Pidurangala Rock
Pidurangala Rock
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Pidurangala is a massive rock formation located a few kilometers north of Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. It has an interesting history closely related to that of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Climbing to the top of Pidurangala Rock is more strenuous than climbing Sigiriya. If you are fit and adventurous it is a climb worth making. It will take you about two hours. There is far less to see on this site than Sigiriya
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  • Myra Zeineddine
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates34 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mind blowing sunset views
    I highly recommend Pidurangala rock over Lion's rock. The hike is easy in the beginning with steps and is slightly uphill with beautiful high trees all around, until you reach a short rocky spot towards the end where you need to kind of climb some rocks for less than 5 minutes to get to the top. The view is mind blowing at sunset as you can spot the Lion's rock and see the Pidurangala round rock as well. The hike down is easier than up and the trail is lit with lamps. You can also do it at sunrise but it's as magical at sunset and less hot to walk down at night than in the morning. More reviews @myra.recommends
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written May 13, 2023
  • HHess
    Dubai, United Arab Emirates141 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hike for the sunrise!
    Hike to Pidurangala is a must. We went for the sunrise and it was soooo beautiful. The hike is not long but quite adventurous. The entry fee is LRK1000 per person. You can see Sigiriya temple and other monuments from the top.
    Visited June 2023
    Written July 8, 2023
  • Judith
    Freiberg, Germany75 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Spectacular view of Lions rock and sunrise
    When in Sigiriya definitely go up Pidurangala Rock. The entrance fee is a couple hundred of rupees and thus nothing compared to Lions Rock. Be prepared for quite the climb over some rocks and don’t just wear sandals. You will pass a temple to be prepared to cover up and remove shoes in that part. We went to see the sunrise which was beautiful with a spectacular view of Lions rock, but very windy. Walking down it was already pretty dark. To get back to our guest house by tuktuk was expensive because the Tuk drivers know that you cannot walk home in the dark because of the elephants so they will charge high rates…
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 20, 2023
  • Peter M
    Melbourne, Australia1,301 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pidurangala Rock
    Pidurangala Rock is an incredible 360-degree viewpoint located opposite the world-famous Sigiriya Lion Rock. Hiking to the top is possible for both of these rocks, but hiking at dawn to the top of Pidurangala Rock is a real adventure. You get a good view of Lion's Rock itself. There is a small fee and the climb is not easy!
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written August 30, 2023
  • Saman IWA Tours ~ Sri Lanka
    Sri Lanka435 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    "A Spectacular Hike amidst Lush Greenery"
    I had the privilege of hiking to the top of Pidurangala Rock, and I can confidently say that it was an unforgettable experience. The hike itself is both exhilarating and rewarding.. As you ascend, you'll be surrounded by the lush, vibrant greenery of Sri Lanka's countryside. Pidurangala Rock has an elevation of approximately 340 meters (1,115 feet) above sea level. As for the number of steps, there are around 500 steep and uneven steps that you'll need to climb to reach the summit. You start by passing through a temple, so need to remove shoes and cover knees and shoulders for 1st 100m. The entrance fees much lower than other places. It’s about $2.75 per person. The place has no toilet facilities. Early morning or late afternoon climb is advisable. 5.30am to 7pm it’s open for visitors. But, if you don’t have drive, try to climb down before too dark because tuk tuk is very expensive at night. The climb can be challenging, but the breathtaking views from the top make it well worth the effort. Upon reaching the summit, I was met with a panoramic view that left me in awe. The 360-degree vista includes the iconic Sigiriya Rock in the foreground and stretches out to the distant horizon, showcasing the beauty of the region. Watching the sunrise or sunset from Pidurangala Rock is a memory that will stay with you forever. Whether you're an avid hiker or simply seeking a nature-filled adventure, Pidurangala Rock is an absolute must-visit. Don't miss the opportunity to explore this gem in Sri Lanka; it's a true testament to the wonders of Mother Nature. Happy hiking!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written October 3, 2023
  • evdey0kum
    Samsun, Türkiye11 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Difficult roads lead to amazing places
    The climb is long and tiring, but the view that greets you when you finally reach the top is worth everything. The summit is very windy, be sure to carry appropriate clothing. Sports shoes must be worn
