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Address: Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
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Description: The remnants of a fifth century royal rock fortress.

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Extraordinary countryside and spectacular views!

Unmissable. The views from the top are extraordinary, and the fortress/palce/temples on the summit utterly awe-inspiring in terms of the the effort and engineering skill it must... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015 NEW

Unmissable. The views from the top are extraordinary, and the fortress/palce/temples on the summit utterly awe-inspiring in terms of the the effort and engineering skill it must have taken - it's quite hard enough walking up to the top on a well-prepared staircase, I can't imagine what it would have been like to try and carry rocks and building materials... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015 NEW

The ruins around the site are impressive. Also, the view from Sigiriya is very nice as are the cave paintings. However, on the descent down the mountain there are not clear signs indicating the path to the foreign tourist parking lot. This parking lot is in a completely different location from the arrival area. Since the parking lot is not... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This was an excellent find in Sri Lanka, absolutely amazing this lost city with it's water system built around 12BC it still functions today. The cave paintings are still very clear and colorful. The entire construction is an amazing project that used elephants, and many thousands of people. The cost is $ us 30.00 per adult. It's a great climb.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

I climbed lion rock this week. I thought the views and the frescos amazing. The people were helpful and friendly. The only downside was being asked for money by the some helpers. One in particular latched on to me as I travel solo. He continued asking for money, even dollars at one stage

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015 via mobile

Our No.1 tip is to Check the weather forecast first. The climb is strenuous. It would be such a pity to reach the top of the Rock and not get the well deserved view. Take an umbrella for either heat or rain, carry water and wear comfortable clothes and shoes as it is a long climb to the top. Before... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Absolutely spectacular! Though the stairs are not so easy to climb, my retired parents made it to the top, and it was definitely worth it. The rock with its surrealistic colours amazes you when you approach and then completely blows your mind up when you get to the top of it - the view is breathtaking, it makes you feel... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The Sigirya Rock Palace has been referred to as a "Must Visit" attraction in Sri Lanka and even the "Eighth Wonder of the World". For the historical significance of the palace and its grand water gardens, the site is certainly well worth making the trip, but I wouldn't put it in the same league as the monuments of Angkor Watt... More 

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Magog, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

Our driver instructed us to check the museum before heading for the mountain. It helps you understand what you will see. It is not an easy climb on a warm day. And not cheap at US$30. The frescos are minimal and the runs at the top are only so-so. Nice view though on a clear day. You can either go... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

No one could dispute that this ancient rock is to Sri Lanka what the Grand Canyon and Ayers Rock respectively are to the USA and Australia respectively with its art and archaeological features complemented by 360 degree views. One wonders how the original residents obtained access. One has to be careful of the steps in wet weather as they largely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Can't imagine how someone built this place. This filled with mysteries which I think will never get revealed in future even. There are lot to see which you won't find anywhere in Sri Lanka. Journey is bit tired but won't regret that at the end of the day.

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