Lion rock Sigiriya

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View on the rock from our hotel

Sleeping at the foot of the Sigiriya rock (‘Lion rock’) since two nights already (marvellous view from the hotel towards the rock), finally got to visit it!

 

The rock is towering 200 meters above the surroundings, on it the remains of a medieval capital. Last part of The Cultural Triangle (another UNESCO World Heritage site) to be visited. First walking the Water Gardens, climbing the Boulder Gardens and the Terrace Gardens to reach the base of the rock. From her two incongruous metal spiral staircases lead to and from a cave where you find the famous frescoes, the ‘Sigiriya Damsels’. After climbing up to and down from these elegant creatures you pass the Mirror Wall, covered with graffiti (the oldest dating from the seventh century!!).

Continuing climbing steeply up the rock you’ll reach the Lion Platform, where you find the remains of a gigantic lion statue. Then the final ascent to the summit, a narrow iron staircase!

 

Once at the top you’ll find the remains of The Royal Palace and a large tank. And a marvellous (although somewhat hazy) view!!!

 

In the afternoon we visited a local family, a mother with here daughters demonstrating some typical house hold chores such as cooking methods, husking coconut, making roti….. a touristic thing, but interesting (for sure due to the very friendly, charming ladies J).

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View on the rock from our hotel
View on the rock from our hotel
The Water Gardens
The Water Gardens
The Water Gardens
The Water Gardens
The Water Gardens
The Water Gardens
The Water Gardens
The Water Gardens
The Water Gardens (fountains)
The Water Gardens (fountains)
The Water Gardens
The Water Gardens
The Boulder Gardens
The Boulder Gardens
The Boulder Gardens
The Boulder Gardens
The Boulder Gardens
The Boulder Gardens
The Boulder Gardens
The Boulder Gardens
The Boulder Gardens
The Boulder Gardens
The Terrace Gardens
The Terrace Gardens
Looking up to the Mirror Wall
Looking up to the Mirror Wall
Looking down to the Water Gardens
Looking down to the Water Gardens
Stairs towards the cave with the …
Stairs towards the cave with the …
Stairs towards the cave with the …
Stairs towards the cave with the …
Me before starting to climb the st…
Me before starting to climb the s…
Looking down
Looking down
Starting to climb the stairs towar…
Starting to climb the stairs towa…
Warning
Warning
At the stairs
At the stairs
Sigiriya Damsels
Sigiriya Damsels
Sigiriya Damsels
Sigiriya Damsels
Sigiriya Damsels
Sigiriya Damsels
Sigiriya Damsels
Sigiriya Damsels
Sigiriya Damsels
Sigiriya Damsels
Sigiriya Damsels
Sigiriya Damsels
Sigiriya Damsels
Sigiriya Damsels
Sigiriya Damsels
Sigiriya Damsels
Mirror wall
Mirror wall
Just came from there ;-)
Just came from there ;-)
Giant lion paw
Giant lion paw
Another staircase
Another staircase
Looking down to the Lion Platform
Looking down to the Lion Platform
Didnt like this part...
Didn't like this part...
View Water Gardens
View Water Gardens
View lake (and hotel)
View lake (and hotel)
Tank
Tank
Thron
Thron
Was there ;-)
Was there ;-)
Cobra Hood Cave
Cobra Hood Cave
Family kitchen
Family kitchen
Mother and daughter
Mother and daughter
Tasting roti
Tasting roti
Sigiriya
photo by: Vlindeke