and observe the park's diverse wildlife, including a plethora of mammals, birds, reptiles, and amphibians. The picturesque landscape includes a beautiful lake surrounded by jungle, making the tour a wonderful opportunity to relax and unwind amidst the breathtaking nature of Sri Lanka. Throughout the tour, you'll have the expert guidance of a licensed guide to provide you with deep insights into Sri Lanka's rich cultural heritage, its fascinating history, and diverse wildlife. The tour also includes transportation in a comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle and a delicious lunch to offer you the most pleasurable memories. This tour package is ideal for travelers seeking an intense cultural and nature experience within a short time. With #srilankabycar, the possibilities for adventure and exploration are endless. Join us on this incredible journey to experience the best of Sri Lanka's rich heritage, stunning landscapes, and wildlife diversity. Book now and discover why Sri Lanka is known as the land of wonder!

Dambulla: Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya All-Inclusive Tour

3. Dambulla: Polonnaruwa & Sigiriya All-Inclusive Tour

First of all you'll be picked up from your hotel in Dambulla, Sigiriya or Habarana and driven to Polonnaruwa, before arriving at Polonnaruwa ancient city to discover the ruins. Polonnaruwa is the ancient heart of Sri Lanka, and an important royal capital with its well-preserved 12th century ruins and impressive stone culture. Although nearly 1,000 years old, it is much younger than Anuradhapura - Sri Lanka's first capital - and generally in better repair. The monuments are arranged in a reasonably compact garden setting and their development is easier to follow. Afterwards, you will arrive to a local restaurant for lunch, before exploring the wondrous Rock Fortress of Sigirya. This place is famous for its toadstool of golden-hued granite, protruding into the searing blue sky from a hot, flat wilderness of scrubland, which is transformed in the rainy season to a water garden. In the 5th century, King Kashyapa domesticated the Lions Rock, by building a palace atop its summit. Sigiriya commemorates some of the turbulence of Sri Lanka’s history. Thereafter, you will be dropped off at your hotel in Dambulla/Sigiriya/Habarana .

From Colombo: 8-Day Private Tour of Sri Lanka with Transport

4. From Colombo: 8-Day Private Tour of Sri Lanka with Transport

Day 1: Airport to Sigiriya / Dambulla welcome by our English-speaking driver from hotels at Colombo and drive to Sigiriya on the way Visiting Dambulla Golden cave temple Evening Minneriya, Kaudulla, or Hurulu Eco national parks 4x4 safari according to Elephant’s availability Overnight at Sigiriya Day 2: Sigiriya to Kandy Earlier morning climb Sigiriya Rock before sun become rough which is suitable for pictures and climbing to the top and back to the hotel for breakfast after driving to Kandy on the way, Nalanda Gedige, Mathale Spice garden (only for a visit), Gem Museum and Workshop, & Hindu temple later Kandy city tour Evening View the traditional Kandyan Cultural Dance Performance and Temple of the Sacred Tooth Relic Overnight at Kandy Day 3: Kandy to Nuwara Eliya After breakfast, drive to Peradeniya Royal Botanical Gardens, Peradeniya (Kandy) Later to Nuwaraeliya on the way Ramboda Falls, Tea Plantation, and Tea Factory after that Nuwara Eliya City Tour Overnight at Nuwara Eliya Day 4: Nuwara Eliya to Ella After Breakfast Drive to Visit Gregory Lake and Victoria Park Garden after 12.40 train ride to Ella do the gorgeous panoramic view train Evening Climbing Little Adam’s peak Ella Overnight at Ella Day 5: Ella to Tissamaharama / Yala National Park After Breakfast Drive to Tissamaharama on the way visiting Rawana waterfall and Buduruwagala Rock Temple Evening 4x4 Safari in Yala National Park Safari (most visited and second largest national park in Sri Lanka, bordering the Indian Ocean) Overnight at Tissamaharama Day 6: Tissamaharama to Mirissa After breakfast drive to Mirissa on the visit snake farm Evening Leisure at the beach resort. Overnight at Mirissa Day 07: Mirissa Earlier morning 6.30 AM whale watching from Mirissa. come back to hotel and travel to Bentota and visit Sea Turtle Hatchery & Rescue Center and Later visit Galle Dutch Fort (Galle Fort, in the Bay of Galle on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, was built first in 1588 by the Portuguese, then extensively fortified by the Dutch during the 17th century from 1649 onwards) and Madu river boat safari Leisure at the beach resort. Overnight at Mirissa Day 8: Time to Say Bye Mirissa to Colombo or Negombo Wake up to a freshly-prepared breakfast at the hotel and then get ready to check out as it’s time to say ‘Goodbye’ to Sri Lanka. You will be transferred to Bandaranaike International Airport in Colombo or Negombo for your onward journey back home

Polonnaruwa: Ancient City Guided Cycling Tour

5. Polonnaruwa: Ancient City Guided Cycling Tour

8:00 You will be taken by TukTuk to tour the ancient Kingdom of Polonnaruwa where you meet your cycling guide. 8:20 Arrive and do a cycling tour of one of the better kept ruins of ancient Ceylon - the UNESCO World Heritage City of Polonnaruwa, which was the medieval capital of Sri Lanka. Today you will be cycling about 10km on soft surfaces as you whizz between the ruins. The ancient heart of Sri Lanka 11:30 You will be taken back to your hotel.

