Sigiriya: An Amazing Rock Fortress – An amazing palace in the sky

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Sigiriya, also known as the Lion’s Rock is a popular hotspot among many tourists who visit Sri Lanka. Visit this heavenly place on earth and get to know the rich history of the country.

Sigiriya | Image Credit - anonymous, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons
Sigiriya | Image Credit – anonymous, CC BY-SA 3.0 Via Wikimedia Commons


Sigiriya is one of the fascinating sites located in the remote village of Matale district in Sri Lanka. In the 5th century, the city gained utmost popularity when King Kashyapa converted the site into a fortress, palace and a pleasure garden. You’ll certainly be mesmerized seeing the giant rock palace against the backdrop of lush green surroundings and clear blue skies. Today it has been recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The best urban planning

The remarkable aspects of urban planning in Sigiriya include concepts such as asymmetry and symmetry while combining natural surroundings with man-made structures. In addition, reservoirs, ponds and the subsurface hydraulic system have made the engineers from all around the world to witness its wondrous mechanism. The Royal Water Gardens are based on an “echo” plan.

Plan your trip

Those who wish to uncover the historical marvels of the Sigiriya Rock Fortress can consider planning the journey with one of the tour operators in Sri Lanka the likes of Delmege Tours. Also, do consider what each package offers in terms of services provided, duration, refreshments, and other add-ons to have an amazing travel experience in the historical city of Sigiriya.

‘Sigiriya Damsels’

Climbing up the spiral metal staircase up to a sheltered recess in the rock, you will be amazed seeing these beautiful paintings. ‘Sigiriya Damsels’ which is also called ‘Sigiri Apsaras’ is painted in a cavity inside the rock about 100m above the rock base. The women are only painted from the waist up with torsos appearing god-like from clouds.

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


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