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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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Aberdeen
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Long climb in the heat but an amazing sight, history and view from the top. If you don't have an official tour guide, pick up one on the way - they tell you so much more than you will ever see yourself - be prepared to hand over a few rupees for the privilege though.

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France
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

quite frightening climbing up but worth the effort. The history of this place is fascinating. Worth reading up.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW via mobile

We climbed the rock until the lions gate. There was a lot of smoke and we had to wait because of the hornets. The hornets made several attacks and we had to go into the special cages. We waited an hour but the top part was closed down for the rest of the day. No. money refund or voucher. 30... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

At first felt difficult to climb but kept going on till the top. When you reach the ticket counter , there is a small museum opposite that. For SAARC countries the ticket price is less , show your passport. A water bottle and comfortable weather made the climb easy. Metal stair cases are easier to proceed . While coming down... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

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

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

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

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

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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