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Visit Sigiriya


Sigiriya is one of Sir Lanka's star attractions, often referred to as the ‘eighth wonder of the world'. Sigiriya is situated in the Matale District in the centre of Sri Lanka, its fame due to its majestic flat-topped Lion Rock. This astonishing geological form is also an archeological marvel, as it's here that the remains of the Lion Rock fortress and surrounding rock gardens and pools can be visited. The ruined city was built in the 5th century during the reign of King Kashyapa and used after the king's death as a Buddhist monastery.

The central focus of Sigiriya is Lion Rock, a 200-metre-high magma rock with a large flat plateau at the summit. The King's summer palace once stood proudly at the top and though the ruins have now crumbled and all but disappeared, the steep climb to the top offers excellent views across the surrounding plains. Other highlights include Sigiriya's famous and exceptionally well-preserved frescos, the polished Mirror Wall - which carries messages from pilgrims and visitors from past centuries - and the surrounding 5th century water gardens, which spread across the site.


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Top itineraries in Sigiriya

View of a deserted beach on Sri Lanka's East Coast

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Sigiriya Rock Paintings

Treasures of Northern Sri Lanka & East Coast

11-day tailor-made holiday from £3,990 pp incl. flights

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Offering idyllic islands, scenic splendour and cultural encounters, this best-of-both tour shows off Sri Lanka and the Maldives at their absolute finest. Enjoy the sparkle of the Indian Ocean and stroll past giant-sized recumbent Buddhas in this tailor-made journey.

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