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Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Day Tour

Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Day Tour

By Merganser Holidays
This is a tour package for travelers who prefer exploring the Sri Lankan's ancient history and extraordinary architecture. The Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a world-famous travel destination and a world heritage site named by the UNESCO due to its historical value and architecture. The Dambulla Cave Temple is another ancient Buddhist temple that gives you a better understanding of the advancement of classical Sri Lankan architectural consciousness. Both Sigiriya and the Dambulla Cave Temple hold precious historical stories behind; hence you will benefit from planning your Sigiriya and Dambulla from Colombo tour with one of our experienced drivers/guides. Also, a village tour that lets you experience the village life of the region included in the package. You will be Picked-up by your private driver/guide from your hotel at Colombo/Negombo or Mount Lavinia and begin your private day tour.
per adult (price varies by group size)
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Ages 0-99
Duration: 13h 30m
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Live guide: English

  • Traditional Sri Lankan Village Lunch (For All Inclusive Purchases)
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • All Fees and Taxes
  • Bottled water
  • Entry/Admission - Dambulla Royal Cave Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
What's not included
  • Gratuities (recommended)

Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • Option 1
    Colombo, Sri Lanka
    We pick up from any hotel in Colombo
  • Option 2
    Negombo, Sri Lanka
    We pick up from any hotel in Negombo
  • Option 3
    Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
    We pick up from any hotel in Mount Lavinia
Pickup details
  • We pick up from any hotel in Colombo,Negombo or Mount Lavinia
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      • Near public transportation
      • Infants must sit on laps
      • Infant seats available
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 72113P92

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
      • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
      • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      Which attractions will I visit with Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Day Tour?
      How much is Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Day Tour?
      Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Day Tour price starts from $82.14. Discover and book Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Day Tour on Tripadvisor
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      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 72113P92

