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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. Arrange your visit to Sigiriya World Heritage Site and discover more family-friendly attractions in Sigiriya using our Sigiriya vacation route planner.
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  • After my 7 days traveling in Sri Lanka from Colombo, Kandy to Dambulla, I would say this is the best heritage I have seen here. Some famous touristic spots sometimes doesn't look like what they should...  more »
  • Sri Lanka is not just around the corner so it's not that one comes there every day, so once here don't miss the nation's number one attraction, truly the national symbol that will leave you speechless and the time/energy to get to the top and admire the panorama will be part of the final personal sense gratification. NUMBER ONE
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  • This is an iconic SL must do. The climb seems daunting but was easier than appearances. Leaving early is vital. It's cooler. And less crowded. It was striking as we came down how the crowds had moved ...  more »