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Sigiriya Fortress, Sigiriya

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Must see · World heritage site · Ruin · Landmark
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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  • An awe inspiring place with sights thousands of years old so extensive and sophisticated. Good to have a guide or take half a day to read the signs explaining everything. The steps are steep and many....  more »
  • Sigiriya is situated in middle of Sri lanka. That kingdom built by king kashyapa. Sigiriya fresco is second to Indian ajantha fresco. Garden and rock surrounded by water cannels. that is famous place....  more »
  • A valuebal ancient place for all Sri Lankans...
  • Great place. You must visit. Best place to study the ancient urban planning and irrigation technologies. You must visit the museum. If not, your travel to this rock is not worthy. Climb up in morning and evening

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