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Citadel of Sigiriya - Lion Rock

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 426900
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The remnants of a fifth century royal rock fortress.
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  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
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“lion rock” (274 reviews)
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Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
+94 11 2 426900
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Reviewed yesterday

The entrance for the rock is 4500rp, which includes the ticket to the attraction and the museum. The climb is not easy, its a little long and steep. For those with height phobias i suggest you thin twice cos some of stairs overlooks the steep...More

Thank Atiroh S
Reviewed 3 days ago

Our first visit to SL so we took the drive up to climb the rock. Arriving mid afternoon we were surprised to find it not that busy. The climb is surprisingly mostly stairs. As others have said you need to be fully mobile and healthy,...More

Thank SMW-Globetrotter
Reviewed 3 days ago

Climbing Sigiriya is something I'd wanted to do for a long time and it was included as part of a tour. There is a museum and fairly extensive gardens as well as the actual rock citadel. Unfortunately we were there late afternoon and it was...More

Thank Good Names All Gone!
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

There are 2 rocks next to each other to climb: Lion rock and Pidurangala rock. The entrance fee for the Lion rock costs 4650 rupees (30 USD), while the other one costs 500 rupees (3 USD). Is this a joke??

Thank SteveBlame
Reviewed 5 days ago

The unique block of rock atop the mountain awes us from afar. Entrance fee is US$30/pax. The museum within the ticketing compund can be a quick walk-through. The climb up the mountain is steep and long, so do wear comfortable shoes. At some points, the...More

2  Thank Wendy Y
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I would be surprised if you visit SL for the 1st time and don’t have this on your agenda. The climb is surprisingly easy and, before you’re ready, you’re at the top. It’s almost all stairs, with a spiral staircase up the the Mirror Wall....More

2  Thank Cardigan_and_Blondie
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Best to start as soon as the ticket booth opens as it gets hot with little shade while climbing. I found the climb at times challenging however thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. People of all ages, young children and elderly, were climbing.m the engineering and...More

Thank Destination_wherever
Reviewed 6 days ago

Only attempt if you are fully mobile and healthy, and not afraid of heights. The climb is hard, but so very worthwhile when you reach the top.

Thank UKDiane2012
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

This historical site has a wonderful view and not that difficult to climb to the top, although carrying my 1-year-old daughter is still a bit challenging. It is worth all the effort after seeing the wall paintings and reaching the top.

Thank Junsiyuan L
Reviewed 1 week ago

It's a beautiful site. I couldn't make it to the top - no head for heights - but I could still appreciate the beauty and wonder of the place.

Thank anneelizabeth16
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Min J
4 December 2017|
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Response from IAmAGlobalNomad | Reviewed this property |
Best to check with the Sri Lankan tourist bureau. But Sri Lanka is a predominantly a Buddhist country so I very much doubt that they will be closed on 24 & 25th December
Amy R
19 November 2017|
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Response from Khay Eng C | Reviewed this property |
Yes you do until the end where it diverts yo another way. no human traffic jam as most visitors are courteous and give way especially to those who have some difficulty climbing. Enjoy your climb. worth the exercise
9 November 2017|
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Response from Rakibul A | Reviewed this property |
Frankly there is no chalange of climbing! I preffer lions roack bcz u can get a spectacular view from the top! Charges are 2200Rs for SAARC countries its more than 4500Rs. Thanks