Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cave Temples Private Day Trip

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Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cave Temples Private Day Trip
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Sigiriya and Dambulla have been nominated as UNESCO World Heritage and once Sigiriya was nominated as the 8th Wonder of the World. This is a must-do trip when visiting Sri Lanka.
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In Brief

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
14 hours
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Step back in time on a history tour
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Lunch included
Important InfoInfo
Early morning leave for Sigiriya (approx. 4 hours drive) and climb the 5th-century Sigiriya rock fortress. Sigiriya is famous for its toadstool of golden-hued granite, protruding into the searing blue sky from a hot, flat wilderness of scrub-land, which is transformed in the rainy season to a water garden. Afterwards visiting this beautiful area, have lunch at Oakray Inamaluwa Restaurant.

After lunch, visit Dambulla rock temple that was built by King Walagambahu in the 1st century B.C. and it is a World Heritage Site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka's cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq. meters of painted walls and ceilings, is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of the Buddha and the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.

On completion of this visit, you will be driven back to your hotel (approx. 4 hours drive)


  • 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
  • Entrance fees to the sites & Mineral water during the tour
  • Lunch at Oakray Inamaluwa Restaurant 
  • All Government 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 Time


Departure Point

Your centrally located hotel in Negombo, Colombo, Mount Lavinia, Kalutara or Kandy

Additional Information

  • 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  

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.25 out of 5 based on the last 20 recent reviews

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.
• Submitted 22 Jan 2018
It's hot but worth all the steps going up.
• Submitted 19 Jan 2018
Chatura was our driver and he was fantastic! We only had a short time to see things and we crammed so much more than expected into our day! He made our trip truly unforgettable! Highly recommend you ask for Chatura!
• Submitted 11 Sep 2017
The tour took forever to get there. I would suggest staying in Sigirya for an overnight stay so you don't have to get up at 6am and get back by 7:30pm. If you could't like our situation then it is still worth it. Unique place but expect a lot of traffic in general in the car.
• Submitted 14 Aug 2017
Well worth the long drive - be prepared to walk and hike the mountain... there's no easy way to the top! The museum is also worth a visit - so don't be tempted to skip and spend your entire day outside.
• Submitted 27 Jul 2017
Our driver was very friendly and accommodating there is no tour guide on this trip. Bring something to cover your knees, if you're a guy, or bring a pair of pants for the cave temples. The buffet meal was okay we suggested to our driver that a different restaurant be considered in the future. Definitely recommend this tour, the sites were great, but be prepared to spend a lot of time on the road.
• Submitted 28 May 2017
This was a really fun day. It rained for basically the entire trip, and when we got on top of the rock it was a complete downpour. Would totally do this trip again.
• Submitted 14 Apr 2017
lovely tour.. long way from colombo to sigiriya.... but once you get there you realise it is worth the long way.....
• Submitted 15 Jan 2017
long way from colombo... but once u get there u realise that it is worth it
• Submitted 15 Jan 2017
We had a lovely day with a fantastic tourist guide/driver. Sigiriya and the cave temples were amazing and our guide provided us wide knowledge about Sri Lanka overall and about the visited places. I would highly recommend this trip for any traveller. Everything was great and well organized.
• Submitted 25 Sep 2016
• Submitted 02 Aug 2016
This day tour was brilliant our guide Priyanka was fantastic very informative and knowledgable it's a fair old claim to the top and the castle ruins but it's more than worth it lunch was lovely the wood carving factory was amazing and the cave temples were out of this world worth every penny
• Submitted 16 Mar 2016
the trip was long 10 hrs drive total but in worth ot go! gorgeous!!!
• Submitted 04 Sep 2015
Less of a guided tour as the driver took me in a modern air conditioned car to Sigiriya and left me to climb myself. The climb is hard in the heat so bring water. There are places to rest en route. Views from the top are unbelievable. Dumbulla Cave Temple is unique and good to see before returning
• Submitted 01 May 2017
This was a fantastic day with a lovely driver. We thoroughly enjoyed this day because the driver was trustworthy.
• Submitted 25 Jan 2017
Long drive but it was a fun day.
• Submitted 06 Apr 2016
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.
• Submitted 14 Dec 2017
Definitely a work out! I nearly collapsed from the hike while my husband wanted more of a challenge. Not recommended for the elderly in my opinion. It was an extremely long drive and we both felt nauseous on the way especially after sweating out all of our water. There was a provided tour guide only for Sigiriya and not for Dambulla which is also another hike. Our driver did not stop for lunch and we had to buy our own snacks before heading back to the hotel despite its supposed inclusion in the tour. In retrospect, I would have probably skipped this tour. The experience is the hike and the views of Sri Lanka if you are able to catch your breath enough at the summit to enjoy it. The tour guide at Sigiriya seemed to memorize enough English to give the tour but wasn't able to answer some of our more nuanced questions. Otherwise, as far as architectural beauty, there are more beautiful sights in other parts of the subcontinent so I wasn't really that impressed. The driver was a driver and not a tour guide at all. I wouldn't recommend this tour.
• Submitted 19 Sep 2017
we were picked up at 6am at mount lavinia hotel. we took a 5hr journey to the rock fortress. we were allowed 2-3 hours there. however we did not go to the top and only was there for 1hr. it is a very steep climb to the top and not for people who are not keen or is unable to climb. then we drove 5min to the lunch place. the tour was supposed to include lunch but we had to pay for our own lunch. then we drove 15min to a temple. another steep climb up to the top. we then drove for 6hours back to our hotel as there was a jam at night and reached our hotel at about 7-8pm our driver was more just a driver and not a tour guide. i personally dont recommend this tour unless you are up for climbing and driving alot. the drive was quite painful. in that day, we were in the car for 11 hours in total and we didnt stop at all. driving in sri lanka is quite bad as there is usually only 1 lane. expressways dont reach there so we take the routes through the towns. the tuk tuks drive recklessly so the car starts and stops alot and there is A LOT of honking. at the end, you will get a headache and feel claustrophobic.
• Submitted 22 Jun 2016
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.
• Submitted 09 Jan 2018

In Brief

Colombo, Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka
14 hours
Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
Step back in time on a history tour
Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
Lunch included