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Sigiriya World Heritage Site, Sigiriya

Categories: Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • We spent a couple of hours visiting this exceptional historical place. The climb to the top of the rock takes about 30 minutes and it is advised to take some water on the way up. The frescoes of the l...  read more »
  • Definitely worth all those steps to the top. Old site with scenic views of the jungle. Go early and not on public day as we did because it is incredibly busy. The Guide asked afterwards to a tip
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  • Second visit to this amazing place. If weather is very warm try and make your climb early in the morning before the midday sun. Carry water and be sure to get a photo on step 1200, the very top 
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