Sigiriya World Heritage Site, Sigiriya

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Visit the historic complex of Sigiriya World Heritage Site, 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 World Heritage Site and other Sigiriya attractions into our Sigiriya itinerary app , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • What a view, what a site! Exceptional, one of the wonders of humanity that is worth the effort of the climb. I'm not athletic at all, 1500 markets deserve to be climbed, the staircase spiral staircase also. Take your time to climb and go early in the morning. Even the cliff-painted ladies are admirable beauty... view, monkeys, rocks carved by lion legs... I don't have always not given myself. Pity that it is not possible to take pictures of the paintings.
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  • Climbing up the rock with various hurdles like monkeys , hornets and slippery steps is an adventure of sorts. On top of it you need a backpack full of water , snacks , camera etc , as once u reach the...  more »
  • Having been informed on the Sri lanka airways on flight video service. My decided we must visit the place of interest whilst in Sri lanka. The trip was not of disappointment for these historical ruins...  more »
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