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Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #1 of 8 attractions in Sigiriya
Type: Ancient Ruins
Description: The remnants of a fifth century royal rock fortress.
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Reading, United Kingdom
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

We visited early in the morning to avoid the crowds and the heat, there are plenty of steps to climb but they are spaced out so you can have a break if you need it. The ability to build this palace over a thousand years ago is awe inspiring and the views from the top are sensational. If we went... More

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Ghent, Belgium
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47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

We did a one day trip to Sigiriya from Kandy, which was personally some kind of a relief. After hectic attractions in cities such as Colombo and Kandy, the rock in the middle of the green was a peaceful getaway. We took the bus at 08.00 am to Dambulla. Over there we changed to a (more expensive) tuktuk, as otherwise... More

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Ostrava, Czech Republic
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

Because of weather, 1500 stairs and many tourists, recommend start Your trip at 7 a.m. - opening hours. It is UNESCO place - little bit more expensive (cca 30USD), but good value. You can hire an official guide, but we didn´t and it was OK. Dislike street salesman - but use your assertiveness, they are not aggressive or pressing. (My... More

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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

A sight definitely worth seeing. Quite a long steep walk but it's it totally doable. Just bring water! It gets HOT! Try to go early in the morning when it's cooler and less busy. Water at the bottom exit costs a lot more than if you just buy it from a small shop before you go in! Very interesting and... More

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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2014 NEW

On a business trip to Colombo, Sri Lanka I found myself with a few extra days which I used to do a little exploring. On the advice of the hotel concierge I rented a driver, with his car, and planned a trip outside of Colombo. Among the more amazing sights nearby is a UNESCO World Heritage Site called SIGIRYA. The... More

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New Delhi, India
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5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014 NEW

This rock features a lovely history, enough remaining structure to get a good feel for how it would have looked, including some wall paintings. The history of the place is really interesting so I would recommend that you bring a guide with you or a guide book, or even just read a description online in advance or print one off.... More

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Derby, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

Definitely worth a visit. Can just do the gardens or climb the rock as well. Take water and good shoes a swell as a camera!

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Bream, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

What an amazing place to visit. Should really be one of the natural wonders of the world, you really should visit if you go to Sri Lanka.

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Newquay, Cornwall.
12 reviews 12 reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Take my advice, if you are going to climb to the very top set off early. The lower grounds are well kept and interesting. Troops of monkeys all over. The initial climb to the cave with the beautiful paintings is some 500 or so steps, finishing with a vertical circular stair case. That's the easy bit. Another 200 or more... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

I first saw a poster print of an image of Sigiriya Rock in a London restaurant and I have always wanted to visit, and now I have. The experience is overwhelming. The rock and the surrounding ground footprint of the ancient civilisation is a world heritage site. I rate this attraction as equal to Egypt's pyramids at Gizeh, Mexico's pyramids... More

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