You are really going to Sigiriya to see the rock temple so 1-2 nights is plenty. If you are in the area longer, cover the neighbouring Dambulla and Mineriya Wildlife Park (to see the gathering - biggest group of wild elephants in Asia) There is no nightlife in Sigiriya worth mentioning but if you find a good hotel (Hotel Sigiriya has the best view!!) the hotel has great buffet, drinks by the bar, and a spectacular view from the pool which made for great evening plans.
In addition to visiting the Sigiriya rock, another interesting location 30kM away is Ritigala an ancient Buddhist monastary sporting probably the world's first hospital, herbal gardens, granite paved huge pool, paved ways with pavements, rock slab bridges, stone urinal, stone pillows, ponds & caves.
There is one attraction, the Lion's Rock, but the day you do the climb is such a day you will remember the rest of your life, very recommendeble! And this is not only because of the beautiful frescoes of the Nymphs.
Sigirya is an ancient city with a Lion Rock to climb and it's barely the only thing to do there. If you like to see elephants in natural conitions, the Minneriya National Park is worth the visit (not the price).
if ure interested about the mountains and nature its the perfect place where to stay, also if u like to see wild elephants or to ride tamed elephants its the right place,
Sigiriya is tiny, with apparently nothing to do other than visit the ancient rock fortress. There are a handful of shops, a couple of hotels, and the odd food shack.
There are quite a few guesthouses and small hotels spread out along the roads in and out of Sigiriya, but you will need transport or to use a tuk-tuk to get to and from the Rock from these places. You can visit Sigiriya rock with as little as one hour if you need, but it's probably best to spend half a day if you just want to see the rock and the gardens, or most of a day if you want to see the museum too. There are lots of monkeys and monitor lizards about. The best, though, was the sign warning you not to swim in the moat because of the the crocodiles - look carefully: we saw a couple!
It is the highlight of our trip. After one and a half hour of slow climb, we managed to reached the top to view the ruins of a palace with a disused swimming pool.
We can see far from this height and the view is breathtaking.
city is not worth staying since everything closes when it gets dark and they don't have any lights in the street and theres nothing to do but to sit in the hotel.
you can go there early morning go to the Sigiriya rock which is a nice experience and then go to the jungle safari if interested.
I only stayed one night, climbed Sigiriya and moved on. Didn't seem like much else to do here and there are so many other amazing places near by to see.
.. Kandy and the anciet cities and their ruins!
Sygeria Rock and surrounding ruins are a must see and the highlight of my trip. The stairs are a reasonable climb for most people of average fitness.
Young and old were making the climb up the rock. It took me about an hour to make the climb up. Going down was much easier. Go in the early morning as it can be a very uncomfortable climb in the afternoon sun.
Amazing city with a colossal historical background. There are loads of monuments, ruins and temples with a rich cultural history to be discovered.
It is worth the visit
The Rock is so big and high but when you reach to the top of the rock, it's amazing up there that you will never forget to the rest of your life.
People here are also very friendly and welcoming. Around, you can find batik factory and massage place where you can relax after the hard time climbing the Rock! I loved it here!
I've only visited Sigiriya Rock, It's good overally. It's good for those love to stay with nature. Night life is light, and food is quite local.
There are no banks or money change, very few shops and a few restaurants and guest houses mainly the historic rock which dominates the skyline.
Expensive to visit the rock 3750 rupees for foreigners
We didn't climb the rock, because it was too hot, but we walked aroud. We went to a day trip to Dambulla and the temple there is a MUST SEE.
Preferable to hire a personal driver as the location is far from Colombo and the places of attractions are rather far from from each other.
Best time would be winters. Very humid climate and hence one needs to keep drinking water. good place for visiting historical interests.
Sigriya is known for the rock else it is an agricultural village which is quite laid back. Not great on food. One can relax.
Great climb to the top of the fortress in the sky. Helpful little chaps to assist if you struggle. Couldn't have made it with out it.
It is high, there are 1600 odd steps up, it is vertical in parts, but you can do it even if unfit and nearly 60! Most scamper up if fit and young or fit and older..if over weight and unfit it would be a struggle. worth the climb as the view is amazing. We went in December when quiet, I expect it is a nightmare in full season and would not do it in full sun or when very hot if you aren't really fit. December, cool, bit rainy, perfect!
quite surrounding places, lots of Guest House near the Lion rock area, can do some jungle exploring & hiking, very nice area
allow a few hours to explore the gardens, climb the rock and appreciate the history. No real town nearby, just villages.
The guides a pushy, but probably essential to understand quickly, because the area around and the rock itself are huge!
Climbed sigiriya rock 3 years ago and could only stay at top for a very short time due to an incredible thunderstorm.
That was spectacular, even if a bit scary, having to climb down a metal flight if stairs with a 'river' flowing down it. So had to revisit. Could spend plenty if time at top. Fantastic. Watch Duran Duran 'Save a prayer' on YouTube to give you a small impression! Walk up is fine. We are almost 60 and it was quite easy mostly and worth it. Far more tourists this time so go soon, otherwise you may miss the best experience.
Sigiriya Citadel well worth the visit. The only place of interest in Sri Lanka which fully fulfilled it's write up.
A small place with numerous stay options. Can use it as a base for Anuradhapur, Polannuwara and elephant Safaries
Walking up sigiriya rock was one of my highlights of Sri Lanka. The Asperia rock wall paintings are fantastic.
The hotel is closer to Dambulla, not Sigiriya. Dambulla seems to be a buzzing town full of trade and commerce.
We didn't spend much time in the city; just the Cave Temples, which were enchanting.
The Sigiriya rock is a definite must see, along with the Dambulla rock caves which are also in the vicinity.
Sigiria tells us how big the fear of human being is. If he is a king, people have to experience tough time.
Sigiriya was good. We arrived early so it was not too busy or too hot. The view was great from the top.
Just watch out for tour guides trying to rip you off.
I spent 2 days in the area, stayed at Sigiriya village and shopped at the local 'touristy gift shops'.
Not very good roads so not good to venture out at night. But nice people, nice attractions being sigiriya rock obviously. I will go there again
It is a small town and its proximity to Dambulla and Pollanaruwa makes it that much more significant.
The Elephant ride is a must for families with kids. Nice place for spas.