Undoubtedly, Sigiriya is the most visited town in Sri Lanka by the travelers. Home to UNESCO World Heritage site of Sigiriya Rock Fortress is the central attraction but Sigiriya has more to offer. Dambulla Cave Temple, Polonnaruwa ruins and Minneriya National Park is situated very close to Sigiriya, it is the cultural melting pot of Sri Lanka. OK, exploring Sigiriya Rock, visiting Dambulla Cave Temple and doing a safari in Minneriya National Park travelers think that Sigiriya is DONE but that is not correct. Best way to experience Sigiriya is going with locals as the area is a very fine place to witness the real Sri Lankan culture since there are many rural villages, domestic agricultural fields, manmade and natural irrigation canals and lakes surrounded by thick forests inhabited by elephants and other wildlife. So, see below efforts developed by us in partnership with local villagers to show you the very best of Sigiriya has to offer.
The Best Things to Do in Bentota
1. Open Top Jeep Tour With A Villager.
This is the most top rated experience by our clients. A resident folk will take you inside the typical authentic village to show you the way of life, agricultural fields, centuries old temples, natural lakes surrounded by thick forests and village groceries and markets followed by a home cooked lunch at the villager’s home.
2. Village Cycling Trip.
Get on two wheels and explore the rural villages around Sigiriya Rock if you are a cycling fanatic. An experienced village guide will accompany you during the trip and bring you wealth of information about the village life and history of the area. While cycling interact local villagers, village vendors and visit a village juice bar to quench your thirst with king Coconut water.
3. Cycle To Sigiriya Rock.
All most all travelers just drive to Sigiriya Rock Fortress entrance and miss the best sights and scenes in the area. Why not cycle in the back roads of Sigiriya Rock exploring the nature and culture of the area? Park you cycles and explore the Sigiriya Rock Fortress and after you descend from the rock enjoy a fresh King Coconut drink and cycle back to your hotel with an accompanying guide.
4. Nature Trail In Habarana Jungle Followed By A-Sun Downer On A Rock Cliff.
An experienced villager will take you for a bushwalk inside the thick forests of Habarana where one could encounter with occasional Elephants; do some bird watching and local wildlife such as Water Monitors and cheeky Monkeys. At the end of the nature trail, you will be served with a sundowner on a rock cliff or by a scenic lake and brought you to the hotel by a 4×4 jeep on an off-road track. Provided adequate water levels in the local lakes we could also couple this with a canoeing trip.
4. Safari In Minneriya National Park.
OK, now this is a very common thing but should not miss. Our specialty is that we provide you a top-notch naturalist who will pick you from your hotel and conduct the safari with lots of knowledge of the wildlife.