Cultural Heritage Sites

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Sigiriya Lion Rock

 The Sigiriya rock plateau is 200 meters higher than the surrounding jungles. Its spectacular view will astonish you as visitor.  

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The Lion Staircase

 The main entrance was designed in the form of a huge stone lion, whose feet have survived up to today,  but the upper parts were destroyed. 

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Sigiriya Frescoes

The Frescoes were the highlight  of a massive palace complex built by King Kasyapa in 480AD. Protected in a small, sheltered depression a hundred meters above ground, they float effortlessly among the clouds. 

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Pidurangala Rock Temple - Sigiriya

Pidurangala is a massive rock formation located a few kilometers away from Cassandra Culture Resort . It has an interesting history closely related to that of Sigiriya Lion Rock. Being less huge and far more difficult to climb it is often overlooked by tourists.

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Temple Dogs

The Pidurangala area has been occupied on and off for over 2.500 years by monks who lived in the caves around the site. It really came into prominence when King Kasyapa (477- 495 AD), who built Sigiriya, moved monks living around Sigiriya Rock. 

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Reclining Buddha

The image of the reclyning Buddha represents the entry of Buddha into Nirvana and the end of all reincarnation.The right arm of Buddha supports the head with tight curls, which rests on a  pillow richly decorated.

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Golden Temple - Dambula

Dating back to the First Century BC, the Golden Temple of Dambulla has been the centre of pilgrimage for Buddhists and Hindus. The largests and most impresive of the caves, the Temple of the Great King, has a sloping ceiling 7 metres at his highest point.

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Dambulla's rock temples

To reach the Dambulla rock tempels, pilgrims and tourists must climb barefoot up the sloping ground and several series of stairs. From the top the Sigiriya Lion Rock and Pidurangala is visible and the five caves and shrine rooms of Dambulla lie just ahead.

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Singhalese Buddhist art

Beyond the endless repetition of seated Buddha's, there are bands of sinuous tendrils and flowers, stories of the life of Lord Buddha including  the Jataka tales relating to the Temple of the Great King.