Points of Interest - Sigiriya

Pidurangala Rock

Overview of Pidurangala Rock and Sigiriya Rock Fortress
Pidurangala Rock

Pidurangala is a gigantic rock located a few kilometres north of the famous Sigiriya rock fortress. The two rocks have an intertwined history. According to history, whilst King Kasyapa was building Sigiriya Rock Fortress in the 5th century, he is said to have moved monks living around Sigiriya to a new monastery on Pidurangala.

Pidurangala is a massive rock formation which offers spectacular views of magnificent greenery. The summit of Pidurangala is also the best possible place to get a fantastic view of Sigiriya rock fortress. Like Sigiriya, Pidurangala was formed by volcanic activity. Pidurangala appears larger than Sigiriya and its upper surface is steeply sloped.

Spectacular views await you at the summit of Pidurangala. A vast area of flat rock stretched out with a small bunch of trees and shrubs huddle in its center. It will make people feel as though they are on the top of the world. It is one of the best places to get the most amazing sunset views.

Objects from various beliefs that reflect Buddhist, Hindu and western beliefs are still housed in the ancient cave temple. It is believed that King Kasyapa was cremated in the stupa that is situated to the left of the temple entrance. Those with poor physical fitness should not attempt to climb Pidurangala rock as it is more challenging than Sigiriya. The steep, uneven steps give way to an expanse of boulders and crevices that climbers navigate in order to reach the summit as there is no clear path to the top.

The monastery dates back to the third century BC. Under King Kasyapa the monastery became well developed. It’s said the monastery was home to 500 monks and occupied an area of 14 acres during his reign.

The temple is still there today, and open to visitors. But Pidurangala is not just a temple. Pidurangala is indeed a glorious natural wonder.

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