Sigiriya Lion Rock

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placeSigiriya, Sri Lanka
phone+94 66 2 231815


Waruna Manjula

Sigiriya or Simhagiri (Lion Rock Sinhalese: සීගිරිය, Tamil: சிகிரியா, pronounced see-gi-ri-yə) is an ancient rock fortress located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure —Sīhāgiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning. It is the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka.

Rémi Preghenella

Well worth a visit. The climb is easy, even with 2 young kids. If you have time, check out the museum. Nice idea to build it around the growing vegetation!

Petr Kolesa

Amazing place, great views. Come early morning or in the evening (avoid Sundays) to avoid long queues. Entrance for foreigners is expensive (30 USD)

Iacopo Florio

Wonderful view both from the top and the bottom. It is pretty expensive for tourists, but still a must have. The paintings are great, the bees might be a little problem. Very nice!

Mike Koetzner

Loved the place. Views are stunning and it has a great story to tell. Definitely get a tour guide as they make the whole experience much more worth it. If you can time it to reach the top in the evening sun you'll be rewarded with views you won't forget. As a cultural site/monument it is among the better ones I have visited but one warning. The entrance fee for tourists is set at roughly 30 USD. We weren't aware of this beforehand and grudgingly paid. Even in developed countries I'd rarely pay that much for a cultural site and considering locals pay less than 50ct it does feel weird. Should you go and pay? Well. You won't be happy about the entrance fee but you won't be frustrated and disappointed either.
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