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Sigiriya Sri Lanka

The Sigiriya rock fortress, a spectacular and once-impregnable edifice built atop a massive 660ft (200m) granite column, dominates the surrounding plain.
The topmost fortress, accessible after a lengthy climb that ends in a vertiginous metal spiral staircase, is literally the highpoint of any trip to Sigiriya, with magnificent views over the surrounding countryside.
Guarded by an enormous lion’s-head gateway, hence the name Lion Mountain, this magical and mysterious complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing a fantastic collection of painted frescos on a ‘mirror wall’ of polished granite.
As well as being an ancient royal residence and refuge, the site, with its temples and monastic settlements, the Sigiriya rock is intimately linked to the development of Buddhism in Sri Lanka and the most visited historic site on the island.
As well as its ancient cultural heritage, Sigiriya is famed for having some of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world, including the water gardens, cave and boulder gardens, and terraced gardens.
Sir Arthur C. Clark, the renowned science fiction writer who lived in Sri Lanka for many years until his death in 2008, thought that “Sigiriya qualifies to be the eighth wonder of the world, ranked closely with the Great Wall of China and the Taj Mahal”.
And according to UNESCO, “Sigiriya is a unique witness to the civilization of Ceylon during the years of the reign of Kassapa I. The site of the 'Lion Mountain' was visited from the 6th century AD, by passionate admirers.
“The frescoes of Sigiriya inaugurated a pictorial style which endured over many centuries. The poems inscribed on the rock by certain of these admirers, and known as the 'Sigiri graffiti,' are among the most ancient texts in the Sinhalese language, and thus show the considerable influence exerted by the abandoned city of Kassapa I on both literature and thought.”
    Buddhist Monk in Sigiriya Temple

Buddhist Monk in Sigiriya Temple

Activities in Sigiriya


Cycling

If you prefer cycling but aren't so keen on struggling with uphill climbs, there are many interesting trails in the lowlands of Sri Lanka that take you through a beautiful landscape of tea, rubber and spice plantations or even the ancient capital of POLONNARUWA .

Trekking

Our holidays are adventure and nature based where you see real Sri Lanka that is not experienced by everyday tourists. We try as much as possible to keep away from the more popular places visited by every day tourists. We want you to visit a place where you see Sri Lankans and Sri Lanka

Attractions in Sigiriya


Sigiriya Rock Fortress

The Sigiriya rock fortress, a spectacular and once-impregnable edifice built atop a massive 660ft (200m) granite column, dominates the surrounding plain. The topmost fortress, accessible after a lengthy climb that ends in a vertiginous metal spiral staircase, is literally the highpoint of

Sigiriya Museum

The museum in Sigiriya is known to be the most attractive in South Asia. Managed by the Central Cultural Fund the Sigiriya Museum represents its cultural, technological and archaeological value. Three decades of archaeological research on Sigiriya Sri Lanka, a UNESCO world heritage site, can be explored at the Sigiriya Museum. The design of the museum was inspired by the sophisticated design of Sigiriya itself. It followed the concept of Green Building with the mastery use of water and the use of trees so that it stimulates a true experience. Furthermore, the floors are built so that visitors can feel the Sigiriya climb through the ascending terraces and the wide stairways.

Pidurangala rock

A mile North of the Sigiriya Citadel is Pidurangala which served as the royal monastery. A despoiled dagaba at the foot of the hill could well have been the cremation site of King Kasyapa who founded the Citadel. Carbon datings at the site coincide with the traditional date of the demise of the King. Above the modern temple are the old image houses. A flight of steps leads to the summit, where a long cave has a large recumbent image of the Buddha in brick and stucco. It has been dated to the late Anuradhapura period around the 10th century.

Holiday Packages in Sigiriya


Sri Lanka Luxury Escape

Negombo | Sigiriya | Kandy | Hatton | Yala | Koggala

Some of the best high-end hotels on the island feature on our Sri Lanka Luxury Escape itinerary.

Sri Lanka Buddhist Pilgrim

Negombo | Anuradhapura | Polonnaruwa | Sigiriya | Kandy | Colombo

Staying at the appropriately named Heritage Hotel, you will be perfectly placed to explore history..

Classic Sri Lanka Tour

Negombo | Dambulla | Kandy | Nuwara Eliya

No visit to Sri Lanka would be complete without seeing the best of our renowned Cultural Triangle,..

Luxury in the Footsteps of Geoffrey Bawa

Dambulla | Kandy | Bandarawela | Galle | Bentota | Colombo

The Sri Lankan Architect Geoffrey Bawa is hailed as one of the most important Asian architects...

Luxury Island Tour

Negombo | Sigiriya | Kandy | Nuwara Eliya | Yala | Galle | Colombo

Cultural diversity is more than matched by the upscale hotels awaiting travellers on this tour.

Jewels of Sri Lanka

Colombo | Habarana | Kandy | Nuwara Eliya | Yala | Sinharaja Forest | Kalutara

One of Sri Lanka’s eight UNESCO World Heritage sites, the Golden Temple of Dambulla...

Journey of Sri Lanka

Colombo | Dambulla | Kandy | Yala | Bentota

Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage and Sigiriya Rock Fortress are two tour destinations most loved...

Sri Lanka Honeymoon

Negombo | Sigiriya | Nuwara Eliya | Colombo

Complete your Love Story…visit “the finest island of its size in all the world”

Family Adventure & Culture

Negombo | Sigiriya | Kandy | Nuwara Eliya | Bentota

This is a most popular Sri Lanka holiday package among adventure & culture loving families.

Colonial Experience

Negombo | Anuradhapura | Kandy | Nuwara Eliya | Colombo

This special tour will give you a change to look back at the high-end living and architectural...

Horse Riding Tour

Kalpitiya | Anuradhapura | Sigiriya | Kandy | Nuwara Eliya | Colombo

Horseback riding through the surf of a tropical beach as the setting sun kisses the Indian Ocean...

Gourmet in Style

Sigiriya | Kandy | Nuwara Eliya | Colombo | Negombo

Pledge Holidays ‘Gourmet In Style’ tour is a perfect opportunity for food lovers.

Sri Lanka Luxury Budget Tour

Dambulla | Kandy | Nuwara Eliya | Bentota

This is almost 50% off discounted Sri Lanka luxury budget tour package.

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