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Sigiriya World Heritage Site
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US$599.00*
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8-Day Sri Lanka Classic Tour
Ranked #3 of 8 things to do in Sigiriya
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Reviewed 6 April 2018

We climb up here in the late afternoon - a good choice not too many people as all the buses had left for the day. A bit of a climb for us older citizens but was actually easier that I expected and although narrow it was very well maintained. The views for the top were amazing - evening is a good time to go. Using one's imagination it is not difficult to imagine what an amazing place this was at the height of the civilisation. We did not have any of the issues mentioned by other reviewers eg being hassled, however that may be because of the way we handle it - around the world this is not an unusual experience. Would thoroughly recommend this experience unless you are really scared of heights but if possible make the climb.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018

$30 entrance allows you to walk up hundreds of steps to the top of a rock without any signs. On the way up my spouse was man-handled by 2 men grabbing her upper arms against her repeated protests. In addition, you will be told you cannot photograph (even without flash) some wall paintings. My response to this was "for $30 I can enter any major museum in the world and be allowed to take photographs". At the top there are no signs of where to exit.

Save your time, effort, enjoyment, money for other wonderful Sri Lankan sites. A total Sri Lankan Government rip-off.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

it is worth it once if you have a few dollars and time to spare. On the road to Sigriya from Dambulla look out on the left for the board saying 'entrance for foreigners only'. It will take you Entrance cost is USD 30. The climb is very much doable by even a not so fit person. Pick up the site map with numbered landmarks from the information centre near the ticket booth and read the numbered plaques at the site; you will not need a guide. The top is literally ruins or hardly any ruins left, but the view is breathtaking. A great photo opportunity. Be prepared for the heat and queues. To beat both, it is better to do in the early part of the morning. Carry enough water. The museum is like a children's school project, a waste of time. Public conveniences are few and poorly maintained.

Thank jpgayan
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

The ancient kingdom of Sigiriya is amazing! Its a UNESCO world heritage site and well worth the visit. Our resort in Habarana organised the trip and recommended we travel in the early morning. It opens at 7am. We travelled by tuk tuk. Some of the climb is single file and it gets hot so try and beat the tour buses. It is a big challenge for those of us who are scared of heights and there some unscrupulous locals who target you. We were approached by a man at lions rock entry (apparently they target anyone not in a tour group with a guide). He flashed a badge saying he was an official but we now know it was fake. He wouldn't leave our side even when we reached the top. We gave him a tip equivalent to $10 Australian which he said wasn't enough. He then demanded more money and in Australian currency. I really don't want to be saying anything negative but people need to be warned. The problem is that locals rightly pay a token fee to get in making it an easy scam for some. Please don't let this warning put you off going to what is otherwise a magnificent site.

Thank Teamdunn
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Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

Sigiriya is definitely worth the climb but just make sure you go early! There's only one way up, and down, for most parts so steps can get very busy; we timed it so that it was just starting to fill up - a bit too much for our liking - on our descent. I'm scared of heights but was ok for the vast majority of the climb; the worst bit is climbing to the highest point at the end due to the gaps in the steps - don't look down!

Thank Emma M
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