Sigiriya, the spectacular ‘Lion rock’ fortress, stands majestically overlooking the luscious green jungle surroundings, and is one of Sri Lanka’s major attractions. Sigiriya is both a palace and a fortress of stunning splendor, and is a tribute to its ingenious builders. The rock fortress was built by King Kasyapa way back in 473 AD to ward off invasions by his enemies. Sigiriya has also been named a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and is unofficially considered to be the Eighth World Wonder. The technology and advanced irrigation systems of this fortress have bewildered modern engineers as it is way ahead of its time. The fortress is further enhanced by the remarkable lion paws carved into the entrance, beautiful water gardens, Sigiriya frescoes and the graffiti mirror wall.
From lavish lower gardens to fresco-ed walls and countless steps, explore this celebrated pillar of rock which rises above the soul-soothing surrounding scenery.
A few kilometres from Sigiriya, another large rock outcrop is home to the Pidurangala Royal Cave Temple. From the top, you can get a breath-taking view of the surrounding including the Sigiriya Rock.
Soar above the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka in the basket of your hot air balloon and observe the phenomenal remnants of the island's ancient civilisation.
Sri Lanka is considered one of the best countries in the world for bird watching. Due to its favourable climate conditions in being a tropical island, Sri Lanka is a birds’ paradise throughout the year.
Led by your host, explore the best preserved cave temple complex on the island, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1992.