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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  • It took us several hours to reach there. A long, tiring climb, surrounded by a huge crowd. Of course, you’re treated with an amazingly beautiful view from the top. Just be prepared to be jostled a...  more »
  • We started in the morning and that is the best time before the sun makes it warmer. Make sure you have a good guide with you to give an insight into the place. Not for the faint-hearted though.  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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