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      • You’ll have 3 starting options
        Or, you can also get picked up
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      • 1
        Stop: 2 hours
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      • 2
        Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
        Stop: 2 hours - Admission included
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      • You'll return to the starting point
      About the operator
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      • Merganser Holidays
        Colombo, Sri Lanka
        Joined in March 2018
      • johnsD9414YX
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Excellent, flexible tour company
        We arranged a customized variation on this 3 day tour to complement a cycling tour we had done with another company. Henry was very easy to deal with and customized the itinerary to meet our needs. We fitted in all the major sites and attractions at a good pace. Henry was a good driver, very obliging and informed. We were booked into the Sungreen Resort - quite good, but a hotel closer to a town centre could be a better option to try more local food. price was most competitive compared to a couple of other quotes I got. Overall, I'd certainly recommend using Merganser.
        Written March 14, 2024
      • dzw
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great experience
        We used Merganser Holidays to visit Yala National Park in Sri Lanka. We were on a cruise and chose this company for our excursion. Our tour guide was excellent. He was able to spot so many animals! The excursion included lunch, which we ordered in advance. Would highly recommend.
        Written February 28, 2024
      • varinid2023
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wonderful Nature Resort
        My family of 8 persons visited this beautiful, nature resort. The staff were outstanding in their personal attention to all of us. We stayed in the deluxe bungalows that were spacious and comfortable with all the amenities one needs. It was my daughter's birthday on Feb 2nd and they provided a birthday cake and all the staff and guests sang "Happy birthday" , which was special. I like their motto "Leave nothing but footprints & take nothing but memories" Special thanks to Mr. Jaya Sri Wickramasinghe, the front office manager.
        Written February 22, 2024
      • cherrylodge2018
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        One of our best trips ever, made extra special by our wonderful driver Mr Laal!
        Our trip to Sri Lanka was one of our best trips ever and the experience was really elevated by our wonderful driver Mr Laal and the great organisation before and during our trip by Merganser Holidays. We were a party of two couples and months before the trip we put together a list of boutique hotels we would like to stay and also places we wanted to visit. We booked all the hotels but Merganser arranged everything else for the trip. Merganser was able to work with us and they helped put together an itinerary. When we arrived in Colombo airport after an overnight flight from London Mr Laal was there waiting for us and our adventures began! We started with one night Colombo to get settled and over 13 days travelled to Kandy, Sigiriya, Nuwara Ella, Ella, Mirassa and finally Galle Fort. Our driver Mr Laal was with us for the whole trip and really looked after us very well. He was also a great guide when we needed him and sometimes came on the hikes we did. His driving was very safe and he always made sure we were comfortable in the van. Note that driving 80km in Sri Lanka can take over 3 hours...due to slower traffic and also mountainous roads inland. At the end of each day he would drop as back at our hotel usually around 5pm and then we would next meet him the following morning after breakfast outside the hotel with his minivan cleaned and ready to go. We took 3 train train journeys during our stay and Mr Laal always brought us right to the platform and made sure we found our reserved seats on the train. He would then meet us at our destination as we stepped off the train, and best of all...he had our luggage already in his minivan. It is very hard to buy first class reserved seats on trains in Sri Lanka ahead of time but Merganser took care of all of these for us. We turned up one morning at a station only to find a huge line of tourists right out of the station waiting to buy tickets. Mr Laal brought us in another entrance as we already had our tickets and we walked straight to the platform. If we wanted to change plans or add something to our trip then Mr Laal and Merganser were very helpful and accommodating. We tried to set up a balloon trip but fog prevented this....we were kept informed the whole time...and it was not a problem when the balloon company had to cancel the night before. Thank you for everything and thank you Mr Laal for looking after us so well...we will never forget this trip!!!!!
        Written February 16, 2024
      • FlindersFamily1
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Relaxed Sri Lankan adventure - perfect
        From the minute we were greeted at the hotel, the organisation and local knowledge shared was brilliant. Niroshan our driver was knowledgeable, conscientious and very accommodating. We took a two day tour of Kandy and Ella. There’s no better way of doing this, all the accommodation was 5* and half board, delicious food and great company. We will definitely be back to see the south of the island and there’s no other tour company we would use. Everything was perfect! Thank you for helping us make Sri Lankan memories.
        Written February 16, 2024
      • L1582IBcatherinel
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fabulous 5 stars all the way :-)
        Just back home after a fabulous time in Sri Lanka. Right from first contact we knew we were in good hands with Merganser, Henry Lionel was super efficient helping us plan our itinerary. We were met at the airport by our friendly and professional driver, Lal, a true gentleman who made sure we got the most out of the next 16 days together, he looked after us every step. Lal and Merganser were also flexible enough to add in a trek up Adam's Peak for two of our party at short notice and every day we felt able to make small requests depending on our energy, hunger, mood etc. This is very different to prior reports we heard of other drivers in Sri Lanka who force tourists into commission-based shopping experiences etc. and allow little flexibility. The van was cool, comfortable and the onboard wifi was a real bonus. Merganser sourced our train tickets for us in advance, felt so lucky to skip the long queues at the stations. We were very fortunate indeed to travel with Merganser and Lal, super memories for a lifetime, a well deserved 5 stars :-)
        Written February 1, 2024
      • smith9875
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        11/10 tour with Niro at Merganser Holidays
        Niro our guide was amazing, nothing was too much trouble, he was so caring & such a font of knowledge about everything to do with Sri Lanka. He answered all our questions thoroughly & made our holiday way better & more memorable than we thought it could be due to his enthusiasm & passion. The hotels provided were amazing & everything was covered in the tour. Not a single complaint or concern
        Written January 31, 2024
      • 12FOL
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        3.0 of 5 bubbles
        Lots of elephants but jeeps crowding animals..
        In terms of what people come to see , Elephants, this delivered, lots and lots of elephant sightings. But there were a couple of ocassions when the number of jeeps virtually encircling elephants did not feel comfortable. To be fair our guide moved on when we told him and moved away from the jam of jeeps. The problem with a tipping culture, rather than paying drivers a good flat rate is they will push and jostle other vehicles to get the " best view" and tips. If you are over 5'7 tall you may find views when seated restricted by rolled up blinds. We mentioned this a couple of times. Eventually, we got guide to stop and he used cable that he had to tie them up. This is a very easy fix and perhaps one safar company could just do? This makes us sound like moany people, we are not! We went on another safari with Wildhideaway hotel in Wilpattu and although we saw fewer sightings the guide and experience was much better.
