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Rock Fortress – A full day excursion

Leave for  Sigiriya  and   climb  the  5th  century   Sigiriya    rock  fortress  which  is a  world heritage  site  built  by king  Kashyapa  [477-495AD].  The lion  rock  is  a  citadel   of  unusual  beauty  rising  200 meters from  the  jungle.  Visit  the  world  renowned  frescoes  of  the  "Heavenly  maidens"   of  Sigiriya   which  are  in a sheltered  pocket of the rock approached  by a spiral stairway. These frescoes are painted in earth pigments on plaster.  Thereafter climb up to the temple which was donated by king Walagambahu in the 1st century BC to Buddhist monks. Dambulla is a world heritage site and the most impressive of Sri Lanka’s cave temples the complex of five caves with over 2000 sq meters of painted walls and the ceiling is the largest area if paintings found in the world. These caves contain over 150 images of the Buddha of which the largest is the colossal figure of the Buddha carved out of rock spanning 14 meters.