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Welcome to beautiful Sigiriya City in Sri Lanka

Sigiriya Tourism

Explore the impressive walled city surrounded by ancient fortifications

Tourism in Sigiriya

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Best time to visit
Jan - Apr
Ideal Duration
5-6 Days
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Rs. 1,980
  • Ideal for families
  • Ideal for friends
  • Adventure Activities

About Sigiriya Attractions

Sigiriya is hard to ignore on your trip to Sri Lanka. The picturesque fifth century city is famous for a bevy of museums, monasteries, and not to forget the world-famous Lion Rock. The city is frequented by honeymooners and budget travelers from around the world who are curious to learn about its complex history and culture. Its ornately landscaped gardens and wall fortifications are a huge draw. You will be blown away by Sri Lankan cuisine which mostly consists of steamed vegetables and chicken dishes. There is no dearth of outdoor activities to pursue here. The things to do on a Sigiriya trip include climbing Pidurangala Rock, taking a stroll in the gardens, and visiting iconic attractions.

History of Sigiriya

Sigiriya is only a couple centuries younger than Sri Lanka, built by a non-royal person for King Kashyapa. The latter brutally murdered his father and stole the throne from the rightful heir and his half brother Moggallana. Kashyapa feared that his brother might try to take revenge from him, and escaped Anuradhapura to take shelter in Sigiriya. He built his fortress on top of a giant impenetrable rock. The evidence of Sigiriya history dates back to the fifth century BC. Sigiriya transformed overnight from a rocky zone to a city teeming with people, heritage and culture. Nobody could have seen this transformation coming back then.

Languages Spoken in Sigiriya

Besides the two official languages spoken in Sigiriya which are Tamil and Sinhala, several other languages are also spoken. These include Sri Lankan English, among others. It is a multilingual city, so rest assured you will not face any issues communicating with the locals in Sigiriya Sri Lanka.

Cultural Landmarks in Sigiriya

Sigiriya draws a vast majority of people from around the world to explore its prominent cultural and religious landmarks. From national parks to temples, there’s something for every type of traveler. If safaris excite you, visit Minneriya National Park to acquaint yourself with the flora and fauna of Sri Lanka. The park is home to 160 species of birds, 25 species of reptiles, and 75 different kinds of butterflies, among other things. On a regular day, you will easily spot elephants, deers, sloth bears and if you’re lucky, a group of leopards. Our Sigiriya guide will give you in-depth information about this iconic attraction.

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Travel to Sigiriya

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By Air

The distance between Sigiriya and Colombo is 150 km. If you fly from Colombo to Sigiriya, it will take you half hours. It is the fastest way to reach Sigiriya. Cinnamon Air is a reputed domestic airline which has an air taxi operating regularly from Colombo to Sigiriya. It can only accommodate around 8 people, so make sure to book in advance. The Sigiriya flights embark from Colombo to Sigiriya at 10 AM from Monday to Sunday.

By Train

Another way to reach Sigiriya from Colombo is via train. However, there are no direct trains to Sigiriya. A feasible option is to board the train from Colombo Fort to Habrana. Habrana is 17 km away from Sigiriya. The train leaves at around 6:10 AM regularly from Colombo Fort railway station and takes around 5 hours to reach Sigiriya. You can take a taxi from Habrana to reach Sigiriya. The journey will cost you a nominal sum.

By Road

You can reach Sigiriya from Kandy, Sri Lanka via bus. The distance between Sigirya and Kandy is 90 km. First, visit the bus terminal in Kandy and take a bus to Dambulla. Your bus journey will be filled with sights of attractive cave temples. From Dambulla, grab a local bus to Sigiriya. The buses to Sigiriya leave within every 30 minutes from Dambulla bus terminal in the day time. A bus will take around 4 hours to reach your destination. The Sigiriya map gives a glimpse into the uncomplicated bus route. You will find the buses packed with people in the evening, and it will be enormously hard to find a seat in the bus. If such a situation arises, you can hire a cab from Kandy bus terminal. There are a plethora of cabs stationed near the terminal. The driver will take you to some of the major attractions around this region.

