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“Epic vista”

Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock
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Private Day Trip to Hiriwaduna Village and Sigiriya from Kandy
Ranked #2 of 20 things to do in Sigiriya
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Owner description: The remnants of a fifth century royal rock fortress.
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Epic vista”
Reviewed December 15, 2013

The walk through the gardens was a great lead-up to climbing the rock. At the base it seemed like there were quite a few routes up, ultimately they all lead to the same staircase, but it was fun exploring in the shade. Don't feed the monkeys unless you want a whole troop after you.

The climb itself is easy and the view from the top is incredible. We didn't use any guides and I don't think it diminished the experience.

I'd recommend having a Coke or something at the little kiosk before entering the gardens because you'll get pretty hot going up. There are lots of drink vendors before the car park once you get down though.

The price of the ticket is quite steep but there's not much you can do about that because this is a must-see attraction.

Visited November 2013
Thank Frank M
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed December 12, 2013

We climbed with our kids aged 9 and 5 and were able to climb in about an hour with breaks. The climb itself is not difficult at all and it is encouraging that the site has been improved to ensure that there are different pathways for people climbing up and down. It is a truly magical experience and the views at every level are breathtaking especially at the summit. The frescoes are indescribable and you have to see it to believe it. The place to buy snacks at the lion's paw has been closed . So please make sure you take adequate water and snacks if you are climbing with small kids. Also be mindful when snacking on food as monkeys watch you from afar and can pounce on whoever who has the snacks. A couple of them actually growled at us so feeding them is definitely not a good idea ! There isn't much of a crowd early morning and the rock is also not hot so this definitely the best time to go. You also avoid wasp attacks at this time as apparently they get irritated for noise.
You are not permitted to park near the entrance unless you have a permit so you need to park at the three wheeler park and take a three wheeler to the entrance .

Visited December 2013
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Portland, Tennessee
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Sigiriya Rock - breathtaking views”
Reviewed December 8, 2013

I really didn't expect to have to climb 1200 steps up the side of a big rock out in the middle of nowhere but i did! Took about an hour to climb up and 20 minutes to climb down. I did have the guides with me and i thought that was very helpful. For the few US dollars that i gave them, it was well worth it for me. Be prepared - i didn't really know what to expect and didn't really plan to climb all the way up but you really don't have much choice once you get started. Bring water with you and rest when needed. Thankfully we had an overcast day and a good breeze blowing so it wasn't bad at all.

Well worth the trip to go and hear the history and see the views!

Visited December 2013
Thank Rick J
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Moscow, Russia
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Reviewed December 5, 2013

Just great!! Absolutely recommended to visit. Nature and views are amazing! Was so surprised that some people dont find Sigiriya Rock an interesting place to visit..............

Visited December 2013
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Twyford, England, United Kingdom
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“Impressive piece of history”
Reviewed December 5, 2013

Visit the museum first to get a sense of what it's about. You shouldn't need a guide although as we didn't have one, maybe we missed out.
The usual hassle from the guys near the entrance is off-putting and we witnessed a youngish Aussie getting serious grief re his payment to a guide. The entrance fee is steep enough as are the steps, so save your money and your breath, it's obvious which way to go and the museum can tell you everything you need to know.
The climb is arduous but ok. We're a pair of 60 year olds and the whole thing took us an unrushed 90 minutes, with a fair few photo-breaks. Take some water as the café is inadequate and on a hot day, you'll need it.

Visited December 2013
Thank abe1953
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