24 Feb 2019 - 25 Feb 2019
2 guests - 1 room
Sigiriya Rock Fortress is the top must see UNESCO site in Sri Lanka. Amazing to see the remains of the palace ruins on the top of the rock, which is 660 feet high.
A must do when you visit Sri Lanka. Be there early cause later it's crowded by tourists and the heat doesn't make it easier to walk up the stairs. You will be rewarded with a stunning view!
Sigiriya is a massive rock of 600 feet high and top of the rock was once a palace of King Kasyapa dated back to 5th century, The King built a gateway to his palace in the form of a lion, hence Sigiriya is also called the Lion Rock in Sinhala. Unfortunately, the fortress and the palace were abandoned after the king’s death. Do take precautions when climbing the stairs from the Lion Gate to the top of the rock because there are wasps nests nearby.
The way up took us about an hour because there was heavy tourist traffic, but it was very nice overall and we enjoyed the view of the Boulder Gardens beneath. The hole visit at the Rock was about 2.5 hours. After Sigiriya we continued to the Pidurangala Ancient Forest Monastery (It is located on a nearby mountain). They charge an entrance fee of 500 rupees and for that you get to climb on the mountain and see few Buddhas and a beautiful view on Sigriya. Iv'e read that some people go only here while visiting Sigirya because they find the main site overpriced. I don't recommend doing so becouse its not the same experience at all.