Summery of the Tour, Kurunagala Rocky Kingdom > Sigiriya Lion’s Rock > Dambulla Cave Temple
Our airport representatives will warmly welcome you at the Colombo airport or the linguistic chauffeur will come to the given destination to pickup you to do one day tour with Chiara Viaggi Sri Lanka to Sigiriya lion’s rock and Dambulla golden rock temple. Early in the morning we are heading to Sigiriya passing Kurunagala and stop kurunagala (the rocky Kindom) for a while. The distance between Colombo airport and to Sigiriya lion’s rock is 173 Km and three and half hours drive by a car.
Sigiriya Lion’s Rock
Sigiriya was a city, palace and garden complex; especially most of the people believe it as an 8th wonder of the world. The Lion’s Rock or Sigiriya rock is Srilankan most recognizable landmark and not only natives but also many tourists daily visit the world famous rock fortress because it is a World Heritage site published in 1982 by UNSCO. The Sigiriya castle was built on the top of the lion’s rock by king Kashapa in 5th Century AD to protect himself from his brother Mugalan who lived India at that time. King Kashapa was a ‘lover of nature’ and wanted to make Sigiriya as a heaven in all comfort. When we are entering in to the site we pass two moats and three ramparts to safe guard the castle and the king’s life from enemies. There were many dangerous crocodiles could be seen in these moats. The water garden, terrace garden and boulder garden tells the story that the King had admired the nature in great manner; still the fountains are working during the rainy season. The Lion’s Rock is 200 meters high and half way to the Rock the visitor has the ability to see the world famous 5th century AD Frescoes. They are half naked woman was drawn by the great ancient artist using natural paint and they are still alive. There were more than 500 paintings could be seen but unfortunately they were washed out and only 22 painting can be seen now.
The mirror wall is built to protect to the staircase walkers who are climbing to the summit and the wall was converted as a mirror using well polished natural granite. So that, when the visitors are going through the mirror wall the Frescos could be seen from the mirror wall. After 5th century AD, there were many people came to see the miracle of the rock and the well preserved urban planning. They wrote their ideas, thoughts and feelings in the mirror wall about their experiences in Sigiriya. There were more than 1000 grafties can be seen but 687 grafties have read and understood in present. After Lion’s paw we reach the summit where we experience the ruins of the palace and the pool, it gives bird’s eye view of the surrounding.
After Lion’s Rock you are free to ride on elephant and to have aruvadic harbel massage from government approved places.
Dambulla Cave temple
After lunch, we are going to Dambulla Golden cave temple which is 18 km away from Sigiriya Lion’s Rock. It is a cultural triangle declared by UNSCO where there are five natural caves converted as Buddhist temple in 1st Century BC by the great king Valagamba.The caves were good protected places to him to safeguard his life from invaders from India during that time. Buddhist monks too helped him during his difficult situations who were living in the caves. The king converted these natural caves as Buddhist temple after winning the battle against invaders in Anuradhapura as a gratitude to the Buddhist monks. It is a well painted cave temple where different postures of Buddha’s statues can be seen and they are made out of natural rock, plaster, and granite or wooden with well painted and very colorful ones. Dambulla golden cave temple is unique and important site because of the amalgamation of the material from many eras.
After visiting Dambulla golden rock temple we are heading back to Colombo airport or given destination with a good experience about Srilankan history.