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Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock

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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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Very beautiful and old architecture

Both the city, the rock and the nature around it is incredible. This is definitely a place to visit!

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

Both the city, the rock and the nature around it is incredible. This is definitely a place to visit!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW via mobile

Really incredible place! Its quite effort to get on top but if you have two legs you should handle it. On your way on the rock wall you will see some old beutiful paintings. When you will almost reach the top be aware of the bees nest sticked to the rocks. On the top the view is really breathtaking. When... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

OK, so this is a world heritage site - and rightly so. Sigiriya is breathtaking - its sheer size, the scale of the associated construction works, the landscaping and the ecological ingenuity (really smart water conservation 1000+ years ago), together with ornamental gardens, swimming pools, fountains and the fortifications make this absolutely awe-inspiring. The views from the top make the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Really is well worth the effort to climb to the top. Fabulous views and our guide was excellent (Worth paying the extra for a local who knows the history and also can assist you when you are struggling on some of the more strenuous parts of the path up) Be sure to watch out for the hornets nests half way... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 NEW

Such an amazing place - it was a beautiful place to walk through and I really enjoyed it. You could see the ancient ruins still and it made me feel a little bit like Indiana Jones, wandering through the ruins. The gardens are beautiful and very peaceful to walk through, providing some much needed shade. The garden pools are still... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

See my other reviews as the come on line Like the cave temples I would definately recommend a guide and there are lots waiting in the carpark area, these are all official guides. This was one of my highlights of historic sites in Sri lanka. Like many sites this is not a place to visit if you have access issues,... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

We used one of the local guides which must be recommended. The place was a bit crowded. Don't buy anything!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

Climb is pretty easy due to stairs. Local guy told us to go there first thing in the morning - really good advice. We were almost alone at the top and we loved the place. Saw a ton of people queueing up during our descent around 9 am. So grateful we got up early. Admission was almost 4.000 rupees. Pretty... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW via mobile

I really don't know how one can compare Sigiriya and Pidurangala. Yes, the price of Sigiriya is higher, but except the rock as itself, a wonderful archeological site is included. It is well maintained and still being restored (I felt I gave money for good thing). Sights were amazing. We recommend to go as soon as possible - Sigiriya opens... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We heading out early for this landmark and we were glad we did; even arriving at 9am meant we only just missed the queues to get up! Saying this however, the main queue was to the wall paintings (up the spiral staircases), which you can miss out if you are more interested in just getting to the top! We were... More 

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