Citadel Of Sigiriya - Lion Rock, Sigiriya

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Address: Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

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Time Required: 01:00 Hrs

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One of the underrated and unique attractions of Sigiriya is the ‘Lion Rock’. Nearly 200 meters high, this big rock is magnificent because of its structure that looks like a lion. At present, only vague structure of the entire rock with the paws are left. The outline structure of the remaining walls does give you an impression as to how it might have been looked like in earlier days. The sight you get to see now is still a jaw-dropping view to look at.

The awe-inspiring view of the rock is the ruins of the fortress that once belonged to the king Kaysapa. You need to enter the palace via the stone staircase that starts from lion’s paw and goes up to the lion’s mouth and then to the throat. Once you reach the ruins, you get the perfect panoramic view of the entire land down there. 

Citadel Of Sigiriya - Lion Rock Information

  • Visit the place during daylight to get better view of the place.

Citadel Of Sigiriya - Lion Rock Ticket Prices

  • Check the entrance fee of the fortress located at the top of the cliff from the locals.

How To reach Citadel Of Sigiriya - Lion Rock by Public Transport

  • On foot

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  • A place you will find the ancient technology to its biblical level... where water runs to the top of the rock with no modern machinery, still to unknown. Where there was city which is still hard to imagine the craftsmanship of stone carving... i had a great time visiting this location. A word of advise make sure to visit the place early morning like 6Am...

  • Amazing historic place. Well maintained by the govt. The place is clean and tidy. 1202 steps you have to climb to reach top. Winter or early morning climb is the best, later you will get dehydrated fast. Carry at least 2 bottles of 2 liter of water.

  • Really cool and unique rock to climb and get a great view of the area. I actually got here super early to beat the crowds but found myself at the ticket counter 40 mins before it opened (opens at 7). I managed to get the first ticket for the day and made it to the top first for a full 10 minutes to enjoy the top on my own. The views are great and its cool to check out the ruins on top. The wall paintings weren't open when I went up but I caught them on the way back down and they were pretty cool. One thing I thought was pretty ridiculous was that they hadn't removed the bee/wasp hives that were attached to the rock. There's signs everywhere telling your to be quiet so you don't disturb the bees and apparently they close the peak of the rock (you can still go 80% of the way up) if there's any trouble with the bees. I heard from a local at the ticket booth that someone had died the previous week from an attack. I can't understand why they don't just remove them - seems like the responsible thing to do. I also went and climbed the 'small rock' right after (starts with a 'P') which is much cheaper. Several people from my hostel just did that one and skipped the big one. I can tell you that the views a very similar and the 'small rock' is actually bigger on top which is nice to explore and its not as busy but I was still glad I did the main rock too.

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  • One of the best things we did in our month in Sri Lanka - such a dramatic and imposing sight, it left me gobsmacked when we arrived. While there was a high number of other tourists, we didn't feel like it was over-run; we visited early in the day to avoid the heat, but it was still roasting by the time we reached the top of the rock. I would advise anyone unstable on their feet to avoid making the trip to the top as the steps are a little narrow and steep - similarly, anyone with vertigo might find it a bit of a challenge. Having arrived expecting 'just another temple site', I left awestruck at this size and history of the place - definitely make this a stop if you are travelling to the National Parks area - you won't be disappointed.

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  • Best to hike early in the morning before the crowds arrive (gates open from 7). An ancient palace/fort used by a previous king. Good view from the summit on a clear day. Some slightly precarious steps for those of a nervous disposition. The frescoes are also interesting.

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