Sites and Attractions

The Water Gardens

The whole water gardens complex offers a good example of the hydraulic sophistication achieved by the ancient Sinhalese in the dry zone: after almost 1500…

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The Sigiriya Damsels

The portrayal of the damsels is strikingly naturalistic, showing them scattering petals and offering flowers and trays of fruit — similar in a style to…

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The Boulder Gardens and Terrace Gardens

Beyond the Water Gardens the main path begins to climb up through the very different Boulder Gardens, constructed out of the huge boulders which lie…

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The summit

After the tortuous path up, the summit seems huge. This was the site of Kassapa's palace, and almost the entire area was originally covered with…

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Lion Platform

Continuing up the rock, a flight of limestone steps climbs steeply up to the Lion Platform, a large spur projecting from the north side of…

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The Mirror Wall

Just past the damsels, the pathway runs along the face of the rock, bounded on one side by the Mirror Wall. This was originally coated…

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