        Written January 21, 2024
      • susanwB127IH
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        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Wow. Lots of elephants .
        We had a great time. Very good guide and driver. Saw lots of elephants in this park. Really, really recommend the experience.
        Written January 15, 2024
      • traceyc299
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        This company are brilliant - highly recommend booking with them.
        Great communication right from booking with this company, including details of our driver name and jeep number plate a few days before our trip. We were collected from our hotel on time and after a short drive arrived at the entrance to the National Park. Samira (our driver) organised entrance to the park and we set off. He was extremely knowledgeable, not only about the elephants but also other wildlife we saw. We saw lots of elephants, the first few within minutes of entering the park and were able to get quite close to some of them in the truck. It was amazing to see so many in their natural habitat, we even saw a baby elephant who Samira told us was about a year old. Samira kept stopping to point out other wildlife too, we saw chameleon, a king fisher, a bee catcher, some peacocks, a Jungle fowl (the national bird of Sri Lanka) and could hear brown headed Berbets all around the jungle area. On the way home we were really lucky to drive alongside a bull elephant who was walking on the side of the road before he crossed over. We also stopped by a lake where saw many different birds while eating some water melon provided by Samira before he dropped us back at our hotel. It was an amazing trip, worth every penny and I would absolutely recommend others to book this one.
        Written January 15, 2024
      • kimieong
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Highly recommended!
        Well organized, prompt, friendly, flexible and reasonably priced. Also car was always spotless! Definitely met expectations. Thank you Henry and Hemal for an amazing experience of Sri Lanka. I highly recommend Merganser tours.
        Written January 5, 2024
      • waqshah
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        4.0 of 5 bubbles
        Great views, comfortable van, would recommend! But please follow the scheduled itinerary!
        Pros: - The van was very clean, very well equipped. WiFi on board was a GREAT feature. Water and napkins etc. were available which was very helpful. Lal cleaned the van every night for us. - Lal (tour guide) was friendly and helpful. He gave just the right amount of tour guide info, not too little and not too much. He was friendly with the kids and even helped set up a car stand where they could put their Nintendo. - Most of the spots we visited were beautiful and the views were amazing. Well-worth seeing. The best parts were the Sigiriya Rock climb, the Little Adam’s Peak hike and the Yala Safari where we saw two leopards! - Lal gave us privacy during lunches which was appreciated as sometimes you need a break from the tour, especially when you are traveling with kids, which can be exhausting. Cons: - Lal did not follow the scheduled itinerary on a couple of occasions. He changed the tea factory without informing us. He also changed the elephant conservatory. The scheduled itinerary should be followed. - Lal made some unscheduled stops at souvenir shops that we did not ask for. This resulted in some delays and we did miss a couple of things that were scheduled in the itinerary. - Lal told us that the Ramboda falls cannot be seen from up close which turned out to be untrue, as we found out later. But overall, we would definitely recommend this tour company!
        Written January 5, 2024
      • maximilian1988
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        2.0 of 5 bubbles
        Mixed Feelings on the All-Inclusive Private Safari in Minneriya National Park
        I recently took part in an elephant tour that unfortunately didn’t meet my expectations, leading to a two-star rating. Firstly, the price for the tour seemed excessively high compared to the value received. The condition of our jeep was subpar, not really up to the standard for such a tour. While the park’s overcrowding isn’t something the tour operator can control, it did impact the overall experience. Communication with the tour organizers was good, which is a plus. However, the knowledge of the guides was surprisingly lacking, with incorrect information being provided (such as the presence of iguanas, which are not found there). Our jeep breaking down mid-tour, though quickly resolved with a replacement vehicle, raised concerns about the maintenance and quality of the transportation used. While I appreciate the efforts made for communication and quick problem-solving, the overall experience was underwhelming considering the price and expectations.
        Written January 2, 2024
      • uniki64
        0 contributions
        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Yala (Galge) National Park
        We booked a tailor made tour to Yala National Park Galge. We were picked up next to our cruiseship with the safarijeep! We were welcomed with shell necklaces by Pri🥰. South Sri Lanka is very green, the 2-hour trip to the park seemed short, as the surroundings were beautiful, so much to see! In the park itself our driver/tracker Dyante found us elephants, crocodiles, monkeys, deer, several birds of prey, bee-eaters, kingfisher, stork, and so on... Enough time to make beautiful pictures! We loved it! Only sad that lots of smaller roads were partly still flooded because of all the rain. In our short break we had lovely fresh fruits, juices/water and crackers. After this we had some more gamedriving to do before we were brought back to our ship! We had a lovely day, Merganser Holidays did a great job for us, recommendable! Thanks!!
        Written December 30, 2023
      • Sewgoolam
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Well organised trip with Merganser Tours of Sri Lanka .Reliable Tour Agency.Excellent Tour.Well structured .Family Friendly.Amaz
        Merganser Tours organised everything from our airport pickup to hotel choices and tour itinerary.We were pleasantly surprised with the warm welcome with garlands at the airport and a quick transfer to our hotel.All hotels were Five star with half board .All meals were excellent with buffet dinners of a variety of 50 food items or a la carte with a five course meal which was delicious . Our favourite hotel was 98 Acres in Ella.The entire tour was in a private air conditioned vehicle with a Driver assigned to us for the entire trip Out Driver ,Niroshan was humble and very knowledgeable.He was receptive to us traveling with children and accommodated all our requests.We felt like a family on a road trip with all the stress of checking in to each hotel taken over by Merganser Tours.We arrived at each hotel and while we sipped on our welcome drinks,Niroshan presented the hotel vouchers and we were handed the keycards.The trip had a lot of driving but it was well planned with mini stops at each point of interest. The trip was very well structured with a daily itinerary so we knew what to expect.We requested optional extras of the whale watching at Mirissa and Niroshan organised our 5am breakfast and fetched us early for the trip .We felt safe the entire trip and because of its structure from a reliable,knowledgeable agency ,with messages in between the tour enquiring if we had any concerns,I feel our time was optimised and we were blessed with an unforgettable holiday.Thank you Lionel and Niroshan for everything .You will come highly recommended to all our family and friends in South Africa . Dr Neshalan Latchmanan,Dr Shashika Sewgoolam ,Milan and Ariana
        Written December 19, 2023
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles2 reviews
      Very good

