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Sigiriya


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Sigiriya (Lion's rock) Sigiriya is a town with a large stone and ancient rock fortress and palace ruin in the central Matale District of Central Province, surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs, and other structures. A popular tourist destination, Sigiriya is also renowned for its ancient paintings (frescos), which are reminiscent of the Ajanta Caves of India. It is one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka.

"Sigiriya The Palace & Fortress in The Sky"

Sigiriya, the spectacular 'Lion rock' fortress, stands majestically overlooking the luscious green jungle surroundings, and is one of Sri Lanka's major attractions.This was built by King Kasyapa, a son of King Dhatusena, by a palace consort. As legend goes, King Dhatusena was overthrown and walled in, alive by Kasyapa in 473 AD. Mogallana, Dhatusena's son by the true queen fled to India, vowing revenge.

Kasyapa fearing an invasion built this impregnable fortress at Sigiriya.When the invasion finally came in 491, Kasyapa rode out to battle in his war elephant. In an attempt to out-flank his half-brother, Kasyapa took a wrong turn, where his elephant got stuck in the mud. His soldiers, thinking Kasyapa was retreating fled abandoning him, and he took his own life. Sigiriya later became a monastic refuge, but eventually fell into disrepair.

Location :

Province : Cetral District : Matale

Routes: By Bus(A1 and A6)

Colombo → Dabulla → Sigiriya

Routes: By Train

Colombo → Dabulla → Sigiriya

Driving Distance from Colombo

Distance (km): 172 Km. Distance (mile) : 107 Miles.


 

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