Sigiriya is the most popular tourist site in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya is an ancient rock fort located near the town of Dambulla and Referred as the Eighth Wonder of the World.
Sigiriya is the most visited tourist destination of Sri Lanka. UNESCO declared it a World Heritage site in 1982. Rock formed from magma of an extinct volcano and 200 meters higher than the surrounding jungles. The main entrance is located in the northern side of the rock and It was designed in the form of a huge stone lion.
Note : We do not advice to travel with small kids.
The gardens of Sigiriya are among the oldest gardens in the world and there are water gardens, cave gardens , boulder gardens, and terraced gardens.
Sigiriya’s opening hours are 7:00 am to 5:30 pm and I highly recommend try to begin climbing by 8 or before.
There are 1,200 steps before you reach the Lion Rock fortress on top of Sigiriya rock. There is a metal staircase attached to the side of the rock face
For ordinary climbers its taking 1 to 1.30 hours to climb and fitness level is required for climb.
Note : there is no cover on the climb so remember to wear sun cream
How To Reach
The cheapest way to get to Sigiriya is by bus. You can’t take the train as there is no station!
Bus : Go to the Colombo bus depo and take a bus to the Dambulla and then need to grab the bus to Sigiriya. Sigiriya is connected to the city of Dambulla by a regular bus service.
Travel Time : 5-6 hours
Travel Cost : $10
Car :Easiest way to reach Sigiriya from Colombo is by car.
Travel Time : 4 hours.
Travel Cost : $100
Local Food : Local food is tasty and prices are reasonable. There are many family run restaurants and they provide good and cheap food. You can try rice and fish/chicken curry with six different types of vegetables.