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All reviews sri lanka early in the morning afraid of heights take your time avoid the crowds half way rock fortress bottle of water amazing views coming down heat site stairs frescoes climb palace king
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Reviewed 19 October 2019

The effort to climb all the way up 70 floors is worth every drop of sweat. Try to visit on a working day in order to avoid the rush. carry enough drinking water, wear good shoes with grip and do not miss to carry a CAMERA....believe me you will not regret the climb.

For those who have excuses this being steep...Our group had a 3 & 4 Year Old who were very enthusiastic to climb all the way :).

MUST Experience...for Sri Lanka, THE View, History, Art, Adventurous climb.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank acsanthoshnair
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Reviewed 18 October 2019 via mobile

8th wonder of the world, lions rock sigiriya. Must see place in Sri lanka.. Sigiriya the ancient city, lions rock climbing is most favirite among the tourists,

Date of experience: April 2019
3  Thank Ceylonleisure
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Reviewed 18 October 2019 via mobile

Honestly this tourist attraction is really overpriced. I guess that everyone just wants to say that they climbed Sigiraya, but I don't think it's worth the hype. Sure it's cool, but climbing the small rock (nearby) was actually more fun.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank Guido_Pho_Bo
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Reviewed 18 October 2019

So many stairs!!! But so worth it. We went in the afternoon and encountered only few tourists. Make sure you take a bottle of water with you as the climb is exhausting.
The view for the top is amazing, so beautiful.
The ticket is a bit expensive - 30$ per pers.

Date of experience: October 2019
Thank Ioana B
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Reviewed 17 October 2019

This ancient attraction is just as impressive and awe-inspiring as websites and other reviewers have said. The site is a massive one and other than the rock fortress (for which there is an entry fee), there are other places which visitors can roam for free. As you get down, you will be approached by numerous guides who will try to dissuade you from buying tickets to the rock fortress by mentioning the arduous 1200 step climb and instead offer you a tuk-tuk ride covering the places which are free. They arent aggressive but can be pushy, so you need to firmly tell them off.
Foreigners need to but tickets from the museum (entry to which is USD 5 if brought separately and complimentary if you purchase the rock fortress tickets). The museum is a good place to start off your visit.
The tickets to the rock fortress are USD 30 for adults and USD 15 for children. SAARC country nationals are entitled to a 50% discount on the adult price but no further discounts for children (so USD 15 for both adults and children). Payment can be made in USD or LKR but change, if any, is returned in LKR.
The climb itself is actually quite difficult, especially if you go in the afternoon. The place is also crowded on weekends because of lots of locals coming for a picnic.
My suggestion would be to go early morning to beat the heat and the crowds. Carry lots of water and snacks as well, as there werent any outlets selling food or water.
The way up is different from the way down, so take pictures as you go up, because you wont get the same view on the way down.
A lot of people have suggested the recommended length as being 3-4 hours but from my experience, it takes a lot longer, especially if you have young children and also explore the whole place. So in my opinion, take your time and enjoy the whole place in all its splendour and beauty. Dont try to rush things through and combine this with another attraction (like Dambulla, Anuradhapura etc) because those places too require more than 3-4 hours and it would be better to comprehensively cover both places rather than do a bit of both.

Date of experience: October 2019
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