20 Feb 2019 - 21 Feb 2019
2 guests - 1 room
The day tour from Colombo covered Sigiriya and Dambulla's cave temple. didn't see much around Dambulla area except for the cave temple, what its famous for.
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We decided to explore Dambulla with a local tutuk driver (2,000 rupee) and by 7:30 we headed towards the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. We bought tickets ($30) and began climbing up. The way up took us about an hour because there was heavy tourist traffic, but it was very nice overall and we enjoyed the view of the Boulder Gardens beneath. The hole visit at the Rock was about 2.5 hours. After Sigiriya we continued to the Pidurangala Ancient Forest Monastery (It is located on a nearby mountain). They charge an entrance fee of 500 rupees and for that you get to climb on the mountain and see few Buddhas and a beautiful view on Sigriya. Iv'e read that some people go only here while visiting Sigirya because they find the main site overpriced. I don't recommend doing so becouse its not the same experience at all. On our way back, we stopped again at Sigriya for a brief visit in the museum. It’s not a must place to visit but you have already paid for the ticket so you might want to use it. (The only thing I found interesting there was a 3d simulation of the Fortress.) After that, we stopped for lunch at Chooti, a local restaurant that had all its walls covered with recommendations from all around the world. The food was very good indeed. From there, we went back to Dambulla for a visit at the Rock temple. We paid 1,500 rupees for tickets and headed up to the temple (you can visit the huge Buddha for free). After a 30 minutes, we arrived to the temple. Inside the caves, there are numerous Buddha statues and it is quite impressive.
The town of Dambulla itself is nothing much, but the Buddhist cave temples are located here. It's also close to the national parks where you can see elephants. There are also a few decent cheap guesthouses here.