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Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock

Address: Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #2 of 8 Attractions in Sigiriya
Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The remnants of a fifth century royal rock fortress.
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Type: Ancient Ruins, Sights & Landmarks
Owner description: The remnants of a fifth century royal rock fortress.

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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW via mobile

Getting up early (7am) is recommended if visiting Sigiriya - you can avoid crowds and heat. The climb to the top is worth the effort at the end. Magnificent.

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This was the highlight of our stay in Sigiriya. We went early morning just ahead of the main crowds and before the heat of the day. The gardens at the bottom are well laid out and looked after. The murals part way up are amazing and worth the few extra steps up and down the spiral staircases. The climb is... More 

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Burgess Hill
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

This is a great experience and one of the 'musts' of Sri Lanka. It is a climb and it is hot, so take it easy, a bit at a time and make sure you have water. Take some time to have a look at the lovely cave paintings. The view from the top is one of the best.

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Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

The park is very well laid out, the path to the top is easy to find and the incredible amount of work that went into restoring this site boggles the imagination. Bring a bottle of water, both telephoto and wide-angle lenses for your camera and watch out for bees.

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Stockholm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

This was perhaps the greatest landmark of our visit to Sri Lanka. To climb the 1200 steps and reach the top was fantastic. On the way you can watch topless rock paintings of high standard and observe the various features of the passage up. It wasn't too bad actually, there are a number of parts that are level going mixed... More 

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Copenhagen, Denmark
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015 NEW

We liked our trip to the rock. It is a good climb (not too bad if you in an OK shape) and there is a wonderful view. Intrance was 3900 rupees pr person. A lot of people but not too crowded. We had a guide (our driver told us to pay between 1000-1500 and we gave him 1300 rupees). Would... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

This was the most amazing of the heritage sites in Sri Lanka for us - it is not for the infirm or unfit as it involves a serious climb although the descent is easier. For us, the climb made it more special. We went late in the afternoon and it was not crowded and there was a nice breeze at... More 

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Perth, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Sri Lanka is not the easiest place to get around, with a large population, SE Asian road practices and unfortunately, for us, the presidential election in progress, meant that average road times were around 35km/hr. With drivers consistently sticking to their story and saying we'll be there soon, not giving a time of arrival, stopping for directions every major intersection... More 

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Bern, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

Not much more to say, really. Sigiriya is spectacular; there's no denying its beauty and achievement. And everyone knows it's one of Sri Lanka's premier tourists sights, so complaining about hordes of tourists is disingenuous. The 3900 Rs that it costs, though, is gouging, pure and simple. I'd love to know where the bulk of those entrance fees disappears to.

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bengaluru
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The Lion Rock is definitely a real world heritage site to see. But the passage to climb the rock does not provide any support for elderly and infants like erecting railings etc to catch hold of, though they collect an hefty entrance fees. The last stretch of vertical ladder climbing seems to be a difficult thing for aged and weak... More 

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