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Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock
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Private Day Trip to Hiriwaduna Village and Sigiriya from Kandy
Ranked #2 of 16 things to do in Sigiriya
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Owner description: The remnants of a fifth century royal rock fortress.
Honiton, United Kingdom
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“Worth the effort”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

Absolutely fantastic - disliked nothing! We were nervous of the climb but in actual fact it was quite easy as one could go at one's own pace. It was amazing to think that it was inhabited for a comparatively short time. It is mind blowing to think that this was built wihout the modern equipment we take for granted now.The views fantastic as were the paintings.

Visited February 2013
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“Great! even in the midst of a thunderstorm!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 16, 2013

I hadn't visited this for about 20 years, and it was still as amazing as when I first went. Although it was raining pretty heavily, and I did feel sorry for my friends who were visiting for the first time from the UK. They had to imagine the view from the top of the rock as the weather was bad with a lot of mist hanging low over the forests. Ah but it was an experience to cling for dear life to the metal handrails as the rain pelted down on us! We didn't have much choice in terms of dates, but if you're time is flexible... then check the weather the day before you go! ; )

Visited February 2013
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“great views”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2013

must visit, views from the top are amazing you could easily spend a good few hours exploring this site. We got there early morning, left around lunch time and went to polonnaruwa for the afternoon.

Visited January 2013
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“Amazing sights”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

Go early in the morning before the sun gets too hot. And wear proper shoes. You can climb slowly but still feel the strain.

The fortress is itself amazing considering how it was all done out of the natural rock. The sights at various heights are well worth the climb and price.

As for the guide, either do your homework and do without one. Or check ahead for a good guide who will actually explain the history and significance of different parts. Some of the 'official' guides hanging around will just point to spots for you to take photographs.

Visited February 2013
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Castle Douglas, United Kingdom
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“The climb was worth it for the view”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2013

Climb all 1202 steps to the top in the early morning to avoid the crowds and the heat of the day. Not good to do if you suffer from vertigo but worth the climb if not!

Visited January 2013
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