Sigiriya has it all — a history full of intrigue, astonishing frescoes of bare-breasted maidens painted 15 centuries ago, a wall covered in graffiti that is more than 1,000 years old and, to top it all, Asia’s oldest surviving landscape garden.
 
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Sigiriya is famous for its 200 metre high stone fortress and palace ruins which are surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs and other structures. It refuses to reveal its secrets easily, and you'll have to climb a series of staircases attached to walls to reach the top that contains the ruins of an ancient civilisation – the short-lived kingdom of Kassapa.

Built by an obsessed monarch in the 5th century, Sigiriya is an astonishing feat of engineering and construction. When the capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king's death, it was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning.

 

sights in Sigiriya

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water gardens

The Gardens of the Sigiriya city displays one of the worlds most sophisticated hydraulic technologies, dating from the Early Historic Period... Read more >

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frescoes

Protected in a small, sheltered depression a hundred meters above ground, the frescoes were an integral part of the overall awe-inspiring sight of Sigiriya... Read more >

Mirror wall & graffitis

Originally this wall was so highly polished that the king could see himself whilst he walked alongside it. People of all types wrote on the wall... Read more>