Local nameSigiriya
LocationSri Lanka

Sigiriya or Sinhagiri is an ancient rock fortress located in the northern Matale District near the town of Dambulla in the Central Province, Sri Lanka. The name refers to a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock around 180 metres high.According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, this site was selected by King Kashyapa for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The name of this place is derived from this structure — Sīnhāgiri, the Lion Rock.

The capital and the royal palace were abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. Sigiriya today is a UNESCO listed World Heritage Site. It is one of the best preserved examples of ancient urban planning.

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Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cave Temples Private Day Trip from 105 USD

Opening hours

Daily: 7 am - 5:30 pm (last entrance at 5 pm)

More information and contact


Official website

Phone +94 11 242 6900

Address Sri Lanka

Coordinates 7°57'23.832" N 80°45'35.413" E

Tours and activities: Sigiriya

Sigiriya Rock Fortress and Cave Temples Private Day Trip

from 105 USD

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