Sigiriya Lion Rock

Sigiriya Lion Rock

Highlights & Features

  • Ascend the 200m ancient rock fortress of Sigiriya with your knowledgeable host
  • One of the first locations in Sri Lanka to be a UNESCO World Heritage Site (1982)
  • Learn the historical and archaeological significance of the 5th century citadel
  • Includes: Host, sarongs, socks, water
  • Times: 6+ years
  • Children: Conservative dress/flip flops
  • Wear/bring: 2.5 hours, 8:00am - 10:30am
The Full Experience

From lavish lower gardens to fresco-ed walls and countless steps, explore this celebrated pillar of rock which rises above the soul-soothing surrounding scenery.

Formerly King Kasyapa's capital and palace, Sigiriya is a fine example of ancient urban planning.  Hear mysteries of the fortress and its impressive construction. Stroll in some of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world and past unique features like the mirror wall. So highly polished was this, the king could see himself as he walked by.  Over the centuries graffiti became commonplace – some, quite entertaining.  Find small examples of colorful frescoes which once covered the western side of Sigiriya, or “Lion Rock”, derived from a plateau where once a huge stone lion sat, guarding the gateway to the top.  See the remnants as you climb! 

Hosted by Kandyan

Your host has lived in Kandy his whole life, growing up and studying here before starting his own family. He has seen the city change much over the years and has an excellent grasp of local culture and Sri Lankan history. His easy-going style lends itself well to guiding others around his country and in 2014 he obtained his guiding license specializing in personalized travel and Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle.

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