Dambulla Cave Temple
The Dambulla Cave Temple, also called the Golden Cave Temple, is a set of five caves that are perfect for those who enjoy getting to know the history of different places. This temple is so pristine; people say visiting it will be a blessing for you. Considered to be one of the oldest temples in Sri Lanka, it has a huge statue of Buddha inside. This historical place will revitalise your journey ahead in Sri Lanka!
Sigiriya Rock Fortress
There is a direct bus to Sigiriya from Kandy at 7.30 in the morning. So if you are planning for a day trip to Dambulla and Sigiriya I suggest you take this bus directly to Sigiriya and you can visit Dambulla caves on your way back to Kandy. This should make your day less daunting. If you don't feel like making this long and quite hectic trip, there are other places nearby Kandy like Pinnawela Elephant Orphanage,Botanical Garden, Tea museum etc, to spend your day in a relaxed way. You can rent a tuk tuk for the day to take you around to these places. Be aware that if the tuk tuk driver suggest you to visit gem factories, where if you buy something he will get a share of the profit and it possibly might be a scam. So gently avoid anything he suggest to buy unless you are very sure of it.