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Pidurangala Rock In Sigiriya – A Complete Guide

The Pidurangala Rock hike is fast becoming the most popular thing to do in Sigirya. So here’s our guide to an amazing view for a cheap price.

How To Get To Pidurangala Rock

Pidurangala Rock is located in a small town named Sigirya, close to the town of Dambulla in the Central Province of Sri Lanka.

Most tourists choose to stay in the more built up area of Dambulla, where you can find many more accommodations and restaurants.

From Dambulla the easiest way to reach Pidurangala Rock is by tuk tuk.

A two way tuk tuk from Dambulla should cost roughly 2,000 Rupees. This is includes the 30 minute ride to Sigiriya, the 2 hour wait whilst you explored the Pidurangala Rock Hike, and the return journey home.

We arranged this through out accommodation, however if you barter with the local tuk tuk drivers on the street, they should be happy to agree on something similar.

For those short on time, or that prefer everything to be organised for them, there are some awesome tours on Get Your Guide available to book in advance.

Pidurangala Rock Entrance Fee

Entrance Fee: 500 Rupees per person.

This price includes head and shoulder covers for visiting the temple.

Pidurangala Rock Opening Times

There are no opening hours for Pidurangala as it’s a public footpath.

The ticket office is open 5am to 6pm.

However, we wouldn’t recommend visiting outside of daylight hours.

Pidurangala Rock Sigiriya Sri Lanka
Will it be worth the climb?

Pidurangala Rock Vs Sigirya Rock

Before arriving in Dambulla, of course Sigiriya Rock was at the top of our radar.

Sigiriya Rock, or Lion Rock as it’s also known, is famous for its palace ruins on top of a massive 200 meter high rock surrounded by the remains of gardens, reservoirs and other structures.

The rock itself is a lava plug left over from an ancient long extinct volcano, attracting thousands of tourists to Sigiriya to climb and take in the views from the summit.

It wasn’t until we arrived in the city and started talking to other travellers, that we found out about Pidurangala Rock.

Another large, naturally formed tourist attraction with wild views! Views of the almighty Sigiriya Rock.

This of course led us to the dreaded question ‘Which rock to climb in Sigiriya?’ So we broke it down:

Entrance Fees

Pidurangala Rock: 500 Rupees

Sigiriya Rock: 4500 Rupees

Wait Times

Pidurangala Rock: No wait

Sigiriya Rock: Up to 3 hours

So after weighing up the options and speaking to locals, backpackers and people that had climbed both, they all advised us to do the Pidurangala Rock Hike.

They mentioned how there were no crowds, you got a way better view from the summit, and the wait time on the stairway Sigiriya Rock could sometimes push up to 3 hours.

So that was it. Decision made! And it turned out to be one of the best decisions we’ve made throughout our travels!

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Lauren leading the way on the Pidurangala Rock Hike

Best Time To Visit Pidurangala Rock + Tips

Sunrise and sunset is said to be pretty amazing from the top of Pidurangala Rock. However, we would not recommend the hike up or down out of daylight hours.

If you’re really keen to hike up for sunrise, or end up coming down after sunset, we would suggest a head lamp as a must.

It’s good to know that Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons, a North East monsoon (between October and January) as well as a South West monsoon, (between May and July).

The best times to visit for calmer and more stable weather is between January to April and Mid July to September, this applies for the whole country.

What To Pack

Photography Camera

Tripod

Day Bag

Power Bank

Reusable Water Bottle

Sunscreen

Quick Dry Towel

What To Expect On The Pidurangala Rock Hike

We set off in to morning around 10am and headed in our tuk tuk towards Pidurangala Rock.

We paid our entrance fee, stocked up with water and tighten up our laces ready for a hike!

Upon entry there’s a pretty little temple at the bottom, which ladies you’ll have to cover up for, but the 500 Rupee entrance fee includes head/shoulder covers if needed.

Past the temple and about a 15 minutes climb up, there are a few other interesting attractions to look out for!

