Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress

Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress

Sigiriya The Ancient Rock Fortress
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  • Helen W
    Wagga Wagga, Australia114 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    AMAZING
    Spectacular!!!! I didn't go right to the top but got to 3/4 way up. Tough climbing but now wish I'd done the last part as apparently it was easier going. Loved the trip to Sri Lanka and plan to go back and see more.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 4 June 2023
  • Kevin T
    Auckland, New Zealand1,215 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    OMG……..
    It’s a tough climb but worth it just for the views. There are different stages as you ascend so plenty of time to catch your breath and take on water. We got up and down in around 2 hours but did it tough, my advice is to go early and take all the time you want as you will unlikely never do this again. Enjoy…….
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 June 2023
  • SuharaPerera
    Colombo, Sri Lanka102 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sigiriya is a feeling of power
    Once you reach the top of the rock, there's no turning back. You are a Royal. You feel indescribably powerful. The pool, the ruins, the view points and everything makes you feel Royal. You suddenly start wondering how King Kashyapa was looking out from the top, how the services were taken up the rock, how the bricks and other supplies were transported and many more things. You run of feelings at the top. Don't forget to feed the little pups guarding the top and who are following you to make sure your journey is safe and smooth. But, never leave any biscuit covers or plastic bottles at the top. It's a heritage site and when we take care of it only it will last.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 5 July 2023
  • HHess
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates138 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sigiriya is a must see place!
    Sigiriya is such a beautiful and wonderful place. The hike is not bad at all, just many steps that are deffinitely worth to climb. For foreigners the entrace fee is quite high (10000LRK per person). We went wround 4.30 pm to see the sunset later on. This is a place you should not miss. So much of history, amazing views and peace in one spot.
    Visited June 2023
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Wendy F
    Amsterdam, The Netherlands80 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do for your Trip to Sri Lanka
    A must do for your Trip to Sri Lanka, the buxom celestial nymph frescos are wonderfully preserved. There are lots of steps ,even before you get to the Lions feet- so take it easy and you will reach the top, lots of families of monkeys along your way and I have no idea how there was a dog at the top. The views are amazing, the ancient city was much smaller than It looks on the photos.I took around 15 minutes to walk around and I was expecting it it to take much longer.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 July 2023
  • Traveller20175
    Arizona529 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Absolutely a must do in Sri Lanka
    Absolutely the highlight of our trip to Sri Lanka. It is 1200 steps climb to the top of the rock fortress. We started earlier in the day as in July it can get very hot and humid during the latter part of the day. You do not need a great fitness level to be able to climb it. Anyone can climb it. If you are not used to climbing then you can take breaks at different intervals of the climb, where you have sitting areas and view points, when you take the breaks. I think it took me about 45 minutes to do the climb with the photographs in between and I am not in any great shape. Even if you have a fear of heights, it is not at all difficult to do the climb. Though looking at the steps clinging to the rock may seem challenging, it really is not, once you start climbing it. To see the frescos, you need to walk a very small path hugging the rock, which again looks like a vertigo inducing one, but once you walk, it is easily doable. The spiral staircase to the frescos also has barriers on all sides, so just take it step by step and you will be fine. Just make sure that you have water with you and a hat or a cap against the sun. You can do the climb to the top and back in less than 3 hours but it is nice to take the time to do the climb and stop at each section of the climb, which has interesting things while going up and down ( different paths if you go to the frescos ). You can easily spend an hour at the top, admiring the sweeping views and taking loads of pictures and giving your legs a rest for the climb down. You do not need a guide to take you to the top. Going up or down or to the frescos is pretty straight forward and you will not be rushed if you do it on your own.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 27 July 2023
  • Neil S
    Ludlow, United Kingdom156 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Did not disappoint
    Has been on my bucket list for years and it did not disappoint. Early start and started climbing at 5.30 making it to the top for sunrise. Although dark to climb was not as tough as I thought it would be and avoided the crowds and bottlenecks on the stairs that can happen later in the day. Stunning sunrise and amazing frescoes. Walked through the gardens on way down as many more people walking in for the climb Would advise an early start. Wish I had had some dog biscuits for the 2 dogs that followed me up to the top
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Mark M
