Oct 19, 2010
Jan 19, 2011
If Dambulla was a bust, Sigiriya didn't disappoint. Geologically, Sigiriya is the hardened magma plug of an extinct volcano that long ago eroded away. It is thought to have been inhabited in prehistoric times. Local myth is that a king transformed the site for royal and military functions in the 5th century CE. Archaeological evidence suggests that the site was a long-standing Buddhist monastery built several centuries before the king. Frescoes found on the walls of the rock about half-way up are amazing. Protected from the sun by overhangs in the rocks, the paintings remain in remarkably good condition.