The Sigiriya Rock on the horizon always captivates the gaze of the onlooker. Considered to be the eighth wonder of the world, the fortress on a 600-foot rock is a result of an altercation that took place between two heirs to the throne in the 5th Century.
Prince Kasyapa who took over the throne by brutally killing his own father King Datusena, constructed this architectural and engineering marvel, complete with flourishing irrigation systems, to seek refuge from his brother Prince Mogallana who wished to exact his revenge.
Having antagonised the people who were predominantly strong and devout Buddhists at that time, Kasyapa had no choice but to flee whilst the people awaited their rightful king, Prince Mogallana. In the ensuing battle upon the return of his brother, complete with an Indian army, Kasyapa took his own life, thus ending his reign; but the ancient city of Sigiriya prevails.
You will be able to picture the ancient city come to life as you take a Sigiriya tour and hike past its moats and water fountains (that still function to this day). Walk through the entrance to what once was Kasyapa’s palace via the lion paws it is famed for.
Ulagalla by Uga Escapes, being a hotel near Sigiriya, offers special tours for the guests. A brief description of the tour is given below:
- Time of departure – Best time is in the morning, after 7.00 AM
- Duration – 5- 6 hours depending on the guest.
- Distance – 362 km from Ulagalla and transportation up & down around 126 km
- Tour inclusions: Climb at Sigiriya Rock Fortress, guide fees at Sigiriya, picnic pack (includes fresh juice picnic box with a choice of two sweet or savoury pastries and water), a guide from the hotel
What to bring/wear: Comfortable, cool clothes which are suitable for hiking and a temple visit, a sunhat, gym shoes, your camerainquire now