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’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.
Sigiriya Lion Rock | Dambulla rock temple and Golden temple | Village tour round the sigiriya | Herbal garden and spices | Kandy City | Tea factory and tea Plantation
Sigiriya is an ancient city, home to a valuable historic monument in Sri Lanka. Also known as the ‘Lion Rock’ in English, the name indicates how visitors make their way to the final ascent of the rock. At the top of the rock you will find an acre of flat land with a few ruins of the ancient King’s fortress.
Dambulla is a large town, home to a well preserved Golden Rock Temple which has historical, archaeological and artistic significances. Due to its historical ruins, Dambulla was once designated as a world heritage site.