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Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock
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Private Day Trip to Hiriwaduna Village and Sigiriya from Kandy
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Owner description: The remnants of a fifth century royal rock fortress.
Sydney, Australia
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93 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed November 11, 2013

This is hard work going up to the top but completely worth it when you are half way there and see the paintings in the cave. And stunning when you get to the top and see the ruins of the king'scastle. Treat it as a work out so wear comfortable shoes such as running shoes or trekking shoes and comfortable pants such as something you will wear to the gym or cargo pants. Jeans and sandals, not recommended. Also keep quiet while going up as there are hornets around and they will come after you if you are noisy. And also it's also good to keep quiet to allow tourists to enjoy the wonderful setting. Just a personal preference.

Visited November 2013
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Stroud, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Hot work for the fit.”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

At 30$ this monument isn't cheap but is not to be missed. It was our first day and we got trapped into having a guide, he wanted 45$ but got 20$, to my mind still outrageous but we didn't make that mistake again - also don't let anyone help you up steps unless you need it, they will follow you and expect a big tip. The whole area is well maintained and is quite different to other monuments. There are 1200 steps to climb (and another 1200 to descend), so it is heavy on the knees and hot work. The work that went into creating it is awsome, the rock itself is quite beautiful. There are good informative plaques everywhere so if you care to read them a guide isn't necessary. Take your time at each level, the cave paintings are really interesting and the engineering that was used to build it remrkable.

Visited November 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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122 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“World Class Attraction”
Reviewed November 10, 2013

Despite climbing in the heat of the day, Sigiriya was well worth it. The grounds, the view, the story were all incredible. Get a guide, it was well worth learning about this amazing site's history.

Visited March 2013
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Massa, Italy
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Unique in the world”
Reviewed November 9, 2013

Start early in morning or in the afternoon, beacause of the hot weather. Just plenty of water and you are ready for the beautiful climb 'til the top (1200 steps circa)

Visited November 2013
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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“allocate a day”
Reviewed November 8, 2013

fabulous ancient palace built ontop of a rock surrounded by crocidile filled moats, a feast for the imagination and a great museum swell. Climbing the rock gives one a sense of achievement, a great view and a justification to go wild on the buffet dinner.

Visited October 2013
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