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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  • Gorgeous location. By the planned stairs is it easy to reach the ' top ' where you reward is with a really beautiful view. You encounter different monkeys. Really a must.
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  • This is an absolute must see and do. But not for the unfit..cost for a family of 5 entry was 18000 Sri lankan rupees, a guide was another 2000 but really worth the explanation of all the historic boul...  more »
  • A very nice ride through nature and a fairly challenging climb with young children - our young was 5 years old, but he wanted to go all the way - but the payoff is down the road. Remember to take a full water bottle!
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