Sigiriya is the ideal location if you wish to venture back in time! Unearth this UNESCO World Heritage Site that dates back 5,000 years to the Mesolithic period. Built by King Kassapa I in the 5th century who decided to leave Anuradhapura, this palatial city was inspired by the mythical abode of Kuvera, the God of Wealth. Showcasing Sri Lanka’s architectural tradition, this ancient city center has been remarkably preserved and portrays the complexity and finesse of early urban planning. The fusion of symmetrical and asymmetrical elements are smattered through functional and spiritual buildings, water gardens and tree-lined pathways, with the world renowned rock fortress at its heart.

Highlights

  • UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Rock Fortress
  • Rock Paintings and Frescoes

 Places to stay

Exterior view of Amaya Lake Resort in Sigriya

Amaya Lake Resort Dambulla

Hotel Style: Resort

Amaya Lake Resort Dambulla, sits on a 50-acre property stretched along the shores of Kandamala Lake at the heart of a tropical parkland.  See Hotel

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Sigiriya Village

Hotel Style: International

This stylish 4 star hotel has a theme of Sri Lankan cultural experience.  See Hotel

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Sigiriya, Vil Uyana

Hotel Style: Resort

This luxury boutique hotel is the only hotel in Sri-Lanka that offers rooms built above water.  See Hotel

Pool at Thilanka Hotel in Kandy, Sri Lanka, Asia

Thilanka Resort & Spa Dambulla

Hotel Style: Resort

Thilanka Resort and Spa Dambulla is a tempting quiet escape into nature with expansive grounds amidst natural environs.  See Hotel

 Things to do

Day visit to Polonnaruwa from Sigiriya

Polonnaruwa..the Medieval Capital of Sri Lanka, was the second capital of the country after the destruction of the ancient city of Anuradhapura in 993 (from 10th-12th century AD). Observe ancient Sri Lankan architecture from the 12th Century..see Brahmanic monuments built by the Cholas and the monumental ruins of the garden city created by Parakramabahu I in the 12th century. Visit the ruins of the King’s Council Chamber, the Royal Citadel, the Kumara Pokuna, the Royal Pavilion, the Vatadage Relic House, Kiri Vehera and Gal Vihare; see Art, Architecture and Sculpture at Gal Viharaya,Thuparamaya Image House and Lankatilaka Image House.

Day visit to Anuradhapura from Sigiriya

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Anuradhapura is a sacred city with an over 1,000yr old illustrious history..once the ancient Sri Lankan capital. Explore this secret city portraying an amazing picture of Sri Lanka’s ancient civilization. An important Buddhist pilgrimage centre, it has some of the largest Dagaba’s found in the country. Visit the sacred Bo (Bodhi) Tree, grown from a sapling of the very tree under which lord Buddha found enlightenment over 2500yrs ago (recorded as the oldest tree in history); observe huge bell-shaped Stupas built of small sun-dried bricks, temples, sculptures, palaces and, ancient drinking-water reservoirs. Visit Isurumuniya Vihara Temple and the Carving of the Isurumuniya lovers, situated between 2 rocks..a beautiful temple famous among locals and foreigners for the stone carving of a couple located there; see the image house having a reclining Buddha cut from the rock; marvel at surrounding lakes, paddy fields and rocks.

Medirigiriya Visit

The Medirigiriya Vatadage..considered the best vatadage in the Polonnaruwa district of Sri Lanka..is located amid scenic environs, standing alone atop a small hill. Also called the Madalagiri Vihara, it is believed to have been built during Pre- Christian times. The circular building called ‘vatadage’, was built to protect and house a ‘dagoba’, in order to enshrine the sacred relics of the Buddha. The first chronicled reference to this site is of the period of king Kanittha Tissa (192-194) of the Anuradhapura Era..where the ‘brami’ characters found on the bricks and some stone carvings, is an indication of this sites long history.

Village Tour- Harbarana

Experience rural Sri Lankan life during your visit to Habarana, lasting around three hours. Explore the local forest and bush by bullock cart and on foot, followed by a scenic canoe ride on a picturesque lake where you can see farmers working in the fields. After, have authentic lunch at a charming village house for an authentic experience. Your English speaking guide will also point out birds and local flora.

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