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Sigiriya, Sigiriya

4.5
Must see · World heritage site · Ruin · Landmark
Visit the historic complex of Sigiriya, an ancient city centered around a massive stone plateau. King Kasyapa selected the spot to be the nation’s capital in the 5th century, and built his palace on top of the enormous, 200 m (660 ft) tall rock. You’ll need to climb more than a thousand steps to reach the summit and admire the ruins of Sri Lanka’s oldest palace. Peer over the edge to observe the gardens below, a marvel of urban planning, featuring still-functional fountains. Along the way, you can see the remains of the gate--once shaped like a lion’s head--as well as numerous ancient frescoes. Put Sigiriya on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Sigiriya itinerary app.
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  • This 5th century AD rock fortress is a must visit for any local visitor or foreigner. starting the journey very early (gates open at 06.30am) will be great as you can escape from the scorching midday....  more »
  • No visit to the central province is complete until you have experienced the wonder that is Sigiriya. Given the pandemic, we feel very fortunate to have explored the rock with minimal tourists...  more »

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