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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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On Arrival
Starting from
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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      Nagrajan

      Mumbai

      Nagrajan's 5 days trip to Sigiriya

      Hi First of Thanks to Travel Triangle - Relax Lanka for this Srilanka Trip - their are some CONS AND PROS- First of all thanks to Driver /Guide Mr. Sanjay he was amazing person - and was very help full throughout the Tour pros :- All the hotels was very Good and luxurious - and in all the hotels dinner was their so didn't faced any problem of food Cons : we have paid 35K for two person thats ok - but for the all the activities we had to pay the Extra charges - 1. like elephant safari - we paid : 3KINR which was not at all worth you can just see some 4 elephants 2.. Madhu River we have paid 60$ for two person for just a ride of 1hours - Again it was not worth - when we checked in the NET it was just 400RS person - We feel like we have been cheated 3. tortoise watching _ we paid 2K INR - again its just a small house hold person running the tortoise park -- not worth One more suggestion they ask for charges for everything- even before travelling we asked them about Corona Crisis they said its nothing over here we reached on 11th March and from 12th March Srilanka has started their to close many things - if they have informed about this we would postphoned our Trip - Even we have enquired about VISA - they have informed us that for indian citizen it is on Arrival - its was not at all True - before travelling we need to take online visa which compulsory and it is free for indian Citizen - But Relax lanka was asking for 20$ fee for visa if i want to take it from them -- it was good i done it from my side Would suggest instead of going to Srilanka - i would suggest plan for NORTH EAST - which is worth value for money

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      Krishnakumar Sriram

      Bengaluru

      Krishnakumar's 9 days trip to Sigiriya

      Since our trip could not be completed due to corona restrictions, we were forced to return 2 days in advance . We had requested for proportionate refund but not received any response regarding the refund. Kindly consider and refund proportionately in all fairness. We are sure you will respond positively Bhaskar T Whatever covered during the trip was nice. We would like to continue you as our travel partner for all future travel

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      Mumbai

      Priya's 7 days trip to Sigiriya

      Sri Lanka Trip- Great service by Pearly Gates- Highly recommended- The Company's representative, Nimni, was in constant touch throughout the trip- Customised the trip based on our requirements- Timely responses and excellent private car, Al thought, Driver(Roshan) was was polite and humble but not very informed about places. Balanced Hotel selection , overall a great stay and experience.

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      Deepak Ramu

      Mumbai

      Deepak's 7 days trip to Sigiriya

      Good hotels! Resourceful driver cum guide! My only issue is with the booking process. Travel triangle took 25 days to finalise my booking even though i was instantly getting back to them with updates/changes to my tour itinerary. I am otherwise completely satisfied with the trip.

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      Abhishek Blade

      Delhi

      Abhishek's 6 days trip to Sigiriya

      I missed my flight from chennai to colombo due to, your improper connecting flight scheduling, Indigo flight from Delhi to Chennai being delayed and due to reschedule of Indigo flight from 5:55am to 5:40am and by the time I reached the checkin gates were already closed.Due to which I have to book another flight from Chennai to Colombo on Sri lankan Airlines that costed me around Rs. 13794.There is no update from your side that what all are you doing to get my money reimbursed from Indigo because of missed flights as there was no fault of mine for the same and your travel agent told me that they are helpless and you your self need to talk to the Indigo Airlines. Secondly I need a complete distribution of my bills explaining me clearly my flights cost, travel cost, hotels and others which ideally should be done before payment even but I have not received it even after payments and even after my trip

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      Shashank Bhatt

      Delhi

      Shashank's 6 days trip to Sigiriya

      I booked my trip through Udani and had great experience, Ravishi is spot on right from answering my queries to following up on the trip and post my trip. she is very polite and guided me well. on my Arrival i meet my drive and guide Ravi he is a amazing guy he has taken me to the nicest places to eat and explore. i will surely recommend Udani to the traveler and will soon be back to explore Srilanka further more. cheers. shashank

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      Anil Kumar Srivastava

      New delhi

      Anil's 11 days trip to Sigiriya

      We undertook 11 days tour of Sri Lanka from 29th Feb to 10th March 2020 and visited Anuradhapura, Sigiriya, Kandy, Nuwara-Eliya, Mirissa, Bentota and Colombo. The entire tour was well planned by the travel agency and it was quite comfortable tour. Taxi driver with luxurious sedan was with us for the entire tour from day one and provided Sim card for connectivity and also worked as guide. We stayed for 2 days at certain places but no local sightseeing on the first day was arranged by the Agency. At some places food was not to our taste. In all tour was very satisfying and comfortable.

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      Sree Karthik Hebbale Somashekar

      Bangalore

      Sree's 6 days trip to Sigiriya

      I had one of the best experience with SEEMAX Travels. I was on a vacation to Srilanka for 6 days with family and my friends family. Seemax travel arranged each and everything in an organized manner and every thing was up to the mark.Driver Rajakaruna was a very professional and amazing person. He picked up on time from the Airport and also helped us in exploring places in Srilanka. All the Hotels were awesome with all amenities, Food was really great and more than our expectation. They were able to cover all the places as per the itinerary which was requested by us. I would like to thank Dilshan and team for making this holiday an amazing experience. I would also want to recommend SEEMAX TRAVEL FOR YOUR TRAVEL EXPERIENCE. It is one-stop for all your travel info at affordable prices. Seemax Travel is trustworthy.

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      Mumbai

      Aatish's 7 days trip to Sigiriya

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      Ahmedabad airport (amd)

      Ieavinash's 6 days trip to Sigiriya

      Ceyathra Destination had quoted the highest price (about 50-60 USD more) than its counterparts for a 6 day 7 night trip in March 2020. However, we stuck to Ceyathra because Gishan interacted personally and solved each and every query that we had before the trip. He was available 24*7 and was quick with responses and feedback. He showed amazing flexibility in making changes to the tour schedule and made sure we had a comfortable and fun filled experience. He and his driver Chitra had made sure that our 88 year old father who was travelling with us was comfortable too. Right from picking up at the Colombo airport, to dropping us back Ceyathra Destination offered immaculate service which came in form of Chatura the driver. Not only did he took personal care of all of us but also made sure we got the best Forex rates while buying the local currency. He not only drove us safely and showed us a number of places, but also went out of the way to get us good discounts. His wit came as a bonus for all of us. I recommend Ceyathra Destination to all those planning to travel to Sri Lanka ... Please be assured of personal care and promises will be kept. Thank you for reading ... Gishan can also be contacted on +94 76 804 8729 Climbing Sigriya rock, Dambulla caves, elephant safari, rafting, boat ride on bentota river and a swim on the beaches are not to be missed

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      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.

      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.

      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.

      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.

      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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