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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  • Nice place, visited with family but couldn’t climb to the top coz of too much crown due to local holidays. Museum was good though  more »
  • A generous system, where it is easily lost. Therefore, a guide is highly recommended, which guides the best with a driver through the widely spaced attractions. But beware some demand money for little power, we lucked out with an old man who has worked with the excavations. There are also lots of jurisdiction but also someone who lovingly painted palm leaves and binds as a small book to buy,
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  • I need to put a few things right about the Siguriya experience. Firstly it is not a difficult climb as there are many places to stop along the way. Secondly there is no real need to heave yourself out...  more »

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Offering an introduction to the history and culture of the state, Panjim sits above a wide river and boasts a laid-back, cosmopolitan atmosphere. Wearing its colonial heritage proudly in its contemporary multiculturalism, Panjim represents one of the most accessible and international cities in the country. Historical attractions in Panjim include a number of colonial Portuguese churches and other storied buildings, lining the leafy thoroughfares and dotting the knotted streets of the main European-influenced districts. The whitewashed architecture of the walkable city center gives way to golden beaches to the south along the coast--popular day trip ideas with locals and tourists alike.
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