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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, Cultural
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Owner description: The remnants of a fifth century royal rock fortress.
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Montréal
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014 NEW

We went up early in the morning. Our driver told us to go early and he was right because it was very hot and humid. We climbed the mountain. The view is amazing on top. It's very different to all the hikes I've done in the past. Back to the parking place, they have toilets where there are many monkeys.

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Heesch, The Netherlands
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed the climb to the top of the rock and see the view of the palace and the surroundings. It's not difficult to climb. Just take your time and drink enough water.

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192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014 NEW

Sigirya, a 5th century rock fortress and city, and then a 14th century monastery, is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning in the world. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka and absolutely essential. Covering a huge moated site, this is a wonderful place to explore over a whole day and it will... More

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Ascot, United Kingdom
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153 attraction reviews
287 helpful votes 287 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014 NEW

2000 steps to the top - not for those bothered be heights. You can hire young men to pull you/push you up! beautiful views from the top. Loads of history but not much evidence left. Incredible that is is 1600+ years old. Forget those who moan about the USD30 fee. It is worth it.

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estepona
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Loved every second of the day i spent visiting this amazing place. Worth every penny of the rather expensive entry ticket. Loved it.

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Skjetten, Norway
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014 via mobile

Went to sigirya during a 3 day roundtrip. Good excercise in walking all the way up. Must admit that I do not like hights, and when finally on top I was a bit worried about the way down. But it went much better than I thought. The wiev from top was a little affected by the mist. We had our... More

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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133 helpful votes 133 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Not only does this fortification carry a rich past and history, it is also an architectural wonder and homage to Sri Lankan culture

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Adelaide, South Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

This is testament to my view that humanity devotes its most extraordinary effort to churches and forts. The rock is a natural wonder and the fortifications are breathtaking. The climb to the top is not for everyone but is one of the best things I've done in the past few years

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Whangarei, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

In our three weeks in Sri Lanka, we didn't see that many tourists. Sigiriya was the exception, but I can't really see why. The location is spectacular, but best viewed from a distance. The vaunted gardens are disappointing, the equally well-publicised murals uninspiring, and the ruins at the top fragmentary. Very poor value at US$30

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Hong Kong, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014

We have paid the entrance fee to climb up the Sigiriya Rock. Although the walk was not easy, but we found it worthwhile because you could see fantastic views from the top and saw frescos on the wall high above. The citadel garden on the very top was amazing for those who succeeded to reach the top of rock. The... More

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