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Sigiriya Rock Fortress

Nearby City:Polonnaruwa
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Sigiriya Rock Fortress towering 200 meters, has one of the most fascinating 360-degree views in Sri Lanka. Sigiriya is now both a UNESCO heritage site, 8th wonder of the world, a tourist attraction and an area of study.

Enormous lion’s claws, lakes, hydraulic systems, canals, dams, and fountains are a rare combination in an ancient location discovery. This selection of items would by a wild guess belong to a very modern museum designed by the world’s greatest architects. This craftsmanship, however, was achieved as early as the 3rd century BCE. Sigiriya is a derivative of the name Lion, Sīhāgiri’. An extinct volcano in the Central Province of Sri Lanka formed the outcrop of the rock thousands of years ago. Previously known as Cithranakuta, this is an ancient rock fortress for a radical King Kashyapa. This culminates in the ultimate tourist attraction site. As a tourist with an interest in history, a love of heights, architecture, ancient artifacts, engineering, Sigiriya Rock Fortress fits many hats.

The systematic layout of the water irrigation and the landscape architecture during ancient times puts modern architecture to a test. Hiking to the top of the rock is somewhat hard due to narrow paths and heavy wind. But there are safety rails and security in place. The lion’s claws at the entrance will transport you back in time. The fortress is full of the evidence of settlement around the fortress during ancient times. Sigiriya, therefore, including the interesting history, earns its place as a world wonder and a magnificent place to explore.

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Minimise Plastic Use

Try to minimize the use of plastic as much as possible. Avoid throwing plastic bags and other products in open which takes years to degrade. Use dustbins /trash cans for proper disposal of waste.


Use local products and services

Using local products during your stay helps the local economy to grow and gives you a chance of befriending locals and experiencing the local way of life. Munching on local delicacies can make your trip worth remembering. You can соntributе tо thе local есоnоmу bу buying ѕоmе giftѕ fоr friends аnd family: оf course сhооѕе hаndmаdе goods made by local аrtiѕаnѕ! As Sri Lankan people are known for their hospitality, you can stay with locals who will give you a chance to know their culture and lifestyle better. It will make your travel experience more real and authentic.


Take Only Memories Leave Only Footprints

Don't pick up "souvenirs" from natural and heritage sites. Don't abandon your garbage until you find a proper disposal system. Raise awareness. if you see someone being careless, help them understand.


Travel light and try to use public transport when convenient

Public transportation saves cost, time, but also carbon foot emission. It provides absolute authenticity to your journey. Eco-sustainable transportation solutions, inеxреnѕivе аnd often mоrе fulfilling. Sri Lanka has a very efficient public transport system, including trains and buses, which can give you a convenient and comfortable experience while reducing your carbon footprint.


Protect Flora And Fauna

Sri Lanka is one of the few biodiversity hotspots in the world. Do what you can to protect and preserve these resources. Try to avoid products that harm the local flora & fauna. Make sure your actions are not endangering the nature.

What is the best time to visit?

Sri Lanka is a all year around travel paradise. If you like to explore local culture influenced by Buddhism the best time to visit is from May to August. That is the time when majority of Buddhist festivals are celebrated including Wesak. June mark the Katharagama festive season which celebrates one of the guardian deities in Sri Lanka, God Katharagama who is also identified as God Murugan in Hindu tradition. If you want to enjoy the sandy beaches in Sri Lanka October to March is most promising as the However, sea will be more calmer during January to March. April is the most festive month as Sri Lankans celebrate the traditional new year.

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Take a long walk around.
Taste local food. Talk to people.
Take Only Memories, Leave Only Footprints.

When you visit this beautiful attraction, please be responsible and cautious about your actions. We should practice our best travel etiquettes. Be eco-conscious to protect mother earth.
One small effort goes a long way. Change starts within.