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Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock
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Owner description: The remnants of a fifth century royal rock fortress.
Reviewed 23 May 2014 via mobile

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!

I am attaching a few photos.

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Reviewed 22 May 2014

Sigiriya is very beautiful with long history, not only a stone as photo showed, the guide gave us very good introduction to understand better.

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Reviewed 20 May 2014

We liked the little climb and we very much enjoyed the sunset at this beautiful spot. It was quite busy but we were warmde for it. We dont understand the Sri Lankan government. Treating tourists as cash cows and we really cannot be bothered to pay more than the locals. All fine but 3900 is way too much....

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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Go early in the morning, we were there on a hot day at 10am and the climb was not that hard but very hot / sweaty. The views are amazing, and the ruins and paintings were very impressive. The entrance fee is very high, compared to everything else in Sri Lanka.

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Reviewed 17 May 2014

Although it's a little pricey for a budget traveller it's something you don't really want to miss. Make sure and take your time to wander it properly. Amazing views and amazing ancient architecture.

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