SIGIRIYA ROCK FORTRESS
Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most majestic, awe-inspiring and stunning historical locations in the world, built in the 5th century AD by ‘mad’ King Kasyapa.
Sigiriya is both a palace and a fortress of stunning splendor, and is a tribute to its ingenious builders. Lest we forget to the King who wanted a Sri Lankan Holiday deal in a palace built on the flat top of a rock with a terrace and a mirror wall. The entrance is at mid level, through the Famous Lion gate that gives Sigiriya its name makes it the perfect tailor made holiday getaway. The frescoes of Heavenly Maidens -some twenty, sensuously captivating beauties narrate in paint the pleasures of a pristine past. Sigiriya is an architectural marvel and a classic example of urban planning in the first millennium. A park laid out on a symmetrical plan to appease Royal indolence and water retaining structures with ingenious surface and subsurface hydraulic systems will surprise you, as most of them function to this day.
The mirror wall has verses dating from the 8th century wherein they wrote on love, irony, loss and grief. The Gardens of Sigiriya is one of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. The Lion’s Mouth – is the entrance to the palace, with its giant paws still intact is a display of the wondrous past which surrounds this palace.