During our third day in Sri Lanka, we visited Sigiriya Lion’s Rock, located 20km away from Dambulla Cave Temple. Sigiriya is an ancient fortress built around a column of rock nearly 200 metres high. This site was selected by King Kasyapa to build a new capital in the 5th Century CE. The capital was abandoned after the king’s death and then became Buddhist monastery in use until the 14th century. Sigiriya is listed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.
After our visit to Sigiriya, we went back to the hotel, which was located near the Kandalama reservoir. It was the perfect place for relaxing for the rest of the day. At night, the hotel delighted us with a performance of traditional Sri Lankan dance.
We left the hotel very early the next morning to go to the airport. The trip back to Colombo, without traffic and stops along the way, took approximately 4 hours. Sri Lanka deserves a lot more time to explore and discover. During this trip we focused solely on historic or archaeological sites, however, I would love to go back and visit the national parks. Hopefully, there will be a next time.