The city of Dambulla is 148 km north-east of Colombo, in the Central Province of Sri Lanka. It is home to an ancient cave Temple also known as the Golden Rock Temple, which is a popular tourist attraction. Approximately 25kms from Dambulla is Sigiriya, which is where you will find the “Lion’s Rock”. This is a 220 metre high rock, at the top of which an ancient King built his Palace. In addition to being a well maintained model of ancient urban life, Sigiriya is also an adventure of rock climbing for many. A day tour of Sigiriya and Dambulla will suffice for you to explore Sri Lanka’s Majestic past. Leave from Colombo at about 6.00 a.m., enjoy the scenic four hour drive to your destination, explore the two cities, and be back to Colombo by midnight.
Climb the ‘Lions Rock’
Enjoy the breath-taking views while at the Lions Rock
Enjoy a relaxing herbal therapy massage!
Elephant back ride
Dambulla Cave Temple
'Sigiriya' Rock Fortress
Try stilt fishing!
Drive along the scenic roads of Sri Lanka
Photograph yourself in a position where the entire ‘Lions Rock’ is shown behind you with your camera.
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 watch place in Sri Lanka.Drive to Dambulla will take 4 hours approximately. Once Dambullla Cave Temple is visited we suggest you have lunch at a recommended restaurant by our driver. Then we will take you to a lake where you would be able to enjoy an Elephant back ride which is a highlight of this trip. 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 Anuradapura in the 1st century BC, he had magnificent rock temple built at Dabulla. The site has being repaired and repainted several times in the 11th, 12th and 18th centuries.
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.
Painted 100 meters above ground 1600 years ago, the Sigiriya Frescoes still appear to float effortlessly among the clouds. These ladies of king Kasyapa’s harem are richly adorned and dressed in fine garments which barely conceal their graceful bodies.
Pidurangala is a massive rock formation located two kilometers north of Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. It has an interesting history closely related to that of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
The Mirror Wall, built over fifty meters up the vertical side of Sigiriya Rock, once gleamed lustrous white, its surface polished to such a fine shine that you could see your reflection in it. Even today, in some places, you can see your reflection.