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Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock

Address: Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Sigiriya
Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: The remnants of a fifth century royal rock fortress.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Cultural
Owner description: The remnants of a fifth century royal rock fortress.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

This is a quite expensive attraction (3800 slr per person), but its worth every penny The ruines on the top are nice to see, but it is the climb to the top that was the most impressive. I'm not very comfortable with hights, and climbing the 2 sets of stairs (first the spirale stairs and then the final ascension with... More 

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Ankara, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Not the Rock itself alone but the surrounding parks when appoaching the Rock is magnificient. On the way up do not miss the wall paintings.

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Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

It's pretty hard work climbing the steps in the heat and humidity and at times you wonder whether you will ever get to the top but when you finally do, boy is it worth it! The views are fantastic and there are enough of the ruins remaining to get a clear picture of how spectacular the citadel must have been... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014 NEW

When appearing in the beautiful landscape, the Sigiriya rock is definitely something that catches your attention and something you want to visit. After having paid 30$, you expect something big...special...breathtaking. The garden at the foot of the rock is nice. You follow a bunch of people towards the iron stairs...stop and go...finally reaching a rather short gallery with old paintings.... More 

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Colombo
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

Sheer presence of being close to this mammoth monolith is awe inspiring...the route to the rock has been changed (longer walk from the locals' car park) and confusing when coming down. You might end up on the other side from where you'll have to walk about 2 km back to the car park.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014 NEW

It was nice trip. Very high rock, beautiful views form the highest point, old ruins of king palace, and very nice story from guide. Recommend to all to visit this place.

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Vina del Mar, Chile
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

It's probably one of the best places in Sri Lanka, the citadel it's absolutely fantastic with a great view. The rock itself is stunning, if you come to SL, you should visit this heritage, which is the most important in the island.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

To get the most out of a visit to the Citadel of Sigiriya, be sure to visit the museum that is on the Sigiriya grounds. The exhibits at the museum have clearly been well-curated. We learned so much about the history of the Matale district and the significance of Sigiriya. Be forewarned that climbing Sigiriya to get a view from... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 via mobile

I had a fantastic time at Angkor Wat ($20 /day) and at Bagan ($15, unlimited time), I felt it was worth the money. Sigiriya is overrated, practically nothing is left at the top of the mountain, just the wall paintings and the lion rock to see, $30 is too much, not worth more than $10. None of the people in... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Lion rock is name for the huge paws carved out of the mountain rock about 3/4 way up the rock fortress. There is nothing grand about this place but just another artifact to be seen on the way up to the top.

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