THINGS TO DO IN Sigiriya

  • Sigiriya Museum
  • Pidurangala Rock
  • Trekking
  • Bird Watching
  • Cycling
  • Elephant back ride
  • Sigiriya Rock Fortress

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Sigiriya, also known as the Lion`s Rock, is an ancient rock fortress from the 5th century BC. Located in the Matale District in the central regions of Sri Lanka, this palace has been declared by UNESCO as the 8th Wonder of the World.

 Though the exact history of this fortress in unknown it is believed that it has been inhabited even during the prehistoric times. According to the local chronicles of Mahavamsa, the fortress, including the surrounding gardens, structures and reservoirs, was constructed by King Kashyapa during the 5th century. But there is evidence to believe that it had been a monastery since 5th century BC and was taken over by King Kashyapa during his reign and thereafter continued to serve as a monastery until the 14th century. The biggest attractions here is the dramatic rock fortress, which can be explored by climbing a precarious winding staircase, which includes the amazingly beautiful world renowned frescoes, the mid level terrace where the Lion Gate is, the mirror wall inscribed with interesting poetry dating from the 8th century and the upper level where there still exists remains portraying the splendor of the ancient Palace. The lower Palace and the Gardens cover a vast extent of land. Moats, gardens, walls portray the originality and creativity of the designers and builder of the Fortress. Considering the whole plan of the site, Sigiriya is regarded as one of the most elaborate, original and best urban plans of the first millennium.