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Dambulla-Sigiriya-P'wara and transfer to Kandy in 2 days?

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Dambulla-Sigiriya-P'wara and transfer to Kandy in 2 days?

Hi everyone,

We land in Colombo at 11 am of Day 1 and want to get to Kandy by evening/night of Day 2. Is it possible to fit in the cave temples at Dambulla, climbing the fort at Sigiriya and a tour of the ancient city at P'ruwa before getting to Kandy (before it becomes too dangerous to drive because of wild elephants)? Would Sigiriya be a sensible place to spend night 1? How much will a car and driver cost for these two days (travelling in December)?

Really, really appreciate any assistance.

SG

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11. Re: Dambulla-Sigiriya-P'wara and transfer to Kandy in 2 days?

You only save 1-2 hours by dropping Dambulla, so still packed.

Hans

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12. Re: Dambulla-Sigiriya-P'wara and transfer to Kandy in 2 days?

Thanks everyone; following your expert comments, I'm now staying at Sigiriya for 2 nights. Now I'm wondering if I could or should make a stop at Minneriya. Is it feasible to do a afternoon game drive at the sanctuary and then head back to Sigiriya? Is the wildlife sighting any good at all in late December?

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13. Re: Dambulla-Sigiriya-P'wara and transfer to Kandy in 2 days?

Hi again,

Yes well feasible, around 45 mins ride one way. Drives are 3:30 to 6 PM so you're back before dinner. Wildlife is okay then, peak (mating) season is Aug-Sept but the park has such huge numbers that most days there is enough to see. Note that Minneriya, Kaudulla and Hurulu Eco-park share one herd, the drivers know which of the parks to see on a given day.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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14. Re: Dambulla-Sigiriya-P'wara and transfer to Kandy in 2 days?

Thanks again, Erik and Sandya. Your posts on Tripadvisor are essential reading for wannabe travellers to SL - far ahead of any guide book!

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