The 200 meter Sigiriya rock castle is without a doubt the islands biggest attraction. Boasting a myriad of awe inspiring features, the Sigiriya rock is proof of the well advanced intelligence of the ancient Sri Lankans. A trip atop this rock and you will be baffled by the ingenuity of the technology used in hydraulics, Engineering and Defense. For a structure created in the 5th century, the Sigiriya rock is marvelous. Being the landmark of Sri Lanka, this rock castle has drawn to the island planeloads of people. If you are interested in visiting this city and are looking for hotels Sigiriya has plenty to offer. If you want to get the best experience out of your climb up the rock, choose a hotel in Sigiriya such as Hotel Sigiriya which is located in close proximity to this site.
The Sigiriya Boulder Garden is one of the many gardens in the castle premises. These gardens cover the entire western length of the Sigiriya Rock. Unlike the symmetrical water gardens found on the level below, the boulder gardens portray a completely unique asymmetrical concept that is also organic in nature. The purpose of such a design was to depict natural harmony. The juxtaposed features in irregular patterns create remarkable compositions that always strike the eye.
Rock shelters are found beneath a couple of boulders, some of which date back to the 3rd century BC. In fact before King Kasyappa discovered the rock it was used by monks as a meditation sanctuary. Within these shelters the technology of drip- ledges were used to prevent rainwater from flowing into the caves. Although the Boulder Garden had several remnants from an era before Kasyappa, the King cleverly made use of these caves and incorporated it into his grand castle design enhancing them even further to give it the effect of a paradise garden complete with a Cobra hood cave and a kings audience hall.
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