Sigiriya or Lion Rock is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most spectacular locations we visit in all of Sri Lanka. After the short drive we entered the site walking through the water gardens where ancient under ground piping cleverly spread the precious resource to every corner. Before long you are faced with the 200 metre near vertical rock, the centrepiece of this historic city.
Despite the daunting appearance the way up was expertly engineered by its inhabitants over 1000 years ago to provide a steady climb. Along the route there are small remnants of the bustling ancient life, a painting on the rock face or indecipherable graffiti. Three quarters of the way up the ground flattens to show all that’s left of the city namesake, giant lion paws with a staircase in between leading to the pinnacle of the rock. With many pools to harvest rainwater and the remains of various buildings on the top coupled with spectacular 360 degree views no wonder this was chosen as a fortress.
We arrived back at our hotel in the early afternoon for some rest and relaxation.