The magnificent rock fortress of Sigiriya is one of the 7 UNESCO world heritage sites and a treasured historical monument in Sri Lanka. Read on to know more about this enchanted destination.
Time for a History Lesson
According to legends, it is believed that King Kashyapa murdered his father King Dhatusena by entombing him in a wall. Seeing this; the rightful heir to the throne, prince Mogollana fled to India. Knowing that his half-brother would return seeking vengeance Kashyapa made Sigiriya as his capital and sought refuge in on the Sigiriya rock, on top of which he constructed a royal palace.
The Landscaped gardens
Located in the area surrounding the bottom of the rocky outcrop, Gardens of Sigiriya is one of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. Filled with water fountains and masterfully crafted statues, the gardens are one of the most beautiful sites to see when you are in Sigiriya.
The Beauty of the Frescoes
The rock walls of Sigiriya are home to some of the world’s rarest and beautifully crafted frescoes known to mankind. Witnessing will make you travel back in time to listen to the echoing memories of an empire which thrived in these lands millennia ago.
Getting there and accommodation facilities
It is easy to reach here by taxi from the town and will be even easier if you are stationed in any of the Sigiriya hotels that are located close to the rock fortress. Aliya Resort & Spa is an accommodation option worth considering as you get to enjoy spectacular views of Sigiriya and the areas surrounding it, as an added bonus if you chose to stay here.
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+