Sigiriya - Lion Rock - Ravana's Fortress

During the tour we will be able to see the legendary "Lion Rock" Sigiriya, go on Safari on Jeeps, where we can see a lot of wild elephants, join in village tour...

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What we will see during the tour:

  • Sigiriya - a fortress on a cliff, according to legend, once belonged to the king of demons Ravana (from the epic of Ramayana)
  • Village tour, immersion in authentic village life and cooking class
  • Golden and Cave Temples in Dambulla
  • Ornithological Tour: Bird Watching 

What else you can visit in Sigiriya:

  • Aluvihara Temple, where Tripitaka (Buddhist holy canon) was recorded in caves by monks, where we will have the opportunity to learn the ancient technique of writing on palm leaves
  •  Wood and paint factory, where we can see natural paints made from herbs according to ancient sri-lankan recipes
  • Try authentic herbal Ayurveda Massage. Shirodara - meditative oil massage
  • Elephant Riding
  • Air-balloon Flying
  • Jeep Safari in a national park ( if desired)

Detailed excursion program:

Sigiriya

Sigiriya (which means “lion rock”) is a rocky plateau rising 370 meters above sea level and about 170 meters above the surrounding plain in the very center of Sri Lanka. Since 1982, Sigiriya has been protected by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.


 
King Kashyap, in the last quarter of the 5th century AD, built an impregnable fortress on the rock and his palace, in which he lived with 400 concubines. The rock was surrounded by a moat with water, which was filled with crocodiles. 



The monumental Lion Gate
 led to the top of the plateau. And in the pool for the Kashyap concubines, at a height of 87 meters, water flowed through a complex system of powerful pumps. Before and after the reign of Kasapa, a cave Buddhist monastery existed on a rock.

11:00 Elephant Riding

Elephant Riding

Next we will have the opportunity to ride elephants, go around the local village and cross the river on horseback of these amazing animals.


12:00 Village tour and traditional lunch

Also in Sigiriya you can go to the so-called  Village Tour, where you can get acquainted with the life of the Sri Lankan village.

13:00 Bird Watching

Bird Watching Tour

Here, in the national reserve, is an ideal place for bird watching (as well as butterflies, lizards and other animals and insects). Optionally, you can go on an hour-long excursion with a professional naturalist and ornithologist.


13:00 Golden Temple in Dambulla

Golden Temple in Dambulla

The  Golden Temple in Dambulla is a Buddhist cave temple of the 1st century BC, carved into the rock, with numerous statues of Buddha. The Sleeping Buddha Stone Temple is the largest cave temple in South Asia.


The temple complex consists of several caves located at an altitude of 350 meters, and numerous niches, the surface of which is painted with Buddhist wall paintings.

14:00 Cave Temple of Aluvihara

Cave Temple of Aluvihara



 
Over 2,000 years ago, the Buddhist Bible - the Pali Canon - was recorded here. There will be a unique opportunity to write down your names or the names of your loved ones on palm leaves according to the ancient technology that Buddhist monks invented.

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Tour cost: 

For a group of 1-3 people . 4-seater car (the price is indicated for the car, regardless of the number of people)

From Colombo and Negombo - 150 usd
From Bentota and Kalutara - 170 usd
From Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna - 230 usd
From Mirissa, Weligama - 250 usd
From Trincomalee - 150 usd
From Tangalle - 290 usd

For a group of 4-8 people . Minibus.

From Colombo and Negombo - 200 usd
From Bentota and Kalutara - 250 usd
From Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna - 280 usd
From Mirissa, Weligama - 300 usd
From Trincomalee - 200 usd

* To clarify the cost from other locations or more people write or call us.

What is included. Entrance tickets

Included in the price:
comfortable car (or minivan) with air conditioning
gasoline, parking, toll roads
English-speaking driver

Not included:
entrance fees (since you have an individual tour you can choose what you want to visit and what to skip):
 Sigiriya - $ 30
 Village Tour - $ 35
 Cave Temple in Dambulla - $ 10
 Elephant Riding - $ 15
Air-balloon Flying- $190
Ayurveda Massage - $35

 * all prices are in dollars per person;
meals (lunch and dinner in a European restaurant are possible as a buffet - $ 10 per person)
personal expenses and tips