After a night in a beautiful hotel, we transitted some 45 minutes to visit the World Heritage Site Sigiriya - otherwise known as Lion Rock.
Shortly before we arrived at Sigiriya, we encountered a traditional Sri Lankan wedding party.
Sigiraya well deserves its place within the family of World Heritage sites. Sigiraya is a massive column of rock nearly 200 meters high. According to the ancient Sri Lankan chronicle the Culavamsa, the site was selected by King Kasyapa (477–495 AD) for his new capital. He built his palace on the top of this rock and decorated its sides with colourful frescoes. On a small plateau about halfway up the side of this rock, he built a gateway in the form of an enormous lion. The capital and the royal palace were abandoned after the king's death. It was used as a Buddhist monastery until the 14th century.
Once down from Sigiraya, we encountered a local snake charmer and some of the group enjoyed being draped in a large python and to watch a cobra being seranaded. It was interesting to note that for at least one of our travellers, the python appeared to be doing a little reconnaisance of his own with the end of his tail....
Henry's Batik Shop
Once we departed Sigiraya, we visited a local batik shop and the opportunity was taken to dress members of our group in traditional attire.