ADD TO LISTFew travelers make their way to Sigiriya when visiting Sri Lanka, and those that do usually stop to go see the Sigiriya Rock. Travelers tend to prefer to more popular destinations when visiting the area. If you do travel to Sigiriya, please add your favorite places in this Sigiriya travel guide.
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be sure to refuse the friendly local who will start telling you about the old palace at Sigiriya, as he will follow you, and at the end he will tell you that he is a guide, and does this for a living, and there are only 139 guides like him over there, and he will show you a badge, and ofcourse he will ask you for money. He will tel you that the tourists pay him about 20 dollars. I offered him 1000 rupee (150 rupee=1 euro), and he asked if i had any dollars, and he said 1000 rupee is not enough, but eventualy he took the money.
The Sigiriya Rock is one of the few historic sites in Sri Lanka where you can wear whatever you like. The locals climb the rock in flip flops but you should wear comfortable shoes. The terrain isn't that tough -- just lots, and lots of steps. The sun is pretty fierce so sunblock is essential.
Sigiriya mountain palace is a beautiful monument showing the old Sri lankan history. Be prepared to climb 1202 steps to the top of the mountain. The mirror wall and women paintings halway up are a real treasure. The countryside is green and bountiful. We had a wonderful time there.
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