Sites and Attractions

The summit

The summit shelves quite steeply; the king’s palace occupied the higher ground on the right, while the lower area to the left would have housed…

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The summit

The Water Gardens

From the entrance, a wide and straight path arrows directly towards the rock, following the line of an imaginary east—west axis, drawn straight through the…

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The Water Gardens

The Sigiriya Frescoes

Shortly after reaching the base of the rock, two incongruous metal spiral staircases lead to and from a sheltered cave in the sheer rock face…

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The Sigiriya Frescoes

The Mirror Wall

The wall is covered in graffiti, the oldest dating from the seventh century, in which early visitors recorded their impressions of Sigiriya and, especially, the…

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The Mirror Wall

The Boulder Gardens and Terrace Gardens

The gardens were also the centre of Sigiriya’s monastic activity before and after Kassapa: there are around twenty rock shelters hereabouts which were used by…

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The Boulder Gardens and Terrace Gardens