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Dambulla & Sigiriya Day Tour from Colombo / Negombo provided by Mahaweli Tours & Holidays

Dambulla & Sigiriya Day Tour from Colombo / Negombo

Dambulla & Sigiriya Day Tour from Colombo / Negombo
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92% of travelers recommend this experience
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Tour snapshot
Duration:
6–9 hours
Hotel pickup offered
Infant seats available
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    6–9 hours
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Infant seats available
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
Sigiriya Rock Fortress the 8th Wonder of the World is considered as a placed not to be missed by anybody who visits this beautiful Island. Pidurangala rock another historical place located next to Sigirya and has become a trending place with among both locals and foreigners. Dambulla Cave Temple is known as one of the oldest and biggest rock temples in the world. The Safari at Minneriya National Park will make your trip complete. This 03 hour off road trip will allow you to see hundreds of Elephants in their natural behavior at their own place. Tour in a traditional village is another interesting item you can add for the day.  These key places are located within close proximity. Situated in the Matale District, Central Province of Sri Lanka, situated 148 km (92 mi) north-east of Colombo and 72 km (45 mi) north of Kandy.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6-9 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
Arabic, German, English
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6-9 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
Arabic, German, English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
What to expect
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Call the number below and use the product code: 51560P52
Important information
Inclusions
  • All taxes and fees for the vehicle and chauffeur
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Private small-group tour
  • Transport by private air-conditioned minivan
  • Bottled water
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Landing and facility fees
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Entrance fees for Sigirya, Minneriya National Park, Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Food and drinks
  • Cost for the off-road Jeep for the safari
  • Entry/Admission - Dambulla Royal Cave Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
  • Entry/Admission - Minneriya National Park
Duration
6–9 hours
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We can pick you from he hotel you are staying. Please mention the name of the hotel.
  • Airports:
  • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Dress code is casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Infant FOC
  • Wheelchair access is available upto the Sigirya site and around sightseeing. But not possible to climb the rock with it.
  • Those who are under medical conditions and those who are pregnant may have to avoid some parts of the activities.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • All taxes and fees for the vehicle and chauffeur
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Local guide
  • Private small-group tour
  • Transport by private air-conditioned minivan
  • Bottled water
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Landing and facility fees
Exclusions
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Entrance fees for Sigirya, Minneriya National Park, Dambulla Cave Temple
  • Food and drinks
  • Cost for the off-road Jeep for the safari
  • Entry/Admission - Dambulla Royal Cave Temple
  • Entry/Admission - Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
  • Entry/Admission - Minneriya National Park
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We can pick you from he hotel you are staying. Please mention the name of the hotel.
  • Airports:
  • Bandaranayake Intl Airport, Colombo Sri Lanka
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
6–9 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Dress code is casual
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Infant FOC
  • Wheelchair access is available upto the Sigirya site and around sightseeing. But not possible to climb the rock with it.
  • Those who are under medical conditions and those who are pregnant may have to avoid some parts of the activities.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • 2
    Minneriya National Park
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission excluded
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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4.5
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bk_indigo
Brooklyn, NY27 contributions
I initially booked this trip with Apple Vacations Sri Lanka and they canceled without telling me! I was waiting in my hotel lobby for a full hour and they didn’t advise me my trip was canceled until 2 hours after that. Needless to say, I was disappointed as I’d wasted a full day and had to make last minute plans to compensate. I googled Mahaweli Tours and they had decent reviews so I thought I’d try them out—I was not disappointed. They were extremely responsive, accommodating and flexible and I was able to curate an itinerary similar to the one that Apple Vacations botched! The driver, Sanchitha, picked me up promptly and we were off to Dambulla. Sanchitha ensured I had money for the entry fee in rupees, advised me on temple protocols and on optimal times to conclude my visit. He was thoughtful with directions for Sigiriya and helped me navigate to avoid tourist traps (e.g. bogus guides that solicit at the base of the rock formation). I reached the summit in good time, had a nice beverage and then off to the Hurulu Eco Park to see wildlife. I think they should just call this place an elephant sanctuary as there really isn’t much to see but elephants. After seeing, over a dozen elephants, I was over it 45 minutes in. It was a 2 hour+ tour that I didn’t think was worth the $50 I paid for it. Still, it was nice to see—after, we headed back to Colombo in great time for me to run errands and eat dinner! All in all, Mahaweli met my needs and got me around safely with no issues. I’m grateful I went with them!
