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Pidurangala Rock

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Pidurangala is a massive rock formation located a few kilometers north of Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. It has an interesting history closely related to that of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Climbing to the top of Pidurangala Rock is more strenuous than...more
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Pidurangala,Sigiriya, Sigiriya 21120, Sri Lanka
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Pidurangala is the best place to take a closer view to Sigiriya fortress. Pidurangala is a Buddhist temple which has a very ancient history. You can see a huge area by climbing to the top. The last few meters of the journey is a bit...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank nisal_balasuriya
Reviewed 2 days ago

I did this straight after climbing Sigiriya, to give me an alternative perspective on the rock. The path up to Pidarangala climbs up past a small rock temple, so you'll have to pay the 500LKR fee and take your shoes off (and make sure your...More

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Pidurangala is a one of the best places I have visit with a outstanding view you can take a best picture of Lion Rock from this place Love this place never get enough of visiting this place

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank exquisitesrilanka
Reviewed 2 days ago

It is a short hike and it is well worth it as the views are spectacular. As we were there at sunset the surroundings looked even better. Well worth visiting

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank oppulentdurbantravel
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The last part of the climb invloves climbing over big rocks and is quite challenging! The view from the top is amazing!!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 995liesv
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Short hike, entrance fee was about 500LKR, beautiful views. Uneven steps inititally and then some free climbing. Best view of sigiriya rock once up there. Make sure shoulders and knees are covered to avoid having to cover up with sarong through the temple and wear...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank MelbRae
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The perfect place for the sunset with the amazing view of lion rock opposite!! Don't miss it!! Highly recommended!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank leonidasxidaras
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Not too difficult if taken slowly, but last bit getting past holders might need a hand up. View from the top, beautiful.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kerrie77
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great views, rather easy hike compared to what it could be regarding the elevation. Bear in mind that one must have some hiking experience to fully enjoy. Buddhist temple was a great add.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank thebe123
Reviewed 1 week ago

top of the rock view was great but getting there was really hard and challenging for anyone. There was no one managing the order and it was quite dangerous for people shoving and pushing to get on the top and down.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Manu J
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January 3, 2019|
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Response from 753kasunf | Reviewed this property |
Train is the cheapest mode but no direct trains between Jaffna and Habarana. Jaffna to maho then maho to habarana two trains. You can get a public transportation to seegiriya and then a tuk. Or else jaffna to Dambulla then... More
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take a tuk tuk
September 5, 2018|
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Response from 980duaneu | Reviewed this property |
I was there at 5am, paid my 500 and started hiking to reach the top for sunrise. You need a flashlight or I used my iPhone light.
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Simon J
Honeymoon Itinerary - 1 week (7 Replies)
Hi all, Long time lurker but first time poster here, so I'd be grateful for your help! I'll be getting married later in June and for part of our Honeymoon we'll be spending 7 nights in Sri Lanka. We've already booked our hotels (all half board) and are staying in the following places (and yes - we're packing a lot in!). Habarana - 2 nights Kandy - 1 night Nuwara Eliya - 1 night Yala - 2 nights Galle - 1 night We've got a private driver for the trip, so need to worry about...More
April 10, 2017|
Response fromSeekingPlaces|
Climb Sigiriya. Pidurangala is not a Unesco Heritage Site. Your itinerary is doable and reasonable. But you don't have time to go off the schedule looking for hidden gems etc.
Charlotte H
Liverpool, United Kingdom
Help me to make the most of my trip to Sri Lanka (7 Replies)
Hello I am planning a trip to Sri Lanka in late May and I have a few questions, and would appreciate some advice and recommendations. There are two of us and we’re planning on doing the following: Seeing Elephants in the wild- I’m thinking Minneriya National park, please feel free to suggest other places if you feel they’re better to see Elephants. Pidurangala rock for sunset and the ancient city world heritage site during the day. Ella Rock or Little Adam’s peak? I’ve read the...More
January 01, 2017|
Response fromErikandSandya|
Hi Charlotte, 1] No dolphins and swim then in Kalpitiya, sorry. Best beaches for snorkel-dive-surf then are East Coast. 2] The places mentioned are 300-400 km apart overall and average speeds are 30-40 km/h, hence you can draw your own conclusions about "stay somewhere as a base". Impossible. Need 4 bases at least: Colombo, Triangle (e.g. Habarana, yes great elephant park trio there), Ella (LAP is nicer for views, Rock a more challenging climb) plus the beach. Trinco or Passi for...More
Sigiriya help needed (2 Replies)
we arrive mid January from Sydney at 10 am (saterday) , 2 adults and 2 kids (14 &9) i have booked 3 nights at Sigiriya Plan is to climb Sigiriya , go to Dambulla caves , day at Polonnaruwa , potentially a safari at Minneriya and Pidurangala Rock we will be going to Kandy for 1 night on the Tuesday night afterwards trying to work out the best order to see things - should we do Dambulla caves on way to Sigiriya from the airport or on the way to Kandy. seems like drive from airport...More
December 19, 2017|
Response fromErikandSandya|
Hi there, No way 3 hours drive from airport, more like 4.30 hours. Speeds on those roads are 30-40 km/h long distance. Yes the itin is possible. P'ruwa main Gal Vihara and museum is all one complex where the driver simply drops you off and then parks, but there are a few smaller sights too where he might be helpful. See TA list of things to do for P'ruwa. All the best, <Erik> & [Sandya]