Great history and views
A long. long climb!
Give your legs some exercise and get climbing!
Sigiriya - what is it? A 'Garden of Eden' or The Fountains of Paradise? Thoughts and Impressions of My Visit. I want to outline my impressions, based on facts and observations – including observations of some things that are unexplained in terms of what we are familiar with in the 21st Century. As these are simply my impressions, I would...more
This corridor running through the rock, was built of a material that reflects the figures of people who passes through it, so it is known as the mirror wall. They say it was crafted from so that the king could see the reflection of the girls walking. At the end of the corridor there´s a great viewpoint.more
After the Water Gardens south of the entrance, is located the Boulders Garden. This second garden contains several large boulders linked with pathways, and are asymmetrical, as they were built around the existing rock formation, it´s salid that each boulder had a pavillion on the top. The main staircase pass through two big boulders, just before...more
The site is considered one of the most developed urban planning sites of the first millenium, with complicated designs of symmetry and asymmetry. It has five gates (with the western gate reserved for the royals). All the complex is surrounded by a huge moat built for it´s protection.more
The rock summit covers 1.6 hectares. Where once stood Kassapa's palace, only the foundations remain today. There is a 27m by 21m pond here which was probably used for water storage.The palace would have occupied the summits highest point, the lower areas would have been the living quarters of the servants and soldiers. At the lowest end of the...more
The food at the restaurant of the Sigiriya Village Hotel is very beautiful... it's actually more than beautiful, it's spectacular. It's a buffet, of course, but the chefs have taken their time in carving and decorating some pumkins and squashes. Very eye (and photo) catching. Despite its beauty the food looked like all the other buffets that we...more
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We hired a car & driver for a few days, who sorted out all our accommodation & entrances. We gave a list of the places we wanted to visit. He wittled that list down to a realistic size & off we went.
I would definately recommend doing this rather than hiring a car. the driving is crazy here.
The main Columbo to Galle road was built to be a normal 2 way road. It is not unusual to see at least 4 lanes of traffic on it!.
If you want to reach the top of Sigiriya rock you'll have to cover soem ground - or better some steps. About 1200 of them, to be precise - some cut in limestone, others built in iron. Some advice, then: bring plenty of water (trust me, you'll be sweating a lot) and try to climb it early in the morning or late in the afternoon, when it's not so hot, anymore. Use sun screen, too... and wear a hat. If you think you won't make it, don't despair.. it's full of people willing to give you a hand, or drag you up to the summit - as long as you're willing to pay.
Climbing the Sigirya Rock was not an easy task as it initially apeared to my punny interlect. The steep rocky steps proved that I needed to work out more often as I gathered all my streangth climbing the steep stairs.A Word of Caution: There are Hornets at the half way point and should not be disturbed. If you find yourself amongst the crowd of...more
Beware of guys "helping" you up the steps - whether you want them to or not. I was with a Kuoni guide in a group of 7 and, being fairly fit anyway, was able to shake my "helper" off most of the time but he was doggedly persistent, trailed me the whole time repeating the information given by our guide and then blatantly asked me for money! My friend...more
When you are walking up Lion Rock, you will pass through some large rock structures. In some areas, you will see signs warning of hornets. It's important to be quiet while passing by or under these structures. You can see the hornet nests. They don't seem to come near the path, so it's something you don't have to worry too much about. Just be...more
The Sigiriya Hotel is noted for its ayurvedic massages. There's even a resident ayurvedic phisician there who will ask you lots of questions before deciding what treatment and massage to give you. The point is that it's really all a joke, as both my husband and i were given the same treatment by some really useless masseur and masseuse. As for the herbal bath... where were the herbs?
Fun Alternatives: Save your ayuervedic money for some better places... the ayurvedic centre at the sudu araliya hotel in polonnaruwa, for example... or even better, the ayiurvedic clinic near the hotel suisse in kandy. They are two addresses where your money will be well-spent
Luggage and bags:
If your heading to the Sigiriya Rock, I suggest you keep your backpack at the hotel as the climb is steep taking about 2 hours. A large water bottle, sun cream and a sandwitch would be ideal :)
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear light colored clothing. Temperatures can reach 35'c on the Rock during mid day..
Good Ruber shoes/boots, and sports pants should be ok.. The rock surface is lined with stairs making it easier to climb, however be prepared to climb for 2hours.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: There's aren't any Toilets up there.. So make sure you do everything down at the hotel. Bring a few plasters just incase you scrape yourself against the rocks. During certain times of the year, warsps gather in numbers! Therefore BE QUIET!
Photo Equipment: Camera+wide angle lens,
A very light tripod if you plan on taking HDRs (Remember! you have to haul it all the way up there)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: None!
Miscellaneous: When heading up the rock, put some distance between other travellers (especially young enthusiastic kids)... Warsps are attracted to noise!
The climb up the rock can be quite exhausting. It's best to do it early in the morning to avoid the afternoon heat. Bring plenty of water and wear sunscreen & a hat to protect you from the sun. The climb to the top involves climbing a large number of steps. These range from wide stone steps to steep metal steps, these are fixed to the side of the...more
Sigiriya is included in the Cultural triangle Ticket which is a good value to get rather than paying each site separately.This cost around 40$ (!!) and covers six sights (Anuradhapura, Sigirirya, Polonnaruwa, Nalanda, Medirigiriya, Ritigala BUT NOT Dambulla caves and certainly NOT the temple of the tooth in Kandy. The ticket is valid for 14 days...more
Sigiriya is the Lion Moutain: it's a 200 metre high rock which once hosted a city and a royal palace. The mind behind all this was King Kashyapa who, in the 5th century, decided to create this 'Palace in the Sky'. The palace, of course, would have been on top of this rock. Not the remains of the palace, nor the breathtaking way up on the rock's...more