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Sigiriya, Sigiriya

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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 and other Sigiriya attractions into our Sigiriya itinerary app, and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • Myself and my husband are in our 50's and managed the climb up this in around 50 minutes. There were a few points where we stopped and took a break and some water. We did not find any of the steps.....  more »
  • This was our second time of climbing the rock having done it two years ago. Amazing place and every step is worth the effort. This attraction is vastly improved from our last visit however there was.....  more »
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