Sigiriya Rock (or Lion Rock) rises sheer out of Sri Lanka’s central plains, towering to 180 metres over the surrounding landscape. On the top of the rock you will find the ruins of the palace of King Kassappa who reigned over a short-lived kingdom from 477 to 495AD. Reached by passing between two giant paws and making your way through a series of galleries and up staircases, stop to admire the magnificent frescoes as you ascend. Around the base of the rock you’ll find the remains of Kassappa’s pleasure gardens whilst the site museum is excellent. Sigiriya was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1982.
Located in the peaceful village of Digampathaha, the Kassapa Lions Rock Resort is set in lush gardens and has views over the magnificent Sigiriya itself. Individual chalets are set around the serene grounds, where there is also a swimming pool and a bar.
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The world’s largest and most populous continent, Asia is a vibrant and rambunctious fusion of ethnicities, cultures and customs; an incomparably rich and turbulent history showcased by mindboggling feats of architecture and engineering; a geography that encompasses towering peaks, unfathomable gorges and paradisiacal beaches; and a biodiversity that is so abundant that you’ll be reaching for your wildlife guide.