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Opening hours of the Rock + Sigiriya or Dambulla to stay?

Shanghai
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Opening hours of the Rock + Sigiriya or Dambulla to stay?

Hi there, does anybody know what the opening/closing times of Sigiriya/Lion's Rock is? I will be going there from Colombo and hope to arrive in Sigiriya by about 4p.m. Will I have enough time to see the Rock the same day?

Also, any suggestions on which place is better to stay between Sigiriya and Dambulla? Many thanks!

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1. Re: Opening hours of the Rock + Sigiriya or Dambulla to stay?

Hi there,

I'd not do it. Usual stay at the rock including ascend and descend is 3 hours. As darkness falls at 6:30 PM, 4 PM is probably just the last entry time and you'd rush it too much.

Sigiriya is a good basis if other days you plan to visit P'ruwa and Habarana, Dambulla is good if you plan to travel southward; but difference is not major, and both have enough acco in all classes.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Opening hours of the Rock + Sigiriya or Dambulla to stay?

Ticket counter at Sigiriya closes at 5 pm and you will have to be down and out by 6.30 pm.

Doable but rushed.

Hans

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Shanghai
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3. Re: Opening hours of the Rock + Sigiriya or Dambulla to stay?

That's great, many thanks for your helpful advice.

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