Both Sigiriya and Dambulla have been nominated as UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITES, and Sigiriya was once declared the eighth wonder of the world. A trip like this is a must when you are on vacation in Sri Lanka. The drive from Kandy to Dambulla will take approximately 2 1/2 hours. After visiting Dambulla Cave Temple, our driver will recommend a restaurant for lunch. This Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Tour from Colombo would not be complete without experiencing an Elephant back ride at a lake where we will take you. A visit to Sigiriya Rock Fortress can be made when the sun isn't so strong and then proceed to Kandy.
While on your Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Tour from Colombo you will be visiting the Dambulla cave temple also known as the Golden Temple of Dambulla is a World Heritage Site in Sri Lanka, situated in the central part of the country, 72 kilometers north of Kandy.
Dambulla Cave Temple is a living Buddhist site that is focused on a series of five cave shrines. Inhabited by forest-dwelling Buddhist monks since the 3rd century BCE, these natural caves have been transformed continuously throughout the historical period into one of the largest and most outstanding Buddhist complexes in the Southern and South Eastern Asian region also designated a World Heritage site in 1991.
The caves have a mixture of religious and secular paintings and sculptures. There are several reclining Buddha's, including the 15m long sculpture of the dying Buddha in Cave 1. The frescoes on the walls and ceiling from the 15th-18th centuries; the ceiling frescoes show scenes from the Buddha's life and Sinhalese history. Cave 2 is the largest and most impressive, containing over 150 statues, illustrating the Mahayana influences on Buddhism at the time through introducing Hindu deities such as Vishnu and Ganesh.
Visiting Sigiriya and Dambulla Day Tour from Colombo - The ancient city of SIGIRIYA is a premier eco-tourism destination in Sri Lanka which was designated a cultural World Heritage Site in 1982. It is also proposed that the site should be named the eighth wonder of the world, indicating it is in the same league as other international wonders such as the Grand Canyon and Ancient Pyramids.
Translated as 'Lion Rock' into English, the name of the monument indicates the way in which visitors used to begin their final ascent to the top - through the open jaws and throat ('giriya') of a lion ('Sinha). Unfortunately, the only remains of this lion figure are the gigantic paws, sculpted into the side of the rock.
The topography of the area is flat except for the massive rock outcrop of the fortress itself (which rises an incredible 600 ft up from the green scrub jungle). The unusual rock is particularly interesting due to its flat top (nearly an acre in size), that was used in its entirety to build King Kasyapa's fortress complex, still evident by the presence of the extensive ruins.