Sigiriya is located in the dense jungle of Sri Lanka. There were not too many noisy tourists. Everything around here was very quiet. It seemed that we were suddenly in the original natural realm.
Lion’s Paws & Entrence Stairs in Sigiriya
After a few bends in the countryside, we saw Lion Rock towering above us. These great ruins of the ancient palace were built on a huge rock towering into the jungle. It was washed by the rain for thousands of years, but it still shows dark shiny appearance.
About this ancient palace, it not only embodies the wisdom of ancestors, but also is interesting because of a palace coup. In 5th century AD, prince Kashyapa seized the throne from his father King Dhatusena. To prevent the royal revenge, he spent many years of effort building this splendid fortress-palace on the top of the huge Lion Rock. However, he still could not escape the revenge. His brother returned to the country with troops after learned the truth. Finally, Kashyapa was killed. The capital and the royal palace were abandoned after the Kashyapa’s death.Across the drawbridge on the moat, the ancient city has quietly demonstrated in front of us. A straight trail through the city center, at the foot of Lion Rock is surrounded by trees and the ruins of ancient buildings. Although it was only a wall site, I was able to see the magnificence of the site. The trail continued towards the heart of Sigiriya. The closer I approached, the steeper it was.
After climbing the rotating ladder hanging on the cliff, we arrived to the corridor where the famous Sigiriya frescoes were on the wall. The colors of the images are still bright after a millennium.
The Sigiriya Rock Fortress of Sri Lanka
It was very tiring to climb under the sun, but when I reached to the top, I thought everything was worth. The view of the landscape from the top was wonderful and you can hear “oh, it’s amazing” from everywhere. Once I got to the top, I enjoyed the silence by sitting at the edge of the rock. There were some students sitting under the tree. They talked, smiled and sang. What a peaceful scenery it was!
After 20 minutes, we started descending the rock. It seems like that we must return to the real world…