Sigiriya can be called Sri Lanka’s most amazing heritage site. The reason for crediting it with this attribute is that Sigiriya is of spectacular natural beauty, too. The list of Sigiriya’s unique attractions is quite long: the steepest monadnock, Sri Lanka’s only large archaeological remnants atop a rock, the most beautiful ancient paintings, the island’s oldest and widest landscape and water gardens from antiquity, the best-preserved fortifications from the pre-colonial period, remnants of South Asia’s largest lion sculpture. Sigiriya is a must-see for heritage travellers visiting Sri Lanka’s Cultural Triangle. Climbing the “lion rock” via stairways is a little bit strenuous indeed, but the vistas are rewarding and the ruins of “Sri Lanka’s Machu Picchu” are unforgettable. If you are not used to climbing many steps, you can nevertheless manage the entire visit of garden area and rock summit within four hours.
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Nuwan Chinthaka Gajanayaka