Sigiriya well deserves being a World Heritage Site. On top, the remains of an ancient city, the best preserved bits being the water reservoirs dug into the rock. At the base, remarkable 1700 year-old water gardens. Best of all, the equally old murals on the cave wall, unique in the world. Oh yes, I think if there were no historic ruins or wall paintings, it would be a fun climb on its own: straight up the face of the cliff with great views of the surrounding countryside.
The climb is not too bad. I was told that there were 1,202 steps to get up. I don't think so; I would guess perhaps. 600 to get up to the top, but plenty more stairways leading up and down: 5 steps here, 4 there, 12 over there. They do add up. The ancient steps are rough going but there are a lot of places to take breaks, some of them in the shade. Go at 0700 to climb up early, before the heat builds up and before many of the annoying guides arrive. Try to keep quiet; loud noises could provoke a serious wasp attack--the hives are in clefts. Also be aware that when there are strong winds hitting the cliff face, very strong up drafts can be generated. This is no place to be blown off your feet!
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