This small town serves as a base for Sigiriya and safaris to Minneriya and Kaudulla National Parks. There’s a fast-expanding range of accommodation in the surrounding area including lots of new luxury places. Transport links are excellent: Habarana has the nearest train station to both Dambulla and Sigiriya and sits on a busy crossroads.
Elephant rides around the tank can be arranged . In the creek near town you can watch mahouts scrubbing down their elephants; guides and most locals can point the way.