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Things to do in Sigiriya

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
“The Lion Rock of Sigiriya is one of the most famous highlights in Sri Lanka. The photogenic rock is over 200 meters high and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On top of this rock stood the palace of King Kasyapa in the 5th century. You can still see the ruins of the palace at the top, from where you have an amazing view over the vast green jungle. The rock owes its name to the lion, carved in stone, which guards the stairs. Now only the legs are left. At the foot of the rock you will find beautifully landscaped gardens, canals, a small museum and countless monkeys roaming around. The climb up, via almost 1900 steps, is tough but well worth it. Halfway up you can make a stop at the well-preserved murals of undressed women and at a smoothly polished mirror wall in which the king could admire himself. Travel tips Sigiriya Visit Sigiriya early in the morning when it is still cool. The climb is even harder in the afternoon heat. Although the late afternoon is a bit quieter in terms of visitors. From Colombo and Kandy you can also book a full day tour to Sigiriya, often including a visit to the Dambulla Cave Temples. Take into account crowds and a fairly hefty entrance fee of approximately $ 30. Best hotels Sigiriya Budget: Sigiri Tarushan Home Stay Homestay: Sigiriya Peacock Homestay Mid-range: Sigiriya Riverside Villa with normal rooms and tree houses! Comfortable luxury: Hotel Sigiriya ”
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“Pidurangala is a massive rock formation located a few kilometers north of Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. It has an interesting history closely related to that of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Climbing to the top of Pidurangala rock”
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Historic Site
“Raising from the central plains and jungle forests this iconic rocky outcrop in Sigiriya is perhaps Sri Lanka’s most dramatic and spectacular near vertical walled mountain fortress, soaring to a flat-topped summit that contains the ruins of an ancient 5th century civilisation and there are stunning and spellbinding vistas across mist-wrapped forests in the early morning mist to the late afternoon smoke from the evening cooking fires Sigiriya refuses to reveal its secrets to anyone easily, and you’ll have to climb a series of near vertical staircases attached to sheer walls to reach the top. You will need a reasonable level of fitness . On the way you’ll pass a series of quite remarkable rock drawings and a pair of colossal lion’s paws carved into the bedrock. The surrounding landscape, lillypad covered moats, water gardens and quiet shrines, where you can sit relax and contemplate in the quietness, peace and tranquility that is. The excellent site museum, only adds to the rock star appeal. A late afternoon hike to the top to see the stunningly beautiful sunset is worth the effort if you have the time.”
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“Was named one of the world wonders. It is also known as Lions Rock in foreign countries.”
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“The name of this place is derived from this structure —Sīhāgiri, the Lion Rock. this site was selected by King Kasyapa”
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Natural Feature
Rock Climbing Spot
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