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Sigiriya

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(3.7/5 based on 3,600+ reviews for top 10 attractions)
Things to do: historic sites, sightseeing, museums
The historic rock of the same name dominates the landscape of World Heritage-listed Sigiriya, where the steep and striking lava plug contains the ruins of an ancient empire. Built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century CE, the citadel that surrounds the main rock and its palace contains all the attractions in Sigiriya, ranging from cave frescoes and royal gardens to the ruins themselves. With an informative onsite museum, Sigiriya introduces visitors to ancient Sri Lankan art, town planning, and history. In the build up to your vacation in Sigiriya, plan trip itinerary minutiae using the visitor reviews, staff write-ups, and custom search fields on our Sri Lanka family vacation planner.
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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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