Amongst the most iconic attractions in Sri Lanka, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress looms large over the landscape of the island’s Cultural Triangle; here are some of the key things to do on your visit.
Climb Sigiriya Rock
Making the ascent up the 660-foot high Sigiriya Rock Fortress will be a truly remarkable experience in Sri Lanka; Resort properties can be found close by, ideal for an early start. You will see water gardens, beautiful frescoes, the ancient Mirror Wall and large lion paws carved into the rock; at the summit, palace ruins and spellbinding vistas await.
Visit Sigiriya Museum
As part of your visit to the rock fortress, which can be easily accessed from hotels like Habarana Village by Cinnamon, head to the Sigiriya Archaeological Museum; located near the site’s entrance, it features a diorama of Sigiriya, details about its history and exhibits that include sculptures, jewels, ancient tools, paintings and more.
Ascend Pidurangala Rock
Located across from Sigiriya is Pidurangala Rock which has become equally popular. The climb is relatively short though the last part involves scrambling over boulders. On your way up top, you will pass a reclining statue of Lord Buddha, while the summit views of Sigiriya and the surroundings at sunrise or sunset are breathtaking.
Peruse Art at Pethikada
Those who love art or are looking for unique mementoes of their trip can head to a small art gallery in town, called Pethikada. It’s run by a local artist whose artwork resembles in style the paintings at Sigiriya. You will also find intricate wooden carvings, various statues, handicrafts and lacquerware which are quite enthralling too.