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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  • August 18, 2017
    the place was so breathlessly amazing and will also leave u breathless after reaching the peak. the entrace fee is 4120 rupees (not sure but its 4000 somethng) and before even reaching its base u have...  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    Its amazing to see the ruine on top of the mountain. The claws at the beginning of the top are amazing. It is a litte bit crowded but if you are there this is a must.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    A lot of history here on the way to the rock. This is part of the entrance fee (4620 rupees - £23.10 or $30 pp) and is on the way to the rock and the climb. So for two 9240 rupees - handed over 10,000...  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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