Climb the World-Famous Sigiriya Lion Rock, Sri Lanka

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 sites and is a must visit in Sri Lanka.

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Prepare yourself for a little challenge and conquer the 1200+ steps to the top. Don’t get scared, this is an absolute must do in Sri Lanka! 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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  • Rahul Gangwani

    I am planning a short vacation in the month of May 2020 for about 6/7 days. What would your suggestions be?

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi Rahul! At this time of the year, the dry season is on the north and east coast of Sri Lanka. If you want beach, then head to Arugam Bay and Trincomalee. For nature you can go to Yala Safari park, see Sigiriya rock or go to Ella. If you want to see a different side of Sri Lanka, you could make the trip north to Jaffna, which has a totally different feel/culture/cuisine. With 1 week you are quite tight for time, so maybe just choose 2 of the places (for instance Arugam bay and yala safari as they are close to each other). Have an amazing time!

  • Hey, awesome posts about Sri Lanka but i got lost where to go from all those beautiful places. I’ve only got 9 nights to explore Sri Lanka,,, so can you recommend a shorter route to take and the must sees plzzzzzz :)
    P.S. I will be there from 1-10 Nov and I’m a solo traveller.
    Appreciate your kind help really.

    • Salt in our Hair

      Hi there, thanks for your comment! November is quite a good month to visit as its the shoulder month between the two wet seasons ( south/ west and north/east) so there could be rain and sun in all areas of the country but its a nice time to visit before it gets really busy in december. This means you could choose to go anywhere in Sri Lanka really, so as you have 9 nights we’d suggest maybe either choosing central/south (Sigiriya, Kandy to Ella trainride, Mirissa and Unawatuna) OR choosing central/east (Sigiriya, Kandy to Ella train ride, Arugam Bay and Yala National Park). The first option is more relaxed beach vibe whereas the second option is more safari/ surf. Both options have beautiful beaches! Hope this helps and enjoy your trip!

  • Akeeth Fernando

    yo i found one of your stickers while climbing Pidurangala Rock and it’s still there

    • Salt in our Hair

      haha this is awesome!We only put it there a few weeks ago ? Hope you enjoyed Pidurangala Rock!

  • Caroline Helbig

    You have a great set of posts on Sri Lanka; thanks for all the useful info. We will be visiting in March/April. We’d like to visit Dambulla, Sigiriya, Polonnaruwa and possibly one of the nearby parks. Is it best to select one place as a base for 3-4 days and then do day trips, or move around? Any recommendations. Thanks!

  • Hey, if you are planning on climbing sigiriya rock where is best to stay?

  • Which preset did you use for these shots?

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