The city of Sigiriya, located in the north-central province of Sri Lanka, is among the most prominent tourist attraction of the country. The word 'Sigiriya' means the 'Lion Rock'. It is the most significant landmark of the country and has been included in the list of UNESCO's World Heritage Site. It is known for its architectural piece of work. The city is full of rocks, gardens and sanctuaries. Sigiriya gardens are world famous, because they comprise of a unique blend of symmetrical and asymmetrical elements, showcasing the talent and skills of ancient builders.
Tourist Attractions in Sigiriya
Sigiriya Rock is the most fascinating tourist spot of the city. Formerly, the place consisted of the Lion staircase (built of bricks and timber), which used to lead to the palace garden on the peak. In the present time, only two huge paws and brick sandstone are leftover. The place also consists of few paintings, which have survived the devastation of time.
The Water Garden encompassing water pavilions, pools, courtyards etc is among the leading places of tourist attraction.
Palace Garden consists of numerous rocks and pools cut in rocks. The panoramic view makes it an awesome place to visit.
Boulder Garden has a unique asymmetrical concept. It is a garden with some natural rocks and windy corridors and is a fabulous place to visit.
Terrace Garden is a mesmerizing place in Sigiriya. It is engraved out of a natural hill. All terraces are stretched out in a concentric circle surrounding the rock, in a systematic way that provides it a unique appearance.
Sigiriya Wildlife Sanctuary is among the remarkable places to visit in the city. It surrounds the world famous Sigiriya Rock. The wildlife sanctuary is home to various animals including elephants, sambar, eagle and falcon.
The Mirror Wall
The Mirror Wall was built in 8th century. The Wall is very much famous among the tourists because of its historical significance, that is, the king could see himself while walking alongside it as it was well polished. However, writing on the mirror has now been banned for the public.