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How to Spend 2 Days in Sigiriya

How to Spend 2 Days in Sigiriya

With two days in Sigiriya, you can explore Sigiriya Rock’s medieval ruined citadel and still have time to experience local villages, wildlife reserves, and the ancient relics at Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa. Here’s how to make the most of 48 hours in Sigiriya.

Day 1: Sigiriya and safaris

**Morning:**Most travelers go to Sigiriya for the UNESCO-protected Sigiriya Rock, so start with a tour that showcases the towering outcrop crowned by a crumpled medieval citadel. Choose a self-guided or bike tour of the rock—or a hassle-free day trip that also takes you to the UNESCO-listed Dambulla Cave Temples.

**Afternoon:**Continue exploring Sigiriya and Dambulla. Alternatively, head out on a late-afternoon game drive to see wild elephants at nearby Kaudulla, Minneriya, or Hurulu park.

**Night:**Dine to the sounds of cicadas. Or, embark on a jungle walking safari to spot one of the planet’s rarest mammals, the gray slender loris. These nocturnal primates are found in local forests, and a nighttime nature walk  maximizes your chances of seeing one.

Day 2: Villages and ancient sites

**Morning:**For the most part, Sri Lankan village life hasn’t changed in centuries—yet many visitors pass it by. Learn about Sri Lankan village culture with a bullock cart ride, boat trip, or homestead lunch. Alternatively, uncover Sri Lanka’s past on a full-day tour of Anuradhapura or Polonnaruwa, two former capitals.

**Afternoon:**If you booked an Anuradhapura or Polonnaruwa day trip earlier, delve into the sites this afternoon—highlights are Polonnaruwa’s Quadrangle and Anuradhapura’s immense Ruwanwelisaya stupa. The sites are spread across wide areas, making a tour with air-conditioned transport your best option.

**Night:**Wrap up your stay in restful mode: on a sunset lake cruise. Admire views of Sigiriya Rock (and its sister rock, Pidurangala) from the water as a private catamaran glides across the lily-covered lake and a guide shares Sri Lankan folktales.

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Polonnaruwa Ancient City, Day Tour From Sigiriya.

Polonnaruwa Ancient City, Day Tour From Sigiriya.

We can prepare your day tour unique and specialized - and safeguard from hidden dangers. in this case. We will send a experience and expert driver with good quality of conditioned luxury car or van, who drive carefully in Sri Lankan Roads, well expert in activities, trustworthy of your day tour. Explore the amazing city in which Kings ruled the central plains of Sri Lanka from Polonnaruwa 800 years ago, when it was a thriving commercial and religious center. The glories of that age can be found in the archaeological treasures that still give a pretty good idea of how the city looked in its heyday.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$110.53
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$110.53

Cycling in Sigiriya Countryside

Cycling in Sigiriya Countryside

Discover the fascinating ruins of Sigiriya on a 3-hour private bicycle tour that explores forest trails, the Citadel of Sigariya, and the Sri Lankan countryside. With an expert cycling guide to lead the way, you’ll enjoy the flexibility of a private excursion as you cover just over 11 miles (18 km.) of terrain, riding a mountain bike that’s perfect for the area’s dirt tracks and footpaths. This 3-hour bike tour includes all necessary equipment, and departs from your hotel in Sigiriya.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$120.00
Price varies by group size
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$120.00
Price varies by group size

Sigiriya Loris Night Trail

Sigiriya Loris Night Trail

Your chance to see one of the world's most rare mammals - the Grey Slender Loris - an endangered nocturnal primate and one of the most elusive creatures of the wild. You will be guided by an expert naturalist who will explain this fascinating creature to you, its behaviours, call and other details. You will be taken on a guided night-time walking safari where we will track the Grey Slender Loris as it moves through its natural habitat. A unique opportunity for wildlife & nature lovers.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
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$45.00

Hurulu Eco Park Safari From Sigiriya

Hurulu Eco Park Safari From Sigiriya

• You will pick up from your hotel in Sigiriya / Dambulla / Habarana • Transfer to Hurulu Eco Park • Enjoy Hurulu Eco Park Safari • Enjoy King coconut refreshments • Drop off  Best time for safari 6.00 am & 3.00 pm  Safari includes entrance permit to the park, safari jeep, hotel pickup and drop-off, king coconut refreshment
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.99
Price varies by group size
From
$71.99
Price varies by group size