Sigiriya

The Sigiriya Rock is referred to as the eight Wonder of Asia, situated in the heart of the island between the towns of Dambulla and Habarana on a massive rocky plateau 370 meters above the sea level. It is formed from magma of an extinct volcano, is 200 meters higher than the surrounding jungles. It is the most visited tourist destination in Sri Lanka as this ancient palace and fortress complex has significant archaeological importance and attracts thousands of tourists.

The main entrance to Sigiriya is located on the northern side of the rock which was designed in the form of a Lion, whose upper parts of the body were destroyed but the feet have survived up to date.  Mirror wall which was used by the King to see his reflection is considered one of the most striking features of Sigiriya. The mirror wall is painted with inscriptions and poems written by the visitors of Sigiriya and the oldest and the most ancient inscriptions are dated from the 8th century which proves that Sigiriya was a tourist destination more than thousand years ago.

The unique harmony between the nature and human imagination from the top of the rock astonishes the visitors. It is the most beautiful view. Extensive network of fortifications, vast gardens, ponds, canals, alleys and fountains, surrounds the ancient fortress complex. The surrounding includes remnants of a ruined place and the surrounding territories of the Sigiriya Rock were inhabited for thousand of years.

How to get there

Located 165km from Colombo, there are 2 routes that take you to Sigiriya Rock. First one is through the A1 (Kandy Road) exit to A6 from Ambepussa towards Kurunegala, the drive will take approximately 3 hours on a good day.

Next option is through Katunayake Expressway to Giriulla and Kurunegala road straight to Dambulla, which will take about 2 hours.

The cheapest way to travel is by bus as usual. Train is another option; however this takes longer than the bus and only one train is available from Fort, Colombo to Sigiriya Rock.


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