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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  • Go early to beat the crowds. Lots of stairs with lots of people, but worth it. The museum was so so.  more »
  • Entry is not cheap at 4650 rupees per person. As you would expect from a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is well-looked after and well-staffed. There is a small museum near the entrance, which is proba...  more »
  • It is the star of Dambulla. It is something expensive, that Yes, 4650 lkr, I recommend go well early to avoid the queues to the extent possible (did more than 2 hours to upload), bring something to cover you from the Sun as there are pieces that no shadow and if you are standing in the queue it are going to need. The first ascent is to see paintings of the ladies of Sigiriya, then moves down a part and is continues to rise on the other hand to the door lion to return to more stairs to the top, where there is nothing more than a few ruins of ancient temples, but where it is pectacular are their views of several kilometers away. There are who rather than up to this rock choose to ascend to the Pirudangala, the mountain opposite, much cheaper and with even better views since you see the Sigiriya opposite.
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