Sigiriya – the Lion Rock of Sri Lanka – is one of the most iconic historical landmarks found on the entire island. Built well over millennia ago, this fortress still holds many secrets that most travellers are unaware of. So, here’s a quick peek into some of those untold stories of Sigiriya.
The Lion Gate
One of the first things you’ll see as you enter Sigiriya is the impressive Lion Gate – or what’s left of it, that is. During its glory days, the entrance sported the impressive open maw of a lion. Only the two paws that pay by its sides remain today.
The Outer Walls
the outer moat of Sigiriya was the first line of defence the fortress had against potential invaders. When the fortress was operational, a drawbridge would have been required to cross the moat and there are tales that man-eating crocodiles were kept in the waters below!
The Water Gardens
The water gardens are one of the best places to visit in Sigiriya. Most prominent hotels in the area which include Sigiriya in their itinerary – for example, the Araliya Hotels & Resorts – will make mention of these. Fed by underground pipes, these gardens are an excellent example of ancient urban planning.
The frescoes of Sigiriya are one of the most famous attractions you can see here during your visit. These depict ladies of the King’s court, gods, goddesses, and a number of celestial beings.