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Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock
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Private Day Trip: Sigiriya and Dambulla Rock Cave Temple from Kandy
Ranked #2 of 18 things to do in Sigiriya
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Sigiriya is the most exquisite example of ancient Sri Lankan art, architecture and landscaping. Built over 1,600 years ago, the now sinister-looking 600 ft high black rock once appeared like a huge dazzling white cloud floating above the surrounding forests. Its sides were painted with beautiful frescoes of semi-naked nymphs. A massive gatehouse in the form of a lion guarded the entrance to the innermost sanctum of of the city – the Sky Palace on top of the rock. It burst briefly into pre-eminence and was then abandoned and lay hidden in the forests for nearly 1,500 years. It is definitely a must visit site.
Reviewed July 20, 2013 via mobile

This was by far one of the coolest places that I have ever been to. It was beautiful and full of history. The frescos were very cool and the view from the top breathe taking. I highly recommend this place to anyone.

1  Thank Runnerny2244
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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Very impressive! Don't miss this site. Go early to beat the crowds and the heat. It's a place is beaming with nature. I love the natural and architectural aspects of the place. It starts from the very bottom and ends on the very top, in between a steep climb that can make you breath: a unique historic experience. Worth every minute!

Thank wongsam81
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Reviewed July 16, 2013

Visited Sigiriya for the second time this july.
The steps from the Singha paadaya has been renovated.
New museum as well.
Should visit destination of the island

1  Thank Gayanga K
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Reviewed July 15, 2013

This lesser-known wonder of the world was created by a volcano whose sides have long since eroded, leaving a gigantic igneous tower in the middle of the beautiful, green Sri Lankan jungle.

Named Sigiriya, or the Lion Rock, by the early Sinhalese inhabitants, it was thought to be built on by King Kasyapan in the 5th century, though archaeological insight suggests it's most likely always to have been a Buddhist monastery. Either way, 1) it's incredible to comprehend the layout and presence of antiquity from as soon as you step into the ancient city at the bottom of the rock, and 2) once you're at the top, the citadel and the views are utterly mind-blowing.

People, understandably, gush about Machu Picchu, and while I wouldn't draw a competitive comparison between the two, it instantly struck me as somewhere that shares the same qualities - remote and naturally dazzling setting, millennia-old character, evidence of ancient design, incomplete historical understanding - and all of these to a spectacular extent.

A brief practical note if you are afraid of heights (like me): it is not too bad, so please don't be put off. At two different points on your ascent, you walk up 20th century iron staircases that give a slightly precipitous view. You are quickly past them, you have sturdy handrails to hold on to, and you'd shoot yourself if you missed the reward of an outrageously good view which is only moments away.

2  Thank Tony M
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Reviewed July 15, 2013 via mobile

We climbed in the late afternoon, about 4pm and had plenty of room to get up and down without many encounters with others on the stairs.

It's a steep climb but absolutely manageable and not nearly as bad or hard as I expected. At times it's a bit scary being on a metal staircase affixed to the side of a rock, so it is probably not for everyone, but it's safe enough.

The rock itself is stunning to look at from the ground and the views from the top are truly breathtaking. Wandering around what's left of the old fortress captures the imagination and the ancient frescoes are beautiful.

This was probably my favourite site to visit in Sri Lanka and I highly recommend it.

Thank MissAS80
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