Sigiriya is UNESCO world heritage site and also most visited Sri Lankan monument. It is located almost in the centre of Sri Lanka, 20 km nort from Dambulla. it consists of large gardens, net of staircase and several places with beautiful frescoes. Top of the rock held some dwellings in the past, nowadays only steps, rain water pools and great view remains.
1 Sigiriya rock is perhaps the most visited place in Sri Lanka by both visitors as well as Sri Lankan citizens.
3 The higher you get the steeper and higher each step gets. Not only literally but also in reality. Easier to go up than down. Alternative routes not available.
4 Frescoes of female figures of distinct beauty is well hidden by an stone overhang and also protected from direct sunlight by thick fabrics and fence.
5 Who is on those frescoes? Some some say they depict fairies, or goddess or their friends or also elements that helped to focus meditation. Who knows. They still amaze us.
6 Final part of the climb starts between lion-like paws through a narrow and steep stone or thin iron stairway that is attached to the rock.
7 Catching up the breath and appreciating the final 300 steps and steep climb done. This view is not for the those with dizziness though.
10 Great gardens with inventive waterways and all other garden architecture tools about 1000 years old. Seen from half way up.