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Sigiriya Rock Fortress Tours

Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Looming 656 feet (200 meters) above central Sri Lanka, the UNESCO-protected Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a sheer volcanic outcrop crowned by a ruined fortress. Come to admire its wall frescoes, and experience the relics and bird’s-eye views at the summit. 
 
The Basics 
If exploring independently, you’ll need to purchase an admission ticket that grants you access to the small museum, the gardens, and the 1,200 steps that lead to the summit. Tours—which typically depart from Kandy, Ella, Colombo, and Negombo—allow you to skip the hassle of public transport and often cover other must-sees sights such as the Dambulla Cave Temples and Polonnaruwa. Other options include Sigiriya-and-wildlife-safari combos, skip-the-line admission tickets, and self-guided tours on mobile apps.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Allow about 2-3 hours to climb, explore, and descend.
  • The rock is not wheelchair- or stroller-accessible.
  • Bring bottled water, a sunhat, and sunscreen: there’s no shade and the climb can be very hot.
  • Wear sturdy shoes to negotiate the sometimes uneven steps.

How to Get There
Sigiriya Rock lies northeast of Dambulla in Sri Lanka’s heartlands. Buses from Dambulla and trains from Colombo stop at Habarana, which is a 20-minute cab ride away. Easier by far are tours that include return transport and a driver-guide. If you’re driving from Colombo, take the A6 and B162 roads. 

When to Get There
Sigiriya is open daily from early morning to late afternoon, and can get crowded during weekends and public holidays, when crowds climbing the steps can move in slow single file. To avoid the worst crowds and midday heat, arrive at opening time. 
 
Climbing the Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Most travelers report that the climb up the rock isn’t as strenuous as it appears, although you need to be relatively fit to manage it. On the way, don’t miss the still-vivid 5th-century frescoes of damsels painted on the rock wall and the Mirror Wall, inscribed with graffiti dating as far back as the 7th century. The final stairway to the summit is framed by two gigantic stone paws while at the top sits the 5th-century palace-fortress of King Kassapa I. 
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45 Tours and Activities to Experience Sigiriya Rock Fortress

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Sigiriya Rock Fortress Entrance Ticket

Sigiriya Rock Fortress Entrance Ticket

Towering 600-odd feet (180 meters) above the plains, fifth-century Sigiriya Rock Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Sri Lanka’s top attractions. This convenient service lets you book your ticket in advance and skip the purchasing lines: Just exchange your online voucher for your ticket on arrival. Upgrade for a guided tour to learn even more.
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  • 2 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$63.34
Price varies by group size
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$63.34
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Dambulla And Sigiriya Day Tour

Dambulla And Sigiriya Day Tour

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A day tour of Sigiriya and Dambulla will suffice for you to explore Sri Lanka’s Majestic past. Leave about 6.00 a.m., enjoy the scenic four hour drive to your destination, explore the two cities. See the Golden Rock, a cave temple which dates back to the 1st Century B.C. Sigiriya – visit the renowned Rock Fortress of Sigiriya, which tells a tale of power, intrigue and tragedy.
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  • 10 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$64.00
per group
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$64.00
per group

Sigiriya and Cave Temple with Pidurangala Rock - Full Day Private Tour

Sigiriya and Cave Temple with Pidurangala Rock - Full Day Private Tour

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On this full-day tour, you’ll visit four of the region’s most highly rated attractions. See centuries-old Buddhist cave temples in UNESCO-listed Dambulla, climb to the top of the lion-shaped rock fortress of Sigiriya, and brave a much more strenuous hike to the summit of Pidurangala, a massive rock formation. You’ll also visit an elephant orphanage for a close-up peek at the larger-than-life rescues.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$44.74
Price varies by group size
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$44.74
Price varies by group size

Private Day Trip to Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temple

Private Day Trip to Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temple

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Explore the cave temple complexes at Sigiriya and Dambulla on this full-day tour. Depart from your hotel in a private air-conditioned vehicle with a driver-guide and head to Dambulla Cave Temple. After some time there, continue to Sigiriya Rock Fortress and admire the lion-shaped rocks and cave temples. At the end of the day, return to your hotel.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$36.00
Price varies by group size
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$36.00
Price varies by group size

 Day tour from Kandy to Sigiriya,Pidurangala Rock & Cave Temple.

Day tour from Kandy to Sigiriya,Pidurangala Rock & Cave Temple.

