Sunrise in Pidurangala

Are you looking for a little adventure hiking in Dambulla?  You should go for the Pidurangala rock sunrise hike.


Pidurangala Rock Sunrise Hike

Pidurangala Rock is located in the village of Sigiriya, Dambulla in Sri Lanka and near the Sigiriya Lion Rock, which is the top state of tourist sites in Sri Lanka. If you are planning to visit the Sigiriya Lion Rock, you must do Pidurangala Rock climb as well, because you can enjoy not only 360 degrees view but also views of the valleys and the Sigiriya rock. Also, you can see sunrise and sunset from there.  Furthermore, Pidurangala Raja Maha Viharaya is located at the foot of the Pidurangala rock and a sleeping Buddha statue is at the way to top of the rock.

Dambulla is a northern corner of the Cultural Triangle. Not only that but also, Sri Lanka’s first large vegetable market is located. So, you can buy fresh vegetables and fruit. Though, you must try king coconut which is famous in Dambulla.

=> How to get to Pidurangala rock?

Try to book a hotel near the Sigiriya because it’s easy to visit Pidurangala rock and Sigiriya Lion Rock in the early morning. There are no buses early morning so you should get Tuk-Tuk to reach Pidurangala to see the sunrise. However, there is a bus service from Dambulla town to Sigiriya in day time only and it’s the cheapest transport. Moreover, you can walk from Pidurangala rock to Sigiriya rock in the day time.

Tips: Don’t go out alone at night because wild elephants are there and they roam at night. Also, consider the locals’ advice.

How long does it take to climb Pidurangala?

Pidurangala hike duration: The average hike time is 45min, However, It depends on your fitness.

Pidurangala rock climb in Sigiriya :

How hard is it to climb Pidurangala rock?

There are stairs to climb up so you can easily climb. However, the final section will be a bit more difficult as you have to climb through the rocks. Also, it will give you a new experience.

Pidurangala rock climb in Sigiriya :

What do you wear to the Pidurangala rock hike?

Sportswear is great because it will help you climb easier. But, cover your shoulders and legs to pass the temple there. Also, wear good lightweight shoes with grip for safety.

Do not bring heavy items because It will be difficult to climb. Therefore, you don’t need to bring any items except the below list.

What is the best time to climb Pidurangala?

If you want to enjoy the true scenery, you must visit the sunrise in the morning or sunset in the evening. However, I highly recommend going for the sunrise because easy to climb on the mountain in the morning and you can see the amazing sunrise. Also, you can end up on Pidurangala mountain and go to Sigiriya in the morning.

Pidurangala rock sunrise hike :

When is the Pidurangala rock climb open?

Pidurangala rock climb in Sigiriya open time: 5 am to 5 pm


How much the cost of the Pidurangala rock climb ticket?

Entrance fee of Pidurangala rock climb in the Sigiriya: 500 LKR per person for foreigners and free of charge for locals.


What is the Pidurangala rock height?

Pidurangala rock height is approximately 200m from the surrounding area. However, it’s shorter than Sigiriya Lion rock.

Image Gallery of Pidurangala rock

Pidurangala rock climb in Sigiriya – Top view


Hotels in Sigiriya – Sri Lanka


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