view sigiriya rock sunset nature sri lanka

A lot of travelers visiting Sri Lanka tend to go straight to the Southern beaches and get stuck there. Not a surprise of course when you go straight to paradise. Who wouldn’t just stay there sipping coconuts all day? Unfortunately, you are missing out on some gems in the north of Sri Lanka, Sigiriya (map) in specific.

Sigiriya views

So Sigiriya basically is this big rock with an ancient fortress on top of it and is part of the Unesco world heritage site. Built by an obsessed monarch in the 5th century who was scared to get caught, the fortress oversees the whole green valley as far as the eye can see.

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School girls all over the place

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Only halfway, and already so stunning…

When we got there we got the delight of walking up this rock with about a zillion school kids frantically running around and looking at us strange tourists. Honestly, this place is a bit overpriced (freekin’ 30 dollar and you have to climb the whole damn thing yourself! Not even a welcome drink at the end…), but the views will make you forget that pretty quickly.

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The ancient rock fortress

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Cheeky monkeys

Sunset Sessions

We chose to walk up there end afternoon, so we could enjoy the magnificent views with a sunset on top of that. Bring some snacks and drinks and you’ll have a blast. While monkeys are trying to steel your food, the sky turns golden and the views only get better and better. The more colors the sky gets, the less people there’ll be on top of the rock. By the time the sky’s a zillion shades of purple and pink, we were literally the last two souls around, showing off on some yoga moves. 

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Perfect setting for some Tara Stiles yoga sessions…

sunset view sigiriya rock nature sri lanka

The golden hour

There’s something about sunsets (and sunrises for that matter) that just make me so in awe of nature. No place makes me happier than the ones with gorgeous sunsets. And Sigiriya definitely delivers.

Sigiriya town

The town of Sigiriya is no place to stick around for days, but this highlight is definitely one you shouldn’t miss. There are plenty of places to stay, and plenty of local eateries. Unfortunately didn’t find one that actually sticks out, so it’s rice, rice and rice for dinner no matter where you eat. However, after sweating your ass off and climbing those endless stairs, the rice will taste heavenly and any bed will make you sleep like a baby.

Marthe

view sigiriya rock sunset sri lanka

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Spreading the love..

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The Sigiriya gardens are just as stunning as the views

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Ancient rock art

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360 views

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When it was just us, a dog and some Lion beerssunset view sigiriya rock valley sri lanka

view sigiriya rock sunset sri lanka

After the golden hour comes the colorful hoursigiriya rock sunset view trees sri lanka

yoga session sigiriya rock sunset sri lanka

Namasté

Photos by: M. Barends & T. Barends ©