Sigiriya, climbing Lion Rock – Sri Lanka

While traveling through the great country of Sri Lanka you also need to visit the enormous  Lion Rock of Sigiriya. I went all the way up ofcourse to get that great view I heard all kinds of travelers talking about. I must admit that my day started a bit dissapointing… It was raining and so my view was not that great…

In the area surrouding Lion Rock and on the rock are the ruines of the summer and winter palace of Sigiriya. It is a huge construction from long past history.

If you are in the area you will see this huge rock from far away above the jungle… but for me it was different. Because of the clouds I didn’t see it untill I was close already.. What struck me more was the beautiful bird that was sitting on a branch.. in the rain…

Sigiriya, climbing Lion Rock - Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, climbing Lion Rock - Sri Lanka
White Throated Kingfisher

I did felt it as a challenge to go up. I heard some travelers that told me they didn’t went up all the way. They stopped at the big lion gate just before the end. I must say that the view from there is already a great one. Would be better with a clear view ofcourse but still.

at first my guide and I went into the museum and through the great gardens. The guide stopped and went back, we would meet again on the other side. There is a different parking lot where you will be picked up afterwards. The gardens were beautiful once.. You can definitely see that! Many different facets and with different waterparts it must have been a great place to spend some time!!

Sigiriya, climbing Lion Rock - Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, climbing Lion Rock - Sri Lanka

At the end of the walk through the gardens you’ll get to the first stairs. The first of many 🙂 There are different plateaus where you can sit for a while, enjoy the view and get your breath before heading on.

Sigiriya, climbing Lion Rock - Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, climbing Lion Rock – Sri Lanka

When I started to climb it was dry.. I was early but still quite warm with around 30 degrees. So a bit of exercise will get you sweaty. You won’t keep it dry going up here either way 🙂

Sigiriya, climbing Lion Rock - Sri Lanka

Behind the screens you see on the picture, the dark brown ones, were frescos. They didn’t allow any  pictures there and there was security do I didn’t dare to take one, without a flash… The flash ofcourse is bad for the paint.

As is the sun, that’s why the screens are placed

Sigiriya, climbing Lion Rock - Sri Lanka

Isn’t it great that the dog was posing so nicely for this pic?

Sigiriya, climbing Lion Rock - Sri Lanka

And then I entered the Lion’s Gate. The last long stairs up and then I finally got to the palace of King kasyapa!!

The palace was complete, almost for modern views!! Think about great gardens, pons and even a swimmingpool. And that even on that altitude… In the fifth era.. King Kasyapa had it all!!

For now there is hardly anything left. But walking there you can definitely see how great this spot must have been, with those views from the garden on top of Lion Rock!!

Sigiriya, climbing Lion Rock - Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, climbing Lion Rock - Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, climbing Lion Rock - Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, climbing Lion Rock - Sri Lanka

When I was on top of Lion Rock I couldn’t see as much of the surroudings as I had hoped for but still…

It was great being up there and seeing all this

It is an unique spot in this world!!

Sigiriya, climbing Lion Rock - Sri Lanka

Sigiriya, climbing Lion Rock - Sri Lanka

And then it is time to go down again 🙂

Sigiriya, climbing Lion Rock – Sri Lanka

Have you been here?

Or have you climbed another great rock?

Would you like to see the rest of my journey? Check 10 days Sri Lanka?

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