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Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock

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Address: Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
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+94 72 177 3006
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
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The remnants of a fifth century royal rock fortress.

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Excellent vist but must be. fit!

Start early so that you can get to the rock when it is not crowded. Its a 2000 step climb with no mercy, but worth it when you get to the top, see the mediaeval citadel ruins and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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Cirencester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Start early so that you can get to the rock when it is not crowded. Its a 2000 step climb with no mercy, but worth it when you get to the top, see the mediaeval citadel ruins and get the views.

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stamford uk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Came by private car and our tickets were included in our package but did notice that the price per person was about 24 pounds which sounds a lot considering you do all the work !!..also that is tourist price not locals price..i always find that irritating. Also you have to pick up your car at a particular car park (... More 

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Kent England
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited Sigiriya Rick as part of our tour with GAdventures. Did not think I would make the 1200 steps, but took rests along the way, it was very hot, bring plenty of water. It was a brilliant experience! Our Granddaughter loved it too!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We started climbing at 7h30 and it was amazing. The way down with hundreds of people going up .....The view up here is amazing, the painting are very beautiful and you can easily imagine that the king who built this palace was a tyrant !

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SF Bay Area
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Sigiriya (Lion) Rock is an amazing attraction with stellar views and lovely ruins and gardens. The climb is significant but doable. I prepared in advance by practicing stair climbing and had no problem because of that. As I have some tendon issues, I brought my walking sticks which were somewhat cumbersome but helpful. The small museum is impressive -- the... More 

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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

An expensive place to visit but honestly haven't ever experience anything like it before. Challenging climb and not for those who have a fear of heights, make sure you have a hat and plenty of water.

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Paso Robles, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Amazing 1500 year old palace. A bit of a work out to climb the 900+ stairs to the top of the Lion Rock Palace, but worth every step.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

My best advise would be to get there for 7am! We got there for opening and it was cool and quiet! We climbed the rock with no queues and it wasn't roasting hot. The views from the top are lovely on a clear day. Yes it is expensive (4,500 rupees) but in my opinion once you have paid the airfare... More 

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Dubai
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The whole area is pretty nice, you can spend there around 2-3 hours walking around the park, museum, up on the rock, and taking pictures. For the price of 50 USD is pretty expensive for a view you get on the top. I am glad I have done it though, but would not do it again.

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Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei Darussalam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

There is lots of sri lanka history carved on the lion rock. Its quite amazing how this rock end up here. Its a good climb and when you are on the top you can see the whole sigiriya. Sri lanka continue to surprise me although its not a really huge country

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