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Country rank: 8 out of 40 Places To Visit In Sri-lanka

Sub-Region: Central Province


Ideal duration: 2 days

Best time: January - April (Read More)

Nearest Airport: Sigiriya (Check Flights)


"Ancient Rock Fortress town "

Sigiriya Tourism

Declared a world heritage site by the UNESCO, this place serves as a fine example of ancient urban planning. It happens to be the most visited historic site in Sri Lanka.

It is located in the Matale district in the centre near the town called Dambula. According to history, this site was chosen by the king Kasyapa to serve as his new capital. There is a huge gateway shaped like a lion and the place derives its name from this gateway. This place served as a Buddhist monastery till the 14th century.

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  • Sigiriya King's Resort

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Sinhala and Tamil are spoken mostly. However English is also a language of communication in Sigiriya.

The first settlements around this place can be traced back to 3rd centure BCE. In 477 CE Kashyapa made this place his capital. This was the time this place was developed into a city and a fortress. Up until the 14th century this place was used as a monastery for Buddhist monks.

Sigiriya has no worthy nightlife but the Sri Lanka ex servicemen's institute is worth a visit. Women travelling alone are advised against drinking here.

Sigiriya has its share of souvenir shops but beyond that not much for shoppers. It is advisable to bargain about the prices as most objects are overpriced to start with. The Sigiriya Crafts Complex is worth a visit.

The LKR is the local currency in Sri Lanka which replaced the British pound in the country.There are portraits of previous Sri Lankan prime ministers as well as ex-president Mahinda Rajapaksa in the fronts of the bank notes.The backs have Sri Lankan flora and fauna, landscapes, industries as well as pictures showing local culture and history.

1 LKR = 0.46 INR.

The average daily budget of a tourist would depend on whether the travel is luxurious or budget travels. So a budget trip would cost 3000 - 4200 LKR each day.

Theravada Buddhism is the major religion of Sigiriya

Sigiriya has no special customs that need to be observed.

Authentic local food is served at various places some noteworthy ones being Chooti restaurant, Shenadi restaurant and Sigiriya village restaurant.

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