Travel from CMB Colombo Airport: 145 km – 4 hours drive.
Travel from Colombo: 180 km – 4 hours 30 mins drive.
Travel from Kandy: 90 km – 02 hours 30 mins drive.
Travel from Habarana: 18 km – 30 mins drive.
Travel from Dambulla Cave Temples: 19 km – 30 mins drive.
Climate: Sigiriya is a year-round destination and offers the most pleasant weather conditions between January and June. Dry season is from May and September and October to December are the wettest moths.
Essential information before you go to Sigiriya
Entrance fee for the Sigiriya Rock: US$ 30 per foreign traveller (LKR 5430 in January 2019), US$ 15 per foreign child age between 6 – 12 years (LKR 2715 in January 2019).
Ticket counter opening hours: from 7 am – 5:00 pm. Start very early or late afternoon to avoid the midday heat and the crowds (it’s a much more enjoyable without the tourist crowds).
Climbing Sigiriya Rock: climb to the top takes about 1 hours 30 mins (about 1200 steps), depending on your fitness, age and the crowds. Don’t rush as there are so many photo opportunities on your way to the top. We would recommend you to plan your visit early morning and allow around 4 hours to complete the site in leisurely peace.
Sigiriya literally means ‘Lion Rock’ after the shape of entrance to the rock fortress which was in the form of a recumbent lion whose remnants could still be seen in the gigantic paws at the entrance to the palace. A palace indeed, for it served for a short period of about a decade and a half as the political hub of Sri Lanka. Sigiriya is probably the best preserved and glorious of the surviving, planned cities of South and Southeast Asia of the first millennium of the Christian era. For a number of reasons including its fascinating surroundings, its plan and conception and its degree of preservation, Sigiriya occupies a foremost position in the history of urbanism in Asia. Sigiriya’s urban form consists of a series of central environs, the outer moat of which not yet completely explored – seems to form a correctly geometrical rectangle. These successive environs are centered on the grand Sigiriya rock. The city plan has been identified as a rectangular form almost 3 km from east to west and 1 km from north to south.
Many who visit Sigiriya believe that this urban centre reveals only Kashyapan period (C.5th century AD) architectural characteristics, but the archaeological evidence prove that Sigiriya has pre-and post- Kashyapan phases. Indeed it has as many as ten phases.
The Most Attractive Places in Heritage Site of Sigiriya
Mirror Wall is one of the most amazing aspects of the Sigiriya. After a number of caves and platforms, there is a series of steep stairs in the Terraced Garden and a grand staircase leading upto the Mirror Wall.
Paintings (Sigiriya Frescoes) are found in the Cobra Hood Cave which can be reached after climbing up on a narrow spiral staircase.
Lion Staircase is carved out from a rock and continues on newly constructed iron steps to the top.
Garden Complex including several gardens with ponds, canals, alleys and fountains. They are divided in to 3 linked forms – the symmetrical planned water gardens, the boulder gardens and the terraced gardens.
On the summit of Sigiriya, you see the ruins of the former royal palace, buildings, pavilions, tropical gardens and ponds. A climb to the top of the Sigirya Rock is worth the effort.
The museum in Sigiriya is well known to be the most attractive and represents its cultural, technological and archaeological value. Three decades of archaeological research on Sigiriya, the famous UNESCO world heritage site can be explored at the Sigiriya Museum.