Sigiriya... a glimpse into the amazing past

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Sigiriya


Sigiriya is one of the world heritage sites. The visitor who has come to see it should know the history and the cultural background of this ancient fortress in the wilderness. After your Sigiriya visit we shall take you round to get the real feel of rural life in this region

Built by an obsessed monarch in the 5th century, Sigiriya or Lion Rock is an astonishing feat of engineering and construction. The most striking portion of Sigiriya, a terracotta and grey core of rock set in the cultural heart of Sri Lanka, rises a sheer 200 metres above a forested plain, its flattened summit sloping gently. A series of moats, ramparts and water gardens — remnants of an ancient city — spread out on two sides of the rock, with the remains of a pair of giant stone lion’s paws still guarding the staircase that leads to the summit, once occupied by a royal palace.

He betook himself through fear to Sīhāgiri
which is difficult to ascent for human beings.
He cleared roundabout, surrounded it with a wall
and built a staircase in the form of a lion…
Then he built there a fine palace, worthy to behold,
like another Alakamanda,
and dwelt there like the god Kuvera.”

Culavamsa CH 39 v2-4 (circa 1200AD)


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