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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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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Great view from the top, We had a fantastic experience to visit and climb the rock. There are many steps to climb to reach the top but it wasn't an issue for us, maybe for some old people. But once you reach the top the view is amazing. I recommend this place as a must see on any travel itinerary.

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Shanghai
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

You need to save some energy to climb the rock. The view is stunning! Don't go when the sunshine is too much. Sunset time will be a smart choice.

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

Dates back to first century! How did they build the palace on top of such a huge rock? Cool to see what they were capable of so long ago.

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Hyderabad, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

We were a group of family members in the age range from 53 to 65, who visited a few UNESCO heritage destinations in Sri Lanka recently. We started the climb of Sigiriya Lion's rock citadel, early in the morning, when the site opens at 7 AM when, it is not very hot and not too many visitors. Initially, the climb... More

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Ballarat, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Go early when its cooler. Climbed 700 odd steps to the 'feet' of the lion. Lots more after that! Views are magnificent. The murals are astounding. Snake charmer on the way out was 'interesting'.

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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

we arrived mid morning as it wasn't so hot and not many tourists. We knew there were 1200 steps to the top but lost count after about 20 lol .Once you get to the top and look at the view, you forget that you just spent half an hour scaling a huge rock. But to think the prince lived here... More

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Great view from the top, but nothing much else up there, interesting walk through the ruins at the base. Lots of monkeys.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 2, 2014

Great view from the top, sense of achievement, amazing structure. Quite busy in off season. Don't want to think what season would be like!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

As I later found out to my cost, However as we arrived earlier by car and with our own driver we began by visiting this massive UNESCO site beginning at the well laid out museum and working our way towards the formidable looking fortress rock. As you begin to enter the area you will have to fork out around 3,900... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Can't say anything about Sigiriya that hasn't been said but, as awesome as it is, if you're in okay shape, I'd recommend the nextdoor mountain Pidurangala over Sigiriya cause of the crowds. The climb's actually easier (less stairs and you can go at your own pace) but you need to be able to climb over some rocks at the end.... More

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