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Reviewed July 20, 2013

Skip past the rather unpleasant guys demanding money for entry to Lion Rock and go to its much nicer sister.

Warning: the climb to the top is very hard and involves squeezing through potentially dangerous crevices. This is NOT SUITABLE for kids or elderly, and you will need a guide as there is no actual path and no way of knowing how to reach the top on your own.

However, if you make it up there the views are amazing and you can smugly watch the ant-like crowds work their way up Lion Rock in front of you, with the whole of the North Central Province laid out before you.

1  Thank calumpage
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Reviewed July 14, 2013 via mobile

We climbed it after climbing the more famous and touristic rock. It's free although we paid a small donation to enter the temple. There are steps until the last part. From there you have to climb over rocks which can be tricky sometime but the view is amazing!! And we didn't cross any tourists on our path. We found a guy at the information center in sigiriya museum who joind us for free and showed us the way. But you can also do it by yourself!

1  Thank Frankygoestoholywood
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Reviewed June 27, 2013

No tourists. Amazing view of Sigiriya.
The climb is Bit more difficult especially difficult at the top, where you have to crawl over boulders. Take the local guide who will help you to the top and keep the cobras at bay.

2  Thank Lynn_USA_13
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Reviewed June 16, 2013

We walked around the entrance at the base of the famous Sigiriya Rock in the late afternoon, feeling slightly uncomfortable. Too many people (actually most locals, because it was a national holiday), hot and dusty, with the moat tempting for a swim but impossible because of the crocs, a few too many too aggressive touts and monkeys around - and there came a green tuk tuk, the driver of which offered us a ride to the other rock, about 2 km away. I usually brush unsolicited helpers away, but fortunately my husband started talking with the young man who was both polite and asked a very reasonable price. So off we went. At the Pidurangala Rock we paid 200 rupees eqch to a monk for the ticket (compared to $US 30 for Sigiriya). Karu, the tuk tak driver showed us his certificate as a tourist guide and offered climbing the rock with us. It turned out to be an excellent idea that we accepted because the climb which for most of the time was on stairs in the shade of the forest or the rock ended in a maze of boulders without a clear path. Without Karu's guiding we would not have found our way. He told us he often did the climb even in the dark with tourists who wanted to experience the sunrise from the rock.

We were happy enough to reach the top in the late afternoon light with the most fantastic 360 degree view of the surrounding landscapes from the Kandy mountains to the Mineriya national park, and of course the Sigiriya Rock nearby rating out of the scrub.

We observed a never- ending chain of mostly white- clad (Sri Lankans like white as their festive clothing) "ants" climbing the Sigiriya Rock while the three of us were alone on Top of the World on our very own rock. The most amazing experience, and fantastic photos. What. Beautiful country Sri Lanka is!

True, we never saw the famous damsels of Sigiriya, nor the ruins of the palace, nor the lion's paws - but we spent the most relaxing and happy afternoon on Pidurangala, away from the crowds. (On our way down we met another group of three. It almost felt like being cheated!)

By the way: Of course we let Karu take us to Dambula the next day, and to his family's shop and mini- restaurant where we enjoyed an exquisite home- cooked dinner, and to the train station when we moved on.

Like everybody else here I gladly recommend you to visit Pidurangala Rock - and I advise you to seek the help of Karu whom you will find in the little shop on the main road in Sigiriya, on the right side driving into the village, where the black and yellow cones are. You can't miss it.

3  Thank KurtM28
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Reviewed June 4, 2013

A very nice quite rock situated very close to the Sigiriya rock with a small temple on top. Should visit if you are visiting Sigiriya rock.

Thank Treshi
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