The Pidurangala Rock


Pidurangala, also known as Pidurangala Rock, is a majestic natural formation located in the central province of Sri Lanka. This massive rock is situated next to the famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress and is often included in a Sigiriya tour package. Although not as well-known as its neighbor, Pidurangala offers stunning views and is definitely worth a visit.

To reach the top of Pidurangala, visitors need to hike for about 30-45 minutes. The hike is considered slightly challenging, as there are steep and narrow pathways, but it is doable for most people. Along the way, visitors will pass by a reclining Buddha statue and some ancient Buddhist cave temples, adding to the cultural significance of the site.

Once on the top of Pidurangala, visitors will be treated to breathtaking views of the surrounding forest, hills and Sigiriya Rock, which looks awe-inspiring in the distance. The mountain also offers a great viewpoint to watch the sunrise or a panoramic sunset, where travelers can capture amazing photos and create unforgettable memories.

Apart from the spectacular vistas, Pidurangala has some interesting mysteries and legends that attract many curious people. According to local mythology, the mountain was once a royal temple and has links to King Kasyapa, who built the Sigiriya Rock Fortress. A visit to Pidurangala is a great opportunity to learn more about Sri Lankan history, culture and spirituality.

Overall, Pidurangala is a highly recommended site to visit for anyone traveling to Sri Lanka. It has natural beauty, cultural significance, and great hiking experience, all packed into one small mountain. If you are planning a trip to Sri Lanka, do not miss the chance to explore the stunning Pidurangala mountain.


Useful Tips

  • Pidurangala is open since 5 am.
  • entrances tickets can be purchased at the entrance gate.
  • Start journey before 5.30 to watch sunrise.
  • The climb will at least 1 hour depending on your fitness level.
  • The climb will take you through staircases and narrow pathways
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