Best Things To Do in Sigiriya, Sri Lanka

Are you looking for what to do in Sigiriya?

You might have a list of things to do in Sigiriya and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. Places like Citadel Of Sigiriya - Lion Rock and The Sigiriya Fortress will make sure your dream destinations are ticked off. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.

With so many world-famous sites and attractions to visit, deciding on the best things to do in Sigiriya can be a daunting task. Visiting selective places and carrying the best memories is the best alternative. Don’t rush to see all of the attractions in Sigiriya on your first trip itself.

Sigiriya is the type of city that you will love to visit again and again. Every time you revisit Sigiriya you can keep unfolding the different sides of it. This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Sigiriya getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.

Make the most of your trip to Sigiriya with confidence.

Tourist Attractions in Sigiriya

Here is the list of things to do in Sigiriya and tourist attractions in city.

  1. Citadel Of  Sigiriya - Lion Rock

    Outdoors, Rock Climbing, Nature

    One of the underrated and unique attractions of Sigiriya is the ‘Lion Rock’. Nearly 200 meters high, this big rock is magnificent because of its structure that looks like a lion. At present, only vague structure of the entire rock with the paws are left. The outline structure of the remaining walls does give you an impression as to how it might have been looked like in earlier days....Read more
  2. The Sigiriya Fortress

    Art And Culture, Outdoors, Architecture , Fort

    The fortress was designed by the King Kasyapa to serve as his capital. Accordingly, prior to its abandonment, Sigiriya was surrounded by magnificent moats, gardens, palaces and had four gates. A gigantic replica of lion served as the entrance. Although only the claws and paw survive to this day, their size serves as a reminder of the grandeur of the ancient gate. One of the best things to do in...Read more
  3. Golden Temple Of Dambulla

    Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Cave

    Comprising of over 80 caves containing paintings and sculptures, this is another World Heritage Site within the cultural triangle of Sri Lanka, about twelve miles from the Sigiriya Fortress. In spite of the place being a popular tourist destination, it carries a feeling of serenity and calm, as if stepping in another world. There are five main caves and a golden temple containing a 30m golden s...Read more
  4. Cobra Hood Cave

    Outdoors, Garden, Rock Climbing, Nature

    Moving to the next level from the Boulder Gardens, you can see a cobra shaped rock, popularly known as Cobra Hood Cave. Raise your head and you will see that the rock is shaped as a cobra’s hood. According to the facts from Ramayana, Sita was captivated here. You can see many pre-historic drawings made of its wall, providing some link between the cave and Sita. The drawings you see over h...Read more
  5. Minneriya National Park

    Outdoors, National Park, Wildlife Park, Wildlife Safari

    An hour drive from Sigiriya will take you to this beautiful national park of Sri Lanka. It is centrally located and is considered as the best place in Sri Lanka to observe wild Asian elephants. In fact, the park is said to be the home of largest number of Asian elephants. You need to reach the entrance, located at Habarana. From there, you will get jeep that will take you on a private safari to...Read more
  6. Pidurangala Rock Temple

    Art And Culture, Religious Site, Temple, Outdoors

    Offering a gorgeous view of the dense Sri Lankan forest, the Pidurangala Rock is nearly as tall as the nearby Sigiriya. From the top you can view the entire Sigiriya complex while at the base is a Buddhist monastery and temple. The climb is steep and unmarked, and often ignored by tourists, but the view and the feeling of being closer to nature more than makes up for it. It is said that King Ka...Read more
  7. The Sigiriya Museum

    Art And Culture, Museum, Educational Site, Specialty Museum

    Located just 200m from the Sigiriya fortress, the museum has a number of displays featuring the history of the region. The displays are simple, but informative and provide an excellent context to the whole Sigiriya complex. The museum also contains recreation of the Frescoes, a few writings from the Mirror Wall and a model of the fortress .
  8. Frescoes

    Art And Culture

    The Sigiriya Frescoes, might once have been one of the largest collection of ancient painting in the world.  Reportedly, painted by artists perched 100m from the ground, the Frescoes were a collection of nearly 500 paintings and covered the entire rock face. Made with vivid colors, these depict beautiful women, said to be the women of the King's harem; or perhaps the Goddess Tara; or maybe...Read more
  9. Pethikada

    Art And Culture, Art Museum, Art Gallery, Statue

    This award winning art gallery is filled with traditional and modern paintings, traditional handicrafts like wooded sculptures, statues and lacquer works. It is a must-see place for anyone interested in looking at Sri Lankan art in its purest form. You can also witness a blend of modern and traditional as the age old patterns, colors and techniques are being used to create irresistible abstract...Read more
  10. Sigiriya Craft Village

    Village, Arts And Crafts, Souvenir Shop

    If you wish to buy authentic fabrics and other items of Sri Lanka, come to Sigiriya craft village. Step into the village and you will be exposed to various shops selling batiks, brass-works, ornamental pots, handloom textiles, wood carvings and silver jewelry.  Shopkeepers let the visitors to witness the craftwork of the craftsmen as well. Nice place to hang out for some time and buy a sou...Read more
  11. The Sky Palace

    Art And Culture, Outdoors, Garden, Adventure

    Situated on an enormous rock, surrounded by lush forest and painted a gleaming white, the Sky Palace, is said to have resembled a gigantic floating cloud in its hey day. The walls of the rock were also covered in paintings (the Frescoes), adding to the opulence of the whole structure. The climb up to the palace is a bit strenuous and recommended only for the fit, but the view at the top and the...Read more
  12. The Mirror Wall

    Art And Culture, Nature

    The Mirror Wall, once buffed to perfection so as to reflect the King's face, has survived the ravages of time for over 1600 years. Reached by climbing the Lion Staircase halfway in the Sigiriya Fortress, the wall today is an orange hued, flat slab. It is covered with writings from travelers –  learned scholars, historians as well as common men or women. Called the Sigiriya Graffiti, ...Read more
  13. Boulder Gardens

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    Boulder Gardens

    Outdoors, Garden, Nature

    Located adjacent to the water gardens, stand boulder gardens. Covering nearly the entire western side of Sigiriya rock, these gardens were built by King Kasyapa, in the year 1600. The striking feature of these gardens is the design. Stones are placed in a certain irregular pattern to create an illusion of harmony. Take a tour within the garden and you will see that most of the boulders have nat...Read more
  14. Water Gardens

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    Water Gardens

    Water Body, Garden, Nature

    Moving to ahead of boulder gardens, the route will take you to the water gardens. This area has both small as well as large water gardens. The first garden you come across is a miniature one, situated in the interior of the inner walls. It consists of a courtyard, pools; cisterns where you can stroll around the place or event sit for some time. The slow moving water of the pools acts as a cooli...Read more
  15. Sigiriya Elephant Ride

    Outdoors, Nature

    If you wish to explore Sigiriya in the best way, get on the back of any of the elephants that local tour guides offer to take a trip around the place. The elephant will walk pass through the forest and will take you to a lake covered in lilys. The entire journey is quite exciting and doesn’t last more than an hour. Great way to enjoy with family!