Climbing Pidurangala Rock – An Adventurous Ascent!

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While the Sigiriya Rock Fortress in Sri Lanka is one of the most popular destinations in the island, many may not know of an equally enthralling rock that lies across from it; captivating adventures await at Pidurangala Rock!

Pidurangala Rock
Pidurangala Rock | Image Credit : Ji-Elle, Pidurangala Rock depuis Sigiriya (1), CC BY-SA 3.0

Getting There

Pidurangala Rock is located around 4 km from Sigiriya in the Cultural Triangle of Sri Lanka. Resorts and hotels can easily be found in Sigiriya and Dambulla such as Heritance Kandalama which make ideal places from which to plan excursions here.

The Ascent Begins

The journey begins at a temple known as the Pidurangala Raja Maha Viharaya. While there is an entrance fee, do remember this is a sacred site so dress appropriately. You can cover up with a scarf or shawl while passing through the temple premises.

The Hike Up Pidurangala

The hike entails climbing up ancient stairs cut into the rock and which are a bit steep. You will reach a point where you can see what remains of the Pidurangala Temple including a massive statue of a reclining Buddha. From here, the climb requires having to go over (or under!) some boulders till you reach the top.

At the Summit

The reward for reaching the summit (takes around 20 to 30 minutes depending on your fitness) is breathtaking views of Sigiriya and beyond. Take time to just soak up the serenity and the alluring beauty, before getting those ‘must have’ selfies! If you plan your visit early morning, you will be rewarded with spectacular sunrise vistas too.

Caleb Falcon is a travel writer who specializes in writing content based on the many exciting world adventures that await intrepid travellers. Google+

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