Sigiriya - Dambulla
Pick up from Colombo and transfer to Sigiriya
Visit Dambulla Cave Temple
Transfer to Colombo
The Sigiriya rock fortress was built by King Kashyapa in the 5th century. It has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In addition to its enormous size, Sigiriyas surprise is said to be in its advanced irrigation systems. Engineers around the world are still confused about the advanced technology in such ancient times. The castle is further strengthened by its beautiful water gardens, the frescoes of Sigiriya Damsels, the graffiti mirror wall, and the giant feet of a lion carved into the rock near the ascent.
Dambulla cave temples are cut out of an enormous granite outcrop that rises more than 160m above the surrounding countryside and offers majestic views across the plains of the dry zone as far as Sigiriya, over 20km distant. There are five caves (Deva Raja Viharaya, Maha Raja Viharaya, Maha Alut Viharaya, Paschima Viharaya) in the Dambulla Temple and 157 statues of the Lord Buddha. Most of the paintings on the ceiling and walls emphasize the artistic talents of ancient days. Dambulla Rock Cave Temple can be reached by coming from Kandy (68km) along A9 road which runs up through Dambulla and Anuradhapura, or direct from Colombo. Located at an elevation of 1118 feet from the sea level, the Dambulugala raises as a massive rock from the surrounding plains of Dambulla. It is home to the World’s most acclaimed Cave complex of magnificent Buddha Images and Rock Paintings of vivid colours and shapes constructed and painted from around the 2nd Century BC (Anuradhapura era) and continued up to the Kandyan era of the 18th Century, thus forming an unbroken line of history and painting styles of Sri Lanka through 2500 years.