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…
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!!
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
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 🙂
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
Isn’t it great that the dog was posing so nicely for this pic?
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!!
When I was on top of Lion Rock I couldn’t see as much of the surroudings as I had hoped for but still…
I didn’t share anything of this travel yet. I did share this impressive visit I had on Boxing Day, exactly 12 years after the Tsunami. I was exaclty at the spot where it happened and talked to a survivor, she told me her story of horror...