The World Heritage Site of Sigiriya or “Lion Mountain” as it is also known holds the ruins of a rock fortress and palace. Constructed by King Kasyapa at the end of the 5th Century, it was built on the lines of an impenetrable fortress, ringed by a moat and ramparts and surrounded by dense forests. The rock which has a unique shape that is easily recognizable for miles around, rises to a height of 200 m and extends over an area of 1.6 ha at its summit.
Designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982, it is considered to be one of the oldest tourist attractions in the world. A masterpiece of urban design, the complex is one of the earliest royal cities of Asia and contains a series of moats, sturdy ramparts and water gardens. The gardens which were clearly designed by an aesthetic eye, include symmetric pools, channels and fountains which still spurt water. Prominent features of the site are the remains of the palace on the flat top of the rock, the mid-level terrace which includes the Lion Gate and the Mirror Wall, and the world famous Sigiriya frescoes. Also known as the Sigiriya rock paintings, the frescoes of Sigiriya damsels have been painted on the Western Rock face cavity, about 100 metres above the base of the rock. The Mirror Wall is covered with graffiti dating from the 7th to the 10th Century, and along the same path is the Lion’s Paw Terrace where a pair of lion’s paws still guards what was once the original entrance through the lion’s mouth.
The Heritage Site is approximately 3 km (walking) and 5 km (by vehicle) away from the property making us one of the most ideally located hotels near Sigiriya, Sri Lanka. Our four hour tour begins after lunch at 15.30 hours and we provide guests with a water bottle, binoculars, transport, entrance fee to the site and a fresh fruit juice on return. We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes and closed-toed shoes suitable for climbing and bring your sunglasses, caps or hats, cameras, insect repellent and sun block with you.