Depart Kandy for a three-part tour that combines a visit to the Dambulla Cave Temple with a journey to the top the ancient Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Pidurangala Rock. This tour melds Sri Lanka’s lush scenery and dynamic history on a trip ideal for culture enthusiasts and adventure lovers. The trip culminates with a challenging, yet rewarding, guided hike to the top of Pidurangala Rock.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$48.10
Price varies by group size
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$48.10
Price varies by group size

Full Day Tour To Sigiriya Rock Fortress And Ancient City Of Polonnaruwa

Full Day Tour To Sigiriya Rock Fortress And Ancient City Of Polonnaruwa

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We Will Make your day trip unique and specialized , and safeguard from hidden dangers. in this Tour. We will send a experience and expert driver with good quality of conditioned car or van, who will drive you carefully Between This Attractions, well expert in activities, trustworthy of your day tour. first visit to Sigiriya Lion Rock which you will climb to reach the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. And after the lunch visit to Polonnaruwa UNESCO world heritage site.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$45.00
Price varies by group size
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$45.00
Price varies by group size

Day Tour from Colombo to Sigiriya, Pidurangala Rock & National park safari

Day Tour from Colombo to Sigiriya, Pidurangala Rock & National park safari

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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 is more strenuous than climbing Sigiriya. If you are fit and adventurous it is a climb worth making. It will take you about two hours. There is far less to see on this site than Sigiriya. Minneriya safari takes you on an exclusive ride through the Minneriya National Park which is highly famed for its elephants and wildlife.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$67.11
Price varies by group size
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$67.11
Price varies by group size

Sigiriya Day Tour

Sigiriya Day Tour

A mountain of legend and myth. A multi-topped tangle of geological wonder and wildlife. And most of all, a wonderful place to walk.It’s hard to get your head around the timescales here,
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  • 3 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$22.37
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$22.37

Day Tour to Sigiriya

Day Tour to Sigiriya

Would you like to experience climbing a gigantic lion while you are holidaying in Sri Lanka? A MUST DO trip in the beautiful country. How about going around the beautiful Hiriwadunna Village located in Habarana on a bullock cart alongside paddy fields where you will enjoy an authentic Sri Lankan lunch in a traditional Sri Lankan mud house? This is once in a lifetime experience that you will never want to miss! A lifetime opportunity to be emerged in the nature and culture of real Sri Lanka within a da
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  • 13 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$105.27
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$105.27

Private Day Tour from Kandy to Sigiriya,Pidurangala Rock with Cave Temple

Private Day Tour from Kandy to Sigiriya,Pidurangala Rock with Cave Temple

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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 is more strenuous than climbing Sigiriya. If you are fit and adventurous it is a climb worth making. It will take you about two hours. There is far less to see on this site than Sigiriya
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$52.64
Price varies by group size
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$52.64
Price varies by group size

Sigiriya Lion Rock & Evening Jeep Safari

Sigiriya Lion Rock & Evening Jeep Safari

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This tour will give you a two-hour study of the ancient Sri Lankan fortress, Sigiriya. You will be able to learn about the technology used by the kings of Sri Lanka in the past and enjoy the beauty of the environment.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$60.00
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$60.00

A Full-day Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Tour.

A Full-day Sigiriya and Dambulla Private Tour.

We give a friendly tour that will good for adults as well as children. Travelers can enjoy what they want on the way. Travelers can stop at any place that they feel good for looking.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.85
per group
From
$111.85
per group

Sigiriya & Dambulla City Day Tour

Sigiriya & Dambulla City Day Tour

Sigiriya or Sinhagiri (Lion Rock Sinhala: සීගිරිය, Tamil: சிகிரியா, pronounced see-gi-ri-yə) 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 (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kashyapa (477 – 495 CE)
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$63.16
per group
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$63.16
per group

6-Day Sri Lanka Heritage Private Tour

6-Day Sri Lanka Heritage Private Tour

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During this 6 day tour, you will visit many important and must see sights that everyone should visit during their time in Sri Lanka.
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  • 6 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$637.50
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$637.50

Sri Muthumariamman Temple & Sigiriya Day Tours

Sri Muthumariamman Temple & Sigiriya Day Tours

The guests will be provided with good quality, comfortable vehicles (vehicle type depends on the number of people) with a driver-guide to help with your tour to Sigiriya. There are four attraction places during this tour. But not limited to those places. Guide will be provide all the information about the places visit. (Sigiriya Rock , Dambulla Cave Temple, Dambulla Golden Temple, Matale Spice Garden and Sri Muthumari Amman Temple)
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
per group
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$80.00
per group

Sigiriya & Dambulla Private Day Tour from Colombo

Sigiriya & Dambulla Private Day Tour from Colombo

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If you have time for one day trip from Colombo, Sigiriya Rock should top your list. You can enjoy the scenery on the journey instead of fussing with driving and directions. You'll visit the Dambulla Cave Temple, and the UNESCO-listed Sigiriya Rock Fortress. Along the way, listen to in-depth commentary from your guide tailored to your interests.
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  • 12 to 14 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
Price varies by group size
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$80.00
Price varies by group size

Sri Lanka Tour to 3 days Kandy, Nuwara Eliya & Sigiriya from Colombo

Sri Lanka Tour to 3 days Kandy, Nuwara Eliya & Sigiriya from Colombo

During this tour, you will be visiting cities of Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and Sigiriya, where you will go to must see sights of these areas. We are sure you will enjoy this tour greatly
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  • 3 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$270.66
Price varies by group size
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$270.66
Price varies by group size