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      Rocky Bakshi

      New delhi

      Rocky's 7 days trip to Sigiriya

      Sri lankan travel agent Chamodi is very helpful and kind. Driver and tour guide Jagath is also very caring and understanding Full marks to the sri lankan team Travel triangle though on the other hand who charge you $11 as fees really gets missing from the scene once you pay up No calls no updates n
      egligible response from travel triangle. In my opinion if you are booking through travel triangle try and book directly from the local agent The platform and tge travel triangle agent dont offer much of assistance
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      Arushi

      New delhi

      Arushi's 6 days trip to Sigiriya

      Crimson Voyages should be your go to agent for Sri Lanka trip. I had an amazing time with ny family there. The hotels chosen were pretty clean, spacious and worth the money! The lead- Nurshida was available over the call all the time in case of any need during the trip and was really sweet in welcom
      ing us with gifts as a gesture as we arrived :) The driver assigned was also really helpful in navigating and helping us with the language barrier. Overall I had an awesome first time experience in Sri Lanka, thanks to Crimson Voyages and team! The Private beach in The Palms hotel
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      Nachiket Patil

      Mumbai

      Nachiket's 7 days trip to Sigiriya

      Thank you to Dilini and steeple travels for making our trip to srilanka successful we are taking back a lot of good memories to cherish. All the stays were 5/5 as committed Transportation 5/5 Food arrangements 5/5 Special thanks to kasul our dedicated and very professional driver and guide for bein
      g so helpful throughout trip. He is truly dedicated to his profession, very knowledgeable and friendly we enjoyed our trip with him. We will surely recommend our friends and family to travel to srilanka via steeple travels. Thank you once again
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      Venkatesh Subramanian

      Bengaluru

      Venkatesh's 6 days trip to Sigiriya

      My Grandparents and I recently had the pleasure of exploring Sri Lanka with Discover Ceylon Tours, and I must say it was an incredible experience from beginning to end. From the moment I contacted them, their team was very responsive, knowledgeable, and attentive to my needs. We had a lot of complem
      entary places to visit including a beautiful tea estate and a fully guided spice garden and a spice shop with all the spices available in Sri Lanka. Since we were Tamilians, The agency especially got us a specific Tamil driver. One thing I Really appreciate about the agency and especially the Driver is that, once we told him that my grandfather had special medical condition, he took that in to account very seriously unlike other drivers that we had met. He would drive accordingly and drop us near the entrance of the site and then park his car. The driver was always there with us to take care of us especially my grandfather, who he took VERY good care of. He would guide us everywhere because we were new to Sri Lanka. The driver would not hesitate to take us wherever we wanted and would give us extra tips about the wonders of Sri Lanka. He was always cheerful, helpful and adjusting. Kudos to Mr. Nasran (Our Driver). What truly set this agency apart was their attention to detail and commitment to providing a personalized experience. We were a vegetarian faily and they paid special attention to that point and booked us hotels which accommodated this Indian cuisine and diet. The accommodations and facilities in the hotels provided were top-notch, offering a comfortable stay after each day's adventures. Overall, my experience with Discover Ceylon Tours met my expectations. Their exceptional service, combined with their local expertise, made for an unforgettable journey. If you're planning a trip to Sri Lanka, I highly recommend booking with Discover Ceylon Tours for a truly memorable experience! Kudos to your team and especially Mr. Wazim for making our trip go smooth.
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      Raajesh Krishna

