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Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave from Sigiriya provided by Lakpura LLC (Sigiriya)

Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave from Sigiriya

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  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Contactless payment for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
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Updated 17/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 17/07/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
Itinerary
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  • 1
    Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
    Stop: 3 hours - Admission excluded
    According to inscriptions found in the caves which honeycomb the base of the rock fortress, Sigiriya served as a place of religious retreat as far back as the third century BC, when Buddhist monks established refuge in the locale. It wasn’t until the fifth century AD, however, that Sigiriya rose briefly to supremacy in Sri Lanka, following the power struggle which succeeded the reign of Dhatusena (455-473) of Anuradhapura. King Dhatusena had two sons, Mogallana, by one of the most desired and finest of his queens, and Kassapa, by a less significant consort. Upon hearing that Mogallana had been declared heir to the throne, Kassapa rebelled, driving Mogallana into exile in India and imprisoning his father, King Dhatusena. The legend of Dhatusena’s subsequent demise offers an enlightening illustration of the importance given to water in early Sinhalese civilization. Threatened with death if he refused to reveal the whereabouts of the state treasure, Dhatusena agreed to show his errant son its location if he was permitted to bathe one final time in the great Kalawewa Tank, of which the construction he had overseen. Standing within the tank, Dhatusena poured its water through his hands and told Kassapa that this alone was his treasure. Kassapa, none too impressed, had his father walled up in a chamber and left him to die. Mogallana, meanwhile, vowed to return from India and reclaim his inheritance. Kassapa, making preparations for the expected invasion, constructed a new dwelling on top of the 200-metre-high Sigiriya rock – a combination of pleasure palace and indestructible fortress, which Kassapa intended would emulate the legendary abode of Kubera, the god of wealth, while a new city was established around its base. According to folklore, the entire fortress was built in just seven years, from 477 to 485 AD. The long-awaited invasion finally materialized in 491, Mogallana having raised an army of Tamil mercenaries to fight his cause. Despite the benefits of his indestructible fortress, Kassapa, in an act of fatalistic bravado, descended from his rocky abode and rode boldly out on an elephant at the head of his troops to meet the attackers on the plains below. Unfortunately for Kassapa, his elephant took fright and bolted leading the battle. His troops, thinking he was retreating, fell back and left him to face off the battle. Facing capture and defeat, Kassapa killed himself. Following Mogallana’s quest, Sigiriya was handed over to the Buddhist monks, after which its caves once again became home to religious ascetics seeking peace and solitude. The site was finally abandoned in 1155, after which it remained largely forgotten, except for brief periods of military use by the Kingdom of Kandy in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries, until being rediscovered by the British in 1828.
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Duration
8h
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off.
  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle.
  • Service of English-speaking chauffeur guide.
  • 2 x 500 ml of water bottle per person.
Exclusions
  • Entrance ticket(s). (Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla Cave Temple)
  • Food and beverages.
  • Expenses of personal nature.
  • Gratuties.
  • Entry/Admission - Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
  • Entry/Admission - Dambulla Royal Cave Temple
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Comfortable walking shoes recommended for this tour. Wearing well-covered attire along with Sandals or Flip Flops are recommend for Dambulla Cave Temple and to all other religious sights of Sri Lanka.
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems (climbing in Sigiriya)
  • Not recommended for pregnant women (climbing in Sigiriya)
  • Not wheelchair accessible (certain areas)
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions
  • Near public transportation
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

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By: Lakpura LLC (Sigiriya)
dojies
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Did not see what we went there to see
Tigers, Elephants and big game had obviously taken the day off. We saw Peter Rabbit and his family, a tortoise bre
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Phyzoz
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Half day visit
We chose to go to Wilpattu as my wife wanted to see the jungle she had experienced as a child in Sri Lanka and also
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Millie H
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A waste of time
This tour was an absolute waste of time and money, we saw hardly any animals the ones we did see being dear, peacoc
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YousefJad
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Nice trip
Nice 3 hours Safari .... good arrangement , and nice views . But need more explanation during the trip about wild l
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Key Details
  • Duration: 8h
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  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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