I can’t explain the feeling of having a place like this all to yourself. It completely transforms a place from stress to yes! (haha). Although it is a challenge to drag yourself out of your bed, it’s definitely worth it for the peaceful walk up to the top of Lions Rock.
I wasn’t even intending to do it, but after some misinformation from my hotel, I ended up getting there too early. So, I was the first eager beaver in the queue for my ticket at 6.45am.
From here, it’s the long and steep walk to the top! It felt so good being the first one through the Lion’s Paws. Usually this is absolutely packed.
A comparison from early in the morning to around 8/9am!
I don’t know what I was expecting when I reached the top. Of course, I wanted amazing panoramic views of the Sri Lankan jungle from pictures. But, when you hear a palace, you get pretty excited. Unfortunately, most of it is in ruins now but it is interesting to imagine what it would have been like years ago.
Apparently, the lions paws stairway used to have a head above it which would have been epic to see. Kind of like the Sphinx in Egypt. But, now they’ve put in a modern metal stairway.
Although I did get up there and have the place all to myself, this lasted around 5 minutes. Just enough time to grab some insta shots!
If you don’t care about beating the crowds, you most certainly want to beat the heat. It gets stifling in the jungle and the walk alone will make you bathe in your own sweat! Just saying.
Tickets are $30 USD per foreigner.