Visit Sigiriya and be enthralled by the legendary tale as you climb the rocky citadel, an architectural masterpiece. Amidst the thick jungle, stands large and mysterious, the Sigiriya Rock Fortress… with every inch demonstrating the intelligence and design of the era.
The Royal Gardens around the Sigiriya Rock Fortress consist of terraced gardens, water gardens and boulder gardens. Midway up the rock, a stairway leads to a sheltered gallery displaying the world renowned frescoes, immaculately painted on the face of the rock. The Sigiriya Rock Fortress also features what is known as the mirror wall which is a wall coated with a smooth glaze. The graffiti inscribed between the 6th and 14th centuries demonstrates the development of the Sinhala language and script through the years. Towards the northern end of the rock, the final ascent to the summit commences with a brick stairway that leads between the lion’s paws, hence the name the Lion Rock.
Another one of the main attractions in this city is the Sigiriya Museum, which is an archaeological museum, research facility and information centre combined and featuring the results of almost three decades of research at Sigiriya and the surrounding area.