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written November 19, 2023
  • Monica004
    London, United Kingdom164 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic view
    You have to pay to climb but only $3 ( the other rock is $30) in a way this one is better as you have the view of Sigiriya Lion Rock, but there is no ruins at the top. Bit of a climb mainly stairs .. the top part is a bit of a scramble. I wouldn’t advise in the rain We went at sunset there is a great view . Our driver / guide came up with us and I was glad he did . If you are a bit unfit you can do it .. just take slowly and stop to rest . It’s worth it
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written November 27, 2023
  • qubly
    Bengaluru, India97 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Thrilling adventure for best sunset view
    The day we reached SriLanka, we headed for Sigiriya where we trekked the Pidurangala rock to get the sunset view. It took ~45 min to climb the rock, including adequate rests. There are stone made steps throughout the journey. Some bhramhi inscriptions, inclined Buddha statue can be seen on the way. It used to be very early settlement of Buddhist monks. Last 50 -100 m climbing was very challenging with no defined steps and almost vertical/ steep climbing on rocks ! But the view from the top was worth taking the risk. Recommend to use sport shoes, light wear and bagpack. Carry water. Try to return as soon as the Sun set, since it becomes difficult to walk in low light condition.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 1, 2024
  • Sophie
    London, United Kingdom21 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Ok climb, with very steep scary section at the end!
    We visited on an overcast day to climb the rock, having read that this rock gave a good view over the main Lion’s Rock that people flock to Sigiriya to climb. The rock was a lot cheaper to climb that it’s neighbour and offered good views from the top. The majority of the climb was ok, mainly with stone steps, however the last 10m (5 mins or so) were very much “off roading” with a moment where you need to pull yourself up an almost sheer sheet of rock with a rope. Safe to say I bailed out on seeing this and left my partner to climb to the summit where the view of the other rock was. He reported that this last bit of the climb was treacherous and that people were being helped by guides and other more experienced climbers to get up and down. As it was slightly damp when we climbed this made it a bit more of a tricky ascent, and we were offered a guide by the ticket office, which we think wouldn’t have been needed, until the last section mentioned above. But people were helping each other out here as it seemed dangerous - regardless of if you had a guide or not. The views from the platform I stopped at (just prior to the peak with the laying Buddha) were nice, but you couldn’t see the Lion’s Rock. Ladies need to have knees covered as there is a temple on the way up! You can borrow a cover from the ticket office for your ascent. Overall, it was an ok experience, but not as easy as made out online and in the Lonely Planet, but by all accounts did give a great view of Lion’s Rock from the top.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 12, 2024
  • Angel
    Gloucestershire, United Kingdom22 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A spectacular viewpoint for those that don’t mind a short but adventurous hike
    We paid 1,000LKR at the entrance and went up without a guide. It’s up irregular rock steps until the last 50m or so when it becomes a tough bouldering challenge. We made it to the top and were rewarded by an incredible 360deg vista. Even if you decide not to go to the very top, it’s still worth going as far as the reclining Buddha. Not as commercial or busy as climbing Sigaria Rock and the benefit of seeing that landmark at eye level. Wear good walking shoes and clothes suitable for bouldering. We loved it.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written January 20, 2024
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Aabith Daz
Badulla, Sri Lanka23 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
Sunset seekers, look no further than Pidurangala Rock! This climb might be challenging, but trust me, the reward is absolutely worth the effort. Unlike Sigiriya's Lion Rock, Pidurangala offers a breathtaking panoramic view with Sigiriya itself as the centerpiece. Imagine watching the fiery hues of sunset paint the sky while this majestic rock formation stands tall in front of you. For adventurers on a budget, the entrance fee is just 1,000 LKR for tourists (free for locals), making it an even more attractive option. Don't miss out on this unforgettable experience!
Written April 20, 2024
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Maksim B
London, UK3,224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Definitely the rock to climb first when around Sigiriya. Wake up early, do the climb for the sunrise, take wonderful pictures of Sigiriya rock, enjoy the view then go down and move to climb Sigiriya itself.

