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“Not for the faint hearted. But a fantastic challenge ”

Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock
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Private Day Trip: Sigiriya and Dambulla Rock Cave...
Ranked #2 of 19 things to do in Sigiriya
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Sigiriya is the most exquisite example of ancient Sri Lankan art, architecture and landscaping. Built over 1,600 years ago, the now sinister-looking 600 ft high black rock once appeared like a huge dazzling white cloud floating above the surrounding forests. Its sides were painted with beautiful frescoes of semi-naked nymphs. A massive gatehouse in the form of a lion guarded the entrance to the innermost sanctum of of the city – the Sky Palace on top of the rock. It burst briefly into pre-eminence and was then abandoned and lay hidden in the forests for nearly 1,500 years. It is definitely a must visit site.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Try to get here as early as possible. 7am would be good. Temperature can get extremely high and if you get here by 7am, you could be out of the heat by 9.15. There are only 3 trees on the top for shade. After 9am, lots more people arrive. If you want to avoid standing on suspended steel stairways with people in front and behind you, go early! If you suffer from heights, may not be your cup of tea. Coming down is easier than going up as the down stairs come down a different and it feels like an easier route.

Thank Ian T
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Thankfully we set off early as it was so hot and humid. It is not an overly difficult climb but in parts has very steep steps and it's just the heat that gets you. A fascinating history and the expansive view from the top was wonderful. Wall paintings very complete which was surprising. Good there are many levels to take a breather if needed, so if you choose not to climb to the top you can wait for your companions. Amazing to think they built this in such a difficult location complete with a swimming pool. Good to see so many school children visiting this incredible place. Happy to recommend and a must do whilst in Sri Lanka.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Fascinating place steeped in history and an amazing site that just leaves you wondering how on earth they built it and then lived there successfully. We went about 10.00 am and it was a particularly hot (38 degrees) and humid day so we were soaked in sweat as it is quite a climb in such heat. Knowing what I now know, and if I could have added an extra day on to the holiday, I would have split the transfer from Kandy (2 and half hours drive) and visiting the site by organising an overnight stay in either Sigiriya or Dambulla so that we could have climbed at 7 am. We did this earlier time for World's End hike and the temperature earlier is a far nicer experience. If like us though you don't have enough days to split the travel and climb, go for it, the enjoyment outweighs the sweat. One of the more expensive entrances for Sri Lanka but still only 4650 rupees each (£22) and well worth it.

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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Go early morning as it gets very hot and difficult to climb. Not for young children or those with walking difficulty very steep steps and loads of them. The views at the top are well worth it. Simply stunning

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Reviewed 4 April 2018

Wife & 2 kids 10 & 8 commenced the climb at 8.40am & reached the top at 9.10am. There were a few people but never in a queue. It was shaded until 3/4 of the way up but pretty hot. Its not a really tough climb but you do get a sweat up. Yes it is quite pricey but we knew that before we went and glad we did it. The views are absolutely stunning, the history behind it is interesting and just experiencing it was fulfilling. You cant visit Sri Lanka & not visit this place. Highly recommended.

Thank BigTone72
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