Major Attractions of Sri Lanka – Sigiriya


Sigiriya is one of the most valuable historical monuments of Sri Lanka. It is famous for its Sigiriya (Lion Rock) Palace ruins on top of a massive 200 meter (660 ft) high rock surrounded by the remains of an extensive network of gardens, reservoirs and other structures. The rock itself is a lava plug left over from an ancient long extinct volcano. This site was selected by King Kasyapa for his new capital, who had seized power from the rightful heir, Moggallana, who fled to South India. Fearing an attack from Moggallana, Kashyapa moved the capital and his residence from the traditional capital of Anuradhapura to the more secure Sigiriya. Sigiriya consists of an ancient citadel built by King Kashyapa during the 5th century. The Sigiriya site contains the ruins of an upper palace located on the flat top of the rock, a mid-level terrace that includes the Lion Gate, the lower palaces located behind the lavish lower gardens, and moats and ramparts which protected the citadel. The site was both a palace and a fortress. The upper palace on the top of the rock includes cisterns cut into the rock. The moats and walls that surround the lower palace are exquisitely beautiful.


It is also renowned for its ancient paintings (frescoes), which are similar to those found at Ajanta Caves in India. It is generally agreed, however, that the Sigiriya Frescoes exhibit a uniquely Sri Lankan style.


The Gardens of the Sigiriya city are one of the most important aspects of the site, as it is among the oldest landscaped gardens in the world. The gardens are divided into three distinct but linked forms: water gardens, cave and boulder gardens, and terraced gardens.

King Kashyapa was defeated in 495 CE by Moggallana, who moved the capital again to Anuradhapura. Sigiriya was then turned back into a Buddhist monastery, which lasted until the 13th or 14th century. Sigiriya may have been inhabited through prehistoric times. It was used as a rock-shelter mountain monastery from about the 5th century BC, with caves prepared and donated by devotees of the Buddhist Sangha. Most of the elaborate constructions on the rock summit and around it, including defensive structures, palaces, and gardens, date back to this period.

Things to do / Places to Look;

  1. Sigiriya Lion Rock Fortress / Citadel
  2. Water Gardens
  3. Boulder Gardens
  4. Cobra Hood Cave
  5. Fountain Gardens
  6. Sigiriya Museum
  7. Pidurangala (Cave, Temple & Rock)
  8. Sigiriya Elephant Rides
  9. Minneriya National Park


Since Sigiriya is a popular destination among tourists around the world, there are so many Hotels/Lodges where you can dine in and stay. There are various types of lodging options you can choose from according to your budget and choice. There are many restaurants that serves Local and International Cuisine of your choice.   The scenery and the view is really something and well worth exploring, and the vegetation is of a rough, almost unearthly beauty which beats every postcard image you’ve ever seen.

So I recommend anyone who like nature and quietness and relaxing experience, come to Sigiriya and enjoy the Rich History of Sri Lanka blended with nature at its best.


Major Attractions of Sri Lanka – Kandy

Sri_Lanka_-_029_-_Kandy_Temple_of_the_Tooth.jpgHello Readers, this is the first article from my series “Major Attractions of Sri Lanka”. And it’s about Kandy.

Kandy is the 2nd most important city in Sri Lanka after Colombo. It is the Hill Capital and last capital of the ancient kings’ era of Sri Lanka. The city is situated in the middle of central mountainous terrain. The City and the surroundings are filled with archaeological sites and great tourist spots. Mainly to name a few,

  1. Temple of the Tooth (Sri Dalada Maligawa)
  2. The Bogambara lake
  3. Royal Botanical Garden in Peradeniya
  4. Pinnewala Elephant Orphanage
  5. Bahirawakanda Temple
  6. Udawattakele Royal Forest Sanctuary
  7. Wales Park
  8. Asgiriya Maha Vihara
  9. Embekka Devalaya
  10. Gadaladeniya Vihara
  11. Lankatilaka Vihara
  12. Hindu Shrines (Vishnu, Natha, Pattini Devala, etc.)


Normally the Climate of Kandy is extremely good all through the Year, temperature averaging 25 °C to 28 °C (76 °F to 82.5 °F).  So it means you can visit anytime.



There are lots of different types of accommodation methods one can choose depending on their budget and requirements. Prices ranges from the Budget to Mid-Range to Luxury. And close to the city or up on the mountain with an extraordinary view or River Side, the choice is up to you.


Things to Do:

Kandy is a busy city so lots of things to do all year around, following are some of the things you can do when you are visiting Kandy.

  1. Kandy Perahera (Is the biggest festival in Kandy which is in August every year)
  2. Hanthana Mountain Range Hike and Ceylon Tea Museum
  3. Kandyan Dancing
  4. Shopping for Gems, Batik, Handicraft Items, Antiques and other
  5. Boat Ride on the Kandy Lake or Mahaweli River


And many more different stuff according to your choice.



Thousands come here on a daily basis to watch cricket at the International stadium and to Victoria Golf Club where situated in Digana which is just a 45-min drive away from the City. Kandy has everything from banks to cyber cafes, to excellent libraries and bars and restaurants. Locals can even point you in the direction of meditation centers. The regular bus and train services of this extremely central town will connect you to almost anywhere in the island. You can use either public bus services or Three Wheelers (Tuk Tuk) to move around Kandy.

So in conclusion, Kandy is a great place to Travel any time of the year for any type of travelers. All around great hospitality with many places to visit and many things to do. So I recommend anyone to Visit this beautiful city.

Major attractions of Sri Lanka

Hi guys, this is my 2nd blog and it’s going to be the first in a series of articles about each major attractions of Sri Lanka. I’m going to take you through city by city with detailed explanations about the each city and will help you understand and hope to give you an idea before travelling Sri Lanka. Following are the cities that I’m going to cover in this article.


  1. Kandy
  2. Sigiriya
  3. Dambulla
  4. Anuradhapura
  5. Polonnaruwa
  6. Trincomalee / Nilaveli
  7. Pasikudah / Kalkudah
  8. Arugam Bay
  9. Nuwara Eliya
  10. Yala
  11. Galle / Matara
  12. Bentota / Hikkaduwa
  13. Colombo
  14. Negombo
  15. Jaffna

Best Time to Visit Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is a Tropical Country because it’s situated near the Equator. Although it’s a small island it’s weather is rather complicated. The main Southwest (Yala) monsoon brings rain to the west and southwest coasts and hill country from April/May to September (wettest from April to June). The less severe Northeast (Maha) monsoon hits the east coast from November to March (wettest from November to December); there’s also a inter-monsoonal period of unsettled weather preceding the ‘Maha’ monsoon in October and November during which heavy rainfall and thunderstorms can occur anywhere across the island.

So the best time to Visit West, South and Hill Country is from December to March whilst the best time to Visit North and East Coast is from April/May to September. So this Paradise island is all Year around destination because one region has good weather and will cater the needs of a tourist.

Since the island is close to the Equator, the temperatures remain fairly stable at around 25 – 30 °C during the day and 18 – 25 °C during nights. But hill country is rather colder than other parts of the country.

What I recommend is that you do your research before travelling to Sri Lanka to avoid any inconvenience. Or best way is to consult a travel agent. surfcabana2-l


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