The Rock of Sigiriya in Sri Lanka is a place that you don’t be missed.
You have surely read the Valeria’s post about her elephant ride in the jungle in this place. Instead I will bring you right up there at the top of the main attraction, to discover with me some curiosity.
Sigiriya Unesco World Heritage
The fortress of Sigiriya is one of eight Unesco World Heritage in Sri Lanka. We visited all them. I hope, sooner or later, to be able to write even about them. Some are very interesting, like this one, others… not a lot.
It’s unique and special place for many reasons. At first, for its particular shape that stands up in the middle of the plain and the pristine forest with its 370 meters high.
Under the discomfort it’s a bit for all. Not so much by height, as for the temperature. It’s early morning, but the temperature is already impossible, we are in the midst of lush forest: the heat and humidity are the masters.
To look from beneath the steps that separate us from the top seem endless. Before to begin to climb, snakes and varano along the trail attract our attention. Maybe just an excuse to procrastinate…
Tourists come in big numbers. It’s a much visited place. Keep this in mind when planning your visit.
We are going to go up. Valeria is impossible to stop. She want to get faster at the top. The target is there, clear and in plain view.
Go Roby! The fortress don’t need you! Here we don’t stop to take pictures. We stop to catch breath.
Stairs, steps, platforms,… separates us from the top.
About halfway ancient paintings can be seen and provide the opportunity for another break.
Only the strength of will allows us to get to the top. Japanese has a bypass that plays continuously, another is lying with his traveling friends around … we don’t understand. Oh well. Go…
Impressive a group of Chinese girls. With this heat, they wear long clothes, and even long gloves to avoid tanning. We’d like tan, but not with this temperature.
A crossroads of touris from all over the world, one of the few places where we meet an italian’s group.
The top view on nature is truly spectacular. Thinking at this endless expanse of green that, for the most part, the man never touched.
After so much effort and time that seems endless, we come in sight of our latest fatigue.
Here we learn what it was, before the construction of stairs and walkways, the method to climb to the top, which then was the same as used for the drainage of water, very abundant: the holes in the rock.
In a moment of madness we try to use them to go up to half a meter and instantly understand why all these walkways were built when the first tourists began to arrive, they were probably more who rushed compared to those who were ascending and descending.
Valeria quickly is at the top and exclaim ecstatically how beautiful the landscape that can be seen from up there. When we finally arrive, we realize that this is true!
At the top of Sigiriya Rock Fortress you will discover a very particular temperature change.
We climbed less than 400 meters but up here a light and pleasant breeze cools the air and the temperature is over 15 degrees less.
From up here everything is different. Plains and forests offer a unique show and the first thing that comes to mind is a thought to the king that elected this place as his home.
A royal palace impregnable, cool climate, swimming pools for recreation and as a water reservoir, … if you think we are talking about the AC period, you immediately understand the magnificence of all that you see, even if they are now only ruins.
Here we take a picture in the absolute highest point of Sigiriya.
A short stop to enjoy the whole thing and try to recall the glories of the past with the mind.
I’m not leaving here!
Some explanatory panels help to understand the original structure of the royal palace, but they can’t, of course, to give a real idea.
Over there you can even see the lake and the elephant that enters the water!
What we have tried yesterday and liked it so much to Valeria!
Ok! It ‘s time to come back. The descent would expect, but what I am most sorry to leave this place is so cool!
A squirrel is waiting for us at the parking!
A final “tip”: entry costs $ 30 U.S.A. (2014), so high, like almost all other heritage sites in Sri Lanka), especially when compared to the cost of the rest of the country. Pay in rupees will save a little bit, especially if the exchange rate in rupees was favorable. At this you must add the cost of guide to explain all and maybe to help you to climb.
Every day up and down from the rock… they earn it all and didn’t even out of breath!