Sigiriya Rock: Is Sri Lanka’s premier cultural attraction worth the money?; Judy Knight; Travel Wire Asia


Sri Lanka – Ancient City of Sigiriya

THE chatter on the travel circuit in Sri Lanka often involves pontification on whether or not to pay with regards to Sigiriya – a Unesco World Heritage Site and an ancient city of ruins atop a vertiginous rock with a princely price tag of US$30 for foreign visitors.

Naysayers advise visiting nearby Pidurangala Rock which has a “view” of Sigiriya for a paltry fee. A bit like saying you’ve been to Paris when you’ve really just been to its airport.

Put it in perspective. You might get a better Instagram snapshot from hiking up the opposite boulder but a visit here should be about actually experiencing this scintillating citadel that exudes mystery. Just how did they drag all that stuff up such a sheer drop?

The answer may lie more in dastardly desperation than yesteryear town planning.

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