Colombo: 3-Day Cultural Triangle 5 UNESCO Heritage Site Tour

6. Colombo: 3-Day Cultural Triangle 5 UNESCO Heritage Site Tour

Day 1 Explore the important historical monuments in Sri Lanka on this 3 days tour while visiting ancient Buddhist temples, museums, palaces, gardens, Buddha statues, and many more. Embark on an exciting and very rare 3-day cultural tour of Sri Lanka's holiest, the Cultural Triangle. Explore 5 UNESCO-listed sites where important historical monuments are to be found. Visit cultural triangle cities including Anuradhapura, Polonnaruwa, Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Kandy. Stay overnight at a hotel in Sigiriya between private-guided sightseeing ventures. Get picked up in Colombo and head to your hotel in Sigiriya via Anuradhapura, the oldest city in Sri Lanka. The first activity of the 3 days tour is the hop-on hop-off city tour of the historical city of Anuradhapura. The tour covers a large number of historical places such as Buddhist temples, dagobas, palaces, gardens, and other remarkable structures in the city testify to the grandeur of ancient civilization. The city tour also includes the most sacred 8 Buddhist sites in the city, better known as "Atamasthana", Jaya Sri Maha Bodhiya, Ruwanwelisaya, Thuparamaya, Lovamahapaya, Abhayagiri Dagaba, Jetavanarama, Mirisaveti Stupa, and Lankarama. Later in the day settle in for a good night's sleep at your hotel in Sigiriya. Day 2 After breakfast leave for the Sigiriya rock fortress, home to one of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. Your Sigiriya tour starts early morning, allowing you to escape the mid-day heat. Climb the rock and reach the summit to see the site of the King's palace, swimming pool, and king's throne. Soak up in the breathtaking scenery from the top of the pinnacle. Later drive to Polonnaruwa and see the dozens of ancient temples, Buddha statues, and many ancient structures built by ancient Kings. Witness massive stone-cut Buddha statues, dagobas, an audience hall, and much more at the cultural museum of Polonnaruwa. Later in the day Minneriya safari on an open jeep. Enhance your experience with a wildlife safari at Minneriya National Park. Spot wild elephants, bears, wild boar, deer, buffalo, monkeys, and maybe even a leopard. Stay overnight in Sigiriya. Day 3 Depart early for Colombo via Kandy, visiting a spice/herbal garden en route. In Matale, spices and herbs are used for Sri Lankan cuisine and medicine. Hear about this history as you explore the site with your guide. Later visit Dambulla Golden Temple and Tooth Relic Temple are sure to add another level of sacrosanctity to your experience. Dambulla hosts more than 150 Buddha statues and a large number of ancient murals. The next stop will be Kandy city. Today Kandy is one of Sri Lanka's most important cities because of the presence of the temple of the sacred tooth of the Buddha. This is the most visited Buddhist temple on the island, frequented by thousands of devotees every day. Return to your hotel in Colombo.

From Kandy: Sigiriya Rock, Village Tour and Minneriya Park

7. From Kandy: Sigiriya Rock, Village Tour and Minneriya Park

Start your tour at 6:30 AM with pickup from your hotel in Kandy. The first stop on your itinerary will be the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. which you will reach at approximately 9:00 AM. Rising from the central plains, the iconic rocky outcrop of Sigiriya is perhaps Sri Lanka's single most dramatic sight. Near-vertical walls soar to a flat-topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient civilization, where you will discover spellbinding vistas across mist-wrapped forests in the early morning. Climb a series of vertiginous staircases attached to sheer walls to reach the top of the ruins. Pass a series of frescoes and a pair of colossal lion's paws carved into the bedrock. Marvel at the surrounding landscape of lily-pad-covered moats, water gardens, and quiet shrines that surround the site. After visiting the fortress, proceed to a local village in Sigiriya to experience a village tour. Get a chance to go on an oxen cart ride, and experience the world from the view of a local farmer. Afterwards, take a relaxing catamaran safari through a calm lake. Stroll through the golden fields ripe with their harvest of paddy. Watch a traditional cooking demonstration, that teaches you the basics of Sri Lankan cuisine. Delight your taste buds with a home-cooked lunch; made over a wood-fire and served on fragrant lotus leaves placed over woven trays.  After experiencing the village life of Sri Lanka, travel onwards to Minneriya National Park to go on safari. See the famous Sri Lankan elephants, rare bird species, saltwater crocodiles, Indian pythons, and an abundance of flora and fauna. On completion of the jeep safari at approximately 6:00 PM and return to your hotel in Kandy, stopping along the way for dinner, at your own expense.

