Explore the Majestic Rock Fortress of Sigiriya
Duration from Hotel : ~33 min
Distance from Hotel : 21 kms
Difficulty Level : 3
Sigiriya is an ancient rock fortress located in the central Matale District of Sri Lanka, about 20 minutes’ drive from Elephas Resort. It is one of the most iconic and significant landmarks in Sri Lanka, and a must-visit destination for tourists and locals alike. Sigiriya has been recognized by UNESCO as the 8th wonder of the world, and for good reason.
At over 200 meters tall, Sigiriya is a towering rock formation that is surrounded by lush greenery and scenic landscapes. It was built by King Kasyapa in the 5th century AD, and was used as a fortress and a palace. The site is adorned with intricate frescoes, beautiful gardens, and fascinating relics from the ancient kingdom.
Visitors to Sigiriya can take a guided tour of the site, which is typically a two to three hour hike. The climb to the top is steep, but the stunning views from the summit are well worth the effort. Along the way, visitors will encounter fascinating features such as the Lion Staircase, which is flanked by giant lion paws, and the Mirror Wall, which is made of polished granite and once reflected the images of the frescoes.
In addition to the historical and cultural significance of Sigiriya, the site also offers visitors a chance to experience the natural beauty of Sri Lanka. The surrounding forests and landscapes are home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including many species of birds and monkeys.
For those staying at Elephas Resort, visiting Sigiriya is a convenient and accessible day trip. The resort offers guided tours to Sigiriya, which include transportation to and from the site, as well as an experienced guide to provide insights and information about the historical and cultural significance of the site.
Overall, Sigiriya is a must-visit destination for anyone traveling to Sri Lanka. Its unique blend of history, culture, and natural beauty make it a truly unforgettable experience. And with Elephas Resort’s convenient location and guided tours, exploring this iconic landmark has never been easier.