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Review: Sigiriya - Lion Rock

Attraction - Sightseeing

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Wow! What a view!

  • By SilverTraveller Su

    91 reviews

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  • February 2019
  • Husband

85 people found this review helpful

We visited Lion Rock in Sri Lanka last February. We had already viewed what to expect from you tube! It looked stunning, and very steep, but certainly not to be missed, having traveled so far from UK to Sri Lanka.

We arrived fairly early in the morning, and our guide took us to the museum first to give us some idea of its history. Unfortunately this turned out to be the wrong decision because once we’d viewed everything in the museum, the humidity And temperatures had risen, and the prospect of climbing 1,200 steps to the top seemed daunting!
With grit determination we began our ascent. You were able to attempt the climb in three sections. The first bit with stone steps of varying condition. The next bit involved the viewing of frescoes painted on the walls of the rock. At this stage it was steep! Certainly worth seeing the frescoes.

The third stage was the scariest! We were at the level of the stone carved lions feet, the legs of the lion also just about recognised, but the head of the lion, now eroded away. The immense size of rather carving was amazing. We decided to do the final section, which were metal steps literally perched into the stone of the Lions Rock. I couldn’t look down through the steps or else I’d have felt dizzy! We carried on up and up along with many other pilgrims. Finally we reached the top! Was it worth it? Yes! The views were stunning. Uninterrupted views of beautiful Sri Lanka. Definitely recommended!

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Other Members' Thoughts - 3 Comment(s)

  • ESW
    over 1 year ago
    Thank you Su, that is very helpful. It sounds a fascinating place but not one to ascend in the heat of the midday sun!
  • Su
    over 1 year ago
    Another name for Lions Rock is Sigiriya. It’s located right in the centre of Sri Lanka.
    It originally was a 5th century city, anchored by a towering rock fortress, accessible by very steep stairs. There would have been a palace at the top originally.
    The frescoes are I think from 5th century, but not sure. They portray beautiful topless women! “ maidens of the clouds”
    Hope that answers your questions? We primarily went for the amazing view from the top which was stunning.
  • ESW
    over 1 year ago
    It's no gooid, I'm going to have to show my ignorance here - what exactly is the Lion Rock and why is it special? When were the frescoes painted and what are they of?