    7 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a view :) do not miss
    A 'do not miss place'. the view from the top is nothing but magical....even go as far as on of the most beautiful sights. as for the climb, not easy but doable...pace yourself and take plenty of water, hot as the day we went. My personal opinion, you pay $35 US but you really don't need a guide, pretty self explanatory. the biggest issue was the 'un official helpers along the way. men who try and help you up the stairs if you are older. they were relentless and despite many attempt to politely ask them to stop trying to help, I had to be firm and insist, hated doing so but it was ruining the experience. aside from that, be firm but polite and enjoy the trip x Australia
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 August 2023
  • Ruwani K
    Colombo, Sri Lanka73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful treasures of Sri Lanka
    Sigiriya is a must do!!! Highly recommended to go there early if you want to avoid the harsh afternoon heat. We left there in the morning like 5am and reached abouts 6am. It was perfect, wasn’t crowded. The architecture was very interesting. Can’t imagine a king lived right up there. My biggest highlight was Saman who is a local that has lovely souvenir’s. I was just inquiring, I had no interest to buy but he wasn’t pushy, he was so humble and explained to me on the meanings of the masked devils, the Buddha statues and other arts. Thank you so much saman, May you be blessed!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 11 August 2023
  • Bea
    Sydney, Australia2,432 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great cardio workout! Not for the faint hearted
    Came here with a tour group, suggest come earlier in the day where the weather isn’t as hot. It’s such a beautiful view to the top (after many steps). Definitely check out the cave frescos although no photography is permitted. It’s amazing to imagine how this was built back then with no cranes or heavy machinery. The lion paws at the halfway mark are beautiful and majestic. Stairs are steep for the last portion. Unfortunately this activity would not suit anyone with mobility issues at all to climb. Great way to start the day with some cardio exercise. View is captivating
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 16 August 2023
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gihe
Coventry, UK73 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
I couldn't argue with the sheer monolithic beauty of this rock, standing high in a sea of green. I so wanted to climb to the top and enjoy the view. I was even prepared to pay the extortionate price reserved especially for gullible tourists. But, as I made my way up the path it became increasingly busy. By the time I'd arrived at the lion's feet, the place had turned into a major town centre on a Saturday night. Throngs of people, mostly local, all queuing up the metal steps bolted to the side of the rock. Entire families, some carrying babies. I think I even saw a pushchair being bundled up. Suddenly, those metal steps didn't look too sturdy. I chickened out. I guess the journey to heaven isn't for me. Still, at least I didn't get attacked by wasps.
Written 16 May 2024
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centralvic
Ballarat, Australia1,214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
My review is no different to so many others. The climb up is hard, though some people will manage well enough. Not me! I'm short, and the climbing (bearing in mind the humidity too) is hard on my legs. We were there around 6.30am, not crowded, so that helped. Once we got to the Lion's Paws I said I couldn't keep going, but no surprise, I was persuaded to keep going, and the steel steps with handrails were much easier, and I DID make it! (The damned dogs that live up there are just show-offs! They have extra legs to use!)
Worth it? Of course it was! It's like being on top of the world! It's special, it's a real personal achievement, and it's a lovely view. Our guide filled us in on the history on the way up and down.
Down was still tough for me- my legs were like jelly, but the guide held my arm to be sure I didn't drop.
Like any attraction all over the world, no-one HAS to do it, it isn't a 'you must do it' thing, but anyone who keeps going like me will be well rewarded. :)
Written 16 May 2024
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SriLankaTravel_Tours
Panadura, Sri Lanka6 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
It's amazing! And also it's a one of wondered in Asia...
I think you must be visit to there definitely to see " Sigiriya " ....I'm highly recommend place to visit for the foreigners... Get some beautiful and amazing technology also the creativity Kingdom from the " The King Kashyapa " in Sri Lanka.
Written 15 May 2024
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Satheesh Kumar
Chennai (Madras), India25 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
One of the best place to visit in Srilanka. We climbed this in the early morning around 6.30 as soon as it is opened for visitors and mainly to avoid the heat and sun stroke. Though at top there was nothing, one can see the stunning beauty of Sigiriya's green cover. Fresco paintings are still there and well preserved.
Do visit this.
Written 15 May 2024
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manucanuck
Hong Kong, China1,926 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Solo
Yes the entrance fee is skyrocket expensive at USD36 (credit card accepted) but it was a one-off thing. My guide recommended the Pidurangala Rock where you can see the Lion rock from the top(if the view of the rock is all you wanted, not my case).

