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Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock

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Address: Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

The remnants of a fifth century royal rock fortress.

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This is amazing! The paintings, the view, the urban planning

When you are in sri lanka this is a must see. It is often called the 8th wonder of the world. We found the hike to not be very strenuous and the view spectacular. Lots of... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 10 February 2015
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2015

When you are in sri lanka this is a must see. It is often called the 8th wonder of the world. We found the hike to not be very strenuous and the view spectacular. Lots of people. The paintings were amazing

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2015

This was a very steep and strenuous climb and not for the faint hearted. We did it in late afternoon which was best for temperature and view.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 February 2015

We reached Sigiriya at 8 am, even though we hoped for 7 am as we read in earlier posts that it could get very hot. Fortunately, it was a cloudy day. We crossed the moat, then the Water and Fountain gardens. Our guide informed us that parts of the1, 600 years-old hydraulic systems underneath the fountains were still functioning. We... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2015

I would like to make note that I could barely breathe when I got to Sigiriya and was pretty sure that I had a fever coming on, but all the same I was very excited to see this place and climb to the top. It was raining off and on so the climb was slippery and messy, but I pushed... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 February 2015 via mobile

Quite a strenuous visit...and not for those who fear heights...so why did I do it?! If you visit this area of Sri Lanke, you have to visit Sigirya Citadel. I've never been so scared in my entire life as I was the day I climbed up some rather dodgy looking metal stairs hanging off the sheer face of this huge... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2015

My favourite thing in Sri Lanka was Sigiriya, the hike was awesome, the views are amazing and the remains of the palace and citadel make your imagination fly. We wanted to see the sunset but beware, right after the sun goes down it gets dark very very quickly and as you start descending you get nervous as there are very... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2015 via mobile

If you visit just one attraction in Sri Lanka it should be this one. Hiking all them way up and seeing those ruins on top is just breathtaking. And the paintings, sculptures and history along the way. Such a great experience. We arrived an half an hour befor the park even opened and it was totally worth it - first... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2015

My wife and I did a tour of Sri Lanka in October 2014. One of the sights we had set our minds on was Sigiriya. It was certainly worth the visit but the entrance ticket cost for foreigners was a bummer. Nevertheless, I think it is worth paying the money because the Rock Palace is spectacular in itself and in... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2015

I've wanted to visit since a saw Ian Wright climb Sigiriya years ago on Globetrekker. Many write that it's expensive. Well, it is, compared to what local people are paying but it would be utter stupidity to deny yourself a visit to this piece of history. However; it's not compared to what you payed to fly into Sri Lanka. The... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2015

In the way to the rock, there are beautiful gardens, called the Royal Gardens, where brides and grooms use to take pictures. We had the chance to meet a couple with the beautiful dress and took a picture with them. You have to go to the top of the rock. The view is very beautiful and it's worth the hard... More 

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