Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Hike to Pidurangala rock to view the sunset

While the massive ancient rock of Sigiriya is steeped in history and is the main draw for tourists to the area of Dambulla, hiking to Pidurangala Rock to view the plains at sunset is a magical experience with a much more natural feel. The place was first used as a Buddhist monastery worshipped by King Kasyapa with many temples dating back to the third century BC, and now it offers a great adventure for all travelers. Located adjacent to Sigiriya Rock with the nearly same height, Pidurangala affords the best views of not only the valleys but also the famous historic fortress. The hike may take around 30 minutes to an hour to complete, with a well maintained up path and some parts of large rocks and boulders. At the beginning of the trail, you will find a white Buddhist temple, Pidurangala Sigiri Rajamaha Viharaya, where you must cover your shoulders, knees and remove your shoes. This is strictly enforced so you might want to prepare in advance. On the way, you will reach the Pidurangala Cave Temple, the remains of the ancient monastery with a quite well-preserved reclining Buddha statue laying inside. At the top of the rock, you can walk around and enjoy the rural Sri Lankan countryside as well as the inspiring Sigiriya Rock.

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Negombo→Dambulla→Anuradhapura→Kandy→Ella→Yala National Park→Unawatuna
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Join a boat ride in the Negombo Lagoon by catamaran to see local fishing villages and markets

Admire the famous rock monastery of Dambulla with cave temples and hundreds of Buddha statues

Experience the unique accommodation in Habarana, a Watch Hut built on top of a Tree

Go for a real Sri Lankan village experience with many stops at local homes (Blacksmith, Saaree viewing family, Cookery session,…)

Climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Pidurangala Rock for a history discovery and beautiful sunset views

Dip into the cultural life in the UNESCO-listed town Kandy with visits to renowned places and local schools

Board the scenic train ride from Kandy to Ella through misty mountains and lush green tea plantations

Free to explore Ella’s highlights, like hiking to Ella Rock, trekking to Little Adams Peak, or visit to Rawana Falls

Enjoy a thrilling safari in Yala National Park with plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities

Get close to the mighty blue whales and dolphins in Mirrisa

Take short city tours around the beautiful colonial town of Galle and the commercial capital city Colombo

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Negombo→Dambulla→Kandy→Nuwara Eliya→Colombo
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Take your time relaxing in the tranquil vibes of Negombo town

Climb up the Pidurangala Rock to see the magical views of Sri Lankan countryside and plains at sunset

Wander around the incredibly ancient buildings and ruins in the royal kingdom of Polonnaruwa

Go for a half-day safari at Minneriya National Park with chances of spotting wild animals

Admire the jaw-dropping sights and features of the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Explore around the UNESCO-protected city of Kandy and its celebrated Temple of the Tooth Relic of Lord Buddha, Dalada Maligawa

Visit Nuwara Eliya, the Little England of Sri Lanka, with green tea plantations, beautiful waterfalls, and picturesque mountain ranges

Enjoy a wonderful night walk through Colombo’s favourite spots like Galle Face Green, Pettah market or Roof top bar

Savor many famous traditional dishes of Sri Lanka during the tour

Negombo→Dambulla→Kandy→Nuwara Eliya→Colombo
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Colombo→Kalpitiya→Sigiriya→Kandy→Belihuloya→Yala National Park→Galle
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Walk hand in hand on the golden sandy beaches, swim in the tropical waters or take a sunset boat ride in the lagoon of Kalpitiya

Enjoy romantic candle lit dinners by the beach/lake specially arranged for you

Soak in peace amidst nature in the unique Tree House of Sigiriya

Clim up Pidurangala Rock to see the mesmerizing views of the plains and forests at sunset

Admire the jaw-dropping sights and features of Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Trek at Hiriwadunna to learn about the local village lifestyle and join many activities, such as walking through the jungle, boating in a catamaran, tasting authentic cuisine,…

Visit Dambulla Rock Temple, famous for unique paintings and magnificent Buddha statues

Be immersed in the alluring charm of the ancient capital city of Kandy and its celebrated Temple of the tooth relic of Lord Buddha, Dalada Maligawa

Trek across the mountain, marvel at the gorgeous cascades, and enjoy canoeing in the Samanalawewa reservoir while in the eco-friendly tented camp of Belihuloya

Partake in several safaris for wildlife in Yala National Park

Enjoy sightseeing and some down time in the famous Galle Dutch Fort

Colombo→Kalpitiya→Sigiriya→Kandy→Belihuloya→Yala National Park→Galle
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Negombo→Sigiriya→Kandy→Adams Peak→Ella→Yala National Park→Colombo
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Climb to the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress or the Lion Rock for incredible views

Do a soft hiking to Pidurangala Rock to see a beautiful sunset over the plains

Cycle the backroads of a Habarana village for an authentic rural experience, covering a catamaran boat ride and local lunch in a mud hut

Explore Dambulla Cave Temple, famed for ancient stone carvings and paintings about Lord Buddha

Visit the Temple of Tooth Relic and watch a colorful cultural show in Kandy city

Get active with white water rafting on the Kelani River at Kitulgala, ideal for beginners and experts

Participate in a night climb up Adam’s Peak to witness the next day morning beautiful sunrise

Hike to Ella Rock for stunning views of mountains and tea plantations, with a pass by Nine Arch Bridge

Have a heart-pumping zipline adventure experience at Flying Ravana

Wind down and explore the mystical Rawana Waterfalls and Ella Gap

Look out for elephants, leopards and other wild animals a game drive safaris through Yala National Park

Enjoy a leisure walk around colonial buildings of the Dutch Fort Galle

Negombo→Sigiriya→Kandy→Adams Peak→Ella→Yala National Park→Colombo

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