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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Cave
“The Lion Rock of Sigiriya is one of the most famous highlights in Sri Lanka. The photogenic rock is over 200 meters high and is on the UNESCO World Heritage List. On top of this rock stood the palace of King Kasyapa in the 5th century. You can still see the ruins of the palace at the top, from where you have an amazing view over the vast green jungle. The rock owes its name to the lion, carved in stone, which guards the stairs. Now only the legs are left. At the foot of the rock you will find beautifully landscaped gardens, canals, a small museum and countless monkeys roaming around. The climb up, via almost 1900 steps, is tough but well worth it. Halfway up you can make a stop at the well-preserved murals of undressed women and at a smoothly polished mirror wall in which the king could admire himself. Travel tips Sigiriya Visit Sigiriya early in the morning when it is still cool. The climb is even harder in the afternoon heat. Although the late afternoon is a bit quieter in terms of visitors. From Colombo and Kandy you can also book a full day tour to Sigiriya, often including a visit to the Dambulla Cave Temples. Take into account crowds and a fairly hefty entrance fee of approximately $ 30. Best hotels Sigiriya Budget: Sigiri Tarushan Home Stay Homestay: Sigiriya Peacock Homestay Mid-range: Sigiriya Riverside Villa with normal rooms and tree houses! Comfortable luxury: Hotel Sigiriya ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Pidurangala is a massive rock formation located a few kilometers north of Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. It has an interesting history closely related to that of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Climbing to the top of Pidurangala rock”
  • 10 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Within these five caves is housed a collection of 157 valuable images of the Buddha and Bodhisatta etc. Inside the caves the rock surfaces, ceiling and side walls are covered with paintings....”
  • 19 locals recommend
Premise
  • 1 local recommends
Lodging
“The beautiful Royal Rock Temple complex sits about 160m above the road in the southern part of Dambulla. Reachable by stairs. The five separate caves contain about 150 stunning Buddha statues and paintings, some of Sri Lanka's most important and evocative religious art. The entrance fee is around $10 dollar, depending on low or high season. ”
  • 3 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“very nice neutral lake ,good fro swim and jogging , and early morning see the sunrise is very well , boot trip ,fishing tour ,safari is very nice ”
  • 2 locals recommend
Country
“If you are visiting the cultural and religious sites, it is a must that you wear appropriate clothing. Gents are required to wear trousers to cover their knees or a “sarong” with a shirt or T-shirt. Ladies should ideally wear decent attire such as a trouser or a skirt to cover the knees and a blouse or T-shirt. It may not be advisable for ladies to wear deep necked or a sleeveless top.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Sigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres high. ”
  • 17 locals recommend
Establishment
“Was named one of the world wonders. It is also known as Lions Rock in foreign countries.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Natural Feature
  • 1 local recommends

Top restaurants

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Restaurant
“In Dambulla Town Centre: Fast take-away food, very good rice & curry ad other local dishes as well as some Western dishes. can eat in or take away!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Spa
  • 1 local recommends
Sri Lankan Restaurant
Asian Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
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