Sigiriya Rock – Sigiriya. ~
What was once part of a fortress, centuries ago, today stands tall as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Sigiriya Rock still exudes the same might and power it once held, the heights of which can be felt only after climbing up right to the top. And once you're there, the breathtaking views of the lush green lands sweep you off your feet.
The richness of history surrounding this beauty is quite impressive. Since 3rd century BC, the rocky plateau of Sigiriya served as a monastery. Later, in the second half of the 5th century, King Kashyapa shifted his base from Anuradhapura to Sigiriya and developed it into a complex city and fortress. After his death, the fortress went back to the plateau’s original status of a Buddhist monastery. However, by the 14th century, it was abandoned.
Find the traces of the rock’s eventful existence as you climb up to its summit, early in the morning when the sun isn’t too harsh. Take a walk around, and the guide will tell you how the urban planning around the site and its complex hydraulic system still amazes archaeologists around the world. As you climb up, a series of frescoes and a colossal pair of lion’s paws carved into the bedrock itself will catch your attention. Once you’re at the top, the view will leave you awestruck, and the long climb will feel worth every step.
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