This magnificent monolith is possibly the single most spectacular attraction in Sri Lanka. In the 5th century AD, The parricide king Kashyapa moved the capital of Sri Lanka to this forbidding place in fear of reprisal from his Brother Mogallan, the rightful heir to the kingdom whom he banished to India after ascending the throne by murdering his father, King Dhatusena. Kashyapa had a magnificent palace build a top this rock surrounded by walls and moats and an extensive system of gardens and water features. There is also a Mirror wall and frescoes of “maidens” in a protected cave in the rock which have been compared in style to the cave paintings in Ellora. Sigiriya is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
(By Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau)