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Pidurangala Rock, Sigiriya

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Landmark · Tourist Spot
Hike up Pidurangala Rock, a geological feature offering extensive views of the verdant hilly landscape and an atmosphere of seclusion and contemplation. Standing opposite a larger, more frequented hill, the rock possesses a different charm to its touristy brother, with a quiet and peaceful Buddhist temple at its foot, and a giant reclining Buddha statue in a secluded cave part way up. The ascent takes around half an hour, with a medium difficulty scramble over some boulders near the top, so wear suitable footwear. The views from the top make the exertion worthwhile. For travelers who use our online itinerary creator, Sigiriya holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Pidurangala Rock and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • Relatively easy hike until near the top where it is necessary to do a bit of scrambling either over or between rocks to get to the top. Totally worth it once there with great 360 degree views and an.....  more »
  • Takes about an hour to climb. A rather hard but fun one. not much stairs tbh as most of the climb includes climbing over boulders and huge rocks. The view is to die for.  more »
  • This a great historical place to visit. The climb is energetic and suited to those with a minimum of good fitness and agility climbing steps. We loved it. Footwear with good grip are the best for safety. We wore hiking boots as we packed them.
  • Very interesting hike. We enjoyed at the top for an hour! There wasn’t many people until the sunset. Amazing view of Lion’s rock. Don’t miss Pidurangala if you are in Sigiriya.

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