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Pidurangala Rock, Sigiriya

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Hike up Pidurangala Rock, a geological feature offering extensive views of the verdant hilly landscape and an atmosphere of seclusion and contemplation. Standing opposite a larger, more frequented hill, the rock possesses a different charm to its touristy brother, with a quiet and peaceful Buddhist temple at its foot, and a giant reclining Buddha statue in a secluded cave part way up. The ascent takes around half an hour, with a medium difficulty scramble over some boulders near the top, so wear suitable footwear. The views from the top make the exertion worthwhile. Arrange to visit Pidurangala Rock and other attractions in Sigiriya using our Sigiriya vacation route planner.
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  • This stone fortress in Sigiriya was built by King Kassyapa l 5 century AD, after having murdered your father to ascend the throne, having been a Royal Citadel for more than 18 years. Make your visit in the morning to enjoy along the toilsome ascent of all the surrounding beauty. Along the ascent, admire the mirror wall, the graffiti of the sirigi, the famous Sigiriya frescoes and large paws of the lion. Enjoy the various ruins, both Royal Thrones and the various pools, apart from at the top have a breathtaking view of 360 degrees of the surrounding jungle.
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  • If you don't want to pay $35 for the ascent of the Lion Rock, or you want to enjoy a quiet prospects without the crowds of tourists is Pidurangala Rock the right choice. The rock is about as high as the Lion Rock, but is a bit more challenging path up 3/4 of the climb leads up the stairs and through the Woods, the final section requires sometimes overcome short sections of the rock. Nothing demanding, normally able-bodied tourist need not have worried, you can go in sandals. The prospect is amazing, there is a fraction of the tourists compared to the Lion Rock.
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  • We started the hike at around 4.15 and i personally feel that was the best time to start as you could avoid the sun and you can observe the sun set from the top of the rock. The hike was not that hard...  more »
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  • Highly recommended! Don't go to the Lions rock, go here. You save the 30$ pP on Lions rock and can take awesome pictures with Lions rock on them. 3$ donation for monks asked at the entrance, but fully worth the money!
  • Completely worth the visit. I skipped the lion's rock and went here. Beautiful, Serene, Scenic, Peaceful spot. Monks will guide you to the top for the best view of Lion's rock for a nominal tip.
  • A good walk, an ancient temple, the ticket is almost free compared to Sigirilla and you'll get truly excellent views in the top. It's a must.
  • It's a great view of sri Lanka. It's easy climbing.
  • Absolutely cracker experience! Best time for photos of Sigirya is definitely sunrise. A bit of a challenging climb though, so travel light.