Pidurangala, Ritigala and Sigiriya in one day?!

Recently I received an email with the question, if I’d recommend to do the following: “see the sunrise in Pidurangala, go to Ritigala and visit there, then go back to Sigiriya, visit and watch the sunset, and back to Dambulla. Do you think this is crazy?” There was only one true answer to it. So […]

Sigiriya Rock: All facts to time / prepare / enjoy your visit

The Sigiriya Rock itself is half as old as the earth: 2.500 billion years! It once was the plug of a volcano. That’s why its shape is so unique, unlike any other mountain or hill elsewhere in Sri Lanka. Out of nowhere in the middle of nowhere is this solid square boxy rock. And it’s not only a […]

Is it possible to visit Sigiriya, Pidurangala, and Polonnaruwa in one day?

The cultural triangle of Sri Lanka has plenty of places to visit. But as there are not only cultural attractions in this marvelous country, people try to fit as many sights as possible within one day.  Occasionally I’m confronted with the question whether or not it’s possible to do Sigiriya, Pidurangala, and Polonnaruwa as a day […]

Is Sigiriya worth the 30 USD? Why is it so expensive?

The ticket costs 30USD – Is it worth it? Sigiriya costs 30 US Dollar entrance fee. If this would be nearly an expected ticket price for main sights in Europe, it seems pretty expensive for Sri Lanka. Especially in comparison with the local prices for food and accommodation. Therefore many travelers think about skipping Sigiriya or […]

What’s the easiest way to get from Dambulla to Sigiriya?

There is no short answer on how to get *easiest* from Dambulla to Sigiriya. Basically, you have to choose between the dirt cheap way (bus) and the comfortable and even scenic way (tuk-tuk).

Sigiriya or Pidurangala? Is Pidurangala the cheaper Sigiriya?

‘Shall I visit Sigiriya or Pidurangala? Which one is better? Sigiriya is so expensive, is it enough to just see the other rock next to it instead?’ I usually answer that question at least once a day. And while most Sri Lankans make it themselves easy and claim (in their limited English here in Dambulla, […]