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. 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 Rock. This is a 220 meter high rock,
at the top of which an ancient King ( kasiyappa) 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 the Majestic past of Sri Lanka. 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 night
Top attractions to see in Sigiriya
Dambulla cave temple It is the
best-preserved and most extensive cave temple complex of the country comprising
of five main caves, each possessing numerous statues of Lord Buddha, and some
figures of kings and statues of Lord Vishnu. Royal gardens of Sigiriya
are one of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. A sophisticated
hydraulics system only adds to the ingenuity of the engineers of that era, Pidurangala rock is a few
kilometers away from the famous UNESCO site, the Sigiriya Rock. It is known for
the view of Sigiriya Rock from the top of the rock, the white temple situated at
the base of the cliff, and the enormous reclining Buddha statue located under
an ancient boulder.
January to April is the best time to visit Sigiriya when the climate is
moderate and suitable for day trips. anytime during these months.
Sigiriya and Dambulla areas also have a few lesser know places to explore such as: The Pink Quartz Mountain - locally known as the JATHIKA NAMAL UYANA and another significant attraction to checkout would be the Nalanda Gedige which is an ancient demarcation of the Center point of Sri Lanka - again marvelling the egineering expertise the Islands forefathers possessed.
If you are staying over at Sigiriya or Dambulla you should also try the Wildlife Safari to see Elephants: in Minneriya National Park, Kaudulla National Park or the Habarana Eco Park the sightings are very frequent and you will definitely see some Elephants in their WIld habitat.
If you like experiencing local life the Traditional Village Experience Tour is something you shoul consider and is best done during Lunch hours where you can also have your lunch in a little Village Mud Hut with a Cooking Demonstrations.
If Sigiriya or Dambulla intrigues you to visit - then let us know, we would be happy to plan a tour for you.