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Sigiriya Bucket List – Essential Activities in and Around Sigiriya

The renowned site of Sigiriya is one of the most popular tourism destinations Sri Lanka has to offer, and for good reason too since there is so much to around this ancient and historic site.


Sigiriya Elephant Ride

This will definitely prove to be one of the most memorable adventure experiences available in Sri Lanka, where you can explore the site of one of the world's most remarkable ancient civilisations in the same manner of transport used by the people of that time. Pretty much any hotel in Sigiriya Sri Lanka has to offer such as Sigiriya Jungles would be able to refer you to an elephant-ride provider. There are experiences of varying durations to choose from, and some of them even involve crossing a lake atop the world's biggest land-based animal.


Buddha Dambulla Cave Temple

This temple, which is situated just about a half-hour's drive from Sigiriya is the largest cave temple in the country, as well as being the best preserved. The temple was built more than two thousand years ago, sometime during 103 BC under the rule of King Valagama. The story goes that the King was given by a group of monks when he was hiding from South Indian invaders. After a campaign that lasted more than a decade, the king finally regained power over the land, and built this lavish cave temple for the monks as a token of his gratitude.


Pidurangala Rock

This captivating site is consistently overlooked by those looking to explore Sigiriya. Situated right next to the legendary rock fortress is this massive mountain that once contained an ancient monastery. This site was occupied for around two thousand years, and may have even been built before the Sigiriya citadel. It really came into prominence sometime within 400 to 500 AD when King Kasyapa relocated monks living around Sigiriya to a newly built monastery which was placed on top of the Pidurangala Rock. This is definitely a place worth visiting if you find yourself around Sigiriya.


Sigiriya Museum

It's best to gain as much knowledge as possible regarding Sri Lanka's legendary citadel in the skies prior to exploring it, and this is one of the best places to do so. The museum is situated within two hundred metres from the main entrance to the Sigiriya site, and provides a comprehensive audio-visual guide to the story behind the rock fortress. There's even a miniature model where you can familiarise yourself with the layout of Sigiriya, and various books that will help you learn about Sri Lanka.


Sigiriya Fortress

The star attraction of Sigiriya will always be the renowned citadel on the rock. The climb to the top is bound to be an unforgettable journey that is both gruelling and fulfilling. The sights to be enjoyed and breathtaking and bountiful and the famous Sigiriya frescoes are bound to mesmerise you with their timeless beauty and persevering artistry. Before you even reach your first step, you will walk through the masterfully landscapes grounds surrounding Sigiriya, with the remains of beautiful gardens complete with pools and pavilions. This is truly one of Sri Lanka's best attractions.

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