From Colombo: Three Ancient Kingdoms Tour

8. From Colombo: Three Ancient Kingdoms Tour

You will be starting your tour at 6:00 am when you get picked up from your hotel in Colombo. You will be taking 2 hours to travel to your first destination, Dambadeniya. It is recommended that you bring a packed breakfast with you to eat on the way. The kingdom of Dambadeniya was at its peak during the mid-thirteenth century, especially during the reign of King Parakramabahu II. He was a peaceful king who brought Sinhalese literature to new heights with his epic poetic masterpieces ‘Kavisilumina’ and ‘Visuddi Marga Sannasa’. You will get to see the recently excavated remains of the old Temple of the Tooth, where the Tooth Relic was housed previously, and the ruins of the royal palace complex with its gardens, walls, and moats. You will leave for Yapahuwa at 9:00 am. You will get there by 10:30 am. Yapahuwa was the capital of Sri Lanka right after Dambadeniya when the Dravidians invaded. The fortress was built on a giant rock in the style of the Sigiriya rock fortress. However, the architecture of this fortress is completely different from Sigiriya with wide staircases, beautiful stone sculptures and highly detailed carvings on pillars. The fortress was later used as a monastery by Buddhist monks. On your visit, you will be able to climb to the fortress and view the ruins of the stupa on the summit of the rock. The stupa has some notable statues and imagery from the Kandyan era that you can peruse. You will be spending a couple of hours at Yapahuwa. After this, you can spend some time having lunch at one of the good restaurants in the area. The drive to your final destination, Panduwasnuwara, will take up to an hour and a half. The ancient city was one of the first kingdoms of Sri Lanka, having been the capital during the 5th century BC. The site was used much later in the 12th century as well, resulting in a mix of ruins from various periods. The ruins are spread over an area of almost 12 hectares. Some of the most notable sights are the recently restored monument that was the two-storied former Temple of the Tooth, ruins of the royal palace and the artificial reservoir Panda Wewa that is considered one of the earliest irrigation systems ever made by man. You will also be visiting the museum of Panduwasnuwara, which has many archeological finds from excavations in the area. You will be spending an hour and a half in Panduwasnuwara.

Sri Lanka culture, Nature, Beach, Sightseeing Tour

9. Sri Lanka culture, Nature, Beach, Sightseeing Tour

( 13 Nights & 14 Days, Sri Lanka Culture Nature, Beach Sightseeing Tour Is The Following ) Day--01--pick up from the Airport to Negombo, Rest in the Hotel Over Night Stay at Negombo. Day--02--Morning after breakfast transfer to Sigiriya on the way, Visit the--( Pinnawala Elephant -- Dambulla Cave Temple )-- Over Night Stay at Sigiriya. Day--03-- Morning after breakfast visit the --( Sigiriya Lion Rock or Pidurangala rock Temple-- Hirivaduna Village Safari--Sigiriya Sightseeing-- and If you like can visit the -- Ayurveda Spa to have a Herbal Bath and Massage at Habarana. )-- Over Night Stay at Sigiriya. Day--04--Morning after breakfast transfer to--( Polonnaruwa Historical Location at Polonnaruwa.---After Visit the wood Carving Place in polonnaruwa. )--Over Night Stay at Polonnaruwa. Day--05--Morning after breakfast transfer to Kandy on the way can visit the --( Matale Spicy Garden---Hindu Temple---Tooth Temple-- and Kandy City Tour. )-- Over Night Stay at Kandy. Day--06--Morning after breakfast visit the--( Kandy Botonical Garden--- Kandy Gem Museum--After 5.00pm Kandy Culture Dance. ( 01 Hour only ) )-- Over Night Stay Kandy. Day--07--Morning after breakfast Transfer to Ella, on the way--( Tea Factory--water falls-- Sightseeing --Nuwara Eliya Market--and 12:43 Noon Beautiful Train Journey to Nany Oya To Ella. )-- Over Night Stay at Ella. Day--08--Morning after breakfast visit the--( Ella Little Adam's Peak -- Nine Arch Bridge--Ella Sightseeing )-- Over Night Stay at Ella. Day--09--Morning after breakfast transfer to yala on the way visit the --( Rawana water falls---Buduruwagala Rock Temple--- and 1.00pm Yala National Park Jeep Safari. )-- Over Night Stay at Thissamaharama. Day--10-- Morning after breakfast transfer to-- ( Beautiful Beach Rest in Mirissa in pelena Beach Rest )-- Over Night Stay at Pelena. Day--11-- Beach Rest in the Hotel. Day--12-- Morning after Breakfast visit --(Short time to the Galle Dutch Fort and Back to Hotel Beach Rest )-- Over Night stay at Pelena Beach Rest. Day--13--Beach Rest in the Hotel. Day--14--Morning after breakfast --( Drop to Airport or Your Place ) End Off The Tour. Service included : Transporting with , AC / Car / Van / Mini Tourist Bus / and Big Tourist Coach with Fuel / Driver / Guide. Service Included : All the High way fees and Parking fees. ( Service Not Included : Any Enternce fees ) * End of the tour we Drop you all from your booking hotel / or Airport / Also we provide you for beautiful places in sri lanka and our service for your 100% Satisfaction during the tour in sri lanka.and Make your Sri Lanka Holiday Unfogettable.