Rock formations, a reclining buddha and even a couple of cobras can be spotted on the way up. It’s shaded most of the way up, so it’s not too difficult of a hike. Just watch out for the monkeys!

As for the view from the top, it was beautiful!

Pidurangala Rock really is a beautiful hike and well worth the climb. It gave a 360 degree span of Sigiriya and of course looked out to the famous Sigiriya Rock.

As you can see from the photo’s it doesn’t really need much more explaining!!

We sat at the top for a while and just took in the fresh air/panoramic views. It wasn’t at all busy, so we sat and chilled as we saw the queues develop on the stairway in the distance of the famous Lion Rock!

Depending on how long you’re in the country you may want to check out my or

Pidurangala Rock Sigiriya Sri Lanka
Rock formations piled on top of each other can be found on the way up

Buddha At Pidurangala Rock Sigiriya Sri Lanka
As well as a huge reclining Buddha
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Finally at the peak of the hike
Sigiriya Rock From Pidurangala Rock Sigiriya Sri Lanka
But nothing beat the view of Sigiriya Rock from the top
Pidurangala Rock View Sigiriya Sri Lanka
Pidurangala Rock – A day we’ll never forget!

Where To Stay In Sigiriya

Luxury

Water Garden Sigiriya

With Sigiriya Rock and a lush countryside as its backdrop, Water Garden Sigiriya offers a spa and wellness centre and a fitness centre.

The resort has an outdoor pool and offers views of the pool. Free WiFi and free private parking is available on site.

All villas come with air-conditioning. A large living area offers pristine views of the pool.

Guests can have a walk in the verandah and have a dip in large private pool and unwind.

Certain units include a private bathroom with a spa bath, while others have bath robes and slippers.

Mid-Budget

Royal Retreat,Sigiriya

Offering an outdoor swimming pool and a seafood restaurant, Royal Retreat, Sigiriya is located at a distance of 3-minute drive from Sigiriya Rock.

Free WiFi access is available. Each air-conditioned room here will provide you with a cable TV, veranda and a minibar. There is also an electric kettle.

Featuring a shower, private bathroom also comes with a hairdryer and free toiletries.

At Royal Retreat, Sigiriya you will find barbecue facilities and a terrace. Other facilities offered at the property include a shared lounge, luggage storage and a children’s playground.

Budget

#BEDBOX

Situated in Dambulla within 1.6 miles of Rangiri Dambulla International Stadium and 2.1 miles of Dambulla Cave Temple, #BEDBOX features rooms with free WiFi.

Among the various facilities are a garden and a shared lounge.

Some rooms at the property include a terrace with a garden view. The daily breakfast offers local options.

For more places to stay in Sigiriya, you can check the latest prices on Booking.com.

Planning Your Trip

Book Your Flight

Use Skyscanner to find a cheap flight.

They search websites and airlines around the globe to find you the best possible routes and prices.

Book Your Accommodation

Use Booking.com to find the best accommodation deals.

They consistently return the cheapest rates on everything from guesthouses to hotels for all of your budget needs.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Use SafetyWing to find the best travel insurance for you.

They provide travel and medical incident insurance built specifically for digital nomads.

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, theft, and cancellations.

Book Your Tours & Activities

Use GetYourGuide to book your activities in advance.

They sell the best tours, excursions and activities to attractions around the world.

Conveniently book, download and access your tickets on the move all from your mobile.

Book Your Rental Car

Use RentalCars.com to find the best deals on rental cars in the area.

They compare all major car rental companies and allow you to easily book the perfect vehicle for your trip.

Buy Those Last Minute Bits

Use Amazon to buy everything you need for your adventure.

They offer next day delivery and you can use my travel packing checklist to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything.


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Pidurangala Rock Hike In Sigiriya Guide

Mani

Wednesday 1st of January 2020

Nice wee hike up the hill with some little bouldering- seen some people giving up or being very scared. I personally don’t think non of it is needed and everyone can make it up.