Sigiriya in Sri Lanka

Sigiriya is a large stone and ancient rock fortress and palace ruin in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. A popular tourist destination, Sigiriya is also renowned for its ancient paintings. It is one of the eight World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.

Entrance fee to the Ancient City of Sigiriya is 3600 LKR (or $30) as of March 2012. It is highly recommended that you buy or take water with you before you enter Sigiriya, the journey takes about one and half hour, you will sweat and be very thirsty and tired, and there is inside no sellings, only on the exit. On the entrance, and also bit inside, someone may ask you for a guide for 1500 LKR or even $15 (but $10 is fine as well). This is helpful also if you are travelling alone and want make pictures, because he can help you.

You’ll have a chance to join locals making the pilgrimage to the top along the narrow spiral stairs and walkways. Along the way, you will be able enjoy the rather saucy frescos and the famous “Mirror Wall”. Aim to reach the top to enjoy the sunrise and the breathtaking view.

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