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Things to Do Around Sigiriya – An Entrancing Locality

The area around Sigiriya in Sri Lanka is always an interesting locality to visit. Sightseers will find much to capture their interest and involve themselves in at this part of the island nation.

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Sigiriya Rock Fortress –

Taking pride of place at Sigiriya is the remarkable rock fortress which may be regarded as an iconic sight of the island nation of Sri Lanka. At this significant cultural attraction, you will encounter many intriguing ruins and remnants which hint at its grandeur in times gone by. The palace and other features at the rock fortress were constructed by the controversial King Kasyapa who lived here with his harem. An important feature at the rock fortress is the Sigiriya frescoes which depict celestial damsels and even today will strike the attention of the observer. Another well-known aspect of the site is the mirror wall which at one time was polished so highly that it reflected the image of the visitor.

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Pidurangala Rock –

This sometimes overlooked attraction in the environs of Sigiriya is sure to capture the interest of the history and culture lover. This historical site also inherits an interesting past that was interlinked with the nearby rock fortress. In fact, the environs of Pidurangala rock has been inhabited intermittently for countless centuries by Buddhist monks who made their home in the secluded caves to be found in this locality. In fact, King Kasyapa himself was instrumental in moving the pious monks who lived in the environs of Sigiriya to an enlarged and refurbished monastery at Pidurangala. Even today this intriguing site will capture the imagination of the discerning visitor.

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Elephant Rides –

Avid sightseers and animal lovers alike will be enthralled by the opportunity to undertake an enjoyable elephant ride in the environs of Sigiriya. Elephants are held in high esteem by the people of Sri Lanka and are considered to be a valuable part of the natural treasures of the island nation. Domesticated elephants have played an important role in the history of Sri Lanka, from fighting in battles to helping with the local industries. An elephant ride in the picturesque countryside surrounding Sigiriya is sure to be a memorable experience that will become an experience to treasure. Often your ride on your gentle pachyderm will also take you into the waters of the local lake at Sigiriya.

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Sigiriya Museum –

Culture enthusiasts will be captivated by the numerous attractions of the Sigiriya Museum. A highlight at this establishment is the interesting audiovisual presentation which provides plenty of absorbing background information regarding the cultural highlights of Sigiriya. Visitors will find that this establishment boasts many engrossing models and displays that will broaden their understanding of the historical features of Sigiriya. You will also find an appealing bookshop at this museum which features a good selection of books regarding the nation of Sri Lanka. A choice in Sri Lanka tours that you may consider which will take you to these attractions at Sigiriya would be those provided by Connaissance De Ceylan.

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Dambulla Cave Temple –

The cave temple complex at Dambulla can be visited a short ride away from Sigiriya. This temple complex inherits a history of more than two thousand years, an extent of time during which it has been venerated by the Buddhists of Sri Lanka. The cave temple complex is situated within five vast caverns located high up in secluded mountains. Within the complex, you will find no less than 153 statues of the Buddha, three figures of ancient monarchs and other statues such as images of the deities Ganesh and Vishnu. Even today this compound is a functional temple and attracts many Buddhist devotees in addition to curious sightseers.