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Trip Starting From: Dambulla
Trip Location: Dambulla
Highlights of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress Tour:
Experience a rush of adrenaline at the Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Colombo, also known as the Lion’s Rock Fortress. The fortress has been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
- Our representative will pick you up between 5:00 am to 5:40 am and will drive you to the destination in a luxurious, air-conditioned car and you will get to witness the picturesque beauty of the drive from a comfortable position.
- Sigiriya is also known as the 8th wonder because of its significance in the archaeological department. The ancient palace and fortress complex attracts historians and archaeologists from all over the world.
- Witness the beauty of the charming water gardens, curved tanks and bathing pools at the entrance.
- The daunting task of scaling the 1200 steps of Sigiriya rock climb may seem arduous at first, but it is definitely rewarding because of the remarkable landscape that awaits you at the top of the Lion-esque structure.
- You will also get to witness the
local culture of Sri Lanka on this tour. Take a trip to the nearby Hiriwadunna
hamlet and experience the village life in all its glory.
- Take a ride on a bullock cart through the dusty roads, take a cooking class and learn about the local delicacies, and enjoy a fishing trip to the nearby pond.
- After that you will be dropped at 8:00 pm to your respective hotel.
About the Sigiriya Rock Fortress:
Embark on a journey of a lifetime at the stunning Sigiriya rock fortress, locally known as the eighth wonder of the world. Tucked away between the charming towns of Dambulla and Habarana and perched on a rocky nearly 400 above the sea level, Lion’s Rock fortress is a mesmerizing sight that will leave you speechless. The main entrance is flanked by symmetrical water gardens and tiny islands.
For the truly adventurous, the 1200 steps climb will bring you to the top of the fortress where you get to witness the remarkable landscape of the city. Halfway to the top, there is a gallery featuring paintings of beautiful women locals believe to be apsaras or celestial nymphs.
- Car (up to 3 people): Toyota Axio, Prius Hybrid or similar
- Mini Van (4-7 people): Toyota KDH/Nissan Caravan or similar
Pick Up Schedule:
- 5:00 am hotel pick up from Negombo (An additional supplement cost is to be paid for pick ups from Negombo)
- 5:40 am hotel pick up from within Colombo city limits
IMPORTANT: Please carry your own water bottle for climbing up the Sigiriya hill as it may not be available around the fortress
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How long does it take to climb Sigiriya rock?
If you opt to scale the Sigiriya rock climb on your own, it may take you 3-4 hours to climb up the 1200 steps, depending on your speed. It is not advisable to climb the rock in one go. To avoid dehydration and fatigue, break the climb into sections and enjoy the panoramic views on your way to the top. Drink plenty of water too.
What is the best time to climb Sigiriya Rock Fortress?
To avoid harsh sunlight and scorching heat, it is advisable to begin your journey uphill at the earliest possible time in the morning. Our itinerary is planned in such a way that you will arrive at Sigiriya at 9.30 am, after which you will begin your ascent uphill. This will help you avoid the scorching heat that hits the region around midday.
The climb to the top is moderately difficult, and there is no overhead protection from the sun, so it is best to plan your climb early during the day.
Is it safe to trek on Sigiriya Rock Fortress?
Hundreds of tourists hike to the top of the fortress every day, so yes, it is completely safe. There are several resting stops during the climb where you can take a few minutes to catch your breath. There are a few hornet nests along the side of the rock wall, and signboards have been placed warning people to not disturb the hornets.
It is advisable to sit down on the steps and stay quiet when they fly out, but that rarely happens. In conclusion, the trek is completely safe, if only a little arduous.
How do you get to Sigiriya?
Sigiriya Rock Fortress is about 177 kilometers away from Colombo, and the main mode of transportation is via road. You can hire a taxi or take a bus to the destination. It will take you about 4-5 hours to get to Sigiriya from Colombo. There is also a railway station at Habarana which is 15 kilometers away from Sigiriya. However, if you book the tour with us, you will be picked up by our driver from your hotel or desired pick up point within the city. You will then be driven to Sigiriya.
What we can see while trekking on Sigiriya rock?
The climb is broken into sections of 20 steps at a time, and there are several places that act as resting pads. Witness the beautiful landscape of the city on your way up, and take plenty of photos. The emerald green forests stretch out as far as the eye can see. The eye pleasing vistas are just as rejuvenating for the mind.
Halfway up the climb, you will get to witness the famous frescoes - paintings of busty women in an iconic gallery.
Originally, there were nearly 500 paintings, but now only 21 survive. The paintings are believed to be Kasyapa's consorts, although modern historians believe they are apsaras. Once you get past the gallery, the pathway runs to the Mirror Wall, about which legends say that it was once so well polished with lime, eggs, beeswax, and honey that people could see their reflection in it.
How many steps are there on Sigiriya rock?
You will need to ascend nearly 1200 steps to reach the top of the Lion’s Rock Fortress. Most of the stairs are carved out of stone, so you do not have to be an experienced hiker to scale the height. There are several resting platforms on the way. You will also have to cross a metal rail on your way upstairs. The last few steps to the stop are steeper than the rest, so be careful while climbing this section.
What is Sigiriya famous for?
Sigiriya rock climb is famous for its archaeological significance, beautiful water gardens, and the gallery featuring Kasayapa’s consorts.
What is the height of Sigiriya rock?
The top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress is 370 meters above sea level and 200 meters above the surrounding region.
Can I camp at Sigiriya rock?
There is no camping allowed on the rock itself, but there are several camping sites nearby where you can book your stay.
What type of rock is Sigiriya?
Sigriya rock is formed by the hardening of magma at the top of a volcano that is no longer active. Nearly 2 billion years ago, the region was full of active volcanoes and the molten lava that surfaced on the earth gave rise to several rock formations, including Sigiriya.
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