Sigiriya, meaning ‘lion rock’ in Sinhalese, is an ancient rock fortress and palace surrounded by jungle in central Sri Lanka. The entrance to the tip of the palace was designed in the shape of a lion’s mouth.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, and declared the 8th Wonder of the World, it is enclosed by the remains of an extensive network of gardens and reservoirs. These gardens are some of the oldest landscaped gardens in the world and include water, boulder and terraced gardens. From the 5th century BC the site was used as a rock shelter mountain monastery with caves prepared for the Buddhist Sangha. King Kashyapa built the remaining complex between AD 477 and 495. Sigiriya is renowned for its ancient paintings which would have once covered most of the western face of the rock.
The elaborate plan of Sigiriya combines man-made geometrical forms with the natural forms of its surroundings. It consists of an ancient castle and the remains of an upper palace situated on the flat top of the rock. The lower palace clings to the slopes below the rock and leads to moats, walls and gardens. The park even contains sophisticated working hydraulic systems. The famous Mirror Wall is so called because it was once so polished that the king could see himself whilst he walked alongside it.
If you are planning a Sigiriya holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
Sigiriya Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Sigiriya.