What is Sigiriya Rock

Sigiriya Rock in Sri Lanka is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres high

When is the best time to visit Sigiriya Rock?

It is best to come as early as possible in the morning (before 9 am), as the heat is stifling and there is some physical effort to climb Sigiriya all the stairs. Arriving first, you will also avoid the growing crowd to come sightseeing on the rock

How long does it take to travel from Dambulla to Sigiriya Rock?

Sigiriya Rock and Dambulla cave Temple are very close, and if you are motorized count between 15 and 20 minutes

How much does the entrance to Sigiriya Rock cost?

Entrance to Sigiriya Lion Rock Tourist Site costs $ 30 (LKR rate will change according to month’s exchange rate) 

What are the opening times to visit Sigiriya Rock?

The opening hours of Sigiriya Lion Rock are from 7am to 5.30pm every day. Better to arrive early in the morning before 9am because after there are many people, or to go there in the late afternoon around 16h

How long will it take to climb Sigiriya Lion Rock?

It takes between 1:30 and 2:00 hours to travel between Kandy and Sigiriya depending on the crowd and the fitness

How long does it take to travel from Kandy to Sigiriya Rock?

Only 90 kilometers separate Sigiriya Rock from Kandy, but it takes 2.5 hours to drive them

How many steps are there in Sigiriya Rock?

To the top of Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress, it is around 1200 steps

What is the last entry time to visit Sigiriya Rock?

The last entry time is 4.00 PM

Can I buy a ticket to Sigiriya Rock Online?

Yes you can. Click here to go to online purchasing portal

What to Wear to Climb Sigiriya Rock (women & men)?

Any dress would be okay because it is not a temple that you are visiting. Make sure you have a cap, hat, scarf to stay away from the sun and wear an appropriate pair of shoes to avoid sun burns.

How tall is the Sigiriya rock? What is the height of Sigiriya Rock?

The Sigiriya rock is around 660 feet tall

Are there any flights to Polonnaruwa from Sigiriya

There is no direct flights to Polonnaruwa. You need to go to Sigiriya domestic airport and then go to Polonnaruwa by another transport type

How to reach SIGIRIYA LION ROCK by train

The closest train station to Sigiriya Rock is Habarana Train Station. Click sigiriya by train for more details

It's advisable to start climbing either early morning or late afternoon to avoid intense midday heat