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climbing Sigiriya Rock

It will take approximately 1 1/2 – 2 hours to climb Sigiriya Rock. Climbing Sigiriya Lion Rock is moderately difficult.

During your Sigiriya Rock climb you will enter into 8 main areas as mentioned below.

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Climb to
BOULDER GARDENS

( 5 to 10 Minutes )

The first stage of your climb sigiriya rock starts at the end of the Fountain Gardens and up to the Boulder Gardens. There are just a few steps that are easy to climb. Many large boulders have rock -shelters beneath them. These were once colorfully decorated. Several platforms in this vicinity may have contained many large open-air pavilions.

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Climb to
TERRACED GARDENS

( 15 to 20 Minutes )

Entering the Boulder Garden via a series of idyllic stairways, some through leaning boulders, you walk towards the Terraced Gardens. More small caves dot the area. These were once richly decorated and furnished with benches for visitors to rest and admire the surroundings. On top of almost every boulder was a gazebo

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Climb to
MIRROR WALL

( 15 to 20 Minutes )

The first stage of the challenging climb sigiriya rock, commences through the Terraced Gardens. There are two massive brick stairways leading up through several terraces to the Zig-zag staircase. This grand staircase leads to the Mirror Wall. At the top of the Zig-zag stairs is a platform where you can catch your breath and admire the scenery

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Climb to
SIGIRIYA FRESCOES

( 10 to 15 Minutes )

A narrow spiral metal staircase from the Mirror Wall walkway leads up to the Sigiriya Frescoes located 20 meters above. Painted over 1600 years ago, the frescoes depict the ladies of King Kasyapa’s harem. Dressed in beautiful garments and the finest jewelry, they are well worth your effort to see.

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Things to do in Sigiriya

Climb to
LION STAIRCASE

( 10 to 20 Minutes )

A narrow spiral metal staircase from the Mirror Wall walkway leads up to the Sigiriya Frescoes located 20 meters above. Painted over 1600 years ago, the frescoes depict the ladies of King Kasyapa’s harem. Dressed in beautiful garments and the finest jewelry, they are well worth your effort to see.

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Things to do in Sigiriya

Climb to
SKY PALACE

( 15 to 25 Minutes )

This is the most difficult part of the climb sigiriya rock and may give you jelly-knees and vertigo as you climb up a narrow steel gantry on the exposed side to the rock to the Summit If you look below you, you will see the grooves carved into the rock surface by the ancient builders to provide the footing for the original staircase.

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Things to do in Sigiriya

on the summit
-the palace

( 20 to 30 Minutes )

You have finally made it. You are now on top of Sigiriya Rock. Looks around you and marvel at the magnitude of the ruins the Sky Palace around you. Image how ancient workers built this structure. They, too, would have had to climb this massive rock to construct a Sky Palace worthy of their king.

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CLIMBING DOWN
SIGIRIYA

( 30 to 45 Minutes )

The climb down is not as strenuous as the climb up. Climb sigiriya rock is a must do activity in Sigiriya.

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

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