Written June 1, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
khulood-asmil
Dear Sir/Madam, Greetings from Sri Lanka. Thank you so much for spending your valuable time to share your review with us.Hope you enjoyed the tour.Nice to hear that Sachintha has done a great job. We will pass this message to him as well. It was a pleasure to serve you and looking forward to meet you again.We always want to keep our customers happy. Stay blessed :)
Written June 2, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

YCA
1 contribution
Apr 2022 • Couples
It was a great tour and great experience. Our driver Sanchitha was very punctual, helpful and kind. He helped us a lot at anytime for all our requests. I highly recommend this tour to anyone who wants to see ancient side of Sri Lanka.
Written April 30, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
khulood-asmil
Dear Madam / Sir, Greetings from Sri Lanka. Thank you so much for spending your valuable time to share your review with us.Hope you enjoyed the tour. Nice to hear that Sachitha has done a great job. We will pass this message to him as well. It was a pleasure to serve you and looking forward to meet you again. Stay blessed :)
Written May 20, 2022
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Chris O
2 contributions
This was one of the best day trips we have ever taken in any place we have traveled. Our tour guide, Sanchit, took us to Sigiriya, the caves, and an elephant safari. At the elephant safari we got to be within a few feet of about a dozen elephants. Sanchit explained so much to us and introduced us to great local
foods. Our guide could not have been more friendly and caring, and more excited to be on the trip, making sure we have a great time everywhere we went. For anyone considering a day trip I can’t recommend this enough.
Written February 14, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
khulood-asmil
Dear Madam, Greetings from Sri Lanka. It was a great pleasure to serve you. Nice to hear that Sachintha has done a great job. We will pass this message to him as well. Thank you very much for sharing your experience with us. Stay blessed and take care.
Written February 22, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

jvin999
Santa Rosa, CA16 contributions
Great trip to Sigiriya & Dambulla with a side trip to a rural village for lunch. I have a new appreciation for how rice goes from field to table. The family were lovely. Lunch was delicious. Sanchi was great, friendly and knowledgeable. He made a long day very fun.
Written January 31, 2022
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khulood-asmil
Dear Sir/Madam, It is pleasure to know that you had a nice tour at Dambulla and Sigiriya. Also, it is nice to hear that Sanchi done a great job to make you happy during the tour. He will be very happy after hearing your lovely feedback. Thank you so much for choosing us to have this tour. We are looking forward to meet you again. Stay safe and stay blessed.
Written February 21, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Agnieszka K
Trzeciewnica, Bydgoszcz, Poland3 contributions
Jan 2022 • Couples
We had a great time during our trip. The driver, Sachinthaka was very knowledgeable and gladly shared facts about Sri Lanka. He was punctual and very professional. We enjoyed our time with him. It was a shame, that he couldn't come to the Dambulla temple with us, as we had to find a different guide to walk us through the site. We changed the itinerary a bit, because we wanted to climb Pidurangala instead of Sigirya and the guide was ok with that and accompanied us to the top, though the trail was challenging. The jeep safari was very relaxing. All in all Sachinthaka took great care of us and we didn't have to worry about anything. I highly recommend a tour with him.
Written January 30, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
khulood-asmil
Dear Sir/Madam, We really thankful you for this nice feedback. It is pleasure to hear that you had a great tour with our friendly driver Sachinthaka. It is sorry to hear that you had to change your guide. We will send this message to Sachinthka as well. Thank you so much for choosing us as your travel partner. Take care always.
