Climbing up 1,202 steps (according to the tour guide) up to the peak of the fortress under the scorching heat of the sun is a serious matter. The steps were a combination of the original steps made from limestones and the more-recently added steel staircases.
I thought I was physically fit. But I was literally breathless by the time I reached the top. It is amazing that some tourists bring along their kids (including toddlers!).
Some tips when you plan to climb:
- Put on sunscreen to protect yourself from the harmful rays of the sun. I used spf 100 for my arms, 50 spf for the face (wish it were higher though).
- Don’t forget to bring water. You will need lots. Even just sitting down, the heat will dehydrate you.
- Bring a towel and extra shirt. I guarantee, you will sweat. A LOT. I could literally feel my sweat washing off my sunblock lotion. I made a mistake of not bringing something to wipe myself with.
- Don’t forget to smile. It will make you feel less tired.
Travel tales of a yogini. Sri Lanka Edition.