Sigiriya Rock Fortress,
Sri Lanka, Cultural Triangle
Info : Sigiriya Rock Fortress
The ancient rock fortress and palace of Sigiriya (aka Lions Rock) is one of the seven World Heritage Sites of Sri Lanka. It has also been declared by UNESCO as the 8th Wonder of the world.
Surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens and reservoirs, Sigiriya is steeped in history. From the 5th century BC, the fortress was used as a rock shelter mountain monastery, with caves prepared and donated by devotees to the Buddhist Sangha.
It is thought that the entire complex was built by King Kashyapa (477-495 AD) and most of the elaborate constructions on the rock summit date back to this period as well as defensive structures, palaces and gardens. There was even a royal bathing pool on the summit, which still fills with rain water.
An interesting feature of Sigiriya is the Mirror Wall. Made of a kind of porcelain, this wall was originally so well polished that the King could see his reflection as he walked alongside it. Today, the wall is partially covered with verses scribbled by visitors to the rock, some of which date from the 8th century. Similarly, the wall frescoes are clouded in mystery and the subject of many a legend.
Whether you are keen on art and history or not, a visit to Sigirya is a must for all to see the breath-taking views.
Sigiriya is a half day tour and generally best visited during the early morning or the late afternoon, when the sun is at its least fierce. It's a spectacular trip with something to tickle everybody's imagination. Due to the spiral staircase and flat rock surface the trip may be challenging for anyone without a head for heights.
Popular Holiday Itineraries including Sigiriya Rock Fortress
You can book this experience on its own, with flights or as part of an Experience Travel Holiday Itinerary.
Here are some of our popular holiday tours or we can create bespoke itineraries specifically tailored to you...
Boutique & Natural Sri Lanka
Discover the best of natural Sri Lanka staying in wonderful boutique hotels and unique signature experiences.
Classic Sri Lanka & The Maldives
The culture and natural beauty of Sri Lanka, the "must see" sites and insider secrets. Followed by 5 blissful days in the glorious Maldives.
Classic Sri Lanka & undiscovered Maldives
A combination of authentic experiences in Sri Lanka with boutique accommodation and The Maldives with a twist.
Essential Sri Lanka - Deluxe
Take in the best of Sri Lanka at a slow pace, culture, history, wildlife and beaches. Includes quality, unique hotels.
Essential Sri Lanka with East Coast
Our essential Sri Lanka holiday combined with the stunning beaches of the east coast – perfect weather from May-September.
Exploring Sri Lanka (3 Weeks)
An adventurous 3-week tour of Sri Lanka with plenty of activity and a good dash of boutique luxury too.
Family Adventure Sri Lanka
An action packed family trip perfect for adventurous families with teenage children.
Family holiday in Sri Lanka & Maldives
This comfort level holiday is a great value tour of Sri Lanka with a relaxing few says in the Maldives.
Family Sri Lanka & The Maldives
Family holiday with the best of Sri Lanka and a relaxing & luxurious few days in The Maldives.
Highlights & Beyond
3 week tour taking in Sri Lanka's main highlights whilst staying in eco-retreats, luxury hotels and cottages.
Luxury Family Sri Lanka
A classic trip around the island including luxury camping, superb boutique hotels and a beach villa.
Luxury Family Sri Lanka & The Maldives
A no expense spared, truly extraordinary one off experience for all your family.
Luxury Sri Lanka
The relaxed pace allows you to enjoy the wonderful sights of Sri Lanka in the best hotels.
Luxury Sri Lanka & Maldives
Luxurious 2 week tour staying at the best hotels in Sri Lanka and The Maldives with our unique experiences.
Luxury Sri Lanka - Sheer Indulgence
Relaxed 16 day tour encompassing the best of Sri Lanka, with some of the finest hotels in Asia.
Luxury Winter Wedding
Escape winter and wedding hassle: go to Sri Lanka for our Luxury Winter Wedding!
Relaxed Sri Lanka Family Holiday
Discover Sri Lanka's natural beauty and enjoy family-time away from the tourist trail. Unique accommodation and experiences tailored to your pace.
Sri Lanka and the work of Geoffrey Bawa
An tour of Sri Lanka taking in Sri Lanka's highlights with a focus on the work of its most famous architect Geoffrey Bawa.
Sri Lanka & Maldives Honeymoon
The ultimate 2 week honeymoon. A week in Sri Lanka and a week of total luxury in The Maldives.
Sri Lanka's Birds
Explore the best birding sights with tropical rainforests, soaring hillsides and stunning coastal wetlands.
Sri Lanka's Dry Zone
Explore the little visited areas around the cultural triangle, Wilpattu National Park, and Kalpitya peninsula.
Sri Lanka's Natural Wealth
Discover Sri Lanka's spectacular and diverse nature, landscapes and wildlife with unique, tucked away places to stay.
Sri Lanka & Undiscovered Maldives Family Holiday
Discover Sri Lanka's ancient sights and diverse people combined with an adventure in The Maldives; staying on a local island and a resort.
Ten Days in Sri Lanka - Autumn 2016
Discover the very best of Sri Lanka with this amazing special offer. It covers the best of Sri Lanka in just 10 days.
Thanks for all your help - the honeymoon was fantastic! Our driver, Hanif, was excellent and very helpful... All the hotels were very good but Warwick Gardens was fantastic - the best hotel we've ever stayed at.