Our experience in Sri Lanka was a little up and down (full Sri Lanka guide coming soon), but climbing Sigiriya rock was undoubtedly the highlight of our trip.
James and I always seek out a viewpoint wherever we go. Standing 200 metres higher than the surrounding jungle, Sigiriya Rock (also known as Lion’s Rock) soon took its place as one of our favourite climbs!
Sigiriya is in Central Sri Lanka. We stayed at the Hotel Eden Garden and hired a tuk tuk driver for the day who dropped us there and back. The hotel was only about 15 minutes away. Buses also run to Sigiriya Rock from Dambulla and Sigiriya.
The entrance fee is 30USD each.
Climbing Sigiriya Rock:
The climb itself isn’t overly challenging, it is pretty much just loads of stairs of varying steepness.
However, it is quite nerve-wracking if you don’t like heights because you are literally scaling the side of an insanely huge rock. It is a serious case of DON’T LOOK DOWN, especially on the spiral staircase section of the climb.
If you’re relatively fit the climb won’t be a problem you might just get shaky calves like I did (unsurprising after over 1,200 stairs)! Even if you’re not fit at all it is still do-able it’ll just take a bit longer.
There are plenty of places that you can stop for a breather that will mean you’re not holding anybody up – we stopped for a little while at the Lion Gate platform before the final ascent to take some pictures. There were so many monkeys! Can you spot the baby in the photo?
- There is no shade at all on the walk so you’ll definitely want to load up on the water and suncream
- Maybe bring a hat too as it can get really scorching
- Climbing early in the morning or at sunset is the best option. We reached the top shortly before sunset and reached the bottom just as it was getting dark.
- It’s probably best to allow 3-4 hours for the whole trip if you don’t want to rush and will be spending time taking photos/enjoying the views.
- Although it is possible to do the walk in sandals, trainers are best.
- Watch your feet! During our walk, multiple dogs overtook us on the climb and made it right to the top!
If you look closely at the photo below you’ll be able to see some people climbing!
If you are planning a trip to Sri Lanka then I would definitely make time to climb Sigiriya. I enjoyed the challenge and the views were spectacular.