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Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #2 of 8 attractions in Sigiriya
Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: The remnants of a fifth century royal rock fortress.
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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Make sure to get here early as it get very busy very quickly. I found the metal stairs at the top to be very scary but pushed on and was glad I did! Fantastic views from the top, totally worth doing.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Great sight &well maintained good exercise to get to top, hoped for more frescoes but the ones on display suitably buxom!

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wiltshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

get there early to avoid a) the heat b) the crowds. the stairs are narrow all the way up and you get held up going up and down by the crowds there is absolutely no disabled access here and you need to be reasonable mobile to do it. it took us an hour to reach the top then another hour... More

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Cape Town
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW

Ticket office to the left of the entrance .From the main gate you require at least 15min to walk to the bottom of the rock at least 30min to climb to the summit. Well maintained steps and walk ways.. It's windy at the top so have something warm and your hat tied on . spectacular views over the surrounding plains.

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Bunbury, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Definately need a guide to explain what you are looking at and the history. No good for those who have bad knees 2012 steps, but worth it. Helpers are available for a small fee, suited me. Take water. Frescos are in good condition. Believe some of the ancient water fountains still operate. Can hardly believe that the kings staff carried... More

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Kinver, West Midlands, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Some climbing but worth it for the views and paintings - an Asian Ayers rock. Sunset is worth catching, take some water with you!

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Harlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Fascinating and spectacular attraction. Our guide thoroughly well informed and interesting. Marvellous British built spiral staircase.

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

If you have acrophobia think twice before going up. For me it was very challenging climbing the steep stairs -but I was glad I did it! Try to go early morning so the place still have some magic. Avoid going on a full moon day- there will be thousands of people there and the climbing will take hours because of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This was on my list of must do's whilst in Sri Lanka. I read lots of reviews and was expecting the climb to be extremely worse than it was. As someone who is scared of heights I started off very gun hoe but then started to get nervous as I got closer. At one point I really did not think... More

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Aarhus, Denmark
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We had a very nice trip to Sigiriya Rock. It's a beautiful historic place, definitly worth experiencing, just beware of the heavily overpriced entrance fee at 3900 lks! The price alone qualifies the place to be called a "tourist trap". Note: entrance fee for the locals are 50 lks - whitch btw is totally fair.

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