Trip Start Aug 15, 2004
7Trip End Aug 21, 2004
'Giriya' meaning jaws and throat, while 'Sinha' being of course lion, the 600ft rock finds its name. A tiring, but very rewarding climb brings you to the remains of the 477AD fotress capital built by King Kasyapa to protect himself from his brother, having killed their father (King Dhatusena I), and stunning views over the surrounding countryside.
The lion staircase, of which only the immense paws and a mass of masonry remain, show what a magnificent sight of grandeur this would have been.
On the way, there are three rock paintings, dating back to its 5th Century origin, which originally covered most of the western side. On the way down is Cobra Hood Cave, aptly named for the shape of the rock.