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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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Lion Rock

a great climb with breathtaking views from the top. Have water & a towel with you especially if you are climbing during the day. The climb takes roughly 30 min to 1 hour... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

a great climb with breathtaking views from the top. Have water & a towel with you especially if you are climbing during the day. The climb takes roughly 30 min to 1 hour especially if you stop for photos

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2015 NEW

I am stunned that this place is not as well known as Angkor Wat in Cambodia. It has 1,002 steps up steep rockface stairs to a summit which then overlooks a 460 AD pleasure palace. If UNESCO and the SL government ever decided to rebuild some small part of the ruined palace or harem it would be beyond stunning!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015 NEW

You ve got to visit this place. Word of warning - Slightly challenging for people afraid of heights or suffer with vertigo. But we really loved the views and this tour. Go early and avoid the slow movers in your way. Beautiful paintings on the wall and a mind baffling man made swimming pool at the top. Avoid those hornets!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

The rock was a great experience. We had a guide. We could easily have done it without since much of what he explained was written on signs along the climb. The rest was stated in the Sri Lanka guide book. We came very early in the morning. I am pleased about that. Already at 9am it starts to get warm... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

What a climb, but what a view. It's a long, hard climb to get to Lion Rock but it's so worth the effort. The fresco paintings are beautiful and lovely. They are also a nice way to catch your breath before you go on climbing. Don't stop half way at the Lion's Rock but take the stairs up to the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2015 NEW

The climbing of this rock is not too difficult, all stairs all the way to the top. We did it early morning (7.45 AM) and that was great because it was not too warm yet. We were on the top within the hour, and we had a 4 yo with us who we had to carry parts of the way.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

The Lion Rock of Sigiriya is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. A MUST visit for all tourists to Sri Lanka. This citadel is 1,500 years old and it's only rediscovered in 1853. Best time to visit the citadel is early morning about 8am or 9am (Opening time is 7am to 5.30pm) otherwise it gets extremely hot. The entrance fee... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

We hear so many different things about this place. The narrow steps and the long climb. All in all it wasn't as bad as we expected. The climb it self starts through the water gardens that leads through boulders and steps up the mountain. There are plenty of points to take a break and soak up the view. The ancient... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

The rock itself is placed after the museum, which we didn't visit due to time constraints. The climb is well kept - better than my boyfriend's last visit. There is a spiral stair up to the Damsels Gallery and a second stair added on the final climb to the summit. The site itself was also well kept and pretty tidy.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015 NEW

A place that definitely have to visit. The climb has an average degree of difficulty, but it is worth contemplating the landscapes we are going to reach the top. I recommend just go at 7am because of the scorching heat it feels like to climb, to bring water and a small towel and of course the camera. is also good... More 

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