Written February 21, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Jewel
Washington DC, DC31 contributions
Where to begin. I booked this tour directly to go to Sigiriya, Dambulla, and Kandy. I was promised transportation and an English speaking guide. I double - checked the night before whether an English speaking guide would be provided and the tour company confirmed. The driver that showed up spoke very little English and knew very little about the places we visited. We had to piece together the tour ourselves using brochures and listening in to other groups who had experienced guides. Truly disappointing, as this was the main reason for booking a tour instead of just paying for a taxi.  Nonetheless we tried to make the best of an awkward and shoddy tour but things got progressively worse. The driver tried to take us to stops we didn't ask for which resulted in us nearly missing our last stop in Kandy. At 5:30pm he mentions that the temple closes at 6pm and proceeded to drive maniacally to get us there in time. Thankfully we had turned down his numerous requests to take us jewelry and spice shopping or there is zero chance we would've made it. When we arrive at the temple, he drops us off in an alley, tells us to take off our shoes, and run to the ticket counter before they close. Picture us running barefoot through the streets with no idea where we're going because he had parked illegally and needed to move the car. He said he would meet us inside at some point, gave no indication of where and when. We wandered aimlessly frustrated and on the brink of tears until someone finally helped us purchase tickets. We didn't know we needed exact change for the tickets or that we needed to have our passports with us, again our guide was no guide at all. Several people also pointed at our feet and asked where our shoes were since you only needed to take them off for a very specific portion of the temple. We were mortified. At some point the driver shows up to pick us up. Though we got to see a ceremony there, we had no idea what we were watching without the context. The final straw was after we reached our hotel, he asked me to reimburse him for the meager entrance fees he paid! I've never had a tour guide ask me for money, especially when the sites are very cheap for Sri Lankans and we paid USD30 a person for one attraction alone. This "tour" was falsely advertised and so sad this is our last night in Sri Lanka. I don't blame the "guide" as much as I do the tour company who gave me false information. The "guide" was nice up until asking us for money but he is unqualified to give tours in English. What a terrible way to end this trip, the tour operator should be ashamed.
Written December 31, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Jewel, Well noted your review and extremely sorry if you have faced any difficulty as explained above. I checked the correspondences and found the insight of your booking. Please note the following : 01. Activity you have reviewed is a different one to the what you have explained here. Sigiriya & Dambulla tour from Colombo does not include a visit to Kandy. 02. If you have booked a customized tour, we do not recommend to cover Dambulla, Sigiriya & Kandy within one day as it's not a doable schedule. If customer wants we may offer but for standard tours we have advertised we do not add extra places. 03. To cover the places you have mentioned in this review, it takes over 425 km and any traveler can hardly do that much of traveling within a day. 04. For the tours we have advertised on the sites we provide a chauffer guide only. They are not allowed to do guising in some sites by law. For that there are site specific guides available at each place and it's upto you to get their service or not. 05. If driver asked you to remove the shoes before going to the temple, it's a very basic practice here in Sri Lanka entering any religious place and there is no much to worry about it. Again you are not forced to visit temples. You can refrain visiting them if you do not like to remove shoes. 06. Anybody knows Sigiriya is not a shopping area and there are no shops available for the driver or anybody to stop and force you to visit. And if you travelled across all these places, probably there wouldn't have any spare time to visit any shop. 07. We strongly condemn the false statement about the money driver asked from you (SU$ 30) It's guaranteed that our staff are not fall into that cheap category. 08. If you had to go through all these issues, you could have informed the office and seek a solution on that moment itself. We take customer complaints / concerns very seriously and attend to them without any delay. Overall content of you review can not be accepted as your complains does not go with the tour you have mentioned and we do not have records for this particular tour under your name. Thank you.
Written January 3, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

tklimova2
Washington Dc, District Of Columbia2 contributions
Wonderful experience! The tour was organized by Prasad on a very short notice. All the details about the tour were immediately provided and all our questions fully answered. The driver, Sanchitha, arrived on time to pick us from the hotel, and he did an absolutely superb job, safely driving through the busy roads, and navigating the best routes, helping to find nice rest stops, taking our pictures, and buying fruits. He was very polite, courteous, and well organized, always quickly finding us upon our return from the places we visited. The car was very clean, and air conditioning worked very well. We really enjoyed our fantastic day, and next time we are in Sri Lanka, we will surely ask Mahaweli Tours and Holidays to arrange other exciting experiences for us!!
Many thanks from Mangkesh and Tatiana
Written November 6, 2021
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khulood-asmil
Dear Madam, Frist of all thank you very much for choosing us as your travel partner during your holiday in Sri Lanka. We enjoyed serving you a lot and very happy to know that you have enjoyed your time. Your kind words are highly appreciated and these will help us in big way. Looking forward to serve you again in Sri Lanka during your next visit here. Stay safe and stay blessed.
Written November 18, 2021
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Naz Mukhida
1 contribution
Feb 2020 • Couples
We took a 17 day holiday tour of Sri Lanka with our friends.
Incredibly beautiful country and amazing people, very humble, kind and helpful. Our chosen hotels were excellent and travel through Kandy, Sigirya , Ella and all the places was an experience.

Our tour was made memorable due to our tour operator, Mahaweli Tours who arranged and gave us excellent service, nothing was too small for them to show us part of the country and sights not usually covered by our itinerary.
Truly excellent service that is highly recommended. The people involved became just like family.
