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Sigiriya, Sigiriya

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Visit the historic complex of Sigiriya, an ancient city centered around a massive stone plateau. King Kasyapa selected the spot to be the nation’s capital in the 5th century, and built his palace on top of the enormous, 200 m (660 ft) tall rock. You’ll need to climb more than a thousand steps to reach the summit and admire the ruins of Sri Lanka’s oldest palace. Peer over the edge to observe the gardens below, a marvel of urban planning, featuring still-functional fountains. Along the way, you can see the remains of the gate--once shaped like a lion’s head--as well as numerous ancient frescoes. Put Sigiriya and other Sigiriya attractions into our Sigiriya itinerary app , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Very nice location special for sunrise, nedt time visit 6:30 morning afternoon very hot and busy....  more »
  • I write a good sweat like a mountain climb. A lot of people go up and down the narrow stairs. I think it's hard for small children. If you are an elementary school student or older, you can climb it. The scenery from the top is impressive.
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  • We had a great day climbing up to the ancient ruins. Strenuous but worth the views and sense of accomplishment!  more »
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  • Great place to visit. Try to make it early in the morning. Cash only tickets. Take a guide( 2000lkr). The first one third of the climb is easy. Slow and steady, as you see the water storage and drainage systems called as water gardens. Then the boulder garden, which is also a fair walk. Next comes the steep climb to the cave which lodges a few wall painting. Descent downwards and walk alone the mirror wall. A few more steps and you reach the lion's paw. You can catch your breath here, refill water and start the last leg of your journey. The stairs here are a bit steep, but the climb is well worth it The view from the top is enchanting. It gets very windy on the way.
  • Must visit place! I paid for a guide which was quite expensive Sri Lanka wise, but it was worth it for this to tell me the history. Really interesting and nice hike up. Great views of the whole island from the top.
  • A unique world heritage Sigiriya fortress is a must-visit place to visit in Sri Lanka. If you are planning to spend full day on the site, you should climb the rock early morning (before the rock getting heated) and then you can walk through the garden around the rock. if you need a guide from this place ask an authorized person at the entrance.
  • A nice experience, interesting historical remaining, beautiful views and a close interaction with locals ;) Visited on a late morning of a late August. The way up can get quite packed with people and the time to go down might be longer than going up. Quite some stairs, difficult if you are scared of heights. Remember to visit the adjoining museum. Cash payment only (but there is an ATM)
  • The climb is steep but rewarding. Ancient water storage sites very interesting. Be aware of people wanting to help you up all the steps as you will have to tip them.
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