World Heritage “Golden Triangle” Day Tour

10. World Heritage “Golden Triangle” Day Tour

Our adventure begins in Dambulla, a town nestled in the north-central region of Sri Lanka. Here, we will discover the renowned Dambulla Rock Cave Buddhist Temple, an awe-inspiring complex perched on a massive rock formation. Ascend the steps to enter a sacred realm adorned with ancient murals and towering statues of Lord Buddha. The rock caves serve as a testament to the devotion and artistic brilliance of ancient Sri Lankan craftsmen. The vibrant frescoes depict vivid scenes from Buddhist mythology and provide a window into the past, where spirituality and art intersect. Next, we venture to Polonnaruwa, the ancient capital of Sri Lanka, and an archaeological treasure trove. As we explore this Unesco-listed site, marvel at the remarkably preserved ruins that transport you back in time to the grandeur of the bygone era. Admire the intricately carved stone structures of the Gal Vihara, including the famous colossal standing Buddha statues. Discover the royal palaces, sacred temples, and intricately designed bathing pools that once thrived in this flourishing city. The impressive archaeological remains of Polonnaruwa offer a glimpse into the advanced civilization and architectural prowess of ancient Sri Lanka. Continuing our journey, we arrive at Sigiriya, a majestic rock fortress known as the "Lion Rock." Ascending this Unesco World Heritage site is a truly unforgettable experience. Climb the staircases that wind around the rock's perimeter, passing intricately designed water gardens, frescoes, and the remnants of the iconic Lion's Paw entrance. As you reach the summit, be rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, a testament to the strategic brilliance of King Kasyapa, who built his palace atop this formidable rock. Sigiriya is a testament to ancient engineering, artistic finesse, and the indomitable human spirit. Throughout the tour, knowledgeable guides will regale you with historical anecdotes, providing insights into the significance of these sites and the civilizations that once flourished here. Learn about the rise and fall of kingdoms, the spiritual beliefs that shaped the culture, and the legends that surround these architectural marvels. As we explore these Unesco World Heritage sites, you will have ample opportunities to capture stunning photographs, immersing yourself in the beauty and mystique of each location. Witness the interplay of light and shadows on ancient ruins, the intricate details of centuries-old artwork, and the natural beauty that surrounds these cultural landmarks. Our journey through Dambulla, Polonnaruwa, and Sigiriya will leave you with a profound appreciation for Sri Lanka's rich cultural heritage. You will carry with you memories of majestic rock caves, ancient temples, and the echoes of a glorious past. Join us on this unforgettable tour and discover the captivating stories etched into the stone and soul of Sri Lanka.

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Aaron was very professional and made sure that we were comfortable throughout the trip, and also stopped at a cafe because we had not had any breakfast before the trip started. He also suggested different places to go to besides the two trips and recommended suggestions for us to do in Colombo. Strongly recommend this trip and Aaron as a tour guide!

Very reliable tour pickup operator. No drama, I been contacted via WhatsApp 1 day before , driver was already at my hotel lobby 15 mnt before the pick up time. Good condition and nice car and the driver are polite and good at communication and everything are clear and reliable. Must book when you are in Colombo

CJ was on time. Speaks good english and knows the area very well. He was very helpful and pleasant. Everything went as planned. Sigiriya is awesome. Prepare yourself for climbing the stairs! Great history in Dumbulla. Recommended.

Had excellent time, tour operators are second to none Driver Chris excellent fit for the job we are lucky to have him as driver and guide Me and my wife thanked Chris thousand times

It was a nice day spent in Sigiriya and Dambulla. Very flexible upon request. Good experience that I recommend