A Must Do Climb To The Top of Sri Lanka (Sigiriya Rock)
If you haven't seen Sri Lanka from the top of Sigiriya Rock (Lion Rock) then you haven't seen Sri Lanka, period.
Yes, it may be a little physically demanding, especially when there's a clear blue sky and the sun is shining down on you. But the climb is well worth it.
But its not all climbing and sweating, when you first enter the grounds there's a Sigiriya Rock Museum which can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour to complete depending on how much reading you are willing to do. This includes the history behind the rock fortress and some very interesting historical discoveries.
Moving through the grounds towards the dreaded moment when the stairs begin, there are some very photogenic ponds of water surrounded by nature which do produce attractive looking photos.
Once the stairs begin, make sure to keep an eye out on the width of each step because if you are big footed you may want to consider side stepping your way up to make sure you actually get to the top! However don't worry because there are a few check points before you get to the top, theres the painted walls along with the "mirror wall" across the side of this immense fortress.
There are multiple different levels where people can stop to take pictures of the view in all directions, whatever your fancy, whether it be north, east, south or west. It's all stunningly beautiful.
The views were good enough for Indiana Jones, so they most certainly will be good enough for you!
I won't ruin the view looking down, so I guess you're just going to have to climb this beast yourself to enjoy what I enjoyed...