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Trip Location: Colombo
08:30 am: You will be picked up from your hotel in Colombo.
02:30 pm: Reach Minneriya National park.
03:00-06:00 pm: Half-day game drive to Minneriya National Park.
After mood refreshing breakfast, hike the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Sigiriya
As the tour concludes, you will be dropped off at your hotel.
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Sigiriya and Dambulla are well connected with Colombo by air,road and railways.
The fastest and most expensive mode of travel is by air which takes around 30 minutes. There are two scheduled flights from Colombo to Sigiriya and one way fare sets you back by about USD 199 before taxes.
There are express buses from Colombo Airport to Sigiriya which is the cheapest mode of travel. Dambulla is the closest bus station and one can hire a cab or tuk-tuk to reach Sigiriya which is 45 minutes away. Public buses do not generally encourage large luggage pieces and usually take 6 -7 hours to reach Sigiriya.
Taxi services and private transfers can be availed to travel to Sigiriya which is comparatively hassle free and will let you undertake the journey at your own pace.
The fastest way to travel from Colombo to Sigiriya is by air and it takes about 30 minutes. Express buses take about 4 hours for the trip to Sigiriya from Colombo depending on traffic and road conditions. Normal buses may take anywhere between 6 to 7 hours depending on the number of stops they make to complete your .There are limited options of direct train routes on the Sigiriya tour .
They usually involve a combination of train travel and taxi/bus connection for the last leg of the journey which itself takes around 5-6 hours. The best hassle free option for a trip to Sigiriya would be to take a cab or private transfer by car which takes around 3-4 hours by road and can be done at the pace you desire.
A trip to Sigiriya is definitely incomplete without making the 1200 step climb to the top of the rock fortress which sits at a height of 160m.The initial climb is easier and involves wider paths and rock cut stairs to reach the Lion Staircase from then on the stairs become steep, narrow and uneven.
The last part of the climb is on the edge of a rock but is safely secured by handrails and guardrails.Overall it is an energy intensive climb which can be done in parts by resting at the numerous view points and rewards the climber with spectacular views of the ancient Srilankan landscape from the top. A Sigiriya Village Tour will complete your scintillating experience.
A trip to Srilanka is incomplete without a visit to the iconic rock fortress of Sigiriya which is also a UNESCO world heritage site.The picturesque ancient city is home to the famous Lion Rock and the beautiful cave frescos,the highly polished mirror wall and one of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world.
The Sigiriya tour is complete with a climb which is a serene experience that throws at you mesmerizing sights of the vast green plains dotted by gigantic statues of the Buddha and makes you wonder at the marvellous architecture of the famed symmetrical water gardens, boulder gardens and terraced gardens.
There are numerous Day Trips & Excursions available to make your Sigiriya tour more adventurous and exciting. Some of the best ones are :
- Sigiriya Village Tour from Colombo
- Sigiriya rock fortress and Dambulla cave temple day trip from Colombo
- Day Trip to ancient city of Polonnaruwa and Elephant Safari
- Hiriwadunna village tour from Dambulla and Sigiriya
- Day Trip to the ancient city of Anuradhapura and Mihintale temple
- Day Trip to the ancient city of Anuradhapura
- Trincomalee city tour from Sigiriya
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