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How to Spend 3 Days in Sigiriya

How to Spend 3 Days in Sigiriya

Three days is ample time to immerse yourself in Sigiriya. Combine sightseeing at Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla with elephant-spotting game drives and village tours—capped with forays into ancient ruins, the hill town of Kandy, and Sri Lanka’s palm-fringed east coast. Here’s how to do it.

Day 1: The must-sees

Forego the hassle of driving yourself or navigating public transit, and join a private day trip to two of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO World Heritage sites: Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave Temples. Most tours begin with a climb to the rock’s ruined 5th-century palace-fortress and wall frescoes, then continue on to Dambulla’s caves full of Buddhist icons and murals. 

Or for more flexibility, take a self-guided Sigiriya Rock tour using a mobile app, or see the rock as part of a bike or 4WD tour. If time allows, finish with a late-afternoon safari in the Minneriya, Kaudulla, or Hurulu reserve, and see wild elephants lumber to their water holes.

Day 2: Kandy or Trincomalee

Several beautiful Sri Lankan towns lie near Sigiriya. Book a day trip to Trincomalee, a charming east-coast port fringed by white beaches. Tours typically include a roundup of the town’s temples and fort, plus a boat trip to nearby Pigeon Island to go snorkeling.  

Another popular destination is Kandy, deep in Sri Lanka’s hill country. Uncover local Buddhist culture on a tour of this UNESCO-protected gem, and visit the Temple of the Tooth—home to one of Buddha’s teeth—and Peradeniya Botanical Gardens. 

Back in Sigiriya, take an evening jungle walk to see the rare gray slender loris. These endangered primates appear only at night, and a naturalist-led tour is your best chance of a sighting.

Day 3: Ancient ruins or rural life

Set out on a tour of Sigiriya’s nearby villages, learning about facets of rural life that many travelers miss. Take a bullock cart ride or a boat trip, or dine with a local family.

Alternatively, check out more of Sri Lanka’s UNESCO-listed antiquities. Roam the sun-burnished temples of the island’s one-time capital, Anuradhapura—or head to the medieval royal seat of Polonnaruwa. Whichever site you choose, opt for a tour to eliminate transport hassles and learn more about the relics.

On your last night, unwind on a sunset cruise. Board a private, nonmotorized catamaran and sail across a secluded lake with magical views of Sigiriya Rock—absorbing the scenery in silent slo-mo.

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Polonnaruwa Ancient City, Day Tour From Sigiriya.

Polonnaruwa Ancient City, Day Tour From Sigiriya.

We can prepare your day tour unique and specialized - and safeguard from hidden dangers. in this case. We will send a experience and expert driver with good quality of conditioned luxury car or van, who drive carefully in Sri Lankan Roads, well expert in activities, trustworthy of your day tour. Explore the amazing city in which Kings ruled the central plains of Sri Lanka from Polonnaruwa 800 years ago, when it was a thriving commercial and religious center. The glories of that age can be found in the archaeological treasures that still give a pretty good idea of how the city looked in its heyday.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.53
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$110.53

Kaudulla Park Private Jeep Safari from Sigiriya

Kaudulla Park Private Jeep Safari from Sigiriya

Watch one of the World largest wild Asian Elephant Gathering at Kaudulla National Park on this private jeep safari tour. Accompanied by an experience safari game driver, view the elephants eating, bathing, and playing in their natural environment on banks of the Kaudulla Tank. If you are lucky at inside the park, it’s possible to see deer, wild buffalo, iguana, Ash/purple-faced monkeys. Also assorted birds like eagle, Hawk, parrot, Green bee eater & peacocks.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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$44.00
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$44.00
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Full Day Tour to Sigiriya Rock Fortress And Dambulla Cave Temple

