Sigiriya

Sigiriya

Sigiriya

Sigiriya Rock mountain, about 200 meters in height is surrounded by green plains and is considered to be a world heritage and the 8th wonder of the world. It is a masterpiece of urban planning, architecture, gardening, art, hydro technology and engineering.

This not-to-be missed historic attraction was the home to a very creative king of Sri Lanka named, King Kashyapa. He killed his father, King Dhatusena as he was not the rightful heir to the throne and out of jealousy of his brother, Mogallana who after their father’s death exiled to India but vowed to return and claim his inheritance back by killing his brother. King Kashyapa hid himself in this rock after killing his father to protect himself from the rage of his brother. Mogallana returned with an army and called him out for battle, who was left alone by his army and thus accepted defeat and committed suicide. Even today the remains of his heritage and majestic lifestyle can be observed at this place with stunning view of the landscape from the top of the mountain.

Sigiriya, Sri Lanka houses many important remains of historical significance. The lion staircase is made up of limestone and ascends up the mountain to the lion platform. At the base of the final staircase there are two large lion paws carved out of rock and leads to the remains of the statue thought to be the mouth of the lion. One must be aware of the bee hives hanging from the underside of the rock visible from the staircase. The western wall of frescoes or ‘apsaras’ depict ancient paintings of nude females considered to be the portraits of King Kashyapa’s wives and they represent the celebration of female beauty and have an important historical significance. The mirror wall was originally heavily polished with bees wax, lime and egg white for the King to get a glance of his reflection but later on it has become a wall of inscriptions and poems written by the ancient visitors of the mountain. The most endearing site of this historical attraction is the gardens which is divided into three separate but linked forms; water gardens, cave and boulder gardens and terraced gardens. The water gardens which has been created with complex hydro technology consists of canals, lakes, dams, bridges and fountains. It is best seen in the wet season as it would be filled with water while it could be an underwhelming site in the dry season.

Sigiriya is a very popular tourist attraction so expect a very large crowd when visiting. It is best avoided on weekends and public holidays as the crowd would be more. The stairs are narrow and you will have to stand in line if the crowd is too much. It would take around three hours to climb to the top and enjoy the beautiful landscape. Do not rush the climb but make sure to enjoy all the sites on your way up. There may be signs at certain places prohibiting photography and follow these advices as it would help to conserve the heritage and also for you to avoid punishment. Do not miss out on an opportunity to visit this place that some call ‘heaven on earth’.

Charges 10 Usd
Car Parking Available - Charges May Apply
Best Time to Visit 1 Hour Before Sunset, To Reach The Top By Sunset
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