Sigiriya Rock Fortress


Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Spiritual adventure with spectacular views

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This ancient rock fortress is a mesmerising sight today, so imagine its impact when the entrance originally took the form of a giant lion's mouth. Built on and around a towering 200-metre-high rock, this is just one of Sri Lanka's World Heritage Sites. Constructed in the 5th century on the command of King Kasyapa, you can discover the astonishing remains of a palace, surrounded by lush gardens, pools and fountains, with hundreds of square metres of the rock which were once covered with frescoes, many of which are still visible today. The lion's paws which stood either side still remain along with the gardens, pools and fountains at the top. The views from the top are spectacular and well worth the effort of climbing the many stairs.

Referred to by locals as the Eighth Wonder of the World, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a must-see when visiting Sri Lanka. The astonishing views will take your breath away. 

Essential Information

  • Hours: 
    07:00 - 17:30
  • Guide Price:  $15 ($7.50 child)
  • Useful Information:  There are 1200 steps to reach the top of Sigiriya, the equivalent of climbing a 60 storey building. The ideal time to climb is before 10:00 as temperatures are cooler. You can climb solo or with a local guide.

Top Tips from our Experts

"Visit and climb Sigiriya as part of a guided tour around Sri Lanka. Surrounded by the historic Polonnaruwa and Minneriya national park, you can easily spend a few days in the area exploring".