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Mar 17, 2019 - Wilpattu to Sigiriya

After enjoying a lovely breakfast in the jungle with our new friends a couple of mongeese, and a jungle fowl and her chicks, we packed to get ready for our next destination, SIGIRIYA. Not that we are about food, but have to describe breakfast. We started with fresh fruit-guava, pineapple, watermelon, and banana with fresh watermelon juice. Next was millet porridge with coconut milk-delicious. Then eggs to order with coconut and honey filled crapes, coconut roti, toast with wood apple jam, onion sambal, mixed berry jam etc. Drove for a...

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Jul 23, 2018 - Nuwara Eliya to Sigiriya

21 July Nuwara Eliya - Kandy - Sigiriya Another train day and then a drive to the ancient cities area of Sri Lanka. The history of Sri Lanka dates back thousands of years and at that time Buddhism played a large part as did kingdoms. Hand in hand with both of those go sites of worship and cities, many of which are found in the area we're heading to in the middle of the island. Unfortunately, we don't have time to see everything so we're going to base ourselves in Sigiriya for a couple of days before our Malaysia leg of the trip. This means...

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Mar 7, 2018 - Sigiriya

Today we are going to Sigiriya. This is only 150km road trip from Negombo, but takes three hours. The speed limit on open roads is only 70 kph, but even doing that speed is difficult with a lot of trucks, buses, and tuk tuks going much slower and wandering all over the road. The condition of the actual roads is quite good. In the afternoon we headed out to Lions Rock. This is to a site of historical and archeological ignificance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres high. This site was selected by King Kasyapa for...

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Jan 2, 2018 - Trains, spices, and a great big rock

From Kandy, we hired a private car and driver to take us to the ancient city of Sigiriya 2.5 hrs away. We were feeling pretty posh with our fancy air conditioned car and driver, but the truth is it only cost $70 for the whole day. Sigiriya is a random 200 meter high rock formation soaring above the jungle in the middle of the country. Naturally, some king from 1500 years ago decided to make it his palace and capital, and framed the path to the top with giant stone lion paws. Apparently the whole palace was abandoned soon after the king...

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Jan 5, 2017 - Day 5

Sigiriya or Lion Rock was built by an obsessed monarch in the 5th century AD. A series of moats, ramparts and water gardens spread out on two sides of the rock, with the remains of a pair of giant stone lion’s paws (about halfway point) still guarding the staircase that leads to the summit, once occupied by a royal palace. For just two decades in the 5th century AD, Sigiriya rose to prominence following a power struggle between two brothers, and an act of patricide that saw the then king walled-up alive by his son, Kasyapa. Fearful that his...

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Apr 20, 2016 - Sigiriya world heritage site

After a long, hot and muggy train ride from Colombo to Kandy, we hired a taxi to take us to our destination of Sigiriya which is the site of a unique rock formation which forms the centre of a city that existed from around 600 to 1400 AD and then lay forgotten until being uncovered by a British archeologist in the late 1800s. It was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in the 1980s. Today we arose early to our delightful host's sumptuous breakfast to begin the ascent to the peak of the jutted outcropping. It was no mean feat, a very steep...

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Mar 3, 2016 - I climbed a mountain!

Sigiriya mountain used to be a place where royalty held court about 1500 years ago. Today you can climb steps all the way to the top. There are even some incredibly preserved rock paintings that you can see near the middle section. I have far better pics on my camera but wanted to share this accomplishment with some of my iPad snaps. We have an even bigger climb coming up in a few days! Time for some well deserved lunch~

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May 9, 2015 - Sigiriya

Off to the medieval capital of Sri Lanka this morning at Polonnaruwa. Foremost of the ruins is the temple of the sacred tooth relic - the most important place of worship for Buddhists world over. Driving through the jungle there were electric fences to stop the elephants going down to the lake on the lower side of the road. We are seeing many dogs roaming the area & they are so skinny that you can see their ribs! Tilak brings leftovers from his breakfast & feeds some of their. Tomorrow we're going to do the same. Better they get the food...

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May 8, 2015 - Negombo to Sigiriya

Scenic drive to Sigiriya today- beautiful,lush, green countryside, coconut palms... ( the area is famous for dessicated coconut) Windy roads where anything goes in driving. Just toot toot the horn&/or indicate & then take off- anyway, anyhow. Cars, tuk tuks, scooters, trucks all do it, & come literally cms away from one another- & yet no road rage!! This afternoon we went to a World Heritage site - Sigitiya- a giant rock fortress built in the5th century as a bastion & palace of King Kasyapa. Very impressive unique complex of geometrically...

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Jan 2, 2014 - Sigiriya

Up early again for a very filling buffet breakfast before meeting Prasanna at 8.30. We had a 1/2 hour drive to our destination, Sigiriya, now a World Heritage Site. Even the drive into it is fantastic. The site had 2 moats and 2 surrounding walls, with one of the moats having been restored. We began at the museum, and although not huge, was really interesting and explained the history of the rock very well. After probably being inhabited in prehistoric times, it was a Buddhist monastery for a long time, in the years before Christ. The...

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Jul 12, 2013 - Lions Rock day 2 in Sigiriya

Early start to watch the elephants at the watering hole, turns out we'd booked a 2 hr elephant ride safari. I quickly pointed out that there was no way I was riding an elephant for 2hrs. Barbara pretended she wanted to but gave in to my remonstrations. Cancelled. To Sigiriya rock ( Lions Rock ) a bit like a miniature Machu Picchu on top of a huge rock. To quote Jenny, who has been to Machu Picchu, "it was a ice walk but not really impressed by the pile of rocks on the top". Then, on the advice of our driver, we did a village safari. Ox cart...

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Jul 11, 2013 - Sigiriya

Early start this morning for car journey to Sigiriya, got a whole minibus and driver to ourselves. 4 hr journey broken with a couple of roadside stops to sample the local fruits etc and a planned stop at the Golden Temple. The temple is on the top of a mountain and built into some caves which are just full of statues of Buddha. Canny hike but very tranquil and great views. I always thought Buddha was a little fat baldy bloke, hence my nick name, but not so according to the statues we've seen today. Arrived at hotel on outskirts of Sigiriya...

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