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  • Address: Sri Lanka
  • Admission: USD $30 admission fee for non-residents

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Sigiriya Rock Fortress Tours

A rocky mountain plateau rising some 660 feet above the relatively flat landscape in central Sri Lanka supports one of the country’s most significant cultural and historical sites: an ancient sky palace.
Atop this massive rock column, King Kassapa I built a palace complex in the late fifth century. Experts say less than 20 percent of the original structures survive today.

While for some it’s enough just to visit the onsite museum and glimpse the monolith from below, most visitors attempt to climb the approximately 1,200 steps to the summit of Sigiriya. Through an entrance guarded by lion’s feet, visitors ascend to Mirror Wall, a narrow passageway which now appears as an orange ring near the base of the rock. There, a smooth, lacquered wall reflects original frescoes of deities painted on the rock face opposite. Afterward, a not-for-the-faint-of-heart series of spiral staircases lead to more frescoes and to the final Lion Staircase, where visitors make their final ascent to the summit Sky Palace. All vantages afford much-needed breaks and breathtaking views of the jungle below. The summit’s terraced gardens and water gardens, along with the remaining foundations of early structures, leave everyone marveling at this remarkable feat of sky-high engineering.

Practical Info

Sigiriya is approximately 3.5 hours from Colombo by car and 2.5 hours from the city of Kandy. Many country-wide tours include visits to this UNESCO World Heritage site. Hot and humid weather can make the three-to-four-hour climb to Sigiriya’s summit arduous, so come prepared with lots of water and appropriate clothing.

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Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave Temple Private Full-Day Tour from Colombo, Colombo, null
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave Temple Private Full-Day Tour from Colombo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Spend 15-hours on this private day trip exploring Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Sigiriya Museum with your friendly guide. Visit the Seated Buddha Dambulla Cave ...  Read more

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration: 12 to 15 hours

From USD $155.00
Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cave Temples Private Day Trip, Colombo, Private Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cave Temples Private Day Trip

4.5 star rating: Recommended 24 Reviews

Sigiriya and Dambulla have been nominated as UNESCO World Heritage and once Sigiriya was nominated as the 8th Wonder of the World. This is a must-do trip when ...  Read more

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration: 14 hours (approx.)

From USD $90.00
Private Day Trip to Sigiriya and Hiriwadunna from Colombo, Colombo, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Day Trip to Sigiriya and Hiriwadunna from Colombo

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

During this full day tour to Sigiriya, you will visit a renowned UNESCO World Heritage Site! Enter into a kingdom hailed as one of the greatest in Sri Lanka’s ...  Read more

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.00
Private Day Trip to Sigiriya and Minneriya from Kandy, Kandy, Private Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Day Trip to Sigiriya and Minneriya from Kandy

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 1 Review

This private day trip will visit three famous destinations in Sri Lanka, one is historical, another cultural, and the final destination a place where man ...  Read more

Location: Kandy, Sri Lanka
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $139.00
Private Day Tour: Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave Temple Tour from Colombo, Colombo, Private Day ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Day Tour: Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave Temple Tour from Colombo

Journey into the center of Sri Lanka and uncover ancient creations that will leave you awe-struck during this private, full-day tour of Sigiriya Rock and the ...  Read more

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $114.00
Full-Day Tour of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples by Luxury Vehicle, Sigiriya, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Full-Day Tour of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples by Luxury Vehicle

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

Visit the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples by an air-conditioned vehicle. Spend a full-day exploring with the ...  Read more

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $42.00
Private Colombo to Sigiriya Transfer with Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla, Colombo, Full-day ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 5

Private Colombo to Sigiriya Transfer with Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla

1 star rating: I do not recommend this 1 Review

Sigiriya is one of the most valuable historical monuments in Sri Lanka. Referred by locals as the Eighth Wonder of the World, this ancient palace and fortress ...  Read more

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $362.40
8-Day Sri Lanka Classic Tour, Colombo, Private Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

8-Day Sri Lanka Classic Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

Explore the classic attractions of Sri Lanka on an 8-day tour that covers all six UNESCO World Heritage sites. You'll be picked up at Bandaranaike ...  Read more

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration: 8 days (approx.)

From USD $599.00
Full-Day Private Sigiriya and Dambulla from Kandy, Kandy, Multi-day Tours
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Full-Day Private Sigiriya and Dambulla from Kandy

4.5 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Embark on this private cultural tour of Sigiriya and Dambulla with a local guide. Both attractions are the most visited attractions in Sri Lanka. You will be ...  Read more

Location: Kandy, Sri Lanka
Duration: 5 to 8 hrs

From USD $32.00
Sigiriya and Minneriya National Park (All-Inclusive Private Day Trip From Colombo), Colombo, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 2 ADMISSION : 3

Sigiriya and Minneriya National Park (All-Inclusive Private Day Trip From Colombo)

Find Sri Lanka's history, culture, and natural life in one day on a private visit from Colombo. Climb UNESCO-secured Sigiriya rock to see its frescoes and ...  Read more

Location: Colombo, Sri Lanka
Duration: 12 to 15 hrs

From USD $168.00

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