The site of Sigiriya is one of the most captivating on the island: an immense rock, on the summit of which the parricidal king, Kassapa, built his palace in which he reigned for 18 years. You can still admire 'the Damsels', frescoes painted on the rock, mid-way up the mountain. These 5th century paintings depict women loaded with flowers and wearing lots of jewellery.
The Ancient City of Sugiriya is an UNESCO world heritage site and is a popular tourist destination.© Pavel Klimenko / 123RF
Ruins in Sigiriya rock, which may have once been inhabited in prehistoric times.© Achim Prill / 123RF
Sigiriya is also renowned for its ancient paintings.© © Morozova Tatiana / age fotostock
These pictures have a close resemblance to some of the paintings seen in the Ajanta caves in India.© © Morozova Tatiana / age fotostock
An ancient wall on Sigiriya rock in Sri Lanka, where people left their autographs for centuries.© © ZoonarDmitry Rukhle / age fotostock