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Sigiriya - A travel report by suja
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Sigiriya,  Sri Lanka - flag Sri Lanka -  Southern
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Sigiriya - An interesting place in Sri Lanka

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an ancient fortress in Sri lanka.Visitors to the palace entered via a stone stairway that took them into the lion's mouth and through its throat -- hence Sigiriya's alternative name, Lion Rock.

It was build by King Kashyapa. It is a forttress. sigiriya frescos and mirror wall is world famous.
The garden city and the palace was built by Kasyapa 477 - 495 AD. Then after Kasyapa's death it was a monastery complex upto about the 14th century.
Sigiriya should have been named one of the Wonders of the World, long ago, and now there is a proposal to name it as the Eighth Wonder of the Ancient world.

Favourite spots:
Water Gardens
The miniature water garden just inside the inner wall of the western precinct, consists of water pavilions, pools, cisterns, courtyards, conduits and water courses. The pebbled or marbled water-surrounds covered by shallow slowly moving water would have served as cooling devices with an aesthetic appeal with visual and sound effects, which could be visualised by a visitor who could spend a little time.

What's really great:
Sigiriya travelogue picture
The paintings would have covered most of the western face of the rock, covering an area 140 meters long and 40 meters high. There are references in the Graffiti to 500 ladies in these paintings.

A new stairway has been attached to the side of the rock to allow access to the summit, enabling visitors to stroll around the ruins of the palace and gasp at the panoramic views.

Other recommendations:
Sigiriya's halcyon days ended with Kasyapa's death. But the grandeur of this astonishing rock lives on.

Published on Tuesday August 25th, 2009

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