Incredible things to do in Sigiriya – A historic wonder with ethereal energy!

Any traveller who visits Sri Lanka will definitely include Sigiriya top in their travel plans. These are some of the incredible things to do when you visit Sigiriya.

The Lion Rock

Shashi Shekhar, The Lion Rock, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Shashi Shekhar, The Lion Rock, Sigiriya, Sri Lanka, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

In fact, when it comes to the best things to do in Sigiriya, heading to Sigiriya Rock Fortress is recommended. The hike to the top of this rock is an exhilarating journey. Once you reach the summit, you’ll see one of the breathtaking panoramas in Sri Lanka. The ‘Sigiriya Damsels’, one of the most renowned iconic paintings of the country is painted in a cavity inside the rock.

Pidurangala Rock

Ji-Elle, Pidurangala Rock depuis Sigiriya (2), CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Ji-Elle, Pidurangala Rock depuis Sigiriya (2), CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons

Catch stunning views of Sigiriya atop the Pidurangala Rock! It is better to climb the rock early in the morning to avoid the heat. Once you reach the summit of the rock, you can enjoy the 360-degree views of surrounding valleys as well as the Sigiriya Rock. If you’re looking for some of the best hotels in Sigiriya, do consider options such as Sigiriya Jungles, from where visiting the rock will take 26 minutes.

Elephant Back Safari

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shankar s. from Dubai, united arab emirates, Sigiriya Rock (7567460204), CC BY 2.0 Wikimedia Commons

Sigiriya is located in close proximity to many cultural attractions. When holidaying in Sigiriya, you should not miss an elephant ride because it is one of the most thrilling safari experiences in the country. These safari rides are not only about viewing exotic birds and wildlife around, it will also give you an opportunity to spend an awesome day with the gentle giants.

The Dambulla Temple

PIERRE ANDRE LECLERCQ, Dambulla Temple d'or (3), CC BY-SA 4.0 Wikimedia Commons

PIERRE ANDRE LECLERCQ, Dambulla Temple d’or (3), CC BY-SA 4.0 Wikimedia Commons

This temple is located 24km from Sigiriya and it’s known as the largest cave temple in Sri Lanka. The amazing rock paintings of vivid colours capture the minds of tourists who visit the temple.

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Things you Should Know about Sigiriya – Fun Facts and More

Being a mammoth rock that was carved into the shape of a lion, Sigiriya is a mighty sight for anyone and offers an adventure-filled experience.


Built back in the 5th century by King Kasyapa, this ancient fortress on top of a mammoth rock served the sole purpose of warning him of surprise enemy attacks while they were still miles away. After the King passed away, it became a Buddhist monastery and later on, was abandoned for unknown reasons and what remains of this once mighty site can be seen today.


Being a major tourist attraction on the island, the town does not come up short in having the best accommodations and as for food, any Sigiriya restaurant will serve you authentic Sri Lankan food too. If you are staying at a hotel like Sigiriya Jungles, for instance, there will be an onsite restaurant too.

Image Credit: Sigiriya Jungles

Going up

Climbing up the stairs that lead to the remains of the palaces, lakes, ponds, pools, fountains and extravagant gardens above; you’d also get an amazing view of the jungles below. On a clear, cloudless day, you will be able to look for miles ahead, and the view is jaw-dropping indeed.


When in Sri Lanka, Sigiriya is a must visit as it is also one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites on the island.

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Mysterious Sigiriya Rock Fortress – The 8th Wonder of the World

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.

Image Credit: Sigiriya Jungles

Going up

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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