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Sigiriya, also known as Sinhagiri, is a historic rock stronghold in the northern Matale District of Sri Lanka’s Central Province, near the town of Dambulla. The name refers to the historical and archaeological site characterized by a huge rock column that stands approximately 180 meters (590 feet) tall.
Sigiriya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the world’s greatest examples of ancient architecture, showcases ageless Sri Lankan ingenuity in the shape of fortified moats and beautiful water gardens with sophisticated irrigation systems typical of our early kings.
Tourism and Sigiriya
Sigiriya is one of Sri Lanka’s most important and visited historical sites. This ancient palace and castle complex, known as the “Eighth Wonder of the World” by locals, has considerable archaeological significance and draws thousands of visitors each year. It is
Dambulla, approximately 25 kilometers distant, is the nearest city to Sigiriya. Although most travelers visit Sigiriya as part of a group trip to see Sri Lanka’s archaeological and cultural attractions, the site is also accessible on its own.
From Dambulla, there is a reliable and consistent bus service to Sigiriya, which is also accessible by bus from other important towns such as Jaffna, Kandy, and Trincomalee. A bus ride from Dambulla to Sigiriya costs about 40 Sri Lankan rupees. And if you don’t prefer traveling in public vehicles, a private auto-rickshaw or tuk-tuk costs around 1000 rupees.
Sigiriya and the Surrounding Areas
Numerous hotels and resorts dot the landscape around Sigiriya, making it an ideal location for a few days. The surrounding lowlands are a rural panorama of rice fields, tiny agricultural communities, and swaths of woodland, as seen from the summit of Sigiriya Rock.
Take a guided tour through Ehelagala, a hamlet near the castle, where you may sample some handmade Sri Lankan dishes before riding a bullock cart through the fields.
When Is the Best Time to Visit Sigiriya?
Because it may become extremely hot and humid in Sri Lanka’s central plains, we suggest visiting Sigiriya Rock between December and April, when there is minimal rainfall and comfortable temperatures.
From June through August, rainfall is at its lowest, but make sure to arrive early in the morning or late in the afternoon to avoid the heat.