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Reasons why the Tourists love the Sigiriya Lion’s Rock

Reasons why the Tourists love the Sigiriya Lion’s Rock

Sri Lanka was identified for its natural resources, astounding irrigational and engineering capabilities, strategic location and importantly hospitality since ancient times. Sigiriya Lion’s Rock in Sri Lanka is one of the most fascinating places (also a UNESCO declared heritage site) that is considered as the 8th wonder of the world resulting it to be a tourist hot spot. 

“Sigiriya” is in the central hills of Sri Lanka surrounded by mountain ranges and vast landscapes of greenery. The Sigiriya rock is located predominantly surrounded by thick jungles. At eyesight this might not make sense as the surrounding looks pretty simple and plain. However, the cherry on top of the climb is once you climb to the top. 

Once you reach the top you will see a vast area of thick forest spreading across landscapes predominantly with flat land and a couple of significant mountain ranges in the vicinity. Climbing Sigiriya is not a difficult task and hopefully the following Sigiriya Rock Fortress Guide will help you enjoy this world wonder.

  • Getting there

    Main means of transport is via road. Recommended to use a private vehicle from Kandy or Colombo which will cost you 12,500LKR from Colombo and around 8000 LKR from Kandy. However, if you are backpacking or on a budget trip you can also take a local bus to Dambulla from Kandy and then another to Sigiriya.

  • When to visit

    Perfect times to visit the Sigiriya Lion Rock would be either early morning or in the evening before the sunset. Mid-day climb is possible however, due to the humid and tropical weather it might not be the most ideal time

  • The Cost

    The cost of the ticket for the locals is 65 LKR. and 3750 LKR (approx. $30) for foreign tourists. The significant price hike is predominantly because it is declared as a UNESCO world heritage site it is unavoidable.

  • Sigiriya Gardens

    Perfectly normal at a glance but what makes it absolutely magnificent is the fact that it was built over 1000 years ago and the irrigation system that supports the garden and fountains is absolutely unreal. The pipelines are connected underground with a unique irrigation system which also feed the fountains.

  • The Climb

    Comprising approximately 1200 steps; a combination of stones and steel (a recent addition because of preservation) might be slightly exhausting as you mount up but take your time to enjoy the view and the climb. Pay attention as the climb will also unfold the historical significance and the stories as you go up. Some of the main highlights on the way up are the Sigiriya frescoes, Murals, the mirror wall (that reflects the artworks on the opposite wall), Remnants of the Lion statue at the entrance of Sigiriya for which is also called the Lions rock. Legend says that on the top of the rock there would have been at least a 3-story building with outdoor areas for the king to enjoy evening activities. However, the most astonishing thing remaining on the top is a huge bath similar to a swimming pool which screams of the magnificent irrigation and engineering capabilities of our ancestors because they had a mechanism to pump water all the way up from a nearby pond or stream.

As a result of this historical monument today Sigiriya is one of most popular tourist destinations. The area has been seeing some recent developments as “the Kingdom – Sigiriya”. We at Global Housing and Real Estate (Pvt) LTD have ensured to preserve nature, heritage while tactfully building modern, luxury living creating a difference in the real estate market for hotel residencies in Sri Lanka.

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Top things to do in Sigiriya

Top things to do in Sigiriya

Sigiriya is an iconic destination in Sri Lanka that has been visited by thousands and thousands of locals and tourists to-date remains an architectural marvel, which is often considered to be the 8th wonder of the world. “Sigiriya Rock” is a landmark that boasts the irrigational, engineering and the remarkable architectural capacity of our ancestors. 

Climbing the Sigiriya rock is a must do if you are planning a trip to Sigiriya. However, if you are seeking for more information about the surroundings, activities and some of the things to do in Sigiriya, here is a simple guide that will help you plan the trip better.

  • Climb Sigiriya Rock (Aka Lion Rock)

    Mandatory as it is one of the Top Attractions in Sigiriya. (Tip ⇒ Morning is the best time to climb the rock, as it is much cooler than it will be during midday)

  • Visit the Pidurangala Rock

    Another interesting climb and the beauty is you will see Pidurangala situated right next to Sigiriya Rock and it hold its own beauty once you climb to the top.

  • Visit the Sigiriya Museum

    Visit the museum to learn more about the historical importance of the Kingdom of Sigiriya.

  • Visit the Minneriya National Park

    (This is your cue to visit a national wildlife park while you are in Sigiriya. Experience the wildlife (elephants) in Sri Lanka.

  • Cycling Tours

    You can take your own Cycling tour in Sigiriya by renting a bicycle for the day.

  • Hot Air Ballooning

    If you are in the mood for an extraordinary experience, try the hot air balloons in Sigiriya. The Sri Lankan ballooning season is from November to April and is definitely one of the most unique things to do in Sigiriya.

  • Visit Historical Buddhist Temples

    You can also visit Dambulla Cave temple, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa (but will include a drive of about an hour). These three places hold very significant importances in Lanakan history.

These are some of the top things one can do in Sigiriya.

When looking at the accommodation options, there are tons of hotels, hostels, resorts and apartments available in and around Sigiriya depending on your requirements. Team at Global Housing and Real Estate (Pvt) Ltd understands the requirements of the visitors and carefully curated our latest project “The Kingdom”. It is one of the largest real estate projects in place that is designed purely for leisure as a means of escape from the chaos; perfect for those who seeking a Luxury Hotel Residency in Sri Lanka. We recommend you give “The Kingdom” a chance and you will be mesmerized.

 

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