The only way to get by the first weekend of 2014 is by reliving moments from my December travel to Sri Lanka with the family. I’m glad Sigiriya was my planned early in my 10 day trip as it set the tone right for the rest of my travel.
The highlight of Sigiriya for me was climbing the Lion’s Rock. Despite, the rain that dampened our spirits as we started our ascend up on the 1200 steps, it was a memorable and tiring 2 hour climb. The entrance fee for this 200m rock fortress is about USD 30.
View of Lion’s Rock from the hotel – Hotel Sigiriya
1/3 way up, there are images of ladies covering the western face of the rock over an area about 140m length. These frescoes have been dated back to the Anuradhapura period, given the unique painting style. The true identity of the ladies in these frescoes still have not been confirmed. There are various ideas about their identity. Some believe that they are the wives of the king, while some think that they are women taking part in religious observances.
This point from the foot of the lion’s paw, marks the remaining 300 steps left for you to reach the summit. The nature of ascend also varies from this point from gravel to metal which might be relatively easier to climb. But, do note, it might be slippery if it has just rained.
Ancient palace pool
As the rain had cleared not too long ago when we reached the summit, the sky was still pretty foggy and misty which explains the poor background in the photos.
The entire group on the 1200th step
Tired feet, aching calves, bad weather but happy smiles for accomplishing this feat together.
Being a World Heritage Site listed by UNESCO it is no wonder that Sigiriya is one of the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka. As such, no matter which period of the year you visit, it is going to be crowded with people from all over the globe.
Things to note when climbing:
1. Always have an umbrella or poncho with you as the weather can be unpredictable. You don’t want to be caught unprepared do you?
2. Be prepared for the wildlife – monkeys and/or hornets.
3. There are helpers to assist your climb. But, be sure to tip them about USD 20 for their help.
4. It might get slightly chilly when the winds blow as you are closer to the summit. So, you might want to bring along a sweater just in case.
5. Wear comfortable shoes. Trust me, slippers are a no-go.
With that, you are ready for your ascend. Good luck and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! Highly recommend doing this climb.
My other adventures in Sigiriya coming up soon. Keep watching this space.
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