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Sigiriya Rock

Fareham
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Sigiriya Rock

We are staying at the Club Hotel Dolphin in July and want to visit Sigiriya Rock, does anybody know how far away it is and how long a drive we can expect.

Many Thanks

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1. Re: Sigiriya Rock

Hi,

It is about 150 km (95 miles) from Negombo to Sigiriya Rock - so expect min 4 hrs drive.

In my opinion too far for a daytrip.

Hans

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Agree with Hans. The climb up and down and some viewing together will take about 3-4 hours, BUT in the middle of the day Lankans and tourists alike tend to avoid it. Not a patch of shade available on the top of the rock and also not on many parts of the climb, and temperatures in the sun there get up to 35-40'. So best is to start climbing before 10:30 or after 3 PM and that really means an overnight stay 'not that far' (max. 2 hours away) before or after - we usually stay in Kandy the night before.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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Thanks for your replies, We have been told by our doctor that we do not need malaria tablets for this trip, have also read the postings and the general opinion is not to bother, but I am sure I have read that if staying overnight at sigiriga that malaria tablets need to be taken, any advice aoppreciated.

Also if we do stay overnight is there anywhere else in that area worth visiting while we are there, thanks

Regards Michele

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Hi again,

Yes according to the malaria info in the forum there IS a (small) risk of bites in the Cultural Triangle, which is the area around S'riya. But an alternative to anti-malarials, acceptable to some, is good skin protection after dark by covering and DEET cream.

An area which has many other interesting sights too, esp. for nature and culture lovers. To start with the first: Minneriya and Kaudulla parks, 1 hour from S'riya, have lovely big herds of wild elephants which can be seen on dusk and dawn jeep safaris. And at Habarana, near Minneriya entrance, there are 1-hour elephantback rides which also include a river crossing.

Culture: Dambulla rock temple, Pollonnaruwa and Anuradhapura/Mihintale temple cities and smaller temples/statues at e.g. Aukana and Yapahuwa.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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Yes, and stay at the Kandalama Hotel and be sure to clean your terrace/balcony before going to sleep, even empty bottles and ashtrays. If not, you are in for a lot of fun at dawn. A must!

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Hi

We did a Tour over 2 days which included Kandy, Sigiriya, Dumbulla, etc. Great trip great fun.

We were advised to take Malaria Tablets as we were travelling inland.

We also stayed at The Club Hotel Dolphin.

Have a great time.

SQ7.......

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7. Re: Sigiriya Rock

Thanks everyone for your replies, As we are travelling with 2 teenagers (female 14 and 17), beginning to wonder if climbing a rock for 2 hours is such a good idea, they dont appear to think so.

Michele

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Hi Michele,

Show the teenagers the 'Duran Duran' clip (Save a prayer) on Youtube. They'll be delighted to visit personally all main places in it, including Elephant bathing and Sigiriya Rock!

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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9. Re: Sigiriya Rock

We went last summer to Sri Lanka with our two teenagers and visited Sigiriya as well as the elephant orphanage. We also went to the game parks nearby and drove through herds of elephants 200+ with lots of young babies and they enjoyed every minute of it

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10. Re: Sigiriya Rock

Sorry for the delay, computer problems!!

Thanks for all your replies, have been a great help.

Just looking forward to going now, 5 weeks tues.

Any more questions I won't hesitate to ask.

Regards Michele

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