On my visit to Sri Lanka, everyone from the Taxi drivers to the locals kept asking me if I have visited Sigiriya. I couldn’t stop wondering why a rock could be worth visiting. What was so important about this rock? Anyway, I decided to satisfy my curiosity and once I got there, I understood why this place was a site to behold. Why hadn’t I visited this place earlier?
The term Sigiriya originates from the word Sihagri, i.e. Lion Rock and is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka, mostly referred to by the locals as the Eighth Wonder of the World and is one of the most visited tourist destination of Sri Lanka. It is an ancient palace that has significant archaeological importance.
Sigiriya refuses to reveal its secrets easily, and you’ll have to climb a series of vertiginous staircases attached to sheer walls to reach the top. 1200 steps to be precise. The rock satisfies both adrenaline freaks, the history buffs, art people and those who are looking for a great view. Whatever attitude you bring to the rock, you won`t be disappointed!
The main entrance is located in the northern side of the rock and was designed in the form of a huge stone lion, whose feet have survived up to today but the upper parts of the body were destroyed. The stairway used to enter his mouth.
I suggest arriving early in the morning and climbing as soon as possible. The site opens by 7:30am, and you should aim to get there as early as you can. Not only does it get busier as the day goes on, but the weather gets hotter and hotter. Pack lots of water, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat. If you can’t make it in the morning, aim to go in the late afternoon. Just try not to visit when the sun is at its brightest and hottest.
The best reward is when you get to the top. The view astonishes the visitors with the unique harmony between the nature and human imagination. Every angle showcased the natural beauty Sri Lanka’s landscapes. From the countryside to the jungle, everything was so green. Definitely a must visit place in Sri Lanka.