Arrived at the gate at 5am I was the first one to begin the hike. Security guard came along with me as it was still pitched dark he said there could be crocodiles wild elephants so he walked with me through the garden to the beginning of the climb.

Reason for going at 5 were to avoid the heat plus getting a perfect spot for sunrise.

Yes it’s some 1200 steps (never counted so I trusted the community) but it was easy. Made it to the top within 35 minutes with multiple stops (2 particular stops were for the dogs barking and growling like crazy…. )

The sunrise plus the mist foaming the sea of clouds was absolutely stunning

Don’t forget to visit the museum which is just outside of the main entrance!
Written 12 May 2024
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HappyBelly
Singapore, Singapore422 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
I am afraid of heights. If you are reading the reviews, don't go too far back because the stairs are newer and are a lot more secure. I think that's where the admission money is going to and I'm all for it. My engineering boyfriend was looking at it, and was talking something about stainless steel, reinforced bolts, redundancy, etc. I wasn't paying attention to him, I just concentrated at staring at his feet (going up) or back (going down).

I also did the iron staircase with mirror wall, which felt really secure, very strong iron and it's also wrapped in metal cage. Nothing like past pictures.

It's great at the top and worth it. If you have a partner who understands and can help you with your fears, you can do it. I just did not stare out, i always stared towards the mountain and had my partner in front of me to set the pace.

We went early (arrived at 7:30 am) and shoulder season when there is less people so you can grab rails with both your hands. We also got tons of pictures with no people in it.

We did not take a guide and we're glad we didn't because some guides seemed to be rushing people with fear of heights or people who wanted to spend their time looking.
It's one-way, so if you want to walk around the grounds beforehand, do so because you won't see them again.
Written 9 May 2024
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75LLO
Spalding, UK1,232 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
We started early to avoid the heat, as it was one of the hottest days so far. We went with BH Lanka Tours who subcontracted the trip to a local guide. He was exceptionally good, knowledgeable and eloquent.

The climb up the rock was hard work especially since we’re no longer spring chickens, but the results were amazing. The steps are very steep at times and also uneven. You get to use some of the same steps that were made 1600 years ago out of white marble!

The views from the top are incredible and the satisfaction of having made it up - and down - is unequalled. Ancient paintings are amazing, preserved for centuries and some still intact.

Good toilet facilities.
Written 8 May 2024
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Holger+Birgit
Diessen, Germany123 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
What a challenge!
We started the ascent at 6 am, it was already quite hot and humid. 1200 stairs up to the highest point in 35 minutes. But it is worth it - getting up early and all the sweat! The view is breathtaking and makes you forget that your shirt is wet.
1200 stairs down, see the wonderful paintings and arrive at the bottom of the 200 metres feeling proud that you made it given that you are no longer in your twenties 👍
Written 7 May 2024
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SusieQ22Australia
Australia83 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Family back within the hour. Those that couldn't do the climb weren't allowed to spend time in the beautiful park. Who knows what was in the museum. We drove around the rock but there wasn't much to see. Disappointing
Written 5 May 2024
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Maksim B
London, UK3,446 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
First climb Pidurangala rock for sunsrise, from where you can see Sigiriya rock in all its beauty with the first rays of light. Then go to Sigiriya and make sure to be there before 09:00 as it gets crowded with tourists. The climb is not difficult, just a lot of stairs, some pretty steep, but everyone can do it at his or her own pace. The fortress and the view from the top are impressive, the carved painting in the rock are also impressive as one could wonder how were they made. Have enough water with you as the heat and humidity are not your friend, especially past 09:00. Try to get down before 10:00 as the tourist groups start to arrive around 10:00.
Written 30 April 2024
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