Sigiriya

Sigiriya is located 165 km away from Colombo, 77 km from Anuradhapura, 66 km from Polannaruwa, 91 km from Kandy and 109 km from Trincomalee, in Sri Lanka.

Sigiriya is located 165 km away from Colombo, 77 km from Anuradhapura, 66 km from Polannaruwa, 91 km from Kandy and 109 km from Trincomalee, in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya is centred on the mighty 5th century “Fortress in the Sky” of the parricide King Kasyappa. On a sheltered pocket in the rock are found the famed entrancingly beautiful Sigiriya frescoes. One cannot fail to marvel at the masterful execution of the sinuous forms of these bewitching women and the glowing palette fresh colours that 15 centuries have not dimmed. The smooth glassy finish of the mirror wall still persists. The graffiti with ancient verse inscriptions on the wall made by later visitors sing the praises of the Sigiriya maidens. The old stairway to the top is led very beautifully through the mouth of a huge crouching lion of whose only the paws remain. On the summit are the remains of the handsome Royal Citadel.

Tourists Attractions in Sigiriya

  • Lion Rock

The Sigiriya Rock Fortress of Sri Lanka is situated in the Matale district near to Dambulla. It can be reached along Colombo- Habarana highway and turning towards east from Inamaluwa. Then proceeding about 10 km from Inamaluwa and passing Kimbissa Township, one arrives at Sigiriya.

Coming along the path of the mirror wall, you can find the Lions Paw Terrace or Platform. Only two huge Lion's paws are remaining now but earlier, there had been an enormous Lion rock figure or statue at the entrance. Through the Lion's paw stairway, the summit can be reached taking the iron stairway built on to the rock face. On the summit are the remains of the Palace building foundations and few ponds on an area of about 3 acres of rock summit.

  • Ayurveda Herbal Massage

Massage is one of the oldest healing arts: Chinese records dating back 3,000 years document its use; the ancient Hindus, Persians and Egyptians applied forms of massage for many ailments; and Hippocrates wrote papers recommending the use of rubbing and friction for joint and circulatory problems. Today, the benefits of massage are varied and far-reaching. As an accepted part of many physical rehabilitation programs, massage therapy has also proven beneficial for many chronic conditions, including low back pain, arthritis, bursitis, fatigue, high blood pressure, diabetes, immunity suppression, infertility, smoking cessation, depression, and more. And, as many millions will attest, massage also helps relieve the stress and tension of everyday living that can lead to disease and illness.

  • Elephant Ride

Elephants are the great travel companions since ancient times. One can have great opportunities with an elephant in elephant riding. During the elephant ride you can observe wild life as well as people's life. With this greatest beast, one will have the most unforgettable experience in a life time. Elephant riding can be arranged in Sigiriya, Habarana, Minneriya, Kavudulla as well as in villages where one wishes to visit while sitting on elephant back.

  • Village Trekking by Cart

A village trekking experience, passing through an ancient reservoir, birds and lily trotters rivaled by a myriad of butterflies. A Chena cultivation and way of life that is almost extinct. A gentle bullock cart ride through the forest that lets you indulge yourself in nature like never before. The gravel becomes the dusty, red soil of a tank bund and a reservoir which is a stunning mixture of contrasts.

The backdrop is green, lush rice fields spread to infinity while the silent waters of the reservoir is rippled only by a lone fishermen mounted on his catamaran. As you walk further, the sight of the Sigiriya rock fortress can be awe inspiring and its already time to take a catamaran ride and arrive at a chena farmer’s humble home, a setting that takes you back a few decades to enjoy a black tea brewed by the farmer’s wife. Experience the pleasures of village-life as you walk through the woods and mount yet another ancient mode of the humble man’s transportation – bullock carts. The Hiriwadunna nature trek is a true village experience that winds back time and let you experience this island in a different era, unspoilt, innocent and refreshing.

Sigiriya on map

Sri Lanka Tourism Activities around Sigiriya