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List of Places to See in Sigiriya – Discover the Wild Amidst Ancient Culture and Traditions

Sigiriya is home to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Lion's Rock Fortress. An ancient palace that looks over savannah-like jungles inhabited by elephants; it's just part of the town's allure.

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The Majestic Lions Rock Fortress

The Majestic Lions Rock Fortress

The Lion's Rock Fortress is located on a giant slab of rock rising 200 metres from the forest floor. Built by King Kashyapa in the 5th century the citadel is aptly declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. An entrance in the shape of a lion's head and giant paws earn it the name Lions Rock while the gorgeous rooftop gardens help denote its other name the 'Palace in the Sky'. Sigiriya Rock Fortress was in use since the 3rd century as a hermitage for monks, meditation pavilions are still visible in the boulder garden while climbing the long winding staircase to the inner chambers within the rock will yield protected treasures such as the 'Mirror Wall' and paintings or murals of beautiful Sigiriya damsels. The murals are world famous with debates as to who or what the ethereal half nude female forms represent. The Mirror Wall was once so well plastered and polished that the King on passing would see his reflection in it. This is Sigiriya's iconic attraction and a must visit.

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The Water Gardens of Sigiriya

The Water Gardens of Sigiriya

Sigiriya Rock Fortress being the iconic attraction that it is, has many features. The Water Gardens are reminiscent of an ancient European palace grounds. Beautiful ponds and gardens, water features and fountains add a magical charm to the place. One can almost imagine the King and his trio of concubines leisurely walking across the well-manicured Water Gardens. If you are looking for resorts in Sri Lanka that let you interact with nature, Sigiriya would be an excellent location. Many of the area's hotels are placed within expansive gardens inundated with lots of greenery and sights of wildlife. Most like Aliya Resort & Spa part of Theme Resorts & Spas, are just 10 to 20 minutes from the Rock Fortress.

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Kaudulla National Park

Kaudulla National Park

Called a 'Birds Paradise' this very scenic park is easily reached from Sigiriya hotels; a popular safari destination by all Sigiriya hotel guests the park boasts over 160 bird species; both migratory and indigenous. The elephant population is, of course, an added bonus.

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Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park

Minneriya National Park is highly popular amongst elephant lovers. Home to over 700 migrating elephants the beautiful park is serviced by the giant Minneriya Tank. Herds of elephants are common sights within the park with August being your best month for enjoying this phenomenon. There are plenty of jeep safaris into the park which can either be arranged via your Sigiriya resort or private tour operators. The park is also home to two of the countries endemic monkey species; the Toque Macaque and purple faced Langur. Two of the world's endangered monkey species; these animals are a treat to spot. Bird watchers too should traverse into the windy confines of the park for sights of Grey Hornbill, Jungle Fowl and Sri Lankan Hanging Parrot.

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