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