All Inclusive Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples Private Day Trip

All Inclusive Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Dambulla Cave Temples Private Day Trip

Book your required tour option and after early-morning pickup from your Colombo, Negombo, Mount Lavinia, Kandy, or Kalutara hotel, make the journey to Sigiriya by private air-conditioned vehicle. Marvel at Sigiriya Rock, a granite outcrop rising from scrubland areas that transform into water gardens during the rainy season. Then, climb the metal steps to the rocktop: home to a ruined fifth-century fortress. View the frescoes en route and explore the relics on the summit, the remnants of a royal citadel built by King Kasyapa. After lunch at a local restaurant, visit the UNESCO-listed Rock Temple of Dambulla: five hill caves converted into a temple in the first century BC and filled with Buddha statues. Inspect the caves with their stunning wall and ceiling murals as your guide shares Dambulla's history. Your trip finishes at the original departure point.
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  • 12 to 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$150.00
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$150.00
Taking safety measures

Sigiriya Lions Rock & Dambulla Cave Temples day trip from Negombo

Sigiriya Lions Rock & Dambulla Cave Temples day trip from Negombo

Visiting the Sigiriya Lions Rock and Dambulla Cave Temples from Negombo can’t be done by public transport. Constructed for explorers who want to view both sites in a day without the bustle of a tour group, this private trip covers both by private air-conditioned vehicle. See Sigiriya’s 5th-century ruins and frescoes, and explore Dambulla’s icon-filled caves with a guide to uncover their history. Admissions and lunch at your own expense.
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  • 10 hours
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$45.27
Price varies by group size
From
$45.27
Price varies by group size

Day Tour from Kandy to Sigiriya, Cave temple & Pidurangala Rock

Day Tour from Kandy to Sigiriya, Cave temple & Pidurangala Rock

Sigiriya Rock fortress and Dambulla Cave Temple are two of Sri Lanka’s top sights, but impossible to visit by public transport. This private tour from kandy to takes you to both in a day by private air-conditioned Luxury vehicle. Explore Sigiriya’s fifth-century rock top ruins and visit Dambulla Buddha-filled caves. In the morning around 7.00 am after breakfast our Driver will pickup from your Hotel in kandy, and 2 hr Drive To Sigiriya Rock Fortress by private air-conditioned vehicle.Marvel at Sigiriya Rock, a granite outcrop rising from scrub land areas that transform into water gardens during the rainy season. Then, climb the metal steps to the rock top, home to a ruined fifth-century fortress. View the frescoes en route and explore the relics on the summit, the remnants of a royal citadel built by King Kasyapa.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$57.90
Price varies by group size
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$57.90
Price varies by group size

4 Days Tour To Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Dambulla & Anuradhapura From Negombo

4 Days Tour To Kandy, Nuwara Eliya, Dambulla & Anuradhapura From Negombo

During this 4 Day tour you will be visiting many of the famous and cultural areas in Sri Lanka which everyone should visit during their time in this beautiful country
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$218.10
Price varies by group size
From
$218.10
Price varies by group size

4-Day Essence of Sri Lanka Tour

4-Day Essence of Sri Lanka Tour

During this 4 - Day Essence of Sri Lanka tour you will going to must visit sites and cities in Sri Lanka. We are sure you will enjoy this and learn a lot about the Sri Lankan culture during this tour as well.
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  • 4 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$503.29
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$503.29

Nature culture and heritage tour

Nature culture and heritage tour

Nature and culture experience guide will providing the service, and safe driving all around the island
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
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$2,000.00
per group
From
$2,000.00
per group

Day Tour from Colombo to Sigiriya and Pidurangala Rock & Cave

Day Tour from Colombo to Sigiriya and Pidurangala Rock & Cave

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 is more strenuous than climbing Sigiriya. If you are fit and adventurous it is a climb worth making. It will take you about two hours. There is far less to see on this site than Sigiriya
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  • 10 hours
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$61.52
Price varies by group size
From
$61.52
Price varies by group size

5-Day Tour of The Last Battle of Ravana

5-Day Tour of The Last Battle of Ravana

King Ravana was an expert among warriors; a specialist among medical men; a Rishi among astrologers; a superior statesman among rulers; a maestro among musicians. The Lord Rama had to make a very strong effort to beat him. This tour covers the sites where the last battle was taken place and the monuments created after the war.
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  • 5 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$500.00
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$500.00
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Should I book Sigiriya Rock Fortress tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Sigiriya Rock Fortress can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund. See all 45 Sigiriya Rock Fortress tickets and tours on Viator.
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How much does it cost to visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress 2020?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Sigiriya Rock Fortress costs USD 63.34. Guided Sigiriya Rock Fortress tours start around USD 63.34 per person. See all 45 Sigiriya Rock Fortress tickets and tours on Viator.
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