Sigiriya, meaning ‘lion rock’ in Sinhalese, is an ancient rock fortress and palace surrounded by jungle in central Sri Lanka. Rising from the central plains, Sigiriya is one of Sri Lanka's most iconic sights with practically vertical cliff walls topped by a perfectly flat summit where the ancient ruins of a Kassapa city still stand. Reached by a vertigo-inducing staircase that winds its way up the rock you'll be rewarded with stunning views. The entrance to the tip of the palace was designed in the shape of a lion’s mouth, hence its name.Read More
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, and considered the 8th Wonder of the World, Sigiriya is enclosed by the remains of an extensive network of gardens and reservoirs. These attractive 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 and smooth that the king could see himself whilst he walked alongside it.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Sigiriya
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:
Elephant Corridor Sigiriya
The Elephant Corridor in Sigiriya is a modern and serene boutique hotel. All rooms have state of the art facilities including satellite TV, extensive mini bar and excellent German and Italian crafted en suites. Guests can soak up the views of the hotel's manicured gardens from their private terrace and outdoor private plunge pool. There is also a restaurant serving fantastic local and international cuisine with amazing views out onto the gorgeous verdant scenery. The hotel also boasts the Om Wellness Spa and a mini fitness centre.
Hotel Sigiriya Sigiriya
The beautiful Hotel Sigiriya has spacious bright rooms with high ceilings and gorgeously spacious terraces with views of the attractive gardens. The outdoor pool has amazing views of Lion Rock and guests can relax on the sun loungers spaced around the pool. For further relaxation head to the Ayurveda Spa for massage treatments. The hotel also offers three different bars where guests can enjoy a cold beverage after a day of sightseeing.
Jetwing Vil Uyana Sigiriya
The luxury Jetwing Vil Uyana enjoys a scenic spot beside a man-made lake among reed beds and paddy fields. Described as a boutique eco resort, the property boasts a traditional holistic spa, three restaurants with a variety of cuisine and an onsite Yoga instructor. The individual dwellings are elegant, spacious and look out onto beautiful water and forest surroundings. The woven ceilings, high wooden floors, muted colours and white linen perfectly complement the exotic landscape.
Kassapa Lions Rock Sigiriya
With the stunning back drop of Sigiriya Temple, Kassapa Lions Rock Resort is an eco friendly hotel. Guest rooms come in the form of chalets and have beautiful open air bathrooms. The refreshing outdoor pool offers great views of Sigiriya Rock and the grounds are perfect to take a stroll through. The restaurant offers delicious buffet dinners and A La Carte. For the twitchers out there, why not take advantage of the guided Bird watching trails that are nearby? Perfectly located close to Sigiriya Rock Fortress - one of Sri Lanka's best sites.
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.