Sigiriya, also known as the ‘Lion Rock’ is a famous landmark located in the Sri Lankan district of Matale. The ancient fortress has a long history behind it. It started with King Kasyapa seizing power from King Dhatusena. Fearing retaliation from Prince Mogallana, the king’s son and rightful heir, Kasyapa made his capital in Sigiriya, a massive, forbidding rock. Kasyapa built his palace right at the top of the two hundred metre tall rock and fortified it well. Although this was not enough to stop Mogallana, who eventually took power and shifted the capital back to Anuradhapura.
Compelled by its rich history and imposing architecture, Sigiriya continues to be a popular tourist attraction. It is visited by locals and foreigners alike. The Lion Platform is located on the northern end of Sigiriya and is the main entrance into the rock fortress. At the platform one is greet by a narrow, steep staircase. The original gatehouse included the entire front of a lion but now only the paws remain and can be found on either side of the staircase. Although the head is no longer there, climbing between the massive paws, one cannot shake off the feeling of walking into the jaws of a giant, invisible lion!
The Mirror Wall is another popular attraction at this site. Made out of a type of porcelain, the wall was once well polished and one could actually see one’s reflection in it. Over time the wall was covered with scribbles made by visitors (it is now prohibited to write on the wall), the writings forming a historical record of sorts. Other key highlights of this attraction include the Frescoes, the Water Gardens, the Boulder Gardens and the Terrace Gardens.
Sigiriya is part of Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle, which also includes Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura. Tourists looking for a good hotel in Sigiriya can try Hotel Sigiriya. Ranked among the best hotels Sigiriya, it is a terrific place to stay. The hotel has many facilities, including an excellent spa and dining options, and has a central location which makes it the ideal base from which to explore the island’s Cultural Triangle and its many fascinating attractions.
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