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Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 426900
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The remnants of a fifth century royal rock fortress.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
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“lion rock” (253 reviews)
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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 426900
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The most famous of the two rocks. Entrance fees are expensive – 5.000 – compared to only 500 at the nearby rock, which is just as interesting and beautiful. You walk up the side of the mountain on a staircase. Go and watch sunset from...More

Thank ChristianFrantz
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Went there on our second day in the region. As others have said, it’s a bit pricy but it’s worth it. It’s quite a hike so remember to bring water. The view from up there is fantastic

1  Thank Ludo-Owen
Reviewed 4 days ago

Only when you reach here that you realise how seriously Sri Lanka takes it tourism. You find a very well managed Heritage where you can go and enjoy the historical remains of a castle which are a site to see. The climb include around 1200...More

Thank Umang2008
Reviewed 5 days ago

The entrance for the rock is 4500rp, which includes the ticket to the attraction and the museum. The climb is not easy, its a little long and steep. For those with height phobias i suggest you thin twice cos some of stairs overlooks the steep...More

Thank Atiroh S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Our first visit to SL so we took the drive up to climb the rock. Arriving mid afternoon we were surprised to find it not that busy. The climb is surprisingly mostly stairs. As others have said you need to be fully mobile and healthy,...More

Thank SMW-Globetrotter
Reviewed 1 week ago

Climbing Sigiriya is something I'd wanted to do for a long time and it was included as part of a tour. There is a museum and fairly extensive gardens as well as the actual rock citadel. Unfortunately we were there late afternoon and it was...More

Thank Good Names All Gone!
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are 2 rocks next to each other to climb: Lion rock and Pidurangala rock. The entrance fee for the Lion rock costs 4650 rupees (30 USD), while the other one costs 500 rupees (3 USD). Is this a joke??

Thank SteveBlame
Reviewed 1 week ago

The unique block of rock atop the mountain awes us from afar. Entrance fee is US$30/pax. The museum within the ticketing compund can be a quick walk-through. The climb up the mountain is steep and long, so do wear comfortable shoes. At some points, the...More

2  Thank Wendy Y
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I would be surprised if you visit SL for the 1st time and don’t have this on your agenda. The climb is surprisingly easy and, before you’re ready, you’re at the top. It’s almost all stairs, with a spiral staircase up the the Mirror Wall....More

2  Thank Cardigan_and_Blondie
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Best to start as soon as the ticket booth opens as it gets hot with little shade while climbing. I found the climb at times challenging however thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. People of all ages, young children and elderly, were climbing.m the engineering and...More

Thank Destination_wherever
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Min J
4 December 2017|
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Response from IAmAGlobalNomad | Reviewed this property |
Best to check with the Sri Lankan tourist bureau. But Sri Lanka is a predominantly a Buddhist country so I very much doubt that they will be closed on 24 & 25th December
Amy R
20 November 2017|
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Response from Khay Eng C | Reviewed this property |
Yes you do until the end where it diverts yo another way. no human traffic jam as most visitors are courteous and give way especially to those who have some difficulty climbing. Enjoy your climb. worth the exercise
10 November 2017|
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Response from Rakibul A | Reviewed this property |
Frankly there is no chalange of climbing! I preffer lions roack bcz u can get a spectacular view from the top! Charges are 2200Rs for SAARC countries its more than 4500Rs. Thanks