Sigiriya Sri Lanka - the greatest

“Sigiriya Sri Lanka” or the “Lion’s Rock”, -yes that’s what the name stands for. The place is a prehistoric fortress made of rocks that holds a palace ruin –with its complete awe and primeval thrill situated in the heart of Sri Lanka, at the Central District of Matale.

  The tourist attraction of this great place has many a diverse reasons of its own. Placed in the heart of the country it has a history that gets back to the early “Mesolithic period” –nearly five thousand years old.
In the early fifth century B.C the place the region was in use as a huge rock-shelter mountain Buddhist-monastery. The caves were prepared and had been contributed by the devotees to the then inhabited Buddhist Sangha.

Another of the huge tourist attraction of the place is the palace and garden that were King Kasyapa’s construction. After the demise of the King, the place went back to the Buddhist monastery complex, and remained that way till the late fourteenth century.
Some alternative stories of the place’s history reveal the primary constructor of the place to be by the father of Kasyapa, -King Dhatusena, followed by the prodigal son completing the manufacturing of the whole place as a tribute to his late father.
There are a lot of other different stories on the history of the construction of the palace and the garden with alternate fates and features of both the Kings.

However, no one can deny the beauty and the mysticism that this primeval construction holds for the visitors.

For the tourists the site of “Sigiriya Sri Lanka” offers an archaic castle constructed in the fifth Century with an extremely well-engineered garden surrounding it. The site has the remnants of an ancient upper palace that is positioned on the plane apex of the archaic rock –that holds memories of many civilizations long gone. It is followed by a midlevel patio or terrace including the famous “Lion Gate” and as well the “mirror wall” along with its significantly beautiful frescoes. Then there are many more interestingly striking features like the moats surrounding the palace. There is the lower palace that fantastically hangs from the slopes that are placed beneath the rock.

The gardens and walls of the huge man-made extravaganza made even classier with a little help of Mother Nature and placed in the mid of nature itself, extends to around some “hundreds of meters” outside from the main bottom of the prime rock.

The site has a unique blend of construction, as it combines a fortress along with a palace. Regardless of the prehistoric age of it, the palace of “Sigiriya Sri Lanka” commands an exceptionally matchless splendor with its furnishing, and helped by the astounding insight that examples the originality and inventiveness of its planners.

The youth of the place’s design is what the main source of attraction for the visitors is. The top rock where the upper palace resides, still has the cisterns that were engraved into the walls of the rock, still has water retained in them. The walls and moats that surround whole of the lower palace are successfully still holding in to their exquisite beauty.

The land has been considered by many an archeologist as the single most significant among some of the city planning sites in the first millennium. The whole construction plan of the site is extremely imaginative and with definitive elaborations. The plan has an inimitable combination of two of the greatest concepts of archeological designing –asymmetric and symmetric. This whole planning was made with an intention to merge in an interlocking way the geometrical extravaganza made by mortal hands, with the fantastic surrounding bestowed upon by nature.

On the rock’s west there is the symmetrically planned park made for the people of the Royal dynasty. The park consists of water retained constructions, which includes even the sophisticated surface or the subsurface systems made in the hydraulic arrangement. The best part is, -some of those construction are still working.

In the south of the rock of “Sigiriya Sri Lanka” are some man-made reservoirs –concluded to be in extensive use by the previous capital in the desiccated zone of the country.
There were five gates placed the entrances, with the most highly structured gate being the on in the West, thought of to be reserved for the people from the Royal blood only.

The city made by surrounding the main rock, is exhilaratingly beautiful and magically well constructed with unthinkably perfected technologies of the modern world.

For example even the gardens of the region hold no bar to surprise the visitors. The garden can be defined to be one of the most imperative aspects of the primeval site. These gardens have been divided surprisingly successfully into three linked formations –the water gardens, terraced, boulder and caved gardens.

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