Written March 19, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear Sir, Greetings from Sri Lanka. Thank you very much for your kind words and the great review about the tour. Very happy to hear that you have enjoyed your holiday in Sri Lanka. Hope you will visit this beautiful Island again and looking forward to serve you with the same Mahaweli hospitality. Stay safe. Stay blessed.
Written April 3, 2020
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Dhillon
Cusco, Peru4 contributions
Nilanka was our tour guide. Very professional, helpful, friendly and knowledgeable guy. Helped us in many ways. Managed our time in a well way. Thanks to the Mahaweli tours for providing such a nice chauffeur cum guide. I was very curious about the history too and he answered to every question in a best. I would definitely recommend this tour to my friends. Coming back on next February and I want Nilanka as my chauffeur.
Written March 8, 2020
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khulood-asmil
Dear Sir/Madam, It was a great pleasure to serve you. Nice to hear that you are interested in our historical values and we are really happy that Nilanka had done his job well. We will pass this message definitely to him as well. Thank you so much for sharing your kind thoughts here. Hope to see you again. Stay safe. Stay blessed.
Written February 21, 2022
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Benjamin D
1 contribution
Mar 2020 • Couples
The man who picked us up from our hotel was the kindest most genuine guy you could want as a driver. He also drove to the best of his ability as you know Sri Lanka is awful for driving and he did this with steed. When we had a issue he was always there to sort it out ( other tour guides saying different prices) and He would always respect you opening the door calling you sir madam etc I can’t remember my drivers name he is 24 speaks English to a good level but what a fantastic man and I’m sure he will be a success in his future endeavours with the company. He really couldn’t do enough for us and he drove us back into the late of night most tour guides would say we need to go etc but not him. Thankyou for a great service
Written March 3, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
khulood-asmil
Dear Sir/Madam, Greetings from Sri Lanka. It was a great pleasure to serve you. We are really happy to hear that the driver came up with the best of his service. We will pass this message to him as well. Thank you so much for sharing your nice feedback with us. And we are looking forward to meet you again. Stay blessed. Stay safe.
Written February 22, 2022
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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rusn_l
rusn_l
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Very good
Very good and profesional service. We liked our driver and guide Nishantha who was friendly and explained us a lot
949pris
949pris
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Cab service to all the beautiful locations
I was so excited visiting my motherland Sri Lanka after 5 years and I had planned to spend my birthday weekend at a
shenalin2021
shenalin2021
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Excellent Shuttle Service
The shuttle service is excellent and very convienient for us to travel. The prior booking process makes it easier f
ppa10
ppa10
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Lucky I was to found them
I was really lucky to have found them in tripadvisor. The tour to sigirya was great as well as the Knuckles Moutain
carmenmF6658IL
carmenmF6658IL
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Great day out
Very friendly and helpful tour guide. Sigiriya was spectacular and I really enjoyed the traditional Sri Lankan cook
Mohamed A
Mohamed A
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Recommended for every traveller coming to Candy
I enjoyed in Dambulla & Sigiriya Tour very nice company .. also the driver is amazing and so kind I enjoyed very m
333Francesca333
333Francesca333
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I felt in safe hands
I can definitely recommend this company. I was in Sri Lanka in May 2022 when the curfews were on and the trains wer
mansuram2019
mansuram2019
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Fast booking and convenient
We booked ticket to travel from Ella to Kandy. The booking was very smooth and fast. It was easy to communicate wit
ibibalj24
ibibalj24
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Great help
The tea helped us sort the tickets and dropped them off to the hotel in a timely manner and were also on hand to h
KarolinvNormann
KarolinvNormann
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Amazing experience
We had an amazing day! Everything was perfectly organized, the driver so helpful and friendly. You should not miss
Ghenadie C
Ghenadie C
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Great tour and operator!
This is an optimal tour - if you only have 8 days. It includes all the important highlights of this amazing country
Dip1986
Dip1986
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Wonderful day trip
We had a wonderful day trip from Kandy and visited Mathale Hindu temple, Dambulla cave temple, Sigiriya rock fortre
241laurenst
241laurenst
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Sigiriya/Dambulla tour
Everything went well, the driver was punctual and friendly. It wasn’t a guided tour but a driver bringing us to dif
midyahelen
midyahelen
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Amazing time in Sri Lanka
Our driver Nilanka was amazing, took good care of us and showed us around. Highly recommend coming to Sri Lanka and
simonag2051
simonag2051
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Uncomplicated service
Really good service with no problems. They brought the Ticket in our hotel. I really can recomend it.
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