Ruins of an Ancient City

This is one of the shortest and most physically challenging trips I have taken, staying only in the country for 2 days. Following a 9-hour travel time (including a 3-hour lay over), I checked in at my hotel past 2 am.  By 6 am, I was on my way to a new adventure with barely…

Flying at the Peak of Sigiriya

After conquering the steps of the rock fortress, it was time to celebrate.  My version of “levitation” pose, jumping off from the last step at the peak of the fortress where the palace once stood.   Travel tales of a yogini.  Sri Lanka edition.

Climbing the Steps of Sigiriya

Climbing up 1,202 steps (according to the tour guide) up to the peak of the fortress under the scorching heat of the sun is a serious matter.  The steps were a combination of the original steps made from limestones and the more-recently added steel staircases.   I thought I was physically fit.  But I was literally breathless…

Sigiri Apsaras

Sigiriya Rock Paintings or Frescoes of Sigiri Damsels locally called as ‘ Sigiri Apsaras’ painted on a Western Rock face cavity about 100 meters high from the rock base .There now remains around 21 paintings of Sigiriya Damsels but there had been around five hundred paintings during King Kassapa’s’ time along several other places of…

Sigiriya Rock

Before Sigiriya became a Kingdom in the 5th century, the Sigiriya Rock base and the places such as Pidurangala which were endowed with many Caves and a temple had been dwelled by Buddhist monks from around 3rd Century BC. It is also found that these areas had been inhabitant by people prior to King Kassapa’s…

Ancient City of Sigiriya

The Sigiriya Rock Fortress of Sri Lanka, also known as the Lion Rock.  A UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sigiriya is an ancient palace in the central Matale District, Sri Lanka. It is a site of historical and archaeological significance that is dominated by a massive column of rock nearly 200 metres (660 ft) high. The site was selected…