      ian l
      4 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Mar 2020 • Couples
      Had two trips booked with henry. One sigirya rock and one safari to see elephants
      Unfortunately due to corona virus govt closed wildlife parks
      Which was disappointing
      Henry was quick to email the info and refund our fee
      As arranged we were picked up at 6am by henry to go to sigirya rock
      On way we stopped at dambulla caves and henry organised a guide to explain about the cave history which was very informative
      Then travelled to sigirya rock
      Again henry organised a guide and helpers which at first we thought we wouldnt need but in the intense heat they were a blessing assisting us up the steps.
      Normally the guide said there would be 7000 people oer day there but we were two of only a dozen so felt like had place to ourselves which in a way is sad for the effect on local people
      The rock is well worth climb when you get to the top and guides very good
      Met up with henry again and we told him about our disappointment at not seeing elephants
      As a result henry went out of his way not only to find elephants but to have an interaction
      He found a spot near the road where an elephant and his mahout were bathing in the river
      The mahout invited us to jump in and bath the elephant
      We spent 40 minutes allowing the elephant to shower us while we groomed him in the water
      Utterly fantastic
      We the drove 10 minutes and henry stopped car again got out a pair of binoculars and pointed us to a wild herd of elephants 500 yds from the
      Totally amazing experience one we will never forget
      Best day ever all thanks to henry
      Totally trustworthy reliable genuine nice guy
      100% recommend to anyone
      Written March 17, 2020
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