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 takes about 4 and half hours from Ahungalla, 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.
Visit Sigiriya Rock
Visit Dambulla Cave Temple
Early morning leave for sigiriya (approx. 4 hour drive) and climb the century Sigiriya rock fortress. Sigiriya is famous for its toadstool of golden – hued granite, protruding into thew searching blue sky from a hot, flat wilderness of scrub – 1 and which it transformed in the rainy season to water garden. After words visiting this beautiful area, have lunch at recommended restaurant.
After lunch, visit Dambulla rock temple that was built by king walagambaha in the 1 st century B.C. and it is a world heritase site. It is the most impressive of Sri Lanka cave temples. The complex of five caves with over 2000 sq meters of painted walls and ceiling, is the largest area of paintings found in the world. It contains over 150 images of buddhaand the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock and spanning 14 meters.