      Chennai

      Raajesh's 7 days trip to Sigiriya

      I had travelled to srilanka with group of 4 members via travco adventures on May 1 St to May 7 th . I really liked the way Roshell and Fernando communicated with us and Roshell slowly and very politely explained all the details of itenary. Most importantly how many times u call Roshell to get detail
      s she will reply politely and do all the necessary details . I have asked for change of hotels in all places and they have done that and communication is very important which they have done to their best. They have done that very prompt. They have sent driver Dhanuka who was driving the car for 7 days . And his driving skills is too good and will inform a day before about the itenary and time to start the tour. It was indeed great trip. Thank u travos and especially Roshell and Fernando for the wonderful trip organised.
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      REJATH MADHAVAN NAIR

      Bengaluru

      Rejath's 5 days trip to Sigiriya

      The tour agents Discover Ceylon did a good job. Though there was an issue with the hotel booking at Colombo, it was resolved quickly. The driver Mr. Kiaz was very good. Regarding the hotels, the one at Kandy Mahaweli reach hotel was excellent. Rest all were decent. Repeatedly asking for documents
      by Travel Triangle was unnecessary and should be avoided.
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      Sudip Purkayastha

      Mumbai

      Sudip's 5 days trip to Sigiriya

      We had a great tour in Sri Lanka via Crimson Voyages. They were in touch with us throughout and every request and query was accommodated. Thanks to them we had a lovely vacation
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      Shanu Prasad

      Chennai

      Shanu's 9 days trip to Sigiriya

      It was amazing experience... I don't one single moment to share as the whole trip was amazing...
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      RASHI TOMAR

      Bengaluru

      Rashi's 8 days trip to Sigiriya

      We travelled to Sri Lanka for 8D/7N and over 06 locations in April 2024. This was our mini honeymoon as a newly married couple. Organizing our stays, driver, and itinerary with 'I Am Srilanka' was a pleasant experience. Themindi, our travel agent, was professional in accomodating our requests and s
      uggested the itinerary and hotels well in our trip budget. She was polite and it was a pleasant experience communicating with her all throughout. Afzal, our driver, drove well and comfortably. He was aware of the routes and kept the car clean each time we sat. A polite, pleasant, and professional driver. Few things could have been better: The Colombo hotel was a highly rated but a very below average hotel with outdated amenities. Colombo hotel suggestion could have been better. Our itinerary was very hectic with only one day at each location; this made us very tired and we also missed visiting the treks and temples due to the large travel time. We could only touch one or two must visit places in each location. I would suggest booking two/three days per location at the very least. It is important to discuss and clarify all hidden charges and the mode of payment with 'I am Srilanka'. They have some preferences with paying in USD and in cash upon reaching Sri Lanka. Better to have these clarified in advance. Thanks for helping us organise our trip. We do plan to revisit. Chilling on a sun bed, next to our private beach at the Palms Hotel, in Bentota.
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      Arindam Roy

      Bangalore

      Arindam's 8 days trip to Sigiriya

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      FAQ's of Sigiriya

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      What is the most convenient mode of transportation to get around in Sigiriya?

      A bike or a cycle is the most convenient mode of transportation to get around in Sigiriya. Renting bikes in the city is pretty easy and they don’t cost a bomb.

      How long does it usually take to explore Sigiriya?

      You should set at least 3 hours aside to see this beautiful city and the attractions that it houses. Make sure to visit the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Sigiriya Museum.

      What is the most enjoyable thing to do in Sigiriya?

      The best thing to do in Sigiriya is embarking on a safari to explore the flora and fauna in Kaudulla National Park and Minneriya National Park. You can feed the elephants on your safari trip.

      What is the most adventurous thing to do in Sigiriya?

      Taking the flight of stairs up to Sigiriya rock fortress is by far the most adventurous thing to do in Sigiriya. It is an intense activity and not everyone is up for this thrilling endeavour.

      What is Sigiriya famous for?

      Apart from Sigiriya rock fortress, the city is famous for its water gardens that surround the fortress. They are symmetrically drawn landscaped gardens that include curved tanks, bathing pools, and more such exciting attractions.

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