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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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  • It may seem daunting at the bottom of the rock but once you begin the ascent it truly is amazing. There are handrails that keep you balanced on the way up. The views are stunning on the way up and ple...  more »
  • Site interesting and spectacular view! Try to avoid moments of crowding in order not to have to do the steps/climbing in "queue" ...
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  • Spend your day around the archaeological site, there are many excavations done, and findings. see the new museum, If you are going to the top of the rock, go in the evening,