Trip Start Jul 12, 2003
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The rock itself is 200 metres high, and was used as a fortress in the year 491. It's surrounded by water and rock and gardens, building foundations and a large moat, and the rock has some frescoes and an ancient graffiti wall about half way up. You climb a really steep spiral metal staircase, then a plain old steep staircase to the very top of the rock. It wasn't too hard a climb, but you'd think it was by the way some people, clutching onto amused looking young Sri Lankan guys for dear life, looked like heart attacks just waiting to happen! The top of the rock had a rock walled pool and ancient building foundations, and offered a great 360 degree view of the lush green world surrounding it.
While staying in Sigiriya, we also went on a walk through the countryside to a Buddhist monastery and met many friendly villagers along the way. We then had an arduous journey to look forward to all the way down south to Galle (overcrowded buses, breakdowns etc!) for the last leg of our Sri Lankan trip...