Every country probably has its own claim to the (yet to be discovered) 8th wonder of the world. In Sri Lanka, it is Sigiriya, a UNESCO world heritage site. The rock plateau is 200m higher than the rest of its surroundings and was in the 5th century the palace fortress to King Kasyap. Sigiriya is named so after the huge lion (simha meaning lion) that the rock face was meant to be, only the lion’s claws remain though. The fortress has alternated between being royal residence and Buddhist monastery in different periods before it fell to ruins. But what is fascinating is that landscaping of gardens existed in Lanka at such an early age; the fountains here are said to be the oldest in the world! Sigiriya is Sri Lanka’s example of urban planning to the world. Read More..
Sigiriya Rock, Sri Lanka