The fortress was designed by the King Kasyapa to serve as his capital. Accordingly, prior to its abandonment, Sigiriya was surrounded by magnificent moats, gardens, palaces and had four gates. A gigantic replica of lion served as the entrance. Although only the claws and paw survive to this day, their size serves as a reminder of the grandeur of the ancient gate. One of the best things to do in Sigiriya is climbing the Lion Staircase. At the top of the staircase is the once majestic Sky Palace - a number of airy buildings surrounded by ponds and gardens. On the way to the summit are the Terrace Garden and the Boulder Garden – the most treasured tourist attractions in Sigiriya.
- Do carry a bottle of water with you.
- There are no shops or eateries inside the paid area, so do carry refreshments with you.
- There are no toilets/washrooms inside the paid area.
- Protect yourself from the sun – wear a hat and a liberal slathering of sunscreen is highly recommended as you climb the Sigiriya Rock Fortress.
- The last bus to Dambulla leaves at 6 PM, it is recommend to not linger in the area after dark.
- The ticket includes entry to the museum.
- The entrance to the site is only till 5 pm.
- Buses and tuk tuks ply regularly between Dambulla and Sigiriya, however the last bus leaves at 6 pm.
- The nearest restaurants are in the Sigiriya village, you can however buy water, chips and biscuits from a shack next to the ticket counter.
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95% of people who visit Sigiriya include The Sigiriya Fortress in their plan
11 AM - 12 PM
41.6% of people start their The Sigiriya Fortress visit around 11 AM - 12 PM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see The Sigiriya Fortress
71.26% of people prefer walking in order to reach The Sigiriya Fortress