This is perhaps the most further away from the Sanctuary at Tissawewa, but is well worth the 90 minute drive. Known as the eighth wonder of the world, Sigiriya is a lion shaped rock fortress built as a palace in the latter part of the 5th century by King Kasyappa. The palace was Kasyappa’s citadel, safely away from his half brother from whom he had usurped the throne.
The western wall of Sigiriya still features fascinating frescoes from the time of the King. Alongside the beautiful gardens, Sigiriya also has a complex hydraulic system, and is recognized as one of the finest examples of ancient urban planning. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site.