Sigiriya, one of the seats of government of the ancient Sinhala Kingdom, is a land filled with ancient relics, and historical and archeological sites.
The Lion’s Rock Fortress was built by Sri Lanka’s King Kashyapa (477-495 CE) who decided to set up his kingdom within the security of the huge rock. The entrance was made to resemble the head of a huge lion, while beautiful frescoes, rooftop gardens, and ponds add to the ancient allure of what is considered as the Eighth Wonder of The World.
Thalakota Wewa Trail
Visitors have the opportunity to experience the simple lifestyle of the local residents who live in harmony with the land. The walking trail will take you to the Thalakota Wewa tank, a water reservoir that enables the villages to grow their various crops.
Ancient Mirrors & Graffiti
The mirror wall was a highly polished parapet wall that, at the time of its construction, had reflective abilities similar to a mirror. The wall is inscribed with ancient poems, verses, and musings known as Sigiriya graffiti. First-time visitors to Sri Lanka should look out for Sri Lanka holiday packages that will take you to these attractions provided by travel agents such as Travel Design by CDC.
Take to the Skies
If you are looking for a way to experience the magic of Sigiriya without having to scale a steep rock in the sweltering heat, opt for a balloon ride at sunrise.
Intrigued by history, art and food, Lavinia Woolf is a writer who is passionate about the extraordinary and writes of the exhilarating and enchanting. Google+