Sri Lanka Day 3 - Sigiriya
On my third day in Sri Lanka I left Kandy early again and headed toward Sigiriya (the Lion Rock). On the way we made a few stops. First, I visited a spice garden which was very interesting. I learned a lot of about different herbs and spices and their uses especially in Ayurvedic medicine. Then we stopped at a wood carving factory and saw some of the workers in action.
After driving in the beautiful countryside for a few hours I arrived at Sigiriya and got ready to climb the rock. Sigiriya, near the town of Dambulla, is a 200-meter-high rock topped with the ruins of an ancient palace. King Kasyapa (477 – 495 CE) selected the unique site to build his fortress. After his death the palace was abandoned and served as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century. It is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
I was there on a Sunday and many locals where also visiting the site. It started raining before I started climbing so many tourists left, which was nice to have a little bit less people for the climb. It took many stairs to get to the top. Before the last climbing stretch you stop at a plateau where you can see the remaining paws of a lion statue.
At the top I was socking wet and out of breath but it was worth it. The views of the surroundings were stunning despite the fact that it was a little foggy. The photos do not do it justice but look at this view.
After the climb I treated myself to a well deserved one-hour Ayurvedic massage. It was the best massage I ever got. It was in a local place in the middle of the countryside. It was a full body massage with oils and a twenty-minute body steam to let the oils sink into the skin. It was so relaxing and it completely got rid of my back aches.
My friends were doing their own things that day and I met up with them at night at our hotel. We stayed at Camelia Resort & Spa which was really nice; I really enjoyed the pool and the service was great as usual in Sri Lanka.