Climb the World-Famous Sigiriya Lion Rock, Sri Lanka

Climb the World-Famous Sigiriya Lion Rock, Sri Lanka

Lion Rock in Sigiriya is one of the most popular landmarks to visit during a route through Sri Lanka. The natural phenomenon is an enormous (200m) square shaped rock that looks like it’s placed there. Lion Rock is one of the eight UNESCO World Heritage sights in Sri Lanka and a must visit.

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Prepare yourself for a little challenge and conquer the 1200+ steps to the top. The climb is marked with good paths and stairs. The start at the terraces gardens gives you the most impressive perspective of the rock.

During your way up to a breather at Sigiriya Frescoes (old wall drawings), mirror wall and at the lion claws carved out of the rock which is right before the last climb.

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Once arrived at the top of Lion Rock enjoy the incredible 360 degrees view over the whole area. Every corner has its own unique view. Try to spot some areas you have just visited in Sri Lanka.

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Since Lion Rock in Sigiriya is one of, maybe even the, biggest attraction in the country they made the ticket prices (very) high for the Sri Lankan standards. The entrance fee per person is 4500 LKR which is around $30 USD.

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Best time to climb Lion Rock in Sigiriya

Lion Rock is recommended to climb from 7 AM to avoid the heat and crowd. The climb to the top will take about 45-minutes. Exploring the whole area around and on top of the rock will take you about 2 – 3 hours.

Tip: Wear good shoes and take drinking water.

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Bees and Monkeys at Lion Rock

A known issue at Lion Rock in Sigiriya is the bees and monkeys. Monkeys are sometimes walking around and try grabbing something hanging out of your bag. Just make sure everything is locked in your bag and you will be fine.

There is a sign bees sometimes get aggressive so you have to be careful. Don’t fly a drone for example! Though we never heard any crazy stories about the bees.

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Pidurangala Rock, an alternative to Lion Rock

If you like to see a different view of Lion Rock and save a lot of money than climb up Pidurangala Rock. The entrance is just 5 USD instead of 30 USD for the big Lion Rock. Both rocks are very impressive so try to climb both if you have the time.

Tip: Combine visiting Sigiriya Lion Rock together with Pollonaruwa

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