Climbing Pidurangala is easy, there are some stairs , a very small element of scrambling , but nothing that an average person would not be able to do. It will take you 45 minutes to climb it from the start of the trekking path at good pacing. The view to Sigiriya breath-taking! Going early for the sunrise gives enough time to go down and then move to Sigiriya before the heath and the massive tourist crowds.
Written April 9, 2024
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Nina C
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Omg…. Climbing up to the Pidurangala rock was a great cardio exercise… I lost the count of the stairs but is worth every heartbeat…. The views when you reach the top is something else… must do!
Written March 24, 2024
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JoRutland
Rutland, UK3,784 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Two stars for my own experience not the place itself!

I had read a lot about this and Lions Rock to make the decision which to choose. I knew this was tougher physically but felt confident enough to try. We waited until it was light but still 6am.
It isn’t easy for the most part but doable with moderate fitness until you reach the part near the top. For me this was just not possible. The rocks at this part are steep and flat with nothing to grab onto and I did not have the body strength to pull myself up high enough to hold on to anything. I seemed to be the only one stuck here, but then learned that many people had been pulled or pushed up for the sunrise so unlucky that we had no one to help but I still think I would have struggled. I was also wondering how I would get back down again if I somehow managed to go further.
It is not for anyone with limited strength and whilst mine were ok, the knees take a good battering on the way down.
Disappointed not to get there and I’m sure they could add in a few pullys or handles to hold on to that would mean it is accessible to more people.
I would say try it! But be prepared to accept it if you can’t manage the last 50 feet or so. There is still a nice view.
Written March 18, 2024
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Max
Germany50 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
The Pidurangala rock is spectacular. You have to invest some energy to get up there but it is definetly worth it. Try to catch the sunset or sunrise. The last part is very tricky. You have to be very careful when you come down to not miss a step. It could be dangerous
Written March 4, 2024
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Lonely Laowai
37 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Tickets now mandatory, about a thousand. Sunrise ascent has a good chance of being grey and foggy unless you come in summer, but sunset hitting Sigiriya from here must be pretty amazing if you head up in the late afternoon.
Written February 20, 2024
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Tracey C
United Kingdom24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
A decent climb up a lot of steps initially followed by some bouldering at the end made the views all the more rewarding when we reached the top for sunrise. A local chap was guiding people how to scramble over the final rocks to reach the top, which then allowed everyone to copy. There was even a couple of wild dogs and monkeys at the top! Beautiful views of Lion Rock. Well worth the effort of getting up at 4.45am to meet the tuktuk driver who drove us there - felt safer with him because he’d have known what to do if we came across an elephant which apparently is not unheard of at this time of day🐘
Written January 28, 2024
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Kali M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Amazing view. Best place to visit in sigiriya area in sri lanka. Greate place to hikers. Low budget place. Good for photograph
Written January 23, 2024
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Angel
Gloucestershire, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We paid 1,000LKR at the entrance and went up without a guide. It’s up irregular rock steps until the last 50m or so when it becomes a tough bouldering challenge. We made it to the top and were rewarded by an incredible 360deg vista. Even if you decide not to go to the very top, it’s still worth going as far as the reclining Buddha. Not as commercial or busy as climbing Sigaria Rock and the benefit of seeing that landmark at eye level. Wear good walking shoes and clothes suitable for bouldering. We loved it.
Written January 20, 2024
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Sophie
London, UK21 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We visited on an overcast day to climb the rock, having read that this rock gave a good view over the main Lion’s Rock that people flock to Sigiriya to climb.

The rock was a lot cheaper to climb that it’s neighbour and offered good views from the top. The majority of the climb was ok, mainly with stone steps, however the last 10m (5 mins or so) were very much “off roading” with a moment where you need to pull yourself up an almost sheer sheet of rock with a rope.

Safe to say I bailed out on seeing this and left my partner to climb to the summit where the view of the other rock was. He reported that this last bit of the climb was treacherous and that people were being helped by guides and other more experienced climbers to get up and down.

As it was slightly damp when we climbed this made it a bit more of a tricky ascent, and we were offered a guide by the ticket office, which we think wouldn’t have been needed, until the last section mentioned above. But people were helping each other out here as it seemed dangerous - regardless of if you had a guide or not.

The views from the platform I stopped at (just prior to the peak with the laying Buddha) were nice, but you couldn’t see the Lion’s Rock.

Ladies need to have knees covered as there is a temple on the way up! You can borrow a cover from the ticket office for your ascent.

Overall, it was an ok experience, but not as easy as made out online and in the Lonely Planet, but by all accounts did give a great view of Lion’s Rock from the top.
Written January 13, 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

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