Sigiriya or Simhagiri is an ancient rock fortress located in the central Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure —Sīhāgiri, the Lion Rock. The capital and the royal palace was abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.
|1||Driver picks you up from Kandy and drives to Sigiriya.|
|2||Visit Sigiriya Rock Fortress, renowned as one of the UNESCO World Heritage, see the water gardens, Frescos, the Royal Pool and enjoy the view on the top of the rocks.|
|3||Elephant ride at Sigiriya (upon your choice)|
|4||Back to Dambulla|
|5||Lunch at a nice restaurant|
|6||Visit Dambulla Rock Temple, the most visited cave temple in sri Lanka|
|7||Visit Spice and Herbal Garden|
|8||Visit Aluvihara Monastery, The caves are ornamented with hand-painted frescoes and coloured statues of devils and sinners showing you various forms of punishment in the afterlife|
|9||Drive back to Kandy|
Buddha once said - "It is better to travel well than to arrive." and for a lot of people some people, he was such a prominent public figure who influenced many people's life philosophy. For those who would like to know places where you can reflect upon Siddharta Gautama's teachings, then this tour is simply the perfect option for you. Check out the following highlights: Kandy, Sigiriya, Dambulla, Spice and Herbal Garden, Aluvihara monastery, Matale Hindu Temple.