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Top 5 Reasons to Visit Sigiriya - A small town that’s full of marvels!

Sigiriya, a small town in Sri Lanka, has become renowned for one unique attraction, the Sigiriya Rock. It's, without a doubt, one of Sri Lanka's most stunning sights and one that's worth a visit. Here are the top reasons why you ought to visit Sigiriya!


Climbing the Sigiriya Rock

Sigiriya Rock is the major attraction of Sigiriya. This rock is enormous and a sight to behold. Sigiriya Rock, which protrudes high into the skies and appears out of place from afar, may be seen from kilometres away.
For tourists, hiking the rock is fairly costly, with an admission charge of $30 per person. Climbing Sigiriya Rock is mostly for the purpose of learning about its historical significance, seeing the ruins and notable Sigiriya attractions. If you would like to book accommodation close to The Rock, why not check out places like Heritance Kandalama?


Take in the sunset atop Pidurangala Rock's vantage point

The Pidurangala Rock is directly across from Sigiriya Rock. And Pidurangala Rock is preferred above Sigiriya Rock for few reasons. The hike to the summit of Pidurangala Rock takes around 20-30 minutes, and you'll be rewarded with spectacular panoramic views. Expect to encounter monkeys, reptiles, and perhaps even a snake along the way! Until the last small portion, in which you must clamber over some stones, the route is entirely made up of steps.


Take a look at Pethikada

Pethikada is a tiny art gallery in the heart of town that has grown in popularity due to word of mouth. All of the artworks here are painted by a local guy named Jagath, and his particular style of art is similar to the ancient artworks seen on Sigiriya Rock. There are wooden carvings as well as other works of art to be found. Purchasing a painting from Pethikada is the ideal gift for many people. Even if you're not looking for a memento, stop by and have a look around just to admire the artwork.


The Museum of Sigiriya

The Sigiriya Archaeological Museum is located just beyond the Sigiriya Rock surroundings. The admission ticket to this museum is included with a ticket to climb Sigiriya Rock. Before hiking the Sigiriya Rock, it is recommended to go to the museum to learn more about the importance of what you'll be witnessing. The museum is a wonderful option for people who did not climb Sigiriya Rock. You may learn about the Lion rock (as it's often called), the land's history, the artwork, and more here.


The "Sigiriya Handyman"

Another popular activity in Sigiriya that has gained popularity through word of mouth is visiting a local man's workshop. This person creates a wide range of metal objects. He creates anything from bookmarks and tea tins to jewellery boxes out of silver, copper and brass. You are welcome to come only to meet him and learn more about what he does; you are not obligated to buy any, but be warned, it will be difficult not to be tempted because everything is so lovely, and his pricing is reasonable. He is presently passing on his knowledge to his son in order for him to take over his shop.