The Majestic Sigiriya


Sigiriya is a historic site located in the northern part of Sri Lanka. It is also sometimes called Lion Rock, because of the large lion that once guarded the entrance. The ancient palace and fortress were built in the 5th century AD by King Kashyapa, who used it as his capital. Today, it is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the most popular tourist destinations in Sri Lanka.

The site is located on top of a large hill, which makes it stand out from the surrounding landscape. Visitors can climb up to the top of the hill, where they can see the ruins of the palace and fortress. Many of the buildings and walls are still standing, and they offer a glimpse into the ancient culture of Sri Lanka.

One of the most unique features of Sigiriya is the giant frescoes that line the walls of the rock. These paintings depict women in elaborate clothing and jewelry. It is thought that these women may have been the wives or concubines of King Kashyapa.

Aside from the palace and frescoes, Sigiriya also has many other interesting features, including water gardens, pools, and fountains. Visitors can also see the remains of a large gate and a wall that once protected the palace.

Overall, Sigiriya is an amazing historic site that should not be missed by anyone visiting Sri Lanka. It offers a glimpse into the ancient history and culture of the country, and it is truly a unique and unforgettable experience.

Useful Tips

  • Planning your trip to the Sigiriya is a full day adventure.
  • Any google search on accommodation will provide a number of options based on your budget and preference.
  • Travel Time from Colombo includes either a 6-hour Drive, a 10-hour Bus Ride, and/or a 8-hour Train Journey.
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