A giant rock rising 370m above the surrounding flat landscape, this World Heritage Site was once the impenetrable fortress of King Kassapa who ruled in 5th Century BC. The acres of landscaped gardens, the giant lion paws guarding the fortress entrance, the mirror wall of scribbled verses, the frescoes painted on the sheer rock face, and the scattered ruins of the city at the summit are all matchless feats of artistry, architecture and engineering that have survived thousands of years.
For those wishing to explore beyond Sigiriya, other tourist attractions are plentiful too.
Places to visit
Climb up to admire the frescoes on the rock face. Then reach the summit where 360 degree views, and timeless ruins await you.
The trek up this unique rock opposite Sigiriya is well worth it for the incredible views of the central plains - especially at sunrise.
Sigiriya Archaeological Museum
Home to artefacts and exhibits dating back to pre-civilisation, the remnants of the rich heritage of the area is displayed over three floors.
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