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Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock

Sigiriya Site, Sigiriya 21120, Sri Lanka
+94 76 601 8512
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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.
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“lion rock” (289 reviews)
“worth the climb” (222 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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Sigiriya Site, Sigiriya 21120, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed today

We recommend you start your visit very early. I think it opens at 0700. We arrived at 1030 and it was really very hot. Our guide took us to the museum first which meant we started to climb around noon. We did not get to...More

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Reviewed today via mobile

We hadn't expected to pay 30USD per person for the ticket price, but did any way. We went early in the morning (which was best to avoid some of the heat). Crowds were huge so factor in waiting times for the walk. Some stalls selling...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Hot climb to the top,but worth it for the rock paintings alone. Amazing place to have built such a fantastic complex.

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Reviewed yesterday

The Sigiriya Citadel is the grand attraction of the area and definitely a must see. The rock is about 200 ft high... and it can be climbed all the way to the top (some 60 stories give or take). I did it to the high...More

Thank Irene D
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was a bit of a climb but the view at the top was amazing. Take water with you. Go early in the morning, I think opening time was 7am as it gets very hot.

Thank LizPurton68
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We went in April around 3:30 pm to avoid the sun. It was a lot better in the sense that they have done a lot to make the long walk a better to the rock from the car park. Don't know if i would visit...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

Sigiriya is a mini-world in itself. This Lion Rock is something that one must visit in their lifetime, if possible. What seems absolutely unassuming and a mammoth chunk, has manifold stories to tell. One can manoeuvre the paths and lanes leading to the citadel and...More

Thank tanikasarkar
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Reviewed 3 days ago

This climb is not easy if you are unfit. Any person who is fit will knock this out. Our guide said it would take us 2 hours to get up. It took me 1 hour and 15 min, my 12 year old did it under...More

Thank Colin R
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Its a way up. Its hot and it is also worth it. Buy your own tickets at the counter (way cheaper the letting an agency or taxidriver fix it). And walk to the top. Don't wear bright colour due to the wasps and take water...More

Thank Kris H
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Climbed the rock with my wife. It is a hard climb in the heat especially when stuck behind Chinese tourists stopping every few steps to take exactly the same picture as the one before ! But when you finally reach the summit it is an...More

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Sue E
26 March 2018|
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Response from Annette D | Reviewed this property |
As previously suggested the only place may be the ticket office.
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Brenda Y
12 March 2018|
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Response from raymondbutler58 | Reviewed this property |
Afternoon can get crowded (according to our guide). Best time is when the ticket office opens c.7am. We went at this time and absolutely wonderful - when we descended the crowds were unbelievable.
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917priyas
8 February 2018|
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Response from ajaybaphna1412 | Reviewed this property |
It would be your decision but it's really a tough climb . It would be great if you can just stay down and enjoy . steps are not that good too .
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