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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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  • Easier to do than I thought. Magnificent views. We don't have the rock and do not regret because this market was worth it.
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  • Do if the rise of the Sigiriya scares you, or if you have Vertigo, or a small budget... It's only 500 rp, a great view on the rock, few people and it is shaded. However note that the 2nd part is climbing... Thongs banned and not climb alone because it's dangerous.
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  • I had read so much of the sunset views of Sigiriya from Pidurangala that I just had to try this. A tuk tuk can drop you off from the town centre for 300 SLR. I did this solo and reached the ticket off...  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.