Sigiriya & Dambulla
Enriched with flavors of history, immersed in immense holistic significance, a tour to Sri Lanka is inconceivable without visiting the dramatic destination of Sigiriya. Carved out of a single rock, Sigiriya is a majestic stone that bears the evidence of an ancient civilization. As you ascend the spiral stairways to reach the top, learn about the history of Sigiriya, how it was founded during the reign of King Kassapa I and the mysteries behind the great rock.
But is Sigiriya merely a giant stone? No! The secrets of the big rock are exposed as you make the climb. Though intimidating at first, the walk up to the top is not as difficult as it looks. On your way, appreciate the striking frescos and a pair of lions paws carved out of a rock. For artists and architects, this climb is a sheer joy as it unveils the creative gem of the bygone era. The mirrored walls which reflect the sunlight and are filled with graffiti is another delight. Sigiriya is surrounded by water gardens, peaceful shrines and also has a museum. After the hike up to the top, soak in the picturesque view that makes the struggle worth it.