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Top 7 reasons to visit Sigiriya – What makes Sigiriya special

Known as the 8th wonder of the world, Sigiriya is home to one of Sri Lanka's most historic landmark that has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Here are 7 reasons to visit Sigiriya.

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8th wonder of the world

The rock fortress of Sigiriya was King Kasyapa's official residence when he reigned Sri Lanka during 477 – 495 AD. Travelling up the steep stairway of this architectural masterpiece and soaking in the view that it offers is an experience on its own. The graffiti and murals that line the walls of Sigiriya, water gardens, Frescoes and boulder garden are some of the must-see things while visiting the Sigiriya.

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Hot air balloon rides

Taking a Hot air balloon ride over the area that surrounds Sigiriya is a great way to see the many attractions that are located nearby. The lush landscapes, the cultural triangle and the clean natural air are some of the best things you can experience while taking part in this activity. The time period between November-April is the best time to try it out as it is during this time period that the weather is optimal for enjoying hot air balloons.

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Visit the ancient city of Anuradhapura

Located around one and a half hours away by vehicle, Anuradhapura is one of Sri Lanka's oldest and historic cities. There are many historic locations, temples and monuments each of which has its own history and story behind that you can visit while visiting the city. The Abhayagiri Vihara, Isurumuniya Vihara and Jetavanaramaya Monastery and Stupa are some of the places you should check out while visiting the city.

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Wildlife Tours

Exploring the wildlife is one most popular tourist activities that you can take part in if you're staying at Sigiriya Jungles or a similar resort or hotel Sigiriya, Sri Lanka has to offer. The Minneriya National Park which is located around the Minneriya tank is one of the best places to visit as it offers its visitors the chance to see elephants, sloth bears, deer and monkeys. Elephants are however Minneriya National Park's main attraction because visitors get the opportunity to witness these magnificent creatures bathe, gather and feed.

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Cycling around

While cycling around the village area of Sigiriya a healthy activity, it also gives you the chance to get an insight into the day-to-day life of the villagers. Chena cultivation and farming are the main sources of income for most of Sigiriya's friendly residents who are ever willing to help and talk about the culture and their way of life. Don't be surprised even if they invite you in for a hot tea or home cooked meal, the people in Sigiriya are genuinely very hospitable.

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Pidurangala rock

Located 2 kilometres to the north of Sigiriya, Pidurangala rock is a cheaper and more popular mountain that most hikers prefer to climb. The best time to climb is during the wee hours of the morning. Make sure to dress modestly as the hike to the top of the mountain will require you to go through a temple. You'll also need to wear appropriate shoes as the climb gets quite steep at certain points.

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Buying Souvenirs

While walking or cycling around the area around Sigiriya you'll see lots of small shops that sell a variety of wood carving, handicrafts, wooden statues and various other handmade products. Purchasing products from a local vendor is a great way to contribute and appreciate the booming tourism industry and support the residents of the area.

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