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Sigiriya Fortress, Sigiriya

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Visit the historic complex of Sigiriya Fortress, 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 Fortress on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Sigiriya itinerary app.
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  • Overrated and over priced. I understand this is to protect the ruins, but the opposite hike of pidurangala is much more challenging and beautiful, and you get the view of the sigiriya rock. 
    Overrated and over priced. I understand this is to protect the ruins, but the opposite hike of pidurangala is much more challenging and beautiful, and you get the view of the sigiriya rock.  more »
  • We were thinking of doing this at 8 am but kids did not wake up so decided to reschedule it to 3 30 pm. we started the climb around 3 45 to 4pm after buying tickets and I felt it was much easier to... 
    We were thinking of doing this at 8 am but kids did not wake up so decided to reschedule it to 3 30 pm. we started the climb around 3 45 to 4pm after buying tickets and I felt it was much easier to...  more »

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