Locally known as the 8th Wonder of the World, this ancient ruin brings in thousands of visitors every year from all over the world.
If you ask for a place to visit, the best hotels in Sigiriya will point you in the direction of this mighty rock fortress. Lying close to the towns of Habarana and Dambulla, the Sigiriya Fortress is a mammoth rock that stands about 370m above sea level.
Set amidst ponds, fountains, gardens and more, Sigiriya is best explored by way of a fascinating climb up the rock fortress. When you stay at a place like Sigiriya Jungles, the mighty rock is within easy reach, ideal for getting there early to begin your ascent. On the way up you will also get a chance to see the famed rock frescoes that are sometimes referred to as the “Sigiriya maidens”.
Since the 3rd century BC, the plateau of the Sigiriya rock served as a monastery and after the 5th century, King Kasyapa ended up building his own royal residence in the place instead. Following the end of his rule, the rocky ruin became a Buddhist monastery yet again, only to be abandoned in the late 14th century.
Once you reach the top
The climb to see the ruins on top of Sigiriya makes for a great adventure, and the views certainly won’t let you down. You can look upon acres of forests that have a backdrop of misty mountains and endless skies.
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