Sigiriya is known for being one of the most beautiful places in Sri Lanka and it is also home to Lion Rock, one of its most impressive sights. This citadel sits in the dry zone of the country and used to be the capital of Sri Lanka in medieval times. Nowadays it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the most impressive attraction in the entire country.
Travelers flock here to come to Lion Rock or Sigiriya Rock, and it is best to visit in the early morning if you can. For one thing it will be cooler and there will also be less crowds, although don’t expect to have the rock to yourself at any time of the day. There are staircases that lead up the rock and it can be a tough climb to the top, but the views from the summit will make it worth the effort. You can also hire a guide at the bottom if you want who will fill you in on the history of the area as you go. Be aware that there are lots of monkeys on the rock so take care of your possessions as they have a reputation for being masters in snatching things.
Lion Rock can be crowded and a trip to the top can be less than relaxing, so with that in mind you may prefer to climb neighboring Pidurangala Rock instead. The beauty of this is that from the top you will get beautiful views over to Lion Rock which you won’t get if you actually climb it. It’s also a cheaper option as the fees to climb Pidurangala Rock are more reasonable and it is much quieter with fewer visitors. This means that you can have a more relaxed and authentic visit here.
People mainly come to Sigiriya in order to see the rock formations here. With that in mind, Lion Rock is one of the most famous sights in Sri Lanka and is a bit like Uluru or Ayers Rock in Australia. Sigiriya is now made up of the ruins of an ancient rock fortress, where once a royal palace would have sat on top of Lion Rock, and although there is little left of this once grand site, the views from the top are spectacular.