Sigiriya, Sri Lanka
The rockstar of Colombo, Sigiriya is where the greens, the reds and the blues compliment each other giving way to stunning scenes. An ancient archeological heritage Sigiriya is known for its massive columns of rock, pretty frescoes and the magnificent gateway in the form of an enormous lion.The towering boulders as they seem, are born out of lava and go upto a whopping 200 m in height.Scaling these vertical beauties is no cakewalk, but during the course of stride, colorful frescoes can be encountered. Frescoes are basically rock paintings, the one at Sigiriya are more of well- endowed women, most believed to be that of celestial nymphs, believed to have dated to the 5th century.According to historians, the structures surrounding this rock marvel was built by King Kassapa and post his defeat the structure was converted to a Buddhist monastery,the paintings are also believed to of those of the King’s concubines.
Places to visit in Sigiriya
The Sigiriya Museum beautifully narrates the details and history of Sigiriya beyond its natural beauty.The museum houses images of Sigiriya during excavation, reproduced frescoes and precious artefacts which spills tales of this rocky beauty.
The Sigiriya city plays host to greenary in all its forms,trees, lawns, gardens,creepers ,what not.
The region houses water gardens ,boulder gardens and terraced gardens.The water gardens is a plethora of water bodies in varied shapes,designs and layouts amidst the staple greens, whereas the boulder gardens are large boulders linked by lovely pathways and the base of Sigiriya is the landscaped beautiful terraced gardens.
Originally polished to perfection for the King to reflect upon, today this wall holds imprints of visitors who have shared their stories of love and life on this iconic structure. Believed to have dated back to the 8th century,visitors are currently banned from writing to preserve the orginal inscriptions.
Today Sigiriya is a UNESCO world heritage and is the best example of ancient urban planning.