Full Day Tour to Sigiriya Rock Fortress And Dambulla Cave Temple

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Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave Temple are two of Sri Lanka’s top sights, but impossible to visit in one day by public transport. This private tour from Colombo or Sigiriya takes you to both in a day by private air-conditioned vehicle. Explore Sigiriya’s fifth-century rock top ruins and visit Buddha-filled caves in Dambulla, Inclusions  • Private Air Conditioned Vehicle • Driver / Guide ( Speaking English ) • All Handling Charges  • Tripadvisor Brokerage Fees • Water Bottles • Fuel Surcharges
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  • 7 hours
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$32.90
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$32.90

Cycling in Sigiriya Countryside

Cycling in Sigiriya Countryside

Discover the fascinating ruins of Sigiriya on a 3-hour private bicycle tour that explores forest trails, the Citadel of Sigariya, and the Sri Lankan countryside. With an expert cycling guide to lead the way, you’ll enjoy the flexibility of a private excursion as you cover just over 11 miles (18 km.) of terrain, riding a mountain bike that’s perfect for the area’s dirt tracks and footpaths. This 3-hour bike tour includes all necessary equipment, and departs from your hotel in Sigiriya.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$120.00
Price varies by group size
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$120.00
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Day Trip to Hiriwadunna Village from Sigiriya and Dambulla

Day Trip to Hiriwadunna Village from Sigiriya and Dambulla

Experience the laid-back rhythms small village life in Sri Lanka during this private 5-hour day trip to the hamlet of Hiriwadunna. Observe wildlife like crocodiles, butterflies and birds at the local reservoir as local villagers fish and wash their laundry. Then take a boat ride to the other side of the lake, enjoying a ‘bullock’ cart ride and an included Sri Lankan lunch.
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  • 5 hours
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$25.00
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$25.00
Price varies by group size

Day Trip To Kandy From Sigiriya

Day Trip To Kandy From Sigiriya

This Kandy sightseeing tour visits multiple highlights of the UNESCO-listed city with a professional guide Starting early morning from your stay around Sigiriya Area.. Learn about thousands of rare plants, trees, and orchid varieties at the 147-acre (60-hectare) Royal Botanic Gardens of Peradeniya. In the afternoon, head to Kandy View Point and see the Temple of Tooth Relic (Sri Dalada Maligawa), followed by the Gem Museum, a woodcarving workshop and Kandyan Cultural Dance show. Pickup and drop-Back To your stay in sigiriya is included.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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$81.58
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$81.58

Sigiriya Rock and Countryside from Sigiriya

Sigiriya Rock and Countryside from Sigiriya

(SKU: LK60212300) During this full day tour to Sigiriya, you will visit a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site! Enter into a kingdom hailed as one of the greatest in Sri Lanka’s history. Start your journey at the Sigiriya Rock Fortress also known to be the world’s 8th wonder, spend time exploring archaeological history. Later, visit a Local Village in Sigiriya and enjoy the traditional way of living in Sri Lanka and village culture and make the journey to the historically significant Habarana Lake to do Bird-watching in Sri Lanka and greet the diverse avian life present in the area as you explore in search of rare birds. Catch glimpses of bright plumage amongst the greenery and try to identify them. 
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$98.00
Price varies by group size
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$98.00
Price varies by group size
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Sigiriya Loris Night Trail

Sigiriya Loris Night Trail

Your chance to see one of the world's most rare mammals - the Grey Slender Loris - an endangered nocturnal primate and one of the most elusive creatures of the wild. You will be guided by an expert naturalist who will explain this fascinating creature to you, its behaviours, call and other details. You will be taken on a guided night-time walking safari where we will track the Grey Slender Loris as it moves through its natural habitat. A unique opportunity for wildlife & nature lovers.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00

Hurulu Eco Park Safari From Sigiriya

Hurulu Eco Park Safari From Sigiriya

• You will pick up from your hotel in Sigiriya / Dambulla / Habarana • Transfer to Hurulu Eco Park • Enjoy Hurulu Eco Park Safari • Enjoy King coconut refreshments • Drop off  Best time for safari 6.00 am & 3.00 pm  Safari includes entrance permit to the park, safari jeep, hotel pickup and drop-off, king coconut refreshment
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$70.00
Price varies by group size
From
$70.00
Price varies by group size
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