Day tour to experience Sigiriya rock and wild elephants

Sigiriya, an ancient palace, was once nominated as the 8th wonder of the world. Today, Sigiriya and Dambulla are a UNESCO recognized heritage site and a major tourist attraction. 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 meter 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, Dambulla & Minneriya will suffice for you to explore Sri Lanka’s Majestic past. And see the elephants Afternoon Safari at Minneriya National Park. Leave from Negombo at about 6.00 a.m., enjoy the your day explore the two cities, and be back to Negombo by midnight!

per adult from

$250

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Duration

15 to 16 hours

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  • What's included :
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Private transportation
    • Hotel pick up and drop off
    • Bottle Water 1l per person per day
    • Entrances fees to this side's
    • Safari Jeep
    • Lunch
    • Entry/Admission - Dambulla Royal Cave Temple
    • Entry/Admission - Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
    • Entry/Admission - Minneriya National park
    What's excluded :
    • Restroom on board
    • WiFi on board
    • Gratuities
  • This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Dambulla Royal Cave Temple, Kandy - Jaffna Highway, Dambulla 21100 Sri Lanka

    Famed for its Golden Cave Temple, the little town of Dambulla is a part of the Cultural Triangle located in the Matale District in the North Central Province of Sri Lanka. Sinhalese people refer to Dambulla as ‘Dambulu Gala’- Dambulla Rock and the temple is called as the ‘Rangiri Dambulu Viharaya’ – Golden Rock Dambulla Temple. Declared as an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1991, the cave temple complex has five magical dimly lit caves filled with statues and walls painted with beautiful secular murals reflecting the Sinhalese Buddhist culture.

    The area also claims to have South Asia’s largest Rose Quartz mountain range and Ironwood forest known as Namal Uyana. The Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium is well known for it was built in just 167 days. The caves of Dambulla were the refuge of King Valagamba (Vatagamini Abhaya) when he was in exile for 14 years from Anuradhapura. Buddhist monks meditating in the caves at that time provided the exiled king protection from his enemies. When the King returned to the throne at Anuradhapura kingdom in the 1st century BC, he had the magnificent rock temple built at Dambulla in gratitude to the monks who had helped him.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress, Sigiriya 21120 Sri Lanka

    A walk along terraced gardens to a stairway leading you to a view of the Island’s stretch that unfold through the eyes of a king.

    Revered as the 8th wonder of the world, the spectacular Sigiriya Rock Fortress, a monumental sight that takes the breath away of every visitor since it is one of the best places to visit in Sigiriya. Located in the heart of the island between Dambulla and Habarana, this extraordinary fortress sits on top of a giant rock looming 180 metres high. The shortest lived but the most remarkable of all medieval capitals, Sigiriya was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is Sri Lanka’s most phenomenal attraction due to its breathtaking structure and its surrounding landscapes. It was styled in the form of a lion, where the feet and paws are visible today. Unfortunately, the upper body parts have been destroyed. This is how the name Sigiriya was given since the Sinhala word Sihagiri means Lion Rock. Sigiriya has almost 1200 steps and it can take roughly 2 hours to reach the summit. The fortress complex includes remnants of a ruined palace, surrounded by an extensive network of fortifications, terraced gardens, ponds, fountains and upon ascension of the stone stairwell to the top, you will come across the Mirror Wall and the famous rock paintings – frescoes which have brought universal renown to Sigiriya.

    Duration: 3 hours

    Stop At: Minneriya National park, Polonnaruwa, Sri Lanka

    The national park of Minneriya is located in close proximity to the historic city of Polonnaruwa and in the center of the Cultural Triangle. This park is part of the elephant corridor along with Kaudulla and Wasgamuwa parks. Minneriya and Kaudulla are two neighboring parks. While elephants can be sighted all year round, the period from May to October is the best time period. Minneriya is the largest known meeting place of Asian elephants in the world and herds of up to 300 elephants are seen in the vicinity of the Minneriya reservoir. Witnessing the elephant gathering will take your breath away and will make it an unforgettable experience. Safari camping is an even better way to spice up this whole experience. At such camps you have the opportunity to interact and explore the wildlife on a broader aspect.
    On 12th August 1997, this area was pronounced as a national park. The reason for doing so is because of the need to protect the wildlife in the area and also to preserve the catchment of the historically significant Minneriya tank built by King Mahasen.
    Situated in the dry zone of the country, this park receives an average rainfall of 1500- 2000 millimeters. The main sources of water, other than rainwater, are Elahera canal and a diversion of the Amban River. The lowest temperature this area has reached is 20.6 degree Celsius while the highest is 34.5 degree Celsius. The vegetation of this park consists of scrub lands, grasslands, rocky outcrops, deserted chena lands and wetlands.
    This park is home to 24 species of mammals, 9 species of amphibians, 25 species of reptiles, 26 species of fish, 160 species of birds and 75 species of butterflies. The elephant gathering refers to when hordes of elephants flock together on the edges of the reservoir during the dry season. These herds of elephants migrate to the Minneriya national park from the Wasgamuwa national park seeking food and shelter of the forest. The main tourist attraction within this park is the elephant gathering. While many people visit this park to spot elephants, you will encounter many other animals on the way. There are 2 native monkeys (purple faced langur and toque macaque), Sri Lankan sambar deer and Sri Lankan axis deer. The reservoir is a natural terrain for water birds such as lesser adjutant, spot- billed pelican and painted stork. Migrant birds can also be sighted in this park alongside a few endemic birds (Sri Lanka Jungle fowl, Sri Lanka hanging parrot, black- crested bulbul, Sri Lanka grey hornbill and crimson- fronted barbet). Out of the eight species of reptiles native to our country, all eight species have been considered as endangered.

    Duration: 3 hours

  • Departure Point :
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We pick up travels from any Hotel in NegomboAirports
    • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
    Departure Time :
    6:00 AM
    Return Detail :
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    Hotel Pickup :
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
    • Face masks required for guides in public areas
    • Face masks provided for travelers
    • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
    • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
    • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
    • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
    • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
    • Guides required to regularly wash hands
    • Regular temperature checks for staff
    • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
    • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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Group Size

4

Organised by Crystal Holidays

Activity ID: V-240142P17

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